What You May Not Know about Easter

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Most people know why Easter is celebrated, but SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has some interesting little know facts about the holiday.

In 2007, a very special egg sold for nearly 18 million in the UK. Covered in diamonds, a little bird also made of jewels, pops out from the egg every hour making a crowing noise while nodding its head and flapping its wings.

Made in Italy in 2011, the tallest egg was made out of chocolate and was slightly taller than a giraffe, at just over 24 feet, and as heavy as an elephant weighing in at 15,873.28 pounds.

Although Good Friday is an official holiday is other parts of the world, only 12 states call it official in the United States. Those states are Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Good Friday is also a holiday in Texas but is optional.

The Easter flower is a white lily, which is the symbol celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Easter truly is a movable feast as Passover is determined by the phases of the moon.

Exchanging Easter Eggs is older than Easter as the custom symbolizes spring rebirth in many societies and cultures.

During Medieval times, an egg throwing festival was a custom that churches held with the priest throwing an egg at one of the boys in the choir who would then toss the hardboiled egg from one boy to another. When 12:00 came around the choirboy that had the egg when the clock struck was the winner keeping the hardboiled egg as his prize.

Over 700 million of those delicious marshmallow peeps candies are purchased in the United States over the Easter Holidays making them the most adored non-chocolate Easter treat.

The White House Egg Roll began back in 1878 by President Rutherford B. Hayes and continues on the front lawn every year.

During the holidays, egg farmers across America donate over 11 million eggs to those in need to local food banks.

In the United States, more than 16 million Easter jellybeans are enjoyed. That’s enough jellybeans to go around the planet over three times.

Speaking of candy, 91.4 billion eggs, 90 million chocolate bunnies and a whopping 700 million peeps are made in the United States every year with 76 percent of people eating chocolate bunny’s ears first.

The oldest Christian holiday and the most important day for the church, Easter celebrates Christ’s resurrection three days after his death on the cross.

As you sit down and enjoy your family and friends this Easter take a moment to remember why you are celebrating.

Happy Easter everyone from the folks at SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

HERBAL HEALING GEL for Poison Oak

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The HERBAL HEALING GEL from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is your best defense when it comes to Poison Oak, Poison Ivy and Poison Sumac season is on the way, and if you and your family always seem to be getting into trouble with these poisonous plants, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can help.

The Herbal Healing Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is the only all-natural skin care product that you need to have on hand to help soothe red, itchy skin.

HERBAL HEALING GEL All of these poisonous plants emit urushiol when touched or damaged. The oil is quite toxic.

If you have been exposed to Poison Ivy, Poison Oak or Poison Sumac and are sensitive to the plant oil you will have the following symptoms:

  • Itchy red skin
  • A streaky or patchy rash
  • Red bumps
  • Large oozing blisters

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Experts believe that three out of four people are sensitive to these poisonous plants.

Most rashes that are caused by the plants can last anywhere from five days, in mild cases, to 30 days or even longer in severe cases.

Poison Ivy, Poison Sumac, and Poison Oak are more frequent in early fall, spring and summer when people are spending the majority of their time outdoors.

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Poison plant rashes are not contagious, but you can be re-infected if you touch the clothing that was exposed to the plants.

It is important to remove your clothes and wash all of the areas that were exposed to the poisonous plants. Make sure to clean under your fingernails. Wash everything including your sports equipment, camping gear and gardening tools to prevent re-infection. Bathe your pets if they have been exposed to Poison Oak, Poison Ivy, or Poison Sumac.

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After you have thoroughly cleaned, your body and your belongings apply SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE HERBAL HEALING GEL to the areas on your skin that were exposed to the poisonous plants. Don’t forget to put some on your pets as well.

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Keep in mind that the heels and soles of your feet where your skin is the thickest could take longer for the rash to rear its head. Apply the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE HERBAL HEALING GEL for relief.

Keep your family and your furry friends comfortable this spring and order your SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE HERBAL HEALING GEL today.

