It’s annoying, uncomfortable, and just plain unpleasant. Itchy skin, or pruritus, is one of the ways our body tells us that something isn’t quite right, but how do we know what that “something” is? And what can we do about it? Here are 11 reasons why you might be suffering … Read More
It can be daunting to find the best essential oils for skin care when you consider that there are at least 90 essential oils with over 1,500 combinations that can be recommended for dermatological use. It could literally take years of mixing and matching oils to find the perfect combination … Read More
Vinegar has been used for centuries as a medicinal concoction with a wide variety of purposes, from treating jellyfish stings and poison ivy to croup and even cancer. Dating as far back as 420 B.C., Hippocrates recommended vinegar for curing wounds. And in 50 B.C., Cleopatra dissolved … Read More
Poison ivy gets most of the publicity—it’s been called America’s rash—but poison oak is more insidious and just as likely to set off an allergic reaction.
In the western United States, poison oak (also called Western or Pacific oak) can be a ground vine, climbing vine, or shrub … Read More
Heat rash, prickly heat, miliaria, and summer rash all refer to the same condition—an inflammation of the skin caused by blocked sweat glands. It is uncomfortable and itchy, but can be treated at home and usually goes away within a few days, with or without treatment.
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People who haven’t had a poison ivy experience know that poison ivy is a poisonous plant, it causes a rash, and it eventually goes away. People who have had an episode know there’s a lot more to it—and that they will probably handle the situation differently if … Read More
Unless you live in Alaska, Hawaii, a desert, or at a high altitude, poison ivy is creeping around nearby. If you don’t stay away from it, you may be one of the 50 million Americans affected each year.
Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac all contain an oil called Read More
You're outside on a hot day, minding your own business as you rake around the shrubbery when, out of the blue, you feel the unmistakable jab of an angry bee's stinger. If you're lucky, it's just one. Your first goal is to get the heck away from the scene of … Read More
Your doctor—and countless TV commercials—recommended a shingles vaccine. You didn't get around to it, and now you're feeling a slight itch or tingling sensation. No big deal. But a few days later, a rash of blisters filled with fluid appear and cover the front and back of your body, like … Read More