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Ingrown Hair on the Private Areas — Men and Women


Do you have an ingrown hair or your penis? A clogged hair follicle on your vagina? Keep reading and learn what you can do.

Ingrown hair are just one out of the many things you have to deal with after puberty hits you. Both men and women are susceptible to getting ingrown hair. For women it is an ingrown hair on the vagina, for men it is an ingrown hair on the penis (or surrounding areas). Seeing ingrown hair on your private area can be an irritating nightmare. The ugly, small tan or reddish bump under the skin is like receiving a stain on a newly washed shirt. Finding an ingrown hair sucks big time. You have shaved the entire area and a few days later, you feel the pain both physically and mentally by seeing the culprit.

Even though you can remove the ingrown hair, what will you do when it turns into a painful sore like a boil?

When a cut on your private areas causes you to scream out in pain, just imagine how much a sore would hurt then?

Don’t shy away from this because it is perfectly normal to experience an unwanted ingrown hair on inner thigh, vagina, penis, and buttocks.

Before we tell you how to eliminate embarrassing ingrown hair on the private areas of your body, we want to give you the notebook definition of what exactly an ingrown hair is.

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Ingrown hair curls around and grows back into your skin or occurs when dead skin clogs up the hair follicle, forcing the hair to internally grow sideways under your skin instead of riding upwards and outwards from your skin.

We want to educate you about ingrown hairs, as it’s a widespread problem, one that you obviously keep on the down low, but should know how to deal with it. We are going to discuss ingrown hair on the private areas of both men and women, but before that, we will talk about ingrown hair in general.

Where Do Men and Women Experience Ingrown Hairs?

The different areas ingrown hair grows on women include:

·        Ingrown Hair on the Pubic Area

·        Ingrown Hair on Labia

·        Ingrown Hair Bikini Line

·        Ingrown Hair on Vagina Lips

·        Ingrown Hair on Inner Thigh

·        Ingrown Hair on Buttocks

The different areas ingrown hair grows on men include:

·        Ingrown Hair on Penis

·        Ingrown on Scrotum (Men call the Balls)

Why Are Ingrown Hair Painful?
When you shave or tweeze hair, the result is a stubborn ingrown hair, growing back into your skin. When the area becomes swollen, pus develops. Even touching that pus-filled spot causes pain due to how sore it has become and trapped inside it is a hair that decided to grow inwards, not outwards. The cyst that develops on your skin can be soft, hard, large, or small.

They can either develop near the surface of the skin and look like a yellow or white colored pimple or develop under your skin. In most cases, cysts are not painful, unless they become infected, meaning filled with pus. Signs that the site of your ingrown hair has become infected is when it becomes tender, itchy, and red.

How Do We Get Ingrown Hair?

Although anyone can get an ingrown hair, people with curly or coarse hair tend to experience it more often. Sex hormones produced at a high rate in the body can cause excessive hair growth, thus increasing the likelihood of them getting ingrown hair. Shaving, tweezing, and waxing also causes “razor bumps” as they are often referred to, on your private area such as the pubic area. When the hair grows back, it has a sharper edge, causing it to poke inwards through the skin and becoming trapped under it. Other causes of an ingrown hair include:

1.    When You Wear Clothes that are a Size Too Small
Tight clothes and synthetic fabrics suffocate your skin, giving it no breathing space. If you wear polyester underwear, nylon leggings, and skinny jeans, you are sending an open invitation to ingrown hair. While we won’t take away your right to wear tight clothes, we do recommend you wear clothes and undergarments made from cotton to give your skin the space it needs to breathe.

2.    When You Tug Your Skin with a Razor
When you hold the razor too close to your legs, you are scraping your skin, thus increasing your chances of developing ingrown hairs. If you are using a dull razor, not only will it cause irritation, but will lead to ingrown hairs as well. What can you do to prevent this from happening? Well, you can start by holding the razor correctly and avoid using a dull razor to shave your private area. If you really want to minimize the development of ingrown hairs, go for waxing. Okay, we know that waxing is not everyone’s cup of tea so we have come up with an alternate solution — use a thick shave gel and a sharp razor, discarding it after using it six to eight times.

3.    When You Shave or Wax in the Wrong Direction
For men and women who shave or wax their private region, notice the direction you shave or wax. If you are shaving or waxing in the wrong direction, you are throwing a party for ingrown hairs to develop in your private region. We want you to lather the area, using either a pre-shave gel or cream, to soften the stubble and then shave or wax in the right direction, which is removing hair in the opposite direction of the hair growth.

4.    When You Forgo Exfoliating Your Skin after Removing Your Hair
Once you have removed the hair from your private areas, exfoliate the area after 48 hours or two days. After two days pass, we get lazy and say, “Who’s going to exfoliate?” When we get ingrown hairs that turn into painful spots, we promise ourselves the next time we remove our hair, we will exfoliate, but that day never comes.

We don’t blame you for forgoing exfoliating, but we will encourage you to please exfoliate your skin after hair removal. Trust us, you will notice a difference in the number of ingrown hairs growing under your skin after hair removal. You can use a loofa with an antiseptic body wash, containing skin-friendly ingredients, to exfoliate your skin, moving it in a circular motion to close the pores and prevent ingrown hair.

