All you need to know about dealing with Eczema

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Only those suffering with Eczema can understand how hard it can be to deal with.

Between flare-ups, the skin tends to be dry and itchy resulting in an irresistible urge to scratch.
Eczema flare-ups are mostly triggered by environmental factors.

Eczema Triggers include:

  • Perfumes
  • Stress
  • Soaps and detergents
  • Animals
  • Pollens
  • Sweating
  • House dust mites
  • Chemical agents
  • Cosmetics
  • Animals( fur, hair and saliva)

How to deal with Eczema?

Get a good night’s sleep – People living with eczema often find the urge to itch at night. Try keeping the bedroom window open and keep any heating to a minimum. Use cotton bedding as it tends to irritate skin less than other mixed fabrics.

Watch what you wear – When choosing what to wear you should consider the fabric and it’s fit. Some clothing can irritate your skin resulting flare-ups.

Minimize stress – Stress can cause eczema to become inflamed so managing this can help you control your eczema. Making sure you get enough sleep and talking with others that live with ezcema can really be helpful.

Moisturize – Often, keeping your skin moisturized is the key to managing your eczema. Use a plain unscented moisturizer to keep your skin soft and moisturized.

Manage weather changes – Eczema reacts badly to rapid changes in temperature. High humidity can lead to symptoms similar to prickly heat which may dry the skin out. Things like central heating in winter can also be a trigger.

Drink lots of water before, after and during exercise. Those with eczema will have inherently dry skin so it’s important to hydrate yourself when exercising to replace the water.


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Kilimanjaro Expedition – Part 7

Part Seven – Aftermath of a bloody long walk!

Well, the walk is over and we’re back at the resort just outside of Moshi.  I have a seven-day growth and desire a hot shower more than anything.  Remember I’m blind and in a totally different country and surroundings.  The bathroom seemed like it was the size of a car garage, darn huge! The silly thing is I tried to have a shave…

The bus was leaving in an hour and half back to Moshi to purchase souvenirs.  Now, this was an experience.  As the bus pulled up in the middle of the road, into a parking space I can only presume, we heard people banging on the windows, apparently holding things up for sale.  “Good genuine tribal clubs at a bargain price.” They are offering anything from genuine tribal clubs and tribal knives, to T-shirts, music sticks and dolls. 

We are told very clearly not to buy from the spruikers outside of the shops and we worked out why.  One bloke tried to flog off a shirt to me for $20 USD.  I told him it was the wrong colour, so he ran away and came back with the right colour.  “Sorry, wrong design” – off he went again.  With my guide, we walked into the shop where these people get their wares.  It was $7 USD for the same item.  Handcrafted paintings are offered but it seems that no matter how often you turn around and show them your back they keep following you.  Hilarious.

So, I had the T-shirt I chose to buy.  Other people who chose to buy souvenirs were now back at the bus and ready to go.  Even then, people were banging on the windows trying to sell artifacts.  On arrival back at the resort we’re advised that dinner will begin at 6pm and then presentations at 7:30 with socialising afterwards.

Each person who came on the trek was gifted a certificate for their expedition.  The Gold band around the certificate signified those who made it to the top of Uhuru Peak and a Silver band for the young South African teenager who turned around at Gillman’s Point.  ( photo of my certificate is attached.)

The morning after I was instructed by my mate that we were to leave super early to catch our plane to Nairobi to make the connecting flight to Johannesburg, then Dubai for a couple of nights rest. I left it to him to make the arrangements.  We left at 4:30 am to get the first flight to Nairobi to then make our way to Johannesburg then Dubai.  Well, what a calamity. 

He got the times wrong and we were stuck in Tanzanian airport for hours with him on the phone to Brisbane to his PA to organise flights, accommodation.  Just a massive screw up and I was powerless to assist.  In a totally foreign country with no technology I could keep myself amused with, a monster head cold was brewing and I just didn’t want to stay where I was.  To keep himself occupied my mate was reading the local paper (but not aloud) as to what was in the Tanzanian news.  I can’t see, so I have no stimulation – no radio, no Facebook, no personal technology to feel like I’m part of anything.  While waiting for our plane, the one we were hours early for, the other trekkers arrived to catch their plane to Zanzibar.  This is hours after we left the resort!  The same question several times, “What are you fella’s still doing here?”  I was too stressed to talk.

We finally got out of Tanzania to Nairobi.  Once again another stuff up.  The flight booked from there to Dubai left 20minutes after we landed.  So, we left the aircraft, ran to the baggage area, grabbed our bags and made a mad rush through hundreds of people to the other side of the airport.  RIDICULOUS.  Made it there in time to hear the doors are closing and watch the plane leaving.  Fan-f-tastic!  We’re stuck for the night with my head cold sinking my emotions and morale. 

