How to treat shingles
Written by: Tim Hegan
Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster herpes virus, which also causes chickenpox. When you have chickenpox, the virus stays dormant – but it can become active again at any time. You’ll be especially vulnerable when your immunity is low – for example when you’re stressed, injured or have undergone medical treatment. It usually affects a specific area of the body, but doesn’t cross over the midline of the body. (more…)
Fact file on harmful skin lightening ingredients
Written by: Kofi Dwinfour
The following ingredients found in some skin lightening products have been proven to be harmful to health and cause permanent skin damage.
For information about how Trading Standards are stamping out the illegal trade in skin lightening creams please read this blog.
Beauty and the skin cream beasts that can kill
By Kofi Dwinfour
Thousands of image-conscious Londoners are risking their health and even their lives by continuing to use banned skin lightening creams that can seriously damage organs and even cause cancer, according to London Trading Standards. (more…)
by Kofi Dwinfour
Pruritus is the medical term for what is colloquially called an itch. Although pruritus is a common symptom of many dermatological conditions, such as radiation dermatitis and atopic dermatitis, it can also be a standalone condition. Pruritus may be localised or generalised and can occur as an acute or chronic condition. Itching lasting more than six weeks is termed chronic pruritus. (more…)
Spotlight On… Shingles
Skin Health, Spotlight
By Deen Kurrimbux
Shingles is a viral infection along a nerve pathway and the surrounding tissue. The same virus that causes chickenpox is responsible for shingles (also called herpes zoster).
There are two main areas of the body where shingles usually appears: the sides along the waistline and along the facial region of the head. Shingles can affect anyone at any age.