That being said, it’s still worth getting checked out if you’re cold all the time but don’t feel like anything else is amiss, Dr. Besson says. Your doctor will likely look at your medical records and ask about how often you’re cold, along with teasing out any other symptoms you may not have noticed, Dr. Vyas says. That can help determine what kind of testing might be necessary to land on a diagnosis, if any.2. You have hypothyroidism.Hypothyroidism is a condition in which your thyroid does not produce sufficient levels of the hormones that regulate your metabolism, which in turn slows it down, according to the Mayo Clinic. This can happen for various reasons, the most common being Hashimoto’s disease, an autoimmune disorder that prompts your immune system to attack your thyroid, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).Since a slow thyroid affects a bunch of metabolic functions, hypothyroidism can cause a wide range of symptoms including fatigue, unintended weight gain, constipation, dry skin, thinning hair, a depressed mood, heavy or irregular periods, and—that’s right—an increased sensitivity to cold, per the NIDDK. Dr. Besson points to fatigue as the usual tip-off, so if your energy levels are dragging and no amount of fuzzy sweaters can keep you warm, you should definitely mention that to your doctor.Treatment for hypothyroidism involves taking a daily dose of a synthetic replacement for thyroid hormone (thyroxine or T4) called levothyroxine. You’ll also need ongoing blood tests to ensure your hormone levels are up to par once you start treatment, so it may take some time to find the right dose for you.13. You have anemia.Anemia is a blood disorder that happens when you don’t have enough healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout your body, according to the American Society of Hematology (ASH). There are many types of anemia, but the most common one stems from iron deficiency, according to the Mayo Clinic. When you don’t have enough iron in your blood, you can’t make sufficient hemoglobin, a protein that allows your red blood cells to transport oxygen and carbon dioxide. This leads to less circulation to your limbs, causing you to feel colder, Dr. Vyas says, particularly in your hands and feet. Other common anemia symptoms include weakness, fatigue, an irregular heartbeat, paler skin, chest pain, and headaches.2Anemia can also be the result of your body making too few red blood cells, destroying too many red blood cells, or losing too much blood for some reason, the U.S. National Library of Medicine explains. Blood loss due to heavy periods can cause anemia, as can pregnancy, which increases your blood volume. (This is why iron is a key component of prenatal vitamins.) Other forms of anemia are connected with deficiencies in folate and vitamin B-12, which are necessary for producing red blood cells. Genetics can also be to blame, such as with the chronic illness sickle cell anemia.The cause of anemia determines the treatment, the goal of which is to increase your levels of healthy red blood cells by addressing the underlying condition or deficiency. This can involve taking iron supplements, making dietary changes to get more folate or vitamin B-12, or more intensive methods such as blood transfusions if you have a chronic condition.24. You have Raynaud’s disease.Raynaud’s disease is a condition that causes your extremities to become cold, discolored (red or blue), numb, and even painful when you’re in cold temperatures or stressed out. “It happens because your blood vessels are constricting,” Dr. Besson explains.
“Calisthenics” is not just about the tests and drills that we may remember from middle-school gym class. In fact, a beginner calisthenics workout is actually a great way to bring some fun, bootcamp-style cardio into your regular workout routine.Calisthenics are bodyweight exercises that you do to build strength and improve your cardio abilities, certified personal trainer Francine Delgado-Lugo, CPT, movement and strength coach and cofounder of Form Fitness Brooklyn, tells SELF. Calisthenics tend to be full-body exercises that mimic functional movements like pushing, pulling, and rotation, Delgado-Lugo explains. And while you might think of pull-ups and sit-ups when you hear “calisthenics”—thanks, Presidential Fitness Test—calisthenics exercises are more varied than you may think, and include moves like squats, mountain climbers, push-ups, and inchworms.“A calisthenics workout doesn’t always have to be grueling,” she says.There are tons of benefits of calisthenics workouts, too. For one, they’re super convenient—all you need is your bodyweight, so you can do them anywhere. Plus, they’re very modifiable for a bunch of different fitness levels. You can do calisthenics for reps or for time, and you can make them as intense or as easy as you want by adjusting the speed, volume, and rest time, says Delgado-Lugo.What’s more, calisthenics are super functional exercises that can help you move more efficiently and safely in day-to-day life—whether you’re climbing the stairs, getting up from a chair, or pushing a cart of heavy groceries.