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Allergic to Cats Than Dogs?

Allergic reactions are set off by proteins released by animals. These proteins can be from dander or dried skin flecks. Both cats and dogs produce these, but cats have an additional allergenic element. As a cat licks itself, proteins in saliva dry on the fur, and then flake off into the air. Allergy-prone people may be particularly susceptible to these airborne proteins.

Does a cat make you sneeze? Most people aren’t really allergic to cats, just to the allergens that collect in a cat’s fur.

Spending three minutes in a bath tub can remove 79 percent of the allergens on most cats. But the effect doesn’t last. The bath has to be repeated every week to be effective.

Stop Hair Loss with Massage

The goal is to bring a greater flow of blood to your hair follicle faster and to make your scalp more flexible. You can do this by becoming serious about massage treatments that you do yourself at home. Massage will also help carry away carbon dioxide and waste and speed the removal of oil and dead dells that combine to form debris on your scalp’s surface. Such debris hardens and sticks to the scalp, reducing circulation and eventually destroying hair roots. Often, this debris can’t be seen by the naked eye because it can form in the skin’s pores and be invisible.

With the fingertips of both hands placed firmly on your head, push the skin under your hair in circular motion for about ten seconds, moving from place to place on your head until the entire scalp is covered. Do this until your head tingles and feels warm (from increased circulation). Pay special attention to thinning areas or bald spots. You can’t massage too much and don’t be afraid to rub vigorously.

Next, after the blood is coursing through your scalp, take a clump of hair in each hand and pull on it gently with a smooth, firm motion and hold it for a count of three, then release and repeat until you have “pulled” the hair over your scalp.

Getting Rid of Scars

Scars are one of the beauty spoilers that we want to get rid off. There are several brands of scar sheets sold over the counter now. These adhesive patches contain silicone, which can soften scars. They work best on raised (hypertrophic) scars, and are not to be used until the scar heals. Silicone patches must be worn for at least eight weeks to get results. There are also topical gels available that help reduce such scars.

Flat scars (normotrophic) are the same height as the surrounding normal skin. Old, flat scars are the most difficult to get rid off. Such a scar can sometimes be improved by a medical doctor specializing in dermatology, who can determine what results can be expected with which of the many new procedures available, such as laser resurfacing. A depressed (hypotrophic or atrophic) scar can be raised by a hospital-affiliated dermatologist by injecting collagen beneath it.

The Fight Against Hyperpigmentation

Women with darker skin may not show too many blemishes and flaws, but they are not really free of them. In fact, they are more prone to hyperpigmentation, or darkening of the skin, that can last months or years.

Skin experts said there are treatments for hyperpigmentation, whether the dark areas are confined to the surface of the skin or have penetrated to the deeper layers. To fade skin discoloration, applying topical medications containing hydroquinone, retinoic acid, and hydrocortisone is prescribed. Dermabrasion or chemical peels work better for dark areas deep in the skin. For both treatments, using sunscreen with high skin protection factor is needed for long-term maintenance.

Chicken Soup for the Common Cold

Chicken soup has been exalted through the ages as a universal panacea for the common cold. Modern-day researchers attribute this to essential fatty acids and vitamins in the soup that boost the immune system. The hot soup’s warm vapor raises the temperature of the respiratory passages and loosens thick secretions, making the easier to unclog. The same principle is behind steam inhalation, which also unclogs the nasal passages. If both soup and steam fail, a few drops of saline water into the nostrils will dilute the thick mucus blocking the nasal passages.