All posts for the month May, 2012

HEALTH: Self discovery – Did U know your nails can give away a possible heart condition. Please Read.

Published May 30, 2012 by mzcececouture

Fingernails tend to give more reliable clues than toenails, given the wear and tear of walking, tight shoes, and slower foot circulation over time, which can obscure toenail changes. But check both hands and feet — the first of the following nine nail clues explains why.

Clue 1: A black line

Look for: A black discoloration that’s a straight vertical line or streak and grows from the nail bed, usually on a single nail. About 75 percent of cases involve the big toe or the thumb, according to a review in the British Journal of Dermatology. Especially worrisome: a discoloration that’s increasing or that’s wider at the lower part of the nail than the tip. “That tells you that whatever is producing the pigment is producing more of it,” says Newburger.

Also the skin below the nail is deeply pigmented as well, says podiatrist Jane Andersen of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, a spokeswoman for the American Podiatric Medical Association.

What it might mean: Melanoma, the deadliest form of cancer. People with darker skin are more vulnerable than Caucasians to subungual melanoma (melanoma of the nail bed), but darker-skinned races also have more dark lines in nails that are benign, according to a 2004 report in American Family Physician.

Next steps: Always have a doctor check out a suspicious black line on the nail quickly because of the high skin cancer risk. A black line on the nail may also be caused by a harmless mole or an injury. A biopsy can confirm melanoma.

Clue 2: Small vertical red lines

Look for: Red (or sometimes brownish red) streaks in the nail. “They look like blood or dried blood,” Anderson says. These are known as “splinter hemorrhages” because they look like a splinter but are caused by bleeding (hemorrhage) under the fingernail or toenail. They run in the same direction as nail growth.

What it might mean: Heart trouble. The “splinters” are caused by tiny clots that damage the small capillaries beneath the nail. They’re associated with an infection of the heart valves known as endocarditis. Don’t panic if you see one, though: Sometimes an ordinary injury to the nail can cause a splinter hemorrhage.

Next steps: No treatment is needed for the splinter hemorrhage itself. A doctor can evaluate and treat the underlying cause if it’s heart-related.

Clue 3: Wide, “clubbed” nails

Look for: Uniformly widened fingertips or toes — they appear to bulge out beyond the last knuckle — where the nails have widened, too, so that they curve down and appear to wrap around the tips of the finger like an upside-down spoon. (Normal nails are narrower than their base fingers.) These extra-wide nails are called “clubbed” nails.

What it might mean: Clubbed nails are a common sign of pulmonary (lung) disease, Newburger says. Although the nails’ odd shape develops over many months to years, people are often unaware of the underlying condition, which can include lung cancer.

Next steps: If you haven’t had a physical exam lately, consider one, especially if you have other symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath.

Clue 4: Spoon-like depressions

Look for: Nail beds that have little dips in them, an effect called koilonychia, or “spooning.” “If you put your hand flat on the table, the spooned nails look like they could each hold liquid,” Newburger says. The nails will also be unusually pale or stay whitish for more than a minute after you press gently on one. (Normally it would turn white for a second or two before returning to its original pinkish color.) The moons at the base of the nails may look particularly white.

What it might mean: Iron-deficiency anemia. Spooning can also be seen in the nails of people with hemochromatosis, or “iron overload disease,” a condition usually caused by a defective gene that leads to too much iron being absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Other symptoms for both conditions can include fatigue and lack of energy, or they may be symptomless.

Next steps: A complete blood count can diagnose anemia, and a physical exam might pinpoint the cause of iron problems. Iron supplements and dietary changes are often prescribed as first-line treatments for anemia.

Clue 5: Rippled, pitted nails

Look for: Tiny indentations or holes in the nail bed called “pits.” The nail may also appear to be rippled rather than smooth. (You can also feel these abnormalities by rubbing your finger across the nail, which is normally as smooth as the inside of a seashell.)

What it might mean: Psoriasis. Between 10 and 50 percent of patients with this common skin disease have pitted, hole-pocked nails, according to a 2000 report in Primary Care. So do more than three-fourths of those with psoriatic arthritis, a related disorder that affects the joints as well as the skin. More rarely, Reiter’s syndrome and other diseases of connective tissue show this symptom.

Next steps: A doctor can prescribe medications to treat the underlying conditions. The nail bed can often be restored in psoriasis when the treatment starts early.

Clue 6: Brittle nails

Look for: Peeling, splitting, or easily cracking nails. Sometimes vertical ridges mar the surface, too. These telltale wrecked nails are sometimes called “hypothyroidism nails.”

