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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Pictus Catfish: Aquarium Fish Profile

Many people, including myself would like to have their own pet at home. While dogs and cats are the most popular pets, some prefer other types such as fishes, rabbit, hedgehog and others. If given a chance, I would also want to have my own pet, a dog maybe.

As I talked with some of my friends who have pets, one of the common issues they have the most common pets such as dogs and cats is that these animals require time to care or. For instance, if you have a dog, it could take time to feed, play and walk your dog for daily exercises. That is why some people prefer other less-demanding animals such as fishes. One of the commonly sought-after aquarium fishes by many hobbyists is the pictus catfishishes.

General Appearance and Characteristics

A pictus catfish is very attractive fish in the aquarium. It is characterized by its elongated body which can be white, silver or black in color. Just like other catfish species, its dorsal fin is also large and normally has a black tip. It has oval spots all over its body and fins that are very noticeable. In fact, these spots are commonly the first thing that people notice aside from its long whiskers. The long whiskers of these fishes which in reality are called barbels are not only attractive but are also beneficial to the fish. They have an acute sense of smell and are used for navigating and finding foods in muddy and dark waters. This is what makes pictus catfishes a good scavenger that will consume any food at the bottom of the tank.


If you like to own or already own a pictus, one of the important things to consider is its diet. While it can scavenge for leftover foods, you should not rely on these scraps for its food. They are carnivorous fishes and they prefer to eat meat. That is why if you like to catch these fishes in their natural habitat, you should use meaty catfish bait such as worms and bloodworms. In the tank, you could also feed them with shrimp pellets. If they are underfed and they are mixed with smaller fishes, they may start eating small fishes in its tank. Although they are not generally an aggressive feeder, they have the tendency to feed on small fishes when hungry.

As a Tank Mate

Because they are not an aggressive species of fish, pictus catfishes make a peaceful tank mate for a wide range of fishes. Many hobbyists combine them with cichlids, oscars, eels, loaches and tank sharks like iridescent sharks. Just make sure that when combining them with other fishes, you do not mix them with small fishes that can fit into their mouth.

Precaution when Handling

Pictus catfishes have sharp fins which may occasionally hurt other fishes if those fishes try to attack them. Their fins may also injure you when you try to handle them. It is important to note the dorsal and pectoral fins of pictus catfishes contain poison that may not kill you but may cause the injury to eventually swell. For this reason, avoid handling a pictus.

What You Need to Know About Bronchitis

Have you ever experienced having a persistent cough that produces mucus? All of us may have experienced this at one point in our life, including me. Oftentimes, I just don’t put much attention to it because it normally goes away after several days. However, there are cases when this kind of coughing can linger for weeks. And when that happens, it can be an indication of a more serious health problem such as bronchitis.

Bronchitis is a condition that affects the bronchial tubes. In this case, the mucus membrane in the tubes which carry air to the lungs becomes inflamed. As the membrane swells and becomes thicker, the passage to the lungs becomes constricted. Eventually, the passage could shut-off, resulting to coughing accompanied by breathlessness and phlegm. It may also come with other symptoms such as mucus, wheezing sound, chest pain, shortness of breath and fever.

While most of the reported cases of bronchitis are viral in origin, bacteria may also be the culprit. The resulting bronchitis may either be acute which could last for up to three weeks, or chronic which could last for up to two years.

Acute bronchitis is normally caused by the same virus that causes colds and flu. The virus can spread through the air when a person with bronchitis coughs or when there is physical contact. Aside from the virus, there are also risk factors associated with acute bronchitis. They include exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke, fumes, dust, air pollution and vapors. If you are exposed to any of them, you have an increased risk of developing bronchitis. Although acute bronchitis is not a very serious condition, you still need to see your doctor if you are experiencing its symptoms so that he or she may rule out other serious conditions with the same symptoms.

You are lucky if you only have acute bronchitis because chronic bronchitis is a long-term condition that needs medical care. One of the main factors that cause this condition is smoking, although it can also be caused by viral or bacterial infection. One bad news to those who suffer this condition is that there is only a slight chance of complete recovery despite treatment.

