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Many of the problems facing those who are trying to deal with acne are the pervasive sources of misinformation out there regarding the causes of acne. Despite the numerous valid sources of information on and about acne that are now available, these myths persist and are passed on by word-of-mouth to those unfortunate enough to suffer from the disease.
So, what does your skin say about your health? It may say more than you are letting on. In this report we will explore some of the common skin conditions that people see but ignore because they dont understand what they mean. With some of the signs, the underlying causes may be obvious and some may not. Either way, it is an eye-opener into the complex world of your skin.
A wart is a harmless but contagious skin growth caused by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin. The virus that causes warts belongs to the human papilloma virus (HPV) family. They are usually benign. Warts occur in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and can develop anywhere on the body.
The term toenail fungus is also referred to as onychomycosis of the nail plate, and tinea of the nails. Fungal nail infections can occur on both toenails and fingernails, but the toenails are more commonly affected. A fungus is a living organism that breeds in moist, dark and warm environments such as shoes and socks underneath and around the nails, which is why the toenails are more susceptible than fingernails, and most commonly it is the big or small toe that is involved.
An abscess is described as a tender sore or lump that can be pressed on easily. It has a middle area filled with pus and debris. It is surrounded by a colored area that ranges from pink to deep red and becomes swollen. This area is usually painful and warm to the touch. Abscesses may appear on any area of the body and predominantly surfaces in the armpits, at the base of the spine, around a tooth, in the groin or around the vaginal and anus areas.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic skin condition and is also commonly referred to as dandruff or dermatitis. This condition occurs when the sebaceous glands are overactive, and produce too much oil on the skin. The skin looks dry, inflamed and turns red.
Scleroderma is a rare but chronic condition that is characterized by the hardening of skin and connective tissues â€“ it literally means hard skin. It belongs to a group of arthritic conditions known as connective tissue diseases in which an individualâ€™s antibodies are directed against his or her own tissues. There are two types of scleroderma â€“ localized and systemic scleroderma. Localized scleroderma usually begins with dry patches of skin on the hands or face which progressively becomes thicker and harder.
For years many of us may have heard the importance of hair health, yet the scalp is often over-looked as an important area of the body that needs itâ€™s fair share of attention too. While the scalp is a pretty â€˜toughâ€™ structure, and can take a lot of wear and tear (when brushing or tugging hair for example), the scalp can also become sensitive, flaky (Dandruff) or too oily (oily scalp) often leading to scalp acne.
Rosacea is a skin condition that causes redness and pimples over the areas of the face. It mainly affects the forehead, lower half of the nose and chin. Rosacea most commonly affects women and fair-skinned people and tends to start between the age of 30 and 60. When rosacea occurs, tiny blood vessels in the facial area dilate (enlarges) and become more noticeable through the skin. These blood vessels emerge as tiny red lines known as telangiectasias.
Ringworm refers to a common fungal infection that affects the skin, nails and scalp. Although the name may be misleading, it is not a worm at all. One of the distinguishing features of ringworms is patches of red rings which appear on the skin. These rings look like bumpy, scaly borders with white centers which may look like blisters. The centers usually heal over time and become hard and crusty, but the outer edges become inflamed and spread outwards.
Psoriasis is a skin disorder that is characterized by thick, red swollen patches covered with silvery white scales. These patches may often be found on the scalp, face, lower back, elbows, knees, hands, fingernails, toenails and soles of the feet. They may even develop in the inside of the mouth or on the genitals.
Pruritus is also known as itching and may be defined as a tingling sensation of the skin that causes a strong desire to scratch the area to obtain relief. Itching can either be confined to a certain part of the body (localized) or develop all over the body (generalized).
Pimples are red, inflamed raised skin lesions that contain a small amount of pus. They usually develop after blackheads or whiteheads become infected, and are caused by clogged or infected pores. Pimples often appear without warning. When a breakout of pimples occurs, it is referred to as acne. To prevent permanent damage and visible scars on the skin, acne needs to be treated correctly.