There are many different kinds of skin conditions that can occur through many different ways. Understanding the most common skin conditions can help you to determine issues that you have with your skin, as well as the best ways to treat the condition. Here are just a few of the most common skin conditions.
Acne is likely the most common skin condition that the vast majority of people experience. It is caused when the pores becomes blocked by hair follicles, oil, or dead skin cells. Most experts agree that hormones are the leading cause of acne, though heredity may account for some acne. It commonly occurs on the face, but can also occur over many other areas, like the chest or back. Keeping oily areas clean can help to minimize the likelihood of acne. It is important to avoid touching acne to prevent infection and scarring. Seeing a dermatologist for help with your acne can go a long way toward preventing issues from occurring, like permanent scars and dark spots of skin. Many creams and gels are often used to control acne.
Eczema serves as a sort of umbrella term, as it includes several different things. It is a skin condition that is most common in children, though it can occur in adults, as well. There is no specific cause for eczema, though many professionals think that it can be caused by a combination of genetics, the environment, and the immune system. Eczema can occur on the face, hands, and feet, as well as in the folds of the skin, like the inside of the elbow. This condition results in patches of dry, itchy, and scaly skin. Excessively scratching the skin can cause these patches to thicken. It is important to keep the skin moisturized to minimize the possibility of discomfort from eczema. Visiting a dermatologist can be particularly beneficial for dealing with eczema, as topical steroids and other methods can be used to minimize the symptoms of eczema.
Shingles is a skin condition that occurs most commonly in the elderly or those with compromised immune systems. This condition is caused by the same virus that results in chicken pox, so those who have previously had chicken pox are at risk of developing shingles. The virus stays dormant in the nervous system until it results in shingles. Shingles are essentially a red, blistered rash that causes burning, tingling, and itching sensations. It may also be accompanied by fatigue, fever, and a headache. There are 2 vaccines that are available to prevent shingles. After shingles has developed, there are creams, antiviral drugs, and steroids that can be used to control the symptoms of shingles.
Hives are likely the most common allergy-related skin condition. Common triggers of hives include medications, food, bug bites, and stings. Hives cause raised, red, itchy areas on the skin. It may be important to obtain emergency treatment if the hives are located over a large portion of the body or impact breathing. However, most hives usually subside within a few hours. Oral antihistamines can be taken to help minimize the itching from hives and certain creams can help to deal with symptoms, as well. The best method for treating hives is to avoid the triggers that cause them.
Rosacea is a skin condition that affects the facial region. A tendency to flush easily that is followed by lingering redness may indicate rosacea. Chronic rosacea results in swelling of the face and includes redness, pimples, and prominent blood vessels. There are many different things that can cause rosacea, including vein problems, environmental issues, and immune system issues. It occurs most commonly in adults and there are many various treatments designed for rosacea. Treatments include antibiotics, creams, certain medications, and laser or surgical treatments. When rosacea is allowed to remain, it can become redder over time, as well as cause the skin to become thicker.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that is caused primarily by genetics. The immune system causes an excess of skin tissue, which builds up. This leads to skin that is red and thick, covered by silvery scales. It generally begins on elbows and knees, but it can spread to other areas of the body. Psoriasis generally causes extreme self-consciousness due to its apparent nature. Outbreaks of psoriasis can be triggered by stress, heat, sunlight, and more. There are many various treatments that can be used for psoriasis, including topical creams and UV treatments. If you suffer from psoriasis, you should contact an experienced dermatologist to ensure that you can minimize the symptoms associated with it.
Athlete’s foot is a contagious skin condition that impacts many people. It is essentially a fungal infection that has impacted the skin on the feet and between the toes. The fungus that causes athlete’s foot is commonly found in warm, moist areas, such as shower stalls, locker rooms, and pool decks. Walking barefoot through these areas can result in the contraction of athlete’s foot. Athlete’s foot results in extreme itching, redness, and cracked skin. Keeping the feet clean and dry and wearing sandals in shower areas or public places can help to minimize the likelihood of athlete’s foot occurring. It is also important to change out of wet socks and shoes as soon as possible to prevent the growth of infectious fungus.
If the fungus is inflammatory, it can cause itchy, fluid-filled blisters on the feet. Non-inflammatory will create dry, scaly skin. Athlete’s foot is most commonly treated with topical antifungal treatments, though more powerful medications may be prescribed by a dermatologist. Athlete’s foot can take weeks to clear up, so prevention can go a long way toward maximizing your comfort.
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Here at Allen-Taintor Dermatology, we strive to provide the services that you need to treat a large array of skin conditions. Many types of skin conditions can impact self-esteem and others can result in discomfort, pain, and health issues. Additionally, everyone’s skin is different, which is why a specialized approach is necessary to effectively care for your skin. To learn more about common skin conditions and treatments for them, contact us today!