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How to Prepare the Right Vaginal Douche at Home

Vaginal douches were at first used in cleaning the vaginal cavity, with the goal of conceiving babies with determined genders. Even though medical science has rendered this technique obsolete, some women still use it till today.

Tips on preparing vaginal douche

  • Vaginal douche can be described as a technique which involves the use of water in cleansing the vaginal cavity.
  • The goal of this technique is to flush out vaginal discharge and vaginal content.
  • Here are some reasons that can prompt douching: Flushing away remnants of menstrual blood at the end of one’s period, keeping away sexually transmitted diseases, getting rid of vaginal odor and a source of treatment for bacterial infection.
  • You can either buy the already prepared douche in the market or prepare one yourself
  • Next to buying the right douche, is observing the right technique in preparing the home-made vaginal douche solution
  • Avoid consistent douching as doing so can harm your vagina and other sensitive parts of your reproductive system.
  • Frequent douching also leads to irritation and infection as the natural environment of the vagina gets distorted.
  • Consult with a gynecologist before trying out douching.

Techniques for preparing homemade douche

Vaginal douche are basically of two types; buffer (baking soda) and acidifier (vinegar)

Vinegar Douche

  • Increases the vagina’s acid level
  • Believed to increase the possibility of having a female child
  • Ingredients: water mixed with apple cider at room temperature
  • Tools needed: A vaginal syringe and a bag
  • Preparation: Mix two cups of water with two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar at room temperature

Baking soda douche

  • Increase’s the vagina’s alkaline level
  • Believed to increase the chances of conceiving a male child
  • Ingredients: Distilled water and baking soda
  • Tools needed: Vaginal syringe and bag
  • Preparation: Mix a glass cup of water with one tablespoon of baking soda. Ensure the mixture is thoroughly cleaned.

Other types of home-made vaginal douches

  • Tea Tree Oil douches
  • Garlic douche
  • Yoghurt douche
  • Herbal douche made from yarrow, peppermint and rosemary
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Bumps On Hairline Symptoms: Causes And How To Get Rid Of It?

In medical parlance, the term scalp folliculitis is used to describe bumps on the hairline. The condition is quite irritating because it gives inflicts pain and itchiness on the patient and at the same time gives the individual a bad look.

The condition is associated with pimples in the form of bumps developing along the hairline due to fungal or factorial invasion of the hair follicle.

At their early stage of development when they are really inflamed, these hair bumps take a red color. But with time, the lesion changes color to yellow and the secrets pus. Depending on the severity of the condition, the bumps can cover the entire hairline. Follicular bumps can develop on any part of the skin where hair grows.

Hair follicles on the scalp are mostly affected by this condition due to the high density of hair there. Bumps that develop along the hairlines can either be simple pimples produced as a result of excessive oil production or bacterial infection. Bumps are mostly found on the frontal part of the hairline and can also develop on the back side.

Causes of Bumps developing on the hairline

This condition is prevalent in adults. It affects both men and women alike. There are two major factors responsible for lesions growing on the hairline. They are:

  • Excessive production of oil within the follicular gland which eventually leads to pimple kind of growth.
  • Bacterial infection which affects the root of the hair. Staphylococcus aureus is the bacterial responsible for this condition.

Other less common factors responsible for the development of bumps along the hairline include; changes in body hormone, excessive use of cosmetics and allergy to hair dyes. In extreme cases, bacterial infection of the scalp leads to complete hair loss.

Home remedies to get rid of bumps growing on the hairline

Moderate or mild bumps do not require any form of treatment as they will naturally disappear after a week. But if the bumps are caused by bacterial infection, then anti-fungal or anti-bacterial therapy will be needful.

Below are some of the natural home remedies that can be used in getting rid of the bumps.

