5 Tips to Avoiding Travel Eczema

Your eczema has been under control for a while. You have attained that sweet spot of equilibrium where your known eczema triggers are understood and avoided, whatever medications you take are working and not causing side effects, your skin is as good as it gets. Only one problem, you will be traveling soon.

Travel eczema, occurs when your body meets up with irritants and allergens you cannot control, as a result of not being on home turf. Whether it’s air, water, food, sun, soaps, detergents or weather, traveling presents some hard to solve problems trying to keep eczema in check.

Sometimes it’s the irritant or allergen you are exposed to that you would usually avoid, that causes the problem. But sometimes, just the change of routine or unfamiliar environments can cause flare-ups. Traveling can be stressful and eczema loves stress.

Here are a few tips to keep eczema at bay:

1) Do a little research into the type of foods you will encounter that are indigenous to the area you will visit. What can you eat, what can’t you eat. Eating the cuisines of other cultures is a major component of travel, and knowing what common additives are used in the preparation of popular dishes is a good way to stay symptom free.

2) Pack enough of your favorite medications, cremes, ointments and solutions. Don’t think you’ll be able to pick some of these up where ever you go. First, some products won’t be available, second , they may be very expensive and third, you don’t want to spend time running a round looking for something to ease your discomfort. If you travel to a tropical climate and you start to experience eczema symptoms like flaking and cracked skin, these minor openings are perfect places for more serious infections to gain a foothold, if you have the right medication this will not present itself as a problem. Better to have a little extra baggage than find yourself without your wonder creme.

3) Try to drink enough water or fluids, this will keep your system less stressed and better able to cope. I try to drink only bottled water that comes as close as possible to the type I drink at home. Meaning, I drink spring water with a specific mineral/chemical make up, so much sulfur, dissolved salts, etc., so when I travel I don’t drink mineral waters which may have higher mineral concentrations or added ingredients. If you drink German beer at home, then drink german beer abroad.

4) Pack and use an anti allergy travel sheet like an Allersac. Bleaches, detergents, soaps, perfumes are just a few of the triggers a travel sheet will help you to avoid when you spend 30% or more, of your time in a strange bed. An anti-allergy travel sheet, one that can be washed repeatedly, will be your best bet. Make sure, which ever travel sheet you use, it has a pillow pocket to protect against direct contact with the hotel pillow. One of the major causes of allergic eczema is dust mite dander. A travel sheet with a small pore size or one that claims protection from dust mites would be wise.

5) Environmental factors like cold, humidity, sunlight and heat can cause flare-ups especially when it’s the change that is the cause. If you travel to a warm climate from mid winter conditions at home, be prepared. Pack clothing that will mitigate reactions, sunblock, hat, gloves etc. The weather might cause your sinus problem to flare, which in turn stresses your body and causes your eczema to activate, or the humidity allows high mold or pollen counts where you travel. There are websites like http://www.aaaai.org/ which publish pollen and mold counts, and many sites for weather forecasts.

Having eczema and learning how it activates and affects you takes years, some people get a handle on it, others don’t, but even if you don’t know what the causes are, some simple precautions, a little research and remaining calm can help you to get the most out of traveling, even with eczema.

Freshwater Aquarium Maintenance – Top 4 Areas You Should Not Ignore

Freshwater aquarium maintenance is a priority for any tank owner who wants to display a variety of healthy vibrant fish. Having a filthy fish tank will only cause issues for your little swimmers as well as the room you have your display. If you do not want unusual odors surfacing, or waking up one morning only to see some of your species floating upside down, there are a few things to check for.

First , the all important water in the aquarium must be maintained. This is where you can look into purchasing filters that will make your water maintenance self-cleaning. That's right, filters will help get rid of dirt, odor, discoloration and any general impurities.

The downside is that depending on the filter, you may have to change them every 3-4 weeks. If this is not a problem then you're in for a real treat. Some filters are disposable and can be replaced so there is no hassle, and you can keep the water clean.

Second , Algae are one of the most common problems and can ruin even the most beautiful tanks becoming an eye sore to you and other viewers. There are a few remedies you can use to combat the algae, such as purchasing Plecostomus. Known as algae eaters, this fish will chomp away keeping your freshwater aquarium clean as can be. These fish are not known to be "lookers" but they will get the job done. If you rather pass on the species then you may have to remove them by hand. If you want to remove by hand but you want to minimize the amount you do remove, consider that any exposure to sun will allow the algae to thrive.

Third , you walk into the room where your fish tank is located and you notice a strong scent, what do you do? Change your filter more regularly to ensure this does not occur often, because this can kill your fish if it goes untreated.

