Skin Health

How to treat shingles

by Tim Hegan, from Dr Morton’s – the medical helpline

Shingles

Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster herpes virus, which also causes chickenpox. When you have chickenpox, the virus stays dormant – but it can become active again at any time. You’ll be especially vulnerable when your immunity is low – for example when you’re stressed, injured or have undergone medical treatment. It usually affects a specific area of the body, but doesn’t cross over the midline of the body.

Pruritus

by Kofi Dwinfour

Pruritus is the medical term for what is colloquially called an itch. Although pruritus is a common symptom of many dermatological conditions, such as radiation dermatitis and atopic dermatitis, it can also be a standalone condition. Pruritus may be localised or generalised and can occur as an acute or chronic condition. Itching lasting more than six weeks is termed chronic pruritus.

Alarming increase in diagnosed skin cancer over the past 10 years

By Kofi Dwinfour

Over the past 10 years in England, there has been a 61% increase in new cases of melanoma, the most serious, and often fatal, form of skin cancer, and an increase of 41% in non-melanoma skin cancers. In 2012, there were 11,281 new cases of melanoma and 79,743 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer. Moreover, in the UK as a whole, the mortality rate is 20% compared with 12% in Australia for a similar number of cases. More than 2,200 people die, every year, from malignant melanoma.

non melanoma skin cancer

Skincare – Travelling by Plane

by Sinéad Gormley

This post should be helpful for those of you who are travelling by plane anytime soon, and for future air travel!

I always notice that after I fly, my skin is in a pretty horrendous state- dry, flaky and just plain (excuse the pun!) dull looking. A couple of weeks ago, I flew to Barcelona to visit a friend, and was determined to do my research on how to keep my skin in tip top condition on the plane, so that I could emerge on the other side feeling good about how I looked!

 

airplane

Using Turmeric face masks to fight acne, eczema and other skin conditions

by Kofi Dwinfour

turmeric

Turmeric is widely used as a kitchen ingredient and it adds a distinct flavour and colour to dishes. It is also used for a wide variety of health purposes and is even a popular ingredient of many herbal supplements. In addition to being a fantastic kitchen ingredient and natural alternative turmeric also has benefits that people who want to look and feel better would surely be glad about.

DIY Cleanser for Makeup Brushes

by Sinéad Gormley

Today’s post will be showing you how to make a very simple and extremely effective DIY cleanser for your makeup brushes. There really is no need to spend money on store bought cleansers. They often carry quite a hefty price tag, and even if you find affordable ones, why not save yourself the money and use two simple ingredients that you will find in every household to create this simple mixture.

Do we need a campaign to explain what SPF means?

By Kofi Dwinfour

A new U. S. university study has found that many people seem to be confused by sunscreen terminology. Only 43 per cent of people surveyed understood the definition of sun factor protection (SPF) and only seven per cent knew what to look for on a label if they wanted a sunscreen that offers protection against early skin aging.

generic sunscreen

Summer sun protection top tips

By Kofi Dwinfour

It is almost Midsummer and naturally, all our thoughts turn to fun in the sun, either here or abroad. Exposure to the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays increases the risk of skin cancer, which is why proper sun protection is essential. In fact, the sun's UV rays are responsible for about 90 per cent of non-melanoma skin cancers and 86 per cent of melanomas.

Exposure to UV radiation is directly linked to all three forms of skin cancer. By adopting good sun safety habits families can enjoy summer outdoor activities without increasing their skin cancer risk.

Here are some top tips to help you and your family enjoy a sun-safe summer.

family with tent on a beach

New Developments on the Frontline of the Global fight Against Skin Disease

By Kofi Dwinfour

The 23rd World Congress of Dermatology (WCD 2015) was held in Vancouver, Canada this week (8-13 June). Held every four years, the World Congress of Dermatology is the world’s oldest and continuous international dermatology meeting. The first Congress in 1889 pre-dated the modern Olympics by seven years.

This seemed a good time to look at some of the new developments that have happened in the global fight against skin disease.

Dying to get a tan!

By Kofi Dwinfour

The past couple of weeks have brought unprecedented good news in the fight against skin cancers. However, amidst the good news come reminders that we need to do the basic things if we are to stop the seemingly inexorable rise of skin cancers in the UK.

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