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Diaper Rash: Causes, Symptoms and Remedies

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diaper rash

Diaper and babies go together and because of the amount of diapers baby wear constantly and almost for the whole day, diaper rash almost becomes inevitable. There are a lot of home remedies as well as medications which can cure and even prevent diaper rash.

Causes

  • Sensitive skin can be a cause of diaper rash as this kind of skin reacts to things very fast.
  • Not having change the baby’s diaper for a long period of time causes irritation to the skin thereby leading to a rash.
  • If a baby has urinated or passed stool in the diaper and the baby has not been changed for immediately and left in it for sometime causes a diaper rash.
  • Ill-fitting diapers are also one of the main reasons for a rash forming on the skin. If the diapers are tightly fixed on the baby it leads to rubbing or chaffing thereby creating problems.
  • Sometimes a particular brand of diapers and wipes might not suit a baby’s skin and hence that must be avoided.
  • Bacterial infection or fungus may start as a normal infection but spread and become extremely uncomfortable specially around the diaper region such as the buttocks, genital thighs and skin crease.
  • It may happen that if a baby is on antibiotics, the good bacteria that keeps yeast at bay may lessen thereby increasing the yeast growth and causing an infection.
  •  When solid foods are started, some foods might not suit the baby and their stool changes causing a rash.

Symptoms

  • Redness or pinkness of the skin around the diaper area
  • Dryness, peeling or flaking of the skin
  • Raised bumps which may be dry or filled with pus
  • Diaper area skin becoming extremely sensitive and warm when you touch it
  • Swelling
  • Baby looks uncomfortable specially when the diaper is being changed as when the area is touched to be wiped or washed it hurts them.

Home remedies

Olive oil

olive oil

  • Olive is one of the best remedies that can be used to get rid of the rash. In fact, it is recommended that whenever you change the baby’s diaper, applying a bit of olive oil is always beneficial.
Keep the area clean
 
keep area clean
  • Cleaning the buttocks and genitals with a cotton wool dipped in slightly warm chamomile tea treats the rash. You should do this 2-3 times a day to help in controlling the same.
Breast milk

Breast milk heals the rash very fast. Apply some on the area and let it dry. 

Baking soda

Baking soda is another good remedy. Mixing two teaspoons in baby’s bath makes a soothing soak for irritated skin. 

posted Feb 17 by Daisy

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hair loss

Hair loss is a common problem nowadays mainly due the change in lifestyle accompanied with the stress everyone faces in the fast-paced environment. Some people suffer from it while others do not. Hair loss is inevitable as we grow old but when it occurs in the youth it troubles us.

Symptoms

  • The first sign of hair loss is bald patches occurring mostly around the forehead or on top of the head. That should be a trigger that you need to do something about it now.
  • Loss of hair all of a sudden should ring an alarm bell.
  • If scaling patches occur on the scalp, this is due to ringworms. Another sign of this is swelling, redness and some liquid oozing out.
  • Hair thinning out gradually is an indication that you might be suffering from hair loss.

Causes

  • Lack of protein affects the body in many ways and one of them is causing lessening of hair on the head.
  • Stress is a major factor.
  • Hereditary factor is one of the reasons and very less can be done about that.
  • Hormones play an important role in our body and any change has a ripple effect thereby causing changes in our body. This affects the growth of hair and actually causes hair fall.
  • Anemia has become an ailment which many people are suffering from. This iron deficiency has an effect directly on the hair loss.
  • Thyroid is another medical illness which is a reason for loss of hair.
  • Poor nutrition is a cause of lack of essential vitamins ion our body and inadequate vitamin B causes hair loss.
  • High dosages of antibiotics and other medicines affect hair growth.

Home remedies

Coconut milk

coconut milk

  • Apply one cup of coconut milk to the hair and cover with a towel for about twenty minutes and then wash off with cold water and then shampoo.

Neem

Neem

  • Boil about ten neem leaves in water until it reduces to half the original quantity.
  • Coll the mixture and rinse hair with it.
  • For best results repeat once a week.

Aloe Vera

  • Extract the pulp from the aloe vera and apply to the hair.
  • This should be done on already washed hair.
  • Rinse off after fifteen minutes.

Greek yoghurt

Greek yogurt

  • Yoghurt is an excellent conditioner for the hair and solves a lot of hair related problems.
  • Add honey and lemon juice to two tablespoons of greek yoghurt and make a paste.
  • Apply this paste to the hair roots and scalp and wash off after half an hour.

