5 Skin Diseases

Our skin is an important organ. Without it, we can’t have the sense of touch, protect the body from external bacterial invasion, regulate body temperature and have a waterproof barrier.

Here is the list that details 5 skin diseases that you should know about.

Eczema

This condition causes your skin to become dry. When your skin is dry and lacks moisture, it is more susceptible to bacteria, fungi and viral infections which could lead to eczema. How do you solve this problem? Well, you can use moisturizers, gentle cleaners and topical steroids. These can be purchased from your local pharmacies.

Rosacea

This skin disease causes your blood vessels to enlarge, resulting in red, bumpy and blotched skin. Until now, doctors don’t know the actual cause for this disease. Usually, rosacea affects the facial area. When it first appears, you might confuse it with pimples if you are an adult. The danger of the disease is it can affect your eyes, making them red, dry and therefore irritated. How do you tackle this issue? Well, you use an antibiotic cream and sunscreen to protect your skin to avoid getting it at the first place.

Psoriasis

This is an autoimmune disease. It is characterized when you have rapid buildup of rough, dry and dead skin cells that form thick scales. Instead of renewing your skin cells every 2 to 4 weeks, a person with psoriasis has his or her skin renewed every few days. This can result in patches that are called plaques. Psoriasis is caused by cold, dry weather, stress and skin abrasions from injuries.

SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus)

If you have this disease, it affects almost every organ in your body. This includes your skin. It is most visible across your cheeks, taking the shape of a butterfly. Always consult your doctor if you suspect you have this disease.

Hypothyroidism

Hypo is a Greek word that means lacking of. Therefore, your body lacks thyroid hormones. In normal conditions, your thyroid produces these thyroid hormones at a steady amount. When there is a lack of thyroid hormone in your body, your sweat and oil glands won’t be able to work as optimally. This can cause you to have swollen, dry and waxy skin. For other people, this can result in hair loss and yellowish skin color due to poor vitamin A absorption.

How do you find out if you have hypothyroidism? Well, you must be diagnosed with blood tests. But you may need further evaluation of the thyroid gland if the gland is enlarged. How do you cure this disease? Well, it is done by replacing thyroid hormones into your body. It is harmless if it is controlled properly with good supervision from your doctor.

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