5 signs you might get skin cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., afflicting more than two million Americans each year. The good news? It is also the easiest to cure, if diagnosed and treated early.

Since skin cancer is primarily a lifestyle disease, it can be prevented with awareness, education and a healthy dose of SPF.

1. If you skimp on sunscreen: ”Many people don’t think they need to wear sunscreen in mild temperatures or cloudy days. However, UV radiation can penetrate cloud cover, pollution and one meter of water. Reapply sunscreen throughout the day, especially after working out and swimming,” . “One application often does not provide enough protection to last the full day.”

2. If you’re skin type I or II: According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, certain types of skin are at greater risk of developing sun damage and skin cancer. There are six skin phototypes—skin types I and II face the highest risk, while types V and VI are at the lowest risk. Anyone can fall prey to skin cancer, however, so it’s important to protect yourself.

3. If your medicine cabinet is overflowing: “Many medications can cause photosensitivity, which makes the skin more sensitive to sunlight. A person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns at any age,”. “In fact, one or more blistering sunburns in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s risk of developing melanoma later in life.“

4. If you spot new spots: Beauty marks can be beautiful, but sometimes they can be deadly. Irregular moles can be a sign of skin cancer and any new birthmarks or brown spot should be checked out immediately. Do not ignore a suspicious spot simply because it does not hurt!

5. If you haven’t studied up on the new FDA sunscreen standards: All sunscreens are not created equal. The FDA is now holding all manufacturers accountable for labeling sunscreens in a transparent way that helps consumers really understand their safety and effectiveness.


Flu Treatment Tips

1. Be sure to read labels on cold medicines to prevent doubling up on accident.
2. Only treat the necessary symptoms.
3. Cough drops with honey and lemon can help sooth your throat as well as suppress a cough.
4. For a cough,try the warm tea with honey or a cough suppressant.
5. For congestion,try a steamy shower,saline nasal rinse or a decongestant nasal spray or oral medication.
6. For runny nose, watery eyes or sneezing,try an antihistamine.
7. Nothing is better for you than rest and healthy drinks like warm broth, fruit or vegetable juice.

Winter tips for managing psoriasis

Cold weather can wreak havoc on your skin. If you are living with psoriasis-a chronic, non contagious disease of the immune system that causes the skin to crack,itch and bleed- winter is the most challenging season.
Psoriasis is the most common autoimmune disease in the US appearing most frequently on the scalp,knees,elbows and torso. Dry air, decreased sunlight and colder temperatures contribute to psoriasis flares. Additionally,holiday stress and winter illness such as flu and strep throat can trigger psoriasis.
Following these tips may help you deal with an outbreak.
1. Moisturize to reduce redness and itching
Creams and ointments are thicker and more hydrating than lotions,and they lock in more moisture to the skin. Aim for fragrance free products or those designed for sensitive skin to avoid irritation. Experts say its best to apply moisturizers to damp skin immediately after a shower.

2. Bathe or shower in lukewarm ,not hot water
Hot water dries out skin and can worsen itching. If possible try to limit yourself to one shower a day and use soap for sensitive skin. Products with oil, oatmeal, Dead Sea salts or Epson salts can help remove psoriasis plaques.

3. Ease stress
Stress is a known trigger for psoriasis. Find something that relaxes you like meditation, yoga,reading a good book , taking a long walk or you can talk to your doctor about any alternative treatments.

3. Consider phototherapy
Phototherapy or light therapy,may be helpful in the winter. It exposes the skin to ultra violent light B (UVB),which is beneficial. Treatments are done in a doctor’s office or with a home phototherapy unit prescribed by a dermatologist.

4. Wear soft layers
People with psoriasis often experience itching and discomfort with certain clothing. A layer of silk or cotton as an undergarment beneath uncomfortable garments can help relieve itching and protect your clothing from messy psoriasis treatments such as topical ointments. In addition to that try to avoid wool and synthetic fibers that can irritate skin.

5. Improve your treatment plan
Talk to your doctor if your psoriasis worsens in the winter.