Folliculitis Treatment, Symptoms, Causes, Remedy


Hair grows out of pouch shaped structure called follicle. Infection of these follicles is called folliculitis. It appears like a pin point red spots on the skin. Most common site is chest, back, buttock and legs. It is an inflammatory condition characterized by small area of pus surrounding the follicular opening. Fulical is the herbal product which is found very effective for the treatment of folliculitis.

Folliculitis causes and types: There are several different folliculitis causes and types and can be divided into two prominent sub classes that is infectious and non infectious. The infectious type includes bacterial, fungal and viral with staphylococcus aureus, pseudomonas aeruginosa, fungus T. ruburm, yeast and herpes simplex virus causing sycosis vulgaris, hot-tub folliculitis, tinea barbae, pityrosporum folliculitisn and herpetic folliculitis respectively. These infectious folliculitis starts when hair follicles get damaged by friction, from clothing or an insect bite, if follicles are blocked, by shaving or by too tight braids too close to the scalp. After prolong antibiotic acne treatment, gram-negative folliculitis may appear.

Non infectious includes pseudofolliculitis barbae occuring due to hair curving back causing inflammation. Person with impaired immune system may develop eosinophilic folliculitis. In folliculitis decalvans several hairs arise from same hair follicle, the etiology of this problem is unknown. Due to exposure to various types of oils oil folliculitis may occur, usually on forearms and thighs. Recalcitrant cases of folliculitis may represent malignancy.

Folliculitis symptoms: It can manifest in many forms such as reddened skin area called rash, pimples or pustules which are located around hair follicle and may crust over present typically on neck, armpit and groin area. It may appear in the form of genital lesions. Skin itching is another one of folliculitis symptoms which can spread due to improper treatment.

Treatment of folliculitis: self treatment of folliculitis, caused by mild bacteria, can be done. It includes use of antibacterial wash like benzoyl peroxide, chlorhexidine or phisoderm, twice a day. Other than this soaking affected area in a tub of diluted white vinegar or in very dilute Clorox bleach can help reverse the condition. Bacterial folliculitis, with the recommendation of doctor can be treated by topical antibiotic application such as clindamycin lotion or metronidazole lotion. For more resistant form of infection a 5-30 day course of oral antibiotic such as cephalexin, dicloxacillin, doxycycline, minocycline, tetracycline, ciprofloxacin or levofloxacin may be used.

Treatment of fungual folliculitis with anti fungal shampoos and body washes such as ketoconazole. More resistant infection may require topical application of antifungal creams such as miconazole, terbinafine. 4% hydroquinone, kojic acid and 15-20% azelaic acids are recommended for the treatment of hyper pigmentation of skin.

Complications of folliculitis: Although it is a self limiting condition but it can sometimes lead to abscess, painful cysts or cellulites. Another possible complication of folliculitis is post inflammatory hypo pigmentation.

Folliculitis prevention: folliculitis prevention can be easily done by taking following measures: maintaining good skin hygiene, avoiding unsanitary hot tubs and pools, avoiding sharing of razors, avoiding shaving too closely, regularly replacing razors and keeping the skin well hydrated and moist.


Flatulence Treatment, Symptoms, Causes, Remedy


Release of excessive gas from the digestive tract is called flatulence. It occurs when the gas collects in the digestive system. Flatulence is a Latin word which means “a blowing, a breaking wind”. This gas collects in two ways first due to deglutition during eating and drinking and secondly due to production of hydrogen, methane and carbondioxide during digestion. It is normal for a person to pass gas but the daily amount varies greatly between individuals. Passage of feculent smell with the flatulence is also normal which may vary in amount as well. The gas is moved to rectum through specialized muscle movement and the associated sound is produced due to vibration of anal sphincter or sometimes due to closed buttocks. Flacentical is the herbal product which can be used for the treatment of flatulence.

Flatulence causes: Normally gas is passed 6 to 20 a day. The most common flatulence causes are selection of gas producing food, swallowing of gas, constipation, medicines and nutritional supplements, bowel obstruction, crohn’s disease and changes in hormone level. Some food products such as beans, cabbage, broccoli, raisins, lentils, prunes, and apples do not completely digest and is passed to colon as it is. The colonel bacteria causes its breakdown and in turn production of unwanted gases. The main gas production is due to fermentation by yeast or prokaryotes which are present as normal intestinal flora or may be abnormally present. Flatulence in female rite before the period is common in females due to excessive retention of fluid. Swallowing of gas is due to excessive salivation due to nausea or as a result of gastro esophageal reflux disease.

Flatulence prevention: flatulence prevention can be easily done by avoiding foods that cause excessive gas production. These foods include vegetables such as artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, green peppers, onions, peas, radishes, raw potatoes, beans, legumes, wheat, wheat barn, eggs, carbonated drinks, fried and fatty foods, milk and other dairy products, packed foods that contain lactose such as breads, cereal, salad and fruits such as apricots, bananas, melons, peaches, pears and raw apples.

