Skin Diseases

What Are Skin Diseases?

A skin disease can be regarded as a disorder that changes the natural appearance and texture of the skin. Whether it is a chronic condition like cancer or a simple disorder like acne, everything that affects the natural order of the skin is a disorder.

Skin diseases don’t just affect the skin alone, they also affect an individual’s lifestyle.

Types of Skin Diseases

Skin diseases differ greatly in severity and symptoms. They can be permanent or temporary. Some might be painful while others may be painless. Some are purely genetic while others have situational causes.

Some skin disorders can be life threatening while others are minor. Some of the most common skin diseases include:

Causes of Skin Diseases

Various factors might lead to skin conditions and diseases. Most of them are lifestyle factors or certain health conditions. Some skin diseases might even be caused by a combination of the two. Some of the most common causes of skin diseases are:

  • A weakened immune system
  • Parasites, fungus and as well as microorganisms in the skin
  • Viruses
  • Genetic factors
  • Diseases affecting the immune system, thyroid glands and various crucial body systems

Symptoms of Skin Diseases

Skin diseases and disorders exhibit numerous symptoms. However, you need to know that some symptoms on your skin are not always caused by a skin condition. Such symptoms include chaffing from tight pants or blisters from uncomfortable or ill-fitting shoes.

On the other hand, skin conditions that are not obvious may point to an actual skin disease or disorder. Typical symptoms of skin disorders include:

  • Raised red and white bumps
  • Rough or scaly skin
  • Rash that might be itchy or painful
  • Ulcers
  • Discolored skin patches

Diagnosis of Skin Diseases

Doctors can diagnose many skin diseases by a simple look at the skin. Revealing features range from shape, color, size and location of the disorder as well as other symptoms or signs that might be present. Doctors will ask the patient to undress completely, to check the extent of a skin disorder, even if the patient might only have noticed the disorder on a small section of the skin. However, in serious conditions, the doctor or skin specialist might opt for more advanced methods of diagnosis.

Treatment Options Available For Skin Diseases

Most skin diseases are treatable using local treatment methods. However, some of them don’t respond to treatment or medications. On the other hand, some will disappear without any form of treatment. The skin condition determines the treatment method used. If you are suffering from one of the above listed skin diseases, here are some of the treatment options that you can pursue.

  • Laser therapy
  • Antibiotics
  • Medicated ointments and creams
  • Steroid or vitamin injections
  • Targeted prescription medications





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