Health Risks: How To Recognize And Treat Eczema, Psoriasis And Other Skin Problems

Advice on recognizing eczema, psoriasis and other skin conditions, along with information on subsequent treatments.

Some people develop skin problems early in childhood that plague them throughout their entire lives. Itchy, burning rashes and red bumps are normal everyday occurrences when psoriasis or eczema is present, and often the condition reappears, even after multiple treatments. Acne, one of the most common skin conditions, especially in teenagers and young adults, is one of the easiest treated, but can continue from pre-teen years throughout mid-life. Some who have never suffered from acne may suddenly find themselves covered in it during pregnancy or upon beginning certain contraception methods.

One skin condition that is sometimes mistaken for acne is rosacea. The condition affects the facial area and although there is no cure, there are treatments for rosacea. Rosacea appears mostly on adults around the age of 30 and looks like a rash across the cheeks, nose, chin and forehead, often accompanied by blood vessels which appear to be just below the surface. Rosacea, although rarely, can also appear on the face, neck, chest and ears. Other indications of rosacea include stinging, itching, eye irritation or flushing. The condition is extremely noticeable in most people and affects about 14 million people in the U.S. The majority don't realize that they have rosacea. Some think they have acne, others have such a mild condition that they think they just have exceptionally red cheeks.

Treatment often involves initially taking an oral antibiotic, along with a topical antibiotic, applied directly to the skin. After consuming the oral antibiotic for the prescribed amount of time, the topical ointments are usually continued indefinitely.

Psoriasis, another bothersome skin condition, is an itchy, scaly, red rash that can be found almost anywhere on the body. When skin rejuvenates, it takes about three to five weeks for cells to shed and be replaced, but with psoriasis, skin rejuvenates quicker than that, causing bumps or scaling. Psoriasis can appear as a small, red patch or can cover a spot as large as a softball. Sunlight seems to help psoriasis, and many pregnant women notice the disappearance of the condition during their term. Psoriasis is known to be genetic in some cases, but some people suffer from the condition even though no one else in the family is known to have psoriasis. Psoriasis is not contagious and doesn't travel from one spot on the body to another.

Although the exact cause of the initial outbreak of psoriasis is unknown, some report that they began experiencing the condition after injury, infection or upon using certain prescription drugs. The treatment for psoriasis is often a prescription cream which is formulated to be closely related to Vitamin D. The ointments are odorless and colorless and must be applied at the beginning of the outbreak, throughout the healing of the patch.

Eczema and dermatitis are skin conditions that are closely similar to psoriasis, but the causes range from allergies to detergents and bath products, to pets, dust mites or pollen. See a dermatologist if you suspect that you have psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, or other serious skin problems for advice and treatment.

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