5.    When You Have Coarse or Curly Hair
We briefly mentioned this, but will do it again, as it is one of the main causes of ingrown hairs in both men and women. If you have coarse or curly hair, do not use tweezers or use fingernails to pick at the ingrown hair to remove it. We suggest you use an alcohol swab and sterilized tweezers to remove the ingrown hair that is above the surface of your skin. If it is infected, put the alcohol swab and sterilized tweezers away.

Don’t worry, we won’t leave you hanging because next up, we are going to tell you how to treat ingrown hair.

How Can We Treat Ingrown Hair?

If you spot an ugly ingrown hair on your private areas, you just want to remove it, please do not go berserk on it, clawing at it with your fingernails or a sharp tool, but remove it following these treatment methods:

1.    Apply a Warm Compress on the Area
Use a soft toothbrush or washcloth soaked in warm water. Apply the warm compress on the site of the ingrown hair for 10 to 15 minutes several times each day. The warm compress method will bring the cyst closer to the surface of the skin, allowing it to drain. For trapped hair under your skin, warm compresses will grow it out

2.    Pull Out the Ingrown Hair
Warm compresses will make the hair grow out of your skin and come up to the surface. When this happens, use either a sterilized needle or tweezers to gently pull out the hair. You are not removing the hair, but are just bringing it up to the surface.

When the area around the ingrown hair completely heals, you can pluck it out. If you pluck it out any time before that, skin will again form over the hair. If you use force to remove, say hello to infection.

3.    Remove All Dead Skin
To remove the dead skin, we want you to wash the area of the ingrown hair and exfoliate it to invite it back up to the skin’s surface. If removing the dead skin does not work, your next stop the doctor.

4.    Use Creams to Remove Ingrown Hair
You can use over the counter treatments to remove an ingrown hair such as chemical depilatories, topical creams, and topical antibiotics. You can use anti-inflammatory creams to stop itching. Prolonging the use of anti-inflammatory is not recommended, as it can cause side effects. If medication is not controlling the growth of ingrown hairs or the issue has worsened with time, you need to see your doctor, asking him/her for a more permanent solution to your problem.

In addition to this, you can also give home treatments a try. You can use tea tree oil to eliminate the bacteria and decrease the swelling. You can use sugar and honey to exfoliate the area, applying it in a circular motion and then washing it off with warm water. Baking soda also works as an effective exfoliator. Combine one tablespoon of baking soda with one cups of water, use a cotton to apply it to the area, and wash it off with cold water.

5.    Visit Your Doctor
If any of the aforementioned methods do not work, visit your doctor. We suggest you visit a dermatologist. Your doctor will recommend you a few treatments options to remove ingrown hair and minimize its growth such as topical creams or oral medications.

If your issue is that you have excessive pubic hair, your doctor will run a few tests to determine the reason for unusual hair growth. You should stop using any kind of sprays, lotions, and deodorants during the treatment. If you formed a cyst on the spot of the ingrown hair, as it can pinch a nerve causing severe pain and inflammation, see a doctor right away. If you try to remove the hair from the area, it can cause an infection. If you delay treating it, it can also cause an infection. Here are some of the questions you can expect your doctor to ask you:

·        When did you start noticing ingrown hair?

·        How frequently have you been experiencing ingrown hair?

·        How severe has the problem of ingrown hair become?

·        Have you taken any steps to minimize the growth of ingrown hairs such as taking OTC medication?

·        Is there anything you do that seems to increase the number of ingrown hair you experience?

·        What type of razor do you use to shave and how often do you shave?

·        Have you used any other type of hair removal technique?

Please do visit the doctor if you experience any symptoms of ingrown hair, see a cyst, or the beginning of an infection. Given, you will find a host of videos online, teaching you the “safe removal” of an ingrown hair, but do not, and we repeat, do not follow their advice.

The DIY method to remove your ingrown hair is a no-no from our side. Your DIY method can cause an infection or possibly scarring if you rupture the pus-filled sac trapping the hair. Worse, if the nerve is not pinched already, it can pinch your nerve, causing severe pain.

How Can We Prevent Ingrown Hair?

Once you have dealt with the problem of ingrown hair, you need to prevent it. Here are some ways you can prevent ingrown hair:

1.    Prepare the Private Areas for Shaving or Waxing
Wash your private areas with a mild soap and apply a lubricating shave gel or cream, ensure it is designed to be used for ingrown hair on pubic area. Shave the area and then dry it completely before you wear your undergarment and pants.

2.    Shave with a Single-bladed Razor
Look for single-bladed razors designed to minimize the growth of ingrown hair. You might be able to find special razors, meant for women and men who experience ingrown hair more frequently than others. Do remember to discard your razor after using it several times.

3.    Go for Laser Hair Removal
Laser hair removal is a costly process, but may be worth it if you have tried everything in the book, but nothing has worked to prevent ingrown hair from returning to haunt you. It is a long-lasting and effective solution, one you should seriously consider if you have reached your boiling point and are fed up with seeing the return of ingrown hair.

