Has Your Psoriasis Spread, Or Do You Have An STD?

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you’re suffering from psoriasis anywhere on your body, and you’ve practiced safe sex methods, you may be shocked to find the rashes on your genitalia. Unfortunately, it’s possible for psoriasis to spread to your genitals and nearby regions, which can make you and your partner nervous. If you’re trying to figure out if your genital rash is an extension of your psoriasis or something else, read this guide for help. What Psoriasis Can and Can’t Do The first thing you’ll be glad to know about psoriasis is that while it’s unsightly and irritating, it can’t be spread to other people. While psoriasis can gradually spread across your own body, it isn’t transmitted from person-to-person. So if you do have genital psoriasis, your partner doesn’t need to worry about getting it from you. However, psoriasis can create irritation, itchiness, pain, and even open sores. Unfortunately, this can not only make intercourse uncomfortable for you, but if you have open sores, you could expose yourself to infection. Differences between Psoriasis and Other STD Rashes There are many forms of STD rashes, so it’s hard to discern between them and psoriasis as a whole. Psoriasis generally causes raised skin lesions that are red, but may also have a silvery film on top. If left untreated, or if exposed to cold, friction, or you let the skin become overly dry, the lesions can crack open and become open sores. Psoriasis tends to itch, and it may also flake. STD sores vary wildly; for example, herpes may result in blisters, and syhphilis can cause rashes and sores. However, syphilis doesn’t itch, and it spreads widely all over the body, including the hands and feet. Genital warts caused by HPV also tend to be small bumps, and they generally itch, but they also tend to burn. Generally speaking, if you have already been diagnosed with psoriasis elsewhere on your body, and you recognize those same symptoms on your genitalia, it’s probably psoriasis. The Sure Way To Find Out While comparing symptoms can be helpful, the surest way to find out if an STD is behind your genital rash is to see a doctor. Dermatologists and general physicians are both good choices, as they can visually diagnose what’s on your body. However, a general physician will also be able to take swabs and run a blood test to verify with certainty what’s behind your problem. Treatment Psoriasis is not a curable condition, and many of the topical medications used on psoriasis can’t be applied near the genitals. If your doctor determines that your problem is psoriasis, generally caring for your skin, avoiding scents and artificial ingredients, and trying to reduce your stress may help lower...

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Eye Health: Is Indoor Light Just As Harmful To Your Eyes As The Sun?

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you want to keep your eyes as healthy as they can be for the rest of your life, then you likely wear sunglasses outdoors to help reduce the harmful effects of UV rays on your eyes. While you should keep wearing sunglasses outdoors, some health experts believe that some types of indoor light, especially from computers and the screens of other electronic, may be just as harmful or even more harmful to your eyes than the sun. Read on to find out how indoor light sources may be harming your eyes and just what you can do to protect your vision.  Why Indoor Light Can Harm Your Health One light wavelength that is emitted in large quantities by televisions, computers, and smartphone screens is called blue light. This light is the second closest in the spectrum, just after violet light, to UV light. Looking at too much blue light during the day, and especially in the evening hours, has long been linked to disrupted sleep patterns and even an increased chance of developing other health problems, such as diabetes and some types of cancer. These problems can occur when blue light shuts down the body’s production of a natural hormone called melatonin. This important hormone regulates sleeping patterns and has been recently discovered to suppress inflammation in your body. New Discoveries on How It Can Harm Your Eyes While known to affect the body in mysterious ways, blue light was never suspected to be harmful to your eyes themselves. However, recent studies have been linking too much eye exposure to blue light with an increased chance of developing retinal damage, macular degeneration, and even cataracts. That means that if you want to ward off these problems and keep your eyes healthy and vision clear for as long as possible, you must take steps to protect your eyes from blue light just as you protect them from the sun’s UV rays.  How to Protect Your Eyes from Blue Light Now, instead of just decreasing your exposure to blue light in the evening to avoid disruption of your body’s production of melatonin, you should take steps to limit your exposure to blue light at any time. Just like sunlight, a little will not harm you, but too much can be detrimental to your eye health. Energy-efficient, compact fluorescent lightbulbs emit blue light, and they can even have small defects that emit UV light. You don’t have to sacrifice energy savings for good vision by ensuring that all compact fluorescent bulbs in your home are surrounded by light fixtures or lamp-shades and you keep them at positions in a room as far from people as you can. LED televisions are another...

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