October Is National Eczema Awareness Month. Skin Care Tips You Can Use

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According to the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 15 million people in the United States are affected by eczema, a disease that causes dry, itchy and irritated skin.
Thankfully, there is an increasing number of resources and products created to help those living with eczema.

One such organization, the National Eczema Association (NEA), has a Web site dedicated to promoting eczema awareness through research and education. One way they’ve spearheaded getting the word out about this common skin condition is by designating the month of October as National Eczema Awareness Month.

What Is Eczema?

Flare-ups of eczema result in a dry, red skinrash that is not only unsightly but can be unbearably itchy, embarrassing and difficult to hide. Typical symptoms of eczema include skin sensitivity, red rashes, severe itching and even dry, flaking patches of skin that can crack and bleed. Eczema can be isolated to one area or present on several areas on your body such as the hands, inner elbows and the back of knees.

Eczema often runs in families, and can be triggered by allergies, stress, irritating detergents, synthetic fabrics, and cold. While eczema usually appears during childhood, it can develop at any age. For anyone suffering from extremely dry skin or eczema, there are some tips experts recommend:

Avoid Sudden Changes in Temperature or Humidity: Changes in temperature can cause skin to flare, so steer clear of cold temperatures and hot water, which can strip the skin of moisture. Consider investing in a humidifier for the home, to keep air moist.

Moisturize Properly: Keep skin hydrated with a dermatologist-trusted moisturizer that’s fragrance-free and specifically formulated for sensitive skin, such as Aquaphor Healing Ointment, which is a rich, nonirritating moisturizer that locks in moisture to the skin, helping to alleviate symptoms of eczema. To calm extremely dry skin, experts recommend the “soak ‘n’ seal” solution: Bathe in lukewarm water for about 15 minutes with a gentle, nonirritating wash. Immediately after, apply a moisturizer such as Aquaphor to damp skin to lock in lasting moisturization.

Steer Clear of Eczema Triggers: Minimize eczema symptoms by avoiding triggers that may lead to uncomfortable flare-ups, like excessive scrubbing and toweling. Also avoid scratchy materials like wool, harsh soaps, detergents, and environmental triggers such as pollen or pet dander.

This is a story about a little boy with a big heart. And it’s a story that everyone should read.

The story is about Ivan, but ultimately, it isn’t just about him. It is, rather, about millions of other children like Ivan, living the same nightmare across the world today.

While this story of Ivan is fictional, its message hit me right in the chest. We must not ignore this issue. We must not forget Ivan.

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Then I don’t remember anything. I woke up in the hospital. I looked at my hand, I could not touch any of my five fingers. I looked out the window and cried.

Outside, I saw parents playing with their children, throwing balls together and hugging.

Do you know why I cried?

I don’t know how a hug from my mom feels like. My parents just beat me, but I love them anyway. I’ve always done my best, I’ve been good at school, but they do not like me still.

One day I spilled some of my tea, then they hit me again.

Suddenly I got pain in my chest again. I told my mom – but she did not care. After a while, I had to go to the hospital again, no one came and saw me.

The doctor said that mom and dad would probably come the next day, but they did not. I waited and waited, but nobody came. I love my parents anyway.

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Two days later, Ivan died of his injuries. In his hand the doctors found a letter that he had not written clearly.

“Dear mom and dad, I’m terrified because I’m ugly, disgusting and stupid. I’m sorry because you can not love me.

I never wanted to annoy you. All I wanted was to get a hug and hug from mom, and hear that you loved me once. Dad I just wanted you to play with me, hold my hand for a walk or sing for me.

I know I’m a shame for you. I will never be those things.

Then Ivan’s little heart stopped.

This story was originally written in Russian. I’m not sure if it’s been true, but I think that matters little. It’s incredibly important anyway!

All children are entitled to be loved. Still child abuse happens every second, every minute, every hour and every day. In all countries, all cities and all schools.

A child’s home should be free from violence and a safe place. Children need love, tenderness and closeness, and a hug can sometimes be worth a lot more than you could ever imagine.

Please share this story with all your friends on Facebook to remind everyone that no child should ever feel hurt or unloved.

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Cats are curious creatures. Cats prefer to be near you most of the time. They are very perplexing animals; however, it does feel nice when one is purring on your lap. Read on to find out what makes them tick.

Cats often view small spaces as a fun challenge. If you keep a collar on your pet, getting stuck in one of these spaces can be very dangerous. A breakaway collar will let go if it is pulled on too tightly. Purchasing one could be the difference between whether your cat lives or dies when he gets stuck.

Do not allow your cat to get an electrical shock. Spray them with bitter apple, and they will stay away. If your cat likes to chew cords, hide the cords as best you can. Loose cords can be bundled and tucked inside old paper towel rolls. If you have electrical cords laying out that are not being used, put them away as cats can play with them and then move on to live electrical cords.

Your cat’s claws can wreck havoc on your furniture. Think about a scratching post or kitty tower if your cat’s claws become a problem. They can scratch this instead. It may take some time and some corrections, but it can usually eliminate the problem.

