Louis McMorris affected by Albinism

Often we see people with light and dark skin patches yet we know nothing of it. Albinism is genetically inherited skin abnormality which is caused due to the body’s inability to produce melanin- a substance needed for pigmentation.

Not only skin, but the hairs also lose its color due to this skin disorder. It is also associated with vision problems. According to the National Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation, about 1 in 18,000 to 20,000 people in the United States suffer from albinism.

It broke my heart when I read online that people with Albinism in Africa are hunted down for their body parts. They are forced to live in exile. Due to false superstitions, they are dragged out of their houses and killed. Toddlers are snatched from impoverished single mothers or while walking to school.

As I dug deeper, I found even worse information about the superstitions. People in Tanzania kill even their loved ones with albinism and sell their parts. People pay $3,000-$4,000 for a limb or $75,000-£50,000 for the full body as they believe that their body parts will bring luck and more wealth.

While some see this as a very absurd and disturbing disorder, one girl from Denver became an internet sensation when her mother shared her pictures online. Louise Mcmorris’s video became viral when she was just 6 months old and people from all over the world embraced her as a special child.

She was born with no pigmentation and had a very poor sight.

This is Louise Mcmorris at 3 and she looks stunning.

“Albinism is truly beautiful and nothing to fear, something to embrace,” Megan McMorris, Louise’s mom said. “We just want to provide hope and inspiration to families in the same situation.”

The Girl who can’t go out in the sun, xeroderma, sun allergy

Have you ever watched the rising sun or gazed it transcending into the darkness? I guess most of you do this every day in your life. But Riley McCoy isn’t allowed, not at least without any protection sheets!

Riley McCoy aged 17 waits all day to enjoy her time out of the window glasses because of a rare inherited disorder which is known as Xeroderma Pigmentosum. In this peculiar disease, any exposure to UV rays causes a blistering burn, potential malignant cancer, internal organ damage and eventually death. Cyclobutane dimmers and 6-4 photoproducts are the causal factors for the above-listed problems. As her DNA lacks the antigen to repair the skin damages, she becomes a prey for the rays.

So, what is Xeroderma pigmentosum?

  • Xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) is a rare form of disease in which the individual falls prey to Ultraviolet rays from the sun due to the inability to repair the damaged skin.
  • Any slight exposure to sunlight is forbidden.
  • If the person has to move out of the house, he/she has to wear protective sheets in order to cover up the naked parts.
  • Individuals with this disease are often colloquially referred as “Moon child“.
  • Corneal ulcerations, dry skin, spider veins, solar keratoses are some of the symptoms indicating the absence of immunity level.

Facts about Xeroderma pigmentosum:

  • In general, 1 in 250,000 people get affected by XP.
  • The gene frequency for XP is 1:200.
  • This genetic disorder is more common in the Middle East and Japan.
  • Till now, no cure or medications are available to fight this disorder. The standard treatment protocol includes avoiding sun exposure and protection sheets if it’s necessary to go out.
  • Every 3 months, the patient has to visit the dermatologist and to have eye checkup.

 

skin care is important for men

Man or woman, skin care is important for both. Even though signs of aging appear later in men as compared to women because of more collagen and elastin, it doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t care for what is coming.

Skin care isn’t really a new concept for men. For ages, they are using shaving creams, gels, after-shave lotion and also sunscreen creams.

Why men need skin care tips?

  • According to a research done in 2012, women are more attracted to men with healthy skin color than those with the masculine face.
  • The risk of having advanced melanoma is more in men because they don’t heed to skin care needs.
  • According to studies, handsome men earn 5 percent more than their less-attractive counterpart.
  • Pollution, dirt, wind damage and UV rays cause same effects and give rise to pigmentation and skin wrinkles.

So, how can you take care of your skin?

