Category Archives for Skin Care

What Causes Itchy Red Bumps?

A rash is a change of the skin which affects its color, appearance or texture. A rash may be localized in one part of the body, or it can be widespread. Rashes may cause the skin to change color, itch, become warm, bumpy, dry, cracked or blistered, swell and may be painful. The causes, and therefore treatments for rashes, vary widely. Diagnosis must take into account such things as the appearance of the rash, other symptoms, what the patient may have been exposed to, occupation, and occurrence in...

Remedy for Poison Ivy

Poison ivy are plants that can occur anywhere, even in your own backyard. Poison ivy’s green leaves tend to camouflage well with other harmless plants and brush, so it is possible to touch it without being aware. You will notice that you had contact with poison ivy, only after the horrible rash and itching begins. Although it is a rational start, it will not be enough to know what poison ivy looks like, in protecting yourself from it. Poison ivy exists in several types, and looks different depending...

Treatment for Toenail Fungus

This infection occurs when a fungi gets to your toenail or fingernail. It starts as a yellowish or whitish spot below the toenail. It leads to nail discoloration and can be painful. The following are the toenail fungus treatments available. Oral Antifungal Medication There are many kinds, but two of the most effective are itraconazole (Sporanox) and terbinafine (Lamisil). These and other medications like it will replace the nail infected by the fungus. These medications are taken anywhere from six...

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...

Natural Skin Remedies

The skin can come under a variety of ailments due to poor lifestyle choices and genetic makeup. For some, using harsh, commercially made products to alleviate skin ailments procures more ill than good. Some treatments are simply too harsh for some skin types, and in those cases, natural remedies are always better suited. Read more

Shingles Symptoms

Shingles, which is also known as herpes zoster, is classified as a viral disease marked by blisters and painful skin rash. It only affects limited parts of the body, usually on one side only. Early signs of this illness include malaise, fever and headache, which are soon to be followed by paresthesia, itching and burning pain sensations. Just like chickenpox, this uncomfortable medical condition is caused by the so-called varicella-zoster virus. Patients can understand more this illness by knowing...

What Causes Hives?

Hives are also known as urticaria, welts, wheals, or nettle rash. It is a red, raised, itchy skin rash that is sometimes triggered by something that produces an allergic reaction – an allergen. When there is an allergic reaction the body releases a protein called histamine. When histamine is released our capillaries (tiny blood vessels) leak fluid. The fluid accumulates in the skin and causes a rash. The wheals usually occur in batches, and frequently appear on the face or the extremities (arms,...

Heat Rash Symptom

Heat rash is an itchy skin disease that is called by other names such as miliaria rubra, prickly heat and sweat rash. It is common in places with humid and hot weather conditions. It affects infants and children more, mainly because of the underdeveloped state of their sweat glands. This medical condition is caused by several different factors including physical activity, tropical climates and immature sweat ducts. Here is a closer look at the different major and minor heat rash symptoms, as well...