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Bruises - Not just a discoloured skin

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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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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. 
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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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Bed-wetting in children is the unintentional (involuntary) discharge of urine during the night. 

Causes

A small bladder - The child's bladder may not be developed enough to hold urine produced during the night and a full bladder may not wake the child. This happens when the nerves that control the bladder are slow to mature.

Hormonal imbalance - During childhood, some kids don't produce enough anti-diuretic hormone (ADH) to slow nighttime urine production.

Stressful events - Events like having a new younger sibling, starting a new school, or sleeping away from home may trigger bed-wetting.

Urinary tract infection - A UTI can sometimes cause bed wetting, which persists only until the infection prevails.

Sleep apnea - Sometimes bed-wetting is a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a condition in which the child's breathing is interrupted during sleep — often due to inflamed or enlarged tonsils or adenoids.

Diabetes - For a child who's usually dry at night, bed-wetting may be the first sign of diabetes. 

Chronic constipation - The same muscles are used to control urine and stool elimination. When constipation is long term, these muscles can become dysfunctional and contribute to bed-wetting at night.

Symptoms

  1. Wetting during the day
  2. Frequency, urgency, or burning on urination
  3. Straining, dribbling, or other unusual symptoms with urination
  4. Cloudy or pinkish urine or blood stains on underpants
  5. Inability to control bowel movements
  6. Constipation
  7. Other signs and symptoms may include snoring, frequent ear and sinus infections, sore throat, or daytime drowsiness.

Home Remedies

 
Olive oil
  • Heat some olive oil and rub it on the lower abdomen of the child.
  • The heating effect of the olive oil will help develop better bladder control
Fennel seeds
  • To a glass of warm milk, add 1 tsp of fennel seed powder
  • Add 1 spoon of sugar to it (Can add 2 if needed)
  • Give this to the child before he/she goes to bed
Cinnamon
 
  • Cinnamon can be rightly called as the wonder bark due to various health benefits.
  • Make the child chew half an inch of cinnamon bark every day. 
  • If not, cinnamon powder mixed with sugar can be sprinkled on his favorite sandwich/toast/muffin 
 
Gooseberries
 
  • Extract the pulp of gooseberries and sprinkle some pepper powder on it.
  • Make the child consume this before going to bed
  • Simply mix some gooseberry powder in a glass of milk and give to your child before going to bed
 
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What is Asthma?

Bronchi are the are the airways in the respiratory tract that transfer air from wind pipe to lungs. Asthama is which disorder in which inflammation causes the bronchi to swell and narrow the airways, creating breathing difficulties. These might range from mild to life-threatening.
 

Causes

  1. Exposure to tobacco or wood smoke
  2. Breathing polluted air
  3. Inhaling certain perfumes or cleaning products
  4. Breathing common allergy-causing substances like molds, dust, or animal dander
  5. An upper respiratory infection, such as a cold, flu, sinusitis, or bronchitis
  6. Exposure to cold or/and dry weather
  7. Emotional excitement or stress
  8. Physical exertion or exercise
  9. Reflux of stomach acid known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD,
  10. Menstruation: In some, not all, women, asthma symptoms are closely tied to the menstrual cycle.

 

Symptoms

  1. Chest tightness
  2. Coughing
  3. Shortness of breath
  4. Wheezing
 

Home Remedies

 
Clove
 
  • Take 5-6 cloves and boil them in Half a glass of water for 5 minutes
  • Strain this and mix a tsp of honey to it
  • Consume twice a day to get the best results
 
Mustard Oil
 
 
  • Take 1 tbsp of mustard oil and heat it
  • Add a pinch of camphor to it and mix thoroughly
  • Massage it on the chest to feel the warmth and get quick relief
 
Ginger
 
  • Mix equal proportions of ginger juice, pomegranate and honey thoroughly. Consume this twice a day
  • Soak 2 tsp of dried fenugreek seeds(methi seeds) in 1tbsp each of ginger juice and honey, overnight. Consume this in the morning before breakfast.
Coffee
 
 
  • Caffeine in coffee is a bronchodilator which releases the spasms caused in the lungs/airways. It helps clear the airways thus, relieving the ill effects of Asthma. Black coffee is preferred over the coffee with milk since it acts faster. 
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What is anxiety?

A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome.

Causes

  1. Stress in a personal relationship, work, school/college.
  2. Trauma from events such as abuse, victimization, or the death of a loved one
  3. Stress about finances and money
  4. Stress from a natural disaster
  5. Lack of oxygen in high altitude areas

Emotional anxiety symptoms

  1. Excessive worry about the past, present or future

  2. Difficulty concentrating and remembering things

  3. Feeling apprehensive and powerless

  4. A sense of impending panic, danger or doom

  5. Mind racing, finding it hard to think


Physical anxiety symptoms
 

  1. Breathing rapidly or shortness of breath

  2. Increased heart rate

  3. Sweating

  4. Trembling

  5. Feeling tired or weak

  6. Dizziness

  7. Choking

  8. Dry mouth

  9. Stomach or chest pain

  10. Diarrhea

  11. Muscle tension and headaches

  12. Difficulty sleeping and nightmares

 

Home Remedies 

 

Chamomile tea

 

- Boil 250 ml of water and switch off the flame

- Dip 1 chamomile tea bag or 1 tbsp of dried Chamomile flowers

- Allow the tea bag to soak in the water for 5-7 minutes and strain the water

- Add half a tsp of honey to enhance the taste

 

Honey and lemon juice

 

- Mix 1 tsp of lemon juice with 1/2 teaspoon of honey

- To this add 1/2 tsp of grated ginger

- Consume this mixture thrice a day

 

Epsom salt bath

 

- Add 1 cup of Epsom salt in a tub of hot water

- Soak yourself into it to be instantly relieved

- The magnesium sulfate present in Epsom salt helps reduce anxiety

 

Rosemary 

 

- Boil 1 cup of water

- To this add 1-2 tsp of Rosemary

- Strain the water and consume it twice a day

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