Stretch marks are indented streaks on your skin that result from a rapid weight gain or loss. They usually appear pink, red or purple in the early stages and fade to white or gray over time. There are treatments that can reduce the appearance of stretch marks, however, there is no way to remove them completely.
What Causes Stretch Marks?
Stretch marks occur when your skin stretches because of a rapid weight gain or loss. They are most common in women, especially during the later stages of pregnancy, however, weight lifters can also have stretch marks. They seem to occur more frequently when cortisone levels in the body are higher as this hormone weakens elastic fibers in your skin. Some medications, such as corticosteroids and systemic steroids (lotions or oral medications) can contribute to developing stretch marks, especially when used long-term. .
Stretch marks form in the dermis, which is the middle layer of the skin. When the dermis is stretched, it can break down. If it can...
Fluid-filled sacs that develop behind the knee are called popliteal cysts . They can be hard to get rid of and come back repeatedly after treatment. They often have thick, twisted roots that go deep. Two doctors from South Korea report on the use of arthroscopy to remove large popliteal cysts. The study included 14 patients with cysts that caused loss of knee motion, pain, and pressure on the nerves. These patients were compared to a control group of eight patients with the same condition who had open surgery instead of arthroscopy. In arthroscopic cyst removal, the doctor inserts a long, slender tool into the fluid-filled sac. A tiny TV camera on the end gives the doctor a good view inside. Fluid is removed from the cyst. Using a small, motorized shaver, the cyst is then shaved away. Doctors are careful to keep the shaver pointed away from nerves and blood vessels. During the operation any flaps, thick bands, or other fibrous membranes are removed. Surgeons check the knee joint for other...
Everyone tells us we should get regular exercise. I'd like to be able to say that I play a couple of games of squash every day. But I don't. I would, of course, if I just had my own squash court, so it's not really my fault. It might also help if I knew how to play squash.
That's just one of the many excuses I can come up with for not exercising. In case you've run out of excuses yourself, here are a couple of handy ideas.
1. In the winter: It's too cold. I might damage my lungs by going for a walk when it's 10 below zero.
2. In the summer: It's too hot. I might have a heart attack if I went for a walk when it's almost 100 with humidity of 90%.
3. When it's too hot or too cold, I'd go to the gym except that the closest gym is about 20 miles away, and I'm trying to save the planet by conserving gas.
4. I'm trying to form a Senior Lacrosse Team, but I can't seem to work up any enthusiasm among my friends.
5. I'd use my trea...
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