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Skin Problems

Itches and the breakdown of our body wrapping

nud-beachOur skin is known as the integumentary system, it's the bodies largest organ which encloses the body and it includes skin, hair, nails, related muscles and glands. As well as protecting our bodies from the environment, our skin also regulates our body temperature.

There are a great many skin problems which can occur and a skin infection is distinguished from dermatitis, which is inflammation of the skin. But, a skin infection can also result in skin inflammation such as pompholyx which maybe called infective dermatitis.

To keep our skin healthy, it needs to be washed using a minimal amount of soap and any soap used must be completely removed because it can cause skin problems. Our skin also needs to breathe, therefore we need to spend some time naked every day or elsewhere clothing that allows air to circulate next to our skin.

Problems may be accidental and include:

  • Burns
    Burns are common accidental injuries and for those occasional occurrences around the home pure lavender oil is one of the best remedies.  Lavender oil will quickly help to ease the pain, prevent blistering and facilitate the healing process.  Without lavender oil the next best first-aid solution is to immerse the affected skin under cold water which helps to ease the discomfort. But if any burn looks serious or covers a large area of the body, immediate medical attention should be sought.
  • Sunburn
    We need to get some sunshine on our skin on a regular basis because it produces vitamin D which is an essential nutrient for proper metabolism. But because so many people love to get a suntan they often do it by laying out in the sun during the heat of the day. During the process of sunbathing the surface layer of skin cells is toasted and it is that toasting that gives the skin a nice colour. When the skin is well toasted and the surface layer of skin cells is effectively dead then longer periods can be spent out in the sun because the surface layer of dead skin protects the living skin underneath.
    Getting a mild suntan is generally healthy and the best way to do this is to spend some time naked in the morning sun before the day gets too hot. This way the skin will tan a little, your body gets the vitamin D that it requires and the skin will take on a nice colour tone without being damaged because excess sunbathing can lead to skin cancers.
  • Cuts and grazes
    These are just a part of the rough-and-tumble of life and especially common amongst children. Any cut that is deep and bleeding profusely may need medical attention, and perhaps a few stitches to facilitate healing without scarring. As life progresses and the skin becomes a little more delicate, scarring may be inevitable following those small links and cuts.
    Some grazes where the skin is completely torn may need medical attention and even medications to prevent infection. Grazes can be more uncomfortable than cuts and are often accompanied by bruising.
  • Stings, and bites
    The stings and bites from insects usually produce pain, itchiness and some inflammation due to the allergic reaction. These are an inevitable part of life and in most cases the discomfort passes within a few days. But some people who are more sensitive may have stronger allergic reaction and some bites and stings can be fatal.  While there are remedies, the most effective remedy is to avoid being bitten or stung in the first place.  Therefore when outdoors one must be aware of potentially harmful insects in the environment and take appropriate precautions.

Infections may be Bacterial and include:

  • Boils, also called a furuncle, are a deep folliculitis, infection of the hair follicle. It is most commonly caused by infection by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, resulting in a painful swollen area on the skin caused by an accumulation of pus and dead tissue.
    From a holistic perspective, boils are seen as a symptom of a congested body carrying too many toxins. One often prescribed solution here is to follow a light begin diet or even fast for a short period of time to help the body unload its toxic waste.
    Boils can be regularly drained and the surrounding area of skin must be kept clean and dry to avoid spreading the infection. Most boils come and go within a week or so, but some may need medication to help speed their departure and relieve any discomfort.
  • Cellulitis is a diffuse inflammation of connective tissue with severe inflammation of dermal and subcutaneous layers of the skin. Cellulitis can be caused by normal skin flora or by exogenous bacteria, and often occurs where the skin has previously been broken: cracks in the skin, cuts, blisters, burns, insect bites, surgical wounds, intravenous drug injection or sites of intravenous catheter insertion. Skin on the face or lower legs is most commonly affected by this infection, though cellulitis can occur on any part of the body.
  • Impetigo is a highly contagious bacterial skin infection most common among pre-school children primarily caused by Staphylococcus aureus, and sometimes by Streptococcus pyogenes.
  • Erysipelas is an acute streptococcus bacterial infection of the deep epidermis with lymphatic spread.

Infections may be Fungal and include:

  • Superficial or deep infections of the skin, hair, and/or nails.
    These problems maybe helped through improved hygiene and allowing the skin to breathe often help these problems because they are often caused in part by poor circulation, poor hygiene and synthetic clothing that prevents the circulation of the air over the skin.

Infections may be Viral and include:

  • Measles
    This virus is wide spread around the world and it causes a great deal of concern to parents as well as suffering to the children because there are instances when it can lead to fatality and other complications such as meningitis. Many governments are attempting to eradicate the disease through the immunisation of all children, but that vaccination is not completely effective.
    When I was growing up, every child in our district suffered from the mumps, the measles and chickenpox. While the experience was uncomfortable no one died and no one in our district suffered from any long-term effects.
    Given the failure rate of vaccinations, the complications caused by vaccinations and that exterminating this disease is virtually impossible, perhaps we need to just accept that this is natures way.
  • Chicken pox
    Almost every child gets chickenpox and although it is unpleasant at the time, there is rarely ever any long-term problem and when there is an outbreak of chickenpox in the district, many parents will arrange chickenpox parties so that all the children go through this stage of development when their immune systems are geared to handle it because chickenpox later in life causes other problems.

See wikipedia for a full list.

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