All That You Need To Know About Pink Eye (Conjunctivitis)

Hello readers, today I’ll be talking about one of the most common infection we come through in our life and ways to tackle with it. Conjunctivitis or ‘pink eye’ is inflammation of the part of the eye called conjunctiva. The conjunctiva is a thin tissue that covers the white parts of our eyes. It helps to keep our eyes moist and protect it from infections, allergies and irritants. Learn basic facts about this eye infection to take care of yourself if you ever get one:

Causes: Conjunctivitis is commonly caused by infection from bacteria or virus. They are also caused by allergens like dust, grass, cosmetic products or use of contact lenses. That is why it is always recommended to wash your hands properly before touching your eyes. They can spread easily from one person to other.

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Symptoms: Symptoms of conjunctivitis may vary from person to person. It may affect one of the eye or both. Some of the most common symptoms are listed below:

  • Redness in white part of the eye with swelling
  • Moderate to heavy itching in the eye
  • Sticky discharge from the eye
  • Crusty eyelids when you wake up
  • Pain

 Diagnosis: In most of the cases you are asked certain questions by the doctor  to find out about the possibilities for catching conjunctivitis. He will further prescribe you allergy tests and eye tests if required.

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Treatment: Treatment includes medicines like eye drops and nose drops to treat allergy, steroids like pain killers and antibiotic pills which should be taken for a specific time as prescribed by the doctor.

Self care: Follow these steps to avoid discomfort during conjunctivitis and prevent it spreading further:

  • Use eye drops at regular intervals
  • Do not use contact lenses if you are suffering from conjunctivitis
  • Avoid any kind of eye makeup during infection
  • Avoid using fur items
  • Wear black glasses or shades to avoid spreading to others

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Prevention: ‘Prevention is better than cure’. Hence it is better to avoid conjunctivitis before it infect your eyes:

  • Wash your hands often and as possible
  • Avoid frequent contact of your hand with eyes
  • Stay away from allergic items
  • Stay way from cheap and old eye makeups

I hope you find these information helpful. I will be back with a new post soon. Till then take care……..

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My Wonderful Experience At The Four Fountains Spa

Hello everyone, how are you all doing? Saturday, I went to the Four Fountains spa! All thanks to my fellow blogger Sayantini, who was sweet enough to suggest my name to Maithili Sawant, Digital Marketing and Communications Manager of Four Fountains spa. Maithili invited few bloggers from Kolkata through email to experience their wonderful spa service. She booked an appointment for me day before yesterday, 12th of July at the Theatre Road branch, Kolkata. There is a second branch too at Salt Lake . Read on to know about my total experience there.

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It was humid weather outside when I arrived at the spa. As soon as I went in, a sweet aroma of lemon-grass refreshed my mood. Lemon-grass is a very good antioxidant and is used for de-stressing too. The lounge area was well decorated with dim lamps and idols of Lord Buddha.

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I went to the reception and introduced myself. I was told to sit in the waiting area. The seats had backrest made of wooden beads which helps to reduce back pain as you wait for your therapy to begin. Then, I was given a welcome drink of orange juice .

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After that, Dr. Manisha came up to me and asked me few questions to check my stress level. She asked me around ten questions and concluded that I’m at moderate stress level. She told me how stress could be harmful for the body and mind. If stress is not addressed for a prolonged period, it may lead to high blood pressure, insomnia, diabetes, chronic back pain etc. Since I was suffering from shoulder pain for quite sometime, she suggested me that I should go for Swedish massage and take a spa service in every three months to reduce stress. Swedish massage use five different movements to relax muscle by applying indirect pressure against inner muscles and bones, while massaging the muscles in the direction of the flow of blood returning in the heart.

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At  Four Fountains , they offer mainly four popular spa therapies:

1. Therapies for de-stressing

2. Therapies for de-toxification

3. Therapies for Immunity

4. Therapies for beauty

Once my massage room was ready, I was introduced to my masseur Anny, she was very professional and took utmost care to make me feel comfortable. Each massage room was clean and hygienic, has a bed, a locker, a chair, a full-sized mirror and a bathroom.

