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5 top common Skin Conditions and Infections

10 May, 2019
Below are some of the most common skin conditions, their symptoms and how they may be treated. If you have a skin condition or infection or not sure but experiencing any of the symptoms shared below, we strongly advise you to talk to a doctor now on HealthWise.  
 
1. Eczema 
Eczema  is a very common inflammatory skin condition that causes itching, redness, dryness, oozing (when infected) and crusting. It is triggered by irritants like soaps, detergents & shampoos, the weather(cold & dry, dampness), stress, food allergies, hormonal changes, certain materials worn next to skin. Treatment for Eczema includes identifying and avoiding triggers, topical steroids, moisturizing the skin and antihistamines to control itching. 
 
2. Cellulitis 
Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the skin affecting any part of the body which can become very serious if left untreated. Symptoms includes redness, swelling, pain, fever, occasionally pus under the skin and  more seriously; muscle aches, dizziness, feeling ill, lethargy, shaking, chills, blistering. It is caused by anything that makes the skin break such as insect bites, cuts, chafing or blisters. Cellulitis should be treated with antibiotics. 
 
3. Rosacea 
Rosacea is a flushing and rash affecting the face and sometimes the eyes. Symptoms for rosacea include permanent redness, spots, small visible blood vessels, burning and stinging of the skin. The cause of rosacea is not well understood and is not curable but avoiding triggers such as sun exposure, temperature extremes, hot beverages, spicy foods, and alcohol can help keep it under control. Prescription skin products and medications can help decrease spots and redness and SPF is recommended to be used daily. 
 
4. Ringworm 
Ringworm is not an actual worm but a fungal skin infection. It is a dry, red or silver, flaky and itchy patch that can be circular or oval in shape which can appear anywhere on the body including the scalp and groin. Ringworm is caused by a break in the skin such as chafing or scratching. Ringworm infection is spread by close contact with infected person, animal or object like bedsheets and combs.  A topical antifungal medication can be used to treat the infection. 
 
5. Psoriasis 
Psoriasis is a common chronic inflammatory skin condition that can be associated with other health conditions such as arthritis and vascular disease. Psoriasis is linked to genetic factors and an overactive immune system. Common symptoms include thick skin, red patches, and silvery scales on skin typically affecting the elbows, knees, scalp, lower back. Psoriasis is not infectious. Treatments for Psoriasis include topical steroid creams, light therapy and oral medications for more serious cases. 
 
If you think you may have any of these skin conditions or infections, you can speak to a doctor on HealthWise.  A qualified doctor can help you understand your skin issue and provide a recommended treatment plan if necessary.  

 

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