Archive for July, 2016

The Hair Loss Issue New Moms Face

Published on July 17th, 2016

It is common for a new mother to experience noticeable hair loss shortly after giving birth. This phenomenon is known as excessive hair shedding and is different from true hair loss. This excessive hair coming off is temporary, while it is due to the decrease in estrogen levels. In most cases, a woman will find that her hair returns to normal within a year or sooner. In the meantime, the following tips can help make your hair appear fuller.

Use a Volumizing Shampoo

These shampoos contain protein and other ingredients that coat the hair and add fullness and body. It is best to avoid “conditioning” shampoos since they can make hair appear heavy and limp.

Choose a Formula for Fine Hair

These shampoos and conditioners are lighter, so they will not weigh down the hair. It is best to steer clear of anything labeled “extra-moisturizing” or “intensive conditioning” as they tend to be extremely heavy.

Use the Right Technique

Applying conditioner to the scalp and the entire length of the hair can weigh down the hair and make it appear limp. Try to apply conditioner only to the ends of your hair.

Opt for a New Haircut

A short hairstyle can add body and volume to the hair. A short style is also easier to manage, which can be a plus for a busy mom. An experienced hairstylist can offer tips for choosing a cut that will be both flattering and easy to manage.

A Word of Caution

Although rare, a stray strand of hair can cause a hair tourniquet. This occurs when a strand of hair falls out and becomes wrapped around a baby’s body part such as the newborn’s finger, toe, or foot. This can cut off circulation and even cause infection. If this should happen, try to find the loose end and unwind the hair. In some cases, it may be necessary to use a small pair of scissors to carefully cut the hair away.

Your Skin May Be Telling You That You Have Diabetes

Published on July 9th, 2016

Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body is not able to produce enough insulin. The shortage of insulin elevates the glucose levels in the blood. Diabetes affects all systems of the body and has many symptoms and indicators.

Skin concerns are often the first warning signs of diabetes. Of course, any unusual skin condition warrants a visit to a dermatologist. Skin conditions that may indicate diabetes should be reported to your general physician.

Skin Conditions That May Be Indicative Of Diabetes:

Necrobiosis Lipodica appears as yellow or reddish-brown bumps resembling pimples which are surrounded by porcelain looking skin and broken blood vessels.

Acanthosis Nigricans is a skin condition which may appear in persons with prediabetes. It is characterized by patches of dark velvet-like skin on the neck, armpit, or groin area.

Digital Sclerosis indicates a change needed in medication. This skin concern manifests as a thickening of the skin. It is known for its orange peel-like appearance. The patches may be found on the fingers, arms, or shoulders.

Bullosis Diabetricorum resembles blisters. They sometimes appear in clumps, but there is no pain or irritation like you would have with a typical blister.

A persistent rash is a skin concern that should be looked at by a dermatologist. A rash with swelling and a discharge could indicate an infection. Chronic skin infections could be a symptom of diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Diabetic Ulcers or open sores are a sign of poor circulation.

Diabetic Dermopathy or shin spots are characterized by dark depressions on the shins, arms, or thighs.

Eruptive Xanthomatosis are small red or yellow bumps appearing on the buttocks, thighs, elbows or knees.

Granuloma Annulare manifests as red or flesh colored bumps on vast areas of the skin.

Extremely dry skin is another potential indicator of Diabetes.

Xantheiasm appears as yellow scaly patches around the eyelids.

Numerous skin tags could indicate Type 2 Diabetes.