More than 3,000 skin conditions affect people every day. We asked dermatologist Dr. Katie Manno about the most common, and when to see a care provider.
We’ve likely all heard about and experienced moles and acne. However, there are many other skin conditions that affect millions of Americans. Katie Manno, M.D., dermatologist with Renown Dermatology, Laser & Skin Care explains more.
What are some common skin conditions?
There are more than 3,000 skin disorders that affect people every day. Some of the more common ones that people might experience are:
- Hives: Itchy, raised welts
- Eczema: Rashes on the face, scalp, behind the elbows, or on the neck, wrists, ankles or legs
- Rosacea: Most commonly associated with facial redness, but can also cause red and irritated eyes or swollen eyelids, breakouts that look like acne or thick and bumpy skin texture
- Seborrheic dermatitis: Greasy and scaly patches of skin
- Psoriasis: Typically includes patches of skin that are red, scaly and very itchy
How would you know that you have one of these skin conditions?
Many of the common skin conditions can have some symptoms that are similar, so it’s important to work with your care provider to diagnose and treat a skin condition. They can be temporary or permanent, and may be painless or painful. Some have situational causes, while others may be genetic.
Changes in the color or texture of your skin can mean that you have developed a skin condition, or it could be the result from inflammation, infection or allergic reactions. Symptoms on your skin that appear due to common problems aren’t always the result of a skin disorder. Such symptoms can include blisters from new shoes or chafing from tight pants. However, skin problems that have no obvious cause may indicate the presence of an actual skin condition that requires treatment.
When is it time to see a care provider?
If you have any concerns about changes with your health, it’s time to see a care provider. Some skin conditions require the attention of a doctor, while you can address others safely at home. Talk with your care provider to learn about your symptoms or condition and determine the best treatment methods. Common treatment methods for skin conditions include:
- Medicated creams and ointments
- Vitamin or steroid injections
- Laser therapy
- Targeted prescription medications