Cold Remedies for your Tummy

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Chicken Soup

Cold remedies aren’t just in the cold and flu aisle. You can find cold remedies at home in your kitchen. It’s not just because your mom said so. Studies show that chicken soup helps with congestion and can clear nasal passages much better than other types of hot liquids. Chicken soup also has anti-inflammatory effects that could help other cold symptoms as well.

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Citrus

Vitamin C can help with the common cold and is common when it comes to cold remedies, but unfortunately, it will not stop you from catching one. Vitamin C can help if you are constantly around people who are often sick, but if you take it right before you notice any symptoms, it may help you get rid of your cold quicker.

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Fight the Germs

Cranberries, green tea, broccoli, kale, blueberries, and red onions all contain powerful antioxidants and although the study is fairly new, the researchers could be on to something.

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Heat it up

Although they can’t cure the common cold, chili peppers can give your nasal passages the all clear making you feel much better. Peppers contain capsaicin, which has been proven to help clear a stuffy nose.

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Ginger

Hot ginger tea is great if you are nursing a bad or even mild cold, but you don’t have to wait until you are sick to drink it. Some studies show that the spicy root may be helpful in preventing the virus by blocking it.

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Dairy

Although some people believe that dairy should be avoided when you have a runny or stuffy nose, there isn’t much evidence to support the claim. If you crave ice cream or a cold glass of milk because you have a sore throat, go ahead and enjoy.

Garlic

Researchers believe that garlic is another one of the great cold remedies contains some things that could help fight a cold, but are still figuring out how that happens. However, early studies are quite promising. Whatever makes it work, it may be helpful to enjoy a few extra cloves if you are sick.

Keeping your body healthy on the inside with natural cold remedies is as important as the outside, and if you need an all natural skin care system, order your products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today.

 

Fourth of July Independence from Great Britain

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The Fourth of July is as American as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, and if you are one of the families all across the United States that celebrates the birth of America, you may be interested in some little know facts about American Independence Day.

American Independence is born

When the Revolutionary war first started in April of 1775, very few colonists liked the idea of breaking away from Great Britain completely. Those who were in favor were considered radical, even by today’s standards. In the middle of 1776, more colonists started jumping on the bandwagon to independence because of hostility against the motherland.

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The motion to call for the independence of the colonies was introduced by delegate Richard Henry Lee on June 7. After a heated debate, Congress who appointed a committee with five members postponed the vote on the resolution. Members John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, Robert R. Livingston of New York, and Roger Sherman of Connecticut were appointed to draft a formal statement that would justify the break with Great Britain.

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The Continental Congress was in favor of Lee’s Resolution for Independence on July 2, with an almost unanimous vote followed by the signing of the declaration. John Adams wrote a letter to his wife telling her that, “July 2 will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.” He also told Abigail that, “The celebrations should include pomp and parade, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of the continent to the other.” On Jul 4 the the declaration was adopted by the five members of the committee signing and Independence Day was official.

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Early Independence Day Celebrations

Prior to the revolutionary years, colonists would hold yearly celebrations honoring the King’s birthday. The celebrations would traditionally include bell ringing, bonfires, speech making and processions or parades.

In contrast, some colonists celebrated Independence Day by holding a mock funeral for their own King George III.

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Fast forward to modern day Independence Day and you will see Americans doing what the forefathers hand in mind all along. Playing games, enjoying good food, having parades and bonfires with guns, which could be likened to today’s fireworks, and plenty of fun.

This Fourth of July take a moment to remember how America was born and why you have your Independence.

Happy Fourth of July from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

13 Fun and Interesting Facts about Easter

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Most people know why Easter is celebrated, but SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has some interesting little know facts about Easter.

In 2007, a very special egg sold for nearly 18 million in the UK. Covered in diamonds, a little bird also made of jewels, pops out from the egg every hour making a crowing noise while nodding its head and flapping its wings.

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Made in Italy in 2011, the tallest Easter egg was made out of chocolate and was slightly taller than a giraffe, at just over 24 feet, and as heavy as an elephant weighing in at 15,873.28 pounds.

