Category Archives for Skin Care

What Causes Petechiae?

Definition Petechiae are pinpoint-sized red dots under the surface of the skin. The dots are red because they contain blood that has leaked from tiny blood vessels (capillaries) into the skin. Petechiae may be an indication of a serious underlying problem that requires medical evaluation. Causes Petechiae are quite tiny (less than 3 millimeters in diameter) and do not blanch when pressed upon. It commonly appears on the lower legs, but may be distributed all over the body. There are many conditions...

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...

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...

Facial Treatment

Facial skin is the most sensitive, thus, needs special care. To obtain a flawless, smooth complexion that glows, sticking to a facial care regimen is important. Finding the perfect cleansing-exfoliating-moisturizing schedule for your skin type is the basic first step. However, it is not always an assurance that you can avoid common facial skin disease such as acne. The Problematic Acne Acne is considered a misfortune for beauty-conscious individuals and otherwise. It is something that nobody wants...

Treatment for Cold Sores

Also known as fever blisters, these sores are fluid-filled wounds brought about by the herpes simplex virus type 1 infection. The following treatments for cold sores can limit their frequency and also shorten its duration. Medication These sores usually clear in a couple of weeks even without treatment. In cases where the symptoms are severe, topical medication may be prescribed. Lidocaine is used to relieve pain, while benzocaine (Zilactin) can shield sores from irritation and trauma. Oral antiviral...

Remedy for Dry Skin

Dry skin can be a bothersome condition that may be exacerbated, especially during the dry winter months. There are some underlying skin conditions that will allow dry skin to seem like a constant malady. These conditions include eczema, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. But besides the drying effects of weather and other associated medical conditions, you might be inadvertently inducing dryness of the skin. Some of the common triggers of dry skin include: taking very hot, long baths which will...

Treatment for Shingles

Although the infection is not fatal, treatment for shingles may be necessary to alleviate the pain. Proper treatment can also reduce the risk of suffering further health complications. Oral Antiviral Medications Antiviral drugs should be taken within 72 hours of the initial signs of the infection. Among the medications that may be tried are famciclovir (Famvir), valacyclovir (Valtrex) and acyclovir (Zovirax). For the pain, numerous drugs may be taken. Among them are oxycodone and anticonvulsants...

Treatment for Rosacea

Rosacea treatments can limit the symptoms, making this inflammatory skin disease more manageable. Treatment is necessary because the condition will get worse if not attended to. Treatment Your doctor may recommend various types of prescription medications. A change in lifestyle may also be recommended. There are also numerous kinds of soaps, moisturizers and other skin products that may be used to improve the look of your skin. If the condition is caused by hot flashes, there are medications you...