Category Archives for Skin Care

Shingles or Herpes Zoster

Herpes zoster or zoster, commonly referred to as shingles, is caused due to the reactivation of chickenpox virus or the herpes zoster virus (HZV). This virus is also known by another name, the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). Shingles is typically characterized by painful rashes that appear on the skin. Unlike the rashes seen during chickenpox, these are localized and cover a small portion of the skin. These blisters are often filled with fluid and are normally seen on the trunk, buttocks neck or scalp....

Remedy for Sunburn

Sun burned skin is painful–when people are exposed to the sun for extended periods of time without sunscreen or moisturisers with high SPF content, it is extremely likely that they will become sun burned. Sun screen protects the skin from the harmful UV rays emitted from the sun; when we neglect to use proper protection on our skin against these dangerous emissions we damage our skin to harmful extremities. However, ifsun screen is forgotten on a day out in the sun, and a burn develops, the...

Bee Sting Remedy

A bee sting strictly means a sting from a bee (honey bee, bumblebee, sweat bee etc). In the vernacular it can mean a sting of a bee, wasp, hornet, or yellowjacket. The insects that are most likely to cause medical problems are bees (including the domestic honey bee, its Africanized “killer bee” race, and the bumble bee), wasps which include the paper wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets, and ants including the fire ant. These insects are all in the Hymenoptera order, and thus stings from...

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...

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...

Home Remedies for Burns

There are several degrees of burns, ranging from the least severe first degree burn, to the major third degree burn. A first degree burn is minor and only affects the epidermis layer of the skin. It causes pain, redness and swelling. Second degree or partial thickness burns affect both the epidermis and dermis layers of skin. This causes the same symptoms of first degree burns plus blisters. A third degree burn is the worst, and is characterised as a full thickness burn, or a burn which extends into...

Natural Acne Treatment

There are patients who opt for natural acne treatments. They become appealing due to the fact that they are free from any side effects. Another reason is that these treatments cost only a fraction of what you pay for other medical treatments. These natural treatments can always be done at home, which saves you the trip to the clinic. The following are home cures and natural remedies for ever embarrassing acne. Using Honey Masks Apply honey masks once or twice each week as natural acne treatment....

Treatment for Herpes

The sexually transmitted disease herpes can affect both sexes. The following treatments will have to be taken according to the recommendations by your doctor. The amount and medication type may vary per individual. Treatments and Medications Medications that may be prescribed include acyclovir (Zovirax), valacyclovir (Valtrex) and famciclovir (Famvir). There is no cure for this disease. But these oral antiviral prescription medications will heal sores more quickly following an outbreak. These drugs...