Wednesday, 26 October 2016

2 Kinds of Pain Girls Experience Due to Menstruation

Pain is the reason why most girls fear their periods. Menstrual cramps is something that almost every woman bears each month. The technical term used for such cramps or pain is “dysmenorrhea”, which is a Greek word meaning “difficult monthly flow”.

Pain is experienced due to the contraction of the uterus, when it sheds its lining during menstruation. It occurs because of a hormone-like substance, called prostaglandins, that our uterus produces. This substance makes the uterus contract. The contracting uterus gives us that uneasy cramping feeling. Prostaglandins levels are high when menstruation starts and gradually decreases as the period progresses.

Two Different Kinds of Period Pains

There are basically two types of pain or cramps that you might experience:

1.      Primary Dysmenorrhea: This commonly occurs in teenage girls, at the beginning of the menstrual cycle and occurs without any underlying medical conditions. The irritable cramping pain can occur due to a contraction of the uterus, in order to shed its lining. It can also be caused by limited supply of blood to the uterus. The pain can extend from the lower part of the abdomen towards the back and further on to the thighs. This is a completely normal experience, causing mild discomfort in women. In case the pain is unbearable, some easy home treatments can make the monthly flow easier, thereby reducing the pain, such as using a hot water bag on the stomach.

2.      Secondary Dysmenorrhea: This pain is not just limited to time of menstruation but can occur at any time during the cycle. It can make the flow heavier and continue for more days than usual. Pain can be experienced during intercourse as well. In certain cases, secondary dysmenorrhea can be due to certain medical conditions, like:
·         Sexually transmitted diseases
·         Premenstrual Syndrome or PMS
·         Pelvic infections
·         Adenomyosis, in which the uterine lining extends into the wall of the uterus
·         Endometriosis, in which the uterus lining thickens and causes pain
·         Non-cancerous tumors or fibroids in the uterus
·         Intrauterine devices (IUDs) made of copper
·         Cervical stenosis, in which the cervix is not big enough for even flow

How to Reduce Menstrual Cramps

Some home remedies that you can try to reduce the pain include:
·         Gently massage the abdomen
·         Use a heating pad on the back or the pelvic area
·         Stay physically active with some simple exercises through the month.
·         Practice yoga and meditation
·         Bathe with warm water or sit in warm water
·         Avoid heavy and oily foods, as well as excessive salt, caffeine and sugar, since they cause bloating and can exacerbate the pain


If none of the above methods work to reduce the period pain, it is advisable to visit a doctor.

Major Reasons for Incontinence in People

Urinary Incontinence or loss of bladder control is an underlying and underdiagnosed medical problem, which has become a silent struggle for a large number of people worldwide. Over 200 million people in this world suffer from this problem, according to statistics released by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Although this condition is more common in people over 40 years of age, even younger people, especially women who have given birth via forceps, can get affected. The magnitude of this disease ranges from leakage of urine during coughing and sneezing loudly to having an irresistible desire to urinate, which ultimately leads to leakage.

The good news is that it can be cured by undergoing medical treatment and simple changes in lifestyle. But to combat this ailment, it is imperative that you are familiar with its types and causes.

Types of UI

Urinary incontinence is classified into three main categories. However, it is not unusual if you experience a mix of all three types.
1.      Stress Incontinence – This type arises when you are involved in certain physical activities, such as exercising, sneezing, coughing, or heavy lifting. The activity puts pressure on the sphincter muscles and causes involuntary leakage.
2.      Urge Incontinence – As the name suggests, when you get a strong and involuntary urge to urinate, loss of bladder control may occur which ultimately leads to leakage. It may occur due to a sudden change in position.
3.      Overflow Incontinence – This type occurs when you urinate but are unable to empty your bladder completely. Later on, you might lose some urine, which is also known as dribbling.

Causes of UI

A few cases are temporary and can get triggered by beverages, such as alcohol, citrus juices, caffeine, carbonated drinks, etc., or heart and blood pressure medications, sedatives, mood enhancers, or even recreational drugs.

·         Damage – If the pelvic floor muscles are damaged in any way, incontinence may occur because these are the muscles that directly control your bladder.

·         Aging – As you grow older, your bladder muscles tend to get weaker, which increases the chances of involuntary urination. 

·         Prostate – In almost every man, the prostate gland expands with age, which in some cases can cause a problem.

·         Other Causes – There are many other causes of this ailment, such as pregnancy, removal of the uterus, complications in surgery, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), etc.