 

 

 

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Gingivitis is a disease of the gums which causes inflammation and swelling due to the bacteria and germs that form and reside in the teeth. It occurs because of bad tooth hygiene and not taking proper care of the gums and teeth. If the disease is not treated on time it can worsen and lead to serious complications. It is actually a medical problem which is not destructive and can be cured by regular flossing and brushing of teeth. It becomes a problem only when ignored for a long time. There are symptoms to look out for which will indicate that you have gingivitis.

Symptoms

  • Most obvious symptom is redness and swelling of gums which look puffy and on touching feel tender and kind of hurt. It is an alarm bell that it is not normal and must be looked into.
  • When you brush your teeth and you see blood coming out of the teeth and gums, it is an indicator that you may have this disease.
  • The gums are set in the jaws and if you see them receding it is a sign that something is wrong
  • Bad breath is also a major sign and usually ignored as they feel it is normal and nothing to worry.

 Causes

  • When food particles get stuck in the space between the edges of the gum and the place where the gums actually attach to the teeth, and are not cleaned well.
  • Plaque is normal to be formed on the teeth but can be cleaned by regular brushing. If ignored accumulation of plaque is a reason for the disease.
  • Breeding plaque and bacteria cause swelling of the gums

Home remedies

Salt

  • Add half teaspoon of salt to lukewarm water and rinse every morning and evening until the puffiness disappears.
  • Make a paste of by mixing half teaspoon of salt with mustard oil and massage it on the gums for around two minutes in a circular motion and then gargle with lukewarm water. For best results, do it two to three times a day.

Baking soda

baking soda

  • Effective remedy as it reduces decaying of the tooth by neutralizing the acids and at the same time works as an antiseptic hence heals.
  • Make a paste with water and a quarter teaspoon of baking soda and apply it to the gums. Leave it on for two minutes and wash with warm water. Do this thrice a week.

Turmeric

Turmeric

  • We all know turmeric is the best healer and can almost heal all cuts, wounds and other diseases due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
  • Mix half teaspoon f turmeric with half teaspoon each of salt and mustard oil and massage on gums twice in a day.

 

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grey hair

Greying is a natural process and probably unavoidable. It can, however, be delayed by adopting some good habits of keep hair healthy and clean and also eating the right foods. Grey hair starts slowly and for some people the process starts at an early age. This is mostly because it is hereditary.

Symptoms

  • The first areas of the hair which start greying are above the ears and near the temples. If you see that then you know the hair has started to grey.
  • Grey hair in the beard and moustaches for men is an indication.
  • Hair is coarse and feels dry and rough

Causes

  • Hormonal changes play a big role in greying of hair. Body undergoes changes for various reasons and they react differently for every person. Grey hair is a common consequence.
  • Hereditary genes are one of the major causes. If someone in the family has greyed early there is a tendency that someone from the same family might grey fast as well.
  • Poor eating habits and improper nutrition does not give the body what it needs and this causes hair to become unhealthy and starts to grey.
  • It is also said that improper functioning of the kidney is also a cause.
  • Stress is an undoubtable factor. Today’s lives are filled with stress and the first impact of it we see is our hair starts to grey.
  • Smoking may also be a cause.
  • Constantly using hot water to wash hair also causes hair to go grey.

Home remedies

almond oil

Coconut oil

  • This oil is a cure for many things such as grey hair, scars and marks. Mixing coconut oil with lemon juice and massaging your hair with it controls the grey hair.

Curry leaves

  • Combine curry leaves with yoghurt or buttermilk and apply to the hair.
  • Boil curry leaves in coconut oil until the leaves turn black indicating they are burnt and apply this oil on the hair.

Ghee

  • Applying ghee or clarified butter in the hair twice a week reduces the problem.

Onion

  • Onion juice is a highly effective remedy.

Almond oil

Almond oil

  • Mixing equal amounts of almond oil, lemon juice and amla juice and apply on the hair is a good cure.

 

Bottle gourd juice

  • Take out juice from a bottle gourd and mix it with either sesame oil or olive oil and apply to the hair.

Aloe vera gel

  • Applying this gel is a cure for grey hair and many other ailments.
Black tea

Black tea

  • Add one teaspoon of salt to one cup strong black tea and massage it into the hair. Wash it in an hour and do it regularly to see results.

 

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yeast infection

Yeast infection can occur in any part of the body. In essence it is a fungal infection that comes out when a person is sick or is taking antibiotics. Fungus is present in our body at all times and it is the immune system that fights off yeast and keep infections away. Sometimes when the body is weak due to illnesses the immune system is unable to fight the yeast and the infection appears.

