Paralysis, Types & Symptoms

The condition that brings about a loss of control over a muscle or a group of muscles is known as paralysis. If any part of the relay system is damaged like the brain, spinal cord, or nerves, the signals are not carried through the nerve cells to the muscles which results in loss of control leading to paralysis.

Paralysis can occur in different parts of the body and can be categorized based on the area that has been affected:

Type

Affected areas

Monoplegia

Only one limb is affected, such as the leg or an arm

Hemiplegia

One side of the body, such as leg & arm of the same side

Diplegia

Same area on both the sides of the body, such as both the arms, both sides of the face

Paraplegia

When both the legs or sometimes part of the trunk is affected

Quadriplegia

Affects both arms & legs, and sometimes entire area from neck down.

Paralysis can also be classified based on the type or degree. The condition can be called:

  • Partial, also known as paresis, is the condition when people still have some control of the muscle.

  • Complete, when the muscle doesn’t move at all.

  • Permanent, when the control lost cannot be reversed.

  • Temporary, when the control can be gained again.

  • Flaccid, when the muscles start becoming flabby and also shrink.

  • Spastic, when you notice muscle spasm, the muscles jerk in an odd manner, or become stiff.

Paralysis can occur due to a birth defect or can be a result of an accident or a medical condition.

Some of the most common causes of paralysis are:

  • Stroke

  • Injury to spinal cord or head

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Peripheral Neuropathy

  • Toxins/poisons

What are the symptoms of Paralysis?

The causes of paralysis are one of the factors that define the symptoms of the condition. When the underlying cause is a birth defect or a medical condition such as a stroke or an injury, the person affected will be partially or completely unable to move the affected body parts, will have decreased feeling in the affected areas, and notice stiffness in the muscles. There will be tingling or numbness in muscles before total paralysis occurs in any part of the body.

When a person suffers from facial paralysis, the common symptoms will include:

  • Facial drop, making it difficult for facial areas to move

  • Drooling

  • Headache

  • Increased sensitivity to sound and decreased ability of taste

  • Pain around jaw or ear on the affected side

Apart from these symptoms, there would be changes occurring in other parts of the body due to paralysis. Some of the issues faced commonly are:

  • Changes in the normal function of tissues and glands

  • Blood clots, especially in the legs

  • Breathing, blood flow, speech, and heart rate issues

  • Behavioral changes along with frequent mood swings

  • Changes to muscles, joints, bones

People suffering from paralysis are generally prescribed with physical or occupational therapy, medications such as muscle relaxers in case of spastic paralysis or surgery. They can definitely help patient to manage their lives in a much more organized way and avoid potential complications.

If you think you or any of your loved one is showing signs of paralysis, consult a doctor for a proper diagnosis of the condition and have a treatment plan set out at the earliest.

Colour blindness and its causes

Colour blindness means that one suffers from difficulty or inability to see colors the way they should. The root of the problem happens to be the color sensing pigments in the retina. The degree to which one might be colorblind may be mild to severe to completely colorblind. Complete colour blindness is known as achromatopsia and is a fairly rare phenomenon. Unlike popular perception, colorblindness is not merely seeing gray, black or white colors but perceiving colors differently than others. For instance, a normal person may be able to distinguish between the reds, greens or teals on a color chart. In a similar situation, a colorblind person may only be able to spot yellow, gray, beige or blue on the same color chart.

Types:

There are three main types of colorblindness. These are:

When a person has difficulty telling between red and green

When a person has difficulty telling between blue and yellow

Complete colour blindness or achromatopsia

Interestingly men are more susceptible to colour blindness than women. Women are more often the carriers of the defective chromosome leading to colorblindness, whether they are colour blind or not. Colour blindness may be inherited or acquired.