Although this condition is not worrisome, it is highly recommended that you consult a doctor for effective guidance and treatment. You can pay special attention to your diet by avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and acidic drinks.


Just remember, once you acknowledge that you have a problem, only then can you find a solution.

4 Must Know Beauty Hacks for Women

Did you know that Arab woman possesses the youngest and healthiest skin among all races on our planet? They are blessed with voluminous and the most lustrous hair that others can only dream of. They are not only given a second look when they pass by, but also a third and fourth look. To protect this beautiful gift, they take the necessary measures.

Reason for the Beauty of Arab Woman

The traditional veil keeps the skin protected from dust and the harmful rays of the sun while one is outdoors. It also helps that many women avoid going out of the home during the hours when the sun’s rays are at their peak intensity, which preserves the quality of the skin. Arab women also known to eat the most healthy and fresh foods. The traditional Hammams or what Westerners call Saunas include regular massage with essential oils, followed up by steaming the body. This not only helps open up the pores on the skin to absorb all that beneficial oil but the steaming helps get rid of toxins from the skin’s surface, keeping the skin radiant. Women from the Middle East also take special care to groom themselves, including the removal of undesirable body hair. This task has become simpler with the easy availability of cold wax hair removal strips, such as Veet® Wax Strips With Easy Grip™, which is available for different skin types, including sensitive skin.

Tricks to Make Makeup and Skin Care Fun

Arab woman are also experts at makeup and taking care of their skin. Here are some beauty hacks that every woman should know to keep her skin youthful and glowing.

  1. Lipstick as Full Makeup
If you're running short of time and lack the essential beauty supplies, like blush and eyeshadow, a small tint of lipstick can be applied on the cheek bones and spread just like blush. You can try the same thing with your eye lids to create the effect of eyeshadow. You can also use lipstick mixed with paraffin wax as lip balm.

  1. Cold Wax Hair Removal
This is the most extensively used technique of hair removal at home. It consists of a applying a strip on which wax is already applied in the direction of hair growth. Rub the strip with your palms to warm it a bit so that it sticks perfectly to the hair. Remove the strip in one quick motion, in the direction opposite to the direction of hair growth. You will get long lasting results and softer skin on the arms and legs, since the dead skin cells will also get removed with this method.

  1. Straightening Hair Naturally
Tie you hair with an elastic band, pulling tightly from the scalp but avoiding breakage. In the ponytail, again tie another elastic band a bit lower down the strands. Repeat the process till you reach the tip of the ponytail. Leave it overnight and see the results all by yourself.

  1. Lemon and Sugar

These simple ingredients found in your kitchen can be used for body exfoliation. A mixture of lemon juice and sugar can be applied as a body scrub. It has no adverse effects on the skin like the other commercial products do. 

What Your Reason for Having a Sore Throat?

A study conducted in 2015 found that potentially deadly bacteria, called Fusobacterium necrophorum, were responsible for one out of five cases of sore throat in young adults. It is very difficult to detect this bacteria, since the patients often get a negative result on the strep test.

Most of the people don't think of throat infections as a big issue and tend to ignore it, but recent developments in the field shown that these infections can have a complex nature. For example, in Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia, about 70% of the cases are caused by viruses, rather than by bacteria.

While most of the cases are likely to get better with time and rest, medication is needed in a few cases, and for that, the cause needs to be identified. This brings us to the question: What is your reason for having a sore throat?

Common Cold

Medically known as Pharyngitis, the common cold is caused by a drop in temperature, the body's inability to adapt to the sudden change, consumption of cold beverages and exposure to allergens.

In our day-to-day life, we travel in public transport, meet different people and no matter how many times we wash our hands, there is always a possibility of coming in contact with a virus. While most of the cases of common cold last between three to seven days, if it exceeds this period, visit a doctor.

Strep Throat

Unlike the common cold, strep throat is caused by the streptococcus bacteria and can have more severe symptoms, such as fever and swollen tonsils. It requires proper consultation with a doctor and is reported to lead to about 25% of the cases of sore throat in children and 10% of the cases in adults. 

After a diagnosis, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics, depending upon the nature and severity of the infection.

Allergies

The name may not sound very scary but allergies can lead to bigger issues, such as nasal stuffiness, problems in breathing, and dry mouth and throat. In some cases, it could lead to postnasal drainage, and there can also be a problem of cough and sore throat.

Most of the times, the symptoms of allergies are similar to the symptoms of a common cold but they can be differentiated by the fact that allergies are caused seasonally and last for weeks. They are also caused by allergens and not by viruses. They could lead to itchiness, watery eyes and rashes.


