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Vaginal Scraping Trend Dangerous

Doctors are warning women against “vaginal scraping” in an attempt to rid themselves of any “remnants” of their ex.

Celebrity Mel B, after her split with her ex husband, told The Guardian, “They scraped the inside of my vagina and put new tissue in. It’s almost like a rape victim would do – essentially, you want to scrub yourself clean.”

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However gynecologists warn that these types of procedures could increase one’s risk of infection.

In July the FDA issued a warning against vaginal rejuvenation.

Consumers undergo a curette scraping or laser procedure that destroys vaginal tissue prompting regrowth. However this could leave the patient with pain, itching, burning, increased risk of infection and scarring.

The tightening of the tissue consumers are seeking are actually a result of scarring from the laser or scraping treatment, a risk most doctors would not recommend one takes.

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network and Board Certified Family Physician

 

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Eyelash Extension Cited as Cause of Temporary Blindness

A 20-year-old student this week “lost” her sight for 2 hours after getting eye lash extensions at a salon.

Megan Rixon tweeted on October 19th she visited a new salon in the UK and within hours suffered a severe allergic reaction to the glue, she claims was nail glue.

 

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She tweeted: Girls be very very careful where you get your eyelashes done!!I got my individuals done today somewhere new and it turns out they used nail glue on my lashes. I genuinely lost my sight for 2 hours. Thankfully the swelling has gone down, but there still very sore. Be careful😭

She urges everyone to have a “glue test”, to test for sensitivity and to ask the technician to show you the actual glue being used.

Acrylic and Gel Nail “Allergy” Warning

Skin experts are warning that chemicals used in acrylic and gel nail polish may induce an allergic reaction.

Methacrylates appear to be the culprit, causing rash and itching not only in the fingers but other parts of the body, including genitalia.  Some may experience losing their nail after a reaction.

 

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Once the immune system is triggered, allergic symptoms could surface in other parts of the body.

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The British Association of Dermatologists warns 2.4% of the population could be at risk.

The nail industry is a multibillion dollar industry with hundreds of thousands of customers each year.

Methacrylates are used in a variety of industries in adhesives, plastics, paints and even medical and dental devices.

Eyelash glue and home nail kits can also expose users to methacrylate.  Many have reported allergic reactions of their eyelid after having lash extensions applied.

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada

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Vampire Facials Are a Bad Idea

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A spa in Albuquerque, New Mexico has been shut down by the NM Health Department when a client contracted a blood-borne pathogen after undergoing a “vampire facial.”

 

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During a “Vampire Facial”, blood gets taken from the client (venipuncture) and then centrifuged to isolate the platelets, clotting factors, creating Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP.)  PRP is then reinjected into the client’s face with fillers as part of a “rejuvenation treatment”, or rubbed directly on the face after a microdermabrasion or micro-needle facial treatment.

 

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Customers of VIP Spa who received this type of service have been urged to get tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

PRP has been used by multiple specialties to help speed up tissue healing in tendon, ligament and muscle injuries.  The Platelet Rich Plasma also has been found to reduce inflammation and pain associated with injuries.  Some cite it may help hair growth which makes we wonder why women would want to add it to their face.

 

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Kim Kardashian most famously had one but then stated in an interview how she regretted it due to it being “the most painful thing ever!”

Blood borne pathogens maybe be bacteria or viruses that enter the blood stream during a venipuncture or injection procedure.  These can be deadly and avoidance of unclean needles or poor sterile procedure is paramount to being protected.

 

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada

 

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Acrylic and Gel Nail “Allergy” Warning

Skin experts are warning that chemicals used in acrylic and gel nail polish may induce an allergic reaction.

Methacrylates appear to be the culprit, causing rash and itching not only in the fingers but other parts of the body, including genitalia.  Some may experience losing their nail after a reaction.

 

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Once the immune system is triggered, allergic symptoms could surface in other parts of the body.

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The British Association of Dermatologists warns 2.4% of the population could be at risk.

The nail industry is a multibillion dollar industry with hundreds of thousands of customers each year.

Methacrylates are used in a variety of industries in adhesives, plastics, paints and even medical and dental devices.

Eyelash glue and home nail kits can also expose users to methacrylate.  Many have reported allergic reactions of their eyelid after having lash extensions applied.

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In the above study 4900 people were evaluated in Irish and British dermatology clinics with study authors finding of those allergy tested, 2.4% were found reactive to methacrylate.

The reactivity could put one at risk of a dangerous allergic reaction, such as anaphylaxis if exposed during a medical/dental procedure using a similar resin.

Consumers should be aware that if they are experiencing itching or rashes on other parts of the body, it may be stemming from their fingertips.

