Does your skin itch more than normal? We asked dermatologist Dr. Katie Manno about some common skin conditions which may be to blame, 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 affecting millions of Americans. Katie Manno, M.D., dermatologist with Renown Dermatology, Laser & Skin Care explains more.
How would you know if you have a skin condition?
As a matter of fact, many common skin conditions can have similar symptoms. For this reason, it’s important to work with your care provider to diagnose and treat them.
In fact there are a wide variety of skin conditions. For instance they can range in duration: short or long-term and may be mild or painful. Some have specific causes, while others may be genetic.
Changes in the color or texture of your skin can mean you have a skin condition, or it could be the result of inflammation, infection or allergic reactions. Skin symptoms which appear aren’t always the result of a skin disorder. Examples include blisters from new shoes or chafing from tight pants.
However, skin problems with no clear cause may indicate an actual skin condition requiring treatment.
When is it time to see a care provider?
If you have any concerns about changes to your health, it’s time to see a care provider. Some skin conditions require a doctor’s attention, while others can be treated safely at home. Talk with your care provider about your symptoms to determine your best treatment method.
Common treatment methods for skin conditions include:
- Medicated creams and ointments
- Vitamin or steroid injections
- Laser therapy
- Targeted prescription medications
Common skin conditions and symptoms
Typically includes patches red, scaly, very itchy skin, which can be painful. There is no cure for psoriasis, but moisturizing your skin, quitting smoking and managing stress can help control symptoms.
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These swollen, pale red bumps or plaques can appear suddenly – either from an allergic reaction, or other unknown reasons. Hives cause burning, stinging and itching. Surprisingly, they may appear anywhere on the body such as the face, lips, tongue, throat or ears.
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Symptoms include itchy red, and dry skin due to inflammation. This is common in children, however adults can get it too. With this in mind, people with eczema often have allergies or asthma.
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Frequently this is associated with facial redness. But it can also cause red and irritated eyes or even swollen eyelids. Similarly acne-like breakouts or a thick and bumpy skin texture are common.
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Truly any age can develop seborrheic dermatitis including infants, (known as “cradle cap”). In general it is considered a chronic form of eczema.
Namely this skin condition produces greasy and scaly patches where are a lot of oil-producing glands are located. For instance areas affected include the upper back, nose and scalp. Additionally skin flakes or dandruff on the scalp, hair, eyebrows, beard or mustache can be found.
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