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People Are Using Rubber Bands To Perform Diy Scar Removal Ops At Home – Risking Killer Infection, Doctors Warn

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PEOPLE are performing “disturbing” at home treatments on themselves to remove scar tissue – but experts warn it could lead to infection and even death.

The so-called rubber band treatment involves wrapping a rubber band around raised bumps on the skin to cut off blood supply, eventually causing the lump to fall off.

YouTube People are using a worrying new trend to remove scars at home

But the trend could leave you at risk of ugly scarring, flesh-eating bugs and death, the British Skin Foundation has warned.

There are an increasing number of YouTube videos showing people how to remove a keloid scar – a raised blister-like scar which can form at the site of even minor cuts.

About 10 per cent us are prone to suffering keloid scarring from minor things like piercings and cuts.

In the tutorials people are seen wrapping a rubber band tightly around the keloid, cutting off the blood supply to the affected area.

YouTube The trend involves wrapping a rubber band around the scar

YouTube The band cuts off blood supply to the scar, which begins to die

Over time, the keloid turns black and eventually falls off entirely.

One recent video titled How to remove a keloid (with rubber band) has been viewed almost 155,000 times.

But skin doctors are urging Brits not to copy the dangerous method, warning the open wound that’s left behind is highly susceptible to infection and necrosis.

Dr Anton Alexandroff, consultant dermatologist and British Skin Foundation spokesperson, said: “This is a very unhelpful practice which is very painful and can result in infection.

YouTube After a while the scar begins to fall off

YouTube As the scar dies you are at greater risk of infection

“It can also result in further disfigurement in certain areas because it can cause necrosis in an uncontrollable and unpredictable way.

“More importantly, keloid scars frequently recur and often grow even bigger than the original scar.”

While the precise reasons why keloids form is still not know, it’s thought they are caused by an overproduction of collagen – the skin’s structural protein.

A keloid, which can also be prompted by acne, can take weeks or even a year to appear.

YouTube Eventually the scar falls off

And it may continue to grow for months or years afterwards.

Those with darker complexions are at a higher risk, occurring in around 15 to 20 per cent of people with African, Asian or Latino ancestry.

Problem areas include the upper chest, breastbone, shoulders, chin, neck, lower legs and earlobes – especially after ear piercing.

Scar reduction specialist Peter Batty, spokesman for the scar-reducing gel Nourisil, said the tutorial videos are extremely concerning.

“These videos are deeply disturbing,” he said.

YouTube But experts have warned that it could leave you with nasty scarring, flesh-eating bugs or could even prove deadly

“I’d advise in the strongest terms possible that no-one should attempt to follow the instructions.

“And what they illustrate is a real lack of understanding about both the prevention and the treatment of keloid scars.

“Around one in 10 of us are susceptible to keloids forming, and it’s a condition which appears to run in families.

“If there’s a history of keloids in your immediate family, you should think twice before having your ears pierced or being tattooed.

“Likewise, keloid scarring can also be brought on by laser tattoo removal.

“And if you were to attempt a DIY removal of a keloid, you’d merely be running the risk of the keloid returning even larger than before.”

There is no cure for keloids but specialised gels, silicone tapes, steroid injections and cryotherapy can be used to treat them.

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Just One Puff Of This Type Of Cannabis ‘could Ease Depression, Stress And Anxiety’

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JUST one puff of cannabis can significantly reduce depression and anxiety, new research suggests.

But prolonged use over time could lead to worsening feelings of depression, experts warned.

Getty – Contributor Just one puff of marijuana can help ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety

Washington State researchers assessed how varying levels of chemicals found in marijuana affected people’s moods and feelings of wellbeing.

The team found that just a single puff of cannabis high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), was enough to reduce depression symptoms.

After just two puffs patients felt less anxious and after ten puffs they were less stressed.

Lead author Carrie Cuttler, assistant professor of psychology at Washington State, said: “Existing research on the effects of cannabis on depression, anxiety and stress are very rare and have almost exclusively been done with orally administered THC pills in a laboratory.

Getty – Contributor But prolonged use of cannabis can worsen depressive symptoms

“What is unique about our study is that we looked at actual inhaled cannabis by medical marijuana patients who were using it in the comfort of their own homes as opposed to a laboratory.

“A lot of consumers seem to be under the false assumption that more THC is always better.

“Our study shows that CBD is also a very important ingredient in cannabis and may augment some of the positive effects of THC.”

To test how the chemicals in marijuana could help mental health problems Cuttler and her team used data from the app Strainprint, which allows medical marijuana users to track how different doses affects their wellbeing.

AP:Associated Press One of the main ingredients in medical marijuana, cannabidiol, has also been found to be effective in treating epilepsy and sleep problems

Users rate the symptoms they are experiencing from one to ten before using cannabis, then rate them again 20 minutes after smoking along with how many puffs they had.

“This is, to my knowledge, one of the first scientific studies to provide guidance on the strains and quantities of cannabis people should be seeking out for reducing stress, anxiety and depression,” Cuttler said.

“Currently, medical and recreational cannabis users rely on the advice of bud tenders whose recommendations are based off of anecdotal not scientific evidence.”

One of the main ingredients in medical marijuana, cannabidiol, is also used in cannabis oil to treat a range of issues including mental health, sleep problems, low appetite, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and palliative care.

It is also said to help prevent the signs of ageing and protect against eczema and psoriasis.

Last year the World Health Organisation declared CBD safe to use with no risk of addition.

