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People often dismiss skincare advice in a quest to look their best. They rarely realize that a bit of neglect can lead to serious health problems down the road. Daily self-exams are an easy way to keep track of your skin and notice any changes or abnormalities. Keeping a log is important so it will be easier for you when you see your doctor. It might also help you remember all relevant information if the problem has worsened over time, causing stress and making it harder to concentrate on what your doctor says. Sometimes, however, even when everything seems just fine from the outside, there may be some early warning signs indicating that things aren’t quite right under the surface. Knowing these signs could make a world of difference in catching skin ailments in their early stages. Here are some of the critical characters that you need to see a doctor.
Anyone who has dark spots or patches, sores, or unusual growths on their skin should seek an expert’s opinion straight away. As well as performing a thorough check for cancerous moles, your doctor will also be able to advise on the appropriate course of treatment for any non-cancerous conditions you may have. Some examples include acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Having an untreated sore can open you up to severe complications if it comes into contact with bodily fluids, especially when it is in a place where it cannot easily be seen by yourself or others. Bumps that come up after an injury may be harmless shingles, which can develop in adults up to one year after suffering chickenpox. However, if you spot the same bump or mark that wasn’t there before your skin was traumatized, then it’s essential not to ignore it.
Unexplained bruises If you look at your body in the mirror and notice something unusual like unexplained bruises, it’s time to make an appointment with your doctor. Bruising is common for people who are suffering from conditions such as anemia or bleeding disorders. It could also mean that you’re taking certain medications which increase your risk of bruising, such as blood thinners or anti-inflammatory drugs. But when internal bleeding is behind unexplainable blue marks appearing on your body, it can be a sign of severe health problems like liver failure or cancer. It’s always best to get these things checked.
An eczema flare-up is an area on the skin that turns red and inflamed due to irritation. Oils in the skin are released during this process, which causes dry patches on your epidermis, sometimes known as “dandruff.” Scratching at eczema rashes only makes the problem worse. If you notice unexplained flaking, especially if your scalp is involved, make sure you book an appointment with your doctor immediately. Left untreated, there is a chance that it may turn into alopecia. This is a condition where all hair follicles are destroyed, causing permanent baldness.
When you have an open wound that is not responding to treatment or a rash that won’t go away, your doctor may diagnose you with a skin infection. These can be bacterial, viral, or fungal. Some people think it’s normal for boils and similar conditions to come up from time to time, but this isn’t always the case. The only way to know what type of infection you have is by having your GP examine it properly. If left untreated, these problems can spread from the skin into the bloodstream and cause more severe conditions such as septicemia.
Once you’ve conquered an acne issue, you’d expect it to stay away. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Breakouts may occur even when you thought they were long gone, especially in the form of worsening scarring. These marks are tricky to treat and can be very difficult to get rid of without help from a professional. While it’s normal for some scars caused by pimples or picking at spots to remain behind indefinitely, your doctor can tell whether yours would improve with proper treatment or if you’re dealing with something more serious. If the infection has been causing your breakouts, it means that bacteria have been spreading under the surface of your skin. This could lead to cellulitis when the infection spreads in the fat just under your skin.
Don’t dismiss it as anything serious if you notice any changes to an existing mole or freckle or new growth on your body. Better to be safe than sorry! Skin cancer is one of the most treatable forms of cancer, but only if it is diagnosed early enough. Your doctor will know when something looks suspicious and keep a close watch until they are entirely sure what type of condition it is. Melanoma, which develops in the cells that produce the pigment melanin, is highly dangerous because there’s already been some cell damage by the time symptoms occur, meaning treatment options are often limited. If not diagnosed early enough, this type of cancer can spread to other parts of your body.
Lupus is an autoimmune condition where the immune system becomes so overactive that it starts attacking normal, healthy tissue. In some cases, lupus targets the skin and causes various painful conditions such as sores, rashes, and swelling. Lupus can also affect organs inside the body. This means that those involved could have problems with their kidneys or even their brain cells if they don’t seek help from a medical professional. Skin conditions associated with lupus can be challenging to treat because many over-the-counter medications contain chemicals that trigger a reaction in sensitive individuals.
Another autoimmune condition, psoriasis, is an inflammation that usually starts with red, itchy patches. This can lead to thickened skin and scaly patches. Psoriasis will be chronic, but only if you let it get out of hand. If caught early enough, your GP or dermatologist can prescribe a cream that slows down the overproduction of skin cells responsible for triggering the problem. Scraping off excess dry skin before applying cream can cut treatment time in half!