If your cat seems to want to avoid his food bowl, try getting a different kind of bowl. Plastic can sometimes turn a cat off if it isn’t cleaned constantly, and can hold on to certain scents. Try glass or a metal bowl for best results, so your cat will keep eating.

To make sure your kitten is properly socialized to humans, begin early in his life, about ten to twelve weeks of age. Be sure that he is handled and petted by humans in his family and by others as well. When he is older, he will be a calmer, friendlier cat.

If you have more than one cat, you should have as many litter boxes as you have cats. If too many cats have to share the same litter box, it can mean disaster! The cats may choose not to share their eliminating space, instead, using other areas, such as clean laundry or hidden corners of the home to do their business.

Feeding them lots of different foods can lower their chances of becoming finicky eaters. If you feed your cat the same food all the time, your cat will likely be uninterested any any other brand or flavor.

Cats’ curiosity often puts them in risky situations. Something as simple as a necklace, window pull, or phone cords can cause your pet to become injured or even killed. These items should be bound securely so that they are not a source of temptation for your inquisitive pet. Many childproofing aids work just as well for your kitten.

If you live in an area that is populated by wild animals, such as coyote and fox, you may need to make you cat an indoor cat. Wild animals pose a real threat to cats, and to avoid the loss of a beloved pet, it is sometimes best to keep them indoors for the course of their lives.

Entertain your cat with simple “toys” made from household objects. Many cats enjoy exploring boxes, such as those that hold 12-packs, small appliances, or other products. Before allowing your pet to play with a box, you should be sure that the animal cannot get stuck in small openings or tight spaces. This would be dangerous and very frightening to your pet!

Cats are puzzling, but they are also very rewarding. Allow the advice this article contains to help guide you on a path to a happier life for you and your pet. When you know how to take care of your cat, you’ll both be happier.

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Do you want to look stunning with out wasting too much money? If your answer is yes, then you should read this tips. They have past on from generations to generations. The best part of it, is that you may already have the ingredients at home!
Get rid of blemishes
Apply toothpaste to the required area, Leave on overnight.
Dried or chapped skin
Apply petroleum jelly (vaseline) affected area.
Falling hair
Pour cinnamon in to 12 or more ounces of water, let it boil for 5-10 minutes. After it cools down, apply to hair scalp for 10 -15 minutes. Then shampoo and rinse as usual.
Hot oil treatment
Heat any vegetable oil (do not over heat). Apply to hair cover with shower cap and leave on for 10-20 minutes.
Blackheads
Mix oatmeal and honey, apply to skin. Massageskin for 5-7 minutes then rinse off with warm water.

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My mate says that cigars are made only in Cuba, is he correct?
No, Although the cigar business was started 150 years ago in Cuba, cigars are now made in several other countries. Many Cuban nationals fled the country during the early years of president Castro’s regime and continued their trade in the surrounding countries such as Honduras, the Dominican republic, Mexico, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Brazil.
Montecristo is one of the most coveted makes of hand made Havana cigars, and you can pay more than $400 for 25 with a ‘ring gauge’ of 52 and a length of 6.5″.
Just in case you were wondering, the ring gauge is the cigar’s diameter measured in units of 1/64th’s of an inch. So a ring gauge of 52 means a diameter of 52/64″. You can buy Montecristo cigars at lengths between 4″ to 7.5″ and at ring gauges of 26 to 52. The cigar’s outstanding flavor comes from the ‘ligero’ tobacco leaf.
Q1. Quality cigars are sold in special rooms at airports, is this just another sales gimmick?
The atmosphere in these shops is kept constant so that the cigars can keep their best flavor. A humidity of 70% and a temperature of 70 Farenheit (21oC) is maintained in these rooms. At low humidities and high temperatures, the cigar dries out and goes brittle. At high humidities, mildew can form to ruin the cigar. Some cigars have been kept in perfect condition for 50 years using the correct atmospheric conditions!
So, these rooms are not a sales gimmick,
Q2. I cannot carry an air conditioned room around with me, so how do I store my expensive cigars?
Use a carrying case called a Humidor. It has its own water vapor supply and a hygrometer to check the humidity. The best lining for a Humidor is made from Spanish cedarwood. If your cigar is losing its wrapper or crackling when you cut the cap, then its too dry. If there is a musty smell or it sizzles when you smoke it, then the cigar is too wet.
For use in the short term, tubes or finger cases can be used.
Q3. As well as the maker’s Brand name what do these other names mean?
Robusto, Toro, Presidente and Churchill are thick cigars.
Lonsdale and Pantela are thin and long.
Corona and Rothschilds are medium gauge cigars.
Others include Triangulo, Diadema, Perfecto, Torpedo and Culebra.
Q4. The BEST alternative to Cuban cigars are?? ?
Usually Dominican such as Corojo 2000 or Breton Corojo cigars.
Q5. As a general rule are ALL Cuban cigars the best?
No, Cuba makes a lot of mediocre cigars and there is a flourishing trade in counterfeits.