Symptoms

Following are the common symptoms that colorblind people have reported:

Change in vision

Colors appearing less brighter than before

Inability to differentiate between shades of the same color

Causes

The nerve cells in the eyes called cones enable the retina, a light-sensitive layer of tissue in the back of the eye, to see colors. When the cones have all the various pigments – called photopigments – your eye sees all possible colors. If there’s a problem with the pigments, then colour blindness occurs. This is because each cone absorbs different wavelengths of light, and reacts to a different color. Then, information is sent to the brain to distinguish colors. Any defect in the cones would lead to difficulty in seeing colors properly.

Causes of colorblindness are many ranging from genetic to injuries and illnesses.

Hereditary: Inherited colour blindness is usually passed on from mother to son. It wouldn’t lead to blindness or any other kind of vision loss.

Physical or chemical damage to the eye: There could be damage to the optic nerve, damage to parts of the brain that process color information or cataract which leads a clouding of the eye’s lens. In these cases, with the treatment of the underlying condition, colour blindness can also be cured.

Age: Vision loss and color deficiency can happen gradually with age.

Diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease or Alzheimer’s can also affect vision.

Certain medications or exposure to some chemicals also contribute towards this condition. While acquired colour blindness is treatable, the inherited kind is a lifelong challenge. However, most people find ways to adapt to the condition.

Are you suffering from Joint pain?

On multiple occasions, you suffer from joint pain especially in your feet and attribute it to your daily work routine. But hold on for a second and rethink. You might be suffering from a disease called Gout.

What are the causes of Gout?

Gout is a form of arthritis. It is caused by the deposition of Urate crystals in the joints. These are often found in the joint fluid or around the joint and largely affect the feet. These crystals are the by-product of Purine metabolism. Simply speaking, the diet consumed with abundance of purines in it, result in Gout. These include meat products and seafood. Obesity is also an important risk factor which leads to increased risk of Gout.

You may not experience joint pain in the initial stages of the disease if there is mild increase in the concentration of the uric acid in the blood. You only realize it when there is a sudden shooting pain along with swelling & redness in the joints. This is called Gout attack. If left untreated, the crystals develop and form larger ‘Tophi’ which can be diagnosed in X-rays scans. This can cause decrease in the mobility of the joints and leave you partially disabled.

Alcohol is another risk factor which increases the likelihood of the disease. Other medical ailments such as kidney disorder can aggravate the condition as it becomes more difficult for the body to excrete the excessive uric acid. Studies indicate that poor elimination of the uric acid from the body is a greater cause for the occurrence of Gout than the build up of uric acid by purine rich foods.

In addition, there are multiple scientific studies on the genetic inheritance of the Gout. But humans have least control on their genetic make-up and so should focus on the prevention of the disease at first place.

Home Remedies for prevention and cure of Gout

There are multiple ways to prevent and limit the further development of Gout.

  • Drink at least 2-4 litres of water daily to decrease the chances of concentration of the Urate crystals and their faster elimination.

  • Avoid consuming excess of high-purine foods like seafood (prawns, shrimps etc), red meat, oily fishes like herring, mackerel etc.

  • Avoid sugary drinks.

  • Keep the intake of alcohol to moderate levels.

  • Have a physically active lifestyle to avoid being obese.

  • Consult a physician if the problem still persists or gets aggravated and take the medications as advised.

The circular bald patch in your hair!

Are you worried about the patchy hair loss and baldness? Do you wonder what is causing the hair loss? You might be suffering from Alopecia.

Alopecia areata causes patchy hair loss on the head and there is mild visibility of the scalp. More often, this is observed in men because of lower density of hair on their heads. But both men and women have similar predilection for the disease. Also it is mostly observed after 20 years of age. It is rare before 3 years of age.

What are the reasons for these patchy bald areas?

Men are heard saying that their baldness is inherited from their father. Scientifically, the root cause behind that fact is that the genes inherited from your parents make your immune system too strong causing it to initiate self inflicting process.

The skin biopsy from the bald area reveals immune cells around the hair follicle base under microscopic sections. These immune cells irritate the hair follicles and cause hair loss while preventing the re-growth of the hair in the same area. The hair loss can further progress and cause complete baldness and in severe cases may advance to the stage where there is complete loss of hair from the entire body. But don’t worry. Despite the condition being unpredictable, the fall-off in your hair can stop altogether.

Common auto-immune illnesses associated with the disease are:

  • Lupus

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Vitiligo

  • Ulcerative colitis etc

Does stress trigger the hair loss as well?

Often people believe that the stress is an important risk factor in hair loss. With fast-paced lifestyle, the stress levels have increased especially in the age group of 20-30 years old. It has been found that stress isn’t the cause but a possible trigger for causing Alopecia areata. Studies have shown that the self inflicting response of immune cells in body is often induced by the stressors. These activated immune cells then attack hair follicle cells. Hence a connection is drawn between the two.

Can this be treated?

Corticosteroids and Anti-inflammatory drugs are mainly used and are administered locally or injected into the affected area. Other treatment modalities include Photo chemotherapy where ultraviolet therapy is given along with chemical treatment.

Alternative medicinal treatment includes use of Acupuncture, Herbal and vitamin supplements. Also, avoid sun exposure and protect the area with sun-protecting cream, or cover the head with a hat.

Fighting the shame associated with baldness

As this disease causes baldness in many young men and women, it brings a lot of emotional disturbance in their life. If you feel depressed because of hair loss, consult a psychological counsellor to help you to cope up with the emotional instabilities. There is a good probability to get back your hair if treatment is done on time.

All you need to know about the Stomach Ache

Did your stomach ache the last time you went out for dinner? And did you have continuous episodes of vomiting and loose stools after that?

There are chances that you are suffering from Gastroenteritis or Stomach flu. It leads to inflammation of the stomach. ‘Gastritis’ means stomach and ‘Enteritis’ refers to inflammation, although the inflammation itself is not restricted to the stomach and it extends to the intestines too.

Gastroenteritis can be of various types depending upon the microorganism involved. It can be Viral, Bacterial or Parasitic Gastroenteritis. On many occasions, Gastroenteritis can be a non-infectious type which is caused by chronic irritation of the stomach due to Non-Steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), exposure to toxins or due to lactose intolerance.

What causes Gastroenteritis?

The inflammation of the stomach is caused by the intake of food or water contaminated by bacteria, virus or parasites. Commonly involved organisms are:

Bacteria:

  • Shigella

  • Salmonella

  • Staphylococcus

  • Escherichia coli

Viruses

  • Rotavirus

  • Adenovirus

  • Astrovirus

Non-infectious

  • Crohn’s disease

  • Fish allergy

  • Lactose intolerance

What are the common symptoms of Gastroenteritis?

Initially one has multiple vomiting episodes. If you develop a severe bacterial infection, it leads to severe pain in the gut region and stools stained with blood. Viral gastroenteritis is also associated with abdominal cramps and high-grade fever. There are other signs observed such as fatigue, weakness, headache, loss of appetite etc. You need to immediately consult the medical physician on the first symptoms. Children are commonly affected by Rotavirus which develops gastroenteritis symptoms causing dehydration which is accentuated by repeated bouts of diarrhea.

The confirmatory diagnosis of Gastroenteritis for the specific microbial agent can be performed using various blood and stool tests.

What are the treatment methods for Gastroenteritis?

Empirically, it is seen that the symptoms of the disease don’t last for long when treated at the earliest. Diarrhea associated with the disease can lead to various complications. The timely intervention with oral or intravenous fluids rehydrates the body and restores the lost body salts like sodium and potassium. You must avoid consuming fatty or spicy foods during the illness as these cause irritation in the stomach. The antibiotics can be used for combating the bacterial infection. Viral Gastroenteritis is often self-limited. Also, it is essential to take plenty of rest to enable the body to recuperate.

How can it be prevented?