To get the proper treatment, identify the reasons for your sore throat and treat the cause as soon as possible. 

Everything You Need to Know About Ant Infestation

Saudi Arabia is a desert country that witnesses high temperatures throughout the year. In summer, the temperature can even go above 120oF. Because of this hot climate, the region also houses a large number of pests and insects that are a menace and cause various types of problems. For example, there were around 6,000 cases of dengue fever reported in Saudi Arabia in 2015, leading to the death of 6 people.

It is not just mosquitoes that are causing a nuisance in the region. Ants are also severe trouble makers. According to an article in ResearchGate, Samsum ants or black ants, which are common in Saudi Arabia, can induce anaphylaxis. This is a serious, life threatening allergic reaction. So, just like mosquitoes, it is important to take an ant infestation seriously as well. Here’s a look at the different types of ant that could infest your home and how to get rid of ants.

Home Infesting Ants


  • Black Carpenter Ants: This is among the most common home invader species in the Kingdom. They usually invade homes for food. These ants are nocturnal in nature and come out from their nests at night in search of food. In their natural environment, they help dead and decaying trees by speeding up the process. But when inside a house, they tend to target wooden structure to build their nests, thereby causing structural damage. These ants don't sting but they can manage a sharp bite, which can become irritating, since they tend to inject formic acid when they bite.
  • Little Brown Ants: There are many types of small brown ant species that are difficult to tell apart for home owners. They include odorous house ants, Argentine ants, pharaoh ants and so on. One or the other or all of them can infest your home. These ants are organized species, dominated by a queen. They venture into homes to expand their colonies and also in search of food. They can feed on anything and everything in the house, including fats, carbohydrates, oils, etc. These ants generally form colonies under the floor, under cabinets or in cracks in the wall.

Prevention and Elimination


The main thing to keep in mind is that ants infest houses to gather food. Therefore, the way to prevent an infestation is by not leaving any unattended food sources. Also, keep in mind that mind that they can climb to any height, so an open box of cereal kept in a top cupboard would also be sufficient to invite them into your house. Once you are sure about an infestation, the ideal ways of removing them is using insecticidal bait, sprays and ant powders. For thorough cleaning, it is advisable to call in professional pest control. They will not only know how to get rid of ants, they can also advise you on prevention.

Headaches and Migraines Cause Concern Worldwide

There is a new target on the World Health Organization (WHO) agenda. The objective is to know the size and burden of headache in all regions of the world. The 'Burden of Headache' as defined by the WHO and their worldwide partnership countries is the amount of productive time that is lost to disability.

This cumulative negative effect of a disease such as headaches on the population on the whole is defined as the burden of bearing the symptom of headaches and the loss of effectiveness in teens and working segments of the population in terms of individual financial burden such as lost pay or days spent absent from school or college.

Headaches in the Middle East

When it comes to the Middle East and Saudi Arabia, there is difficulty in collecting data because door-to-door surveys do not cover an adequate portion of the population. Let us look at he findings of a study conducted on the prevalence of migraine and non-migraine headache among high school students at the National Guard Housing in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Students from four different schools were surveyed and it was found that headaches were common among school students as reported in the range of 25-82%.
  • Approximately one-third of the school going students had recurrent headaches. The percentages for recurrent headaches was 33.1%. The figure stayed the same when girls and boys were studied as separate groups with 38.8% for girls and 28.3% for boys. 
  • The one-third who had recurrent headaches did not have any form of febrile or fever-related illness in the year preceding the survey.
  • Migraines were the most common cause of headaches in children.
  • Female students showed a significantly higher prevalence than males of migraine, as well as non-migraine headache.
  • Migraines were least prevalent among students of ages 16-17 years.
  • More than one-third of all students were absent from school due to headache.
  • The prevalence was headache increased with age, peaking in the highest age group of 18-19 years. In this age group, the difference between headaches was greater than that at earlier ages, a factor that has been attributed to variations in the age of attaining puberty and the consequent hormonal changes in the body.

Headaches Overlooked in Saudi Arabia


In an earlier study conducted on Grade 1-9 school students, who are younger than the students studied in the survey above, it was found that the prevalence of recurrent headaches was 44%. A study done on the neighboring country of UAE found 36.9% suffering from recurrent headaches. The clear outcome of these studies is that headaches and migraines in children have been underestimated in our culture and eventually headaches have a direct impact on the quality of our lives. 

