Have you ever noticed things that happen to our skin, nails and hair and wonder why they happen? For the longest I never knew what cold sores were or why they were called cold sores. I never understood where moles come from or why sometimes a black line would appear on a fingernail. Some of these mysteries have simple answers and others do not. Today, I’m going to try and solve some common beauty mysteries that have kept you stumped for years, but you never thought to ask about.
- Black vertical lines on the fingernail.
Black vertical lines on the fingernail or nail banding as it is sometimes called can appear for a number of reasons. This includes, trauma to the nail, medication, systemic diseases, vitamin deficiencies and other skin conditions. The most important, critical reason is melanoma, a type of skin cancer. See a doctor to make sure it isn’t melanoma.
- Cold sores
Cold sores, or fever blisters are very common and are caused by the herpes simplex virus 1. This is not the same virus that causes genital herpes. If you’ve ever had a cold sore, you have the virus. Chances are you picked it up when you were a child. Herpes simplex virus 1 sleeps for long periods of time then wakes up periodically and causes cold sores. While there are many products on the market for cold sores, its best to let the virus run its course.
- Where do moles come from?
Moles occur when skin cells grow in a cluster rather than spreading out through the skin. Moles are harmless and very common so they’re no cause for concern. However, changes in moles can be a sign of skin cancer, be sure to monitor them.
I don’t know about you all but ringworm was an epidemic when I was in elementary school. Everyone was scared to catch it and when someone did they were shunned. I never actually thought to ask what ring worm actually was, though. Ringworm is a common fungal infection of the skin. It has nothing to do with a worm. It causes a scaly, crusted rash that may appear as a round red patch. It can be treated with antifungal medications. It is contagious, and can be transferred from person to person through contact with infected areas, sharing personal care items, in pools and locker room areas and from cats and dogs. Ringworm is very common among children.
Editor, Health & Beauty