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Black eye - Things not to ignore

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Discoloration of the skin around the eye, resulting from a blow, bruise, hit etc.

Causes

  1. Blow to the eyes or nose
  2. Surgical procedures to the face, such as a facelift, jaw surgery, or nose surgery
  3. A head injury causing both eyes to swell and blacken
  4. Allergic reactions or bites

Visibility

  1. Initially, the swelling and discoloration may be mild. The eye may start off slightly reddened, then progress to a darker shade.
  2. Later, the skin around the eye becomes deep violet, yellow, green, or black in color.
  3. Swelling increases as discoloration progresses.
  4. Over the course of a few days, the area becomes lighter and the swelling decreases.

Home Remedies

 

Cold tea bags

  • Cold tea bags are known for soothing the eye and reducing the puffiness of the same. You can simple take the tea bags and then put it into the freezer. 
  • There’s is no need to thaw them. It doesn’t matter if the tea bag is used too. 
  • Now lie down and put these bags on your eyes and sit back for a while. 
  • Put them back in the refrigerator and then repeat again.

 

Raw potato slices

Raw potato slices are known for lightening the impact of the black eye. Often, black eye is also accompanied with puffiness, pain and swelling along with the darkening of the skin around these areas. 

  • Potato contains a starch that helps to not only lighten your skin but it also provides anti-inflammation benefits. 
  • It helps with your swelling is reduced too along with blackness. 
  • Just take two slices of the potatoes and put on each eye. Yes probably only one eye is black but why not pamper the other! 

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Cold spoon

This is a very old and quick remedy that has been used for combating tired eyes and puffiness. The reason it works with black eyes too is because you don’t have to worry about too much preparation here. 

  • Just take 2 cold spoons and put in the deep freezer. 
  • Then take the back of the spoon and place it gently over the eyes. Let the cold metal work against the skin. 
  • Doing so helps to reduce the exertion caused on the eyes and helps the eye muscles to relax. 
  • Do this 4-5 times a day to reduce black eye problems.

 

Calendula or marigold 

The petals of the calendula or the marigold have been used for centuries to reduce pain and swelling and also brighten up the skin. And that’s why this remedy is quite effective in treating black eye. 

 

  • Just take a few petals of the calendula. Remember to use the fresh calendula as the results are more effective. 
  • Now place them in a cup of boiling hot water. Turn the gas off and cover the cup with a lid. 
  • Let the liquid stay outside for about 15 minutes or till the petals become withered and the water has extracted all the goodness from it. 
  • Now let the liquid cool in the refrigerator. Use a clean cloth or cotton ball to place this cold liquid over the eye and give a light compress. 
posted Aug 31, 2016 by anonymous

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What are bruises?

The area of discoloured skin on the body due to injuries caused by a blow or impact rupturing underlying blood vessels. 

Causes 

  1. In people who exercise rigorously such as athletes and weightlifters the bruises appear commonly. These are caused due to the wear and tear of blood vessels under the skin which is microscopic. 
  2. Sometimes a bleeding disorder could be the main reason for unexplained bruises that occur easily or for no apparent reason may indicate a bleeding disorder. If frequent nosebleeds or bleeding gums are seen, it is the time to see your physician.
  3. Age could be another reason since, with age the skin gets thinner and the underlying blood vessel more fragile.

Symptoms 

  1. A fresh bruise will appear reddish and will turn blue/green/dark purple the next day
  2. It is painful for the first few days and gets normal later with the fading color. It usually lasts for about a week or two.
  3. Bruises may itch as they heal.
  4. The risk of infection is minimal since the skin is not cut and exposed.
  5. Repeated bruising of an area can leave permanent yellowish-brown staining from iron depositing in the skin.

Home Remedies

 

Honey

Honey has antibacterial and antifungal properties that aid in a quicker healing of bruises. It also keeps the area moisturized. ​

  • Take some honey and apply on the bruise.
  • You can also mix 1 spoon of honey with 1 spoon of apple cider vinegar. Wipe the bruise clean.
  • Crush a garlic pod. Mix to 1 spoon of honey. Apply on the bruise and let it stay.

 

Ice/ cold compress

Both ice and cold compress prevent the bruised area from swelling up.

  • Take an ice cub and cover in a muslin cloth. Just clean the area with some disinfectant first. Now apply the ice cube all over the area.
  • You can also chill a towel or wet tissue in the freezer. Now clean the area and compress using the same.
  • Mix some cold water with a few drops of rose water. Clean the wound 2-3 times a day using this mixture.

 

Essential Oils

You can also make a home-made disinfectant at home by mixing essential oils. However, do remember to dilute these oils when using for children.

  • Take 5 drops of calendula oil, 2 drops of fennel oil, 1 drop of cypress oil and 4 spoons of grapeseed oil. Mix together and apply on affected area.
  • Take 8-10 drops of tea tree oil with 10 drops of chamomile and lavender oil each. Dilute and use to clean infected area.

 

Orange

Oranges are used in various forms to heal and treat bruises since they are rich in vitamin C.

