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Mongolian Spots

Mongolian Spots

Mongolian spots are an inborn, developmental, skin- exclusive condition wherein a macular pigmentation is generally noted in the sacral part (lower part of back or buttocks) or rarely on the legs or shoulder region of healthy, just-born infants. This pigmentation appearing as spots in colours ranging from blue-gray to dark brown or even bluish-black is the result of melanocytes (pigment-creating cells) entrapping in the dermis region during their migratory journey from the neural crest into the epidermis. Often Mongolian spots could surface in the initial weeks subsequent to birth that generally fade away spontaneously in the span of four years; however it could also last for lifetime. Mongolian spots are commonly observed birthmarks noted in races like Native Americans (90%), Asians (80%),  [...]

PUPPP

PUPPP

Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy or PUPPP is the prevalent form of niggling skin ailment during pregnancy. Classically, the onset of PUPPP during the third trimester translates to the development of reddish, scratchy bumps on the abdominal region found in close proximity to stretch marks or striae.    PUPPP generally decreases in intensity in the initial few weeks following child birth. PUPPP has no effect on the health of the newborn and has no long-standing detrimental outcome on the mother. Who is more prone to PUPPP? PUPPP is a widespread occurrence among pregnant women with a recurrence rate of one among every two hundred pregnant women. PUPPP Causes With reasons still blurred, it is believed that the surge in hormonal levels, skin distending or stretching and varied  [...]

Shocking Rise In Infant Prescriptions Of Anti-Depressants And ADHD –Combatant Drugs

Shocking Rise In Infant Prescriptions Of Anti-Depressants And ADHD –Combatant Drugs

The latest statistics reveal the disturbing trend of the soar in just two years of the number of prescriptions being recommended to kids with hyperactive behaviours, depressive tendencies and other mental ill health issues. A stomach-churning 4,20,000 prescriptions were issued to kids below sixteen years of age with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) during 2007 that has shot up thirty-three percent from 2005. The figures rose to fifty-one percent in younger kids in the age bracket 16-18 years, touching forty thousand during 2007. In this span of time, NHS parameters approved at least 3 drugs for treating ADHD when other treatment options made no difference, in spite of apprehensions regarding side effects and few sceptics protesting that it medicalises disruptive deeds. With greater  [...]