Symptoms

  • Vaginal rash
  • Watery discharge from the vagina
  • Irritation and itching in the vagina and the tissues in the vaginal wall
  • Burning sensation caused during urinating or intercourse.

Causes

  • Antibiotics and those especially which are a heavy dosage are a major reason a yeast infection to happen in the body.
  • A weak immune system is a breeding ground for yeast infection. Usually a strong system fights off fungus and other bacteria but when it is not so strong the infection occurs.
  • An overweight body is one of the causes for yeast infection.
  • Diseases such as diabetes are another reason and hence it is important to keep blood sugar in control.
  • High level of hormones such as estrogen which usually occur during pregnancy, taking birth control pills, hormone therapy and so on is a root cause for infections to happen.

Home remedies for yeast infection

Coconut oil

coconut oil

The properties present in coconut oil are excellent and effective anti-fungal properties that remove the fungus causing the infection. There are various ways to use this oil: -

  • Apply it directly on the affected area
  • For oral use, swirl it in the mouth for around five to ten minutes and gargle.
  • Mix equal parts of coconut oil and cinnamon oil and apply to the infected area.

 

Garlic

garlic

  • This is another remedy that shows excellent results. 
  • Make a paste of a few garlic cloves and apply to the affected area. If you feel it is too strong for you, mix it with coconut oil and vitamin E oil.
  • Another way is to consume garlic cloves or a garlic tablets.

Boric acid

Dilute a small amount of boric acid with water and apply on the skin, which is affected fir a few minutes. Rinse it off thoroughly and repeat for two weeks to see results.

Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar

  • Apple cider vinegar is a healer for a lot of problems.
  • Mixing two tablespoons with a cup of warm water and drinking it cures the infection. This solution can also be applied to the area where the infection has occurred.
  • You can even add it to a hot bath. It soothes the itching.

 

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vomiting

Vomiting is not usually a sign of something serious happening in your body but is the forceful removal of stuff from the stomach which the body has been unable to digest. Very rarely does vomiting indicate something major to be concerned about.

Symptoms

  • Abdominal pain is an indicator that the body is rejecting something.
  • Diarrhea accompanied with vomiting is a sign of food poisoning.
  • Fever is another sign that indicates that the stomach has not been able to accept something.
  • Feeling light headed is very common when one feels like throwing up.
  • Dry mouth is often caused because of vomiting
  • Vertigo often causes vomiting.

Causes

  • Food poisoning is a reason why a person vomits as the stomach is rejecting some food that the person has eaten.
  • Early stages of pregnancy cause vomiting as the body is going through changes and especially hormonal changes.
  • Motion sickness often causes throwing up and many people suffer from sea sickness too which makes them take out everything forcefully.
  • Many antibiotics cause the person taking them to vomit as they are heavy dosages and the body is not used to them.
  • Stress caused due to emotional factors and also experiencing intense pain cause the stomach to throw out whatever there is in it.
  • There are a number of illnesses and diseases such as gall bladder, flu, heart attacks, ulcers and so on which induce a person to puke.

Home remedies to cure vomiting

Water

  • A person who is vomiting should make it a point to drink plenty of water as a lot of water is lost when one vomits and there is a very high chance of getting dehydrated. 
  • This can lead to further problems. Water helps maintain the balance of fluid in the body.

Ginger

  • Crush a piece of ginger, around one inch in size, and add it to water. Let it rest for 15 minutes and drink it immediately. It will cure the nausea.
  • Make ginger tea with honey and lime. It helps in treating vomiting too.

Mint leaves

mint leaves

  • Chew a handful of mint leaves cools the stomach and removes the irritation from the gut and esophagus.
  • You can make a tea by boiling mint leaves in hot water. Drink it with lemon and honey. You can have the same cold too.
  • Add mint to salads and foods.

Cinnamon

cinnamon

  • The properties present in cinnamon instantly cure indigestion. Hence of vomiting is caused because of improper digestion cinnamon will definitely help.
  • Mix cinnamon in your food, especially tea or coffee. You can also make a weak cinnamon tea or just have a bit of the powder.

Salt and sugar

salt and sugar water

  • A tablespoon of sugar along with a pinch of salt added to a glass of water treats the imbalance created because of vomiting. Do this 2-3 times a day to prevent loss of fluids.
  • It also triggers off bile juices to get to work and prevent the root cause of indigestion.

Lemon juice

  • Lemons have the essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, vitamin C and B. This helps in restoring the properties lost from the body due to throwing up. 
  • Hence drinking a glass of water with lemon juice added to it is a great cure.
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