“When you can use your own body to create resistance and tension and to work against it to build strength, that’s just going to put you at a tremendous advantage in a real life setting,” says Delgado-Lugo.Calisthenics also play double-duty in your workout schedule: They provide strength work and cardio. Since you’re just using your bodyweight, you’re able to do more repetitions at a faster pace—while keeping your form on target—than you would if you were lifting heavy weights. And the more repetitions you do and the faster you go, “the more of a heart rate uptick you can get,” explains Delgado-Lugo. In other words, hello, breathlessness! That makes calisthenics routines a great option for people who want to get in some cardio, but aren’t quite jazzed about traditional cardio exercises, like running or hitting the elliptical.Feeling ready to give calisthenics a go? Try the below beginner calisthenics workout Delgado-Lugo created for SELF. This six-move routine—which features lots of suggestions for modifications to make the moves more accessible—will jack up your heart rate and work your entire body with simple, effective, and functional exercises. Just be sure to do a quick warm-up before you get started so you don’t go in with cold, tight muscles. Adequately warming up can help improve your performance and reduce your risk of injury in your workout. Here are five pre-workout stretches designed to warm you up for any routine.Ready to get started? Grab a timer and get ready for a fun workout!The WorkoutWhat you need: Just your bodyweight. You may also want an exercise mat for comfort.ExercisesJumping jackSquatHigh kneesInchworm to push-upMountain climberDead bugDirectionsDo each move for 40 seconds, then rest 40 seconds before starting the next exercise.After you’ve done all six moves in the circuit, rest 1-2 minutes.Complete 3-4 rounds total.Demoing the moves below are Jowan Ortega (GIFs 1 and 5), a personal trainer, sports performance coach, and partner at Form Fitness in Brooklyn; Nikki Pebbles (GIFs 2 and 4), a special populations personal trainer in New York City; Francine Delgado-Lugo (GIF 3), cofounder of FORM Fitness Brooklyn; and Gail Barranda Rivas (GIF 6), a certified group fitness instructor, functional strength coach, Pilates and yoga instructor, and domestic and international fitness presenter.
This is a good time to add in some salt and pepper (about 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/8 teaspoon of pepper per two eggs), so the seasonings can get evenly distributed among the eggs. You can also mix in 2 to 3 tablespoons (per two eggs) of whole milk, heavy cream or creme fraiche to make the texture more velvety, Bearss says. “This will be enough to bring creaminess and airiness to the eggs but not so much that you’re eating cream of egg soup.”And if you wanna do a super pro move, you can also blend up the eggs with an immersion blender, Kevin Templeton, executive chef of Barleymash in San Diego, tells SELF. That’ll incorporate even more air, making your eggs—you guessed it—even fluffier.3. Warm your pan and add your fat.It’s important to get your pan ready while you’re prepping your eggs, so the mixture will start cooking as soon as it hits the pan. Turn the heat to medium-low, letting it warm up for a few minutes before adding the eggs. “This makes sure the heat is evenly distributed not only throughout the pan, but when cooking your eggs,” Salazar says.As for the fat? You might be wondering why you need any if you’re using a nonstick pan, but a pat of butter or a drizzle of olive oil will act as extra insurance to keep your eggs sliding around the pan’s surface, Salazar notes. You don’t need much—think 1 teaspoon per egg. The extra fat will give your eggs a creamier flavor and a richer texture, too.4. Cook low and slow.All of our pros agreed: Trying to scramble in a minute or two with the heat cranked up is the number-one way to mess up eggs, and it’s an incredibly common mistake. “High heat gives you firmer, more rubbery eggs and can cause the eggs to caramelize or brown,” Templeton says.So pour in your whisked eggs and keep that heat at medium-low. “If you hear a sizzle, your pan is too hot,” Trujillo says. That’s your cue to turn down the heat a notch, even if it seems like it’ll take years before you’ll be able to eat breakfast. (Don’t worry, it won’t: Even with your heat at medium-low, a pan of two to four scrambled eggs should cook in a few minutes, Bearss says.)5. Stir, but not too much.Let the eggs sit undisturbed for a minute or two after pouring them into the pan. That’ll help them start to set up texturally and form those big, fluffy curds, Trujillo explains.Once the edges of the eggs have set, use your spatula to lightly move, pull, and fold the eggs around the pan. “Let them set up a bit more and repeat this one more time,” she says. “Excessively stirring your eggs results in a smaller, crumbly-looking scramble.” If you notice any bits of egg sticking to the bottom or sides of the pan when you stir, use the spatula to gently