Posts By Mitali Ruths, MD

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Mitali Ruths graduated from Baylor College of Medicine and did her pediatrics internship at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. She now lives in Montreal with her family.

Microdermabrasion at home

Microdermabrasion is a painless procedure with minimal risk that removes dead cells at the skin's surface. Medical spas and clinics are no longer the sole domain for microdermabrasion. Affordable creams and machines can be bought and used at home. What is microdermabrasion? Microdermabrasion is used to reduce the appearance of fine lines, mild sun blemishes, age spots or shallow acne…

Skin Tests for allergies

Although skin tests are widely used and generally effective, identifying allergy triggers can be tricky. These tests involve applying minute amounts of allergens to the skin and observing the reactions over time. Allergy tests may generate false results or not be suitable for patients suffering from certain medical conditions. Although allergies are fairly common and affects millions of Americans, diagnosing…

Diagnosing Lupus

Although the exact causes remain unknown, scientists believe that lupus develops from a combination of internal and external factors. Symptoms of lupus can vary depending on patients, which makes diagnosis difficult. An official list of 11 criteria has been established for diagnosing Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). What is lupus? Lupus -- also known as Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) -- is…

Aspire rewards

Galderma is the company that manufactures Restylane, Dysport and Sculptra. Aspire Rewards is Galderma’s points-based loyalty reward program. The program offers special bonuses and discounts on products you may be already using. Galderma is a pharmaceutical subsidiary owned by Nestlé Skin Health. The subsidiary provides “a comprehensive portfolio of aesthetic treatments for subtle, natural-looking results.” Nonsurgical treatments offered help soften the aging…

wet wrap therapy

Wet wrap therapy can help moisturizers and topical steroids penetrate into skin that’s very dry or inflamed. There are a several ways to apply wet wrapping and ready-made garments that help simplify this process. Wet wrapping has been proven effective in treating dermatitis, eczema, and even psoriasis. Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a long-lasting condition with symptoms that vary from person…

Contact dermatitis is a skin reaction caused by exposure to certain environmental substances. Paying attention to new elements in your child’s environment is crucial to identifying contact dermatitis triggers. A mild steroid cream or antihistamine may be prescribed, depending on your child’s age, symptom severity, and the condition's root cause. Contact dermatitis, also known as contact eczema, is a reaction that…

Orthodontic Retainer

Retainers hold the same bite and alignment created by braces, making sure teeth don’t drift out of place. Much like braces, retainers entail special dental cleaning and a strict routine to optimize end results. If lost or damaged, they should be replaced as soon as possible to prevent any dental misalignment.  According to the American Association of Orthodontists, wearing retainers…

Permanent Eyeliner Makeup

Permanent eyeliner is applied to the eyelid with microinjections. This form of micropigmentation uses the same technique as tattoos. Although it entails injecting a foreign substance into the skin, this procedure is considered safe. Permanent make-up offers us a way to go from work to the gym to a night out, and then wake up the next morning with our…

Cheap Dental Care

Millions of Americans who have health insurance do not have dental coverage. Reduced cost options can be found at community health centers, dental schools and local outreach organizations. Another option is dental savings or discount plans at participating dentists. Access to affordable dental care is a major issue for most Americans. Many employers don’t offer dental coverage, while those who…

Seaweed wrap

Seaweed has many health benefits when consumed, namely as a source of vitamins, minerals and anti-inflammatory agents. Seaweed wraps may be able to nourish the skin and pull toxins out of the body, but scientific evidence of this is lacking. The medicinal benefits of seaweed have been known for thousands of years. The ancient Romans used them to treat wounds, burns…

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