What it might mean: Thyroid disease. Hypothyroidism, or underactive thyroid, occurs when the thyroid gland doesn’t make enough thyroid hormone. (Typically a patient’s hair is also thin and brittle.) Metabolic functions throughout the body are disrupted, including the delivery of moisture to the nails. Pale, dry skin and hair that may fall out are related signs. Hyperthyroid (overactive thyroid) diseases, such as Grave’s disease, may also cause brittle nails.

Next steps: Skip the over-the-counter nail strengtheners for persistently brittle nails and get thyroid levels checked; if thyroid disease is the cause, it’s important to treat the root problem.

Clue 7: Nails that seem to be “lifting off”

Look for: The nail itself separating from the nail bed, which is the layer of skin directly under the nail. This effect, known medically as onycholysis, often begins at the fourth or fifth fingernail. Toes can also be affected. It’s also called “Plummer’s nails” (after the physician Stanley Plummer, who described them in 1918) or “dirty nails,” because debris can accumulate and be seen.

What it might mean: Thyroid disease. Hyperthyroidism, in which too much thyroid hormone is produced, can cause excessive nail growth and lead to this deformation. Plummer’s nails tend to occur in younger patients rather than older ones.

Next steps: Other hyperthyroidism symptoms to be aware of include fatigue, difficulty concentrating, increased appetite, weight loss, sweating, hair loss, itching, and protruding eyes.

Clue 8: Depressions running across the nail horizontally

Look for: White ridges running across the width of the nail bed. These so-called “Beau’s lines” (after the French physician who described them) can occur in all or just one nail; if in all nails, they’re at about the same place on all of them. They’re actual ridges in the nail plate itself.

What it might mean: Diabetes, psoriasis, Raynaud’s disease — or just a trauma to the nail. Beta-blockers and drugs used in chemotherapy can also produce Beau’s lines. Some people develop them simply as a result of aging.

Next steps: Consider this effect just one piece of a puzzle. Nails grow about 1 mm every six to ten days, so doctors use this measurement to estimate when the problem might have begun.

Clue 9: White bands running across the nail horizontally

Look for: The white-colored bands, known as “Mees’ lines,” run transverse (parallel to the white tips of the nails). They may affect one nail or several, occurring at about the same spot on each nail. Because the problem is in the nail itself, the line moves forward as the nail ages — allowing doctors to date the time the problem began.

What it might mean: Arsenic poisoning! Hair and tissue samples should be tested to verify. It’s pretty rare these days, Anderson says, but worth knowing about.

Most Impotant, Make an appointment to see a doctor — and avoid eating anything you don’t prepare yourself .


SCARVES, An important fashion accessories.

Published May 21, 2012 by mzcececouture

There are fashion accessories that women these days don’t necessarily identify with ,“The Silk Scarf” . Just last week when I went to Lagos for some event as well as visit my family , I went to the largest market in Nigeria which is located on the Island and has about 6 different markets all adjoined in search of a silk scarf. I went from end to end over 4 hours to no avail . I went back home really depressed as I wasnt sure I would ever find it any time soon since it wasnt in this particular market and my plans to rock this accessory with my Vintage PRADA . It kept me thinking when again this great fashionable and very sleek and important accessory that really defines a WOMAN WITH STYLE / CLASS will be invogue anytime soon especially in Africa where I am from. It’s often worn in vintage outfits as well as with Asian women or Asian Inspired outfits, In addition, most women wear them to the churches/places of worship alone(without knowing how gracious this accessory will look on a casual and informal outfit) ,and of cos generally around the Globe .

I said to myself ,i really have to create sometime, and write about this beautiful not so costly fashion accessory and hope as many women that read it ,will be inspired . Enjoy !

These are samples of what these scarves look like . They are usually in designers patterns, floral patterns,plains prints ,just about every pattern you can think of , But most importantly they come in very soft silks that are wrinkle free and weather friendly. These scarves can be used and worn in numerous number of fashionable ways, ranging from bag accessories to vintage chick dress up’s to turban ways etc.

2 Face Idibia marries Annie Macauley.

Published May 5, 2012 by mzcececouture

2 Face Idibia marries Annie Macauley.

In a private ceremony ,which reportedly took place at the Ikeja Magistrate court Yesterday, now confirmed by Nija’s A-List artist and Musician 2 Baba himself , That he has officially married Our Awesome Annie macauley against all odds. We wish The latest bride in town, Mrs Idibia, A Happy and Blissful married life .

Our Very own Stylish ‘Goldie” on BBA 7!

Published May 4, 2012 by mzcececouture

Our own Naija ”Goldie”, has been confirmed as our own Naija representative in the biggest African Reality programme, Big Brother 7 and as usual will air for 24hrs for 91 days,non stop, on MNET-DStv channel 198 on Sunday May 6,with Guest appearance on Jay Z ‘s label. Hmmm, Do u like this hot lady representing us? Comment if  NO and like if  YES. As for us ,she’s dope!


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