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My masseur told me to change and ring a bell after I’m done. I dressed up in disposable garments and rang the bell. My masseur used sesame oil for the massage. The only source of light during the massage were the tiny lamps which created a very wonderful ambiance. She started with my back and ensured to cover the parts that wasn’t being massaged with a clean sheet of cloth. The massage went on for an hour. In between she kept asking whether I am comfortable with the pressure applied. As I told her I had pain in my shoulders, she took some extra time to focus on those parts. I felt relaxed, rejuvenated and completely stress free once the massage was over. Anny guided me to the bathroom and told me to take a shower and ring the bell once I’m done. Once she left the room, I took a relaxing shower and dressed up. I rang the bell and she gave me glass of water and told me to wait at the reception.

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I was given a feedback form to fill up and Dr. Manisha recommended few exercises to me for my shoulder pain. I was provided with a cup of green tea, which is rich in anti-oxidant and it is ideal to drink after a spa therapy. She also handed over me a big envelope containing an information booklet about the Four Fountains spa, a prescription booklet containing  charts for diet and exercises, a discount coupon and a de-stressing gel.

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Overall I’m very happy and satisfied with their wonderful service and will recommend everyone to try out their services. They have their own website where you can get all the details including their services, charges, timings, addresses etc. The staffs were very courteous and professional. They took utmost care to see that I feel comfortable as this was my first visit to a spa. I didn’t have to wait too long. Everything has been done on time and perfectly. I’m looking forward for my next visit to Four Fountains spa!

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Different Types Of Facial According To Your Skin Type

Hello lovely ladies, how are you all doing? We all follow the regular cleansing-toning-moisturizing process daily to keep our skin clean and glowing. But different skin types has slightly different skin needs. Though the CTM process is common for all skin types yet apart from these there are some extra beauty treatments which every skin types should need to follow. Facial is one such beauty treatment which every women above 40+ age need to take at least once in a month to rejuvenate their skin. There are many types of facials done at salons, if you choose the type of facial wisely then it can serve your skin in more than one way like getting rid of dull skin or blemishes, reducing wrinkles etc.

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There are mainly three different types of skin ranging from normal to dry, combination & oily. In this post, I have provided a small guide for different types of facials according to different skin types. Check them out below:

1. Facials for normal to dry skin:

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A. Plant stem facial

If you have normal skin, you are rather lucky!! In this case you can opt for a plant stem facial. The duration of this facial is 60 minutes. This facial is great for skin rejuvenation and replenishment. Plant cells are introduced in skin cells through treatments available in salons. These plant cells helps to replace the dead skin cells and stimulate them for proper growth. These facials are great to prevent ageing and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

B. Aromatic Facial

This is yet another useful facial for normal to dry skin. Usually people with dry skin lack moisture in the skin which leads to frequent skin dullness and premature signs of aging. With aromatic facials done at many salons and spas, it is becoming quite popular. They are usually done for a duration of 60-80 minutes. Use of essential aromatic oils, natural seaweed extracts in every step of the facial makes it suitable for sensitive skin too. This facial is great for getting a fair glowing skin.

 

2. Facials for oily skin:

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A. Pearl Facial

Pearl facial is very useful for people with oily skin. Pearl facial contains real pearl extracts which helps in reducing skin dullness and brightening complexion. This facial is widely used for removing tans from skin. It follows deep pore cleansing, followed by light steam, skin massage with pearl enriched massage cream and ends with a replenishing face mask. The facial usually takes 40-60 minutes. This facial is great to achieve a fair and even complexion.

B. Silver Facial

Silver facial , as the name suggests, is enriches with the goodness of silver. This facial works great to detoxify skin. The silver facial includes a deep exfoliating, soothing gel, massage and a skin pack. This facial is usually done in an hour. Silver facial is useful to restore the pH balance of skin that might have been lost due to skin toxicity. This facial revives and purifies skin from within.

 

3. Facials for combination skin:

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A. Platinum facial

Platinum facial is done to revive and recharge skin cells. This facial enriched in platinum extracts is said to recharge skin at the cellular level and strengthen tissues. This facial improves skin elasticity along with moisturizing and nourishing the skin cells. It is usually done in 50-60 minutes in salons. This facial is great for maintaining skin’s radiance and keeping skin youthful.

B. Gemstone facial

Gemstone facial is done at spas and is said to have an overall effect on the person’s mind and body. This facial is enrich with the goodness of precious and semi precious gemstones like sapphire, emerald and ruby that helps to slow down the ageing process and make skin tighter. This facial usually takes 80 to 90 minutes. This facial is said to balance skin and mind and help in cell renewal process. It also equally works on skin dullness, blemishes and pigmentation. Try out this facial for an overall skin replenishment.

I hope this article was helpful for you. Do share your comments below!!

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