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Kathy McGraw is a freelance writer and editor. When she isn’t writing or editing for her clients, she can be found playing video games, researching obscure facts, or writing fanfiction.

zinc pill

A small amount of dietary zinc is necessary for good health. Approximately 12% of the U.S. population is at risk for zinc deficiency. Zinc is effective at managing dandruff, warts, diaper rash, and preventing sun damage. Zinc is not as effective against acne, hair loss, eczema or psoriasis. Zinc has been touted in the media as a miracle substance that…

Eczema vs. Psoriasis

Eczema and psoriasis both cause the skin to become red and itchy. Eczema often begins in infancy or childhood, whereas all forms of psoriasis develop during adolescence or young adulthood. Because there are no known cures for either condition, treatment is aimed at managing symptoms and preventing outbreaks. Psoriasis and eczema are skin conditions characterized by redness, inflammation, and itching.…

Oral Thrush

The most common source of yeast infections of the face is Candida albicans, a species of fungus that normally resides in the mouth, skin, and gut. Candidiasis infection occurs when the Candida fungus is allowed to overgrow -- in the face, this may cause oral thrush or perleche. Candidiasis is generally treated with antifungal medications, although a number of over-the-counter…

Skin Cancer Screening

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. Regular examinations save lives by detecting skin cancer early. Those who are at an increased risk should do a self-exam every three months, and see a doctor once a year. Even melanoma, the most deadly skin cancer, can be cured if caught soon enough. One in five…

make nails grow stronger

Products for healthy nails and maintenance have come a long way in recent years. Forget the manicurist: give yourself a manicure at home with ingredients from your pantry. Following a few simple tips can help you avoid damaging your nails. Whether you wear them bare or topped with your favorite shade of nail polish, strong, beautiful nails aren't only aesthetically pleasing…

Natural Acne Treatments

Consumed or applied directly to the skin, honey’s natural antibacterial properties can reduce breakouts. Apple cider vinegar is beneficial as a toner—it can balance skin’s pH balance. Tea tree oil has been shown to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide in reducing acne breakouts. Toothpaste, baking soda, and Listerine contain ingredients that may help with acne, but they can also…

after plastic surgery

Swelling is an expected and normal part of the healing process following any surgery, including invasive cosmetic procedures. Depending on the procedure and the patient's overall health, most swelling generally resolves within six months or less. Following your surgeon's aftercare instructions will improve your recovery time and help minimize swelling. Post-surgical swelling is unavoidable, as the body's natural response to…

Light therapy for acne

Light therapy uses red and/or blue LED lights to treat and prevent acne. Blue light may kill the bacteria responsible for acne, while red light may reduce the skin’s oil production. Light therapy is most effective for mild to moderate cases of acne. There are now FDA approved at-home light therapy devices, but there is not yet enough data to…

Benefits of coconut oil

Lauric acid is a fatty acid that’s found primarily in coconuts. This compound has antibacterial properties and acts as an effective moisturizer. Caution: not all claims about coconut oil’s health benefits are backed by science. Lauric acid is one of the latest “miracle” substances touted all over the web, in beauty magazines, and on television. There are entire books dedicated…

toothache

A dead or non-vital tooth is one which has no access to a fresh supply of blood. Tooth decay and trauma are the most common causes of dead teeth. Dentists diagnose dead teeth by taking x-rays and testing the tooth for sensitivity to heat, cold, and electrical stimuli. Dentists can treat dead of dying teeth by performing root canals or…

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