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What doctors do not know

What doctors do not know

Postby jen » Sun Sep 12, 2004 10:36 pm

hello everyone i am myself an eczema sufferrer for the past 3 years, i am even a nurse myself and since the beginning of my practice i have great faith in the medical profession but then when this eczema lurks into my life i got distress that the profession that i have so much respect couldn't give me the cure. I went to a lot of dermatologist thinking that one dermatologist to another would make a difference mainly because they have different experiences but then no one provided me relief all of them gave me steroids topical sometimes oral and in addition they advice me to moisturise apply emollients, oils, ointments, nothing helps. I was in the brink of hopelessness even went to social isolation myself because of the eczema. Then i realize i just couldn't give up, since the beginning of my eczema i kept a diary of when, which and how bad my eczema flares up and read it ones in a while to see how far i have gone. I even made research through the internet mostly natural ways to control the eczema and ended up controlling my eczema through a gluten free diet and it doesn't cost me any. Now i realise the doctors are here to help in our fight against a lot of diseases and conditions but the greatest factor that can help us is our own personal will. I know now that doctors shouldn't just be focusing in the disease entity itself but rather look into the totality of the person. Instead of just prescribing medications they should provide interventions to identify the causes and the triggering factors, One by one eliminating possible causes. It took me three grueling years to identify my antigen against my skin but it is very rewarding knowing that i am the one in control.

Re: What doctors do not know

Postby siggy79 » Thu Dec 02, 2004 5:22 pm

My 9 month old has had severe itching since he was born. Take it from me no creams or external treatments will ever work. Your skin is fed from the inside out not the other way around. 90% of itching is caused by histamine. Why is the histamine released in the first place? If someone has high histamine levels, why do they have that in the first place? My research has led me to some conclusions - the histamine level can be high for many reasons including lack of magnesium, lack of zinc, lack of essential fatty acids, lack of iodine, lack of digestive enzymes and a lack of hydrochloric acid(stomach acid). If anyone manages to treat all these things and still itches please let me know!

Re: What doctors do not know

Postby Eva » Sun Apr 22, 2012 1:15 pm

to get rid of dark circles:1. get pntely of sleep nightly. for one thing, lack of sleep tends to cause the skin to become paler (thus increasing the appearance of darkness under the eyes), and it reduces circulation. it’s also believed that too little time lying down is a cause in itself. determine how much sleep you need (it’s usually 7-9 hours per night, but varies throughout different people) and try to get that amount regularly for a couple of weeks to see if that helps. remember that alcohol and drugs can adversely affect the quality of your sleep; abstain from these products or use only in moderation for best results.2. establish whether or not this condition runs in your family. dark circles are believed to frequently be hereditary. this doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything about the conditions, but you should be prepared for minimal success actually trying to get rid of them. dark circles under the eye may also, in fact, be light carbon deposits that result from incomplete protein digestion. incomplete protein digestion may result from insufficient hydrochloric acid in your stomach that may be caused from a lack of primarily b6 and folic acid. about 30% of the population does not absorb regular b6 (pydroxine) or folic acid and need to take in these vitamins in a different form or another way.3. identify allergens. allergies may be the most common cause of skin discoloration under the eyes. if allergies are the root of your problem, you simply need to treat them or remove the allergen (the thing to which you are allergic). seasonal allergy problems such as the hay fever can frequently be effectively treated with over-the-counter and prescription medications. for other allergies the best course of action is usually avoidance. if your dark circles or puffiness are constant, you may have an undetected food allergy or an allergy to a chemical in your home or workplace. talk to a dermatologist for help determining what you may be allergic to. people with allergies also tend again to be deficient in b6, folic acid. taking a multivitamin, if you don't already, may help with your allergies as well as black circles.4. treat your skin while you sleep. there are overnight facial masques available that may help reduce the appearance of puffiness or discoloration, but you can also make your own. just before you go to bed, take a washcloth and wet it just a bit with cold water. then squeeze out any excess water and place it over your eyes as you sleep.5. apply cool tea bags, an ice cube wrapped in soft cloth, or cucumber slices to your eyes daily. the tannin in tea bags has been shown to reduce swelling and discoloration, and cucumber slices have long been used to reduce puffiness and refresh the appearance of skin around the eyes. lie down, preferably in the morning, and leave fresh cucumber slices or cool, damp caffeinated tea bags (you can refrigerate them overnight so they’ll be ready) over your eyes for about 10-15 minutes. keep your eyes closed.6. try to relax the space. you can do this by wetting a cotton swab and then freezing it for a little while. then you should gently wipe under your eyes in the areas where the circles are occurring. when wiping, close your eyes and try not to flinch.7. apply an eye cream containing vitamin k and retinol. research has shown that skin creams containing these two ingredients reduce puffiness and discoloration significantly in many patients. long-term daily use seems to have the greatest effect.8. avoid rubbing your eyes. usually rubbing of the eyes is brought on by allergies, but not always. regardless of the reason, stop doing it. the rubbing irritates the skin and can break tiny capillaries beneath the skin, causing both puffiness and discoloration.9. eat a healthy, balanced diet and drink pntely of water. a whole host of cosmetic problems can be attributed to vitamin deficiencies. be sure to get pntely of fruits and vegetables—especially cabbage, spinach, and other leafy green vegetables. get adequate fluids to improve circulation.10. reduce salt intake. excess salt causes the body to retain water in unusual places, and this can result in puffiness under the eyes. too much salt can also impair your circulation, and cause the blood vessels under the skin to appear bluer.11. if you smoke- then quit. smoking causes vascular (blood vessel) problems that can not only threaten your life, but also make your blood vessels appear more prominent and bluer beneath the skin.12. if this doesnt work try covering the problem up with cosmetics. use a yellow or flesh-toned colour which will camouflage the problem under your eyes. mac do the best ones for covering up dark circles although they are a bit expensive. if you are on a budget i would definately reccomend rimmel. good luckhope this helpsx

