“My daughter, almost 10 years old, had been using the cream twice a day for two weeks on her hands to clear up her warts. She is thrilled that they are flattening out and appear to be shrinking. For her, the cream has been a dream come true. It is so easy to use and the results are quick.” – Corium 21 customer

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What Causes Warts?

WartsWarts are a type of infection caused by viruses in the human papillomavirus (HPV) family. There are more than 100 types of HPV viruses.

Warts can grow on all parts of your body. They can grow on your skin, on the inside of your mouth, on your genitals and on your rectal area.

Common types of HPV tend to cause warts on the skin (such as the hands and fingers), while other HPV types tend to cause warts on the genitals and rectal area.

Some people are more naturally resistant to the HPV viruses and don’t seem to get warts as easily as other people.

Can warts be passed from one person to another person?

Yes, warts on the skin may be passed to another person when that person touches the warts. It is also possible to get warts from using towels or other objects that were used by a person who has warts.

Warts on the genitals are very contagious and can be passed to another person during oral, vaginal or anal sex. It is important not to have unprotected sex if you or your partner has warts on the genital area. In women, warts can grow on the cervix (inside the vagina), and a woman may not even know she has them. She may pass the infection to her sexual partner without knowing it. A regular check-up is recommended to help avoid this.

How to Deal With Warts?

First of all, it’s important to know that warts on the skin (such as on the fingers, feet, and knees) and warts on the genitals are removed in different ways. Don’t try any home remedies or over-the-counter drugs to remove warts on the genital area. You could hurt your genital area by putting certain chemicals on it. You also shouldn’t try to do anything about warts on your face without talking to your doctor first. The following are some ways to remove common warts from the skin:

Applying salicylic acid. You can generally get rid of warts on places such as the hands, feet or knees by putting salicylic acid (one brand name: Compound W) on warts. To get good results, you must apply the acid every day for many weeks.

After you take a bath or shower, pat your skin dry lightly with a towel. Then put salicylic acid on your warts. The acid sinks in deeper and works better when it is applied to damp skin. Before you take a shower or a bath the next day, use an emery board or pumice stone to file away the dead surface of warts.

Applying cantharidin. Your doctor may use cantharidin on your warts. With this treatment, the doctor “paints” the chemical onto the wart. Most people don’t feel any pain when the chemical is applied to the wart. You’ll experience some pain and blistering of the wart in about 3 to 8 hours.

When you see your doctor again, he or she will remove the dead skin of the wart. If the wart isn’t gone after one treatment, your doctor may suggest another treatment.

Applying liquid nitrogen. Your doctor may use liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart. This medical treatment is called cryotherapy. Applying liquid nitrogen to the wart causes a little discomfort. To completely remove a wart, additional treatments may be required. If no improvement is noted, your doctor may recommend another type of treatment.

Other medical treatments for warts on the skin. Your doctor can also remove warts on the skin by burning the wart, cutting out the wart or removing the wart with a laser. These treatments are effective but they may leave a scar. They are normally reserved for warts that have not cleared up with other medical treatments.

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What is Folliculitis?

FolliculitisFolliculitis is a bacterial infection of the hair follicle that causes the formation of a pustule.

The infection can be superficial (follicular impetigo or Bockhart’s impetigo) or deep (sycosis barbae).

Folliculitis may also lead to the development of furuncles (furunculosis), commonly known as boils, or carbuncles (carbunculosis), which involve multiple contiguous hair follicles.

The prognosis depends on the severity of the infection and on the patient’s physical condition and ability to resist infection.

What Can Be Done For Folliculitis?

As with all medical conditions, consult the advice of your medical doctor. Some therapies for Folliculitis may consist of cleaning the infected area thoroughly with antibacterial soap and water or benzoyl peroxide; applying warm, wet compresses to promote vasodilation and drainage from the lesions; topical antibiotics such as mupirocin ointment and, in extensive infection or if a furuncle or carbuncle has developed, systemic antibiotics.

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sunburnSunburn can bring considerable discomfort, especially in the hot summer season.

Fortunately, in most cases, sunburn can easily be cared for right in the comfort of your home.

But whether dealing with a mild or more severe case of sunburn, it is best to address the condition immediately.

Here is a simple guide for dealing with sunburns…

1. When dealing with sunburn, it is very important to prevent further damage or irritation. To prevent sunburned skin from getting worse, keep from further direct exposure to the sun, and stay indoors as much as possible.