Laser hair removal involves removing the hair follicle by damaging it and preventing it from returning. The duration of the treatment differs from person to person depending on their hair growth. It may take weeks or months to remove and eliminate the hair completely. However, two downsides of laser hair removal is that it is not effective on women and men with blond hair or extremely light-colored hair and is semi-permanent, meaning hair can return again.

4.    Go for Chemical Hair Removal Methods
Chemical hair removal methods are effective in removing the hair from your private regions, but the only disadvantage to using it is that it can cause skin irritation. Before you spread the chemical hair remover on your entire pubic area, test it on a small patch of your skin on your arm for instance.

The skin on your private areas is more sensitive than the skin on your leg or arm, which is why some may still feel irritation even after using it on another part of their body and not experiencing any symptoms. Apart from hair remover creams, you can use prescription creams to decrease hair growth.

If you have undergone laser hair removal, you can use prescription creams to reduce hair growth. If you are looking for a more permanent option to hair removing creams and laser hair removal, go for electrolysis. Electrolysis, a permanent hair removal method, uses an electrode to eliminate the hair follicle from its root. You will have to undergo several treatments that can last from a few weeks to months.







How to Get Rid of a Stye!

Eye Styes: How to Identify and Treat Them

A sty, which is also known as a stye or hordeolum is an infection of the eyelid that causes red bumps around the eye. It is a bacterial infection and can be found around the base of the eyelashes, which is external hordeolum. When the infection is in the inside of the eyelid it is called internal hordeolum. You ask: How to get rid of a stye? Let’s discus.

There are seven things to keep in mind when dealing with a sty:

  • Pain, redness, and even swelling are some of the first signs of an eye sty.
  • Styes will not cause vision problems in most cases.
  • Staphylococcal bacteria is the cause of styes.
  • Due to their bacterial nature, styes are contagious.
  • It is most likely to go away on its own.
  • Do not attempt to pop the sty.
  • It is possible that styes will appear in conjunction with other eye problems.


Symptoms and Causes of Eye Styes

The first signs of a sty are pain and redness. After these initial symptoms, a small pimple-like obtrusion will appear on the eyelid. The affected area may be swollen or the entire eyelid may swell. The infected eye will often water, eyes may be sensitive to light, and you will feel like something is in your eye. While not dangerous, these symptoms are irritating. Remember, styes do not cause vision problems. You should be able to see as well as you do when you are not experiencing a sty.

The primary cause of the bacterial infection is rubbing the nose, then the eye. Styes are contagious, as previously mentioned; however, most people already have this bacterium in their body. Styes are often caused by internal contamination, meaning styes are not often caused by being in contact with another person. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be weary of transferring the bacteria to someone else. Always be cautious not to contaminate another person. There is no way to know what type of bacteria you are transferring which could cause a number of different infections.

Treatment of Styes

To speed up recovery and lessen your chances of infecting another person, you should keep your eyes clean or flushed and keep your hands clean. To lower the swelling, you can use a hot compress for around fifteen minutes several times per day. In just a few days, your problem will begin to relieve itself. The sty will eventually burst, drain, and heal. Again, do not attempt to drain or pop the sty on your own. The sty should be allowed to run its course and heal on its own.

If you develop a sty on the inside of the eye, an internal hordeolum, this type may not heal on its own. If your sty is inside the eyelid, you may need to see an eye doctor. The doctor may choose to open and drain the sty. However, sometimes even internal hordeolums will heal on their own given a little time.

If you find that you develop styes often, you should visit your doctor. You may be prescribed antibiotics in the form of ointments. These ointments will help prevent the repeated development of styes.

Styes can last quite a few days. The swelling lasts for about three days. The sty then drains. After the healing process has completed, the entire process will have been no longer than ten days. This is with home treatment. Common styes are rarely worth seeing a doctor over, but they are an irritating problem for many people.


Home Treatments for Styes

Even though styes are harmless, it is normal for you to want to get rid of them as quickly as possible. There are several home remedies that could help you get rid of styes as quickly as possible. If these remedies don’t totally eliminate the sty, they will help lessen the pain associated with this bacterial ailment.

