Category Archives for Skin Care

What Causes Dark Circles Under the Eyes?

Dark circles under the eyes are defined as round uniformed areas of pigmentation beneath each eye. Many persons tend to associate dark under eye circles with fatigue, sleeplessness, stress or illness and become distressed when they see them. Dark circles are really oxidizing hemoglobin. Dark under-eye circles begin in the capillaries which are tiny blood vessels in the skin around the eyes. The area around the eyes is the thinnest and most delicate skin of the face. Weak and thin capillaries may...

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....

Wart Remedy

Warts are common benign afflictions, however, as the term benign suggests, warts don’t indicate a serious health problem. They can be painful, and are a nuisance and this is why persons with warts are concerned about having them removed. Warts are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV), which renders warts a viral infection and makes it contagious. Warts can be removed by professional MDs through a process of either freezing, burning or laser treatment. However, they can also be treated at home...

Acne Laser Treatment

Dermatologists today use lasers and laser technology for just about any blemish you can find on your skin. They use it to smoothen wrinkles, remove birthmarks, getting rid of unwanted hair, and aiding with acne removal. Acne laser treatments are new solutions to an age old problem. Development in Acne Laser Treatment When the idea of using lasers to treat acne, the method was quite frowned at due some of its negative results. The procedure didn’t turn out as well as dermatologists hoped for. Some...

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...

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...

Dandruff Remedy

Dandruff is an irritation, resulting in the flaking and itching of the scalp. Those afflicted with dandruff will experience flaky, small white scales falling into their faces and onto their shoulders and eyebrows. Dandruff can stem from multiple sources, the most common being the over growth of the naturally occurring malassezia furfur fungus. Other contributors include Read more

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...