Question: I am still scarred from a sunburn one month ago. Is there anything I can put on it to help my skin go back to normal?
Answer: Yes I would apply calendula lotion, in particular, one that has the ability to penetrate to dermis of the skin. Calendula stimulates new cell growth.
I would also apply a thick layer of zinc oxide to the scar to prevent any sun exposure. Do not use calendula on infected skin or open wounds wait until infection clears and or skin has knitted together to avoid trapping infection in the skin.
Internally, I would suggest taking vitamin A, vitamin C with lysine in several divided doses and zinc amino acid chelate to help promote collagen formation.
It normally takes 27 days for the epidermis of your skin to turn over. Skin can continue to heal for months after injury. In my experience, topical calendula along with internal nutrients can reduce healing time dramatically. I have seen blisters from cold sores, upper lip wax burns, surgical incisions, and other trauma that involves full thickness of the epidermis, heal completely with no redness, in as little as one week compared to four or more weeks.
Question: I have plantar’s warts that won’t go away. Even burning them off does not work. Is there anything natural that works?
Answer: I suggest wild oil of oregano from Turkey applied to the wart, after filing down the skin gently. I have found it effective for both plantar’s warts and common hand warts. Apply it once daily for 1 week and if you do not see changes then discontinue it. Decrease in pressure sensation, if it was bothering you, or turning black are both good signs.
Question: My skin, in general, and especially at my finger and toe joints, bruises very easily. I am wondering if that means I am deficient in something?
Answer: Yes, it is possible easy bruising is caused by a nutrient deficiency. The two possibilities that come to mind are vitamin C and lysine. Vitamin C and lysine can increase the strength of the blood vessel wall making it less prone to rupturing and causing bleeding. Vitamin C and lysine is available in a combined form and the maximum label dose is recommended.
Question: I keep growing new varicose veins. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them and prevent more from coming?
Answer: Obesity, swelling of the extremities, low blood pressure, regular leg crossing and vitamin K deficiency are all potential culprits in the development and worsening of varicose veins. Varicosis, also known as varicose veins, may be attributable to a lack of vitamin K, according to a new study in the Journal of Vascular Research.
Vitamin K2 is most commonly deficient form and found in certain fermented foods such as natto, brie and gouda.
Vitamin K2 is also produced by the good bacteria in your gut and antibiotics interfere with its’ absorption. Vitamin K2 is available in the preferred MK-7 supplement form for those who do not tolerate or care for vitamin K2 rich foods. Vitamin K2 supplementation for those on Coumadin is contraindicated, but fine for those taking Plavix blood thinners.
Kali Simmonds, ND, is a doctor of naturopathic medicine who practises in Charlottetown. The information provided is not intended to diagnose or substitute the advice of a health-care professional. Please consult with a health-care provider before making any changes. She welcomes questions for this column, which is published the first Tuesday of the month in The Guardian. She can be reached by mail at 34 Queen St., Charlottetown, C1A 4A3 or by email at email@example.com.