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Although Good Friday is an official holiday is other parts of the world, only 12 states call it official in the United States. Those states are Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Good Friday is also a holiday in Texas but is optional.

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The Easter flower is a white lily, which is the symbol celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Easter truly is a movable feast as Passover is determined by the phases of the moon.

Exchanging Easter Eggs is older than Easter as the custom symbolizes spring rebirth in many societies and cultures.

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During Medieval times, an egg throwing festival was a custom that churches held with the priest throwing an egg at one of the boys in the choir who would then toss the hardboiled egg from one boy to another. When 12:00 came around the choirboy that had the egg when the clock struck was the winner keeping the hardboiled egg as his prize.

Over 700 million of those delicious marshmallow peeps candies are purchased in the United States over the Easter Holidays making them the most adored non-chocolate Easter treat.

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The White House Easter Egg Roll began back in 1878 by President Rutherford B. Hayes and continues on the front lawn every year.

During the Easter holidays, egg farmers across America donate over 11 million eggs to those in need to local food banks.

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In the United States, more than 16 million Easter jellybeans are enjoyed. That’s enough jellybeans to go around the planet over three times.

Speaking of candy, 91.4 billion eggs, 90 million chocolate bunnies and a whopping 700 million peeps are made in the United States every year with 76 percent of people eating chocolate bunny’s ears first.

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The oldest Christian holiday and the most important day for the church, Easter celebrates Christ’s resurrection three days after his death on the cross.

As you sit down and enjoy your family and friends this Easter take a moment to remember why you are celebrating.

Happy Easter everyone from the folks at SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

Is Black Friday Really the Biggest Shopping Day?

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For millions of people all over the United States, Black Friday has become an annual tradition. Black Friday happens on the day after Thanksgiving and is one of the largest shopping days of the year in America, and although it is not officially recognized as a US holiday, many people take the day off.

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For millions of Americans it is time to begin holiday shopping the minute Thanksgiving is over, in fact, some are skipping the day of thanks all together in favor of standing in line at their favorite department store for the, “Bargain of the century.”

Coined as Black Friday in the 1960’s, the day after turkey day marks the kick off to holiday shopping season. The, “Black,” in Black Friday symbolizes retail stores going in the black or turning a profit.

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These days it is becoming more popular for stores to open the door on Thanksgiving evening, or at midnight giving those hungry shoppers an early start to the festive season, however, not everyone is happy to pull out the credit cards while still enjoying Thanksgiving leftovers.

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As SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE explains, there are two camps when it comes to holiday shoppers. The procrastinators and the Black Friday die hard go-getters.

Those who brave the mall on Black Friday are usually subjected to endless drives around the parking lot looking for a space before elbowing their way down the store aisles and having to endure a seamlessly endless line at the checkout. Black Friday fans say that is well worth the hassle as many retail stores actually strip down the prices to help move merchandise. For that main reason, Black Friday is proclaimed as being the busiest day of the year for shopping.

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Nevertheless, what about those holiday shoppers who could care less choosing to sleep in instead of waiting in line for Black Friday. Are they the ones that battle the procrastinators choosing to shop on Christmas Eve? Possibly, but even the customers who are finished with their shopping before Halloween will most likely forget someone on their list forcing them to head out for a last minute purchase the day before Christmas.

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Black Friday is the day where you expect every store to be packed with shoppers who are searching for the perfect deal, and that is usually the case with about five percent of holiday sales happening on the day after Thanksgiving. In 2014, average shoppers spent an average of $380.00 over the entire Thanksgiving weekend with 51 billion in retail spending.

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With that being said, the biggest shopping day of the year still goes to the procrastinators who wait until the Saturday before Christmas. Even with all of those people shopping on Black Friday, the sales do not follow suit. Surveys show that although there are plenty of people, not all will drive home with a trunk full of gifts with a high percentage of those same Black Friday shoppers actually buying items the next day.

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If lining up at the crack of dawn, or waiting until the last minute to do your Christmas shopping isn’t your style, shop for affordable gifts for everyone on your list from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. Shop now.