2. Closely observe the affected areas for blisters. When blisters are present, this means that the skin has been severely damaged, and complications are possible.

Don’t try to break them or you’ll increase the risk of infection. If blisters are present on a large area of the skin, get to a hospital’s emergency room immediately.

Other instances that warrant medical attention right away are when severe swelling causes breathing difficulty, when pain on the affected area is terrible, and when serious swelling occurs around the limbs such that it threatens to constrict blood flow and cause hands or feet to go numb or turn bluish.

Too much sun exposure can also cause other related ailments, such as sun poison or heat stroke. When any of these are suspected or when a high fever is detected, consult a doctor immediately.

3. Over the counter pain relievers may help to ease the pain and swelling. Aspirin and ibuprofen are examples of oral medications commonly taken to minimize these sunburn symptoms but do avoid giving aspirin to a child or teenager unless your doctor tells you to. Also, consult a doctor before taking any painkiller if you are also taking prescribed medication.

4. Drink lots of water. This will help you regain lost fluids in your body, as well as aid your system in its recovery from sunburn. Fresh fruit juice, such as watermelon, is also a good alternative. Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, as these may cause further dehydration.

Sunburned5. Keep the affected area moist. Vitamin enriched lotions and moisturizers may help speed recovery.

When dealing with moderate to severe burns, 1% hydrocortisone cream has been reported to be effective. However, consult with a doctor before using this cream on a child younger than age 2, or using it in the rectal or vaginal area in children under age 12.

Avoid using butter, oil, and strong ointments on burned skin, as these will only irritate and worsen sunburn symptoms.

6. Shower with cool water whenever possible. This should help ease the discomfort on your skin. Use very mild soap, and refrain from using abrasive personal skin products, such as exfoliating skin formulas and body scrubs to avoid irritation.

7. Wear loose-fitting clothes made of natural fibers, such as cotton or silk, as sunburned skin tends to be extremely sensitive, and harsher fabrics will do more harm than good. When heading outdoors, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants that cover the affected areas.

8. Leave peeling skin alone. When your skin starts peeling, try your very best not to scratch, scrub or strip the dry skin off. The layer of skin underneath the peeling is still very sensitive, and will only lead to further skin damage when forcibly exposed. As your skin improves, continue to keep it moist.

9.  Avoid tanning salons.

Prevention is Always Best

Don’t perform outdoor activities between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. if you can possibly avoid it. The ultraviolet rays are at their most intense around noon. You should also remember to wear a sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15. They really do work.

According to an article on Web MD, “…the Skin Cancer Foundation advises people to use a moisturizer containing broad-spectrum sunscreen (which means it blocks both UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF rating of at least 15. Ingredients such as zinc oxide, avobenzone (Parsol 1789) or ecamsule (Mexoryl), combined with octocrylene and avobenzone work best with makeup and provide broad spectrum sun protection.”

In the event you get a sunburn, Aloe Vera can help deal with the symptoms. Aloe Vera is often referred to as “the burn plant” and can help all types of burns, especially sunburns. Aloe Vera contains lignins. Lignins are a chemical compound that is an integral part of the skin’s cell walls. Lignins help the skin to heal much faster.

Aloe Vera also acts as a cooling agent on the surface and it also contains salicylic acid. The same pain killing agent found in aspirin.

Aloe Vera plants can be grown at home in your windowsill but it’s often more convenient to purchase a tube of 100% Aloe Vera gel. If you are using an Aloe Vera plant, take as many leaves as necessary and refrigerate them. This will add an extra cooling effect when applied to the affected area. Then simply split the leaves and open them up to expose the gel inside. Cleanse affected area and apply liberally as needed until the condition has been corrected.

If you use an Aloe Plant or 100% Aloe Vera gel, you can apply Aloe Vera as often as you like.

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Dry Skin

What Are the Symptoms of Eczema?

EczemaNo matter which part of the skin is affected, eczema is almost always itchy. Sometimes the itching will start before the rash appears, but when it does the rash most commonly occurs on the face, knees, hands, or feet. It may also affect other areas as well.

Affected areas usually appear very dry, thickened, or scaly. In fair-skinned people, these areas may initially appear reddish and then turn brown.