Most people would rely on medical treatment to treat or alleviate their symptoms of bronchitis. But there are also bronchitis remedies that you can easily do at home. These include avoiding smoking and drinking plenty of water, which are effective for treating acute bronchitis. Your doctor may also prescribe an expectorant so you could cough up easily in case you have mucus. But for the case of chronic bronchitis, supplemental oxygen and oral steroids for reducing inflammation may be necessary. One important consideration to note is that regardless of what type of bronchitis you have, you must never take any over-the-counter cough medication unless your doctor prescribes it.

We should always be watchful of our health. A simple cough which we are neglecting may already be a sign of a more serious condition. If you have been coughing for several days now, it would be good to see your doctor immediately.

Serious Diseases on Cats

Who among you love cats? I will raise my hand to that question as I also love cats. Unfortunately, not all people have passion for cats. In fact, the Humane Society of the United States estimates that there are about 70 million cats roaming in the country. And these stray cats are often the carrier of dangerous feline diseases.

I mentioned this information in connection with keeping your cats healthy. Keeping your cat indoor is one way to help your cat avoid contracting some of the serious diseases that can possibly be spread by stray cats.

Feline Leukemia Virus

Feline leukemia is a disease that can be spread through urine, saliva or nose discharges. Indoor cats normally get this disease by sharing of foods or water bowls, living together or bites of infected cat. Mother cats can also pass this disease to their kittens. In some cats, symptoms immediately manifest themselves after contracting the virus, while in some cats, it could take several weeks. Contracting this virus could lead to several serious conditions including anemia, infertility, skin infection, bladder infection, respiratory tract infection and cancer.

There is no cure for feline leukemia but it can be prevented by restricting your cat indoors and avoiding exposure with other cats.

Although there is no cure for feline leukemia, the disease is easily preventable. You can help prevent feline leukemia by keeping cats indoors, restricting exposure to other cats, maintaining a clean living environment, and ensuring that your cat is vaccinated. According to the Merck Veterinary Manual, veterinarians rarely see cases of feline leukemia among vaccinated cat populations.

Renal failure

Among older cats, renal failure is a leading cause of death. Risk factors for this disease include genetics, age and environmental factors. Two types of renal failure affect cat. Acute renal failure is when the kidney automatically stops functioning, while in chronic renal failure, the deterioration of the kidney is progressive.

A number of symptoms are obvious when a cat suffers from renal failure. These include vomiting, excessive urination, nausea, increased thirst, a cracking or grinding sound in the jaw, constipation and dehydration.

A number of symptoms can show up as a result of kidney disease, including constipation, excessive urination, nausea, increased thirst, a grinding or cracking sound in the jaw, vomiting, dehydration, loss of appetite, halitosis, weight loss, and lethargy. If your cat starts to manifest these symptoms, bring your pet to the veterinarian so that diagnosis and immediate treatment can be started. Treatment includes changing your cat’s diet, medication and hydration therapy.


Pancreatitis in cats is a condition when the pancreas becomes inflamed, causing the digestive enzymes to escape and cause damage to the pancreas itself and the liver. It is a serious health problem because it could lead to other complications such as diabetes, hepatic lipidosis and others. Cats suffering from this condition may not be acting as they normally do. They may also experience abdominal pain and vomiting.


Tapeworms, hookworms and roundworms in cats are pretty common. Symptoms include pot-belly, weight loss, poor coat and vomiting. Worms can easily be treated, but if neglected, they could lead to serious complications.

If you have a pet cat, you ought to know what these serious diseases are so that you will be able to take precautionary measures to help your cat avoid them or to perform certain actions if it starts to manifest those symptoms.

When to See Your Doctor for a Tingling Feet

Have you ever felt those pins and needles in your feet after sitting for too long or after crossing your legs? I frequently experience this as I tend to sit for long hours when working on my creations. Normally, the tingling sensation will just go away after a few minutes of slowly moving the feet. This kind of condition is just normal and should not cause you any worries.

However, there are cases of tingling feet which do not go away immediately. This kind of condition is more serious as it could be indicative of an underlying ailment. Just like having a strained or sprained foot, any tingling in the feet that has become more than the normal deserves a doctor’s attention.