lift those up too, so they don’t burn.6. Stop before they’re totally done.Take the pan off the heat when your eggs are about three-quarters of the way cooked, recommends Salazar. The scramble should appear just set and still a bit runny—but don’t worry, you’re not eating them yet.”Even though you’ve taken the pan off the heat, the residual heat will cause the eggs to continue to cook,” Salazar says.In another minute or so, this very low carryover heat will finish cooking the eggs while helping them maintain some moisture, so they stay creamy instead of drying out. They’re done when they look slightly firm and glistening with a solid yellow color and no runny or undercooked yolks, says Salazar.7. Finish and eat ASAP.If you want to flavor your eggs with extra add-ins (think chopped fresh herbs, grated cheese, or a sprinkle of hot sauce), now’s the time to do it. Then transfer the eggs to a plate and chow down.”You should always eat scrambled eggs immediately after cooking so they are still warm and haven’t had a chance to dry out,” Bearss says. After all, that would kinda defeat the purpose of all the work you did in the first place, right?Related:
If you’re like us, finding the best Father’s Day gifts for the dads in your life (whether they’re your own dad, partner, brother, grandpa, or friend) is never easy. What do you get the men who research everything before they buy it, or tell you they don’t need anything? The right gift is one they’ll truly love and use, that they’ve wish-listed, never knew they needed, or it reminds them of how special they are to you. Lucky for you, it’s our job to assemble great Father’s Day gift ideas, and we know there are plenty of thoughtful, unique presents for your papa.First, consider what kind of father you have and what his primary passions are. Maybe your dad (or hubby, bro, whoever) fancies himself a grill master, has to sample craft beer at every local brewery he passes or loves trying new recipes. Perhaps he geeks out over tech gadgets, maps, hiking trails, puns, podcasts, puzzles, birds, golf—the list goes on. Or maybe he’s a brand new dad who deserves kudos for his admission into parenthood (not to mention a lot of caffeine).Whatever type of dad you’re shopping for, below, we’ve highlighted some of the very best Father’s Day gifts from retailers like Nordstrom, Amazon, Uncommon Goods, Huckberry, and REI. From personalized gifts to useful gifts for the practical papa to cooking gifts for the top chef, we’ve got your dad gifts covered. Pro tip: Get your shopping done now, as Father’s Day is June 19 and closing in (although if you need a last-minute Father’s Day gift, we’ve got subscription gift ideas, too).Jump to:Best Father’s Day Gifts for DadsNo matter the type of dad you’re gifting this year, below, we’ve got ideas for the best dad gifts for all of them. Surefire winners include the water-resistant Wonderboom 2 Bluetooth speaker (which they can tote into the bathroom or backyard), multitools like a five-in-one pen that includes a built-in level, and comfy, shearling-lined Ugg slippers they’ll never want to take off. And of course, what dad doesn’t love a (SELF Fave) neck massager he can wear while he watches TV, an insulated Yeti tumbler he can use in his car, or a ridiculously cute puffer coat that keeps his beer from sweating on his hand?AmazonUltimate Ears Wonderboom 2AmazonNekteck Shiatsu Neck and Back MassagerThis kneading massage pillow comes equipped with eight massage nodes and a relaxing heating function to help soothe your neck, shoulders, and back. AmazonYeti Rambler Travel Mug (20 oz.)REIPuffin Beverage JacketBest Father’s Day Gifts for New DadsWelcome any new dad to his first Father’s Day with a gift that speaks to his needs. A sunrise alarm clock gently rouses him from the few hours of sleep he manages to grab, while a coffee subscription service like the SELF Fave Trade Coffee (or Atlas Coffee Club) delivers him the jolt of caffeine he needs on a daily basis without his having to leave the house. Tech gadgets do the double duty of being cool and helpful (like Echo Dot, an Alexa-enabled smart speaker that will let him schedule reminders for all the tasks his parent brain is liable to forget, or the nifty Qubii, which is a phone charger, hard drive, and automatic backup for all the photos he snaps of the baby).TradeTrade Gift Coffee SubscriptionAmazonPhilips Smart Sleep & Wake-Up Light Therapy LampAmazonQubii Photo Storage DriveBest Father’s Day Gifts for Boyfriends and HusbandsIt’s never a bad idea to give your boyfriend or husband a Father’s Day gift (assuming they’re dads, anyway). Active people will appreciate a splurge-worthy Theragun percussive massager, which eases pain in overworked muscles, or a handsome, lightweight track jacket from Lululemon. Dorky dads will lose it over this Traintrackr, a circuit board that shows the New York subway system’s train statuses in real-time. And hey, if you want to remind your partner that they’re as desirable as they are delightful dads, spoil them with a fun new sex toy from Lelo that feels great for you both.TherabodyTheragun