Symptoms of flatulence: The four main symptoms of flatulence are pain, bloating and abdominal distension, excessive flatus volume, smell and incontinence (loose of voluntary control over passage of flatus).

Treatment of Flatulence: Self treatment of flatulence can be done by the control of diet. Additionally avoiding chewing gum and smoking is recommended which will prevent deglutition of gas. Alpha-galactosidase is the dietary supplement which can help treat flatulence. Other than this over the counter charcoal tablets are present which help absorb excessive gas in the digestive tract.

If the symptoms are severe such as swollen abdomen or abdominal pain with unexplained flatulence it is recommended to concern a doctor. A blood test will be done to insure an absence of infection.

Complications of flatulence: There are no serious complications of flatulence, if left untreated, but it can lead to depression and eating disorders. Other than this it can be an important cause of social embarrassment.     

Eye Bags Treatment, Symptoms, Causes, Remedy


Minor periorbital puffiness detectable only below the eyes is called eye bags. This puffiness is easily distinguishable from age related or gradual increase in size of fat pad present below the eyelids. This condition is usually transient. It is more commonly a cosmetic concern then being a sign of any serious underlying medical condition. Glamical is the herbal product which can help you resume this condition and promise to return your facial beauty.

Eye bags causes: The eye bags causes are multi factorial. Old age and fatigue makes this swelling prominent. With aging muscles weaken; this is true for all body muscles including the ones encircling the orbit. The weakened lower lid muscles aids in migration of fat which was otherwise meant to support the eyes. This redistribution of fat appears as eye bags. Irregular sleep cycles are also one of the well known causes of eye puffiness. Other then this conditions causing fluid retention such as pregnancy, consumption of salt rich diet, crying and hormonal changes during menstruation causes fluid retention particularly in subcutaneous tissues. Alcohol and tobacco use can also be one of the causes as toxins present in it lead to stress fatigue and hormonal changes which in turn lead to fluid retention. Certain allergies lead to leaky subcutaneous capillary beds causing swelling of the whole face, including below the eyes. Some of the serious illnesses which can lead to eye bags include hypothyroidism, periorbital cellulitis, american trypanosomiasis, nephritic syndrome, trichinosis, improper functioning tear glands, superior vena cavel obstruction and cavernous sinus syndrome polyneuropathy but in these conditions other systemic symptoms are usually seen much before the appearance of eye bags.

Symptoms of Eye bags: the symptoms of eye bags includes mild swelling, saggy or loose skin and dark circles

Eye bags treatment: Consumption of plenty of water can help reverse the problem as it deals with excessive fluid retention. This water will flush excessive salt from your body. Dehydrating drinks such as coffee and alcohol should be avoided. Cold compresses are of great help to treat the problem. Cucumber can be used to give eyes a soothing effect. A wet tea bag or a sliced potato can also be used as an astringent. For the long term eye bags treatment, determination of underlining cause is recommended. Other then this identification and treatment of allergies, changing the position of sleep (sleeping on back is the most preferred option), sleeping with head propped up preventing collection of fluid below the eyes, taking good care of facial skin by washing and drying it gently, moisturizing it and using sunscreen can help. Switching to less salty diet, consumption of less alcohol and avoidance of smoking can also aid in eye bags treatment. Consumption of food rich in vitamin A, E and C not only help reduce eye bags but also help in maintaining clearer skin. This condition, when caused due to aging, will not respond to lifestyle changes in such cases medical remedies such as hyaluronic filler and surgical procedure called blepharoplasty are the only effective treatment options.        

Prickly Heat Treatment, Symptoms, Causes, Remedy


Sweat glands are present directly under the skin and there ducts open on the skin surface. Blockage of these sweat glands leads to itching of skin called prickly heat. It is also known as heat rash, miliria or sweat rash. Mostly it is not a serious condition and is self limiting but it can sometimes leads to complications such as interference in bodies heat regulation mechanism and heat stroke. It mostly occurs on the areas which are covered with cloths such as abdomen, chest, groin and arm pits. Infants, more active people, new born in incubators and bed bound patients having fever are more likely to develop this condition. Itchical is the herbal product which can give you relief from the itiching associated with prickly heat.

Prickly heat cause: As mentioned above the main prickly heat cause is blockage of sweat glands. This blockage occurs due to excessive perspiration which leads to lodging of dead skin or bacteria present on skin, such as staphylococcus epidermidis, in the ducts of the sweat glands. This blockage leads to accumulation of sweat under the skin, causing appearance of a bump and when this sweat build up burst it gives prickly or stinging sensation.

