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    6 common health conditions linked to rosacea

    6 common health conditions linked to rosacea

    Rosacea or acne rosacea is a skin condition that is caused by dilation of blood cells below the skin’s surface caused by an underlying inflammatory response. It’ the dilation of the blood cells that causes the typical flushing associated with rosacea and also eventually leads to leaking capillaries (thread veins). There's no definitive rosacea cure, although the condition can be managed usually with a combination of some limited medication, targetted skincare products and a strict and regular skincare routine.


    However, its the inflammatory response elements know to be resposible for rosacea triggers that has lead researchers to link it to several other health conditions that are also triggered or linked to inflammation.

    While its not known if a predisposition to rosacea is the primary link to other inflammatory health conditions or whether the other inflammatory health conditions are what trigger rosacea as a secondary condition is still unknown.

    There is nevertheless a link between rosacea and certain common health conditions so if you suffer from one of the following six health conditions and also find you are getting frequently flushed and bumpy red cheeks, thread views and small itchy pustules on the cheeks and nose area you can probably assume that your skin condition is rosacea.

    1. Hay fever

    Ocular rosacea that does not have other symptoms of rosacea is often misdiagnosed as allergies or hay fever. Yet in 20% of people with rosacea, ocular signs are the first indication of the condition

    Ocular rosacea is characterized by foreign-body sensation in the eye, burning, stinging, itchy eyes; ocular photosensitivity (light sensitivity); blurred vision, telangiectasia of the sclera or other parts of the eye, or periorbital edema.

    However, to complicate matters people who suffer from hay fever or allergies are more likely to also suffer from rosacea as well. The two conditions require different treatments so it’s important to get diagnosed properly.

    1. Cystitis

    A recent study on 65 people with rosacea at Johns Hopkins University and published in the American Academy of Dermatology identified associations between rosacea and urogenital diseases such as urinary tract infection (cystitis).

    The researchers concluded that it was likely that the connection between rosacea and cystitis involves mechanisms that underlie chronic inflammatory conditions coupled with barrier skin tissues issues.


    1. Acid Indigestion

    Many studies show that rosacea is linked to acid indigestion, which may be linked to an underlying inflammation of the stomach lining.

    The most common cause of acid indigestion is low stomach acid production (Hypochlorhydria)and studies show that a significant amount of people with rosacea also have hypochlorhydria.

    At the top of the stomach (a muscular bag) there is a ring muscle called the lower oesophageal sphincter (LES). It opens to allow food in via the oesophagus (food pipe) and closes when the stomach is full and very acidic. The acidity is thought to be a trigger for this muscle to shut.

    If the lower oesophageal sphincter is open, even a little, the food mass backs up into the oesophagus and cause a burning sensation which is known as acid reflux. Hydrochloric acid (human stomach acid) is a very strong acid and would burn normal skin if applied directly.

    However, for digestion, controlling of bacteria and absorption of essential vitamins from food, Hydrochloric Acid is really important. Hydrochloric Acid stimulates the release of an exclusive carrier protein necessary for the transportation of vitamin B12 which is crucial for brain and nervous system function as well as the formation of red blood cells.

    Insufficient stomach acid results in reduced absorption of vitamin B12.

    This may be why rosacea sufferers commonly experiences anxiety, depression and fatigue which may all be due to vitamin B12 deficiency from their acid reflux.


    1. Celiac disease

    Rosacea has a significant association with celiac disease (wheat intolerance)

    Researchers in Denmark conducted a population-based, case-control study of 6,759 patients with rosacea.

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    6 surprising causes of vaginal dryness

    6 surprising causes of vaginal dryness

    One in four women suffer from vaginal dryness at some point in their lives. Most women are aware that vaginal dryness can often occur as a result of hormonal imbalances, most commonly in the approach to and during the menopause as oestrogen level start to deplete as well as after childbirth. Lack of sexual arousal and anxiety about sex are also common causes for vaginal dryness.


    However, what if you are not of menopausal age, have not recently given birth and are in a happy and fulfilling sexual relationship yet you are still experiencing vaginal dryness?

    Here are 6 surpsiing things that might be adding to or even causing the problem.


    1. Smoking

    One of the side effects of smoking can be vaginal dryness.

    Vaginal lubrication relies on increases blood flow to the vagina during sexual arousal.

    Smoking restricts blood flow to your body’s tissues, including your vagina. This can impact s

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    Is vaginal rejuvenation the best way to avoid vaginal dryness?

    Is vaginal rejuvenation the best way to avoid vaginal dryness?

    Vaginal dryness and discomfort effects 1 in 4 women and is a major concern for women’s health.

    According to the experts, vaginal rejuvenation is still a taboo subject yet its key to avoiding vaginal dryness and discomfort later in life.

    Women’s health experts say the key role of vaginal rejuvenation is not about making the vaginal area look better but making vaginal skin more resilient after damage from pregnancy, sex and hormone depletion and is something all women should pay more attention to so as to avoid vaginal drynes and discomfort.

    What the experts say about vaginal rejuvenation;


    Dr Eva Melegh M.D. consultant dermatologist & venereologist says;

    ‘Unfavourable factors like bacteria, fungus or any changes in vaginal skin tissue due to hormonal alterations or physical trauma from pregnancy or sexual intercourse, mean that vaginal rejuvenation therapy is essential to ensure long-term vaginal health. Disappointingly this area is often overlooked in general anti-ageing and restorative therapies for skin.’

    Dr Debjani Mukhopadhyay, consultant NHS gynaecologist says;

    'Vaginal dryness is caused by a drop in oestrogen — this can lead to the acidic pH level of the vagina becoming more alkaline, which is ideal for bad bacteria to flourish and infections to develop. The use of restorative prebiotic compounds in vaginal s

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    5 tips to reduce vaginal dryness if you are not on HRT

    5 tips to reduce vaginal dryness if you are not on HRT

    Vaginal dryness is a common symptom experienced by 30% of women, although during menopause estimates are closer to 50%.


    Vaginal dryness is the result of decreased levels of the female sex hormone oestrogen. Oestrogen keeps the lining of the vagina lubricated and elasticated.

    Reduced oestrogen can be caused by varying factors, with menopause being the leading cause but also childbirth, side effects of multiple medications, depression, excessive exercise and smoking are also contributing factors.

    The most upsetting issue that arises from vaginal dryness is that is can cause pain and discomfort during sex. This can lead to a fear or lack of interest in sex which can be disruptive to relationships as well as undermine confidence and intimacy.

    Vaginal dryness can also cause discomfort during exercise and while inserting tampons.

    Aside from psychological issues, vaginal dryness can lead to physical damage due to abrasions and chaffing which can be sore and painful.

    HRT (hormone

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