Supplements to reduce rashWritten by Anonymous
Question : I HAVE a skin allergy on both legs. I get a light, itchy rash especially before my periods. The itch gets worse during menstruation. I have had this since my early teens. Please advise.
Answer : FROM symptoms that you have described, you may be suffering from dermatitis. Dermatitis is term used for an inflammation of skin. This condition is characterised by a rash and may be brought out by sensitivity to cosmetics, plants, cleaning materials, metal, wool and so on. Other forms of dermatitis can be caused by excessive heat or cold, friction or sensitivity to various medicines. Dermatitis is usually accompanied by itching at site of rash.
As it always happens before and during menstruation, it may also be caused by hormone imbalance triggering allergy. During menstruation, microflora in vagina also changes. This will increase risk of getting a yeast and bacteria infection, which will also cause skin allergy. To confirm cause, consult a doctor.
Avoid rough or tight clothing. Washed, breathable soft cotton is best. Wash new clothes several times before wearing. Use plain soap powder (not enzyme detergents) when washing clothes and be sure to rinse well. Avoid soap and baths as much as possible. Use soap substitutes. Take quick showers or baths with only slightly warm water. Pat dry (never rub) after bathing. Apply a lubricating moisturiser while skin is still damp. Apply moisturiser several times a day to areas of skin that are very dry.
Vitiligo causes white patchesWritten by Anonymous
Question : I HAVE white patches on both my hands and forehead. Please help.
Answer : YOU may be suffering from a skin condition known as vitiligo, resulting from loss of pigment which produces white patches. Commonly affected are face, lips, hands, arms, legs and genital areas. About half people who develop vitiligo do so before age of 20 and about one-fifth have a family member with this condition.
It may be an autoimmune process (the body makes antibodies to its own pigment cells). Most of those having condition are in good health, although vitiligo may occur with other autoimmune diseases such as thyroid disease.
It is rare for skin pigment in vitiligo patients to return on its own. Some people have lost all their pigment and no longer have patches of contrasting skin colour. But they still have vitiligo. The course and severity of pigment loss differ with each person. Light-skinned people usually notice contrast between areas of vitiligo and suntanned skin in summer. Vitiligo is more obvious on people with darker skin.