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5 Skin Conditions You Should Know About

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5 Skin Conditions You Should Know AboutYour skin is the largest organ in your body (or in this case, on your body). It does more to protect you and the rest of your organs than you probably imagine. Your skin:

Protects deep tissue;

Detects pain, and pressure and temperature changes;

Helps regulate core body temperature; and

Eliminates wastes from your body.

Given the skin’s impressive list of job duties, it only makes sense that you should make every effort to take care of it. With that in mind, we’ve developed this short list of the most common skin conditions you should be aware of and take precautions to avoid.

Hives Can Mean Exposure to an Unknown Allergen

Hives usually occur as itchy, raised welts after exposure to an allergen. They can also be painful to the touch. Hives come in multiple shapes and sizes, but if you think you’ve been exposed to something new (whether food-related or topical), check with your doctor to determine the right course of action.

Rosacea, a Chronic Skin Disease

Individuals with rosacea may experience cycles of fading and relapse as they age. The disease is not curable, but avoiding spicy foods, alcohol, sunlight, and stress can help reduce relapses. Rosacea appears as red bumps, general redness of the face, or skin dryness or sensitivity.

Latex Allergies Can be Serious

Many people do not realize they have a latex allergy until they experience their first reaction. For most, that reaction consists of a rash that occurs within minutes of exposure. For others, the reaction can be more severe (including difficulty breathing) and requires immediate medical attention.

Eczema Linked to Overactive Immune Systems

Eczema is characterized by dry, rough, flaky, irritated and inflamed skin. Patches can occur on your arms, elbows, knees, face, and scalp. Intense itching and the appearance of thickened, scaly skin frequently accompany eczema. This common skin condition is attributed to an overactive immune response to external factors such as contact with chemicals or animal dander, an increase in body temperature, a sudden change in humidity or stress.

Measles are Still a Threat for Some

Many believe measles to be a problem of the past, but if you aren’t vaccinated, you have an increased chance of contracting the virus. Symptoms include fever, sore throat, loss of appetite, cough and a red rash that spreads from the face down the entire body.

Article by Jennifer Dawson

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