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Common Skin Diseases

Acne

Acne vulgaris, or acne, is a common skin condition that affects teens and adults of all ages. Contrary to popular acne myths, it isn’t caused by poor hygiene or eating chocolate and greasy foods, and it isn’t a skin problem that people must suffer through and allow to simply “run its course.” Acne is treatable, and a variety of treatment options exist.

Dry skin

Dry skin is rough and often itchy and flaky, which can be not only unsightly but also uncomfortable. Severe cases of dry skin may result in skin appearing scaly, cracking or even bleeding. Dry skin can occur in men, women and children of any age and skin type, even those with oily or acne-prone skin, however it is most common in mature skin types.

Dry skin affects millions of people and sometimes will occur as a symptom of another skin condition, such as eczema or psoriasis. If you experience persistent dry skin that doesn’t improve for several weeks, causing interference with sleep or intense itching, you may need to see a dermatologist.

Eczema

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a chronic skin condition that is difficult to diagnose, as symptoms tend to come and go. However, eczema is commonly described as a skin rash characterized by redness, swelling and intense itching. Although no cure exists, eczema symptoms can be reduced through an ongoing treatment regimen.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that ranges in severity from bothersome to debilitation and affects more than 7 million Americans. Psoriasis causes cells to build up on the skin’s surface too quickly, resulting in the formation of thick, scaly skin patches or plaques.

There are many treatment options for psoriasis. Treatment can reduce signs and symptoms of psoriasis, which usually makes a person feel better. With treatment, some people see their skin completely clear. Treatment can even improve a person’s quality of life.

Excessive sweating

Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, is a condition characterized by unnecessary or overabundant sweat production that is not warranted by environmental circumstances or physical activity.

For example, if you walk a few yards from your office building to your car on a cool day when you are experiencing no anxiety and end up dripping sweat by the time you’ve reached your vehicle, you may be experiencing hyperhidrosis

Treatment of hyperhidrosis ranges from treating possible underlying medical cause of your excessive sweating problem, prescription antiperspirant products containing aluminum chloride may help control excessive sweating but must be applied daily. Botox injection may be prescribed to treat excessive sweating, as the neurotoxin in Botox can temporarily reduce sweat gland activity for a few months.

Nail fungus

Fungal infections, or onychomycosis, can occur in the fingernails and toenails of both men and women. Less severe cases of nail fungus may be unsightly and embarrassing, and more advanced cases of nail fungus can even be painful, so it is ideal to seek treatment as soon as you detect nail fungus symptoms.

Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that affects more than 14 million Americans of all ages and is particularly common in fair skin types. It is often referred to as “acne rosacea” because rosacea may cause small, red pustules that resemble acne, however the two conditions are not one in the same.

Warts

Warts are flesh-colored skin growths occasionally marked with clotted blood vessels resembling black dots. Warts can affect men, women and children of all ages. Although warts may be annoying and unsightly, they are perfectly harmless and do not carry any risk of cancer. Where warts tend to occur on the body is influenced by the type of warts developed, however most warts tend to appear on the fingers, hands and feet.

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