Mini Percussive Therapy MassagerBest Father’s Day Gifts for BrothersMaybe your brother recently became a father, or perhaps he serves as a father figure in your family’s life. Whatever the case, Father’s Day is an excellent time to thank your bro. For the golfer, gift these very cool golf ball-shaped whiskey chillers. If he’s a beer fiend, a Hydro Flask cooler backpack or personalized bottle opener will go a long way, and if he never prints photos from his travels (or his kids), a set of prints from Artifact Uprising is a welcome gift.BackcountryHydro Flask Day Escape Soft Cooler Pack (20 L)Uncommon GoodsUncommon Goods Personalized Backyard Brews Bottle OpenerBest Father’s Day Gifts for GrandfathersLet’s not overlook the OG dad: your grandfather. Puzzle-loving grandpas might get a kick out of this Minted puzzle you can customize with any family photo, while the grandpa who makes groan-worthy dad jokes may talk for years about these socks customized with his grandkids’ faces. If he’s a big gardener, here’s a handy kneeler that will cushion his knees while he prunes (and turns into a stool when he wants to appreciate his work). And if he’s always talking about a movie you’ve never heard of from his youth, a subscription to Criterion Collection gives him access to classic and contemporary films he can’t find on Netflix (which he may enjoy watching with you).Minted.Minted Warm Flannel Custom PuzzleAmazonMypupsocks Custom Face SocksBest Father’s Day Gifts for Dads Who Want NothingBig S/O to all the dads who claim they want nothing as gifts for Father’s Day, their birthday, Christmas, or whenever. That’s cool. Except sometimes they don’t really mean it, or sometimes you want to show them love anyway with something they’ll appreciate (instead of taking up space). This stainless steel Bindle water bottle keeps him hydrated and stows essentials like earbuds and car keys, while a SELF Fave weighted blanket feels wonderful at the end of a long day. He can sample interesting new fruits on a monthly basis with Harry & David’s Fruit of the Month Club. And listen, perhaps the best gift of all? A SELF Certified Tushy bidet attachment, which he can easily install and which will leave him feeling so fresh and clean in sweaty summer.LaylaLayla Weighted Blanket (20-Pound)Best Father’s Day Gifts for Grilling & CookingIf you’ve got a dad who loves to cook or who stations himself next to the grill come warm weather and doesn’t leave until Labor Day passes, give him a grilling gift that’s more exciting than a meat thermometer. A personalized maple cutting board, monogrammed steak brand, or corny apron ensures everyone knows who’s the BBQ boss. And a helpful gift set of grilling tools acts as a flashlight so he can grill even after sunset. If no food is ever spicy enough, give him a hot sauce kit so he can DIY his own. And if you’re looking for the perfect foodie gift to go in on with your siblings, an Ooni pizza oven will be his new favorite toy.AmazonMiracu Grill Apron for DadSur La TableSur La Table Ooni Fyra 12 Wood Pellet Pizza OvenAmazonDIY Gift Kits Hot Sauce Making Kit Deluxe EditionBest Father’s Day Gifts for the Outdoorsy DadDads who can’t get enough time in nature will appreciate gifts that enhance their time spent outside. We love this $40 packable knife set from GSI Outdoors, which packs away essential, high-quality, stainless steel cooking knives (with protective sheaths), a foldable cutting board, quick-dry cloth, and refillable soap bottle inside a carrying case—an excellent gift for any camper or hiker. This growler keeps 64 ounces of his favorite craft beer close, chilled, and carbonated all day (and has a lockable dispenser tap), while an Aeropress acts as a coffee maker on the go. Lastly, here’s a fire pit, which brings the campfire to his backyard for the times when he just wants to relax at home.REIGSI Outdoors Santoku Knife SetFood52GrowlerWerks Keep-It-Carbonated Growler to GoAmazonAeropress Coffee and Espresso MakerBest Father’s Day Gifts for the Tech-Loving DadIf you have a techie in your life, maybe it’s time you finally upgraded their $20 earbuds to Apple AirPods (or, hell, Bose noise-canceling headphones). A handsome catch-all tray that acts as a wireless charging station for his phone and Apple Watch will look great on a nightstand; a Fitbit will track his activity and sleep. Speaking of sleep, the SELF Certified Oura Ring will help track their health and sleep and for the mornings this SELF Fave Ember Smart Mug will keep his coffee at precisely the temperature he likes it for hours.AmazonFitbit Charge 4The friend who goes hard in a home workout will get lots of use out of the Fitbit Charge 4, which tracks workouts in real time and even buzzes once your target heart rate zone is reached. For socially distanced runs, the Fitbit also includes a built-in GPS system to let your friend keep track of their pace and distance, plus provides access to music, calls, and texts.AmazonEmber Temperature Control Smart Mug 2 (10 oz.)AmazonApple Watch SE 40 mmApple Watch SE 40mmBest Subscription Gifts for Father’s DayLast but not least, we have subscription gifts, the presents that keep on giving past the holiday itself. From Masterclass subscription gift cards that offer in-depth, virtual lessons from legends such as Stephen Curry, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Gloria Steinem to meal-kit delivery services like Home Chef that give him a chance to try exotic recipes and ingredients to wine subscription boxes like Winc that send him new blends, there are all sorts of subscription gifts for Father’s Day.WincWinc Custom Gift CardCairnCairn Gift Subscription
