January 10, 2019
When you are under stress, you may notice a lot of physical symptoms such as feeling anxious or exhausted, having trouble concentrating, and even getting sick with a headache. Along with these symptoms, stress can also cause temporary hair loss.
Telogen effluvium is the term used for hair loss that occurs temporarily as a result of too much stress or shock to your body. Hair loss is normal, but telogen effluvium results in excessive hair loss due to a disruption in the hair’s natural growth and rest cycle.
About 80 to 90 percent of hair follicles on the scalp are actively growing, with the other 10 to 20 percent in the resting phase. Many events can disrupt this balance and cause temporary hair loss, typically resulting in hair falling out in clumps when you brush, wash, or style your locks.
Telogen effluvium will resolve on its own once the stress comes under control and the body will get back to normal. Though you don’t need treatment, you should take better care of yourself to help your hair get back to its normal cycle.
What can you do in your daily life that helps to keep your stress levels under control and to protect yourself from the temporary hair loss:
● Start a regular exercise program or yoga class and learn relaxation techniques like meditation and deep breathing.
● Take time each day to listen to soothing music or to relax your mind and body.
● Become more involved with friends and family rather than staying alone because of stress.
● Eat a healthy diet that is rich in vegetables, fruits, and proteins to get plenty of nutrients. Take a vitamin and mineral supplement in case of any deficiency.
● Treat your hair gently, especially when styling and using heat appliances.
Keeping stress from reaching severe levels, nurturing your physical and mental health, and treating your mind and body well will be reflected in both your inner and outer beauty.
November 15, 2018
At some point of time if you encountered head lice you know how annoying, itchy and frustrating it would have felt. Head lice or louse is an insect that infests the hair of human heads, commonly found among children. Here are certain things you need to know about head lice which will help you be more prepared.
• Head lice doesn’t mean you have poor hygiene.
Lot of people who have head lice feel very embarrassed and feel that it reflects poor on their overall hygiene. Getting head lice doesn’t have anything to do with your hygiene. You get lice from other people.
• Lice are wingless insects. They can’t fly or jump.
They are wingless insects that spend their entire lives on human scalp and feeding exclusively on human blood. You will contract head lice if your head is close to a person who has head lice. Sometimes head lice spreads by sharing a comb, hat or a hairbrush.
• Lice live on human scalp. Not on furniture or toys.
Lice need to blood to survive. They cannot live on innominate objects for more than a day. So don’t fret over extensive cleaning.
However wash all your blankets, bedding and clothing in hot water. Stuffed animals should be put in the dryer. Anything that can’t fit in a dryer can be collected and stuffed into a bag, any lice within the bag should be dead.
• Head lice treatments
Head lice treatments that contain permethrin can be useful and effective in clearing of head lice. Permethrin usually comes in the form of a cream or lotion. When applied on the scalp it effectively kills lice and mites. Follow the instructions on the label, or consult your pharmacist/doctor for the right application uses.
• Try combing.
Combing will help in getting the lice out and won’t leave out the dead nits. A good lice comb that has long, preferably a metal one with the tines close together would be effective. Most pharmacies do sell these combs.before using the comb ensure all the hair tangles are out otherwise the comb won’t go through. If you do have children, comb their hair while you have them in the bathtub. A soft conditioner can be used so that the comb can go smoothly. With each comb through check for lice, dead nits, then rinse the comb and repeat.
Having lice is nothing to fret over and be embarrassed about. With proper understanding and following the necessary steps head lice can easily be taken care of!
November 15, 2018
Eczema is skin condition which causes itching and scaly patches on the surface of the skin. Living with eczema can be frustrating and annoying as an eczema flare up can pop at the most inconvenient of times. A lot of people are embarrassed if their rash visible. This condition can be aggravated due to several factors, but mainly due to sudden high levels of stress or even environmental factors.
Coping with eczema takes a great deal of patience and understanding. You need to understand the condition and learn as much as you can on what are the possible ways to keep a calm and peaceful environment around you so as to keep the sudden flare ups in check.
Regular skin care and medication can keep the itching and scratching at bay and provide much needed relief. Try to ensure to keep your skin moisturized at all times and not let it dry out. Use of special soaps cleansers and lotions will help your skin hydrated and dry free at all times.
