From the standard manicure and pedicure to hair and makeup, it’s only normal for people from all walks of life to treat themselves to a beauty session or two. Unfortunately, beyond the glamor lies the inevitability of burns, allergic reactions and botched jobs that can cause injury to the unsuspecting person. A Fox News article offers some tips for managing tiny beauty misadventures before heading out to a Lacey urgent care center:
First degree burn from the curling iron
Apply ice wrapped in a washcloth or plastic bag to the burned skin immediately. Do this for 10 to 15 minutes to prevent inflammation. “Next, apply a one percent hydrocortisone cream to the burned area. At night, use a gentle cleanser (like Cetaphil) to wash the burned skin, and afterward apply a moisturizing ointment (such as Aquaphor),” adds the Fox News article.
Itchy, irritated skin from a new face cream
Applying cream can make your face skin look young and supple. However, they can also trigger an allergic reaction or cause skin irritation. “Wash off the cream immediately with a mild, fragrance-free soap. Apply a one percent hydrocortisone cream,” the article advises.
Fungal infection from a pedicure
If fungal infection is left untreated, it can cause a nail to be badly damaged to the point where it may break or fall off. To address this problem, Fox News offers this tip from dermatologist Stephen Mandy: “Trim your nails short. Apply an antifungal cream (such as Lamisil or Lotrimin) on the tops, under the edges, and around the cuticles of the infected nails.”
A tiny wound caused by plucking hair
Waxing and plucking are arguably the most popular ways of dealing with unsightly hair, but such practices can create small open wounds that are prone to infection. Roberta Sengelmann, an associate professor of dermatology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, tells readers to “keep steady pressure on a cold washcloth to constrict the blood vessels and stop the bleeding. Then dab on an antibiotic ointment (such as Polysporin) to prevent infection.”
If none of these measures help, and your ailment is not life threatening, proceed to a Lacey urgent care center such as U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group immediately.
(Article Excerpt and Image from “How to deal with beauty injuries,” Fox News, Nov. 6, 2013)