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Just One Puff Of Cannabis ‘could Ease Depression, Stress And Anxiety’

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JUST one puff of cannabis can significantly reduce depression and anxiety, new research suggests.

But prolonged use over time could lead to worsening feelings of depression, experts warned.

Getty – Contributor Just one puff of marijuana can help ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety

Washington State researchers assessed how varying levels of chemicals found in marijuana affected people’s moods and feelings of wellbeing.

The team found that just a single puff of cannabis high in cannabidiol (CBD) and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), was enough to reduce depression symptoms.

After just two puffs patients felt less anxious and after 10 puffs they were less stressed.

Lead author Carrie Cuttler, assistant professor of psychology at Washington State, said: “Existing research on the effects of cannabis on depression, anxiety and stress are very rare and have almost exclusively been done with orally administered THC pills in a laboratory.

Getty – Contributor But prolonged use of cannabis can worsen depressive symptoms

“What is unique about our study is that we looked at actual inhaled cannabis by medical marijuana patients who were using it in the comfort of their own homes as opposed to a laboratory.

“A lot of consumers seem to be under the false assumption that more THC is always better.

“Our study shows that CBD is also a very important ingredient in cannabis and may augment some of the positive effects of THC.”

To test how the chemicals in marijuana could help mental health problems Cuttler and her team used data from the app Strainprint, which allows medical marijuana users to track how different doses affects their wellbeing.

AP:Associated Press One of the main ingredients in medical marijuana, cannabidiol, has also been found to be effective in treating epilepsy and sleep problems

Users rate the symptoms they are experiencing from one to ten before using cannabis, then rate them again 20 minutes after smoking along with how many puffs they had.

“This is, to my knowledge, one of the first scientific studies to provide guidance on the strains and quantities of cannabis people should be seeking out for reducing stress, anxiety and depression,” Cuttler said.

“Currently, medical and recreational cannabis users rely on the advice of bud tenders whose recommendations are based off of anecdotal not scientific evidence.”

One of the main ingredients in medical marijuana, cannabidiol, is also used in cannabis oil to treat a range of issues from mental health, sleep problems, low appetite, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and palliative care.

It is also said to help prevent the signs of ageing and protect against eczema and psoriasis.

Last year the World Health Organisation declared CBD safe to use with no risk of addition.

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New Mum Shattered By Bombshell Terminal Cancer Diagnosis One Month After Giving Birth To Baby Son

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DEVASTATED mum Tyla Livingstone has told of her heartbreak that she won’t be around to see her baby grow up — having being diagnosed with terminal cancer four weeks after giving birth.

Medics have informed the brave 21-year-old her life expectancy is between two and five years — meaning she might not even get to see her son Preston go to school.

Michael Schofield – The Sun Glasgow Mum Tyla Livingstone, 21, will not live to see son Preston grow up after being diagnosed with terminal cancer

But battling Tyla said: “I’m just living day by day. They say if I’m lucky I’ll have another five years. It doesn’t seem real.

“I don’t think it’s really sunk in properly. It’s more my son I think about — and the fact I will not be there for him in the future.”

Tyla, of Fife, Scotland knew she had cancer before her tot was born.

Michael Schofield – The Sun Glasgow Medics monitored her tumour until her little one arrived

The first indication came last November when, 31 weeks into her pregnancy, she collapsed after a bath and suffered a seizure.

She was taken to Kirkcaldy’s Victoria Hospital, where she was given an MRI scan that revealed a small growth in her brain.

Doctors revealed it was malignant and told her she might have to give birth early by Caesarian section.

But she was then referred to Edinburgh’s Western General, where medics instead opted to monitor the tumour until Preston was born on January 12, weighing 5lbs 14oz.

Maternal joy – before Tyla was told of her cancer pain

Tyla recalled: “I had been getting stomach pains, so I decided to take a bath. But when I was in it my arm started to feel funny and then began seizing up.

“I managed to get out of the tub but I couldn’t breathe. I passed out and when I woke up my gran was on the phone calling an ambulance.

“I was in a panic and the paramedics said my blood pressure was high so they took me to hospital.

“They wanted to test for pre-eclampsia but there was no sign of that. So they did an MRI scan.

“The results showed something at the front left of my brain.”

She was overjoyed following the birth of little Preston

She continued: “At first they said it was a small growth and might be fine. Then I was told it was a cancerous growth.

“The docs in Kirkcaldy wanted me to have a C-section but when I was switched to the Western General they put a stop to that.

“My unborn baby and I were monitored and scans showed the tumour at that point wasn’t aggressive and wasn’t growing.

“At 39 weeks I had Preston — and it was a traumatic birth.

“His little heart stopped six times and eventually they had to get him out with forceps.”

But a month after her baby boy arrived Tyla collapsed again and lost feeling down her right side.

Her scheduled surgery to remove the tumour was brought forward several weeks due to the speed it was growing at. Medics warned Tyla she might struggle to walk properly again after the op and
could also have speech problems.

The five-hour procedure was performed by Dr Imran Liaquat, brain surgeon at the Western General.

Doctors were able to remove the tumour

Tyla had to stay awake for three hours of it so he could monitor her senses. She was delighted when she was told Dr Liaquat had been able to fully remove the tumour.

But her relief didn’t last long. A month after Preston was born, Tyla was given a shattering update.

Biopsy results revealed she had a grade-four glioblastoma, the most aggressive cancer that begins in the brain and is likely to be terminal.

Chemotherapy will destroy some cancerous cells but there is no chance of recovery — and she has another five years left at most.

The former mental health support worker and her family are hoping natural treatments like cannabidiol might provide a miracle cure.

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