Opt for a syndet bar instead of Soap, which is gentle and skin friendly than traditional soaps. Since syndet bars are pH neutral it does not cause irritation and is useful for those who have sensitive skin.
Eczema can be managed by making certain lifestyle changes and making smart moves. Try your best to maintain a good healthy skin, and use products that are skin friendly and most of all, products which feel comfortable on your skin. Practicing good skin care and a well-planned routine is the key to (keep your skin healthy.
October 22, 2018
Pregnancy can be an exciting time in a woman’s life, but the best part about pregnancy is the glow that a woman has in her body, like healthy skin and thick lustrous hair.
After pregnancy, are the mothers prepared for new body changes?
You might not notice the changes that your body is going through, and eventually, when you start growing aware of your body, you might observe the unusual changes, like excessive hair loss. A large amount of hair loss in short-term after pregnancy can be a complete surprise, but needn’t worry!
Is it permanent?
Postpartum hair loss isn’t really permanent. It can be referred to as excessive shedding or Telogen Effluvium. Normally, 90 percent of your hair is in the growth cycle. During pregnancy, however, increased estrogen levels stimulate the percentage of your hairs that are in that growth cycle. It also freezes the hairs and stops any hair fall that you may have — this is when you will notice thicker hair.
After giving birth, your estrogen levels drop, and all the hair that you had on your scalp begins to fall out — this is when you will notice increased shedding and thinning hair.
What can be done about it?
A few safety measures will help you get back to your normal life, and if you feel that things are not getting back to normal by the time your baby is around 6 to 12 months old then you should visit a doctor. When you’re a new mom, taking care of your baby will seem like the first priority but keeping yourself nourished is also very necessary. Multi-Vitamins help as a supplement if your diet is not well-balanced but shouldn’t be a substitute for your normal diet.
The dermatologist will advise you for an oral multi-vitamin and topical application to arrest excessive hair fall. So, need not worry.
Just embrace being a new mother and enjoy motherhood!
October 17, 2018
Noticing the scales of white or yellow patches on the baby’s head may be a nightmare for the parents. Worry not! It is not harmful and very common among babies. Experts call this condition as infantile seborrheic dermatitis or cradle cap, which generally appears on baby’s head during the first few months of their birth.
What is cradle cap?
Cradle cap is a greasy, yellow scaly patch that sometimes appears on the scalps of young babies. It is common, and not dangerous. It doesn’t usually itch or cause discomfort. Cradle cap is neither contagious nor a result of poor hygiene and it is also not allergic.
What are the causes of cradle cap?
The exact cause of cradle cap is unknown. However, it may be associated with
– High levels of an oily substance called sebum on affected areas
– A reaction to a yeast (a type of fungus) on the skin
What are the common complaints of cradle cap?
The common complaints of cradle cap are:
– Patchy scaling or thick crusts on the scalp
– Oily or dry skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales
– Skin flakes (dandruff)
– Possibly mild redness
Does cradle cap cause hair loss?
Hair loss can occur when hair stuck in the cradle cap falls off with the patch. This is normal, and the hair will grow back naturally.
What precautions parents should take in case of cradle cap?
The precautions that parents should take includes:
– Do not pick or scratch the area, as this may lead to infection
– Once the scales disappear, the gentle washing process should be repeated every few days to prevent them from recurring
How is cradle cap treated?
In most cases, cradle caps clear up on their own without treatment within weeks to a few months. However, your doctor may suggest the following care:
– Wash your baby’s hair once a day with mild baby shampoo
– Brush the scalp lightly with a soft brush to loosen the scale
– If the scales don’t loosen easily, rub petroleum jelly or a few drops of mineral oil onto your baby’s scalp. Don’t leave oil on baby’s scalp and wash it after a few minutes.
– Nobody wants their baby’s sensitive skin to be affected by harsh chemicals. Consult your dermatologist before using any skin care products on your baby’s tender skin or if the condition severs. Let the fear not get on to you, now that you have the needed understanding of cradle caps.
Bask in the delight of motherhood!