Monthly Archive: April 2014

Common Skin Allergic Reaction to Tattooing

I frequently see tattoos everywhere. Some of my friends, clients and even close relatives have them. Many popular celebrities and public personalities have them. The person selling hotdogs in the sidewalk have them. Nowadays, tattooing has become a common thing to many people from all walks of life, regardless of gender.

Personally, I have nothing for and against the practice of inking your skin. It is a personal choice of the person. One important thing though is that deciding to have a tattoo or not is a very important decision that needs much thinking. Having a tattoo or two can have a big impact on the person’s life, particularly in job prospects, relationships and most importantly health.

I know of some people who have suffered from skin problems such as having a skin tear or tattoo scabbing after getting a tattoo. And based on one of the articles I read online, there are a number of skin allergic reactions to tattooing because of the needle or ink used. This list is worth considering if you are still deciding whether to get a tattoo or not:

  • Acute inflammatory reaction. This type of allergic reaction is pretty common. It is when the tattooed area becomes red, irritated and swollen. It may cause pain and discomfort but will normally subside in two or three weeks.
  • Contact Dermatitis. This allergic reaction is a skin inflammation characterized by having red and itchy rashes on the skin. It is not contagious but can cause discomfort. More often, this tattoo allergic reaction is caused by the mercury sulfide present in red tattoo ink.
  • Lichenoid reaction. Although it is a rare allergic reaction, it may still occur on anyone who just got a tattoo, especially one that uses red ink. If your skin develops this kind of reaction, you will notice some small bumps in your skin.
  • Photosensitivity. The tattooed skin may also become sensitive to the sun and develop allergic reaction when exposed. This is especially true for tattoos that use red or yellow pigments.
  • Pseudolymphomatous reaction. It is a type of skin inflammation that does not normally occur after getting a tattoo but months or years after. Red, blue and green tattoo inks are more often the culprit of this condition.
  • Granulomas. They are small bumps that can appear around the tattooed area. In most cases, they are caused by the blue, purple and green inks.

These are just some of the skin allergic reactions that you may get from tattooing. I have not listed here HIV and hepatitis which are also common health risks when getting a tattoo, as they are more than just allergic reactions but a more serious health condition.

If you see any signs of allergic reaction around the tattoo site, see a dermatologist immediately. Don’t try to take care of the problem yourself as it may worsen the symptoms. If there are signs of infection, your doctor may recommend taking antibiotic. In some cases, you may need to have your tattoo removed to treat the problem.

5 Ways to Prevent Gum Problems

Recently, I have read in an article online that more than 35 percent of American adults suffer from periodontal or gum disease. That really surprised me because I rarely know of a person who suffers from this kind of disease, yet it is one of the most common oral problems that people suffer from. What I know of is that many people suffer from teeth problem. In fact, one of the most popular health searches online is about tooth pain relief because many people are really suffering from it.

One of the leading causes of gum disease is the lack of proper dental hygiene. Aside from plaques on the teeth, bacteria in the mouth can also cause gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums characterized by swollen, red or bleeding gums. In many cases of gingivitis, the inflammation is not painful. That is one of the reasons why sufferers also neglect their condition. It is important that gingivitis be treated as early as possible to reverse the condition or it could worsen and lead to tooth loss.

A gum disease can be detected with the following symptoms:

  • Changes in the fitting together of teeth when biting
  • Deep pockets in the gums and between teeth
  • Bleeding gums during and after brushing
  • Shifting teeth or having a loose tooth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Tender or swollen gums
  • Gum pain

If you don’ have yet the symptoms mentioned above, then you don’t belong to the 35 percent of people who have gum disease. That is a good thing for you. The next step is to observe the following tips to prevent gum disease:

1. Brush your teeth properly. If you are not sure about proper brushing techniques, ask your dentist or hygienist for a quick lesson. Also, be sure to brush your teeth at least two times daily.

2. Floss your teeth. Flossing your teeth is also an important part of proper oral hygiene. It is helpful to remove small particles that get stuck in between teeth. It will only take a few minutes each time.

3. Drink more water after meals. Drinking water will not only aid in digestion but also in washing off food particles from the mouth. It also helps keep your mouth cleaner and less likely to be infected with gum-damaging bacteria.

4. Take adequate vitamin C. Include in your diet foods that are rich in vitamin C such as green leafy vegetables, berries and citrus fruits among others. Vitamin C is helpful in maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

5. No smoking. Cigarettes and tobacco are very destructive to your teeth and gums.

6. Visit your dentist regularly. Even if you don’t feel like you have any tooth or gum problems, it is important that you have an appointment with your dentist at least twice every year.

When you think about dental health, it is not just about keeping your teeth healthy and preventing cavities. The same attention should also be given to gums. If you have doubts about your gum condition, see your dentist immediately. The key to treating and reversing gum problems is early detection and treatment.

Tips to Prevent Asthma Attacks in Kids

A number of my clients looking for a new home are parents who already have small or grownup children. Sometimes, I would hear them complain about the challenges they encounter with having sick children at home. Most notably, I have one client who shared his story about having an asthmatic child and the challenge he encounters from time to time because of that condition. Although he just mentioned his story in passing, his story got etched into my mind. This is because I also have several friends and relatives who have to deal with the same problem.

I had the chance to research more about asthma in kids and I would like to share some of the things I learned about it. In particular, I would like to share some tips on how to deal with asthma in kids.

Asthma is a chronic disease affecting the airways in the lungs. The airways in the lungs become irritated when exposed to allergens and other triggers, resulting to fluid in lungs, read more at Patients who are suffering from asthma attacks will have difficulty breathing and might experience other asthma symptoms. Asthma is one of the most common conditions affecting children. In fact, in 2010, statistics show that over 7 million children suffer from this condition. It is also the top reason why many children miss out on school, which accounts for over 10 million school days in a year.

While it is not yet clear on what really causes asthma, asthma attacks are possibly caused by different triggers and differ from patient to patient. In children, most common triggers include dust, pollen, smoke, fatigue, and weather condition. Some children might outgrow their triggers, while others might be affected by the same triggers until adulthood.

There is no cure for asthma at this time but there are ways on how you can prevent asthma attacks:

  • Identify the specific trigger. If you are not yet sure on what triggers an asthma attack in your child, you could work with your child’s doctor or with a specialist doctor called allergist to identify the triggers.
  • Keep your child’s room clean and dust-free as much as possible. This can be done by regular vacuuming and by getting rid of stuffed animals.
  • Bed sheets must be washed in hot water for at least once a week.
  • Get rid of rugs and carpets as they collect dust which is a common asthma trigger.
  • Keep your child away from pets as much as possible.
  • Learn how to use some of the most common home remedies for asthma, which include ginger, garlic, eucalyptus oil, figs, honey and onion among others. Many of these remedies can be administered daily to avoid future asthma attacks.
  • Talk with your doctor if any medication is needed for your child.

It can be a challenge for parents to have an asthmatic child. But the tips mentioned here can greatly help your kid prevent future asthma attacks. They might not be a guarantee that your child will no longer suffer from future asthma attacks but these tips will surely help lessen the chances.