  • If you have fallen victim of the condition, get your hair and scalp washed with shampoo nothing less than 3 times a week. If it happens that fungal infection is responsible for your own condition, then you will have to wash your hair and scalp with anti-fungal shampoo.
  • Tea oil is an effective solution used in the treatment of most common bacterial infection. Mix your shampoo with a little quantity of tea tree oil. Then wash your hair using the mixture for at least 3 times a week.
  • To ease the itching caused by the infection, mix vinegar with warm water and then apply on the scalp. Doing this speeds up healing.
  • Aloe Vera also works wonders in relieving the itching and irritation caused by bumps growing on the hairline. Be free with it when applying it on the affected scalp.
  • If the bumps still persist even after observing this treatment technique, then medical consultation should be sought. Prescription ranges from antibiotics to anti fungal ointment. Oral antibiotics can be prescribed if the bacterial infection is the severe one.
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Wart On Knuckle: Causes And How To Get Rid Of It Naturally?

Warts are tiny and painless irritations that affect the skin. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) has been identified to be the cause of Warts. Warts don’t pose any medical threat even though they may require cosmetic repairs in extreme cases.

Depending on the skin type of the sufferer, warts can be painful and itchy at times, causing severe skin irritation.

Warts are of different kinds. Though warts can affect any area of the skin, they mostly affect the skin on the hand. Periungal and Subungual warts affect the fingernails and the knuckles the most. Warts can also take the following forms; genital warts (affects the skin around the genitals), flat warts (affects the skin around the forehead and face) and plantar warts (affects the soles of beneath the feet).

Symptoms and causes of Warts on the Knuckles

As earlier said, warts are caused by human papilloma virus. When the virus infects the cells contained within the epidermis, it stimulates these cells to increase in their numbers. The end result is the skin suffering from over growth. Warts that affect the knuckles are often times pedunculated. When warts affect the knuckles, the following symptoms are often observed.

  • The skin around the lesion loses its normal color. The skin either lightens or darkens.
  • A rounded skin growth will develop under the toenails or fingernails. Most times, warts take the form of oval lesions that develops on the skin. The lesions are skin overgrowth, with a neck (pedunculated) separating it from the layer of the skin.
  • Warts are hardly painful, just that they can get itchy accompanied by bleeding in extreme cases.

Natural remedies that can be used in treating Warts on the Knuckles

Before treatment commences, it is important to confirm that the lesion is a wart. This can be done by observing its appearance and location. This is important as callus, corn or skin cancer has to be ruled out. After confirmation, here are some simple remedies that can be used in treating the warts:

  • Soak a small piece of cotton into a bowl containing lemon juice. But the juice has to be fresh. Allow the cotton to soak for 15 minutes. Repeat the process at least 4 times a day. Lemon juice contains natural acid that is strong enough to eliminate the virus causing the wart. The lemon can also effective solve the discoloration problem that comes with warts
  • Grind some turmeric into powder and then apply on the affected region. Turmeric has strong anti-microbial and anti-inflammation properties which are needed in the treatment of warts.
  • In place of lemon juice, you can also use Apple Cider Vinegar. ACV has similar properties with lemon juice only that it is stronger, and has to be diluted to prevent damaging the skin.
  • If the wart is a pedunculated one, get a thin cotton thread and get the base of the wart tied with it. Ensure that the cotton thread is tied as tightly as possible. Allow the tied thread to stand for a couple of days before untying it. This technique cuts of blood supply to the affected skin spot, thus causing the wart to wither off. Resist the temptation of pulling or tugging the wart as this will cause it to affect other area of the skin very quickly.

Preventive measures need to be observed. One of such measure is avoiding making contact with a person affected by warts. Preventive measures also include eating meals rich in vitamin C as it would help boost your body immune system.

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How to Naturally Remove a Corn or Callus on Hands?

Corns on Hands

Corn on hand is a type of callus. When the hand repeatedly suffers from irritation or trauma it develops callosity as a protective mechanism. Excess pressure on the skin causes the outer most layer to thicken.

Callus is often seen in parts of the body like the feet, knees, hands and elbow that are prone to friction.

The callus develops due to pressure that makes the skin grow faster. The skin also produces excessive keratin that thickens it and makes it unattractive.

Most times this defect is caused by normal daily activities. For instance putting on tight fitted shoes can cause the edge of the toes to develop callus. Corn on hands is a form of callus that is recognized by tiny raised bumps that appear on the joints of the finger or by its side.