The Madewell Summer Sale is back and right now the retailer is offering 25% off everything. That’s right, everything at Madewell is on sale right now. Toss your favorite pieces, anything you see on Madewell’s website, into your cart and use code LONGWEEKEND at checkout, and the discount will automatically be applied.With summer around the corner, you know what that means: swimming, sleeping in, barbecues, and most importantly, lounging around in the sun. And we all know you’ve got to find the perfect outfit to do it in. It’s gotta be cozy. It’s gotta be comfy. So if you’ve been waiting to pick up some new shorts perfect for soaking up some rays poolside or you’re looking to add a new swimsuit to your collection, this Madewell sale is the best way to stock up on items you may have had your eye on. Below, we’ve gathered some of our favorite pieces that you can snap up now before they disappear. Check out our picks and shop the Madewell Summer Sale now through May 30. All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Ready to keep up with Kim and the rest of her brood with The Kardashians? Want to dive into a juicy new drama? To celebrate National Streaming Day, Hulu is offering up a great deal for new and eligible returning subscribers. Starting now through May 27, you can get your first three months of Hulu’s ad-supported plan for just $1 per month. So if you’ve never tried out the streaming service before or if you recently canceled your account (at least over a month ago), you can sign up now during this special deal right now. How Does It Work?If you’re considering a Hulu subscription with this offer, here’s what you need to know. Once you sign up you can cancel anytime, and when your three months are up, you’ll be automatically charged $7 per month—or you can upgrade to a non-ad-supported tier. It’s up to you. The $7 per month subscription comes out to $70 per year.This is the first time that Hulu has ever run this type of promotion so act fast because it won’t be around for long. This Hulu deal only lasts a week!How To Sign Up For The Hulu Streaming OfferStep 1: Head to Hulu and activate this limited-time deal by clicking the Try Now button below. Step 2: Choose the ad-supported plan, which should be listed for $1 per month for three months, then $6.99 per month after. Step 3: Complete your signup by creating an account with a valid email address and password as well as the rest of your personal information. Step 4: Add a valid credit card to begin your subscription. Step 5: Enjoy! Why Try Hulu?Hulu has an extensive library of shows and movies, including their Hulu Original Series like The Handmaid’s Tale, Only Murders in the Building, The Dropout, and more. Unlike Netflix and Amazon Prime, with Hulu you can stream popular TV series from traditional networks and you only have to wait a week or in some cases just a day. New TV shows like Abbot Elementary, for example, stream Tuesdays on ABC and you can watch the show the following Wednesday night. Celebrate National Streaming Day with a variety of shows, from your favorite network TV to originals, exclusive live streams, movies, and more.Related:
Brian Austin Green, 48, opened up about living with ulcerative colitis in a new interview with Good Morning America. The actor said that his body wasn’t absorbing nutrients properly and that he’d lost 20 pounds during a recent flare-up. “I would eat food, and my body didn’t process any of it. So, then, you start playing catch-up with trying to stay on top of being hydrated–it’s such a battle,” Green said during the interview.Last month he spoke about his condition in an Instagram video, explaining why he hadn’t been posting recently: “I disappeared from Instagram for a while–I had ulcerative colitis for about six-and-a-half weeks, which wasn’t very fun.” Green went on to say that he was bedridden and that his girlfriend, Sharna Burgess, 36, had to care for him while seven months pregnant. On GMA, Burgess, who was interviewed alongside Green, said watching him struggle with ulcerative colitis was distressing. “I didn’t realize how debilitating it was until I saw him, and I watched weight drop off him,” the Dancing With the Stars performer said. “I was scared, not having experienced this type of thing before and still learning. I was supportive and loving, [but] internally fearful: How long does this go on for?”Green said that his most recent struggle wasn’t his first ulcerative colitis flare-up and that for his specific treatment plan, he avoids gluten and dairy, when possible. “It’s really just dietary,” he said. “As long as I can keep things within my system that my body doesn’t think I’m poisoning it with then it doesn’t fight back.” Green said he has recovered and is looking forward to his first child with Burgess, who is currently 33 weeks pregnant. “I’m feeling good, thank goodness,” Green said. “It was a terrible experience. I’m glad it’s over.”Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation and ulcers in the lining of the colon and rectum; it belongs to a group of diseases known as inflammatory bowel disease, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine (USNLM). In addition to weight loss, it can cause abdominal pain and cramping, blood and pus in stool, diarrhea, and fever, per the USNLM. In severe cases a person may need to be hospitalized and given nutrients through an IV, though treatment options can help people with the condition manage symptoms and prevent flare-ups. Though Green manages his symptoms by avoiding certain food groups, that course of treatment isn’t recommended for every patient. However, your doctor may advise certain lifestyle changes, per the USNLM, including eating small amounts of food throughout the day (as opposed to three big meals) and avoiding high-fiber and fatty foods. An ulcerative colitis diagnosis doesn’t necessarily mean any dietary changes are encouraged, though, and you should speak with your doctor about the best options for your symptoms. Certain medications, among them corticosteroids, can be used to manage ulcerative colitis, as can therapies that restore the immune system, per the USNLM. Symptoms and treatment plans can look very different depending on the individual patient and the severity of their symptoms.The symptoms of ulcerative colitis are mild for about half of people diagnosed with the condition, according to the USNLM. Those living with ulcerative colitis may find support groups helpful; the USNLM directs patients to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) for more information on social support programs.Related:
It happens every year: Warmer weather brings out ticks, along with an increasing threat of tick-borne diseases and illnesses.In 2019 (the most recent year with available data), there were 50,865 reported cases of tick-borne disease compared to 47,743 cases in 2018, according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you look back even further, CDC data shows a worrisome trend: Tick-borne diseases have more than doubled between 2004 and 2019.Lyme disease, which is a bacterial infection that can cause fever, chills, and a red rash, is the most prevalent tick-borne disease. But new tick-borne threats are gaining more attention this year: Powassan virus disease, which can cause severe infections like meningitis or fatality; alpha-gal syndrome, an allergic reaction to mammalian meat triggered by tick bites; and heartland virus, a still poorly understood virus that can be deadly. All are caused by tick species that are growing in population and expanding geographically throughout the U.S.For example, between 2011 and 2015, there were anywhere from 6 to 12 reported cases of Powassan virus per year; from 2016 to 2021, that number jumped to 20 to 39 per year, according to the CDC. Earlier this month, the Connecticut Department of Public Health reported its first 2022 case of Powassan virus. And while we don’t have concrete figures for alpha-gal syndrome cases, the number of people affected has steadily increased, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.All of this sounds unsettling—but is there any reason to panic? SELF talked to experts about this year’s tick season, so you can keep yourself as safe as possible.Why are tick-borne diseases and illnesses on the rise?In short, ticks are thriving in the U.S., leading to more bites and tick-borne illnesses. But the reasons for the tick explosion are complex. Generally speaking, ticks thrive in warm weather and grassy, wooded environments, though the preferred temperature and humidity of each species vary. Changes in climate patterns, such as warmer-than-typical spring and summer temperatures, allow populations of ticks to live in areas they previously couldn’t survive in, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). As a result, tick populations are moving further north, Nancy Troyano, PhD, a board-certified entomologist for Ehrlich Pest Control, tells SELF. For instance, lone star ticks were predominantly found in the southeast, but have moved to the midwest and northeast, popping up in states like New York, Massachusetts, and Michigan. This spread has heightened talk about alpha-gal syndrome, which is an allergic reaction to red meat caused by lone star tick bites, according to the Mayo Clinic. When they bite, lone star ticks transmit alpha-gal, a sugar molecule, into a person’s body, which may trigger the allergy.Another factor driving an uptick in populations? Animals like deer and white-footed mice, both of which ticks feed on, are abundant in locations where the parasites are found, Dr. Troyano says.
