Kylie Kristen Jenner or Kylie Jenner, as she is better known, is an American reality television personality, model and a socialist in her own right. Featured twice in the list of ‘Most Influential Teens’ of 2014 and 2015; Kylie Jenner is reckoned as one of the most famous teens on social media. The 18-year old reality star kicks into limelight with every little thing she does and the latest is her red ink tattoo on her right hip that’s got the social media going crazy.Read More »
Immunization is the best way to strengthen our immune system against harmful and infectious diseases which can otherwise prove to be life-threatening. That’s why immunization is highly recommended by professional medical organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Practice Physicians.Read More »
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Skin Lesions are imperfections on your skin which visible in the form of moles, cysts, warts or skin tags. Although most of the skin lesions do not cause any harm to the skin but some prove to be infectious and thus have to be operated.
The following blog is about types of skin lesions and ways to remove them.
There are various types of skin lesions some of which can be harmless and some others can turn out to be cancerous. Following are some of the types of skin lesions.
• Moles: They can be commonly seen on your skin. They are small, dark patches on the skin which get developed in the childhood or early adult life. Most of them are harmless but some of them can prove harmful as well.
• Keratoses: They are brownish or pinkish scaly bits of skin that can emerge on any part of the body. Some of them are caused due to sun exposure and have a little risk of becoming cancerous.
• Warts: They are small, rough lumps that are caused due to human papilloma virus (HPV).
• Skin Tags: They are small, flesh-colored bumps that are caused over the skin portions which creases or gets rubbed.
Many people get skin lesions removed just because they don’t want them on their skin. But that’s more of a personal choice.
But in case your GP has recommended that a particular skin lesion has to be removed then you should not take the advice casually and get it treated.
What Happens During Skin Lesion Removal?
Skin lesion removal is usually done after giving a local anesthesia to avoid the pain due to the treatment.
Following are some ways that are used to remove the skin lesions. The type of procedure (surgical or chemical) depends upon the type of skin lesion you have and where it is on your body.
• Partial Removal (Shave Biopsy) – This technique is meant for skin lesions such as skin tags, actinic keratoses and moles which stick out from your skin. The doctor uses a surgical blade to cut across the bottom of the lesion so that it levels according to the surrounding skin. This technique is often done in combination with cautery in which the electrical current is given to your skin that helps to seal the skin.
• Complete Removal (Excisional Biopsy) – In this the entire lesion is cut out. This technique applies for larger moles, cancerous lesions. This is done using a surgical blade to cut off the whole lesion along with a portion of ‘normal’ skin around the edge. The wound has to be closed with stitches afterwards.
• Freezing (Cryotherapy) – In this the liquid nitrogen is used to freeze lesions. This technique is fit for getting rid of actinic keratoses, warts and skin tags. The doctor applies the liquid nitrogen to the area for around 10 seconds, with a cotton ball or a spray. It results into a blister which will lead to falling off the blister.
• Scooping Away (Curettage) – This method is suitable for wart removal. It is removed with the help of a surgical instrument. This technique can be combined with cautery (heat treatment) or cryotherapy (freezing).
• Light Therapy (Photodynamic Therapy) – This technique is used to treat skin cancer, and lesions that can turn cancerous. The doctor applies a chemical to your lesion, before focusing a special light over it. The chemical is activated due to light and then the lesion gets destroyed.
After the treatment you will have to take care of certain basic steps to make sure the wound heals in time.
Follow the instructions given by your doctor or nurse for letting the wound heal faster. You may be given a date for a follow-up appointment.
In case you had non-dissolvable stitches to close your wound, then you would be called after about seven days for stitches on face, and 10 to 14 days for any other body part.
Diabetes also called as hyperglycemia is a health condition in which the blood glucose (sugar) levels rise much higher than the normal levels. Type 2 Diabetes is the most widespread form of diabetes.
