Have you ever heard of effects brought about by Pruritus? Did you know that diet greatly affects our general appearance, health and can greatly determine our aging speed or process? Below is a case that has so much escalated and sprout through the roof top yet it could have been solved simply through eating right. I will show you how and why it is extremely important to watch what you eat If you really want to remain young alittle longer and If at all you want your skin to remain as smooth as that of a teen when you approach 50.
Patient X, a 55-year-old female resident of Karen Nairobi, was recently evaluated for generalized pruritus. Her medical history included dementia, diabetes mellitus, peripheral vascular disease, hypertension, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, osteoarthritis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and a recurrent urinary tract infection.
X was taking multiple medications including acetaminophen, fluticasone/salmeterol inhaler, albuterol inhaler, ipratropium inhaler, docusate sodium, ferrous sulfate, flunisolide nasal spray, furosemide, lovastatin, insulin, omeprazole, and enalapril off and on. These were discontinued to determine whether they were the cause of the patient’s pruritus. The discontinuations had no effect on her condition.
Systemic hydroxyzine, diphenhydramine, and prednisone; oral amitriptyline; and topical betamethasone diproprionate ointment were used to treat her pruritic symptoms.
The remainder of her examination was significant only for mild excoriations on her stomach and extremities and an erythematous rash across her buttocks.
Pruritus is the most common skin disorder in the aging population. It is defined as an unpleasant cutaneous sensation that provokes the desire to scratch. Acute itch (lasting less than 6 weeks) may provide a protective function, but chronic itch (lasting more than 6 weeks) is mostly a nuisance. The prevalence of pruritus increases with age and can be partially attributed to a decline in the normal physiological status of the skin.
In many people, itching is not just an occasional problem; it can have debilitating effects, such as sleep impairment, that can result in clinical depression. In fact, many people with chronic itching can become so depressed that they would rather live a shorter life free of symptoms than a longer life with pruritus.
Pruritus is stimulated by the release of neurostimulators, such as histamine, from mast cells and other peptides. The resulting sensation of itch is carried on A-delta and C fibers, through the dorsal horn of the spinal cord, and across the anterior commissure to the spinothalamic tract, ultimately terminating in various brain centers, including the cortex and thalamus.
Loss of skin hydration, loss of collagen, impaired immune system responses, and impaired function of the skin as a barrier to pathogens also increases the prevalence of the condition. Impaired blood circulation, leading to decreased perfusion to the skin, may also result to pruritus.
Pruritus is often associated with dry skin resulting from decreased skin-surface lipids, reduced production of sweat and sebum, and decreased perfusion. If one allows his or her skin to fold as is always observed in geriatric populations he or she will have less skin surface area to interact with water. This can result in impaired immune function and diminished barrier repair.
Here is why you should try eat right and avoid pruritus.
An adequate diet makes us appear more attractive, as it increases the firmness and glow of the skin, face and the body in general. There are 5 beauty spots in our bodies that include;
Most ladies, even men, try to solve the problem of oily or scaly skin by using products which are applied externally, without taking into consideration the fact that skin cells are formed as any other body cells from foods that they ingest.
Consuming an abundant of various fruits and vegetables which provides vitamins A and C, the elimination of foods that are overloaded with chemical-based spices, slowing down on alcoholic beverage intake, replacing the animal fats with vegetable oils and of course not forgetting to drink water (preferably 2 litres or more per day), will sufficiently restore health to an abused skin.
Hair and nails
Hair and nails are body tissues and therefore a deficient diet may lead to dryness, colourless, dull hair and broken fingernails. Dandruffs and seborrhoea are diseases that affect the hair and are aggravated by an inadequate diet. To have a silky, shiny and resistant hair and well-formed nails, we should consider a diet rich in all the vitamins and minerals, which are mainly present in fruits and vegetables.
Iron-from animal and plant sources-and silicon-mostly present in plant sources-are two minerals whose lack will especially affect the firmness of the nails.
The nutritional condition of a person can sometimes be seen in the appearance of the eyes. Clear, shiny eyes, with no redness and no scales on the eyelids are an indication of good nutrition. Deficiencies of vitamins A and B2 are associated to loss of vision and night blindness, falling and drying of the eyebrows and even redness of the eyes.
Coloured vegetables such as tomatoes, carrots, peppers and even fruits like mangoes, pawpaws among other fruits available in the markets, are a good source of vitamin A in the form of carotene that will take care of your eyes.
Avoid Patient X’s root, above are some of the foods you should strive and take to maintain the health of your skin, remain young, beautiful or handsome.