  • Tear-free baby shampoo is great for keeping your eye clean while experiencing a sty. The shampoo is a great way to wash away germs and bacteria that may be in your eye. After applying the product, rinse your eyelids with warm water and use a towel to pat them dry.
  • Always wash your hands thoroughly after touching a sty. You don’t want to spread the bacteria to the other eye or to someone else. Dispose of all materials used to wash or dry your eye. If you use a hand towel, immediately throw it in the washer so no one else picks it up and infects themselves.
  • Saline solution is another great remedy for a sty. Just like tear-free baby shampoo, saline solution will cleanse the eye, removing harmful bacteria and other germs.
  • Specific products are made to clean the eyelid. They are non-prescription products which can be found at most pharmacies.
  • Stop wearing makeup on the eyelid until the sty has healed. You may feel compelled to cover up the swelling, but this is a bad idea. The makeup can slow down the healing process, extending how long you will be in pain.
  • If you wear contact lenses, switch to eyeglasses for a while. Putting contact lenses inside your eye will irritate the eye causing prolonged discomfort.
  • Warm compression just a few times a day for ten to fifteen minutes is a great way to lower the swelling. Something as simple as dipping a hand towel in hot water and putting it on the eye is sufficient. You can also use a teabag in place of the wash cloth. Make a cup of tea normally but use the teabag as a warm compress. The warmth from the compress makes the sty come to a head much faster.
  • Over-the-counter pain killers can lessen the pain associated with a sty, but these medicines will not directly help the sty.
  • Although not a home remedy, eye doctors can surgically open the sty, if all other methods are exhausted.
  • Special ointments for styes are also sold over the counter and are great for treating styes. It only takes a small dose to help. If you are looking for an ointment to apply to your eye, then do not get a steroid ointment. Get one of these special sty ointments instead. You can massage the area that is afflicted by the sty. This promotes drainage. However, if massaging causes pain, you should stop. Be sure to only touch your eye with clean hands and wash your hands afterward.

Eye Conditions Similar to Styes

There are other problems that can sometimes resemble a simple sty. For example, a chalazion is a growth that can block the oil gland in the eye. Both a chalazion and a sty begin in the same way. However, a chalazion will stay for several months. If this occurs, you need to have a doctor drain the chalazion, possibly even injecting a steroid into the eyelid to encourage the healing process. Unlike the sty, the chalazion forms further away from the corner of the eyelid. This is the easiest way to differentiate styes from chalazions.

A milia, also known as milk spots and oil seeds, is a tiny white cyst. It appears on the outer skin layer of the skin around the eye. They can also appear closer to the nose. The cause of this is when dead skin doesn’t fall all the way off. Instead, the skin is trapped over the base of a sweat gland. The milia resembles a whitehead; it is a small pinhead-type bump. It is most common in newborns, but sometimes adults can suffer from milia too. Babies and newborns can fight milia on their own, but adults will often need to see a doctor.

Xanthelasma, which is a type of xanthoma, is yet another ailment that can resemble a simple sty. It appears around the eyelids and originates under the skin. They differ from styes because they are several millimeters thick and yellowish in color. They also come in a particular pattern; they look like small discs. Xanthelasma generally causes no problems other than cosmetic. They can be surgically removed should you wish.

Prevent Styes in the Future

The best way to prevent suffering from future styes is by washing your eyelids regularly. The best time to wash your eyelids is just before bed time. Washing your eyelids is extremely useful if you wear eye makeup.

Sty Q&As

Can You Pop a Sty?

Do not attempt to pop a sty prematurely. Let the sty come to a head on its own. If you pop the infection prematurely, you risk spreading it to other parts of your body. Either let the sty run its course and heal itself, or visit the eye doctor. Either of these options is much better than popping the sty. The sty will only last a little while, so you shouldn’t worry too much about trying to pop them yourself.

Is a Sty Contagious?

We all have the bacteria in our body which causes styes to occur. Technically, styes can be contagious, so you should avoid situations that lead to your eye coming into contact with other people. Do not have people inspect or touch the eye. Touching an infected eye can lead to cross contamination and lead to other infections. Do not let people touch your sty, and always wash your hands to avoid passing it on to other people.

You Should See Your Doctor If:

  • the sty is internal;
  • it gets larger;
  • it increases in pain;
  • it doesn’t clear up sooner than ten days;
  • your vision is affected;
  • styes are a common occurrence for you.


5 Facts About Lipoma

A Guide to Lipoma Treatments


You’ve probably seen a lipoma before, even if you didn’t know what it is called. Technically, a lipoma is a kind of a benign tumor – one that’s made of fat.

It’s a slow-growing lump, one that’s usually located between your skin and the layer of muscle underneath. They don’t hurt, though – lipomas feel a bit on the squishy side and are easy to move. They’re generally painless and easy to move, and you’ll easily be able to identify a possible lipoma if you’re able to move it easily with your finger.

Lipomas are frequently seen in groups. Many people, in fact, have more than one of these small bumps on their bodies. They’re not big – less than five centimeters on average – and they can be almost anywhere.

Most are found on the upper part of the body, though, especially on the stomach, upper back, and on the shoulders. It’s possible to have these growths on several different areas of the body, but they’re generally clustered relatively close together.


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The scariest thing about this kind of growth is that it is classified as a tumor. The good news, though, is that most lipomas are entirely harmless. They are benign tumors, which does mean that they are non-cancerous. You don’t even technically have to get treatment as most people live with them just fine, though you can get the growth removed if you feel like it is impacting your life.

