Tag Archives: Skin

Indoor tanning and cancer risk

Today we will talk about skin tanning.

What is it? How common is it? And if there is any bad effect of tanning?

Tanning is process used to darken skin color. Ultraviolet (UV) light exposure from sun or artificial sources cause skin color to darken. If you see western movies, tanning is shown in different form. Sunbath, which was once very popular was used by many to tan their skin by using the UV light of sun. Another form of tanning is also popular called artificial tanning, in which people get their skin tanned by lying in a tanning bed fixed with fluorescent lamps that emit UV light. Continue reading Indoor tanning and cancer risk

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Alcohol can cause low blood sugar & skin cancer

When we humans consume alcohol, like most other drugs, it goes through certain metabolic processes. Interestingly, our liver produces an enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenase, which converts alcohol to acetaldehyde. Acetaldehyde, is further degraded by another enzyme acetaldehyde dehydrogenase.

So let  us see how is this acetaldehyde formation in body is important in various way: Continue reading Alcohol can cause low blood sugar & skin cancer

Why do our foot stink?

In hot and humid days you might have noticed that your feet smelling awfully and may make your presence cumbersome with other people because people tend to look for the origin of that stinky smell. Well, whom to blame? It’s the bacteria that feed on your skin which produce this bad smell. The bacterias eat up the dead cells of your foot and leave a acidic substance which produces the foul smell. The name of the bacteria is Micrococcus sedentarius.

Next question is, how can you get rid of this smell. Although, achieving a complete freedom may not be possible but few steps can decrease it significantly. Washing foot regularly is important. Besides that you may wear cotton socks so that your feet stay dry and try avoiding the use of same socks or shoe everyday. For more insight in this issue you may talk to your skin doctor, who are generally expert in dealing with such problems.

English: Micrococcus luteus bacteria Gram stain
Micrococcus luteus bacteria

Please cross check information from other sources too. For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider. References-http://kidshealth.org/kid/talk/yucky/feet_stink.html#

Childhood eczema & antibiotics

Eczema, a chronic skin problem that causes itchy dry skin problem. Sometimes the condition is referred as atopic dermatitis. It can occur in any age and sex. And it has no cure till date, therefore all the treatment rotates around symptom management using drugs like steroids, anti-histaminics (itch relievers) moisturisers, avoiding various environmental allergens (like mites ) etc. In children eczema may occur with asthma. Common sites affected in body are scalp, inner side of elbow, inner side of knee etc. House dust mites and various other allergens are primarily blamed to elicit an eczema.

However, in case of children another possible cause found its importance. Childhood eczema may be associated with antibiotics a child was exposed to during ones infancy i.e. the first year of life. This drugs suppress the normal gut bacteria and decrease their load. Normal bacterial count in the gut help developing components of our immune system to allergic conditions like eczema. Antibiotics hamper the developmental process of child’s immunity and finally make kids vulnerable to eczema. To ease a child’s life a doctor treating an infant may avoid injudicious use of antibiotics. Eczema is an extremely distressing condition for many and should be taken empathetically.

English: Photograph of typical, mild dermatitis
mild dermatitis
For all your health concerns please be guided by your healthcare provider.  
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Reference: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/bjd.12476/abstract

Male baldness can cause heart problems

Are you a male with baldness problem? There is an uncomfortable news breaking in for men with baldness on top of head and crown region (i.e. the region just behind the top region) of head. According to a Japanese study researchers found that baldness of  top of head and crown region has link with coronary artery disease (a heart disease that can lead to fatal complications like a heart attack; coronary arteries are arteries found in the wall of heart).

Probably not much we can do when baldness starts, but instead of going to a beautician on first instance to solve baldness related looks issue we might need to visit a doctor to assure our heart health first. Take care!
balding head in bus

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