In Type 2 Diabetes the body is not able to utilize insulin properly which is known as insulin resistance. The following blog deals with the causes and symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes is a life-long disease in which the body’s capability of handling glucose is altered. This is often a life-long disease which can only be controlled through medications, diet and diabetes but not fully cured.
What Causes Diabetes?
Pancreas manufactures a hormone called insulin. Insulin helps in converting glucose in food into energy. But in case of type 2 diabetes the body does produce insulin but the body is not able to utilize it for conversion of glucose to energy. This condition is called as insulin resistance.
The pancreas produces more insulin for converting glucose into the cells. But eventually it is not able to keep it up which results into increase in sugar levels in the blood.
Following are some factors that result into type 2 diabetes:
Genes- Scientists have discovered different bits of DNA that have an effect on body’s insulin making capacity.
Overweight- If you are overweight and have some extra pounds especially at the belly region then you are at risk of getting diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Metabolic Syndrome- People who have insulin resistance are also likely to suffer from other health complications like high blood glucose, extra fat around the waist, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol and triglycerides.
Excess of glucose from your liver- When the blood sugar levels dip then the liver produces glucose to meet the body’s energy requirements. After our meals, the blood sugar rises and the liver stores the glucose for future use. But this doesn’t happen in some cases. Some people’s liver keeps cranking out sugar.
What Are The Risk Factors of Diabetes?
There are some factors that are not the actual cause of the disease but they can likely make you more vulnerable to it.
1. Most of them are things which are beyond your control like:
• If you are at the age of 45 or above
• If your parents, brother or sister has diabetes
• People belonging to ethnic group African-American, Alaska
Native, Native American, Asian-American, Hispanic or Latino, or Pacific Islander-American
2. Other factors that put you at risk of diabetes are related due to your medical history in which you can seek help of your doctor.
• Heart and blood vessel disease
• High blood pressure, even if it’s treated and under control
• Low HDL (“good”) cholesterol
• High triglycerides
• Being overweight or obese
• Having gestational diabetes during pregnancy
• Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
• Acanthosis nigricans, (dark rashes around your neck or armpits)
3. Dietary habits and lifestyle can also put you at risk of diabetes
• Sleeping too little or too much
Symptoms Of Type 2 Diabetes
If you are experiencing any of the following conditions then you are likely to suffering from type 2 diabetes and you need to check the doctor.
• Feeling very thirsty
• Peeing in excess
• Blurry vision
• Irritated moods
• Numbness in your hands or feet
• Feeling worn out
• Wounds that don’t heal
• Yeast infections
How To Reduce The Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes?
You just don’t need a great effort for this. A little change in the dietary habits, lifestyle and losing few pounds can cut your risk of type 2 diabetes in half.
Start Exercising: Involve yourself in some stretching exercises, yoga postures and 30 minutes of walk.
Eat The Right Diet: Include a lot of fiber, green veggies, and fresh fruits with low sugar in your diet. Eating too much of processed carbs, sugary drinks, and Trans and saturated fats only invite diseases to your body.
Quit Smoking: Smoking is nowhere going to benefit your health. So, why to think twice, just give it up today!
Eating the right kind of diet packed with essential nutrients that can meet the daily energy requirements and boost immunity can keep you away from lot of health problems. Diabetes is one such health issue that can be controlled with the right kind of diet. The diet for diabetic patients is centered on to control the blood sugar levels.
The following blog is about foods that should be avoided by diabetes patients and the healthy alternatives to them.
High carb diet, unhealthy fats are always restricted to people with diabetes because they are prone to risk of heart diseases as well.
Check out the following foods to find out what can be healthy options to some of the poor dietary choices by a diabetes patient.
1. What to Avoid? – White Rice
People who consume rice are at greater risk of type 2 diabetes. The point is all kinds of processed, fried food and made with white flour is harmful for diabetes’ patients. Therefore, white rice and pasta have a similar impact on the body as sugar and result into increase in blood sugar levels.