Who needs a stress-filled weekend away when you can stay in and shop the best Memorial Day beauty sales from the comfort of your bed and with zero responsibilities calling your name? If you’re catching the travel bug, well, you can still do your shopping from the road. The best Memorial Day sales have already begun for some beauty brands and retailers, with more on the way in just a few days. From now through the holiday weekend of May 30th, we’ll be keeping tabs on all corners of the internet for excellent skincare and makeup sales so that you don’t miss a thing. Whether your sunscreen stock needs replenishing ahead of summer, you’re looking for a moisturizer that works with your skin, or you’re waiting for that coveted AHA serum to finally go on sale, we can basically guarantee that you’ll have hoards of products to choose from ahead of the long weekend. Though not all retailers have rolled out their sales yet, retailers like Nordstrom, Ulta, Skinstore, and Sephora have marked down tons of stock ahead of the holiday.If you’ve got a serious case of the Shoppies (same), take a gander at some of the other sales we’re scoping out ahead of the weekend, from the best clothing sales to mattress sales and furniture sales, and more. But for now, here’s everything we know about the best Memorial Day beauty sales so far, plus the picks we’re adding to our carts. Time to do some damage.Nordstrom is still quiet about what exactly its annual Half-Yearly sale will include—which to us means there’s a gold mine of deals waiting to be revealed. In the meantime, you can find products on sales (and marked down up to 45%), like Murad’s bestselling clarifying cleanser for oily and acne-prone skin, calming sheet masks from Foreo, Aveda hair products, Nuface devices, fragrances from Nest, and more.We can’t get enough of Supergoop’s selection of universal SPF products, like the cult-favorite Unseen Sunscreen and the fast-absorbing, ultra-light Play body sunscreen. From now through Tuesday, May 24th, the entire Supergoop! website will be 20% off with the code SUNNY20. Time to stock up!We’re halfway through Ulta’s major Gorgeous Hair Event, but don’t worry, there are still plenty of markdowns throughout the rest of the month. Luxury hair products, from Bumble and bumble’s nourishing conditioners to Madison Reed toning shampoos to high-end tools, are up to 50% off through May 28.UltaBumble and Bumble Bond-Building Repair ShampooUltaBio Ionic 10X Pro Straightening & Styling IronIf you haven’t shopped at Skinstore yet, now is the time to start. Find skin essentials from brands you know and love like K-beauty favorite DHC, First Aid Beauty, Neocutis, Elemis, and more. Use code SS20 right now to get 20% off nearly 5,000 products at Skinstore. Starting May 24, take up to 40% off select brands. What’s more, discounts go up to 50% off from May 26 through May 31 in case you want to wait and save even more.Last year Sephora offered major markdowns on thousands of products spanning makeup, fragrance, skin, and hair care, and we’re crossing our fingers for more of the same in 2022. In the meantime, snag sought-after deals in the retailer’s current sale section. We’re keeping our eyes on everything Fenty, plus sample sets filled with luxury brands. SephoraFenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear FoundationSephoraSephora Favorites Luxe Vibes Mini Luxury Beauty Sampler SetWe love Glow Recipe’s effective products, and thankfully the brand has already given us the full details of its Memorial Day spring sale. From May 26 through May 30, everything—including the SELF-editor beloved AHA/BHA Strawberry Smooth Serum—will be 15% off. The only thing excluded are kits. All you need to do to nab the deals is type in the code GLOWFAM at checkout.We love Dermstore for derm-approved, luxury-grade skin, body, and hair products. And if last year is any inclination, Dermstore’s Memorial Day 2022 sale is going to be a good one. Ahead of the long weekend, the retailer moved hundreds of skin-care products to its ever-growing sale section, including travel-sized bundles and seriously effective night creams.DermstoreBest of Dermstore Problem Solution: Brightening RegimenDermstoreCaudalie Vinoperfect Dark Spot Correcting Glycolic Night CreamStock up on It Cosmetics’ bestselling CC creams and primers from May 29 through May 31, when the whole site will be 25% off, plus an extra 10% off sale items. We’d also recommend throwing a few dollars at the top-rated Superhero Elastic mascara.Byoma is a newish brand focused on repairing and replenishing the skin’s microbiome (yep, it’s not just your gut that has one!). Not only does the brand have already accessibly-priced cleansers, serums, and moisturizers, but from now through May 21, if you spend $25 on the brand at Target, you’ll get $5 off.Another powerful, derm-beloved skin-care brand, Lancer Skincare is having a Memorial Day sale with 25% off sitewide with the code FRIENDS25. The brand makes an excellent body exfoliant, and its Caviar Lime Acid Peel is a bestseller for a reason: it’s an at-home peel that uses retinol and glycolic acid to target fine lines and uneven skin tone. LancerLancer The Method: PolishLancerLancer Caviar Lime Acid PeelWhere are all of our self-tanner fans? Get a healthy, sun-free glow with Tan-Luxe’s Super Edit Bundle, which is 50% off from now until May 31. The kit includes full-size bottles of the brand’s Super Glow and Super Glow Body tanners, both of which contain hyaluronic acid to hydrate your skin while you gradually build your tan. You know Charlotte Tillbury for its iconic Pillowtalk lipstick and range of foundations but trust us: The suite of other CT makeup and skin-care products is also worth your attention. Take 15% off