There are numerous skin conditions that can affect skin health. Most skin conditions that are commonly known have some similar symptoms. It is important to know the differences to be able to identify them.
Permanent Skin Diseases:
- Moles; are growths on the skin, rather commonly experienced, which appear when skin cells and surrounding tissue bunch up together. Most people do have moles and can develop new ones. Moles do not have symptoms but should be checked when changes occur. For example, growing larger or changing colour.
- Melanoma; when moles turn abnormal it can lead to melanoma which is a serious skin cancer that is life-threatening.
Symptoms: Asymmetrical shapes, ragged edges, change in size and uneven colours. If any of these occur it should be checked out.
Melanoma can be treated by having surgery, undergo radiation treatments or undergo chemotherapy.
- Eczema; is commonly found in young children and infants, but do continue through adulthood as well.
Symptoms: Rashes on the face and scalp, on the neck, wrists, behind the elbows, legs or ankles. These rashes can become bumpy, change colour, thicken and are very itchy. It can cause very dry skin that permanently itches and cover more of the body, in adults.
Eczema does not have any cure. It can either clear up of its own volition, or the symptoms can be treated with medications and creams.
Other permanent skin diseases include Cradle Cap, Rosacea, Lupus, Psoriasis, and Vitiligo.
Temporary Skin Diseases:
- Acne; is one of the most common, widespread skin conditions, and it also comes in many different forms.
Symptoms: Pustules are red pimples that have pus at the tips. Papules are raised red bumps that actually are infected hair follicles. Nodules are painful lumps that occur underneath the skin’s surface. Cysts are larger, pus-filled, painful infections that lie beneath the skin.
Acne is treated with creams and sometimes also with medication.
- Hives; can be caused by an allergic reaction to something inside the body or by outside factors like illnesses, stress or even clothes. Hives are normally treated with antihistamines and practices to prevent allergic reactions.
- Warts; are raised bumps on top of the skin and is caused by the human papillomavirus. They are contagious and can appear anywhere on the body. They can clear on their own or treated with nitrogen or other medicated creams.
Other temporary skin diseases include cold sores, fungal nail infection, and candidiasis.
- You can also suffer from internal skin diseases, namely, Carbuncles, and Cellulitis. It is important to diagnose any skin disease correctly and deal with it in the appropriate way with the best-known treatments.