Types of prickly heat: It can be classified according to the level of obstruction. In Miliaria crystalline the obstruction is superficial manifesting as multiple tiny blisters like lesions. In miliaria rubra obstruction causes seepage of sweat into deeper layers and provoking inflammatory response as its clinical manifestation. It is the most common form of the disease. Miliaria profunda occurs as a complication of repeated episodes of milira rubra. Other less common types of prickly heat are miliaria pustulosa, postmiliarial hypohidrosis, tropical anhidroitic asthenia, occlusion miliaria and colloid milium.

Symptoms of prickly heat: Symptoms of prickly heat is presence of small red rashes called papules which may cause pins-and-needles sensation or itching, simultaneously on different body parts of the patient most common being skin folds and parts that may rub against clothing.

Prickly heat prevention: Prickly heat prevention can be done by avoiding situations causing excessive sweating such as vigorous physical activity. Other then this avoiding hot humid environment, using air conditions, fans cool showers and baths and light weight loose fitting cloths can help prevent the situation.

Treatment of prickly heat: This condition can mostly resolve without intervention but severe cases may require medical attention. General measures that should be recommended includes moving to cool, air conditioned environment, avoidance of the activities causing excessive sweating, avoidance of tight fitted clothing and taking frequent bath. Application of topical antibacterial may help in treatment of prickly heat. Other than this topical anti-itch preparations including calamine, menthol or camphor based preparations and topical steroid creams such as hydrocortisone can help deal with the itching. Oil based creams and preparations should be avoided as it can increase the blockage. The blisters, if formed, and left untreated can lead to infection or dermatitis so sanitization of the area and drainage of the blister is recommended. Prickly heat Treatment powders having dry milk proteins, triclosan and menthol is also of great help.

Ichthyosis Treatment, Symptoms, Causes, Remedy


Ichthyosis is the group of genetic disorders which result in dry scaly skin. It is due to abnormal epidermal differentiation and is regarded as disorder of keratinization or cornification. It is further classified on the basis of clinical manifestations, genetic presentation and histological findings. The word ichthyosis is derived from ancient Greek word meaning fish, as cracked skin resembling fish scales is the main clinical representation of all kinds of this disease. Itchycal is the herbal product which can be used for the treatment of icthyosis.

 Ichthyosis causes and types: Ichthyosis causes and types include: ichthyosis vulgaris which is most common type caused due to mutation of 1q22 gene. A mutation in filaggrin gene causing abnormal production of flaming protein which is normally responsible for protecting epidermis against environmental allergens, water loss and infection. Epidermolytic hyperkeratosis is the type in which mutation in keratin gene is suspected. It is an autosomal dominant disorder in which generalized erythroderma is present at birth which fades leaving a characteristic grey waxy scale which progresses. Lamellar ichthyosis is an autosomal recessive disorder caused due to mutation on multiple gene loci. The children suffering from this form of disease are called collodion babies and are covered at birth by a thickened membrane that sheds subsequently. Some children suffering from this type of disease develop bilateral ectropion of the cicatricial type resulting from excessive dryness of the skin and subsequent contracture. Due to long term exposure corneal ulceration may also occur. In X-linked ichthyosis generalized scaling is present at or some times after birth most prominent over extremities. The gene responsible is steroid sulfatase gene causing deficiency of steroid sulfatase in skin fibroblast and elevation of plasma cholesterol sulfate. In autosomal recessive congenital ichthyosis ceramide synthase protein is defective.

Symptoms of Ichthyosis: The main symptoms of ichthyosis include severely dry skin, scales on skin, possible thickening of the skin and presence of mild itching. This is most commonly prominent over the skin of legs, arms, hands and middle of the body.

Other associated diseases with ichthyosis: Increased risk of testicular cancer and cryptorchidism (non descendent testicles) is seen in X-linked recessive ichthyosis other related diseases are CHILD syndrome, conradi-hunermann syndrome, ichthyosis follicularis with alopecia and photophobia syndrome, keratitis-ichthyosis-deafness syndrome, netherton syndrome, neutral lipid storage disease with ichthyosis, adult refsum disease, ichthyosis and male hypogonadism, sjogren-larsson syndrome, photosensitive trichiodystrophy and gauchers disease type 2

Diagnosis of ichthyosis: Diagnosis of ichthyosis can be done by looking at the skin. Family history also provides evidence of presence of the disease. Other than this genetic testing and biopsy provides a definite prove of presence of disease.

Treatment of ichthyosis: Treatment of ichthyosis is done by the topical application of creams and emollient oils which aids in hydrating the skin. Creams containing lactic acid are very beneficial. Other than this propylene Glycol and retinoids are also used. Effect of sunlight is controversial. In some cases dead skin sloughs off better when wet and tanned on the other hand effects of sunlight can be damaging for dry skin.