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada

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Half of Beards Tested Contain Fecal Matter

For those of us who find beards sexy, this study might sway us a tad.  Researchers out of Manchester University found 47% of beards tested contained fecal matter that contained deadly pathogens.

This study was also coauthored by Fragrance Direct, and found despite cleaning habits of study participants, enterococcus was found on 47% of beards swabbed and cultured.

Enterococcus is a bacteria commonly found in the colon and feces and has over 17 types, the most common being E. faecalis and E. faecium. These may cause infections in the urinary tract, abdomen, pelvis, wound and even blood (sepsis).

 

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This study followed one done in 2015 by Quest Diagnostics in New Mexico, in which a microbiologist swabbed beards and grew out cultures finding bacteria that commonly colonize our colon.

Bacteria like to hide on the skin but need cover, and beard hair offers a nice warm, moist shelter.  Oral sex increases one’s chance of being “contaminated” with pelvic and rectal bacteria.

A spokesman for Fragrance Direct states, “Caring for your beard is essential for its health, helping it stay fresh to keep the bacteria at bay.  Everyone knows to shampoo their hair, but beards need some attention too. Men should use beard shampoo when they shower, along with conditioner afterwards.”

So the next time you run your fingers through a man’s beard, sanitize them afterwards….

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada

 

 

 

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Woman Loses her Toenails After Fish Pedicure

Image above from Women’s Health

An unnamed woman in her 20’s lost all of her toenails after treating herself to a fish pedicure.

After her spa treatment, she eventually developed onychomadesis, a condition in which the nail separates from the nail matrix.

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Toenails grow 1 mm a month on average, hence can take 1 – 1 1/2 years to grow back if lost.

Fish pedicures use a small, toothless carp known as Garra rufa, and although usually vegetarian, they like to nibble dead skin off humans. They’re known as “doctor fish” for their debriding activity and in the Middle East have been used to treat scaly skin conditions such as psoriasis.

However, according to the CDC, nail salon foot baths have been linked to nontuberculous mycobacterial infections or other infections that can enter the skin.

The fish are not sterile and are usually reused, hence infections from one customer can be spread to another.

Fish pedicures are banned in 10 states including Texas, Florida, Washington, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Nevada.

Other fish species, such as ChinChin, are substituted for Garra Rufa, and being able to grow teeth, may leave customers with lacerations and bleeding.

And if that hasn’t grossed you out, keep in mind salon tubs cannot be properly disinfected while fish are present.

My vote, opt for a Loofah…..

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada

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Gel Manicures Linked to Cancer

The UV light used during the hardening process may increase one’s risk of skin cancer.

As suspected, exposing one’s hands to UV rays to “dry the gel” increases one’s risk of skin cancer.  The UVA rays can penetrate to the deeper layers of the skin, causing DNA damage and skin aging.

In a report published in the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. Chris Adigun, board certified dermatologist, states, “The UV dose that you receive during a gel manicure is brief, but it’s intense,” with repeated exposure causing more skin damage.

LED lights or wearing sunscreen while using the lamp, may provide some protection.

 

How do sunscreens work?

Sunscreens use chemicals to disperse or absorb UV rays.  Inorganic compounds in sunscreen such a titanium dioxide or zinc oxide attempt to scatter the UV rays.  Organic compounds such as PABA and oxybenzone attempt to absorb UV rays so they can’t damage the skin.

 

What’s the difference between UVA and UVB radiation?

UVA rays penetrate deeply into both the epidermis and dermis.  They can cause premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, and skin cancer.

UVB rays are shorter and primarily affect the epidermis. They are responsible for causing sunburns as well as skin cancer.

 

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What is SPF?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor.  The higher the SPF, the less sun photons enter the skin and cause damage.  SPF primarily measures the protection against UVB rays. We multiply the SPF factor by how long it takes one’s skin to burn by the SPF number to determine the protection factor.

In theory, an SPF of 30 suggests your skin, if it burns within 10 minutes without protection, will not burn until 300 minutes has lapsed (30 times 10).  However, we find this isn’t always the case.  People sweat or swim and the sunscreen dissipates.  Moreover many don’t put on the proper amounts (see below.)

So instead we use SPF as a grade to how much protection the product can offer.

An SPF of 15 blocks 93% of UVB rays

An SPF of 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays

An SPF of 50 blocks 98% of UVB rays

As we see, the relationship is not linear, however the higher the SPF, the more protection we have against UV rays..

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Although the SPF alludes to protection against burning, hence UVB rays, a sunscreen may still protect against both UVA rays and UVB rays if it’s a broad spectrum sunscreen.

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio.

She is also a Board Certified Family Physician and Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada