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Why Do I Keep Itching? 0

Scratching an itch on your skin is as normal as coughing when water goes down the wrong way, so you will rarely notice if it’s something significant. But in fact, there are lots of things going on when your skin starts to itch, and here are some details on why you have itchy skin.

Itchy Skin or Pruritus

The medical term for itchy skin is pruritus.

Itch is described as an irritation, or in some cases - an inflammation of the skin that causes a person to scratch the affected part.

Some cases of itchy skin are concentrated in a particular area while there are cases wherein the itchiness can be felt all over the body. There are even instances when the condition gets worse, especially at night.

What are the possible causes of pruritus?

There are several causes of itchy skin. The common conditions include allergies, anxiety, emotional problems and also stress. The following are some other causes of itchy skin.

Dry Skin

Xerosis or dry skin is a result of environmental factors or ageing. Being exposed to extreme weather conditions or washing excessively or frequently can also cause dry skin. If the affected skin does not display any drastic changes such as bright red bumps, then dry skin is definitely the reason for the itchy feeling.

Drugs

Certain drugs like antibiotics, narcotic pain medications or even antifungal drugs can cause widespread itching and rashes.

Internal Diseases

Having itchy skin can also be an indication of a veiled illness such as cancer (leukemia or lymphoma), iron deficiency anemia, liver disease and also thyroid problems. A person who is diagnosed with any of the aforementioned medical conditions may experience general itching.

Irritation or Allergic Reactions

There are other factors such as products or materials that can cause skin irritation. Some of these products are chemicals, soaps, wool and other substances which can irritate the skin and of course lead to itching.

A person who is allergic to certain kinds of foods may also experience itchiness in some parts of the body. Other causes for allergic reactions and itchiness can come from cosmetic products that do not agree with the person’s skin.

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Nerve Disorders

Any condition that affects the nervous system can cause symptoms such as itchiness. The most common medical conditions that target the nervous system are diabetes mellitus, herpes zoster or shingles, multiple sclerosis and pinched nerves.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy can cause a lot of reactions including experiencing itchiness. The skin condition usually occurs on the thighs and abdomen, mainly because the skin is expanding.

Rashes and Other Skin Conditions

The usual skin conditions that can lead to itchiness are chickenpox, dermatitis or eczema, hives, lice, psoriasis and scabies. The itchiness is usually localized and is characterized by having bumps or blisters, as well as red and irritated skin.

How do you find out what is causing the itching?

The best and most effective way to find out the cause of the condition is to seek professional help from dermatologists or allergists. Doctors specializing in these areas will perform necessary diagnostic tests including a complete medical history of the patient as well as conducting a thorough physical examination.  

There may be instances wherein the itchiness is temporary but it is still best to see a doctor when you experience any of the following:

  • If the whole body is affected
  • If the condition is severe and distracts you from your daily rituals such as sleeping
  • If the itchiness has lasted more than 2 weeks
  • If the condition has worsened even with self-care measures
  • If you are experiencing other signs and symptoms such as fever, extreme fatigue, changes in bowel and urinary movement, red patches in the skin or sudden and unexpected weight loss

How do we treat itchy skin?

As soon as the cause is determined; the physician will recommend a corresponding medication or treatment. The usual medications may include antidepressants, calcineurin inhibitors and corticosteroid creams. The following are a few simple treatments which can also be done at home.

Use Petroleum Jelly

If having dry skin is the culprit, then you need to make sure that your skin is moisturized using a simple ingredient such as petroleum jelly. This product is best for people with the most sensitive skin since petroleum jelly contains no additives and is very gentle to the skin.

Clean your Home and Surroundings

Allergens can also cause itchiness, so the best means of prevention is to make sure that your home is free from dust and dirt. Do not forget to protect your skin when cleaning by wearing gloves and the right outfit.

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New Moms Skin Problems and How to Deal with It 0

 Becoming a mother is great because you get to welcome a new life into the world; however, the changes it brings to a woman’s body can be difficult at times. One particular change involves the skin. When you become pregnant your skin becomes much more sensitive and can easily be irritated.

If you are starting on a journey into becoming a new mother here’s what you should know about your skin when you enter pregnancy.

More Sensitive Skin

Women develop a much better sense of smell when they become pregnant. If you used to be immune to certain smells like the cologne of your husband, smells of foods or even the scent of a room that will all change when you become pregnant.

