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
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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
The first steroid medication, cortisone, earned the reputation of a “miracle drug” more than 60 years ago when it was found to be effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis. Since then, the number of steroid medications has grown, along with the number of diseases and disorders that are treated with them.
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 her precious pearls
Among the infinite number of conditions that could do harm to your skin are the 30+ discussed in this chapter. They range (alphabetically) from athlete’s foot to wrinkles.
Bacterial and fungal infections (including athlete’s foot) develop because feet spend a lot of time in the perfect breeding ground of warm,
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 that can thrive
Because fruits taste so good, some people think they can’t possibly be as good for you as vegetables. People with type 2 diabetes, in particular, often believe they should avoid fruit because of its high content of naturally occurring sugar. The American Diabetes Association, however, advises: “Fruits are loaded with
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.
Who’s at Risk?
Heat rash can
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 a “next time”
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 urushiol.