How to Fight World War 3 in Your Bathroom

This means war! A war declared against the very enemies of human life and all that human beings hold sacred. A war against the oppressors of good health whose forces are led by General Bacteria and his Germ Army. You have been given the task of holding out against these enemies in the last place you could ever imagine, your bathroom. So let the war games begin as here is everything you need to know about bathroom cleaners and attacking germs on a war footing.

Know Your Enemy

It makes no difference if General Bacteria's forces are spread all over your bathroom floor or climbing the walls. You know you have superior weapons and crucial intelligence information that you are about to receive from us on how to draw out the enemy's germ soldiers and kill every one of them before they conquer and defeat your family's good health.

1. Take a good look at the battleground: Think like an army general who is surveying the battle ground. Mark out the spots where you expect the fighting to get really intense. Decide when you will take change your approach and which stages need to be done first before you can get to where the actual fighting is.

2. Marshal your forces: Get your weapons out and make sure they are ready to be deployed. We suggest you employ Dettol Antiseptic Liquid as your light ammo for your infantry of bathroom cleaners and back them up with heavy cannon fire from Dettol Healthy Bathroom Power Cleaner

3. Evacuate all civilians from the battle zone: Remove everything that can be removed. This means, clothes, towels, cups, bins, contents of the cabinets, the shower curtains and even the storage bins or cabinets that can be moved so that you can get behind or under them and really clean up.

4. Use heavy artillery: First open the windows and make sure you have good ventilation. Pour some liquid bleach into the toilet bowl. You can put your toilet brush in to disinfect it.

5. Occupy higher ground: It always makes sense to start with the roof and walls simply because if you leave these for later, you will dirty the floor you have already cleaned. Bring down those cobwebs and dust on the walls. Especially scrub the window ledges, glass panes and window and door fittings.

6. Lay down mines: In the form of scrub powder to the really dirty areas such as corners, built-up lime or scale on the taps and faucets, next to drains and on pipes. Put the powder on in the form of a paste with a little water and wait for it to start reacting with the encrusted surfaces.


7. Go berserk: They say a madman has the strength of ten. Hit the cleaning and scrubbing with a manic intensity and don't stop for breaks. You might not be able to resume fighting. 

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

How are Sanitary Napkins Effective?

It may be hard to believe but a woman uses about 10,000 sanitary products during her lifetime. Given that it is the most painful time of the month for a woman, a lot of thought goes into choosing the ideal sanitary product and management method.
In the Gulf countries, where temperatures remain high through most of the year, blood flow is not the only concern for the ladies. The perspiration levels often make the delicate areas damp, resulting in itchiness and even infections.
When you consider the options available in the market, sanitary napkins are available in a plethora of choices and are the ideal way to remain dry and protected. Here are a few things that make these products efficient.

Absorbency

The ultimate goal of using a pad is to absorb the blood flow and the use of materials such as plastic or polyethylene back sheets helps in preventing leakage. There are different sanitary napkins available in the market for light and heavy flow, made of different materials. This makes it a perfect companion under all conditions. No girl wants to walk around with stains on their clothes, and this is another benefit of these products. They keep you leak-free if, changed regularly.

Keeps You Healthy

Earlier, these pads used to contain plastics, artificial fragrances, adhesive and chemical gels. These are the last things that you want your body to come in contact with. They can cause irritation in the most sensitive parts of the body, often leading to health issues and diseases.
On the other hand, sanitary pads are free from irritants, so you can avoid unnecessary exposure to synthetic materials. Their use gives confidence to women who otherwise consider periods a type to step away from the outside world.

Good for the Pocket

Sanitary napkins are relatively cheap and last longer, which increases their value for money. Given that you’ll be using thousands of pads in your lifetime, this becomes an important factor.

Other Benefits

··         They can be worn even before the periods begin.
·         You can wear them while sleeping. In fact, it is actually good, since it helps prevent side leakage while turning and twisting during sleep.
·         They allow you to monitor the flow and provide you the flexibility to choose your daily activities. For example, if you have higher flow, you can opt for thicker material and in case of light flow switch to thin material, without affecting your day.
·         Lastly, they also help in reducing menstrual cramps, which otherwise is a common occurrence.

Reasons for Hair Loss and How to Avoid Them

According to an article in The National (UAE), published in March 2011, hair loss is a growing problem among men in the UAE. Baldness is more likely in the UAE than other parts of the world and more and more men in the country are opting for hair loss treatment in the best hair transplant clinics. Dermatologists find hair fall a big problem, since they treat up to 10 people a day for just this. According to them, factors responsible for baldness includes genetics, climate, stress and poor nutrition.

