Hairpieces for Women

hairHairpieces for Women: Tips for Choosing Hairpieces

Hairpieces for women come in many shapes and sizes ranging from accent pieces to full-fledged wigs. Although hairpieces aren’t for all women, there are a wide range of situations that could warrant the use of a hairpiece. The most immediate image that one likely brings to mind when hearing the word “hairpiece” is likely of a gaudy synthetic wig that’s impossible to style. Although these types of low-quality wigs do exist (usually from non-reputable dealers), there are many retailers of genuine hairpieces for women that are designed to look as natural as possible. All major hairpiece styles are available in either human hair (most versatile for styling and cleaning) or synthetic hair. Understanding the difference between wigs, extensions, additions, and accents is important when deciding what kind of hairpiece would best suit a woman’s needs.
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Hair Accessories Through the Years

It’s a known fact that hair accessories were fairly widely used in ancient times. What is not known is the extent to which they may have been used in prehistoric times, although there’s no reason to suppose that they were not. We do know that they were used, either as adornments or for more practical purposes, in both ancient Egypt and ancient Rome. While it was primarily women who used these accessories, men did as well a time, although in both Egypt and Rome the hair tended to be kept short and any accessory was most likely to be a cap or a headband. There was of course the laurel wreath, favored by Greek and Roman men, and by their gods as well.

 

Nothing Too Exciting Until the Renaissance

 

Since women tended to wear their hair longer they at least needed something on occasion to tie off their braids. Anything fancier appears to have been used primarily by those of great wealth. It appears that it was sometime during the Renaissance Period that hair accessories truly began to become fashion items. While women are known to have worn hair nets for both practical and fashionable purposes in ancient times, the use of clips, pins, ribbons, and various ornaments began to make their appearance during this period, at least in Europe.
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Second Degree Sunburn: A Guide to Self-Care

How many of you have experience getting sunburns during summer? We have our share of sunburns at one point in our life and it is pretty common during summer when everybody gets too excited about going outdoors. I especially love going to the beach in the summer, but I always take extra precautions to prevent getting a burnt skin from exposure to sun’s rays. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to avoid exposure to the sun. There will be days when the sun will show up unexpectedly and you would be caught unprepared, becoming a victim of sunburn. It would be good to discover and learn more about how to deal with this problem especially that it can affect you or anyone at any time.

There are two levels of sunburns that people commonly suffer from. They are the first and second degree sunburn. They normally happen when the skin is directly exposed to the sun without sun protection cream or when the incorrect product is used. Between the two, the sunburn that is more serious is the second degree which needs special attention. While symptoms of first degree sunburn which more often just include skin discoloration and soreness just go away on their own in a few days, it is not the case if the sunburn is second degree. Some individuals including those with fair skin, freckles, light-colored eyes and fair-colored hair are more prone to this condition.

Symptoms of second degree sunburn

These symptoms may also come with vomiting, fever, dehydration and secondary infection.

Self-Care and Home Remedies

  • Cool the burnt area with a compress of tap water (not ice-cold water) or with a cool bath. You could also use some commercial cooling and soothing products such as calamine.
  • You could also spray vinegar for sunburn but be sure to dilute the vinegar first with equal parts of water.
  • Rehydrate the fluid lost by drinking plenty of water.
  • To relieve the pain, you could take an over-the-counter pain reliever. You could also take NSAIDs but be sure to note their restrictions on who may and may not take it.
  • Do not pop the blisters.
  • Do not apply cream or lotion on the blisters or broken skin.

Prevention

To prevent getting sunburns in the future, the following can protect your skin against the adverse heat of the sun:

  1. As much as possible, avoid going out when the sun is at its peak. That is the time when it can cause worse damage to your skin. If you have to, avoid staying out for a long time because prolonged exposure to the sun’s rays can be damaging to your skin.
  2. When you have to go out, apply UV protective lotion or sunscreen suitable for your skin type. People who are prone to this condition as mentioned above should use products that offer the highest factor available, or when the sun is too strong, a total sunblock may be better.

Although you don’t have to go to see a doctor to treat your first or second degree sunburn, it needs self-care and utmost attention to avoid complications. If your symptoms persist despite home remedies, it is best to see your doctor for treatment.


Scalp Folliculitis: A Guide to Prevention and Remedies

Jewelries are perhaps among the top head-turners among most women, which is a reason why I really enjoy making handmade jewelries. Jewelries are not only limited to what you wear around your neck, finger or arms. Jewelries can also be worn on the head. However, some people including women have to deal with scalp problems which can make wearing head jewelries uncomfortable. One of the serious conditions that easily come to mind is scalp folliculitis, and I have seen someone who has this problem and it can be really embarrassing.