The growth of microbes is primarily attributed to the cause of the disease. This necessitates inculcating the habit of daily hand-washing routine, especially in your kids. Clean the food thoroughly before consuming to deter the entry of the microbes. It is a good practice to drink water abundantly and flush out the toxins from the body regularly. Try to avoid contact with infected people as transmission occurs from their vomit or feces. Most importantly, protect your child against the Rotavirus induced Gastroenteritis by getting it an anti-rotavirus vaccination.

A sustainable solution

The most sustainable method to prevent the recurrent occurrence of the disease in our country is to increase a greater access to safe drinking water to the common masses. Majority of the people suffering from Gastroenteritis belong to the poor strata of society. Thus, it is the need of the hour to boost awareness of the water decontamination methods to ensure that the contamination is intercepted in the first place.

Everything about H1N1 that you didn’t know during the outbreak

The H1N1 virus which is also known as ‘swine flu’ is a strain of a contagious respiratory influenza that was rampant during the year 2009. The H1N1 virus gets its name ‘swine flu’ from its imminent similarities to the virus that commonly affect pigs. Swine Flu spreads like any normal seasonal flu and is potent enough to spread by just affected person sneezing or coughing. Sometimes, it can even be spread by communicating with an affected person. Another aspect of this particular virus is that people below the age group of 65 years, who have contracted the virus, have a higher mortality rate.

The virus was medically termed as an epidemic outbreak in 2009. It spread all across the globe starting with the US and Mexico, followed by several other regions including India. The pandemic affected and killed over 0.001-0.007% of the world’s overall population. In India alone, more than 31,000 thousand people were reportedly affected and over 1,900 people lost their lives to this deadly virus.

Despite H1N1 garnering lot of media attention during the epidemic, many people still lack proper knowledge on the particular disease. This blog is intended towards helping you know more about the virus in detail and to be well-prepared if it were to strike again in the future.

Understanding H1N1

The H and N stand for the proteins present on the surface of the virus that enables scientists and the medical community to distinguish between the other influenza A subtypes.

Most often, the H1N1 virus spreads through physical contact with the affected person and these are the most common symptoms:

  1. Chills

  2. Body pain

  3. Fatigue

  4. Cough

  5. Cold

  6. Loss of appetite

Most of these symptoms are common to any regular type of cold or flu, however, it is imperative that you take immediate medical assistance if you encounter any of the aforementioned symptoms to keep away from harm’s way. Each H1N1 case varies depending on the degree to which the virus has affected the person, their age, and other medical factors. In some extreme cases, the virus may cause complication in the respiratory process that could even lead to death.

Treatment

The symptoms of H1N1 are treated not the disease itself. Sometimes antiviral drugs are prescribed to reduce complications and help alleviate the symptoms. But being exposed to antivirals can increase the resistance to the same. That’s why antivirals are only prescribed to patients with high risk like children below the age of 5, people above the age of 65, pregnant women, people on immunosuppressants and people on aspirin therapy.

Prevention

Currently, a vaccine for H1N1 influenza virus is available that comes as an injectable and as a nasal spray. The vaccine is ineffective in people who already have an active infection of the virus.

Though the virus hit headlines way back in 2009, it does not mean H1N1 can’t make a comeback. The only difference now is that you are ready with the right information.

How to reduce the occurrence of migraine headaches

A migraine is a severe and recurring headache condition which affects one-half of the head. In a worse case, the pain may last from 2 to 72 hours. It is a far more painful constraint than a normal headache. Doctors believe that migraine headaches are due to an abnormal activity in the brain which constricts the blood vessels. An aggravated form of a migraine headache leads to vomiting, nausea, eye vision difficulties and inexplicable sensitivity to lights. Did you know, a specific kind of Migraine called Hemiplegic triggers disturbing symptoms such as poking sensation on the head region with needles followed by instant weakness. The best way to treat migraines is to first understand the factors causing the pain, the rest can take its own healthy course of action in reducing the occurrence.

