Category Archives for Skin Care

Remedies for Boils

Boils are an affliction characterised by a localised infection, deep in the skin. It starts out as a tender, reddened area and develops, with time, into an area that is firm and hard. Eventually the centre of the hardened area will soften and become filled with white blood cells that the body sends to the site and fight the infection. The collection of white blood cells, bacteria and proteins is commonly referred to as pus; this pus forms a head, which can be surgically opened or spontaneously drained...

Treatment for Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are streaks that can appear on the arms, breasts and other body parts. Pregnant women often get these marks. These stretch mark treatments will reduce them, but total eradication is not yet possible. They may fade away on their own, but it takes time. Pulsed Dye Laser Therapy This laser therapy reshapes the underlying skin by stimulating growth of elastin and collagen. This treatment works best on new streaks, but can also be used on marks that are a bit older. Tretinoin Cream These...

Treatment for Warts

HPV infections are the real cause of warts, no matter what superstitions you might have heard. The real reason why one gets warts is due to an infection caused by the human papillomavirus. Many people consider this disease to be quite contagious. However, a common scenario is where only one family member will get it while the others won’t. Treatment for warts will vary and one should also take note of the different kinds of warts. Types of Warts Warts often just infect one part of your body, like...

What Causes Leprosy?

Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, an acid-fast, rod-shaped bacillus. The disease mainly affects the skin, the peripheral nerves, mucosa of the upper respiratory tract and also the eyes. It may also involve the throat and testicles. Leprosy is also known as Hansen’s disease. Leprosy has existed for centuries and has been regarded as a contagious, mutilating and incurable disease. This disease is common in parts of tropical and subtropical Asia, Africa, Central...

What Causes Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer caused by a malignant growth on the skin. There are three types of skin cancer Basal cell cancer – this is the most common type of skin cancer but in most cases basal cell cancer is not lethal. This cancer type is typically found on the head and neck and causes major damage and mutilation to the surrounding tissues Squamous cell cancer – squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a malignant cancer that develops from epithelial cells. It may affect the...

Morgellons Disease

Morgellons Disease or Morgellons Syndrome  refers to a condition that is referred to by the Centers for Disease Control as an unexplained dermopathy. It is characterized by a range of skin-related symptoms such as crawling sensations on and under the skin, fibers on or under the skin and lesions or rashes that are persistent. There is question as to whether this newly identified disease is actually a new disease, because of its similarity to another existing condition known as Delusional Parasitosis....

What Causes Canker Sores?

What are Canker Sores Canker sores are small sores that appear on the inside of the mouth, especially the cheeks, the inside of the lips, and the tongue. A canker sore appears as a round white spot with a red border. They’re also called aphthous ulcers. Rarely, they may develop on the gums or on the roof of the mouth. Small ones are about 1 to 2 millimeters across and often come in groups. Large ones have an irregular shape Small canker sores disappear within 14 days and don’t scar. Large...

Herpes Symptoms

Primarily a viral disease, people suffer from herpes due to the presence of herpes simplex viruses. The most common form is genital herpes, which is a sexually transmitted disease. It is characterized by the presence of sores, itching and sharp pain in the genital area. This medical condition is easily transmitted through sexual contact. Patients of this severe disease experience emotional distress and embarrassment. Let’s take a closer look at the various minor and major herpes symptoms, together...