Comes with the Job

I am always working with very small materials in my custom jewelry business that I am afraid of having arthritis in fingers anytime soon. I really hope that that could be avoided somehow, as I cannot see myself leaving my homegrown business just because of “what ifs”. Well I am certainly taking careful precautions for it and I just hope and pray that it will not come to that.

It cannot really be avoided as the nature of my crafts involves putting together any number of small beads, small metal fixtures, thin metal wires, and what have you’s together to form a piece that hopefully, the customers will like. You kind of wished to instead be dealing with easier and bigger materials, but that would not work, as who would really like to wear trinkets and bracelets that are big and heavy enough to hurt someone.

The tools I use are an entirely different problem on their own as they are like the miniature versions of common tools like the pliers, long noses, wire cutters, benders, and the like. The big ones are already hard to use as is, imagine using the much smaller versions of them and you can clearly see all the problems that I am having.

Again, it cannot be helped as they are the only proper tools to use in my line of work. I just wear thin gloves to somewhat protect me from them, but wearing gloves really limits the movements of your fingers, that you cannot work the way you wanted while wearing them. I usually end up frustrated with them and just remove them altogether.

My hands, well they are shot full of scratches, punctures, and wounds to last me two full lifetimes and my work is wholly to blame for it. Don’t ask about my fingernails either as I use them all the time with the jewelries that I am constantly making. Peeling fingernails, scratched and punctured fingernails, missing fingernails, name it and I probably have one of those at one time or another.

Well I really am at a lost about what to do with my problems. I can’t just stop doing what I love to do just because I have encountered “problems” doing it, right? I know there is a solution to every one of them and they are just out there somewhere, maybe I just have to look a little harder for them.

It really pays well, I’ll give it that, and it affords me many great things which are out of my league, when I am not making custom jewelries, and instead have a regular job. In fact I don’t consider it as a job anyhow as I love doing it and getting paid handsomely from doing what I love to do. Nothing beats that.

So what now? Well for one, I have got do to my research about protecting my hands from my job. Another thing that comes to mind is that I might be hiring someone, or a lot of someone, to do the job for me. Now that’s an idea worth pondering on.

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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A Guide to General Health of Pet Bunnies

People have their own preference when it comes to pets. I know of many who own a cat or a dog because they are among the most popular pets around. Aside from these two animals, different bunny breeds such as lionhead bunnies are also gaining in popularity as pets. They are just too cute and hard to resist if you are an animal lover.

When I can, I would also love to own a bunny. Bunnies or rabbits are not very difficult to care for. However, it is important to note that these animals may suffer from certain health problems which need your attention. As an owner, you should have some idea about the general health concerns of bunnies so that you can effectively deal with them if you have to.

Rabbits can suffer from a wide range of diseases, some of which can be treated at home, while others need immediate veterinary attention. Below are some signs of alarm that should tell you to bring your pet to the vet immediately:

  • Inability to eat, drink, urinate or defecate
  • Blood in the urine
  • Frequent drinking or urination
  • Loss of coordination and inability to move
  • Head tilting
  • Teeth grinding which often comes with dull eyes and uncomfortable posture

If your rabbit manifests any of the above symptoms, they may be suffering from a serious condition that warrants immediate attention and treatment by a professional.

Bunny Health Monitoring

Below are simple ways on how you can monitor the general health of your pet bunny:

  1. Monitor the temperature.

If you own a rabbit, it would be good to have a reliable rectal temperature gauge that you could use whenever you have doubts that your rabbit is feeling well. Bunnies have a normal body temperature between 101 and 103 degrees Fahrenheit. Readings over or under this temperature range may indicate that something is wrong with your pet.

  1. Check bunny urine from time to time.

Abnormalities in the urine of your pet can also signify certain health issues. Bunnies generally have clear, yellowish or brownish urine in color, depending on their diet. If your pet’s urine has a sudden change in color even if there was no change in its diet, it should be a cause for concern. Also watch out for milky urine that occurs frequently or urine that is sludgy and thick as it can also be a sign of certain health issues.

  1. Watch out for the following serious diseases which commonly affect bunnies:
  • Inner ear infection – An infection in the inner ear is something that you cannot treat at home. This condition is normally characterized by head tilting. The best course of action for this condition is to bring your pet to the vet for diagnosis and treatment.
  • Upper respiratory infection (URI) – If your pet frequently sneezes with some difficulty in breathing and has discharges coming from its eyes and nose, it could be a case of URI which is another problem that can only be treated with the help of your vet.
  • Gastrointestinal stasis – Common symptoms of this condition is your pet’s inability to eat for several hours or changes in its eating habit. Your vet can help treat this problem.

Bunnies can be the sweetest and most cuddly pet you could have. That is why they also deserve and need adequate attention when it comes to maintaining good health. This guide should help bunny lovers keep their pets in a healthy condition.

What You Should Know About Stretch Marks

When we hear the term stretch marks, we often associate them with pregnant women or women in general. I was therefore surprised when I saw an advertisement online that featured men who had stretch marks. Perhaps, just like me, there is little that is known about this condition. One reason why so many people are not very concerned about it is that stretch marks are not a serious or life-threatening health problem. You can live with it without feeling any pain. However, stretch marks especially among women can be embarrassing. Understanding more about this condition can help you answer some of the frequently asked questions such as how to prevent stretch marks and how to remove stretch marks.

Stretch Marks Defined

Stretch marks are a form of skin scars that normally have an off-color hue and develop as a result of the tearing of the skin layer called the dermis. In dermatology, these marks are called striae. They initially appear as flat red lines which later on appear as overstretched and depressed white streaks on the skin. They are generally painless and are rarely a symptom of a serious medical problem. You usually can find stretch marks on breasts, chest, abdomen, thigh and groin.

Causes of Stretch Marks

  • Genetics – a woman is more likely to develop stretch marks if her mother has also developed stretch marks during or after her pregnancy
  • Rapid change in weight – rapid weight gain or loss causes the skin to stretch or adjust according to weight and it sometimes would leave stretch marks
  • Puberty – hormonal changes and growth spurts during puberty may also result in stretch marks
  • Bodybuilding – some body builders get stretch marks because their rapid muscle development causes their skin to stretch beyond its limits
  • Certain medication – long-term use or heavy use of topical or oral corticosteroids may also lead to the formation of stretch marks
  • Skin color – people with fair skin are more likely to develop stretch marks than those with darker skin

Stretch Marks Prevention

Stretch marks are something that is hard or nearly impossible to prevent. Perhaps the only way that they can be prevented is to maintain normal weight. As for women, stretch marks occur between 50 and 90 percent of pregnancies as a result of stretching of the skin and hormonal changes. The application of lotion and other topical cream during pregnancy proves to be of little help in preventing these marks from developing.

Treatment for Stretch Marks

There is a wide range of treatment options for stretch marks, which include topical cream, lotion or ointment, but none proves to be effective in completely eliminating the stretch marks. Some people also resort to more aggressive treatments such as laser therapy which is more helpful in improving the appearance of stretch marks but rarely make the stretch marks disappear.

Understanding more about stretch marks can help us view this condition distinctively. There is no proven cure for stretch marks yet. Over time, they may fade and become less obvious but only in rare cases do they completely disappear. Fortunately, they do not cause serious health problems to those who have them.

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.


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:


  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.


  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.