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Facial Rejuvenation Surgery: Procedures, Risks and Alternatives

Facial rejuvenation surgery refers to a variety of operations designed to reduce the signs of aging on the face. These include facelift, brow lift and eyelid surgery. In addition, there are a number of additional procedures to deal with finer wrinkles such as dermabrasion, chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, Botox injections and fat grafting. Other corrective procedures that are sometimes carried out at the same time as facial rejuvenation surgery include chin or cheekbone implants, […]

Genital Warts: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Genital warts (Condylomata accuminata in Latin) are small growths in the genital area that are the result of a virus passed through skin-to-skin contact during sex. They are very common, particularly in young, sexually active people. Some five in a hundred people between 16 and 25 years of age are affected by genital warts. In fact, as many as half of the population may carry the virus at some time but never develop warts, so […]

Tinnitus: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Tinnitus is the awareness of unwanted noises in the head or ears. Anything that causes hearing loss (e.g., an ear infection, ageing or exposure to loud noise) can cause tinnitus. But, it is also possible to get tinnitus even if there is no associated hearing loss. Some people find tinnitus an occasional nuisance and only notice the noise when it is quiet, while others are unable to concentrate on anything else and may become extremely […]

Nosebleeds: Causes, First Aid and Treatment

Nosebleed (also known as epistaxis) is extremely common and almost everyone gets it occasionally. The bleeding usually stops by itself. Pinching nostrils together for a few minutes helps to stop it sooner. It is extremely rare to lose a lot of blood from a nosebleed. If the nosebleeds are frequent or heavy, a person should see a doctor. There are simple treatments to prevent them recurring. However, a doctor will need to rule out a […]

Conditions that Can Be Confused with Dandruff

True dandruff is characterized by shedding of dry white flakes of dead skin from the scalp. It is confined to the head only and is not normally associated with redness, inflammation or itching. These symptoms are more likely to be caused by some other associated condition, such as seborrheic dermatitis or psoriasis. The most common skin complaints that may occasionally be confused with dandruff include: Seborrheic Dermatitis This condition combines seborrhoea (oiliness of the skin) […]

Dandruff: Causes, Treatment and Prevention

Dandruff usually appears as dry white flakes of skin that are shed from the scalp and can be seen on a person’s hairbrush, collar or shoulders. It is a cosmetic problem rather than a health risk. Dandruff is usually painless, normally causes no itching and is not passed on to others. However, its appearance can be unpleasant and embarrassing for the person who has it. Dandruff is a very common condition that is likely to […]

Homeopathy: Does It Really Work and How?

Homeopathy was founded by a German doctor Samuel Hahnemann at the beginning of the 19th century. It is a holistic complementary treatment that seeks to stimulate the body’s own healing forces, such as its immune system, to repair injury and illness and maintain good health. Homeopathy does this with remedies that contain a tiny amount of a substance that has been shown to cause similar symptoms in a healthy individual. For instance, if a homeopath […]

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