Just like scabs on scalp, folliculitis may occur in other parts of the body where the hair grows, though it is more common in the scalp. Prevention and treatment of folliculitis in the scalp basically may also apply to folliculitis in other parts of the body.

Folliculitis refers to the inflammation in the hair follicles where the hair grows. It can affect anyone of all age groups but it is more common among adults. You can recognize it with its symptoms which include pustules or pus-filled swellings as well as redness, itchiness or pain in the affected area.

Preventing Folliculitis

The usual cause of inflammation in the follicles is bacterial infection. Knowing this, there are ways on how you can reduce your risk of folliculitis:

  1. Maintain good personal hygiene by bathing every day and thoroughly washing your scalp with a mild shampoo.
  2. Don’t share personal items even with your family. These include hats, combs and head towels.
  3. Minimize bathing in hot tubs.

Remedies for Folliculitis

If you still get folliculitis despite preventive measures, there are still other treatment options available. Mild cases of folliculitis normally get better within two weeks even without medication, but home and self-help remedies are vital for faster recovery.

  1. Shampoo your hair daily using products that contain tea tree oil as it serves as a natural antibacterial and germicidal agent.
  2. Avoid scratching your scalp as it can worsen the inflammation. When you touch the affected area, wash your hands thoroughly with soap to prevent spreading the germs to other parts of your body.
  3. Apply medication. A wide range of medicines are available depending on the severity of your condition and your general health. You could seek advice from your doctor to know which medication is more suitable for you.
  4. Take antibiotics as prescribed by your physician. Your doctor may recommend antibiotic tablets or antibiotic creams for treating the infection and preventing the problem from spreading.
  5. If your folliculitis is identified to be caused by other factors aside from bacteria, other treatment options include antifungal therapy if caused by yeast infection, or antiviral therapy if caused by viral infection. In some cases, folliculitis in the scalp may also be caused by mites, in which case your doctor may prescribe specially formulated lotion to treat that condition.

Most of these remedies only apply to mild cases of folliculitis. If your condition is severe or mild but does not show any signs of improvement even after applying home remedies, see your doctor for the proper treatment.


FAQs About Shoulder Subluxation?

Have you ever experienced accidentally falling with an outstretched arm? How about having done something that forced your arm to be in an awkward position? I have had encountered some accidents in the past that greatly hurt my arm, but thankfully, nothing serious came about. But I am just fortunate since there are people who suffered from serious consequences such as shoulder subluxation as a consequence of their accident.

Just like pain between shoulder blades, subluxation in the shoulder can be irritating, uncomfortable and painful. At times, it can disrupt your normal work routine. Many people confuse this condition with shoulder dislocation because of some similarities in their symptoms. But their main difference is that a dislocated shoulder completely comes out of the joint, while a shoulder that has subluxes only comes out partially and temporarily.

How does subluxation in the shoulder occur?

Different circumstances can lead to subluxation in the shoulder. These include falling with an outstretched arm, a direct blow to the shoulder, and forcing an arm into an uncomfortable and awkward position. If you have a naturally loose ligament in the shoulder, you are also more prone to this condition.

What are the symptoms of subluxation in the shoulder?

Various symptoms are manifested when a person is suffering from subluxation. Among them are weakness, numbness, pain and the feeling of looseness in the affected shoulder.

How is subluxation in the shoulder diagnosed?

It is hard to self-diagnose a case of subluxation. If you are suffering from any of its symptoms, visit your doctor who would perform physical tests to support proper diagnosis.

How is shoulder subluxation treated?

Initial treatments for subluxation include applying ice pack thrice daily for about 20 minutes each time until you notice signs of improvement in your condition. This should help reduce the swelling and alleviate the pain. Resting from activities that can put pressure on the shoulder is also recommended. To ensure this, you could wear a sling for a few days after developing subluxation, but do not make your shoulder completely immobile so as to avoid a condition called adhesive capsulitis or frozen shoulder. To reduce inflammation, over-the-counter pain relievers and NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and naproxen may also help.

 

After recovering from the pain and swelling or inflammation, the next phase of the treatment process involves doing exercises that can strengthen the rotator cuff. Your health care provider can design a more suitable exercise program for you to rehabilitate your shoulder.

For patients with a repeated case of subluxation, surgical intervention may be necessary to tighten the ligaments.

What is the prognosis for subluxation in the shoulder?

Patients have a good chance of recovery with non-surgical and conservative treatments as listed above. For patients needing surgery, recovery would take longer and would involve using a sling for several weeks to support the shoulder. But you should be able to return to your normal sport and physical activities within six months.