After gaining permission to leave the airport we went to one of the local zoos and a national park with a restaurant just to show that we’d done something. TIP – if you’re approached by someone who can recommend a tour guide and taxi, they’re on the take – another experience.)  Oh, the toilet at the zoo was a hole in the floor.  Now that is something when you’re blind!

Finally made it to Dubai.  Stayed at the Hilton, checked out a souk, and went out to the island shaped like a palm tree.  The aquarium out there has glass that’s 700mm thick and, according to the fellow who was with me, the glass wall was about 13m long and 6m tall.  They had scuba divers to clean up the fish poo!  It is definitely worth a look. as is going on a Sand Safari.  The day had it all – Four wheel driving, quad bikes and a camp dinner with a belly dancer.  “Twas a very nice show.” so I was told.

All in all – what did I learn from this experience?

  • I learned to appreciate what I have here at home in Australia.
  • Other lands and countries are worth exploring. 
  • No matter how crappy you feel you have to keep going or you won’t reach the summit of whatever you’re trying to achieve! 

I think this final one is the main lesson for me.  Physically I can achieve what I set out to do, it may take me a little longer but I’m going to have a crack anyway.  Just because I’m blind doesn’t mean I should live under a mushroom.

When relating my story – I’ve had many people say to me, “I wish I could do that.”  My response is, “The only person stopping you is you.”  If you want to achieve something, do it – take your thumb out of your dark spot and get off your arse!!

Exposure to chemicals in the womb linked to reduced lung function in children

We are surrounded by chemicals and toxins including pesticides in the garden, flame retardants, lead, mercury and some cleaning products.

Most chemicals you come across in daily life won’t harm your foetus. But if you are exposed to large quantities of chemicals for a long time, it’s possible that your child is being exposed to an increased risk of health disorders.

Several pesticides and other industrial products now banned in most parts of the world are still persistent in the environment and in foods because they degrade slowly.

Research studies have suggested a link between exposure to these chemicals in the womb and parents reporting reduced lung function in children. The study was presented by Dr. Maribel Casas ( assistant research professor at the Barcelona Institute of Global Health).

The primary source of exposure was via foods eaten by the mother with the child in utero. Babies can be exposed via the placenta and also through breastfeeding. There are other chemicals present in the environment such as phenols and phthalates which have the potential to interfere with children’s developing lungs.

Dr. Casa and her colleagues studied the babies born in several regions of Spain between 2004 and 2008. They measured the levels of several organochlorine compounds in the blood of pregnant mother. The children were asked to take part in tests to measure their lung function at the age of four years and again at seven years. This was done by trained nurses and a pediatric pulmonologist.  The researchers found that the exposure of chemicals was linked to poor lung function of these children.

To reduce excessive exposure to these chemicals, women of reproductive age or pregnant women can try to moderate consumption of foods with high organochlorine compounds such as fatty meats and oily fish.

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Foods to Keep your Immune System Strong

Foods to keep your immune system strong

Who doesn’t need a healthy immune system? A strong immune system is necessary to keep a person healthy.

One of the most important steps to maintain good health is to eat a healthy diet loaded with nutrients that will fortify your immune system. The following foods may help to boost your immune system:

Yogurt

Yogurt is probably the best known source of probiotics that can give your immune system a boost. You will also get a bit of Vitamin A and zinc from the natural yogurt.·       

Garlic

Consumption of garlic can boost the immune system cell function. It contains anti fungal, anti bacterial and anti viral properties. The Sulphur compounds in garlic enhance zinc absorption which is a great immunity booster.·         

Vitamin C rich foods

You probably know about the Vitamin C’s connection to the immune system but do you know that you can also get it from other sources than citrus fruits like oranges? Green Vegetables like spinach, Kale and broccoli are another sources of vitamin C.·         

Zinc rich foods

Zinc helps to slow down immune response and control inflammation in your body. You can find zinc in oysters, lean meats, baked beans and yogurt.·         

Bone broth

It is packed with tons of vitamins and minerals that support boosting immunity. Bone broth is easy for our body to absorb. It  can help heal and seal the gut. It also has anti inflammatory properties..·         

Water

Water can do wonders for your body, especially when it works as an immune system booster. Water facilitates the transport of oxygen to your body cells which results In properly functioning systems. It also works in removing toxins from the body, so drinking water could help prevent toxins from building up.

Strengthening your immune system will have a great impact in your daily life. A strong immune is essential to look and feel your best.​

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