Re: What doctors do not know

Postby Jessyara » Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:23 pm

Does Dad or Mom have the dark circles, too? More sleep is only a good anwesr for about half the population who have this problem. Unfortunately, genetics is a big part of the issue for the rest of us that have this problem. But you can and should fight back, even if it's genetics. The darkness is actually a lot like a bruise, little capillaries in the skin that have burst and swelled. There's two strategies to use, attacking the cause of the problem, and covering up the effects.For people who bruise easily doctors recommend they increase the amounts of fruits and vegetables they eat. Not surprisingly, most people who bruise easily also have raccoon eyes. The advice to increase fruits and vegetables in your diet is something you really want to get on top of. Make a point to eat a lot more fruits and vegetables daily. You can do that by chugging a can of V8 juice every morning, and make a choice for orange juice whenever possible. Clear juices like apple juice really aren't going to do much because they are mostly just water and sugar.Increase the amount of water you drink and watch your salt intake. Too much salt at any age has a bad effect on your capillaries. Increase the amount of potassium in your diet (which goes along with increasing fruits and vegetables). Potassium balances out the effects of salt.Take a daily multivitamin. Religiously use a nice strong but gentle sunscreen made for the face. If you have to have a tan on your face, get it out of a bottle; there's plenty of excellent bronzers out there.Elevate the head of your bed by a couple of inches by shoving books under the bedposts. Do you have nasal allergies? Your eyes, nose, throat and ears are all interconnected. If you have been suffering with sneezing over the family cat, a prescription allergy medication may do wonders for your raccoon eyes as well. If you have sinus problems, put a hot compress or heating pad wrapped in a towel on your face daily to help everything drain. Eye creams with vitamin K, which strengthens capillaries, has also been clinically shown to help dark eyes. For cover-ups, there are dozens upon dozens of products for this very problem on the market. But remember, less is more. If you're really unsure how to apply a cover-up for raccoon eyes, try going to store like Sephora or a large department store and asking for assistance. Always look for the oldest woman behind the counter because she will probably have the best experience with makeup; stay away from teen girls who will gleefully make you up like Tammy Faye Baker. (And don't get talked into buying the latest beauty breakthrough from France that promises to cure everything from under-eye circles to monthly water weight gain )

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