Subluxation in the shoulder may not be a serious condition but it requires your attention and general knowledge on what to do during the recovery period. If you have other concerns about this condition, you could learn more by consulting your health care provider.


Understanding Corn Allergy

People have various forms of food allergies to varying degrees. I know of people who are allergic to foods with gluten; thus we are seeing more and more products that state “gluten-free.” There are also people who have yeast allergy which prevents them from eating most bread products. Other popular allergens include peanuts, eggs, meat, milk, fish and soy. I have not included corn in the list because it is not yet very common in the US, although there are already many reported cases of this type of allergy. A general understanding about corn allergy can help you help others who you know might be suffering from it.

Corn Allergy Symptoms

Symptoms associated with corn allergy may just cause discomfort to some people, while for others, the symptoms may be more severe and to some extent may be life-threatening. They may appear within minutes or hours of intake or exposure to corn or products containing it.

Less serious symptoms:

  • Itchiness or a tingling sensation in the mouth
  • Eczema or hives
  • Dizziness, fainting or lightheadedness
  • Swelling around the mouth area
  • Nauseas, vomiting or other digestive problem

Severe symptoms:

  • Irregular pulse
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Shock
  • Breathing difficulty

Food Products to Avoid

Generally, product labels would state if corn is present in the ingredients. Steer clear from foods that have corn, masa, hominy, or maize in the label. Sometimes, traces of corn may be present in certain products but the label does not directly say it. Other words in the label which may indicate that corn is in the ingredients include:

  • Dextrose
  • Dextrin
  • Caramel
  • Malt syrup
  • Fructose
  • Modified food starch

Corn is normally also present in the following food items:

  • Baked products
  • Sodas and other commercial beverages
  • Canned fruits
  • Candies
  • Cookies
  • Cereals
  • Flavored milk
  • Snack foods
  • Luncheon meats
  • Jam and jellies

Ways to Prevent Exposure to Corn and Corn Products

Many food products contain corn, making it difficult to avoid exposure to this allergen. Some very sensitive people even develop the symptoms by just touching these foods. However, there are simple ways on how to minimize exposure:

  • For children, pack their own lunch for school.
  • Consume more natural foods including fruits and vegetables.
  • When travelling, bring your own food as much as possible.
  • When dining out, check with the server the ingredients contained in the food you will be ordering.
  • Read the food label before buying or consuming the product. Be cautious about other words that may also signify the presence of corn in different forms.
  • Wear a medical bracelet that will tell others that you are allergic to corn. This is especially applicable if you already have suffered from a serious reaction in the past. This can help tell other people of your condition when you are under an allergic attack.

There is no permanent cure to food allergies such as corn allergy. But there are ways on how one can reduce the risk of suffering from allergic reactions. If you are suffering from any food allergies, it is best to talk with your doctor and discuss the best course of action to avoid allergens and alleviate any symptom.


Diet Dos and Don’ts to Prevent Kidney Stones

Whenever I travel long distances, I used to hold the passing of urine as much as I could until the next stop. I have done the same while working on an important projects that I didn’t want to leave. Some of my friends though have told me that this habit might cause me to develop kidney stones. I wondered what do kidney stones feel like because I was not quite sure if I already have them.

I was becoming curious about the topic on kidney stones and I read an article online that there is a way to prevent them through your diet. I thought that this article might be helpful to us since kidney stones can affect anyone in any age group.

If you have kidney stones in the past, there is a greater risk that you will have them again in the future. But through your diet, you may be able to prevent the formation of new stones. The same is true for people who were never diagnosed to have kidney stones but are prone to developing them.

Here are some diet dos and don’t that can help you prevent kidney stones:

Dos

  1. Drink more water. Keep yourself hydrated at all times by drinking plenty of water. Whenever you are doing physical activities like when playing sports or exercising, be sure to have a bottle of water handy. Not drinking enough fluid will cause the urine to become too concentrated, allowing the minerals to stick together and form into stones. Drinking water or other hydrating fluids can help in diluting the urine. Ideally, you should drink at least eight glasses of water daily. You will know that you have enough fluid in your urine if it is light yellow or clear in color.
  2. Get your calcium needs from foods. Instead of taking calcium supplements, eat more calcium-rich foods such as cheese, milk and yogurt. This applies if you are prone to calcium stones.
  3. Increase your intake of high-fiber foods. Foods that are a good source of dietary fibers include wheat cereals, whole wheat breads, oat bran, carrots and cabbage.
  4. Drink lemon juice from real lemons as they are high in citrate which can help prevent stones in the kidney.