When you’re pregnant you suddenly can’t stand the smells of certain foods and you might find that your favorite pasta dish has now become unbearable to you. You might even tell your significant other to stop using that perfume or cologne because you suddenly don’t like the smell once you’re pregnant.

The same thing happens to your skin. During pregnancy, your skin becomes extremely sensitive and regular things, like scrubbing while taking a bath/shower may now leave red marks.

Your skin becomes more sensitive during this time for a number of reasons:

  • Increases in hormone levels
  • Increase in blood supply to the skin
  • Thinning of the skin due to the body’s growth to accommodate the little bundle of joy

Stretch Marks

Pregnancy is known to cause stretch marks.  Some may wear them as a badge of motherhood but many wish that they could just get a push gift for bringing a baby into the world.

As we mentioned earlier, women’s skin gets stretched because their bodies are making room for the baby. As the baby grows the mother’s skin stretches as well to make more room for the little tyke.

Fortunately, stretch marks will soon disappear once you give birth to your baby.But if you’re eager to try to avoid these marks, consider applying VCO, however, should you experience any irritability, immediately stop applying it and consult your doctor about alternatives.

Acne Breakouts

Surprisingly, becoming a new mother can make a woman feel like a teenager again due to the acne breakouts.

The elevated hormone level in a woman’s body can cause pimples, while there are lots of remedies to these breakouts, doctors do not recommend women explore these options when pregnant.

Some natural home remedies which experts recommend are to use lactic acid, tea tree oil or sulphur.

Dry and Itchy Skin

Another symptom of pregnancy may be dry and itchy skin.

According to experts, pregnant women with dry and itchy skin can relieve their discomfort by drinking lots of water regularly. Dry and itchy skin caused by pregnancy happens because your baby is using up most of the liquids that you’re taking in, so it is important to replenish these by drinking water regularly.

Also, installing a humidifier in your room can help moisturize your skin while you sleep, you can also try hypoallergenic lotions to moisturize your skin.

If you’re itching a lot don’t worry.New moms often develop itchiness because of their dry skin but please don’t scratch that itch because you’ll only get more red marks on your body. One way to relieve that itch is to get into your tub and have a nice warm oatmeal bath. It’s a very soothing experience not just for the skin but also for your mind.

One last tip for moms-to-be is to wear organic cotton clothes to ensure that your skin won’t be rubbing against any material that can cause allergic reactions. As mentioned earlier, your skin becomes extra sensitive during pregnancy so you should always be covered in something that’s extra gentle on your body.

Cottonique offers clothes free from materials and chemicals that often lead to skin allergies. All of their apparels are hypoallergenic, latex and spandex-free, and Cottonique does not use bleaching compounds, softening agents and textile resins in their products making them the safest clothes for expecting moms.

You are just as important as the baby that is growing inside of you so take extra care of yourself and make sure that you’re as comfortable as you can be during your pregnancy.

 

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Multiple Chemical Sensitivity 0

MCS or Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is described as a severe allergy-like reaction or sensitivity to multiple kinds of pollutants, which include diesel, VOC or Volatile Organic Compounds, gasoline, smoke and perfume, just to name a few.
A person who suffers from this condition is basically allergic or sensitive to chemicals in general and includes a wide range of symptoms. Such symptoms are usually linked to the environment, which is why the condition is also referred to as environmental illness, sick building syndrome or idiopathic environmental intolerance.


What are the usual symptoms of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity?
The symptoms of MCS vary from one person to another and the list is almost endless. Experts have pointed out that there are no distinct or major differences when it comes to the symptoms of MCS and other medical conditions such as ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) and CF (Chronic Fatigue) as well as its variations like Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction (CFIDS) or Post-viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS).
However, most patients who are known to suffer from MCS have reported to experience the following symptoms:

  • Burning or stinging eyes
  • Digestive upset
  • Dizziness/headache/migraine/vertigo
  • Lethargy/extreme fatigue
  • Muscles and/or joint pain
  • Poor memory or concentration
  • Rhinitis or runny nose
  • Sensitivity to light and/or noise
  • Skin rashes and other related conditions
  • Sleeping problems
  • Sore throat
  • Wheezing and/or similar respiratory problems

What are the possible causes of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity?
Constant exposure to chemicals and other toxic materials can certainly make people sick. Common irritants like smoke or dust can even aggravate medical conditions like asthma or skin diseases.
Some people may easily get sick even when they are only exposed to certain chemicals for a short period of time. It is not exactly clear how levels of exposure can affect people because of varying situations. Some physicians have suggested that the condition can be considered an immune response which is similar to experiencing an allergic reaction.
As previously stated, the symptoms of MCS vary and there have been cases in which mental health issues like anxiety and depression were linked to MCS.
The nature of MCS is not fully understood, mainly because of its symptoms which are closely related to other medical conditions. As of now, there is no definite consensus regarding the cause of MCS.