Among the serious health conditions that send a tingling sensation in the feet are peripheral neuropathy or nerve damage. It is estimated that there are about 20 million Americans suffering from some type of peripheral neuropathy who also suffer from persistent tingling in their feet. The tingling normally occurs daily for no reason, like even if they are not crossing their legs or sitting down for long periods.

But how would you know that the tingling is already serious and medical attention is needed? It is important to know why or we will think that every case of tingling sensation is just normal.

An abnormal tingling sensation is normally accompanied by other symptoms aside from the pins and needles effect. These symptoms include:

  • itching
  • pain
  • numbness
  • dizziness
  • muscle spasms
  • changes in vision
  • difficulty in walking
  • weakness
  • loss of consciousness
  • confusion
  • rashes
  • loss of bladder control
  • loss of bowel control

There are a variety of underlying conditions that may cause these other symptoms. Aside from peripheral neuropathy, your doctor may also rule out nerve dysfunction or entrapment, poor blood circulation, systemic diseases such as multiple sclerosis and hypothyroidism, injury to the nerve, vitamin deficiency, and hormonal imbalance. In some cases, the occurrence may be a sign of infections like shingles, autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, ruptured disc in the spine, diabetes, and stroke. In rare cases, it may also be a sign of Raynaud’s phenomenon and Tarsal tunnel syndrome. Additionally, the tingling may also be a side effect of certain medications you are taking, or an indication that you have been exposed to toxic chemicals. Alcoholism and vitamin deficiency could also bring about the tingling sensation.

Persisting tingling accompanied by other symptoms listed above should never be ignored. And it is important that your doctor is able to diagnose your underlying condition at the earliest time possible so that treatment could also be immediately started. Many of these underlying health conditions are very serious such that early detection and treatment are critical to the life of the patient.

While many of us experience tingling in the feet, that sensation may or may not be normal. If you notice other accompanying symptoms as listed here, see your doctor as soon as possible.

When to See Your Doctor for Back Pain

Oftentimes, I experience back pain when I have to spend hours working on a complex hair piece. I put much attention to detail and that explains why it normally takes me many hours just to finish one piece. And I know that I am not the only one who suffers from back pain. Many people also suffer from this problem from time to time as a result of their work or daily activities.

Back pain is normal especially if you just went through a strenuous day of activity. Depending on how severe the pain is, it might just go away after several hours or days. The pain could also be alleviated with a massage, pain reliever, rest and exercise. However, your back pain may also not be what you think it is. And when that happens, you need to see your doctor right away.

Regardless of the type of back pain you are experiencing such as a right side back pain, lower left back pain, or upper back pain, there are red flags that should alarm you that your condition is something serious and needs your doctor’s attention.


If you have a persistent back pain accompanied with fever, it may be a sign of a systemic problem. Your doctor might rule out infection. If you are diagnosed with infection, you may be prescribed to take antibiotics. Aside from that, your doctor may also recommend resting for several days until the pain alleviates.

Numbness or Tingling

Back pain accompanied by numbness or a tingling sensation in the legs, arms, groin area, genital area, thigh and buttocks could be a sign that you are suffering from nerve irritation or damage. It can be a case of spinal stenosis or a herniated disk which, if left untreated, may cause permanent disabilities.


If you recently fell from a ladder or had a car accident followed by back pain, you want your doctor to check what is actually causing the pain. It is possible that the pain is a result of a fractured back. Your doctor may recommend that you take an X-ray for proper diagnosis.

Loss of Bladder or Bowel Control

Back pain accompanied by any of these symptoms could be indicative of a rare disorder called cauda equina syndrome. This is normally a result of having spina stenosis, trauma in the spine, or herniated disk. Additional symptoms include weakness or numbness in the legs. Cauda equina is a condition that requires medical attention at the soonest time possible.

Family history of suppressed immune system, osteoporosis or cancer

Family history of these diseases can make your doctor rule out that your back pain is caused by the same condition.