  • Skin Type: The first of every skin care routine is to know your skin type because only this will guide you in choosing the products.
  • Choose your products wisely: While picking up the lot, keep in mind your skin care needs. As different products are available for men and women, so heed to the details and procedure.
  • Follow a cleansing routine: Wash your face with appropriate face wash gels twice a day as it helps you to get rid of oily stuffs and open your pores.
  • Exfoliation: Dirt and oily stuffs are one among few causes of blackheads or whiteheads. Doing this will aids skin to remove layers of dead skin.

There’re countless methods and the stores are also filled with different products. Unfortunately, the cost is high and bottles are tiny, so the best way is to use natural remedies.

 

skin cancer types

What is skin cancer?

The development of abnormal cells on the skin prompts skin cancer. It happens when unrepaired DNA leads to mutation or genetic deformities. It results due to prolonged exposure to ultraviolet rays or artificial tanning gadgets.

Three types of skin cancer:

  • Basal- cell carcinoma or BCC: The most common type of skin cancer which occurs as a sore and then causes bleeding.
  • Squamous cell skin cancer: A skin cancer type which appears as fish scales under the microscope. It usually appears as a hard lump with a scaly top but can also form an ulcer.
  • Melanoma: Among the three, comes Melanoma a.k.a malignant melanoma. The primary cause is linked with (UV) exposure in those with low levels of skin pigment.

Some facts about skin cancer:

  • Currently, 132,000 melanoma skin cancer and within 2-3 million non-melanoma skin cancers occur worldwide each year.
  • One in every three cancers diagnosed is a skin cancer. According to the data by Skin Cancer Foundation Statistics, one in every five Americans develops skin cancer in their lifetime.
  • One person dies of melanoma every hour.
  • An estimated 9,730 people will die of melanoma in 2017.
  • On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he/she suffers from more than five sunburns.
  • Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a proven human carcinogen.
  • Countries like Brazil and Australia have banned indoor tanning salons.
  • As a matter of fact, lung cancer due to smoking happens less compared to skin cancer because of tanning.

Skin cancer is easy to treat if the symptoms are recognized soon. If you have sore or lump or broken skin (ulcer) which exceeds more than four weeks, you mustn’t procrastinate and seek medical help immediately.

Remember, lives lost can’t be replaced. So, I won’t recommend extensive use of artificial tanning gadgets because when someone suffers, it’s not only the patient but the entire family has to deal with the pain and trauma.

skin rashes, skin rash

Rashes also described as a skin irritation or itching with red marks to allergic reactions by any virus or bacteria, food or metal is the most common yet allergic disease. This phenomenon is not only to children but also happens to adults.

In general, these rashes don’t indicate any severe medical condition but if left unchecked for a longer time, it’d be a reason for dry skin, swelling, itching, and pain.

If the rash is accompanied by any other health issues, then the most appropriate solution is to visit the nearest clinic or health care center.

What causes Rash?

  1.  Scabies: A contagious skin infection caused by a mite known as Sarcoptes Scabiei can lead to the formation of sores, blisters, scabs. Formerly known as seven-year itch, the mites burrow and lay eggs in the skin pores which can be seen with the naked eyes.
  2. Head lice: Another reason associated with rashes can be head lice which lay eggs attached to the hairline and prefer the warmth of scalp. Body and pubic lice also exists and accounts for rashes but compared to the former, the latter is seen rarely.
  3. Fungal rashes: Caused by fungi: tinea and candida. Tinea, commonly known as ringworm can be found on the face, scalp, nails or body. Candida can occur as oral thrush, as a white coating on the tongue or mouth mucosa in babies or leads to cracked skin between toes or nail discoloration.
  4. Warts: A skin disease which usually appears on fingers, hands or toes can also be a reason of rash. Though they disappear on their own, but its other types need medical care. Painful but not contagious, they have a hard, rough surface and reasons like low immune system could account for such infection.
  5. Molluscum Contagiosum: Another common childhood rash is caused by a virus with each bump having a dent in the center. Though it doesn’t result in any harm, a child may scratch and infect his/her skin as it tends to be itchy.

Rash Treatment

Treatments for rashes depend upon the causal factors. Some of them disappear on their own, while some can be cured with ointments. However, seek medical advice.