The prevention starts with the basic lifestyle changes. Make sure the first step towards reducing the occurrence starts with the proper food eating habits which help strengthen the process. The diet should include a whole lot of Vitamins ( B & D), magnesium and fiber. Avoid foods that trigger the neuron part of the brain such as alcohol, coffee, certain citrus fruits. Sometimes staying dehydrated for a long time causes a migraine to increase. There are other medical reasons like the normal hormonal changes which our body undergoes, daily stress factor and smoking too. Staying in a stuffy room environment can also be one of the causes that trigger a migraine. Apart from the reasons mentioned, migraines in women throw symptoms during their menstrual phase.

Let us look into the prevention tips to combat a Migraine Headache. The remedies suggest some of the basic yet important changes one could bring in their routine.

-> Always ensure you take adequate amount of sleep

-> The neck and shoulder postures should be proper during any activity that requires sitting for a long duration

-> If you are jet-lagged, make sure sufficient rest is taken

-> Go through a routine body sugar level check-up

-> A regular, proper and healthy diet lowers migraine levels

-> Yoga and exercises help ease-through extreme migraine conditions

-> Include food rich in omega 3 fatty acids, spinach, water and a lot of dry fruits

-> Help yourself relax by finding a calm, pleasing environment with the absence of electrical lights

->  Go for a small portion of coffee/tea and drink that whenever you feel the pain

->  Eat healthy food and keep your body-weight in control

Suffering from frequent migraine headaches can be a really tough phase to manage. Though there is no cure for migraine headaches, prevention can help you see a noticeable reduction in the frequency of migraine headaches. Apart from following a healthy diet and staying physically active, it is always suggested to consult a doctor before you introduce any changes in your life and ensure that your body can easily adapt to these changes without any issues. Remember, staying fit is possible if you stay aware!

Is your lifestyle leading you down a path that can end in fatty liver?

A fatty liver is not the most commonly heard of liver disorder- Jaundice (althrough Jaundice is a symptom and not a disease in itself),  may be alcohol related ‘liver failure’. But there is another kind of disorder that can affect your body – Fatty liver. An umbrella term comprising of the non-alcoholic class of liver diseases abbreviated as NAFLD (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Diseases). As the name suggests, the disease refers to an abnormal fat accumulation in the liver.

Excess of fat accumulation steers the injury of body cells and tissues. This process is known as Steatosis. The Liver, too, gets affected by the chronic fat accumulation and this happens when fat occupies greater than 10% of the liver.

What causes Fatty Liver?

In a recent interview with TOI, our Consultant Surgical Gastroenterologist Dr C Vikram Belliappa said that often it is assumed that occupations which require one to be sedentary were the leading cause for the rise in fatty liver among these people. Fatty liver is not just restricted to the inactive and obese people but is also observed in people with unhealthy eating habits who devour junk food on a regular basis. Junk food contains bad cholesterol which diminishes the fat elimination process causing fatty liver.

Thus,  a sedentary lifestyle which is coupled with poor dietary habits, increases the occurrence of fatty liver. The other illnesses which aggravate the fatty liver are Hypertension, Type 2 Diabetes and Hyperlipidemia(high cholesterol)

The modern lifestyle has enormously increased the precocious incidence of fatty liver among the young adults which was usually observed in geriatrics. Due to the alarming rise in the fatty liver cases in these younger age groups, a focused awareness about the Fatty liver is imperative.

Are there any treatment options for fatty liver?

Fatty liver is not a death sentence, however, one must seek immediate medical attention, Left untreated, it can progress through various stages leading ultimately to Liver cirrhosis causing irreversible damage to the organ. In this situation, the only solution for a patient is to get a liver transplant.

The fatty liver can be detected using modern diagnostic tools such as Ultrasound, CT scan, MRI scan and liver function blood tests. Early detection helps abate the serious consequences of fatty liver. Moreover, prevention is the best cure and so consuming a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables will definitely aid in decreasing the buildup of fatty tissue. Although, the essential fatty acids shouldn’t be avoided as they help to eliminate the bad fats from the tissues.

Is there any lifestyle change to avoid fatty liver?