Here’s a look at some of the primary causes of hair loss and some simple and useful measures to get voluminous and lustrous hair.

Know Hair Loss = No Hair Loss
The main reasons for hair loss can be summed up as stress, poor nutrition, dry weather conditions, quality of the water and genetics. Because of the hot conditions in the Middle East, people tend to sweat a lot. This could either lead to frequent washing of hair, leading to the natural oils from the scalp being stripped or sweat leading to clogged hair follicles. On the other hand, not paying attention to your diet due to work overload and a hectic lifestyle can also lead to the lack of adequate nutrients for the hair.

Some Lifestyle Habits that Cause Hair Loss

  • UAE residents wear some form of headwear most of the times to avoid direct the sun rays on their head, which also hinders the breathability of the scalp, while tight headgear could even affect blood circulation in the hair follicles.
  • Too much hairstyling, including curling, twisting, hair straightening or using chemicals.
·         Excessive use of hair colours or dyes.

Tips to Avoid Hair Loss

  • Avoid using excessive heat on the hair. Try hairstyles that do not include hair straighteners, hair dryers or chemicals too often.
  • Washing hair with filtered water will avoid the direct contact of heavy metals or other impurities present in the water with the hair.
  • Don't use a shampoo on a daily basis. It consists of chemicals that can harm the strands as well as the scalp. Try a mild shampoo every alternate day.
  • Oil your hair regularly to increase blood circulation. It is recommended to add a few drops of any essential oil to enhance the impact of massaging on the scalp.
  • Ensure a protein rich diet, including eggs, meat, fish, legumes and soy.
  • Stay properly hydrated to maintain blood circulation for hair growth.

Home Remedies to Avoid Hair Loss and Stimulate Growth

  • Rub onion juice, garlic juice or ginger juice on your scalp.
  • Try massaging the scalp with warm oil, which helps the oil penetrate deep within.
  • Rub green tea on the scalp, which is a great antioxidant.
  • Apply soaked and ground fenugreek seeds to the scalp.
  • Rub a mixture of aloe vera juice and neem paste.

If none of these things work for you, it is better to consult a good and reputed dermatologist to find the best hair loss treatment for your specific needs.

How Botox Can Help in Skin Problems?

There was a time when Botox was frowned upon, with only celebrities admitting to have gone through the procedure. However, today it has become a popular noninvasive procedure for a variety of health and skin problems.

In the UAE, nearly 3.18 million botox procedures took place in 2011, according to statistics released by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS). In fact, according to the findings of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Hospital, which conducted a review of aesthetic medicine trends in the Middle East for the first half of 2016, Botox was the most popular among the top 5 non-invasive cosmetic procedures, witnessing 53% year on year growth.

If you too have been thinking of this procedure, you’ll be happy to know that you are in stellar company, with Naomi Watts, Nicole Kidman, George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Robert Pattinson, Robert Downey Jr. and many more having already tried and loved it.

So, How can Botox Help with Skin Problems?

The whole concept of utilizing Botox to combat skin problems predominantly stemmed from treating hyperhydrosis, a chronic sweating condition, triggered by extreme stress and anxiety. The treatment helps in blocking nerves in the sweat gland to prevent excessive perspiration.
Renowned New York-based dermatologist, Amy Wechsler, admits that she has injected Botox into different parts of the body, such as the forehead, scalp, underarms, palms, soles of the feet and more. The aim was to prevent excessive sweating in those particular areas for six months – and the results were phenomenal! Not only is the procedure approved by the FDA, it is also highly beneficial for people with skin-related issues.

How Does it Work?

A conventional procedure includes injecting extremely small doses of botulinum toxin type A, a protein extracted a bacterium known as Clostridium botulinum.

It acts by preventing the release of the neurotransmitter, Acetylcholine, often discharged by the nerves to trigger muscle contractions. And most importantly, the treatment needs to be done every four to six months, since the body becomes capable of breaking down the toxins and rekindle nerve transmissions.

The good news is that the procedure does not require any recovery time and has only some temporary side-effects, such as headache, muscle pain, swelling at the injection site, fatigue and dizziness. These effects wear off over time, but it is advisable to consult your doctor and keep him/her updated on your condition.


However, make sure you undergo the procedure at a skilled and experienced clinic, given that a neurotoxin is being injected into your body and should be done by a qualified professional.