Night Pain

Back pain that occurs at night should not be ignored as it could be a sign of sprain, disc degeneration, tumor or even cancer. Your doctor may request that you to have a blood test or MRI to help diagnose your condition.

If you think that these are all the red flags for back pain, they are not. I have sources that also list down unexplained weight loss, pain that lingers for more than four weeks, advanced age, and use of IV drugs as other red flags. If you have any of these red flags, see your doctor immediately because early treatment may be able to cure the problem.

Different Causes and Treatment for Itchy Armpits

When I design and make jewelries, focus and tireless arms are very important. A pain in right arm or the left arm can render me unproductive in what I do. This is especially true with many artists like me who work with their hands and arms.

Aside from pain in the arm, another common problem that can render our arms less productive is itchy armpits. The armpits may not be part of the arms but since they are connected, whatever pain or itchiness there is in this part can also affect the usefulness of our arms.

Having an itchy armpit can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. At times, you cannot resist scratching it even in front of other people. If your armpit is itchy, it can be caused by several factors. Its treatment largely depends on the cause. Knowing the cause can help you deal with this problem if you know the possible causes and treatments for itchiness in the armpit.
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What Causes Metallic Taste in Mouth

Have you ever experienced having a metal taste in mouth? I have experienced this several times in the past after taking certain medications. But for some people, a metal or salty taste in mouth also implicates their health condition. Since it is common for many of us to have this kind of taste in our mouths, it would be good to know what really causes it and if there are some reasons for us to be alarmed if we experience it.

One of the most common reasons why a person has a metal taste is Dysgeusia. Dysgeusia is a condition wherein a person would feel like having eaten loose coins instead of what he really ate for a meal. There are several explanations why a person may have this condition.
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Is Fish Oil Good for Dogs

Among my friends and customers, many of them are pet lovers. Some have cats while others have dogs. When pet lovers bump into each other, you will really hear an interesting conversation about pets. Can dogs eat bananas? How about ice cream? Some dog owners are just not sure if certain foods are fine for their pets or not.

But my curiosity was awakened when I heard something about fish oil for dogs. I thought that fish oil is just for human consumption. I later found out that fish oil is also good for dogs. In fact, it is considered to be one of the most important supplements for these animals, regardless of breed.

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Fish oil contains DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids which provide a wide range of benefits for dogs. These fatty acids promote better appearance of coat and skin, reduce inflammation and lower the risk of developing allergies, arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease. DHA and EPA can also help regulate the immune system of your pet. They can calm an overactive immune system and boost suppressed immune systems. Older dogs can also benefit from fish oil because it can help improve their cognitive functions. For pregnant people, fish oil can aid in the mental development of their unborn puppies. Fish oil is also known to help lower blood pressure, lower risk of heart disease, kidney disease, cancer and weight loss, increase stamina, and improve the immune system, among others.

After giving your dog fish oil, you may not immediately notice its impact to the overall health of your pet. Normally it will take weeks before any health improvement becomes noticeable. Among the initial improvements that you may notice are reduced itchy skin, reduced anxiety, improved digestion and bowel movement, and ease of movement for dogs with arthritis. If there are no noticeable improvements after three weeks, try doubling the dosage.

To know how much dosage of EPA and DHA to give to your dog, the general rule is to multiply its weight in pounds by 20. For instance, if your dog weighs 20 pounds, multiply that by 20 to get 400. This means that the ideal dosage for your dog is 400 mg of EPA and DHA. You can then use that as basis for how much fish oil to give to your dog. Fish oil generally has no serious danger of overdose but your dog may experience diarrhea. If it happens, just lower the dosage of fish oil. However, it must be noted that for cases of overdose, some dogs tend to have increased bleeding.

Fish oil is available in capsule and liquid form. An important caution when handling liquid fish oil is to keep it from direct exposure to light, air and heat. The oil should be stored in dark bottles inside the refrigerator. It must also be consumed within two months or earlier as they tend to become rancid over a period of time. Smell the oil first before giving to your dog. If it already has an off odor, discard it and don’t give it to your pet.

Fish oil may be beneficial for your dog. But it is still important to consult your veterinarian before giving your pet any regular supplement that may impact its health.