Sub-Types of Lipoma

The term lipoma, which dates back to the 18th century, is actually an umbrella term for several different types of related growth. Most issues are superficial subcutaneous lipoma, which follow the description above. There are, however, several other types. These include:

– Adenolipomas, which are lipoma that tend to grow around the sweat glands.
– Angiolipoleiomyomas, which are subcutaneous tumors which are a bit different than the average soft fat mass, and are a bit better understood in terms of structure.
– Angiolipomas, which are atypical in that they are generally quite painful.
– Cerebellar pontine lipoma, which are in the ear
– Chronoid lipomas, which generally occur in women. They are seated a bit more deeply, tend to be yellow and occur on the legs.
– Copus callosum lipoma, which is actually a brain condition. This kind of lipoma occurs in the brain and can have a number of different symptoms depending upon its severity.
– Hibernomas, which are lipomas that are made of brown fat.
– Intradermal spindle cell lipoma, which are again more common among women and tend to occur in more distant parts of the body.
– Neural fibrolipomas, which grow along nerve trunks and can cause significant nerve pain.
– Pelomorphic lipoma, which occur mostly in elderly men and tend to be on the back and neck.
– Spindle-cell lipomas, which are slow growing and tend to be on older men.



Identifying a Lipoma

How can you be sure that the growth on your body is a lipoma and not something more serious? To be honest, this really is something that you need to consult a physician to learn more about. If you want some peace of mind, though, you can look for the following symptoms:

– Depth: Lipomas are not deep under the skin. They’ll usually be found just under the skin.
– Location: Almost anywhere on the body, but usually on the abdomen, shoulders, and back. This harmless affliction are also commonly found on the arms and the thighs.
– Feel: Most masses are fairly squishy. You should be able to move it easily with your finger.
– Size: Most lipomas are small – under five centimeters, though they can grow over time.

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If you have a growth that fits those criteria, there’s a good chance that you are dealing with a lipoma. These growths are generally identified during a physical examine, though sometimes your doctor may need to perform a biopsy to rule out the possibility of the growth becoming cancerous.


What Causes Lipoma?

Unfortunately, this is one of those medical issues that science doesn’t totally understand. No one knows exactly what causes the lipoma, though there are at least a few educated guesses.

We know, for example, that issue tends to be common within families – something that makes researchers assume that there might be some kind of genetic factor. On the other hand, even those with no family history still get the growths. There are a number of other factors that make lipoma more likely, including a lack of exercise and obesity, but even those are not guaranteed to cause growths.

We also know that this issue is much more common as people age. In fact, most formation happens between the age of 40 and 60. It’s also slightly more likely to occur in men than in women, though we’re not really sure why. While we know to whom lipoma are most likely to occur and a few factors that make the occurrence more likely, exactly why they form is still a mystery that is being studied.

Should You See a Doctor?

This is actually a tough question to answer. For the most part, lipomas are fairly benign and they won’t cause you much pain. There are, of course, some types of lipoma that do require you to see a physician. Even if you have a typical lipoma, you should see the doctor if you notice any kind of growth – after all, you definitely want to rule out cancer. If there’s no growth, you should still visit your doctor if your lipoma is beginning to cause you any other type of discomfort.


Types of Treatments

Again, you’re not necessarily going to have to get treatment for a lipoma unless it becomes painful or causes you problems in your life. Most lipoma treatment is entirely cosmetic, though some are removed in order to determine whether or not they are a particularly dangerous type of tumor called a liposarcoma. Unfortunately, the removal of the lipoma is necessary to make that determination because there is virtually no difference in how the two types of tumor present until a biopsy is performed.

The good news is that most lipoma removals are exceptionally simple. It’s just a simple removal – you will generally be under a local anesthetic for the procedure and should be out in under an hour. Once the removal has occurred, most lipoma – around ninety-eight percent – will never come back.

In some cases, surgery won’t be the ideal option. In these cases, lipomas are removed through liposuction. The good news is that liposuction doesn’t actually cause much scarring. The bad news, though, is that lipoma do tend to reoccur more often after liposuction than they do after surgery.



The Cost of Lipoma Surgery

There’s good and bad news about lipoma surgery when it comes to cost. When you’re having a single lipoma removed – or if the lipoma is causing pain – there’s a very good chance that the surgery or liposuction will be covered by insurance. The bad news, though, is that lipoma surgery can be seen as a cosmetic procedure and thus might not be covered by insurance.

Lipoma removal can be costly, depending on where the lipoma is removed and what kind of aftercare you receive. The low-end for the removal of a single lipoma is around $350, while many offices charge in excess of $1,000 for the procedure. This largely depends on where you have the surgery done, as plastic surgeons do tend to charge a premium for the process.



Lipoma Removal Naturally

The recommended course of treatment for a lipoma is surgery, but it is possible in some cases to see results if you choose a natural treatment. The vast majority of these treatments involve using natural ingredients in order to make ointments. Most choose ingredients that are astringent mixed with high-antioxidant oils. Neem and tumeric are common ingredients, as are flaxseed oils and teas.

Others choose to combat the issue by seeking to lose weight. As we do know that obesity is a risk factor for lipoma, this choice does seem to be well-motivated. Some choose to start eating organic, while others simply choose to count calories. In some cases, patients have success by increasing the number of fatty acids in their diets, while others choose to cut down on red meats. No matter what the home remedy, though, it’s not common to see any results for up to three months.

Lipomas are generally not dangerous. They can impact your life, though, and it’s important to know your options when it comes to removal. If you believe you have a lipoma it’s always a good idea to check with a physician to make sure that the lump isn’t something more dangerous. Once you have a proper diagnosis, you can decide whether you need to have the problem removed or if it is something with which you can live.