Among darker-skinned people, eczema can affect pigmentation, making the affected area lighter or darker. In infants, the itchy rash can produce an oozing, crusting condition that occurs mainly on the face and scalp, but patches may appear anywhere.

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Simple, Natural Steps for Dealing with Chapped Skin

Man with dry skinDrying and cracking of the skin occurs when the defense system in the skin is exhausted or impaired and the natural oils produced by the body are depleted and scarce. This makes the skin become very sore and uneven in complexion.

Drying of the skin can result from depleted natural fluids or oils and supplements must be used to replace these.

Neglecting the skin is the main reason for skin deterioration due to the elements.

Recurring contact with environmental factors like strong sunlight, extreme or intense cold may all be responsible for chapped skin. Simple steps like utilizing the protection provided by sun screens and lotions and wearing proper clothing can greatly minimize skin problems.

The origin of skin reactions can also be linked to soaps, various chemicals and even water when there is overly long exposure to it, or frequent use of it on a daily or regular basis – washing hands, washing dishes, etc.

Avoid Harsh Soaps and Chemicals

Harsh laundry detergents, or hard, harsh fabrics and tight-fitting clothing must be avoided and discarded. They can cause irritation to the skin. Wear loose and comfortable clothes made from natural fibers.

Physical abrasive actions and repeated irritation to a single area of the skin can also cause redness and soreness by chafing the skin. Using rubber gloves when cleaning or scrubbing with abrasives or harsh compounds can help avoid skin damage.

Using Supplements & Herbs to Handle Chapped Skin

lovely mature womanDeficient levels of vitamins A, B and C or low and depleted amounts of the essential fatty acids can all lead to the appearance of dry and chapped skin.

The health and smoothness of the skin, along with an excellent complexion can be achieved using the oil of the evening primrose herb which is very rich in the essential fatty acids required by normal and healthy skin.

A deficiency of B complex vitamins is usually manifested as a persistent soreness or cracking skin in the lips of the patient. Another essential supplement is the very important nutrient vitamin A that promotes skin health.

Aloe Vera: Aloe vera is gentle and moisturizing. It also helps to remove dead skin cells. Apply aloe vera gel topically on troubled areas.

Calendula and comfrey have skin-softening properties. They can be used in a facial sauna or to make herbal or floral waters. Comfrey also reduces redness and soothes irritated skin.

Add five drops of lavender oil or oat extract to bath water. After the bath, apply diluted evening primrose oil.

Drink teas of chamomile, dandelion or peppermint.

Borage, fennel, coltsfoot or calendula tea also helps improve the skin. Add one tsp. of herbs to one cup of boiling water and drink daily.

Tea tree oil has been known to penetrate into the skin’s cellular level. Add one drop of oil to your favorite day or night cream to help moisturize and smooth skin.

Essential Oils For Dry Skin

  • Chamomile
  • Geranium
  • Hyssop
  • Lavender
  • Patchouli
  • Rose
  • Sandalwood
  • Ylang-Ylang

“I came from California to visit my husband in the US Navy – I never experienced such dry brittle, chapped skin – when I discovered your skin cream my skin looked and felt new, alive – thirst quenched! I am very excited to continue with the use of your skin cream.” – K.P.

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What to Do for Chapped, Dry Lips

Dry LipsChapped lips can have several causes, including dry weather, overexposure to extreme temperatures, dehydration, lip biting, riboflavin (vitamin B2) deficiencies, and ill-fitting dentures. Dry, swollen, or cracked lips can also be caused by allergies, infections, drugs, winter colds and flues, and a number of other medical problems.

It is a common perception that Chap Sticks are the best way to handle chapped and dry lips.

However, in reality, the chemicals in a chap stick can infect the lips when you have bits of open skin. Therefore, the following are wonderful alternatives for handling this condition and are often more effective.

Honey: The nutritional characteristics of honey make it an amazing restorative and anti-bacterial agent. Similarly, Vaseline is considered one of the best skin protectants. When these two items are combined, you have an effective, alternative handling for chapped lips:

    1. 1. Put some honey on your lips then let it dry for a few seconds.
    1. 2. Without moving your lips, apply some Vaseline on top of the lips.
    1. 3. Leave the honey and Vaseline on your lips for 10-15 minutes.
    1. 4. Finally, dip a Q-tip dip in hot water and use it to remove the honey and Vaseline in two strokes.