Don’ts

  1. Don’t eat too much salt or salty food. If possible, eat less or even eliminate processed foods and junk foods from your diet. Also, avoid eating out so you can control how much salt you put in your food.
  2. Avoid foods that are high in oxalate. If you are prone to developing oxalate kidney stones, lower you consumption of nuts, chocolates and dark green vegetables as they are high in oxalate.
  3. Avoid foods that have high animal protein content. That means you have to reduce consumption of pork, chicken, beef, fish and eggs. You don’t have to completely avoid these foods. You could talk to your dietician on how much animal protein is right for you.
  4. Avoid the consumption of apple and grapefruit juice. A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology shows the increased risk of developing kidney stones with regular consumption of these juices, though it is not clear as to why.

If you take these diet dos and don’t into account, you have a big chance of preventing kidney stones. Of course, they should not substitute whatever advice your doctor may give you regarding your condition. As for my habit of holding urine, I have since stopped doing that and am glad that I do not have a serious case of kidney stones.


Understanding Bunions

One of the primary reasons why women like to accessorize is because they want to look their best. Most women think that accessories whether worn in the head, neck, hands or in other parts of the body can greatly enhance their appearance. That is one reason why most of my clients are women.

While most women put much attention on looking good, some put very little attention on things that are less conspicuous, such as those involving the toes. Certain conditions can affect the toes, causing pain and utmost discomfort if not treated. One of them is bunions. Bunions can affect men but are more common among women. Yet, bunions are one of the least understood conditions among many.

What is a bunion?

A bunion is a bony lump that forms at the base of any toe, occurring more frequently in the big and little toe. If it affects the little toe, it is termed as tailors bunion. It can develop as a result of genetic defects in the foot structure or of wearing too tight, poorly fitted or high heeled shoes. Certain jobs that cause much stress on the foot such as those that entail several hours of standing may also contribute to bunions.

What causes bunions?

There are various factors that can cause bunions depending on what type it is. Bunions generally develop when the toes sustain more stress than normal during regular activities. Certain occupations can also be a contributing factor such as the case of ballet dancer where the feet sustain undue stress during practice and performance.

What are the types of bunion?

  • Acute Bunions – This type of bunion forms because of bursitis. Bursitis occurs when there is inflammation or irritation in the fluid-filled sacs that are responsible for cushioning the joints. Constant inflammation then leads to hardening of the skin near the affected toes. In the long run, it will solidify into a bony mass which is not the bunion. Acute bunions can be painful. You can alleviate the pain by wearing the right size of shoes with extra room in the toes or by wearing shoe inserts. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the problem.

 

  • Hallux Valgus – This type is a chronic but more often painless abnormality in the foot involving permanent bone inflexibility. Hallux Valgus will not only strain or create an abnormal bulge on the affected toe, but it will also widen of the base of the foot. It may also interfere with a person’s normal functions like when standing or walking. Wearing ill-fitting shoes and abnormality in the foot structure are the most common causes of this bunion. To treat this problem, most doctors recommend surgery by correcting the misaligned bones.

What are the symptoms of bunions?

Some people are not aware that they already have bunions. Symptoms include having a firm bump at the base of the big or little toes, swelling or redness on the affected joint and restricted motion of the affected toe.

You may be able to neglect your bunion at its earlier stages. But the more you do nothing about it, the more it will linger and the more you will suffer from its symptoms. It is best to consult your doctor on the proper way to treat it.


Anxiety Disorder: What You Need To Know and Understand

Do you often feel fearful, worried or nervous for no reason? If you do, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder that affects more than 18 percent of the entire population of the United States. I personally know of some people who have manifested these symptoms, though I am not sure if they were already diagnosed with their condition.

It is normal to be anxious for a reason. I normally feel anxious whenever I encounter something new or challenging, whether it is related to work, people or places. But there is an invisible line between what is normal and what can be considered as an anxiety disorder. If there is justification to the worry or fear, it is considered to be normal. However, if the worry or fear is due to unknown reasons and these symptoms already interfere with the person’s normal functions or ability to sleep, it may be already a sign of a disorder. It can also be a disorder when the reaction is beyond what is generally accepted under a particular situation.

Anxiety disorder is a collective term for disorders with symptoms that include unjustifiable fear, nervousness, worrying and apprehension. In some cases, the sufferer also experiences anxiety chest pain among other symptoms.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

GAD is anxiety disorder characterized by long-lasting and excessive worrying about non-specific objects, events and situations such as those that involve work or school, family, money and health. Generally, sufferers are unable to identify the specific cause of their worry and they have trouble controlling such emotion to the point that it already affects their daily lives.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

This type of anxiety disorder causes a person to have intrusive, repetitive and distressing thoughts or actions. Most notable symptom of this disorder is when a person obsessively cleans his or her hands or other personal items or constantly checks on light switches or locks.