It usually has a solid center and few millimeters in diameter. Those at risk of having this defect are guitar player, writers, carpenters or any occupation that puts pressure on the hands. Corns on the hands can cause pain but it does not indicate the presence of any abnormality.

How to Remove a Corn on Hand

The presence of corn on hand does not cause any infection so there is no need trying to remove it. The major reason why people want to get rid of the callus on their hand is so that a new skin can grow or just for beauty sake. However, whatever be your reason for wanting to remove it there are different homemade procedures for its removal and they are:

  • Metal nail file: it has similar principles as that of pumice stone. The file is uses to smoothen out the rough skin.
  • Pumice stone: pumice stone can be used to remove dead skin cells just by rubbing it against the affected area. It works better if the hands are soaked in warm water before using the stone. However diabetic patients should not try this because it can lead to abrasion.
  • Castor oil: before going to bed, soak a cotton ball in castor oil and apply it on the affected area or you can place the cotton ball on the affected are using a bandage to last overnight.
  • Natural moisturizers. The Calendula herbal cream or oil has a dual nature as it has the ability to soften the skin and also prevent it from cracking.
  • Wear gloves: before engaging in activities like weight lifting endeavor to wear a glove for protection of the skin.
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Causes of Congestive Prostatitis – Its Prevention and Remedies

Prostatitis is a situation which is symbolized by the swelling of the prostate glands and affects males who experience enlargement of the prostrate. While there are various kinds of prostatitis; non bacterial or bacterial, congestive prostatitis is symbolized by the gathering of liquid in the gland.

The most common reasons linked with congestive prostatitis include extended arousal without ejaculation of withdrawing at the moment of ejaculation. These conditions can lead to the gathering of fluids in the prostate gland leading to the condition.  There are other causes which include;

  • Pain in the testicles during orgasm which is because of blood congestions in the blood vessels which supply the genital
  • The pain usually averts ejaculation
  • Surplus alcohol consumption
  • Prostate cancer
  • Cysts in the urinary tract
  • Repetitive constipation
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Lack of hormone balance mostly during andropause. Males between 55-65 are affected
  • Sedentary lifestyle which is linked to sitting for long periods.

The condition might be observed in younger children or adults but is more frequent in old people.

How To Prevent Congestive Prostatitis?

There are specific lifestyle tips that can aid in averting congestive prostatitis

  • A sexual life which is healthy is the core point of managing this condition
  • Ejaculating too frequently is dangerous to the prostrate
  • Excess weight has been associated to this condition so a healthy diet which focuses in managing an ideal weight is important in averting this condition
  • For individuals with desk jobs, taking frequent breaks are important to avert complications in this condition. Frequent exercise aid in enhancing circulation of blood and averting congestion
  • Minimize the consumption of alcohol. Drink a lot of fluid to avert infection of the unitary tract which can lead to a prostatitis episode
  • Frequent visit to the office of the urologist is crucial to pinpoint symptoms and take preventive measures.

Natural Remedies For Congestive Prostatitis

The condition isn’t severe and symptoms are treated in a few weeks. There are specific options for treatment that naturally aid in managing the condition.

  • Frequent massage of the prostate gland can aid in relieving the swelling and make provision for pain relief. A typical massage of the prostate gland is carried out through the anus and hence should be varied our by a trained medical expert
  • Some experts recommend that masturbating once in three days can aid in minimizing congestion in the prostate gland and helps in the releasing of build up fluid’
  • Sits bath have been considered useful in aiding to minimize the possibility of bacterial infection. A few drops of tea tree oil should be added to bath water and the genitals should be soaked for around 10-15minutes in it.
  • Herbs which include Nettle and Echinacea are significant in minimising swelling and congestion.  These herbs need to be ingested as directed by a medical practitioner
  • Frequent walks for around 30 minutes are the most appropriate exercise for prostate gland and aids in reliving the symptoms of enlargement. This is said to be the most appropriate way of massaging the prostate gland.
  • Homeopathic drug Phytollaca is very beneficial in soothing the symptoms of prostate congestion
  • Pumpkin seeds are ideal in battling benign prostate enlargement. Pumpkin seed which is roasted should be ingested once weekly.
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