Diagnosis
The ICD or International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems does not consider environmental sensitivity or MCS as a valid diagnosis, which means that it is still unclear as to whether the symptoms are psychologically or physiologically generated. People who may be suffering from MCS do not easily show visible and distinct signs or abnormalities in their laboratory test results.
There are no current dependable tests that can successfully diagnose MCS, but the condition can be carefully assessed through diagnosis of exclusion. The first step to diagnose the condition is to identify and then treat all the other conditions, which are present.
People who potentially suffer from MCS often complain of a plethora of symptoms. Some who may have MCS were reported to suffer from various medical conditions like allergies, anxiety, depression, hypercalcemia, lupus, orthostatic syndromes or thyroid disorders, among others. The best option is to properly evaluate and then treat the condition.
MCS must be diagnosed in accordance to the six standardized criteria as recommended by the 1999 Medical Consensus Statement. Please refer below:

  • The symptoms are reproducible with repeated exposure to chemicals
  • The medical condition has been going on for quite some time
  • Low or commonly tolerated levels of exposure have resulted in the indications of the syndrome
  • The symptoms of the condition have improved or have been completely resolved when the triggering chemicals are expunged
  • Several responses would take place to many chemically unrelated substances
  • Multiple organ symptoms are experienced such as abdominal cramping, aching joints, diarrhea, ear ache, headache, heart palpitations, itchy eyes, mental confusion, nausea, runny nose, scalp pain, scratchy throat or upset stomach.
Treatment
Several studies have been conducted and showed that half of the patients who have MCS also meet the criteria for anxiety disorders and depression. Therefore, some doctors will prescribe antidepressants, which include Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). Examples of such treatment are citalopram, fluoxetine, fluvoxamine and paroxetine.
Some patients have reported that their symptoms of MCS were relieved with the help of medicines that are for anxiety or sleep disorders. Another technique to reduce symptoms is to eliminate certain types of foods, as well as, staying away from known allergens or irritants.
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Earth Day in This Generation and Practical Ways to Take Part in it 0

With more than three decades since it started, Earth Day has created a vast awareness about environmental protection. Earth Day is an event that unifies everyone on the globe (more than 193 countries) and despite our differences in culture, language and beliefs. We are one in ensuring our planet’s preservation as well as our own for the generations to come.


But not all of us can proactively participate in activities, join organizations or donate for its cause, however, we can all care for the Earth through practical means. Some of the ways are surprising simple. Here are some:

Don’t litter
Be mindful of trash by throwing your unwanteds in designated areas, be it at home, work or anywhere else you go. In case there are no available bins in the area, pack the item until you have the chance to dispose of it properly.

Save on Utility Bills
Turn off faucets when not in use. The same applies to all electrical devices. Both water and electricity related equipment should be functional as well. Repair needs must be attended to as soon as possible because things not functioning properly tend to consume more.

Be Hip with TNCs
Status symbols through cars isn’t practical anymore. You can experience the same convenience through private transportation networks companies (TNC). You can even share a ride with other app users to save more. There are also TNCs which offer shared rides similar to how carpooling works.

Get Down and Dirty
We’re talking about literal dirt and soil or even mud in this case. Plant flowers and vegetables in small pots which you can easily bring indoors and outdoors anytime so a limited space won’t be an issue. Some veggie plants which are easy to cultivate include tomatoes and eggplants. It’s free oxygen and free vegetable salad too.
You may also consider other modern agriculture methods like hydroponics.

Be creative and crafty

Bring out your artistic side by recycling items and transforming them into artworks. If you’re not into arts and crafts, you can always just follow the usual reduce, reuse and recycle option.

Go with the Green Life
This is possibly the most life-changing among all options listed here. Some people have vowed to pursue the green life in every detail from home decorations, furniture, food, and clothing. It’s not simple and not everyone can understand. But its choice to choose the way you want to make a difference.
In terms of food and clothing, going organic is one way to care for the environment by patronizing products produced organically. These are those with no chemicals present or none used during the manufacturing process.

