Episode #71 of An Aromatic Life: Frauke Galia, of Falk Aromatherapy’s latest podcast may help you, or someone you know. It is a conversation about what it is like for those who have smell challenges, and how to manage smell dysfunction. Learn from people who lost their sense of smell due to Covid, and some other smelling conditions as well. Listen to their suggestions for developing coping mechanisms. And, how to search out support /tools for proactively finding personal solutions and methods that can make a difference in handling the various issues smell dysfunction can cause.
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In that podcast Frauke explained that there are various types of smell dysfunction. Here are two: Anosmia, for example, became a keyword to describe when one is infected with COVID-19, and permanently or temporarily loses the sense of Smell. Anosmia = loss.
There’s also Parosmia, which is Smell dysfunction that distorts the smell of things. One example I read about is that sweet smells may instead smell rotten. Parosmia = distorts.
Our sense of Smell is being recognized in a new light. At my Website you can learn more about Smell dysfunction at the link below.
Can I find a comfortable mask as the weather warms up? I am wondering how to address this ‘safety‘ requirement, as we enter the warmer months. I have some info for you on that subject below. The CDC recommends that unless you are outside and away from others, wearing a mask is advised. Both your mouth and nose should be covered. This is for your own safety, and for the protection and respect of others and their well-being.
The CDC insists that masks protect us. Even those persons who have received the vaccines are cautioned to continue mask wearing. Below are more guidelines from the CDC website. – If people are not living in your household, a mask should be worn. Even youngsters who are 2 years old should have a mask on in the home when they are around people who do not live in the household, also they should wear one in public. – Wear a mask on the train, airplanes, buses – public transportation. – Wear a mask inside your home if someone you live with is sick with symptoms of COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19.
Wearing a mask is likely going to be more of a challenge in getting comfortable during warmer weather. I searched the wwwfor recommendations on the ‘best’ lightweight masks.
Thankfully, as a society we have progressed to a consciousness where a woman who identifies with her baldness in a way that she feels depicts beauty, is a welcome change to the hair loss challenge.
Nevertheless, it does not negate the fact that when a woman is confronted with unexpected hair loss, when she has had no previous symptoms – for example, Thyroid issues it can be alarming.
For a number of women, who have had the recent Pandemic virus for more than a few weeks, Covid19 has been the suspected cause for some of them losing “globs” of their hair. A travel nurse, Juli Fisher, reported to WebMD News that she noticed she was losing “globs” of hair in the shower several weeks into her Covid19 illness. She later learned about others who were suffering similarly from a FaceBook group the “Long Haulers”. Dermatologists refer to this type of hair loss as telogen effluvium, a temporary condition due to physical or emotional stress. Oftentimes the hair grows back within a year. Please use the links below to read details about this condition. Continue reading Hairblues in Pandemic Times→
I must admit that I have been perplexed about what to write for my May post. Given the chaotic time we are all confronting with the Coronavirus challenge, it seemed impossible to figure out what could be important enough to share via Beauty Topics.
On further reflection, I decided that it is important that we not lose ourselves in this formidable challenge by denying ourselves self pampering and what we do ‘normally’ (observing certain restrictions). A sense of continuity is most important when our world has been turned upside down. It’s the little personal rituals that keep us centered when we are figuring out our new terrain. In keeping with that idea, I think taking care of ourselves should include how we look on the outside, and how we feel on the inside as we navigate through life’s eruptions – new and old.
Those who rely on hair salon specialists, flexible schedulers, and beauty professionals are facing major adjustments in managing their own hair and other things at this time. We are learning all over again what brought us to the salons in the first place: we are not nearly as proficient at performing those beauty tasks as the professionals whom we rely on. However, rather than feeling sorry for this “beauty reality check”, it occurred to me that this might be a good time to offer sincere thanks to those specialists who take such good care of us. Have you tried lately to do your nails, hand or feet, or tried waxing your own face, or managing your hair so that it looks more than just presentable? These are not welcome challenges.
In recent days, the people who have jobs in hair/beauty salons have not only “NOT” been able to give us luxury treatments, to which we have become accustomed, some of them may even have been stripped of their livelihoods by way of collateral damage.After all, this is exactly the kind of work where the professional performs in close proximity with the client. With little to no “prior notice”, COVID19, has intruded itself into that very private space. Until the last possible appointments, these reliable professionals continued to entertain our shared stories, our “prepared reality”, by applying their creative talents to our faces, hair, nails, and above all to our egos. Now, many of them find themselves in the position of having to apply for unemployment benefits. Some are wondering, no doubt, how they will manage the near and distant futures of their bill payments, childcare, etc. For some it is the challenge of a lifetime.
I searched the www for some ideas on what these beauty professionals suggest that their customers do during this crisis. I am impressed with their care and attention to our needs even during this period.
Suggestions: ♦ you can manage your hair until the salons are open again. ♦ there are ways for you to maintain your hair color.