Do this once a day for about 2-5 days to get rid of chapped lips.

Water: Since dehydration is the main cause of dry or chapped lips, it is recommended to drink at least 2-3 liters of water daily. Also, on dry winter days, try to use a humidifier in your home to keep the air moist.

Coconut Oil: Many people have found that Coconut Oil is a wonderful natural remedy for chapped lips. Simply apply a small amount of oil to the lips several times per day, particularly when the weather is cold and dry.

Aloe Vera: The herbal benefits of Aloe Vera make it an amazing restorative agent for skin. Therefore, to recover from chapped lips, try putting a small amount of Aloe Vera gel or an aloe vera cream on your lips daily. “Studies show that Aloe vera improves the skin’s ability to hydrate itself, aids in the removal of dead skin cells and has an effective penetrating ability that helps transport healthy substances through the skin”.[From the Journal of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Research, see ‘Moisturizer’ section].

“I’ve used your skin cream for a month now and it has done wonders for me. Really! I used it on my feet and it worked really well! Surprisingly, I tried it on my cold sores and it worked within days. I use it on my lips instead of regular balm. You only put it on once and it’ll last all day. This product is very much recommended! It’s all natural, that’s why it works!” – I.B.

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A. Causes and Types of Itchy Skin

1. Dry Skin

Concept of cosmetic skin care - face of young woman with dry skinDry skin (xerosis, winter itch) is common, especially in old people.

It may be caused by: cold or hot weather, wind, sunburns, prolonged water exposure, frequent hot baths and using soaps/detergents (also washing powder and household cleansers) that can thin the protective oil layer on the skin and thus enable the loss of water through the skin.

2. Sweating

Microbes from a normal skin flora break down the sweat (especially in the armpits and groin) and yield substances that cause itch.Excessive sweating can be observed in persons with primary hyperhidrosis (increased activity of sympathetic nerves, possibly caused by psychological reasons), or secondary hyperhidrosis (in elevated levels of thyroxine, in tuberculosis or malignancies).

3. Insect Bites

Insects (mosquitoes, flies, tics, bees, wasps, ants, spiders, scorpions) bites may cause a minor localized itchy and/or painful skin infection that usually heals on its own in several hours or few days. Some insect bites, especially bees may cause severe allergic reactions with generalized skin itch and swelling.

4. Infections and Infestations

  • Fungi (e.g. Candida albicans) thrive well on the feet (Athlete’s Foot) and in moist body folds (the groin, under the breasts). Dandruff (scalp skin shedding and itching) is also caused by fungi.
  • Parasitic skin infections: scabies, mites, lice, louse, cutaneus larva migrans, cercaria causing swimmers itch.
  • Intestinal worms
  • Bacterial infections, like infected acne are common in adolescents. Folliculitis caused by Staphylococcus aureus is common in athletes, impetigo is common in children. Hot tub folliculitis caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa may arise after using non-properly treated pools or hot tubs. Read about other types of folliculitis.
  • Viral skin infections
    • Childhood infections: measles, rubella, chicken pox, infectious mononucleosis
    • Herpes labialis usually appears close to the mouth, Herpes genitalis on the genital mucosa, and Herpes zoster (shingles) over the course of cranial nerves on the head or spinal nerves on the trunk.
    • AIDS
    • Viral hepatitis
  • Hidradenitis suppurativa

5. Irritant Substances

Detergent BottlesSubstances that may cause itching by irritating the skin (without causing skin inflammation):

Fiberglass used as insulation material (glass wool) can cause skin and throat itching.
Detergents (washing powder) remove fat from the skin and dry it.

6. Dermatitis

Dermatitis is a non-infectious skin inflammation with red itchy rash, caused by touching, inhalation or ingestion of certain substances (4).

Contact dermatitis can be allergic or non-allergic. Sharply delimited red itchy patches appear on the site of contact with wool clothes, necklaces, cosmetics, solvents…
Photodermatitis is a result of effect of sunlight on certain chemicals, like medications or cosmetics, present in the skin.
Generalized exfoliative dermatitis may be associated with use of antibiotics, barbiturates, or by psoriasis.
Stasis dermatitis mostly occurs in patients with varicose veins on legs.
Localized scratch dermatitis is a skin inflammation due to long term scratching.
Benign mucosal pemphigoid – itchy blisters.