Dry, scaly skin
When you haven’t moisturized your skin in days, and it still feels dry, no amount of lotion will make a difference. If your skin is damp but never truly hydrated, this could be due to eczema. Moisturising won’t cure the problem, but it can at least provide temporary relief by trapping moisture in the upper layers of your skin. This stops water from evaporating from the inside, resulting in flaky patches that feel sore when touched.
When an area on your body suddenly starts itching uncontrollably or if you notice any red bumps or rashes developing for no apparent reason, take note. These symptoms are common signs of scabies, which you can catch from direct skin contact with someone who already has the condition. This means that your children and other family members may also need to be checked over by a medical professional if it’s confirmed you have scabies.
Sudden hair loss
Don’t panic; you’re not going bald! However, anyone who experiences sudden hair loss and finds that this affects a more extensive area than normal should see their GP. Alopecia, or total hair loss, can affect both men and women. It isn’t usually linked to any underlying health conditions unless it occurs with other symptoms such as severe itching or irritation. If there doesn’t seem to be an answer for your sudden hair loss after your doctor’s appointment, make sure you get a second opinion from another medical professional.
The very definition of harmless – skin tags is a small flap of tissue that hangs off the edge of the skin. They aren’t cancerous, but you might want to get them removed by a doctor because their location – for example, under the arms or in the groin area – can make them more susceptible to rubbing and getting caught on clothing. Moreover, they’re unsightly, resembling tiny bunches of worms squirming under your skin.
Usually, when you damage the topmost layers of your skin, it begins to repair itself immediately because it’s constantly growing. However, if this healing process takes longer than usual because your skin isn’t producing new cells quickly enough, you’ll notice brown scars left behind, which aren’t going to disappear on their own. This is known as post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or PIH. If your dermatologist suspects that something else might be the culprit behind your patchy skin, they’ll perform a biopsy to eliminate any other conditions that could cause the discoloration.
It’s almost impossible not to be worried about a birthmark on your child’s face. If you’re concerned, don’t hesitate to bring them along with you when visiting your dermatologist. It may be nothing more than a harmless nevus or mole, but it might also indicate Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS), which causes seizures and glaucoma in some cases. The exact cause for this condition is still unknown, so make sure you seek professional guidance as soon as possible if there is something suspicious about your new born baby’s mark.
Excessive hair growth
When someone has too much facial for their age or gender, the condition is called hirsutism. This excessive hair growth generally begins to show up during puberty. Although you might be tempted to remove the unwanted facial hair yourself with tweezers or an at-home waxing kit, it’s best if you leave this job to your dermatologist. They can prescribe a treatment that will help reduce the amount of hair over time.
Excessive skin pigmentation
Skin becomes lightly pigmented as we age, but certain health conditions such as rosacea and Addison’s disease cause people’s skin pigments to darken significantly. If you’ve recently noticed that your natural skin tone has become darker than usual, make sure you find out what could be causing it by seeing a dermatologist.
Although you might be familiar with the idea of skin ulcers, you might not know if they cause concern or not. Any lumps or bumps that appear on your body could be harmless; however, it’s important to determine if they indicate something more serious, like skin cancer. Breast cancer can also show up as skin ulcerations (areas where the skin is missing). If the location of these sores appears in a spot that is particularly concerning – such as at the top of your leg near your hip bone – make sure you consult with a dermatologist so they can perform tests to determine what caused it.
Blisters on arms and legs
When small blisters develop on the backs of your arms or between your thighs, there’s a chance that you could have shingles. The same virus causes this condition as chickenpox, which left dormant cells in your body. When those cells wake up, they can trigger a painful bout of shingles on one side of your body. If your dermatologist confirms their suspicions, they’ll likely give you prescription antiviral medication to speed up the recovery process.
People who sweat too much typically have hyperhidrosis. This condition commonly affects someone’s armpits or feet, but it can also cause excessive hand sweating, which has led to discomfort in social situations for many people. There are various ways to manage this condition which you can discuss with your dermatologist. The most effective treatment is likely going to be prescription antiperspirants that you apply under your arms and iontophoresis – a type of electrical current treatment that dries up the excess moisture on the skin.
Numbness and tingling
If you suddenly notice numbness or tingling in one area of your body (such as fingertips), it’s important to see your dermatologist right away. This could be an indication of something much more severe, like multiple sclerosis. The good news is that doctors have diagnosed the disorder early on by noticing these sorts of symptoms. To confirm their suspicions, they might give you a brain scan and send you to a neurologist for further testing.
These are the various signs and symptoms you should seek treatment for at the soonest possible time. Remember, these aren’t all of them – and there are more medical conditions that can affect your skin. Do not ignore these signs, but seek treatment as soon as you suspect something might be wrong. You can book an appointment with a skin doctor through OHO Homeopathy if you are suffering from any such signs!