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  Shelby Leith   December 5, 2016   Skin 0 Comments

6 common skin concerns and what to look for

Velocity Care provides information on the six most commonly seen skin conditions and their symptoms

Keep a look out for skin conditions.

The skin is our body’s largest organ, covering up to 2 square meters and making up nearly 15 percent of our body weight. It helps to protect our internal organs and regulates our body temperature. We expose our skin to so many environmental factors and external elements; it's no wonder that there are so many different conditions that can affect it.

Here we take a look at six of the most common skin concerns and what symptoms to look for.

  1. Acne. Acne occurs when the glands under the skin become infected and inflamed, causing red, raised bumps to appear on the skin. These bumps are usually filled with pus and can be painful. This condition is most commonly seen during puberty, when hormonal changes increase the skin’s oil production, but it can occur at any age and on any part of the body.
  2. Psoriasis. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease. This means that the body’s immune system is malfunctioning and has begun to attack itself. With this condition, scaly patches appear on the skin. These areas are red and itchy and over time may build up into thick, white or silvery patches called plaque. Someone with this disease may have a few tiny spots on the body or the condition might affect large areas of skin. In its early stages, skin near the elbows and knees are often the first affected.
  3. Dermatitis. Dermatitis is an allergic reaction that affects the skin. It is usually triggered when someone ingests an allergen or it comes into contact with the skin. Symptoms of this condition include a red, itchy, sometimes painful, rash.
  4. Warts. Warts are tiny, raised bumps of thickened, hardened skin. They occur when the skin comes into contact with a specific virus. Warts are not usually harmful although they can be unsightly and may cause mild itching or discomfort.
  5. Dry skin. Dry skin happens when the skin is lacking hydration. This might be from not drinking enough fluids or from being exposed to dry air. Symptoms of dry skin include white, flaky skin, redness, itchiness and peeling.
  6. Skin cancer. Skin cancer occurs when the cells of the skin become damaged and start to mutate. This often occurs from unprotected exposure to ultraviolet radiation from either the sun or tanning beds. The most common symptom of skin cancer is an abnormal growth on the skin that is sometimes painful. Some skin cancer growths may be flesh-colored while others may look like unsymmetrical moles or freckles.

When should I visit a doctor?

Doctors are specially trained to diagnose and treat a vast variety of skin conditions. It’s important to seek the care of a physician for treatment. A physician may refer you to a specialist if your skin condition:

  • Is not clearing up on its own or is getting worse.
  • Is causing you pain or discomfort.
  • Has appeared suddenly.
  • Shows signs of infection such as redness, swelling or pus.
  • Exhibits unusual growing patterns or discolorations.
  • Is causing sores or lesions.

At Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center, our emergency-trained doctors are able to identify all common skin conditions and provide you with the course of treatment that best suits your individual needs. If you are suffering with the symptoms of one of these common conditions, don't delay; make the trip to one of our walk-in clinics today and get the care that you need.

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This site offers medical, health, fitness and nutritional information and is designed for educational purposes only. General information found on this website is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to replace your health care professional.

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