Exercising regularly helps to improve the fat burning and reduce the fatty acid synthesis in the liver. Minimum of 30 to 45 minutes of daily exercise ensures that the body metabolism runs optimally thereby boosting fat metabolism. Additionally, drinking water supplements the body metabolism. A dehydrated liver has higher chances of fat accumulation with decreased ability to breakdown fat.

What is the way ahead?

Today thousands of people undergo liver transplantation as most of them get diagnosed with fatty liver only in the later stages of the disease. Thus, it is unarguably important to understand the fatty liver disease and equally important to spread awareness among people to pledge for their organs for donation, which can rescue many lives. But most importantly take definitive steps to living a healthy life thus avoiding the problem entirely!

 

What are polyps and how can they affect daily life?

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Polyps are referred to an abnormal growth of tissues that often appear to be small, petite bumps almost resembling mushrooms. They often size upto less than half an inch wide and can occur in various parts of the body such as ear canal, uterus, stomach, cervix, nose and several other places. Most of the times, polyps are benign in nature which implies that they do not potentially have the threat of being cancerous. However, the ones that do eventually grow into cancerous polyps are the ones that face tremendous abnormal growth. A biopsy is performed by the doctor to determine if an extra growth is a polyp.

Polyps grow through excessive multiplication of cells, similar to how cancer cells grow which is primarily why some of the polyps are potentially cancerous even though most of them are likely to stay benign.

Symptoms

Since there are various kinds of polyps, they also have a wide range of symptoms attached to them. Each area of the body is likely to manifest different types of symptoms. Some of the symptoms are as follows and are categorised based on their location and names:

Polyp Type

Location

Symptoms

Cervical

Cervix

No typical symptoms but might cause heavier period flow od unusual discharge during or after sexual intercourse

Aural

Ear Canal/ Passage

Blood drainage from ears/ hearing loss

Nasal

Nose or Sinuses

Loss of smell, headache

Bladder

Bladder lining

Frequent urination, blood urination

Colorectal

Large intestine, rectum & colon

Diarrhea, constipation, bloody stools

Causes

Causes of polyps are generally based on their locations. However, the cause of some polyps may be hard to determine even for doctors.

The most known causes are:

  • Foreign objects

  • Inflammation

  • A cyst

  • A tumor

  • Stomach inflammation

  • Excessive estrogen secretion

Risk factors

  • Women over the age of 40 who have borne children are likely to develop polyps in the uterus.

  • People who smoke also are said to have a higher risk of developing bladder polyps.

  • Women over the age of 20 and those who are premenopausal also are likely to develop uterus polyps.

  • People who stress their vocal cords on a regular basis are likely to get polyps in their throat however, it does not have any visible risks in aural polyps.

Diagnosis

Most often, on visiting the doctor, you are likely to be asked about your health history, visible symptoms along with some other generic queries. If polyps is suspected by the physician, an ultrasound, CT Scan or X-ray is performed to examine the affected area. A biopsy is performed when the doctor wants to check if the polyp is cancerous.

A pap test, endoscopy, colonoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy are tests that are generally performed to check for polyps in different parts of the body.

Treatment

As mentioned above, a majority of polyps are considered to be harmless. However, if the consulting doctor suspects it to be cancerous, there are some treatments for the same. Treatments are again, dependent on the area of body it is affected.

  • Colon polyps are usually removed during a colonoscopy.

  • Progestin or gonadotropin-releasing hormones  are prescribed for hormone related polyps such as cervical and uterine polyps.

  • Corticosteroids or nasal steroids are usually prescribed to those with nasal polyps.

Some of the factors that affect the treatments are:

  • The size of the polyp’s growth

  • The number of polyps detected

  • Whether the polyps are cancerous

  • The affected area

It is extremely important to understand that polyps or the existence of polyps in your body is likely to cause little to no noticeable difference to your life. On diagnosis, if you are detected with a cancerous polyp, it is still not an extreme matter to resolve and can be dealt with ease. There will not be any alterations in your daily life as such, however, you may be recommended to follow some healthy habits to avoid deteriorating your existing condition. Healthy options such as quitting smoking, drinking and engaging in physical exercise are the common things asked to do by doctors. At last, it is for you to realize that it is not a life threatening condition and can be managed with some care and medication.