on build-your-own beauty kits (which, yes, can include Pillowtalk) from May 27 to May 30.Elizabeth Arden knows a thing or two about potent skin care to prevent premature aging and promote healthy aging. From May 30th through June 6th, use the code REFRESH for 15% off $50+, 20% off a $75+, or 25% off $100 or more. If you’re not sure what to add to your cart, we recommend any of the capsules, which are filled with superhero ingredients like ceramides, retinol, hyaluronic acid, or vitamin C. Just mix them in with your moisturizer and go—it’s that simple.K-Beauty brand Erborian, which specializes in products for a short and efficient skin-care routine, just announced its long weekend sale. From May 27 through June 1, take 15% off sitewide (except for kits and sets) with the code MEMORIAL15. For more goodness, if you spend more than $85, you’ll get a free Micellar Cleansing Water with code WATER. If you’re serious about your beauty deals, sign up for Erborian’s emails and you’ll receive an exclusive offer of an additional 20% off site-wide. You’ll want to try out the BB and CC creams, as well as the makeup primers.Attention all Jet Lag mask lovers: Summer Fridays just announced its sale so you can explore the full range of its effective, beautifully-packaged skin-care goodies. During Memorial Day weekend, you can get a free Morning Minis Skincare Set ($62 value) when you spend $99+, which, trust us, is an easy thing to do.Related:
A case of monkeypox has been confirmed in Massachusetts, following reports of nine cases in the U.K. since early May. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) released a statement on the case, claiming it’s the first case in the U.S. this year. The affected individual had recently traveled to Canada, and MDPH and the CDC are identifying those who may have been in contact with the person while he was infectious, the statement said.Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus, according to the CDC. Experts don’t know exactly where monkeypox virus comes from, but African rodents and monkeys “may harbor the virus and infect people,” per the CDC. Humans can get the virus after coming into contact with another human or an animal contaminated with it. The virus can enter the body via broken skin (such as a cut), mucous membranes (the eyes, nose, or mouth), or the respiratory tract. Human-to-human transmission is thought to happen mainly through “large respiratory droplets,” the CDC says. Those can be stopped by surgical masks, Patricia Bartley, MD, an infectious disease physician at Cleveland Clinic, tells SELF. One characterizing symptom of monkeypox is a rash that usually starts on the face, Dr. Bartley says. It progresses into scabs, which fall off and may leave pitting scars. Other symptoms include headache, fever, chills, muscle aches, swollen glands (such as lymphatic nodes), exhaustion, sore throat, and cough, Dr. Bartley adds. Illness from monkeypox can last up to four weeks, and the incubation period—the time between infection and the first symptoms—is one to two weeks. In other words, it may take 14 days for infected individuals to start experiencing symptoms.Though the symptoms may look dramatic, the fatality rate for monkeypox is thought to be around 3 to 6%, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The virus can present itself similarly to smallpox, and antiviral treatments and vaccines against smallpox have been used to treat and prevent monkeypox in some parts of the world, per the WHO, which adds that monkeypox causes less severe illness than smallpox.To handle this current case, contact tracing is the most appropriate approach, the statement read, “given the nature and transmission of the virus.” Talk of contact tracing and transmission may sound reminiscent of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, though the MDPH statement stressed that the public shouldn’t be worried right now: “The case poses no risk to the public, and the individual is hospitalized and in good condition.” In addition to the U.K., there have recently been cases in Spain and Portugal, Dr. Bartley says. “We have recently seen an increase in limited locations and populations, but the risk to the community remains low.”The new case doesn’t mark the first time monkeypox has occurred in the U.S. In 2003, there were 47 “confirmed and probable cases” across 6 states. Those affected by the outbreak became ill after contact with pet prairie dogs that had recently been housed near small mammals from Ghana, the CDC says. This outbreak was the first time human monkeypox was reported outside Africa, per the CDC. There have been subsequent travel-associated cases in the U.S. Last year in July, a case was recorded in Texas, and a second case was identified in Maryland in November. In both cases, the affected individual had recently traveled to Nigeria.There is no treatment or vaccine currently available for monkeypox specifically, Dr. Bartley says, though as we mentioned, the course of treatment can be similar to how smallpox is addressed in some countries. She adds that a vaccine is being evaluated but isn’t currently available for clinical use in the U.S.If you suspect you’ve been in contact with an individual who has the virus and you start experiencing symptoms, you should contact your doctor remotely to make an appointment to come in, Dr. Bartley says. It’s important to let them know about your potential exposure via phone or email so they can take the necessary precautions to keep themselves and other patients safe when you arrive. In spite of the cases in Europe and the new case in Massachusetts, experts aren’t recommending any safety precautions right now. “There is no reason to panic,” Dr. Bartley says.Related