 

Speaking of organic clothing, Cottonique is one with Earth Day by offering clothes manufactured only from organic cotton.

Browse through our collection of allergy-free apparel here!

 

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Why do I get rash near my bra area? 0

While it is always best to consult a specialist when it comes to allergy related concerns, we have created this basic Q&A to guide you. In this post, we answer questions to some of the most common allergy concerns by women regarding bra rash.

What is a breast rash?

A breast rash is described as an irritation and/or redness that is usually found on the underside of the breasts. The rash may happen when a woman wears an ill-fitting bra or because of excessive sweating.

Other causes of the rash are the following:

  •         Bacteria or fungi
  •         Nipple dermatitis
  •         Breast abscess
  •         Mastitis
  •         Radiation dermatitis
  •         Inflammatory breast cancer
  •         Nipple piercings or any form of body art like tattoos
  •         Paget’s disease of the breast

The most usual culprit behind a breast rash is breast fungus which is the common term used for a fungal infection on this bodily part. However, this does not signify as an infection on the deep-seated part of the female mammary. Fungal infections are actually quite common and usually affects the feet and groin areas. The inframammary fold or the area underneath the breast is also prone to fungal infection since this area is where fungi can thrive.

Bacteria and fungi can actually thrive almost anywhere but they are more drawn to warm and moist areas such as the underside of the breasts. The presence of fungi as well as bacteria normally causes rashes around the bra area but there are also other reasons why this part can acquire an infection. In some cases, the rashes will disappear even without medication but there are instances wherein the infection will persist. If this is the case, then it is best to consult a doctor and avoid self-medication so as not to aggravate the situation.

What are probable causes of the itchy rash under the breast?

• Allergic Dermatitis

Allergic dermatitis can cause skin rashes when the person comes in contact with something that they are allergic to. The condition is generally very itchy and can flare up, causing red marks in the affected area. People with pre-existing medical conditions like asthma or eczema are also at risk for allergic dermatitis. The most common allergy triggers include lotions, perfumes, and laundry detergents. However, allergy triggers may vary from one person to another but it is best to stick to organic clothing like Cottonique and environment-friendly laundry materials to lessen the risk of contracting allergies.

• Bacterial Infections

The presence of bacteria such as Staphylococcus and Streptococcus can cause itchy rashes to appear around or under the breast area. Diabetes and disorders in the immune system connected to Candida infections can be considered as serious risk factors. Skin rashes that are caused by bacteria are characterized as bright red and are usually warm to the touch.

• Fungal Infections

Candida, a type of yeast can also be blamed for rashes around the breast area. Skin rashes that are caused by Candida can result to typically red but sometimes white that can also become scaly. Rashes that are due to Candida infection can be easily treated with the use of topical antifungal creams such as ketoconazole.

• Psoriasis

This skin condition that mostly affects the knees and elbows. However, inverse psoriasis which is a subtype of psoriasis can affect the under section of the breasts, groin area as well as under the arms. Inverse psoriasis is often misdiagnosed as Candida infection which is why it is always advisable to consult a doctor in case rashes appear in the affected area. Keep in mind that inverse psoriasis cannot be successfully treated with the use of topical antifungal creams.

 

Are there risk factors of breast fungus or rashes?

Women who wear ill-fitted bras or those with big breasts are more prone to breast rashes as well as those who live in humid areas or those who sweat a lot. Tight underwire bras can lead to chafing of the skin which can in turn result to infection or rashes. A woman who has large breasts is prone to experiencing fungus or rashes because the fungi can develop in a dark, moist and warm environment such as the folds or underside of the breasts. Women who experience rashes or fungal infection in other areas of the body can also transfer the fungi to their breast area when they scratch the affected part.  

Are there easy ways to get rid of breast rashes?

The most basic technique in eliminating breast rashes is by applying a cold compress to the affected area. This process can actually lessen the inflammation and itchiness. Just wrap ice in a towel or use a cold compress pack and apply it. Ice packs that are bought from a store should be wrapped in a towel and should not be applied directly to the skin.

Another solution is to use tea tree oil which can soothe the skin. Dilute the tea tree oil in olive oil before applying to the affected area. If symptoms persist, see a doctor right away so they can recommend medical treatment.

It is also recommended to avoid chemical’s of all sorts as much as possible.  Use chemical free detergents and softeners and avoid using perfumes and deodorant as these may be triggers to the allergy.  Latex can also be a major factor so consider wearing a latex-free bra.

 

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