 

How to reduce pregnancy stretch marks?

Stretch marks are a topic that has been a part of a lot of people’s lives. Be it a man or a woman, stretch marks are not specific to any gender. Stretch marks are classically bands of lines or parallel lines on your skin. They are often of different colors such as bluish purple, pink and even greyish in color. Most often they are marks that differ from one’s skin tone. Stretch marks are often felt by touch, due to its subtle ridges and indentations. They are harmless and pose no harm to anybody, but might be a cause of problem aesthetically. However, the severity or appearance of these marks may or may not affect an individual based on how they perceive it. It is one of the most commonly occurring phenomena in the world and generally occurs post-puberty, although it might occur to anyone at any age is it is dependent on the weight of a person than their age.

   Stretch marks can be literally translated by the word itself! It refers to the marks left on someone’s body after the area has witnessed a sudden change in weight due to weight gain or loss or pregnancy. People who train heavily in the gym are also prone to getting stretch marks. Stretch marks are likely to appear due to a wide variety of reasons such as over exercise, bodybuilding, pregnancy, lack of moisture, etc. The areas that are most likely to be affected by stretch marks are:

  • Armpits

  • Waist

  • Hips

  • Stomach

  • Shoulders

  • Biceps/Calves

  • Breasts

  • Buttocks

Stretch marks tend to be a common occurrence with most pregnant ladies and is a part and parcel of every woman’s life but it is important to understand that it happens to everyone and is not the end of the world. It is imperative that you also understand that stretch marks are irreversible which implies that it cannot be completely removed but it can definitely be reduced in appearance by using different methods that include essential oils and different techniques that aid in reducing the appearance and color of the stretch marks.

   In case of pregnancy, it is extremely normal for a woman to go through several hormonal, physical and mental changes which may result in stretch marks. After all, a child has to make space for herself/himself inside a womb, thus causing the stomach to bulge or grow alongside several other changes due to pregnancy.

The below-mentioned items/products are tried and tested by various women and have been reported to be extremely useful and effective.

  • Essential essential oils

Introducing an essential oil into your regular routine is extremely important. Essential oils such as lavender, sandalwood, tangerine oils, rose petal oil can be very effective in restoring moisture and helping it become supple.

  • Aloe vera Gel

The use of aloe vera has been a part of a beauty regime for women for eras and incorporating it into your regular regime is likely to help you visibly reduce your stretch marks. Aloe vera in any form rubbed and massaged into the stretch mark prone area is sure to benefit you eventually.

  • Egg Wash

As peculiar as it may sound, egg whites (albumen) is known to contain high levels of protein and amino acids. This works in the favor of those trying to recede their stretch marks as it helps to lighten the marks and furthermore providing it with proteins to keep it taut.

  • Vitamin E Oil

Get yourself a strip of Vitamin E oil capsules and add them to a regular moisturizer that you use on a daily basis. Vitamin E has great potential to heal and reduce blemishes, provide moisture and lighten the stretch marks.

  • Exercise

It is important that you maintain your body while you are pregnant. This is to ensure that you do not turn overweight post your pregnancy apart from the baby weight and it will also help you maintain your muscles and not allowing it to be affected by sudden gain or loss.

  • Castor Oil

Castor oil is a great oil to use to massage the stretch mark affected areas. Massaging the affected areas with it and wiping it off with a towel dipped in lukewarm water is a great way to reduce stretch marks.

This article is intended to help anyone trying to deal and reduce their stretch marks specifically caused due to pregnancy. It is essential that you understand that, pregnancy is a beautiful phase of your life and these marks are a manifestation of this journey and worrying about them can hamper the peace of your mind,  hence it is best to embrace them as it is!