Panic Disorder

A person who experiences a sudden or intense terror or apprehension resulting to confusion, shaking, nausea, dizziness, and breathing difficulty may be suffering from a panic anxiety disorder. Panic attacks may be spontaneous or they may be a result of prolonged stress or a frightening experience. Furthermore, sufferers normally expect future panic attacks, causing them to make drastic changes in behavior to avoid the attacks.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Those involved in military service are more prone to PTSD. It is also common among those who were victims of serious accidents or crimes, including hostage situations and rape. PTSD sufferers often experience flashbacks of past events, causing them to make behavioral changes.

Social Anxiety Disorder

This type of anxiety disorder is characterized by fear of being embarrassed or judged negatively by the public. Because of this disorder, some people avoid being in a public situation and in some cases, contact with new people, which in turn causes them to live an abnormal life.

Separation Anxiety Disorder

Many people feel secure or safe when they are with someone or they are in a certain place. This is just normal. What is abnormal is when a person displays an inappropriately high level of anxiety when separated from things that give them security and safety.

Anxiety disorders can be controlled by supplements for anxiety and various treatment options. However, what most sufferers need most is our understanding. We can only understand them if we have enough knowledge about this kind of disorder. Reading this article as well as other online resources can help you gain more knowledge and understanding about anxiety disorders among some people.

 


Get to Know Your Acne Grade

Aside from accessories, most if not all girls also pay much attention to their looks. That is why they spend much time in the mirror grooming or applying makeup just to look their best. However, no matter how much effort put into it, if you have blemishes especially on the face, it can affect your looks in a negative way.

One of the most common blemishes or imperfections that many women and even men suffer from is acne. Acne is a serious skin problem because it not only leaves behind skin blemish, but it can also cause pain and permanent damage to the skin if neglected. Acne comes in different grades and knowing what these grades are is a vital step in selecting the appropriate treatment.

Grade I

This is the mildest form of acne. Grade I is characterized by having small pimples that appear in small numbers. Although there is no inflammation, blackheads are notable and can sometimes appear in large numbers. Milia, which are small or yellowish bumps on the skin, may also be present. This condition is more common among those who are in their early adolescence stage and it normally affects the forehead and nose areas.

Grade 1 acne is the easiest to treat at home using over-the-counter products with salicylic acid. However, if you are allergic to salicylic acid, alternative home remedies are also available including lemon, honey and garlic among others. Grade I acne may easily progress to Grade II if not treated immediately.

Grade II

Considered to be moderate acne, Grade II is also a more manageable condition that can be treated at home. Symptoms include the appearance of blackheads and milia in large numbers and the appearance of papules and pustules. There would also be slight inflammation present and breakout activities would become more obvious. The most common parts of the body affected by Grade II acne are the forehead and nose, as well as other parts of the face. Acne growth and breakout may also start in the shoulders, chest and on the back especially among males. For women, breakout normally affects the chin, cheeks and jaw line, and it normally occurs before or during the menstrual period.

Over-the-counter treatment for Grade II acne includes products with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide lotion to help kill the bacteria that cause the inflammation. However, when home treatment does not show improvement after several weeks, you should see a dermatologist.

Grade III

Grade III acne is already considered a severe condition. Its main difference from Grade II acne is that there is more inflammation present in this grade. The affected area becomes reddish and inflamed. Papules and pustules are also in larger numbers and nodules are also present. This can affect the chest, neck, shoulder, back and the face. If left untreated, infection and scarring are possible.

Grade II acne can be treated by antibiotics and systemic therapies that are only available by prescription. Treatment should also be under the supervision of a dermatologist.

Grade IV

Considered as the most serious acne, this grade is more often referred to as cystic acne. In this case, numerous nodules, papules and pustules are notable aside from the cysts. Inflammation and breakouts are also severe. Grade IV acne can be painful and it may affect various parts of the body including the entire back, shoulders, chest and upper arms. Sufferers normally experience infection and scarring.

Grade IV acne can only be treated by a dermatologist as it requires systemic medications apart from topical treatments.

An acne-free skin is a beautiful skin. But even if you have acne, whether it be nodular acne on your back, scalp acne or acne on your face, there is still hope of eliminating it. The key is to treat it as early as possible to prevent it from becoming Grade IV acne.