Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Grover's Disease

Grover's disease is characterized by an itchy eruption that may last an average of 10-12 months. Grover's disease frequently starts fairly suddenly. It is characterized by papules and papulovesicles with excoriations occurring on the chest, back, lower sternum, arms, and thighs. Grover's disease most often affects men over 50. It is less common in women or younger people. It is more common in those who are unwell in some way, but can arise in quite healthy people as well.

It frequently starts quite suddenly and is more regular in winter than in summer. It appears to be triggered by exposure to heat, and it may accompany an incident of heat stress. Many affected individuals are sun damaged. Grover's disease last six to twelve months. Occasionally it may persist for longer, or come and go, often with a seasonal variation. Treatment often seems unsatisfactory. Moisturising creams or antipruritic lotions containing menthol and camphor may also help.

Calcipotriol cream has been reported to be of benefit. The most important thing is to remain cool, as further sweating will induce more itchy spots. A mild topical steroid such as hydrocortisone in a cool lotion can be applied frequently to the affected areas and result in relief. A treatment option is a cream consisting Zinc Oxide, Talc, Glycerol. The cream helps with the itching and promotes faster healing. A course of tetracycline or an oral antifungal medication such as itraconazole helps some patients.

Phototherapy can be helpful, but may also provoke the disease. Cortisone pills clear it up temporarily, but the rash returns as soon as the drug is stopped. Avoidance of heat and heavy exercise can help control the rash. Applying talc baby powder to the areas several times a day will help prevent recurrences. Applying talc baby powder to the areas several times a day will help prevent recurrences. Adding moisture to the air with a humidifier will often help prevent flare-ups of Grover's disease.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Tips For Women Over 50 Who Want To Look Better Than Ever

Women over 50 are looking better than ever before and have more options open to help them achieve that. We are healthier than previous generations, have more vitality and we want our faces and bodies to display that. In addition to helping us compete in the marketplace, looking our best is marvelous for our self esteem and our attitude towards life. If you feel you are not quite there yet, here are a few things you can do to jumpstart the process.

Stress Causes Frown Lines so Takes Steps to Reduce It

Meditation is a great way to reduce stress. It can be difficult to learn in the beginning however once you have reduced the mindless chatter in your brain you will feel a deep sense of peace. Done regularly twice a day for 20 minutes in the morning and the afternoon, one of the side effects of meditation that you may notice is increased intuition. Steven Covey talks about “Sharpening the Saw” or time spent in renewal. Meditation is one of the best exercises, I know of, for doing just that.

Exercise for Vitality and Increased Flexibility

Staying active now will prevent many health related issues later in life. Choose some aerobic, some stretching and some weight lifting to get a good balance in your exercise routine. Many more types of exercise are available today than ever before; from pole dancing which is extremely strenuous, to belly dancing, yoga, salsa dancing, kick boxing and martial arts as well as the traditional aerobic and weight classes. Exercising not only keeps your body fit, it stimulates synapses and dendrites in your brain.

Eat Healthy Foods and Use Supplements for Optimum Nutrition

You've heard it before “You are what you eat.” Choosing healthy nutritious foods not only helps nourish your body and brain but also your skin. By improving your nutrition and water intake you will revitalize every cell in your body. Supplements are a great way to optimize your nutrition when life gets too busy. Learn to be selective in what you consume and your vitality will soar.

Eliminate Negativity and Negative People in Your Life

Give up gossip. Negativity is a drain on your mental resources and your health. Choose to be around people and places that nourish your soul. It is hard to let people leave your life when they have been friends for a long time however their negativity hurts not only themselves, it drains you. Be a source of joy in other people lives and watch your own life flourish.

Take Personal Time for You

Take a couple of hours a week to spend on things you love to do. You can share this time with friends or use it as solitary time to focus on your goals and aspirations. Getting up early in the morning when everyone else is asleep can be a very productive time for many people because there are no interruptions. The same can be true of time spent after everyone else has gone to bed.

Small steps over a few weeks time integrating some of these ideas into your life will reap many benefits; a sense of peace and contentment, more energy and vitality, better health, a happier lifestyle and a renewed sense of accomplishment. Aren't you worth it? Find what works for you and “Make your life a mission not an intermission!”