February 20, 2019

How to get rid of Ringworm

Ringworm, a fungal infection of the skin, develops as an itchy, red rash on the affected areas. A ringworm rash is uncomfortable, but it is common and can be treated. Early intervention is important in order to prevent the further spreading of infection.

Antifungal creams and medications:
Once you observe the symptoms of ringworm, consult the doctor immediately. Medications such as miconazole, clotrimazole, and terbinafine are found effective in treating ringworm. Clean the rash and apply a thin layer of antifungal medication to the affected area, as directed by the doctor. Allow the medication to absorb into your skin.

Wear breathable layers:
People think that keeping the ringworm covered with a bandage prevents the spreading of infection. However, bandaging the rash locks in moisture, slowing down the healing process. Wear comfortable clothes in breathable layers to speed the healing process.

If ringworm develops on your feet or groin area, keep the areas dry before putting on a new pair of underwear or socks. If you are someone who sweats a lot during the day, bathe with an antifungal cleansing bar and then apply the topical antifungal powder or cream. Remember, go for medications that are prescribed by the doctor.

Wash the bedding daily:
Ringworm is highly contagious. Fungal spores can transfer to your sheets and if you sleep on the same sheets night after night, the ringworm will take a long time to heal. Contaminated bedding can also infect other members of your family. So, wash your bedding and infected clothes daily to get rid of the infection faster with hot water and detergent.

Use an antifungal shampoo:
At times, ringworm develops on the scalp. The symptoms include severe itching, patches of hair loss, and severe dandruff. In such cases, wash your hair with an antifungal shampoo that is recommended by the doctor. These shampoos with antifungal active ingredients, such as ketoconazole, selenium sulfide, and pyrithione zinc kill bacteria and fungus on the scalp and stop inflammation.

Visit the doctor regularly and continue treatment until the rash disappears completely. Although ringworm is a common skin infection, don’t ignore it. Quick action is necessary to prevent the spreading of fungus and make sure to prevent further infections.

Scabies is an infestation of the skin caused by a microscopic organism called human itch mite (Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis). It causes intense itching, especially at night, and a pimple-like itchy rash. The common sites for itching and rash are wrist, elbow, armpit, webbing between the fingers, nipple, penis, waist, belt-line, and buttocks.

Scabies is contagious and can spread easily by direct skin-to-skin contact or by sharing articles such as clothing, towels, or bedding used by an infected person. Sexual contact is another reason for the transmission of scabies from one person to another.

If a person never had scabies before, symptoms may take as long as 4-6 weeks to begin. The infected person can spread scabies during this time, even if he/she does not have symptoms.

Treating all symptomatic and asymptomatic household members, patient’s sexual partner, and other exposed person who had prolonged skin-to-skin contact with the patient is the best control measures to prevent possible reexposure and reinfection of scabies. They should be treated at the same time as the patient, regardless of whether they have symptoms or not.

Washing all bedding and clothing worn by the patient using a hot cycle wash and a hot drying cycle is also recommended. If hot water is not available, put all bedding and clothing into sealed plastic bags and store them away from other members for five to seven days. The mite cannot survive beyond four days without contact with human skin.

Products used to treat scabies are called scabicides because they kill scabies mites. The most commonly used scabicides are 5% Permethrin cream or lotion. It should be applied to all areas of the body from the neck down to the feet and toes and left on for the recommended time before it is washed off. And clean clothing should be worn after the treatment.

prevent sun tan in face

– UV rays are the strongest between the peak hours i.e 10 AM to 4 AM, so avoid stepping out during this duration.

– Your clothing is very important. During summer wear light weight fabrics, loose pants, full sleeves with dark colors to avoid a tan. Stick to colors which has a high Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF). Wondering how to identify the UPF? Usually, a lot of brands have UPF number on the label. So make sure that it is 30 and above.

– Sunscreen is a must. It is the best and easiest way to avoid a tan. Use sunscreen every day, especially 30 minutes before stepping out. If your outdoor activity is high, make sure you apply the sunscreen every 2 hours. Sunscreens with broad spectrum, UVA protection and SPF that is 15 or higher is ideal.

– Rejuvenate your skin with moisturizers and baby oils. These two are a must to avoid tanning in the summer. While baby oil helps with dead skin, moisturizing helps in removal of tan.

– Some of the best home remedies for tan removal are – Turmeric powder, Curd, Lemon juice and Sandalwood. Applying these on your skin is a great way to get rid of summer tan. While turmeric powder could be mixed with curd and honey, a paste of sandalwood, coconut and almond oil could give you some amazing results.

– Hats and sunglasses are your go-to essentials to avoid tanning. Wide hats and sunglasses with 100% UV protection are the most recommendable.

salt has harmful effects on the skin

We all love our popcorn, chips, crackers, samosas, murku, and ketchup – but what do all these things have in common? SALT.

According to WHO (2016), adults should consume less than 5 grams (1 teaspoons) per day. In India, an average Indian consumes 10.98 grams per day, which is 119% more than the required intake per day! 119%.

Let’s take a look at how it affects the skin:

Puffy Eyes

Consuming too much salt in any form can cause us to retain water that can cause swelling around the eyes. The skin around the eyes is very thing so your eyes tend to swell more, says Dr. Schultz.

Dry Skin

Your skin can also become dry and cracked as a result of excess consumption of sodium.

Oily Skin

Your skin could also go the opposite way and there may be an overproduction of oil due to the dehydration of the skin, leading to skin breakouts and acne.

The bottom line is: reduce your salt intake and consumption of processed foods because they often contain hidden salt. So our advice to you is: take it with a grain of salt!

Are there any other effects that we should know about? Let us know in the comment sections below.

December 20, 2016

Seborrheic Dermatitis 101

About Seborrheic dermatitis

“I can’t wear this black shirt – my dandruff will show up like crazy!” Ever had this thought?? Well, you are not alone. Seborrheic dermatitis, also known as seborrheic eczemais a serious skin condition that involves the inflammation of the skin – especially parts of the body that contain a lot of sebaceous glands. The most common places you can have seborrheic dermatitis are on the scalp, face, chest, and back. When seborrheic dermatitis is found on the scalp, it more commonly known as dandruff.  Though it is more common in adults, it is possible for babies to have this condition, where it is known as cradle cap.

There can be multiple reasons for seborrheic dermatitis, but the main cause is the over-development of the yeast Malassezia, which is generally present on the skin. Some other causes of this condition include:

  • Stress
  • Change in weather (to colder weather)
  • Oily skin
  • Family history
  • Fatigue
  • Hormonal problems

Some common signs that you may have seborrheic dermatitis are:

  • Skin flakes on the scalp, hair, eyebrows, beard, or moustache
  • Red patches on the skin
  • Red patches on the scalp
  • Itchy scalp
  • Scalp lesions
  • Patches of greasy skin covered with flakes on different parts of the body
  • Redness of eyelids

Some don’t’s while you have this condition:

  • Don’t use medication if not prescribed by a doctor
  • Don’t scratch or pick at the affected areas as it may cause infection

Seborrheic dermatitis is a serious condition that can affect anyone. Lack of proper care can cost you that beautiful skin and hair that you have always dreamt of. Visit your nearest doctor today!!