7. Allergies

Allergic reaction to certain substance can occur in few minutes (early response), or 6-72 hours after (delayed response) contact with a triggering substance (allergen).

  • Allergic reaction to foods or drugs commonly causes itchy/tingling sensations around the mouth and in the throat. Facial skin and lips may swell.
  • Hay (pollen) allergies may cause difficulty breathing, runny nose, itchy skin and eyes.
  • Allergic contact dermatitis is caused by Urushiol contained in poison ivy and poison oak.
  • Atopic dermatitis appears mostly in children who also have asthma or hay fever.
  • Other common allergies are hair dye allergies, allergies to lacquers, and the like.
  • Hives (urticaria) is a type of allergic reaction with red raised itchy patches on the skin.
  • Hyper-IgE Syndrome  (itchy rash)
  • Hyperimmunoglobulin E (IgE) syndrome
  • Idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome

8. Adverse Effects of Medications and Therapy

  • Medications causing itchy skin include: morphine, allopurinol, amiodarone, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, estrogen, hydrochlorothizide, hydroxyethyl cellulose, opioids, simvistatin
  • Drug interactions causing itchy skin
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy
  • Blood transfusion and complications, plasma expanders.
  • Graft-versus-host disease

9. Illegal Drugs and Itchy Skin

Cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and LSD abuse may all cause itches.

10. Poisoning

  • Alcoholic intoxication
  • Ciguatera poisoning, caused by ciguatoxin accumulated in some big tropical fish, may cause itch lasting from few hours to several months.
  • Mercury poisoning can cause acrodynia – severe itching in infants in children
  • Vitamin A toxicity
  • Gold salts
  • Nicotinic acid
  • Fixed drug eruption

B. Diseases Causing Itch

1. Liver and Biliary Tract Diseases

Itchy skin
Any liver or biliary tract disorder resulting in bile salts accumulation in the skin may cause itch.

Diseases include hepatitis, cirrhosis, hepatic carcinoma, obstruction of the bile duct with gallstones, cancer and biliary atresia.

2. Gastrointestinal Diseases

  • Intestinal parasites. Parasites or their eggs in the stool, and bloating may accompany itchiness.
  • Dumping syndrome
  • Malabsorption

3. Kidney Failure

Any kidney disease resulting in uremia (increased urea level in blood), and accumulation of urate crystals in the skin may cause itchiness.

4. Skin Conditions

  • Psoriasis
  • Rosacea
  • Lichen planus
  • In seborrheic dermatitis, yellow, greasy scales appear on the scalp, face and occasionally on other areas from unknown reason
  • In nummular dermatitis, coin-shaped eczema appears on the various parts of the skin
  • Perioral dermatitis mostly affects women between 20-60 years of age from unknown reason. Red rash appears around the mouth, nose and eyes.

5. Nutrient Deficiencies

  • Iron and vitamin A deficiencies may cause itchy skin.

6. Hormonal Disorders

  • Diabetes
  • Hyper/hypo-thyroidism, hyper/hypo-parathyroidism
  • Later months of pregnancy (usually does not indicate any abnormality)
  • Menopause (perimenopausal pruritus)

7. Autoimmune Diseases

  • Sjögren’s syndrome
  • Systemic sclerosis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (and other types of arthritis)
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Vasculitis (several types)

8. Malignancies

9. Central Nervous System Disorders

  • Brain abscess, tumor or other disorders
  • Epidural anesthesia (when opioids are administered into the lumbar part of the spinal canal to provide anesthesia of abdomen, back, buttocks and legs).

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Candida – What You Can Do

Armpit Yeast InfectionOnce you have established that you have a yeast infection by reviewing symptoms and confirming the presence of causative background factors, there are a variety of dietary changes that you can make to help improve your health.

Here are some tips to help you make this change:

Avoid Sugars

Refined sugar should be eliminated from your diet entirely as it encourages the growth of yeast.

Sources of this sugar include:

  • honey
  • maple syrup
  • brown sugar
  • corn syrup
  • molasses
  • white granular sugar

Be sure to read all labels carefully because these sugars are used in many products you may normally buy off the grocery store shelves.

It is not recommended you eat fruit — or drink fruit juices — as they contain natural sugars that promote the growth of yeast.

Avoid Alcohol

It is not recommended you drink beer, wine or liquor as the alcohol also provides sugar and many of these products are fermented with yeast.