Sugar & Health Issues

Negative Effects of Sugar

Is Sugar Addicting? Let’s discus this sugary sweet topic.

“Sugar is like a drug. If I have one bite, I need to eat it all. I can eat an entire panettone in one sitting.” — Stefano Gabbana, Fashion Designer

Why We Love Sugar?
A delicious, warm, and chocolatey lava cake, drizzled with chocolate syrup, with a side of vanilla ice cream makes your mouth water and your mind crave for it. Its sweet aroma fills your nostrils and pulls you closer to it. With spoon in hand, you pierce it and outpours hot chocolate lava. The first bite of chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream fills your brain with happy, blissful, and sweet thoughts.

Did our description of a lava cake make you crave for it?

Could you relate to the warm feelings you get after eating it?

If you said yes to both, this is exactly why we love sugar so much — it makes us happy! Whether it’s a chocolate chip cookie, a glazed donut, pecan pie, or strawberry shake, if it gives us a sugar rush, we love it!

We want more of it, and that is because sugar is an addiction. Once our taste buds become a fan of it, we can’t stop thinking about it. It makes our list of favorite desserts and when we crave for it, there’s no stopping us from getting it.

Let us ask you this — you see a jar of cookies. You would reach for it…most sane people would…so we’re assuming you would as well! How can you see a jar of cookies and not reach for them? — Simply unimaginable, right? We thought so too! Now, let’s look at the rich history of our love for sugar so much.

Brief History on Our Love for Sugar
To understand the history on our love for sugar, we need to go way back in time — to the time of apes. Millions and millions of years ago, our primate ancestors ate sugar-rich fruit and evolved into loving sweeter fruit, as it had a higher sugar content and gave them a much-desired energy boost.

Fast forward to the hunter and gatherer era where people relied on sugary fruits, syrups and honey for energy and fat. Our bodies break down sugar into glucose and fructose, and we need fructose to store fat. Yes, we know, what you’re thinking — who in their right mind would want to hold on to fat? Well, in that time of food shortages (and the inability to keep food for long periods), storing fat was a benefit, not a health risk.

Freshly Grown Sugar, No!

Looking at sugar in it’s natural state, the sugar cane, can come accross as healthy. Those tall green plants flowing in the breeze, soaking up all the sunshine. But in reality refined white sugar is a heavily processed food additive. White sugar is made by mechanical process that removes the molases from the raw sugar. Other additives in the process are phosphoric acid, lime and diatomaceous earth. When the refining process is complete what remains is a foodless additive. White sugar is 99% sucrose and is not healthy to digest.

Humans have the urge to intake sugar built into our DNA.  According to a study published by Washington University, newborns have a distinct taste for sweet flavors as well as salt.

Unfortunately for us, our love for sugar has created a set of health related issues. Refined sugar increases childhood obesity rates, this points to our obsession with sugar as a health risk that starts young.

Is leaving sugar completely possible? – Not likely.

What we can do instead is limit our sugar intake.

How We Intake Sugar, and How Much?
Come on, your health is at stake so limiting your sugar intake is a compromise, and it is better than saying, “Stop all sugar!” Believe us, we consume a lot of sugar in our lifetime. Just look at the United States for instance. People in the U.S. consume sugar by the load, and they are paying the price for it with diseases and other health issues.

In 2011, around 79 million people in the United States had pre-diabetes and by 2017, that number increased to over 100 million. The report also stated that in 2015, 30.3 million people in the country had full on diabetes.

If the condition of pre-diabetes remains untreated, generally within five years, those people will develop diabetes. Kids are the most vulnerable as this is time when a person develops lifelong eating habits. In the United States, the average person consumes almost 66 pounds of sugar each year — that is the weight of a full grown Dalmatian! Americans consume 19.5 teaspoons of added sugar each day!


How much sugar should you eat to be remain healthy?

You should have no more than six teaspoons of added sugar each day for women and nine teaspoons of added sugar each day for men. For children, their sugar intake varies due to age and caloric requirements, but the range is anywhere between three to six teaspoons of added sugar each day. To narrow this down even more down, let’s discuss how added sugar affects children, teen, adults, and the elderly differently.

How Does Sugar Affect Children, Teens, Adults, and the Elderly?
Sugar effects children, teens, adults, and the elderly differently. As we age, we need to control our sugar cravings, as too much sugar will become a health risk, one that starts when you’re young, but worsens with age, if not controlled. Let’s look at each one:

·       Children – 16% of their daily calories derives from added sugar
Tooth decay, hyperactivity, and increase in the risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity is all due to increased intake of sugar coupled with inactivity, children’s chances of developing one or more conditions increases. In addition to these conditions, their risk of developing cold, cough, and allergies due to a weakened immune system also increases. The immune system weakens because sugar changes the balance between good and bad bacteria.

