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Dermatitis & Eczema

Clear Skin Remedies

Maybe the first question you asked yourself after the doctor diagnosed your condition was, “Why me ? Why do I have to suffer the redness and irritation of dermatitis ? Why do I have to suffer the itching and dryness of eczema ?”Your doctor is perhaps best qualified to answer that question, difficult as it can be, but it may help to know that you’re not alone. Millions of other people suffer from some form of dermatitus every year.

The following tips are designed to help those with diagnosed conditions of eczema or dermatitis control the itching and dryness that accompany these afflictions :-

Beware Of Dry Air

Dermatitis is aggravated by dehumidified air, especially during winter months when forced-air heat circulates in the home. Since dry air tends to aggravate the itching of eczema or dermatitis, keeping indoor air moist should be a primary concern of sufferers and their families. You can counter dry air with a good humidifier, but you really need a big unit to do any good. If you sleep next to it however, that’s ok. Put it next to your bed.

Like It Lukewarm.

While some experts feel excessive bathing can aggravate the condition, others feel that regular baths reduce the chances of infection and help soften the skin. Taking these different opinions into account, the safest thing to do is to bathe regularly but use lukewarm water. Not too hot, yet not too cold.

Go For Grease.

Regular soap need not be avoided in your bath as long as a moisturiser is applied after its use to keep the skin from drying out. A number of after-bath emollients (greases) are available over the counter. If your skin still seems dry after using one of these products, move up to heavier creams or ointments.

Take An Oatmeal Bath.

For an additional soothing treat, add colloidal (fine powder) oatmeal to the bath water. You can even use oatmeal as a soap substitute. For the bath, pour colloidal oatmeal (from your pharmacy) into a bath of lukewarm water. For use as a soap substitute, wrap the oatmeal in handkerchief, tie it with a rubber band, dunk it in the water, wring it out, and use as you would a normal washcloth.

Take Comfort In Cotton.

Cotton clothing worn next to the skin is much better than either wool or polyester. Avoid synthetics or itchy fabrics, as well as tight or badly fitting clothes. In addition to looking tacky, such clothing can trigger itching.

Compress To Soothe.

Cold wet dressings can help soothe and relieve the itching associated with contact dermatitis. Try cold milk instead of water, it seems to be a lot more soothing.

Cool With Calamine.

Calamine lotion is good for many types of rashes that ooze and may need to be dried out. Also, calamine lotion with menthol or phenol added to it can be purchased over the counter from the pharmacy. This seems to help itching better than calamine lotion alone.

Beware Of Body Lotions.

Sometimes baby lotions aren’t the best thing for childhood eczema. They have a high water content, and that can further dry and irritate the skin as evaporation takes place. Use creams or ointments instead.

Wash Once, Rinse Twice.

When it comes to doing the laundry for people with eczema or dermatitis, make sure the detergent is washed out thoroughly. Don’t use too much detergent, and always rinse the clothes at least twice.

Cold Sores

Tips For Healing Cold Sores

That tingling you feel just above your upper lip is unmistakable. You know that it’s the start of another cold sore. You’ve gone through this routine before. First it gets red, then that itchy tingly area puffs out into a big embarrassing cold sore.For some reason you can’t stop checking yourself out in the mirror. Why, you wonder, does it have to happen to me ?

Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus. It’s likely that some relative of yours infected you when you were a child by kissing you at a time when their herpes simplex was infectious. The virus went right into your mouth and sought a hospitable host cell that would let the virus move right in. The virus then “ordered” the DNA in its host cell to make lots more viruses exactly like it.

For most of the time, these viruses are homebodies. They stay put, but from time to time the virus family likes to take a little trip down the nerve highways until it reaches the skin surface. When this happens, you start to feel that awful tingling sensation that signals the start of another cold sore.

What can you do about it ?.. Keep The Cold Sore Clean And Dry. If the cold sore isn’t really bothersome, just leave it alone. Make sure to keep the sore clean and dry. If it become pussy – and this rarely happens – seek medical attention to make sure the bacterial infection is properly treated.

Replace Your Toothbrush.

Your trusty toothbrush can hold the herpes virus for days, reinfecting you after the present cold sore heals. Get rid of your toothbrush as soon as you start with a cold sore, and after your cold sore has gone, replace your toothbrush for a second time just in case. Don’t take any chances.

Don’t Keep Your Toothbrush In The Bathroom.

A nice wet toothbrush in a moist environment like your bathroom is a cosy home for the herpes simplex virus. The moisture helps prolong the life of the herpes virus on your toothbrush, that’s why it should be stored in a dry place.

Use Small Tubes Of Toothpaste

Toothpaste can transmit disease too, so if you use smaller tubes, you’ll be replacing your toothpaste more often.

Protect With Petroleum Jelly.

Cover your cold sore with petroleum jelly. Be sure not to dip back into the jelly with the same finger you used to touch your sore. It would be better to use fresh cotton buds.

Zap It With Zinc.

Several studies have shown that a water-based zinc solution applied the minute you feel that tingling, will help speed the healing time. The zinc irons crosslink with the DNA molecule of the herpes virus and prevent the double helix from splitting, this means the virus can’t get the DNA to help it replicate. Zinc gluconate, available at health food stores, is kinder to the skin than zinc sulphate.

Identify The Pattern

What was going on in your life just before you got your last cold sore ? What about the cold sore prior to that ? If you do some investigating, you just might figure out what triggers a cold sore for you. If you can find a trigger, you’ll know when to take the most care.

Soften It With An OTC

There are numerous products that claim to heal cold sores. In general, they contain some emollient to reduce cracking and soften scabs, and a numbing agent like phenol or camphor. Phenol may have some antiviral properties, and it’s possible that it could kill the virus.

Block That Sun (Or Wind)

Protecting your lips from trauma like sunburn or wind exposure is thought be one of the keys to preventing cold sores.

Avoid Arginine-Rich Foods.

The herpes virus needs arginine as an essential amino acid for its metabolism, so cut out foods such as chocolate, cola, peas, grain cereals, peanuts, gelatine, cashews and beer.

Correct Your Perception.

No one likes getting a cold sore. But you’ve got one, so focusing on it and worrying about how you look can make it worse. Cut out your negative thoughts. Tell yourself that it’s just like a pimple and it won’t interfere in your life in any way !