Skin Allergy caused by own Sweat - Cholinergic Urticaria

Some people develop allergy to their own sweat. It usually occurs in warm weather with too much moisture, where sweat does not evaporate, or if a person exercise too much and remain in sweat for hours. In medical terms it is known as Cholinergic Urticaria (UC). The good thing about this allergy is that it can automatically resolve in few hours, just like it appears, if you cool the affected area with ice or cold water. But the bad news is that it can come back again if too much sweating happens again. Here we will discuss the reasons and treatment of Cholinergic Urticaria.

Cholinergic Urticaria (UC)

Cholinergic Urticaria (UC) is an allergy caused by nerve fibers in your sweat glands. If these nerves experience too much sweat and heat, then itchy red hives may appear on your skin. However some conditions give a good reason for UC to appear. Some of them are:

  • Hot Shower
  • Warm weather with too much humidity
  • Wearing tight and skinny clothes
  • Getting nervous and starting to sweat
  • Being in sweat for long durations
  • Stress
Note: Some people may get Cholinergic Urticaria as their body reacts against antibody in their own sweat called immunoglobulin-G (IgG). It can occur in both men and women.

Symptoms of Cholinergic Urticaria

  • Small red bumps with flares or circles
  • Itchy, tingly, and warm sensation
  • Skin can look swollen and blotchy
  • Affect chest, upper back, arms and face
  • Such hives usually fade away after few hours as your body cools down.

Diagnosis of Cholinergic Urticaria
A dermatologist or allergist can diagnose this condition. They may ask you about any food allergies or any other skin allergies in past. You may be asked to run a stationary bike to make you sweat and make the red bumps appear.

Treatment of Cholinergic Urticaria

Antihistamines such as Cetirizine, Loratadine, or Diphenhydramine can be used to treat CU. But of it does not work then you doctor may recommend some steroids for short duration.

Prevention from Cholinergic Urticaria

Prevention is the best advise given by any doctor while treating some allergy. Same thing is here.
  • Avoid warm or too humid environment
  • Wear loose clothes
  • If stress is the reason behind your allergy then try to avoid such situation that make you feel stressed.

Why Health Care is so Expensive in U.S.

U.S. Healthcare sector is worth more than $3 trillion. If we consider it as a country, then it will be fifth largest economy. This amount is more than twice, what is spent in any other developed country. However U.S. is top spender in medical sector, but its healthcare system has never ranked in top 25 countries. Why is it so ? U.S. spends the most on healthcare sector, but its healthcare is not even in top 25. There must be some reason behind that. Here we will try to analyse the reasons behind that. This article might be an eye opener for some of us.
On an average every person in U.S. spends around $8000 every year on healthcare expenses. It includes insurance premiums as well, but still it is a large sum for a family with lesser income resources.

Why Health Care is so expensive in U.S. ?

  • Higher Administrative Cost: 25% of total healthcare cost is spent on administrative sector. The count of billing clerks in some hospitals is far more than number of beds in that hospital. No other country employs so much administrative staff.
  • Higher Drugs Cost: In U.S. the government have lesser power to control drug prices, while some other developed countries can control the drug prices. If U.S. government make some laws to negotiate drug prices then this factor can be easily handled, but it will negatively influence the earnings of some top drug manufacturers.
  • Doctors are afraid: Doctors in U.S. don't directly prescribe the medicines without doing all necessary tests, even when they are sure about disease (due to their experience). They remain fearful to get sued for prescribing medicines which should be given only after positive test results. It cause additional expenses on defensive medicine and higher expenses on medical tests. It also increases the duration of treatment.
  • Specialists are preferred: U.S. population prefers to get treated by a specialist instead of a primary-care doctor, even when specialist is not necessary. It increases the treatment cost. In other countries people visit a specialist only when recommended by a  primary-care doctor.
  • More usage of technology: People of U.S. believe in technology much more than any other country. Mammograms are used thrice, MRI are used two-and-a-half times, and C-sections are done 31% more than any other country. It increases the equipment cost at every medical facility and ultimately gets paid by end user.
  • Branding in Medical Sector: Some top most medical facilities can demand much more for the same treatment which is available at lower cost at a lesser known medical facility. Everyone thinks that more price means better treatment and thus overall income of medical sector increases. Sometimes prices are made depending on who is going to pay it.

Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped in lowering the medical expenses, but still a lot is necessary to get U.S. a good rank in WHO rankings. The higher medical cost often make some people move towards medical tourism to get treated at lower cost and get a better treatment.

Quiz to Check if you are Depressed - DIY (Do-It-Yourself)

Every person faces depression more than once in his/her life. Sometimes it is hard to find if you are depressed or not. Visiting a psychiatrist  is the best option if you find some symptoms of depression in your life. Here we have made a simple quiz, which will help you in detecting if you are depressed on not. So before you plan to visit a psychiatrist just perform this simple DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Quiz. It will just take a few minutes to get your depression score.

Depression Test- DIY (Do-it-yourself)

This test will take just 3 minutes of your precious time.

If your score is above 35 then you must visit a psychiatrist and get yourself checked.

Is Green Tea really better than ordinary Black Tea

Green tea has recently emerged as a healthy alternative of normal tea. Even some doctors have started prescribing green tea. A number of people are already using it for weight loss. Is there are truth in all those beliefs. Some people think that drinking a tea without sugar or milk, reduces the daily intake of excess calories, which results in weight loss. Some believe that it is the placebo effect that improves health and some other activities done along with green tea, which reduces the weight. We will try to find which of the above statements is more valid.

Green Tea vs Black Tea

  • Most of the people don't know the fact that both green and black tea are produced from same plant named Camellia sinensis. Their color is different due to the processing difference. In production of Black Tea, the leaves undergo crushing and fermenting process, which causes its different flavor. Green Tea is not fermented.
  • Some people think that green tea is caffeine-free, while it is not. 
  • Both types of these teas contain antioxidants. Types of antioxidants may differ, but both are beneficial. According to a research both types of tea contain 10 times more antioxidants than fruits and vegetables.
  • Some researchers have proved that tea improves metabolism and helps in removal of toxins from body.
  • Both Green and black tea blocks the DNA Damage caused due to smoking, which reduces the chances of cancer. Biggest proof of this finding are nations like Japan, which are considered as the biggest tea drinkers. Cases of Heart Diseases and Cancer are comparatively low in these countries. However some people disagree with this fact as less cancer risk is also connected to lesser obesity in Japan, which is a direct factor for heart diseases and cancer.
  • Some people believe that lesser obesity in Japan is due to popularity of tea. This fact might be the one which made people think that green tea decreases obesity. Here we should not forget that people of japan are also known for their hard work, which is also a factor behind lesser obesity.

Why Green Tea is considered better than Black Tea ?

  • The basic reason is that green tea is less processed. Today people tend to go towards herbal, which means less processed. So green tea is getting more popular as something herbal and more natural.
  • Second reason is the preparation method. Preparation of black tea includes other ingredients like sugar and milk, which increases the calorie value. But green tea preparation don't need any other ingredients, which keeps its calorie value low with same amount of antioxidants.
  • Third reason is its taste, which is considered better by most of the people even without using sugar. Back tea is slightly hard to drink without sugar.
  • Some researches have also shown that usage of green tea reduces weight, protects you from several types of cancer, delays onset of diabetes and many more.
  • Last and the best reason is that green tea is recommended by dietitians and medical practitioners. 

Does Green Tea help in Weight Loss ?
Yes it does, but how ?

  • The very first thing that green tea do is improving your metabolism, which reduces the chances of fat deposition.
  • Second factor is usage of no sugar in preparation of green tea, so no extra calories.
  • Third thing is motivation. Usually a person who is using green tea, also implement some other dietary changes to reduce weight or lifestyle changes such as regular workout. These activities also help in weight reduction a lot.

Now you know that both green and black tea are good for health, but green tea have some added benefits. When it comes to weight loss, we would suggest you to balance your diet and improve lifestyle along with green tea to get better results in lesser time.