Scalp Folliculitis – What Causes Folliculitis Of The Scalp?

Jul 12

[ad_1] Scalp folliculitis is a skin complaint that results in inflammation due to blockages of the hair follicles. The condition is by no means rare, and is also known as scalp acne, Barber’s Itch, and Tinea Barbae amongst others. It is not a discriminatory disease, as it can affect both men and women, no matter what age. Although known as scalp folliculitis, it can actually affect any part of the body that has hair follicles, including the arms, armpits, face and legs. Due to the fact that it most often arises on the scalp, many sufferers are not aware of just what scalp folliculitis looks like. It appears as small, white-yellow pustules, usually surrounded by red, circular blisters. As mentioned, the infection usually clogs the hair follicle, but this does not prevent hair growing straight through the pustules, and frequently, hair also grows adjacent to the pustule. If scratched, the pustules tend to seep bloody pus or sebum. It is not impossible for scalp folliculitis to turn into boils, or for bacteria to enter the bloodstream via an infected hair follicle, but these are rare occurrences. So what are the tell-tale signs that scalp folliculitis may be present? A persistent itch along the hairline may be a sign, even though the number of lesions may be small. In most instances, only a small section of the scalp is infected, but it has been known to spread all around the scalp in the severest cases. As with most itches, it is extremely difficult to stop scratching or touching the infected areas, which rapidly causes the infected area to become hard and crusty. If this happens, the urge to scratch the area increases, which only makes matters worse. The cause of folliculitis on the scalp is similar to that of acne, in that bacteria and fungi get trapped within a pore. Along with yeasts and mites, one of the main bacterial causes of the condition is the Staphylococcus bacteria, which can also cause infections in the eyes and nose. The bacteria that invades the hair follicle, combined with sebum within, results in the onset of folliculitis of the scalp. Another source that stimulates the onset of scalp folliculitis is a hot...

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Learn the Symptoms of Strep Throat and How to Distinguish it from a Cold

May 29

[ad_1] Strep throat is an annoying contagious illness that makes the throat irritated and can cause serious pain in some cases. It keeps advancing if it’s not treated. Strep throat is caused by a bacteria called a streptococcus that can be transmitted through the air, especially if an already infected person coughs or sneezes. It’s good to know the symptoms of strep throat so that you take action as soon as you suspect that you have been infected with the bacteria that causes it. Starting the treatment early can prevent the infection from evolving and spreading, so keep an eye out for the following signs: -sore throat and pain when you swallow -sudden severe sore throat not accompanied by sneezing like when you have a cold -fever that goes over 38°C (high fever indicates an infection with a virus) -in some cases, usually at young children the patient can vomit and experience stomach aches -headache usually comes with the more severe sore throat -your tonsils swallow visibly and red spots can appear of the roof of your mouth -the lymph nodes from the neck swallow -skin rash appears in seldom cases You should be able to make the difference between a sore throat and an influenza or a cold. Colds also come with sneezing, coughing and fever under 38°C. When you have a cold or an influenza your nose is runny, while strep throat doesn’t make your nose run. You should start suspecting strep throat when you see that you have a sore throat that does not pass, in fact it gets worse although you have taken the normal medication. If your sore throat is accompanied by a headache then the chances are higher. When you start feeling very tired all the time then it’s almost sure that you have been infected with the streptococcus. If you pay attention to the symptoms and you suspect that you or a family member has strep throat visit your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis. Do this soon, before the illness spreads and causes complications. The treatment is easy and the whole infection can be cured in a few days because antibiotics are very effective against strep throat, especially if the infection...

