8 Tips to Being a Well Groomed Man

ID-10040769As a woman and professional Cosmetologist, I have a special interest in well groomed men. There is nothing hotter than a nice dressed man with a fresh haircut. So sit back and get ready to take some notes. I’m about to show you how to step up your game and maybe even score a date.

  1. KNOW YOUR STYLE AND OWN IT

I’m not here to tell you that certain styles are hotter than others or you need to shop certain stores to look good. But I know you have a style you like better than others and you have to make it work for you. Do you like T shirts and jeans? Then, find nice shirts with cool designs on them. (And leave the Chuck Norris shirts and shirts with sarcastic sayings at home.) Make sure your jeans are flattering and coordinate with what you’re wearing.

Do you like grungy clothes? Find nicer quality stuff, avoid profanity and always make sure you don’t smell grungy. (Not saying that I think grungy dudes are smelly, but make sure you know the difference between grungy and messy.) Whatever you like, there is a nice, clean way to pull it off. Seriously, Pinterest can be your best friend here. I know, I know, Pinterest is just for your girlfriends’ and wives’, but it has tons of pictures of outfits that usually have links to where you can buy it or suggestions or how to replicate it.

And let’s be honest, there is tons of information on the internet in general. You really can’t go wrong here, so just check some stuff out and go shopping!

  1. MAKE SURE YOUR CLOTHES FIT

There is literally nothing that will kill your vibe more than clothes that don’t fit. If you have a little belly, make sure your shirts fit and don’t suction cup to your squishy spots. Same rule applies to pants. Don’t wear pants that accentuate your flaws, but hide them. On the other hand, Don’t wear clothes that are so loose that you are swimming in them. Both shirts and pants should be snug, but flattering. If you have doubt on how clothes to fit then bring someone along with you when you buy them. (Or at least make a good friend see them on you before you leave the house.)

  1. GET A GOOD HAIRCUT

Now, as a hairstylist, I’m a little biased to the need for a good trim, but I promise this isn’t a shameless plug for the cosmetologists of the world. A haircut can make or break a good style. So find things you like and bring in a picture. This helps prevent any miscommunications that occur between clients and stylists. I would suggest going to an experienced barber or reputable salon. You can still achieve success at big chain salons, but they usually preach a “quantity over quality” sermon, so always be cautious.

Actually, at any salon, make sure you go to someone that you know will do a good job. This usually means getting a referral from a friend or co-worker, so go ahead and ask around. If you go as far as waxing your body at a clinic like Male Grooming Belfast then why not go for laser hair removal instead? It is much more effective without the pain!

  1. USE QUALITY PRODUCTS

Again, I promise this isn’t a shameless plug. (Although I am totally biased towards any hair product made by Paul Mitchell.) You need to find a hair product that works for your hair, not against it. So find the type of hold that you like, most companies go towards a light, medium, firm type model. Pick which one suits you and use it for a while. Always make sure that you buy professional products from professionals! You should not be able to buy salon quality products at any pharmacy. If you do see them, do not assume you stumbled on a good deal, they are usually expired or watered down versions of the real stuff. Read more…

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At What Age Can You Get Laser Eye Surgery?

ID-100157757The big question that most people ask when it comes to laser eye surgery is what the ideal age for the procedure should be. Many people have asked whether there is any specific age limit or requirement for laser eye surgery. They wonder whether they are too young or too old for safe and effective laser eye surgery. Parents are usually worried whether the procedure will be safe and effective for their children below 18 years and whether it gets any better once they hit 40 and above years.

Well, the truth is that in every age bracket, individuals have unique issues and needs so consulting an eye surgeon is usually wise idea. All in all, there are outliners in most cases. The most common age for laser eye surgery is something between 20 years and 40 years. Let us dig deeper and see what exactly the needs are and consideration issues at different ages.

Can a Child Get a Laser Eye Surgery?

Unless it is a case of extreme an eye problem that desperately needs LASIK, surgeons do not recommend it to be carried out. The main reason behind this is the fact that children’s eyes are not fully developed and are still changing and adjusting their shapes. This therefore means that if the surgery is done, it only acts as a temporally solution to the problem. That is why as time goes by, that child will need a corrective surgery to be done in future.

When children are compared to adults their restlessness disfavours them for this surgery. Unlike adults who will remain calm after a simple sedation, children will remain restless during the procedure unless they receive a very strong sedation for them to keep calm.

It is therefore advisable for doctors to recommend eye glasses, contact lenses or eye patches for stimulated or forced vision in case the child has got some conditions. Laser eye surgeons should only be preferred if these conventional treatments do not work for the child. Read more…

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Management of Frozen Shoulder

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Certain individuals are at higher risk of developing frozen shoulder, in compare to general population. These include:

  • Individuals of 40 years of more are at greater risk of developing frozen shoulder, especially women.
  • If anyone is suffering from certain systemic disease such as diabetes, tuberculosis, Parkinson’s disease, hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid), cardiovascular diseases etc.
  • If anyone have restricted mobility at shoulder joint due to broken arm, stroke, rotator cuff injury, recovery from surgery near shoulder joint such as mastectomy.

Treatment of frozen shoulder:

Management/treatment of frozen shoulder involve management of pain at shoulder joint and preservation of range of motion at shoulder joint as much as possible.

  • Use of medications for frozen shoulder: Medications to manage pain include, use of OTC (over-the-counter) pain medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin etc. as these medications can help reduce inflammation and pain related to frozen shoulder. If pain is not effectively controlled with common pain medications (including OTC pain medications), your doctor may prescribe stronger pain medications and anti-inflammatory medications for pain relief.
  • Physical therapy: a physiotherapist (your doctor may ask you to consult a physical therapist) can help you by teaching you with range of motion exercises, which can help you recover mobility at shoulder joint to a great extent. The more diligently you do the range of motion exercises, the better is your prospect of recovering mobility of shoulder joint affected by frozen shoulder.
  • Other methods for management of frozen shoulder: these include steroid injection (as effective anti-inflammatory drug steroid can help reduce pain and inflammation of frozen shoulder) directly into the affected shoulder joint, shoulder manipulation (this is done under general anesthesia to prevent pain, when your doctor moves the shoulder joint in various directions to improve mobility), and joint distension by injecting sterile water into the joint capsule, which helps movement of shoulder joint.
  • Surgery: most of the cases of frozen shoulder recover by itself within one to two years duration, even without any treatment (hence, treatment is directed at pain management and recovery of mobility if shoulder joint). However, if symptoms persist beyond 18-24 months, your doctor may advise surgery for frozen shoulder. Surgery is done to remove adhesion and scar tissue from shoulder joint.

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Who are at Risk of Food Poisoning

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Food poisoning is actually food borne illness caused by bacteria, virus, parasites or toxins produced by microorganisms. Eating contaminated food and drinking contaminated water (or other liquid/fluid) is the commonest cause of food poisoning. Water available to us from natural sources is always contaminated (by bacteria, virus, parasites or toxins produced by them) in some way and need to be purified (by water purifier or some other method) before making it drinkable. Food can be contaminated at any time from processing/production to consumption. Canned foods, preserved foods are at greater risk of contamination than freshly prepared/cooked foods.

What are the symptoms of food poisoning?

Symptoms of food poisoning can start within few hours (for example staphylococcus aureus takes only 1-6 hours, whereas campylobacter takes 2-5 days for symptoms to appear) of eating contaminated food or it may take few days, depending on the type of food eaten and type of contaminating agent (such as bacteria, virus, toxin etc.).

Symptoms of food poisoning vary according to the type of offending agent. However, most food poisoning cases produce following symptoms:

  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Abdominal cramp or severe abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea, watery in nature and dehydration as a result
  • Fever

These symptoms may last few hours to several days. If symptoms are mild, no treatment may be required. However, most food poisoning cases require adequate medical attention.

Who are at risk of food poisoning?

Certain group of people are at greater risk or vulnerable to food poisoning such as children and infants, elderly individuals, people with chronic disease, pregnant women etc. You become sick after eating/drinking contaminated food depends on your immunity, type of offending agent, amount of exposure and your overall general health.

  • Infants and children: because immune system is yet to develop fully and they tend to eat without following/maintaining proper hygiene rules.
  • Elderly persons: the immune system of elderly individual may not be quick to respond to certain threats and lead to food poisoning when exposed to offending agents.
  • Persons with chronic disease: persons with chronic disease such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, liver disease, cancer etc. have weaker immune system and prone to develop various illnesses including food poisoning.
  • Pregnancy: during pregnancy there is change in metabolism and various other physiological changes, which increases risk of food poisoning and other ailments.

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Symptoms and Causes of Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis (as it is known in medical term) is a medical condition with pain in shoulder joint along with stiffness of the joint. The symptoms and signs of frozen shoulder begin gradually and over time they worsen, which generally tend to resolve on its own in one to three years. Management of frozen shoulder involve judicious use of pain medications along with range of motion exercises and corticosteroids. A few cases may warrant use of arthroscopic surgery. Frozen shoulder usually do not recur in the same shoulder, however it may occur in the other shoulder, in some persons.