  • Take some fresh orange juice and apply on the bruise. Let it dry and then wash off.
  • You can also take dried and powdered peel of oranges. Add a bit of honey or rose water to this. Apply on the bruise.
  • Mix a spoon of orange juice with honey. Apply on the infected area.
  • You can also mix egg white with orange juice and apply to get rid of scars faster
  • Eating oranges is also recommended as a home remedy for bruises.
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Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells further accumulate to form a tumor that can be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. If the tumor grows and spreads around the surrounding tissues the tumor is called malignant tumor. Most of the cases of breast cancer are reported in women, while in the rare cases very small percentage of men also are a victim of it.

Causes

The exact and precise cause of breast cancer is not known, however, some studies relate it to - Genetics : A family history of breast cancer, obesity, alcohol consumption, radiation, etc.

Symptoms 

  1. A lump in a breast is one of the primary symptoms of breast cancer
  2. A pain in the armpits or breast that does not seem to be related to the woman's menstrual period. Swelling in some cases. 
  3. Pitting or redness of the skin of the breast; like the skin of an orange. Sometimes thickening of a part of tissues of the breast.
  4. A rash around (or on) one of the nipples
  5. Discharge from nipples, sometimes the discharge might be blood
  6. The nipple changes in appearance; it may become sunken or inverted, peeling of the skin.
  7. Change in the size and shape of the breast
     

Home Remedies

Garlic

  • Known for its high antibiotic properties, garlic can contain the spread of cancerous cells.
  • You can swallow 2-3 cloves of garlic on empty stomach in the morning
  • Add more raw garlic to your diet in forms of salads
  • Additionally, you can also mix 1 spoon of garlic paste with a spoon of honey. Consume this every day.

 

Broccoli 

 

  • Raw broccoli can be washed and blanched. Mix it with some apple cider vinegar, garlic and lemon juice and zest. Eat one bowl twice a day.
  • Broccoli soup can be made, using the stem. Boil in a pressure cooker or steamer. The stem has crucial nutrients that fight free radicals.

 

Turmeric

Both raw and fresh forms of turmeric aid in fighting breast cancer. 

  • Take a thick 2-inch piece of fresh turmeric. Puree it and mix with 2 spoons of lemon juice. Have on empty stomach 
  • Puree a thick 2-inch piece of fresh turmeric with some beetroot, carrots and tomatoes. All ingredients are antioxidant rich.
  • You can increase your intake of dry turmeric in foods to prevent breast cancer
  • 1 cup of warm milk, mixed with a spoon of honey and turmeric can be taken too

 

Tomatoes

A study by Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism indicates tomatoes reduce risks of breast cancer as they contain Lycopene. 

  • Slice a tomato and have it with your meals. Add garlic to the salad for added benefits.
  • You can also squeeze the juice of 2 tomatoes and drink everyday

For more home remedies info on breast cancer, check here

 

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What is it?

An infectious disease caused by virus - Herpes Varicella Zoster virus resulting in mild fever and a rash of itchy inflamed pimples which turn to blisters and then loose scabs. It mainly affects children but can also be rarely found in adults.

  • This is the most contagious disease and spread by droplets from a sneeze or cough, or by contact with the clothing, bed linens.
  • The blisters formed might ooze which can infect a healthy person.
  • The onset of symptoms is 10 to 21 days after the virus has entered the body.

Symptoms

The symptoms are usually divided into two stages, one before the rashes appear, second after the rashes appear. Below are the details:

Before the rashes appear

  1. Malaise - A general feeling of being unwell (malaise)
  2. Fever
  3. Aching muscles
  4. Loss of appetite
  5. Occasional nausea


After the rashes appear

  1. Red small spots appear. Spots may be in some parts of the body or all over the body and it differs from person to person.
  2. They form clusters and blisters build up
  3. They can spread to face, hand, chest, limbs, scalp, behind the ears, stomach.
  4. Within 48 hours of blister formation they start drying up and become itchy
  5. Within a span of 8-10 days scabs are formed which fall by themselves.

 

Home Remedies

Epsom Salt

This is not actually a salt but more of a mineral compound. It relieves the itching and contains sulfate and magnesium that help to reduce inflammation too. 

  • Prepare a bathtub with lukewarm water. Add 2 cups of Epsom Salt to it.
  • Make sure that it is mixed well. When salt is dissolved completely, soak in it.
  • Stay in the water for about 15-20 minutes. 
  • Pat dry the body lightly.
  • Epsom Salt can be lightly mixed with water and applied too. Rinse with plain water.

 

Drink herbal tea

You can make a homemade herbal tea that is known for boosting immunity and fighting chickenpox. 

  • Take mixed herbal tea bags. You can also use leaves of chamomile, holy basil, marigold and lemon balm.
  • Boil 1/12 cup of water. When water is reduced add these herbs.
  • Cover with a lid and let the herbs soak. Add some honey to it.
  • Drink this twice a day.
  • You can also cool this tea and use it for bathing. In this case, don’t add honey. 

 

Lavender oil

Lavender oil soothes itching and helps the marks of the pox go away.