Five things you Probably Don’t Know about Thanksgiving

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When you gather your friends and family together for Thanksgiving this year, give a thought to the pilgrims and the Native Americans as you sit down to enjoy your annual feast.

According to SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, there are probably a few things that you didn’t know about one of America’s favorite holidays. As hard as it may seem to believe, nearly every belief about Thanksgiving has either changed or developed into new facets and traditions.

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These days the first thought about turkey day is stuffing yourselves with great food; however, Thanksgiving wasn’t also about feasting. Before the 17th century, Thanksgiving was more about mediation, prayer, and hold on to your hat for this one, fasting.

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Historians are still scratching their heads when it comes to Thanksgiving, as there are no recorded instances of the colonists sharing a feast with the Native Americans after harvests, or any other time for that matter. The pilgrims and the Native Americans had a long history of violence so it is quite unlikely that the two groups gathered together for Thanksgiving.

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Eating turkey doesn’t make you fall asleep. Contrary to popular belief, it is most probably the wine and other alcoholic libations that make you sleepy. Tryptophan, the ingredient in turkey that supposedly makes you go to sleep needs to be consumed on an empty stomach and even then the amino acids that are in the protein will reach your brain before it can take effect. According to National Geographic, soybeans contain much more tryptophan than turkey does. No wonder people who go on a tofurkey binge are the first to pass out. For those that are unaware, tofu is the main ingredient in tofurkey and tofu is made from soybeans.

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The first TV dinner actually came from an overabundance of turkey when a company known as Swanson and Sons found themselves stuck with about 250 tons of turkey. A salesman by the name of Gerry Thomas came up with the idea to form an assembly line where employees used spatulas and ice-cream scoops to fill 5,000 aluminum trays full of turkey, corn-bread dressing, peas and sweet potatoes creating the first ever TV dinner. Mr. Thomas admitted to getting the idea from those packaged airline food trays.

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The popular Christmas Carol, Jingle Bells, was originally a Thanksgiving song. Composer James Pierpont wrote the song for children celebrating turkey day in 1857. It became so popular that it was repeated at Christmas as well with people singing it again, and again.

This Thanksgiving SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE would like you to take a moment to be thankful for family, friends, and everything that you enjoy on your table. Happy Thanksgiving!

Broccoli May Prevent Skin Cancer

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You really are what you eat, especially when it comes to your skin. Recent research indicates that broccoli is not just good for the rest of your body, but can do wonders for your skin, especially when it comes to protecting the largest organ in your body from skin cancer.

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Everyone knows that eating vegetables will provide you and your body with wonderful health benefits, but researchers are now saying that broccoli could help prevent skin cancer when applied directly to your skin.

The Pharmacology Department Cancer Center at the University of Arizona teamed up with a research team from John Hopkins University to determine how compounds found in broccoli, mainly sulforaphane, may help prevent skin cancer.

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The American Cancer Society explains that skin cancer is the most dangerous of all cancers in the United States with over 3.5 million cases diagnosed each year. Too much sun is the main reason people get skin cancer, especially the most aggressive, malignant melanoma, and although more people are aware of the dangers, there are still too many cases diagnosed each year.

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The research with broccoli began back in 2005 when the team of researchers started looking for better ways to prevent deadly skin cancer. What the team discovered, is that sulforaphane, found in broccoli, is an excellent candidate when it comes to skin cancer prevention.

In a pilot study that has been conducted for the past two years, the team has been testing a topical broccoli sprout solution to determine how effective it is when skin has been exposed to artificial light. The solution is safe for both oral and topical administration and is proving to be successful with sulforaphane being used for many other applications as well.

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The research has already indicated that sulforaphane is effective when it comes to blocking sunburns as many cases have shown that it induces the protective enzymes in your skin.

What the research team is hoping for is that people who have a weak immune system will be able to use the sulforaphane solution topically to help reduce the risk of skin cancer.

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Of course, staying out of the sun, wearing a hat and protective clothing along with a sunscreen and a good skin care system, such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, can also help tremendously in the fight against skin cancer. Order your natural skin care system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today.