·       Teens – One-fifth of their calories derives from added sugar
Teens receive most of their sugar intake from sugary beverages such as sports drinks, energy drinks, and soda. By continuing to eat sugar, it can change their brain health and affect their nutrition and cognitive development. That is not all, teens on a sugary diet have a higher chance of being stressed and developing anxiety and depression. Sugar is also bad for your complexion, want clear skin? Limit your sugar intake.

·       Adults – The top 20% eat on average of 721 calories of sugar each day
The implications on adult health is the same as teens. We are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, obesity, depression, anxiety, and cognitive problems. If they want to set a better example for our children, we need to limit our sugar intake.

·       Elderly – One in Four People Over the Age of 60 have diabetes in the United States.
Why do some elderly craze sugar so much? The older you get, the fewer taste buds you have. With age, your taste buds become less sensitive. By age 70, most people have lost two out of three taste buds. With their sense of taste on a steady decline, their sense of smell also declines.

Moreover, some medications and therapies to treat Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s disease also contribute to this. Their taste buds for all things sweet is the last to go, which why they crave sweets as they get older, and for their ailing health, this is not good.

Is Sugar Addicting?
Is sugar addictive? Scientists and researchers have found themselves on two separate spectrums of this debate. Some say it is while others say it isn’t. Dieting or fasting to loose weight involves limiting or stopping all sugar intake, which is very hard to do. Quitting sugar requires massive willpower to succeed. When our willpower wanes, we give in and call it cheat day!

Now, back to the debate

It all began when an author published an article in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, claiming that we should consider sugar as an addictive substance and should be on the same level as alcohol and other addictive substances.

The author’s supporting statement — “Sugar, just as opium and cocaine, is refined from plants to create pure white crystals, thus adding to its addictive properties.” The author further added, eating sugar produces the similar effects as cocaine — changing mood and inducing a sense of reward and pleasure — and this only makes people crave for more sugar.

Other scientists argue that even though sugar can be habit-forming, it is not addictive like cocaine and opiates and that people will not suffer from withdrawal symptoms if they quit eating sugar as they would with other substances.

Which side of debate are you on?

How to Limit Sugar Intake?
Limiting your sugar intake will improve your health in many ways. Here are a few simple tips to help you lower your sugar consumption:

·   Learn the difference between added sugar and natural sugar. For instance, candies are added sugar whereas fruits, veggies are natural sugars. Natural sugars come with fiber which slows down the digestion of glucose.

·   With more than 56 different names for added sugars, you need to learn about each name. Some of those names include maple syrup, sucrose, molasses, agave, brown rice syrup, high fructose corn syrup, dried cane syrup, any word that ends with “ose.”

.   Soda is your enemy. Water is your friend. Stop drinking soda and switch to sparkling flavored water. You can also drink water infused with fruit or unsweetened tea. A simple lemon water is also refreshing.

·   Buy unsweetened variety of almond milk, apple sauce, nut butter, and canned fruit. You should look for these two labels, “unsweetened” and “no added sugar” on products.

·   Never, and we repeat, never buy anything on an empty stomach. If you visit the grocery store on an empty stomach, hunger pains will kick in and you will naturally be drawn to sugar.

·   Eat more fruits than candies, this is common sense but start today!

·   Dried and canned fruit seem healthy, but it is not! They contain juice concentrates, syrups, and sugar. Unless otherwise stated.

·   Feeling like eating sugar? Trick your taste buds into thinking you are by drinking cinnamon, mint, or ginger tea, especially if you already have had your recommended sugar intake for the day.

Are Sugar Substitutes Safe?
Yes, sugar substitutes are safe and FDA approved. Adding these substitutes to food and drinks will sweeten or enhance flavor. You can buy sugar substitutes that are low in calories or have no calories at all. However, you should add them to your food and drink in small amounts, as they are generally sweeter than real sugar. Sugar substitutes help control weight, as they have fewer calories and decrease the risk of diseases such as diabetes. The types of sugar substitutes you can use are:

·     Erythritol – Use in small amounts, as large amounts can lead to nausea

·     Xylitol – Sweet as actual sugar and contains less than three quarters of the calories

·     Stevia Leaf Extracts – Comes from stevia leaves, is safe to use, and has been consumed in Japan for several years

·     Neotame – Is one of the safest sugar substitutes to consume, but does not taste as good as the other sugar substitutes on this list

The sugar substitutes that you should steer clear of is sucralose and aspartame, as they may lead to leukemia and cancer. More research needs to be conducted, but it is better to be safe than sorry, and when you have other sugar substitutes available, why risk it?


Coming to a Closure with Sugar
To sum it up, too much sugar is bad for you for the following reasons:

·      Causes weight gain

·      Increases your risk of heart disease

·      Causes acne

·      Increases your risk of diabetes

·      May increase your risk of cancer

·      May increase your risk of depression

·      May accelerate the aging process

·      Increases cellular aging

·      Decreases your energy levels

·      Leads to the development of fatty liver

·      Increases the risk of cavities

·      Increases the risk of gout

·      Increases the risk of cognitive decline


Yes, we know this is a scary list and we bet you already knew some of these negative side effects. Sugar is sweet and delicious, it improves our mood temporarily and we just can’t part with it forever, and you don’t have to! Just simply limit your sugar intake, make healthy choices where you can, and consider using sugar substitutes.

