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  • Jul 2018

    Are essential oils safe for babies?

    Some people use essential oils, such as lavender or chamomile, to massage their baby or in a diffuser. In this article, we look at the potential benefits of essential oils for babies, as well as which ones to use and how to use them safely. People should never use essential oils on babies less than 3 months old.

  • Jul 2018

    What can you put on a newborn's dry skin?

    It is quite common for newborns to have dry, flaky, or peeling skin. In this article, we look at the causes of peeling skin, such as exposure to the amniotic fluid. We also provide ten home remedies to help prevent and treat newborn skin peeling, including using a humidifier and moisturizing the skin. Learn more here.

  • Jul 2018

    What to do if a baby has an allergic reaction

    Allergic reactions are common in babies and may occur as a result of irritants, bug bites, certain foods, or underlying skin conditions. Allergies can cause various rashes, including eczema, hives, and papular urticaria. In this article, learn how to identify different allergic reactions and when to see a doctor.

  • Jul 2018

    What causes head lice?

    Head lice have existed on humans for thousands of years. These otherwise harmless parasites can cause itchiness and discomfort. In this article, learn about the causes of lice, which groups of people are most at risk, and what treatments are available. We also explore symptoms and when to see a doctor.

  • Jul 2018

    How to get rid of diaper rash

    Diaper rash is a red, painful rash that thrives in warm, moist environments. The rash may also be scaly, bumpy, or raw in appearance. In this article, learn about ten home remedies for diaper rash, including taking oatmeal baths, replacing chemical baby wipes, and removing acidic foods from the child’s diet.

  • Jul 2018

    How to get rid of an amoxicillin rash

    A reaction to amoxicillin, a medication used to treat bacterial infections, causes an amoxicillin rash. A side effect of amoxicillin can be a rash that may be mild or severe. Treatment options include medication, applying oatmeal to the rash, and drinking plenty of water. Learn more about an amoxicillin rash here.

  • Jul 2018

    Fifteen home remedies for acne

    Many home remedies can help people reduce their acne by treating oily skin, killing bacteria, and providing antioxidants. Natural treatments that reduce acne flare-ups include aloe vera gel, honey, and tea tree oil. Learn about 15 natural home remedies and how to use them to improve acne, pimples, and oily skin here.

  • Jul 2018

    What causes clammy skin?

    Clammy skin is a widespread occurrence, particularly in people who sweat a lot. Clammy skin may occur periodically if a person is too warm, but someone with frequently clammy skin may have an underlying medical condition. In this article, learn about the causes of clammy skin, as well as the treatment options.

  • Jul 2018

    What causes a rash to feel hot

    There are many types of rash, and some can feel hot when they are touched. There can be different reasons for this heat, including the type of rash, and a person's immune system having been weakened. Learn here more about why rashes may be hot to the touch, and what the treatment options are for different rashes.

  • Jul 2018

    What are the different types of eczema?

    There are many types of eczema, each with different characteristics and triggers. The symptoms of eczema generally include inflammation, dryness, and itching of the skin. People with eczema tend to have occasional flare-ups. Here, we look at the symptoms and causes of seven types of eczema, as well as treatment options

  • Jul 2018

    Ten tips to prevent eczema flares in winter

    During winter, the cold, dry air can cause people’s eczema to flare up. Certain home remedies and creams can improve eczema rashes. In this article, we look at the reasons why eczema flares happen in winter and provide 10 simple tips for preventing winter flare-ups in adults, babies, and children.

  • Jul 2018

    Everything you need to know about cystic hygroma

    Cystic hygromas are fluid-filled sacs that occur most commonly on the head or neck of a baby. They occur due to blockages in the lymphatic system. In this article, we look at the causes of cystic hygromas, including environmental and genetic factors, as well as how doctors remove or shrink the growths.

  • Jul 2018

    What are some natural treatments for toddlers with a yeast infection?