Brown rice or wild rice consists of fiber which causes slow absorption of glucose into the bloodstream and thus blood sugar levels don’t shoot up reducing the risk of diabetes.
2. What to avoid? Blended coffees
Blended coffees with sugar, whipped cream are a storehouse of calories and fat, therefore not recommend for people with diabetes.
Black coffee with low amount of sugar is a better alternative to blended coffee as it contains much less calories and will not cause a rise in blood sugar levels.
3. What to avoid? Bananas and melons
Although fruit contain a lot of vitamins and fiber but there are some of them which consists of high levels of sugar such as Bananas, melons, and peaches. Intake of these fruits can lead to blood sugar spikes but of course the result can vary among individuals.
Fruits like apples, blueberries are comparatively lower in sugar than the above mentioned foods. But it is recommended to check with the doctor if a particular fruit may suit you or not. For this you can check the changes in blood sugar levels post two hours of eating.
4. What to avoid? Chinese food
High-calorie, high fat, high-sodium, and high-carb Chinese food dishes can spike blood sugar levels dramatically and even keep them high for a while.
If you cannot be without Chinese food, then you can cook steamed veggies with low-sodium, low-fat condiments and flavorings. Less amounts of sodium will not just lower blood pressure levels but also reduce risks of heart attacks.
5. What to avoid? Breakfast pastries
Doughnuts, toaster pastries, and all bakery sweets are like biggest enemies of blood sugar. All these food are made up of processed white flour with high amount of fat, carbs, and sodium
For a less processes and low-fat, carb and sodium diet, you can take half of a whole-grain English muffin or a brown rice cake with peanut butter and low-sugar jam.
6. What to avoid? Fruit smoothies
A fruit smoothie is something that can take away all your sugar cravings after a meal but if you are diabetic this can mean a sugar disaster for you. For example: A big cup of Jamba Juice smoothie has sugar as in three cans of soda.”
For the ones who can’t resist fruit smoothies a better option is to make a fruit smoothie of your own. You can include vegetables like kale or spinach along with low-sugar fruits like green apples
The world of fashion is never constant. It keeps on changing with different trends. While some stay here for short duration, the other repeats time after time. One such trend that has been in news and has been adorned by the people all over the world is piercing.
Fashion trends keep on changing now and then. Well, tattoo are becoming common these days, hence I thought to go for something new and different. The option which appealed me the most was the piercing. I started surfing for it online and the first thing i confronted with was the definition of piercing.
What Wikipedia says?
“Body piercing, a form of body modification is the practice of puncturing or cutting a part of the human body, creating an opening in which jewelry may be worn. The word piercing can refer to the act or practice of body piercing or to an opening in the body created by this act or practice”
How it started?
You can now imagine how scary it was, as it featured words like ‘cut’, ‘puncture’, etc. The same moment I got a clear idea that it was going to be painful. But, I was not in a mood to step back. Therefore, I decided to move further and look for what all is going good in piercing. I found that there are so many types of piercing styles, including ear piercing, facial piercing, lip piercing, oral piercing, surface piercing and many others.
What I selected?
I was bit confused which one to go for. The one which attracted was the labret piercing, which is sub type of facial piercing. Generally, it is known as a tongue pillar. The reason being it is done just above the chin and below your bottom lip. Earlier, this style of piercing was reserved for the men of higher strata only. However, now it is common among men and women both.
To explain better, I would like to share here that labret piercing is actually an adornment, attached to the labrum. It has been a popular form of body piercing throughout the years. Pierced through the lower lip, it is unique in itself. Most of the people prefer getting it done at the center part of lower lip. But, nowadays people love to get side labret piercing. In fact it is considered as a symbol of style and self-empowerment. Isn’t that great!
The war between pain and style!