Fourth thing should not ignore is unclear water. Is your freshwater aquarium looking a little murky? Determine the "root" cause, possibly your overfeeding. Try not to give your fish more than the recommended amounts instead feed them 2-3 times daily. This will reduce the unclear water, if not use use distilled water or bottled water.

Change the water at least every two weeks if not every week but only about 20 percent of it. Many use siphons to drain the water and then replace it. Understand that eventually the aquarium tank will need to be cleaned which can be a pain experience for many. As bad as the experience may be you have to do it if you want your fish to stay healthy. During this process, use a sponge and gently scrub the aquarium glass and remove everything that is stuck there. Some opt to use scrapers but if you have an acrylic aquarium, this process can be damaging. Soak any decorations you have in your aquarium in hot water with a bit of salt and scrub clean. Do not use soap; the residue will kill your fish very quickly.

Finally , when refilling your tank remember to keep the water temperature the same as the fish can live in. Important Tip: Do not use water from the faucet because it is not designed to help the fish, instead boil 5-10 gallon bucket of distilled water let it cool and use.

Using Large Aperture Settings – Digital Photography Tips

If you want your photo to be as sharp as possible then you are going to need to learn some good information about how to use the aperture settings in your camera. Improper use of this in your camera can make for photos that are not as great as they possibly can be.

There are many different measurements in photography. The measurements are measurements mostly of light and the amount of time that the photo is exposed. The aperture is something that you really should try to understand. The aperture what controls the amount of light that is let into the camera.

In photography, light is critically important and controlling it correctly will make your photos much better. The aperture is measured in F-stops. There are different values ​​of aperture that can be large and small. A larger aperture will let more light into the camera for exposure. Because more light is let in you can expose the image faster and then use a faster shutter speed. This can really be useful when you are taking pictures of fast movement and need a fast shutter speed. Also, using a fast shutter speed will ensure you do not get the camera shake effect from your hands.

Another great tool that you can do with using a large F-Stop in your aperture is that it can make your image sharper. What the larger aperture will do is make the depth of field be much smaller. This will make whatever is out of the small depth of field be out of focus. This can make the background be very out of focus and the depth of field area will be in focus. Even if you have the object in focus slightly out of focus, since it is the only area of ​​the image that is in focus it'll look much more focused. Of course, you always want to make sure your photo is as focused as possible.

Using a smaller f-stop for your aperture will require the opposite of what the larger aperture does. Because the smaller aperture will make less light to expose the image, it will make you need to use a slower shutter speed to expose more light. What happens with a smaller opening as an aperture is that the light that is let in will be much more directed and then will make for much sharper images everywhere. A small aperture can make for very sharp images through the entire z axis. This will make the background in focus and the foreground in focus. This is great when taking landscape photos or photos of large fields like football fields where you want the entire picture in focus.

Squishies – The Latest Craze Sweeping Middle Schools and Beyond

Kids are natural born collectors. They also love fads. Enter: the Squishy. These Japanese imports are the newest craze and are causing quite a stir. Not only are they hard to find, as they are not sold in your average store, most adults have never heard of them.

Today we will answer all of the common questions we receive about squishies. What are they? Squishies are soft “bread like” mascots, shaped as either a type of baked good, a character, or a combination of the two. They are the newest version of the stress ball, yet softer and more “kawaii” (the Japanese word for “cute”). Squishies are usually scented, cake or bread being the most common choice. Typically, squishies are attached to a cell phone strap or a lanyard.

Why do kids love them? Well, of course they are cute. Squishies are tactile and fun for kids to “squish” over and over, hence the name. Add in the sweet scent and you have a multiple sensory toy that can be quite irresistible.

Where did this fad come from? Like many great fads, this is another one of those fun and wacky imports from Japan. Japanese teens (and adults!) love to decorate their cell phones with fake treats, fruits and gems. This is called deco-den. You have probably seen someone with a Hello Kitty cell phone “blinged out” in this manner. In addition to making their cell phone covers as kawaii as can be, they also love to hang cute or funny straps from them. Cell phone straps are a huge trend in Japan, and have been for several years.

In trying to pin down how kids in the US have become obsessed with squishies, we seem to have narrowed it down one powerful source: YouTube. Search the word “squishies” in YouTube and you will find hundreds upon hundreds of videos all about them. On YouTube, kids, and even adults, trade squishies, show off their squishy collection and even attempt to make home made squishies. Two things are quite clear in watching these videos. A. these kids are absolutely obsessed with squishies. B. they want a lot of them, and the more “rare” the better.

Where can you find rare squishies, or even squishies in general? You will find the best variety in Japan. Of course, most parents are not willing to travel around the world for a five dollar trinket. Another place they seem to show up from time to time is in Japan Towns and even China Towns that exist in a handful of cities across the country. The easiest place to find them is right at your finger tips.