July 19, 2018
HEAD LICE – THE OMG INSECT
Have you got an itching head? Do you feel the urge to scratch your head frequently? OMG! Then your head may be a home to lice.
Head lice are often found on the hair at the back of the neck or behind the ears. Although head lice can’t jump or fly, they can spread very easily through head-to-head contact or through shared clothing or personal items such as a hat, towel, or hairbrush. Contrary to the popular myth, personal hygiene has nothing to do with getting head lice.
Like any parent, you might have a few questions about life. Here’s a checklist to help you and your family, get rid of lice.
Step 1: Check your entire family for head lice
• Check all family members for lice and nits.
• Consider calling your doctor right away to set up an appointment and get lice treatment advice and guidance.
• If you suspect any family members, then it’s a good idea to take them to the doctor.
Step 2: Clarify with your doctor
• Ask about permethrin and various treatment options.
• Make sure you understand exactly how to use the medication.
• Follow the correct application steps to treat lice.
Step 3: Remove lice from your house
• Identify items that might contain head lice such as:
1. Pillows/bed linens
2. Stuffed animals
• Machine-wash all washable items in hot water (130°).
• Seal items that can’t be washed in plastic bags for 2 weeks.
Step 4: Share the information
• Call parents of children who may have been in close contact with yours.
• Cancel all sleepovers and play dates until you’re sure that your child is lice free.
• Notify your child’s school.
The next time you have an attack of lice, don’t feel embarrassed. Just kick-start your treatment or medication and start living lice-free.
February 5, 2018
We all care for our hair. Every day we shampoo, condition or oil it. But there are basic rules that we forget to take care of. Apart from these basic rules, you should also care about your diet because it’s always healthy foods that support and nourish hair growth. Healthy food should include iron-rich foods like leafy vegetables, fruits and fish. It is suggested by the doctors that you should consume 12 mg of iron daily.
Here are some of the basic rules you mustn’t neglect:
1. Don’t panic if you lose few strands of hair every day.
2. Wet hairs are fragile and can easily break. So while combing, keep this thing in your mind and comb it gently. Use broad tooth comb.
3. Cut the end of your hair every week to remove rough split ends. Also, it’s not good to wash your hair daily. Instead, use some conditioner and oil.
4. Last but not the least, use shampoos with ingredients that suit your hair. Don’t just go for big names. Avoid using perfumes for your hair. The chemicals present in the perfumes can harm your hair.
January 30, 2017
Sometimes, “lather, rinse, repeat” isn’t enough to keep strands shiny and soft. Your hair needs to be nurtured from within to look its best.
Incorporate these healthy eats into your daily diet and get ready to say goodbye to dull, drab strands
Adequate water intake is necessary for hair cells to transport nutrients and vitamins to the hair root. Hydrated hair is happy hair!
Omega-3 fatty acids are a powerhouse of nutrients when it comes to giving you a good hair day. Munch on flaxseeds and walnuts to add shine to your hair, and also fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and herring to boost your omega intake as well.
Dark green veggies
Veggies are one of the best things you can incorporate into your diet for overall health. Leafy green vegetables like spinach and broccoli are an excellent source of iron and calcium.
This fiber-filled food can be considered “Queen Bee” when it comes to hair-healthy foods! Whole wheat bread, fortified cereals increase your hair’s growth rate; also give your body vitamin B, which promote happy strands by boosting your red blood cell count
Containing both calcium and protein, it can help lengthen and thicken your hair. Greek yogurt can provide about three times as much protein compared to regular yoghurt.
This oil is good for almost anything! Not only can you add coconut oil into your daily diet, but you can also add it right onto your hair! Run it through your hair, and let it sit for about 30 minutes before taking a shower. The fatty acids in the oil bind to the protein in hair and protect both the roots and strands of hair from breakage.
January 16, 2017
According to WHO, the average life expectancy in 2015 was 71.4 years. With the world’s current dietary habits, we can expect this number to decrease drastically. Let’s take a look at some of the food that will help you have a long life (Jeethe raho!):
Yes, sometimes it’s as simple as that – drinking water rather than juices or soda, can greatly increase your life span as it improves your cognitive functions and cleanses your body.
The nuts that are good for you are generally unsalted and unroasted nuts (If you want you can roast them at home). Nuts can include peanuts, cashews, walnuts, and almonds. Consuming nuts improve your longevity, as they are a source of healthy fat and are healthier snacks rather than chips and cookies.
Garlic not only adds flavour to your favourite food, but also strengthens your immunity and possessed anti-viral properties. Additionally, it aids in the absorption of essential nutrients, which is always a plus.
Research has suggested that human bodies are not capable of digesting cow’s milk due to its high sugar and fat content, which is what most of us consume daily. Instead of cow’s milk, try coconut milk, almond milk, or even sheep’s milk.
Vegetables, especially broccoli, sprouts, and spinach are great for increasing longevity due to their nutritional and medicinal properties.
Last of all, eat as much homemade food as you can –opt for home-cooked meals rather than processed foods because honestly who knows what’s in all those bottles and packets of food?
Do you have any other suggestions for improving longevity? Let us know in the comments section below.
December 20, 2016
“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:
- Change in weather (to colder weather)
- Oily skin
- Family history
- 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!!