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Tourette Syndrome – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

May 25

[ad_1] Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. Symptoms include simple and complex types of tics, which usually first appear in childhood and gradually improve by early adulthood. This condition may have a progressive or disabling course in about 10% of those affected. TS is believed to be a hereditary disorder and may be associated with other conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities and obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Ayurvedic treatment of TS is aimed at controlling the tics and preventing neurobehavioral complications. Medicines like Yograj-Guggulu, Maha-Rasnadi-Guggulu, Maha-Vat-Vidhwans-Ras, Vat-Gajankush-Ras and Dashmoolarishta are used to control the involuntary movements. Herbal medicines which can be used in this condition include Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata), Tagar (Valeriana wallichii), Deodar (Cedrus deodara), Erandmool (Ricinus communis), Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica), Vishwa (Zinziber officinalis), Shalparni (Desmodium gangeticum), Prushnaparni (Uraria picta), Agnimanth (Premna mucronata) and Shyonak (Oroxylum indicum). People who do not respond to the above mentioned treatment can be given other medicines like Ekang-Veer-Ras, Tapyadi-Loh, Kaishor-Guggulu, Trayodashang-Guggulu, Vish-Tinduk-Vati and Bruhat-Vat-Chintamani. Sedative herbs like Sarpagandha (Rauwolfia serpentina), Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi), Khurasani ova (Hyoscyamus niger) and Jaiphal (Myristica fragrans) also help in giving relief from tics. Medicated oils like Mahanarayan oil, Mahamash oil, Chandan-Bala-Laxadi oil, Vishgarbha oil and Maha-Saindhavadi oil are applied locally. This is followed by localized steam fomentation of the affected parts using medicines like Nirgundi-Qadha and Dashmool-Qadha. Since TS is often associated with other neurobehavioral problems, additional medicines need to be given to treat these conditions. These medicines include Brahmi-Vati, Saraswatarishta, Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Mandukparni (Centella asiatica), Abhrak-Bhasma, Trivang-Bhasma and Suvarna-Bhasma. Most people affected with TS can lead a normal life with proper medications. Treatment needs to be tailor-made for each individual person. Psychotherapy may also be useful for a few people affected with TS. [ad_2] Source by Abdulmubeen...

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Autism & PANDAS

May 17

[ad_1] There is a health condition recognized in the biomedical field for autism and related disorders called PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections). This is a condition caused by an immune reaction triggered by the presence of Group A Beta-Hemolytic Streptococcal infection. Various strep bacteria produce toxins as part of their infectious nature.  The immune system responds in an attempt to neutralize and eradicate the toxins. However, this immune-toxin (aka: antibody-antigen complex) reaction creates immune complexes which are deposited in various tissues of the body. If these immune complexes land in the kidneys there is an immune reaction called post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis, in the heart it is called rheumatic fever, and in the brain PANDAS can ensue. This autoimmune reaction (self-directed immune reaction to body tissue) in PANDAS is directed to the Basal Ganglia area in the brain. This area has been associated with disorders such as obsessive-compulsiveness (OCD), strange body posturing/movements called chorea, and the typical TIC movements (quick jerking or vocal tics) associated with Tourette’s Syndrome. With obsessive-compulsive behavior anxiety is usually a major problem.   Some individuals on the autism-spectrum suffer with extreme anxiety, but without obsessive-compulsive behavior, while in others the OCD is severe.  Even though PANDAS remains a controversial topic in medicine it is reported that PANDAS can cause or exacerbate Tics, Tourettes, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  Approximately, 25% of individuals who have one or more of these conditions have what appears to be PANDAS. Unfortunately, treatment options are limited, although certain biomedical autism treatments such as low dose naltrexone, dietary intervention such as the gluten and casein-free diet, and various supplements that support normal immune function such as Transfer Factor can be helpful in reducing the overall reactivity of the immune system, PANDAS remains a difficult thing to treat.   Some individuals respond quite well to antibiotics. I have seen in cases where a short course of antibiotics, such as 10 to 14 days of Keflex, Penicillin or Zithromax definitely helps, particularly with the OCD behaviors.  In other situations more advanced biomedical therapies such as intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIG) are needed to short-circuit the autoimmune response. Plasmapheresis, which is a blood cleansing process performed to help diminish the immune-toxin reactions, has shown benefit...

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