When I visited the piercing parlor, the professional introduced me to different types of labret piercings. Yes, I was again in dilemma. The most famous ones were spider bite piercing, snake bite piercing, lip labret piercing, etc. Basically, these variations were based on the position of the piercing area. Among all the styles, I opted for the lip labret piercing. It was elegant, modish and classy.
After all this, I now feared of only one thing, and that was the pain. I asked a silly question, “Will it pain”, to which he answered with a smile “not much”. However, I knew that it was going to be miserable for me. The professional understood that I was going to make his work tough. For this he suggested me to use a numbing solution. I wasn’t quite sure about its effects and side- effects. But as I had no other option, I said ‘yes’ to it.
Was Dr.Numb effective?
He applied Dr. Numb to the skin surface before the he started with the process of piercing. I felt like everything was numb in that particular area. Then he marked the spot to be pierced and my lip was pulled away from the jaw with help of a clamp. I knew that something was going on, but I didn’t felt any paining sensation. Later he pushed the jewelry through the lip after pushing the piercing needle through it. Very gently he completed the process. And I was left with a beautiful lip labret piercing job done.
If you are also looking forward to get a body piercing done, but have been postponing the idea just because of pain you can count on a reliable numbing solution. It worked for me and hopefully, will work for you too!
Had your new tattoo? Definitely, you are super excited about this. Meanwhile, don’t forget to take care of the fresh design. Yes, there is a lot you need to pay attention. If not done, you might face some type of infection or severe problems in future. Therefore, it is very important follow the aftercare processes.
The fashion world is never constant. But, what has been ruling this world is the body art. This amazing and transformative way pleases every age group and gender. You can get it done anywhere and in any size, ranging from your neck, arms, wrist to you face and back. Well, that’s your choice completely. But what more important is the tattoo aftercare. Nowadays people love to brag about their new tattoos and show off their design. They hardly give their design a chance to heal. The consequences of which are that the color fades, designs bleed and scabs occur. On other hand, if you have been a little patient the same design would have been a colorful and beautiful ink job. Hence, if you are planning to get a new tattoo or recently have tried some, here are few essential tips for aftercare you must follow.
Follow the instruction: While you get a tattoo done, the tattooist tells you a number of dos and don’ts. Be a good listener and then follow the instructions precisely. They are professional and have experience of years in the same field. They certainly have the knowledge of the product and different healing problems. Keep in mind, the tattooist is not responsible for what happens to your tattoo afterwards. Thus, it is your responsibility to take care of the design and your skin once you leave the parlor.
Do not wrap: Some people wrap the tattoo to keep it safe. But, unless you are instructed to do so by the artist don’t attempt it. Remember, that it is important to keep the tattoo clean. It is just like an open injury, you cannot take any risks with this. Generally, the tattooists will advise you for washing it with an unscented and anti-bacterial soap. And you will be asked to let it air dry instead of wrapping it over and over again.
Moisturize: Undoubtedly, you need to let it dry for better and faster healing. But, moisturizing holds its own importance. The reason being, if you let it dry, thick scab formation can occur, which is never desirable. Moreover, in some cases it has been observed that drying out leads to slow recovery procedure and it even harm the tattoo. You can consult the tattooist to advise a cream or ointment to use.
Don’t try unnecessary medications: The tattoo process includes needling of your skin. Hence it is obvious that your skin will weep in the first couple of days. Along this, a fluid, clear or slightly colored will also appear out of your tattoo. But there is nothing to fear in this. It does not mean that there is something wrong with your skin or something is coming out of your tattoo. Don’t try any medications on your own. All you need to do is just clean it as instructed and let it heal with time.
Don’t panic: If your skin becomes sensitive, red or slightly inflamed, then don’t panic. It is not something different. Your skin has undergone a change and painful treatment. A number of people experience some kind of irritation after getting a new tattoo for few days. However, if the symptoms continue for more than 4 to 5 days, you can consult your tattooist for better advice.
Healing a tattoo is not that challenging. Just you need to be a little patient and careful!