Use These Dietary Supplements

Increasing your intake of raw garlic and soluble fiber will help your body to fight the yeast infection.

Commonly recommended supplements include volatile oils, such as peppermint oil or oregano oil — these should only be taken in capsule form as the straight liquid may be toxic.

Note: Get plenty of sleep and keep your stress to a minimum as well.

Keeping your immune system’s “friendly” bacteria and Candida in proper balance can be a lot of work, but it’s a small price to pay to reclaim your good health and transform your life.

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3D image of elbow BursitisGood nutrition is of paramount importance in our lives, and it can even help you get relief from the pain and discomfort of bursitis. A healthy diet rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E may help reduce symptoms. Some very common fruits and vegetables, if included in the diet on a regular basis, will help reduce the pain and symptoms associated with bursitis.

Some fruits and vegetables recommended for people suffering from bursitis are as described:

Orange Juice for vitamin C: Fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C, like oranges, will make a difference, since vitamin C is a rich antioxidant which helps in the regeneration and recuperation of damaged cells and tissues. Vitamin C deficiency can contribute to weak bursa which is prone to inflammation and infection.

Pineapple Juice for enzymes: Research studies indicate the presence of a chemical constituent called bromelain in pineapples, which has the ability to decrease inflammation in patients with physical sports injuries, including bursitis. Bromelain would thus be a useful addition to the diet of someone seeking relief from bursitis.

Papaya for papain: Papaya contains an enzyme called papain, which contributes toward the reduction of inflammation caused by bursitis. Hence, ripe papaya fruits can be included in the diet on a regular basis to help overcome the inflammation caused by bursitis.

Broccoli, Spinach, Bananas for vitamin B: A diet rich in vitamin B complex, which include riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, etc, is helpful with bursitis, too. Such compounds work effectively on cell repair and prevent cell damage, and this will certainly help restore the health of the bursae in the body. They thus form a useful part of a natural regimen for handling or preventing bursitis. There are about 150 bursae in the human body that need nourishing regularly to prevent damage and infection.

Avocadoes and Tomatoes for vitamin E: Vitamin E is an antioxidant which is present in avocadoes, tomatoes, nuts, spinach, etc, and it helps to destroy free radicals. Free radicals are generated in the human body and are mainly responsible for cell damage and various disease conditions. Increasing the level of antioxidants in one’s diet will help combat the problems arising from cell damage and disease caused by free radicals.

Fish Oil and Flaxseed Oil for Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Fish oil and flaxseed oil are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which decrease the production of inflammatory substances in the human body. Hence, it directly contributes toward reducing the inflammation caused by bursitis. When using any natural approach to handling bursitis, omega-3 fatty acids would form a powerful part of your health-seeking weaponry.

Water: Besides the above, one must also always drink at least two liters of water everyday to flush toxins out from the body, and also sleep for at least 6 to 8 hours every night to help relax the muscles, joints, and mind.

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How To Handle Bee Stings for People Without Allergies

Child stung by a beeThe first step in the handling of a bee sting is to find the stinger. This can be done by looking for a raised red welt on the skin of the victim.

Now look very carefully for a small black dot in the center of the welt; it will look rather like a very tiny splinter.

Continue checking all welts until you find the stinger, or stingers.

After you have quickly located the stinger, pull it out as quickly as possible using either tweezers, or a stiff, flat object, such as a credit card, and pull or scrape out the stinger. This is imperative to get the stinger to quit pumping venom into your system.

If the person who received the bee sting has no allergies or signs of an allergy, it is now time to address the sting and make it less painful. You will first want to wash the area gently with soap and water, if available. If you are not near soap and water, see if someone has a first aid kit. If so you can use an alcohol swab to sterilize the sting area.

You now will want to add cold compresses to the area to reduce the swelling. Either a washcloth run under cold water or a baggie full of ice will work as a compress. If the person is in a lot of pain, you can try a safe pain reliever – obviously taking into consideration the person’s age.

There are also some home remedies that may help take the sting out of the sting. You can also try applying aloe vera and/or Chamomile to the sting.

“On a wasp sting, the swollen area subsided in an hour. I’m 52 and apply it to my face every night. People who haven’t seen me in ten years say I haven’t aged. I’ve used Corium 21 for 5 years or more.” – B Marron

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