Aren’t we sweet for offering this advice?

Ergonomic Keyboards for Carpal Tunnel

Suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?


Here’s How Ergonomic keyboards and Mouses Can Help

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome results in a tingling sensation or numbness in the hand that can eventually cause the muscles in the wrists and hands to weaken, affecting your quality of life.Ergonomic keyboards and mouses can help decrease your suffering. Here’s how



According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.9 million people in the United States suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). If you’ve been experiencing a shooting pain that goes through your wrist and up your forearm for the past few months, then there’s a good chance that you too are suffering from CTS. You may have already been diagnosed with CTS and don’t need to play the guessing-game.


Either way, you should start think about ways to reduce the recurrence & severity of your CTS symptoms. When it comes to reducing the recurrence & severity of your CTS symptoms, an important factor to consider is ergonomics. Ergonomics is all about using the correct posture as the wrong posture can create too much stress on your hands and wrists, leading to CTS pain.

It is imperative that you set up your workstation with tools and furniture that allow you to work comfortably as this can help you prevent work-related injuries. The more relaxed your elbows and wrist are, the less your tendons will strain while performing repetitive motions. It is easy to lose your relaxed alignment during a busty work schedule, with many people leaning in, draws their arms up high, laying their palms on their desks, and using equipment that requires too much strain to operate repetitively.

The good news is that you can fix all the above problems and ensure the correct posture for your hands and wrists by using Ergonomic keyboards and mouses. Here’s how Ergonomic keyboards and mouses can help alleviate CTS symptoms.

Ergonomic Keyboards for CTS
Ergonomic Keyboards alleviate CTS symptoms by keeping your wrists and hands in a natural position, and promoting proper typing habits. Most keyboards make it necessary to put the mouse farther to the right and as a result, your right elbow is no longer touching the sides of your body when you reach for the mouse. Over the weeks and years, this causes injury in the right arm of many people.

The point is that the further you throw your right arm to the side, the more risk your hand and wrist will be exposed to. One way to avoid this is using Ergonomic keyboards. These keyboards come in a variety of builds and styles to fit your needs. So, make sure to choose a style that’s right for you.


Ergonomic Mouses for CTS
Ergonomic mouses minimize the pressure over the median nerve in the affected hand by keeping your wrist in a ‘neutral position’. In a neutral position, there is less inter-compartment pressure in the carpal tunnel. Additionally, an ergonomic mouse minimizes repetitive movements or awkward wrist postures that may place unnecessary pressure over the median nerve.


Anyone suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) should go for ergonomic keyboards and mouses as this will help reduce CTS pain.

Carpal Tunnel Splints and Braces

Here is the Gear You Need to Keep Your Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in Check

Without a shadow of a doubt, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) can wreak havoc on your hand, wrist and forearm, impacting your quality of life. The good news is that you can keep your CTS in check by using carpal tunnel night splints, wrist supports, and hand braces.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) can cause pain or muscle weakness that prevents you from doing important tasks at work and home. Not only that, CT can also affect your hobbies and every day activities like driving. Eventually, this may lead to depression or low self-esteem. You don’t want that right? Of course, you don’t.

The good news is that, with the right treatment, you can reduce your CT symptoms and live a normal life.  The right treatment that we’re referring to is the use of carpal tunnel night splints, wrist supports, and hand braces. Following are how night splints, wrist supports, and hand braces can help keep your CTS in check.

Night Splints for CTS

When your symptoms start to disturb your sleep, the first active CTS treatment that you will need is a removable night splint. Following is how night splints can bring your relief:

  • Relieving tingling or burning in part, or all of the hand
  • Alleviating pain in the fingers
  • Eliminating numbness in hand
  • Helping overcome weakness of some muscles in the fingers and/or thumb
  • Relieving mild and moderate nerve compression symptoms caused at the wrist during night
  • CTS symptoms are worse at night because your hand is more likely to bend while you’re sleeping. The splint prevents this from happening.
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Here are some considerations for using night splints:

  • Make sure the night splint you buy has a removable metal plate running through it that can be straightened to support the wrist in a straight position.
  • Try the splints for three months before seeking an alternative treatment for your problems
  • Use other treatment for constant altered sensation or severe symptoms of weakness

Wrist Supports for CTS

Want to minimize pain caused by your CTS? Then maintain proper wrist and arm alignment. You can do so by using wrists supports Following is how wrist supports alleviate CTS pain:

  • They stabilize your wrist to ensure that your activities do not put stress on the painful area
  • They ensure your form is correct to decrease pain and increase your comfort
  • Most wrist supports allow you to move your fingers freely, which means your workplace productivity won’t be affected. You will be able to type and write as you normally would


Hand Braces for CTS

A hand brace is another solution that may assist when you have CTS. Following is how hand braces bring relief:

  • They keep your hand in place to prevent further aggravation of your carpal tunnel
  • They provide the necessary compression to bring the inflammation down
  • Stabilize and provide a custom fit


If you are suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, then using carpal tunnel night splints, wrist supports, and/or hand braces is an excellent way for pain relief and increased support.