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Not sure of what Skin problems you are having? This guide might help you get the right treatment

By: DrBatrasHealth Posted Dec 13, 2016 General 6606 Views
(Updated Dec 13, 2016 11:52 AM)

Your skin is the mirror of your inner health. Different types of skin problems depict various underlying ailments which, if not treated on time, could lead to serious health problems.

Whenever we say something's skin deep, we mean that it has about as much depth as a puddle. But that's hardly the case with skin - an amazing and complex organ that extends much deeper than the part we can actually see and touch.

Skin is the biggest and heaviest organ of your body, making up 15 percent of your body weight and covering 12 to 20 square feet. The composition: 70 percent water, 25 percent protein, and less than 5 percent fats. The role of skin is to protect and to package. It holds body fluids to prevent from dehydration, keeps harmful microbes at bay to prevent from infections and makes vitamin D when the sun shines on it.

While serving as a barrier to the millions of germs, chemicals, and other contaminants that want to invade your body, skin also has a big sensory function. Deep in the skin, follicles grow hairs that can sense before your skin is actually touched. Eyelashes, for example, prompt the eyelid(through great nerve connections) to involuntarily close to protect the eye before you even know you're in danger and to quickly flick off bugs before they bite.

Anything that irritates, clogs, or inflames your skin can cause symptoms such as redness, swelling, burning, and itching. Allergies, irritants, your genetic makeup, and certain diseases and immune system problems can cause rashes, hives, and other skin conditions.

Many skin problems, such as acne affect your appearance as well as self-confidence and quality of life. Skin disorders vary greatly in symptoms and severity. They can be temporary or permanent, and may be painless or painful. Some have situational causes, while others may be genetic. Some skin conditions are minor, and others can be life-threatening.

It is, therefore, important to address skin problems as soon as possible before they lead to serious complications. However, a recent survey revealed that most individuals who have skin problems that deserve medical attention do not seek medical help at the initial stage, thereby aggravating the condition.

The most common skin disorders are:

Acne: It is the condition in which the overactive oil glands and dead cells clog the skin pores, resulting in pimples. It occurs during teenage in most cases. The symptoms of acne can be mostly seen on the face, neck, back and shoulders. If left untreated, it may cause blemishes and scarring. Know how to treat it here:

Eczema: It is the inflammation of skin, often referred to as dermatitis. Eczema is characterised by excessive itching, dry and scaly eruptions with redness. It may occur at any age, but is most common in infants and children. Know how to treat it here:

Lichen Planus: It is the chronic inflammatory condition that affects the skin, mouth and genitals. Apart from being chronic, the disease has periods of remissions and relapses. The typical rash of Lichen Planus is characterized by purplish or violaceous flat-topped, itchy papules. Know how to treat it here:

Psoriasis: It is characterised by thick, red, swollen patches covered by silvery white scales. It mostly involves the scalp, face, lower back, elbows, knees, fingernails and toenails. It may occur at any age. People with severe psoriasis may face social embarrassment, job stress and emotional distress. Psoriasis may also lead to psoriatic arthritis. It is a chronic inflammatory arthritis that develops with psoriasis. Know how to treat it here:

Vitiligo: It is a chronic skin condition characterised by portions of the skin losing their pigment. The visible sign of vitiligo is the presence of pale, patchy areas of depigmented skin, which tends to occur on the extremities. The patches are initially small, but often grow and change shape. Know how to treat it here:

Warts: It is small, non-cancerous growths on the skin which are usually painless, but if the warts are on the soles(plantar warts), they may be painful. They are contagious in nature. Warts are generally skin-colored, though they may be darker or lighter. Know how to treat it here:

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