  • Dilute a few drops of lavender essential oil with any carrier oil. Ideally, you can use coconut, olive or even almond oil. Mix the two well.
  • Apply on body. Don’t wash off.
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day.
  • You can also take 10 drops of lavender and chamomile each. Mix in lukewarm water.
  • Bath in this water every day. 

 

Coconut water

Coconut water has soothing properties, making it ideal for patients who have chickenpox.

  • Take fresh coconut water. Apply it all over the body using a cotton ball.
  • You can also mix half coconut water and regular water. Bathe or soak in the same.
  • Drink 2 glasses of coconut water every day. It will soothe the stomach.
  • You can also eat the jelly of the coconut.
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Bad Breath, is an unpleasant-smelling breath. It is also called halitosis. It can occur occasionally, or it can be a chronic condition.

Food: It is the primary source of bad odors that come from the mouth. Foods like garlic, onion, exotic spices (such as curry), and few types of cheese, fish, acidic beverages such as coffee can leave a lingering smell.

Tobacco products: Smoking and chewing tobacco can leave chemicals that remain in the mouth.

Poor dental hygiene: Not brushing or flossing regularly leave the food particles in the mouth, which further rot and cause bad odors. Poor dental care can lead to a buildup of plaque in the mouth, which causes an odor of its own. This could further lead to various gum diseases as well.

Health problems: Any problem associated with respiratory tract or digestive tract, like sinus infections, pneumonia, sore throat, tonsil stones, bronchitis, diabetes, acid reflux, lactose intolerance, other stomach problems, and some liver diseases or kidney diseases may be associated with bad breath.

Dry mouth: Saliva helps moisten and cleanse the mouth, and when the body does not produce enough saliva, bad breath may result. This could be caused due to some medications as well.

Mouth infections: Cavities, gum disease, or impacted teeth may cause bad breath.

Dentures or braces: Food particles not properly cleaned from appliances such as braces can rot or cause bacteria and odor. Loose-fitting dentures may cause sores or infections in the mouth, which can cause bad breath.

Morning breath: Bad breath in the morning is very common. Saliva production nearly stops during sleep, allowing bacteria to grow, causing bad breath.

Pregnancy: Nausea and morning sickness during pregnancy can cause bad breath. Dehydration during pregnancy can be another reason. 

Home Remedies

Fennel seeds

  • Chew fennel seeds every time you have meals. This not only avoids bad breath but also helps in digestion.
  • Having a clove and few pods of cardamom along with fennel seeds has a lasting impact and keeps the mouth fresh for a long time
  • You can also make a tea by adding 2 tsp of crushed fennel seeds to 1 cup of boiling water. Let it steep, strain and drink it

Baking soda

  • Take 2 tbsp of baking soda and dip your toothbrush in it
  • Brush your teeth after normal brushing cycle, to having prolonged fresh breath

Cinnamon

  • Add 1 tsp of cinnamon powder in 1 glass of water
  • Boil this for 10 minutes and add 2 bay leaves and 1 cardamom
  • Strain this water and use it to wash your mouth twice a day

Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Mix 1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar in 1 glass of warm water
  • Use this to gargle twice a day
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What are Allergies?


Allergies are abnormal reactions of the immune system that occur in response to otherwise harmless substances. The substance could be drugs, foods, environmental irritants, microbes, physical conditions like temperature.

Causes

  1. Airborne allergens, such as pollen, animal dander, dust mites and mold
  2. Certain foods, particularly peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, eggs and milk
  3. Insect stings, such as bee stings or wasp stings
  4. Medications, particularly penicillin or penicillin-based antibiotics
  5. Latex or other substances you touch, which can cause allergic skin reactions

Symptoms

  1. Itching in the nose, roof of the mouth, throat, eyes
  2. Sneezing
  3. Stuffy nose (congestion)
  4. Runny nose
  5. Tearing eyes
  6. Dark circles under the eyes

Home Remedies

Apple Cider Vinegar - Being used for multiple purposes, this is also best utilized to overcome allergies. 

  • Simply mix a tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar in a glass of water and consume this every morning. This not just prevents the allergies from setting up, but also cleanses the lymph nodes, decreasing the mucus production.

 

Probiotics - Probiotics work wonders in maintaining a healthy digestive system and overall health. The gut bacteria of the mother impacts the immunity of the baby throughout. Thus, the major credit of the way your immunity works goes to your mother. If you are frequently prone to allergies include probiotics in your meal twice a day. 

  • Include a cup of yogurt in your meal. Flavored yogurt can also be opted if plain isn't much pleasing.
  • Supplements of probiotics in the form of capsules are also available.
  • Pickles are loaded with probiotics since they are preserved for a long time

 

Turmeric - One of the wonder spice, turmeric has a lot of benefits including allergy remedies. 

 

  • Add extra turmeric instead of normal amounts to the dishes.
  • A tsp of turmeric mixed in a glass of warm milk, consumed at night has excellent results

 

Local honey - This is more effective than the processed honey. 

  • Have a teaspoon of local honey every morning with empty stomach
  • Mix one teaspoon of local honey with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice in a glass of warm water. 
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