Symptoms of frozen shoulder:

They symptoms of frozen shoulder typically starts gradually and worsen over time. Symptoms usually go through three stages, freezing stage, frozen stage and thawing stage. Some patients with frozen shoulder experience sever pain at the affected shoulder joint during night which disturb sleep.

Freezing stage: this is the beginning of the condition and there is pain on movement of shoulder. Gradually the range of motion at shoulder joint become restricted/limited.

Frozen stage: pain tend to gradually diminish at this stage. However, shoulder joint becomes stiff and motion at shoulder joint becomes very much limited. Hence, use of shoulder joint becomes difficult.

Thawing stage: at this stage gradually movement and range of motion at shoulder joint improves. The stiffness of shoulder joint is also reduced. Pain also reduces.

What is the cause of frozen shoulder?

Shoulder joint is made up of bones, ligaments and tendons, which are encapsulated (the capsule is made up of connective tissue). Frozen shoulder occurs if this capsule of shoulder joint thickens (usually inflamed) for any reason. When the capsule becomes thick, it restricts movement at shoulder joint, which may also be very painful. The exact cause of capsule thickening is not clearly known, however, frozen shoulder (capsule thickening) more commonly occur in people who suffer from certain chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, and in people whose shoulder joint has been recently immobilized for long time for any reason (such as fracture of humerus or other bones of arm and forearm or may be due to some surgical procedure at shoulder or adjoining areas). Persons recovering from stroke and surgery such as mastectomy (removal of part or whole breast) may have to restrict movement of shoulder joint for long duration and risk developing frozen shoulder.

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Causes of Food Poisoning

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Food poisoning (can also be called food borne illness) is sickness/illness caused by eating contaminated food item(s) and water. Contamination of water and food may be caused by bacteria, virus, parasites, by toxins produced by microorganisms.

Contamination of food and water (hence water purification by water purifier and water filter is required) may occur anytime between production (growing, harvesting, processing, storing, shipping or preparing) of food to eating of food. Contamination may also occur from one surface to another and such type of contamination is particularly common for ready to eat foods (such as salads and other foods that are not cooked before consumption). Food poisoning or food contamination may be caused by bacteria, virus, parasites and following agents may cause contamination of food:

  • Staphylococcus aureus: this organism has one of the shortest incubation period for food poisoning, 1 hour to 6 hours. Affected foods include meat and prepared salads, cream sauces, and cream-filled pastries. The bacteria can also be spread by hand contact, coughing and sneezing.
  • coli strain O157:H7 is responsible for food poisoning. The incubation period is 1 day to 8 days. Beef contaminated with feces during slaughter in developed countries and by drinking unsafe water in developing countries the common mode of transmission. Other sources include unpasteurized milk and apple cider, alfalfa sprouts etc.
  • Clostridium botulinum: The incubation period is 12 hours to 3 days. Improperly canned commercial foods as well as home canned foods, smoked or salted fish, potatoes baked in aluminum foil, and other foods kept at warm temperatures for too long can lead to growth of bacteria and cause food poisoning.
  • Clostridium perfringens: The incubation period is short 8 hours to 16 hours. Meats, stews and gravies are common sources of food poisoning. It can spread when serving dishes don’t keep food hot enough or food is chilled too slowly.
  • Salmonella: this is the organism that usually causes typhoid fever or enteric fever. This organism may also cause food poisoning. The incubation period is 1 day to 3 days. Raw or contaminated meat, poultry, milk or egg yolks are common source of salmonella food poisoning. Salmonella can survives inadequate cooking. Fomite transmission by knives, cutting surfaces or an infected food handler is also common. Unsafe drinking water is the commonest source of salmonella food poisoning.
  • Campylobacter: The incubation period is 2 days to 5 days. Meat and poultry are common source of food poisoning. Contamination occurs during processing. Other sources campylobacter include unpasteurized milk and contaminated drinking water.
  • Rotavirus: this is common problem for infants. However, adults are mostly immune to rotavirus. The incubation period is 1 day to 3 days. Raw, ready-to-eat food can cause food poisoning. Rotavirus be spread by an infected food handler as well as by unsafe drinking water.
  • There are also other organisms (bacteria, viruses and other) that may cause food poisoning such as giardia lamblia, hepatitis A, listeria, Norwalk like viruses, shigella, vibrio vulnificus etc.
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