Little Known Facts for Healthy Skin

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Most people take their skin for granted. However, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE wants to share some little known facts about the largest organ in the body.

  • When stretched, your healthy skin is two meters. That is about six and a half feet long.
  • Your skin accounts for about fifteen percent of your body weight.
  • There are two different types of skin, glabrous and hairy.
  • Everyone has three layers of skin. Epidermis the top layer, which is dead and waterproof, the middle layer called Dermis, which contains your sweat and hair glands, and the bottom layer called the Subcutis. Your Subcutis contains fat and large blood cells.
  • The thinnest skin is located on your eyelids, while the thickest skin is located on the soles of your feet.
  • Scar tissue does not have any sweat glands or hair follicles.
  • Your skin will renew itself every 28 days.
  • Every minute of every day, your healthy skin sheds 30,000 dead skin cells.
  • Sweat does not have an odor; it is the bacteria on your skin, when mixed with sweat that produces body odor.
  • Lipids are natural fats that keep the outer layer of your skin moist and healthy. Lipids can be destroyed if you use chemicals and alcohol on your healthy skin. SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE natural skin care products do not contain alcohol or chemicals.
  • Your skin has its own bacteria microbiome with more than 1000 different species
  • You have more than 14 species of fungi that live in between your toes.
  • Human skin comes in a variety colors from all corners of the globe.
    Skin color comes from a protein known as melanin. Large cells, much like tentacles, known as melanocytes produce and distribute the melanin.
  • There are two types of melanin, Pheomelanin, which produces yellow to red skin color, and Eumelanin giving people dark brown to black skin. One in 10,000 people do not produce melanin having a condition known as albinism.
  • It takes up to six months for a baby to develop his or her permanent skin tone.
  • Acne is caused by an over production of the cells that line your sweat glands. One out of 20 women suffers from acne, while 1 in 80 men suffer from the same condition. A baby can sometimes get acne during the first few weeks of life.
  • For healthy skin, you need Vitamin A that can help treat both cellulite and sun damage, Vitamin D, which can help reduce growths and spots, and Vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps to regenerate Vitamin E while providing sun protection for healthy skin. Healthy skin also needs a good natural skin care regime such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, which contains all of the vitamins listed above.

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If you want to take care of your healthy skin, order your natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today.

How Diabetes Affects your Skin

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There are more than 29 million people in the United States who suffer from diabetes, which roughly 9.5 percent of Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes.

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Although diabetes affects every part of your body, skin problems associated with the disease are usually the first signs that you have diabetes. Luckily, most of the skin conditions are easily treatable if caught early on. Skin conditions associated with diabetes include fungal and bacterial infections.

There are several types of bacterial infections that may occur if you have diabetes including;

  • Eyelid gland infections, also known as sties
  • Boils
  • Infections of hair follicles, or folliculitis
  • Carbuncles, which are deep skin infections and the underlying tissue
  • Infections surrounding the nails
  • Staph infections

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Although bacterial infections were once life threatening, a physician can now treat them. However, doctors also believe that a good skin care routine, such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, can also help with bacterial infections.

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Fungal infections that often affect people with diabetes are known as Candida albicans. This yeast like fungal infection will create itchy rashes that are moist and red and are surrounded by scales and tiny blisters. These types of infections usually occur in the moist and warm folds of the skin including around the nails, the breasts, between your toes and fingers, around the corners of your mouth, the groin, and armpits. Common diabetic fungal infections include ringworm, vaginal infections, athlete’s foot, and jock itch.

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Localized itching can also be a side effect of diabetes and is usually caused by poor circulation, dry skin or a yeast infection. When poor circulation is to blame for the itching, the worst areas are usually at the lower parts of your legs. Try using an all-natural moisturizer after you bathe, such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE to help with the itching.

Next week SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE will talk about other skin problems that can occur, and usually only happen to people with diabetes. These include diabetic blisters, diabetic dermopathy, necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum, and eruptive xanthomatosis.

If you suffer from diabetes, or know someone who does, order all natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, as they may be able to help with some of your skin care problems associated with diabetes.