Skin conditions come in all forms – itchy and dry, or oily and smooth. They affect the outer layer of our body and for that reason alone, cannot be ignored.
Most Australian’s will experience a skin condition during the course of their lives. While some conditions are more common than others, here are the top 5 most common skin conditions to be aware of and what you need to know about them.
Eczema – Not only for Australian’s, this skin condition is one of the most common throughout the world and is known for it’s red itchy rashes that can develop from just the first few months of a baby’s life, right through adult life. The most important thing is prevention; using soap free washes that don’t strip natural oil from the skin and fragrant free moisturizer can help. Anti-inflammatory and steroid creams can help but you should seek advice from your GP should symptoms persist.
Psoriasis – Similar to eczema, psoriasis is more common but also itchy, with a scale like appearance. It can be quite socially distressing with many patients reporting social isolation given it’s noticeable appearance. It’s a genetic defect which is inherent and best treated with anti-inflammatories and possible Phototherapy. Talk to your GP if you are suffering from this condition as there may be a number of treatment options available to you.
Acne – a very common condition, especially in teenagers which presents most commonly on the face. Most people will experience acne during their lives however this is prevalent during puberty as hormones can imbalance the oil in the skin. Most people will respond to creams or antibiotics but if symptoms persist, a referral to a dermatologist by your GP may provide some additional solutions for bad cases.
Rosacea – common in people who drink a glass of wine or eat a spicy meal. Those who suffer from this condition will blush and feel flush quite easily, with possible face swelling. It is common in people with a Celtic background with fair skin. The most common treatment is to figure out what causes the outbreak and avoid or limit these. In serious cases, this condition will be treated by laser which has a track record of performing well.
Athlete‘s foot – The fungal infection tines (commonly known as athletes foot) strikes when fungus attacks the feet. It appears from sweating of the feet and not enough changing or airing the feet and toes encouraging fungus to grow. The condition affects all ages and if general hygiene doesn’t assist, antifungal creams and powders can assist. If this spreads to the toes, you may also need to consider anti-fungal tablets. If you are suffering any form of athletes foot, it may be best to see your GP to determine the best treatment for your specific case.
If you are worried about any skin abnormlities, book an appointment today with your friendly GP from Castle Medical Centre below