    Yeast is present in the body and grows naturally on the skin. Too much yeast can cause an infection. This can occur in toddlers wearing diapers. There are natural treatments for yeast infections, including tea tree oil and garlic. Learn more about the natural treatment options for a toddler with a yeast infection here.

  • Jul 2018

    What are the benefits of chlorophyll?

    Chlorophyll is a natural pigment that occurs in many green vegetables. It has many potential health benefits due to its deodorant, anti-aging, wound-healing, and blood-building properties. We examine the evidence supporting these potential benefits and explain how to include chlorophyll in the diet.

  • Jul 2018

    What to know about the KOH exam for fungal infections

    Doctors use the skin lesion KOH exam to test a person’s skin for fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot or ringworm. During the test, they take a skin scraping and place it in a potassium hydroxide (KOH) solution. In this article, we look at the procedure, results, what the KOH exam tests for, and alternatives.

  • Jun 2018

    How to fix peeling nails

    Peeling nails have a range of causes, including iron deficiency and certain underlying health conditions, such as underactive thyroid. Treatment options depend on the cause but include increasing the amount of iron in the diet. Learn more about how to treat peeling nails at home, and when to see a doctor.

  • Jun 2018

    What type of acne do I have?

    There are many types of acne lesion. These blemishes range from mild blackheads and whiteheads to more severe forms, such as nodules and cysts. In this article, we explore what each of these types of lesion looks like. Also, learn which medical treatments and home remedies can help.

  • Jun 2018

    Why is there a pimple on my neck?

    A pimple can occur almost anywhere on the body, including the neck. Causes of a neck pimple include poor hygiene, rubbing the area, and hormone fluctuations. There are many over-the-counter treatments, but some people may need prescription medications. Learn more about pimples on the neck and how to prevent them, here.

  • Jun 2018

    What causes bellybutton pain during pregnancy?

    Bellybutton or navel pain is a common occurrence during pregnancy and has a variety of potential causes. Possible reasons for experiencing bellybutton pain include skin stretching, pressure from the growing uterus, and umbilical hernias. In this article, learn how to get relief and when to see a doctor.

  • Jun 2018

    Chinese restaurant syndrome: What you need to know

    Chinese restaurant syndrome refers to a variety of symptoms that can develop after eating at a Chinese restaurant. The medical community now calls it MSG symptom complex, as some researchers have linked the symptoms to the MSG in certain foods. In this article, learn more about the condition and when to see a doctor.

  • Jun 2018

    Is salicylic acid safe to use during pregnancy?

    Acne often develops during pregnancy, and many commercially available treatments contain salicylic acid. Is this acid safe to use during pregnancy? Are there any skin care products to avoid? We provide answers. Also, learn why some pregnant people develop acne, and what tips can help with managing it.

  • Jun 2018

    What is a first-degree burn?

    A first-degree burn is classified as a superficial burn because it only affects the first layer of the skin. First-degree burns can happen for a variety of reasons, including spilling hot liquids, touching something hot, and sunburn. Treatment involves reducing pain and swelling and keeping the area cool.

  • Jun 2018

    Pollen allergy: Causes, symptoms, and treatment

    Pollen allergies are a common but irritating problem for many people. There are different types of pollen, so people may experience symptoms at different times of the year depending on which plants affect them. Learn about the types of pollen allergies, symptoms, treatment, and home remedies in this article.

  • Jun 2018

    How to remove earwax at home

    Earwax is the body's natural way of protecting the eardrum and inner ear from damage. However, if the body produces too much earwax, a person may experience a blockage. This can lead to hearing loss and pain. In this article, learn how to remove an earwax blockage safely at home, as well as when to see a doctor.

  • Jun 2018

    Benefits of using a humidifier

    Dry indoor air is a common problem that can exacerbate respiratory symptoms, cause dry skin and hair, and even make snoring worse. In this article, learn how using a humidifier can help to alleviate these and other problems. We also describe the possible risks and how to use a humidifier safely.