Your skin is the largest organ in your body. Far from being just something that covers you up so that no-one can peek inside, your skin is quintessentially important for keeping you alive and healthy. For example, your skin plays a major role in keeping your core body temperature and fluid balance constant, and acts as a barrier against infections and injuries.
Many skin conditions exist that can test your nerves that is why some doctors, called dermatologists, and nurses specialise in diagnosing and managing skin disorders. However, you may be surprised to hear that your general physician and practice nurse are able to deal with the vast majority of common skin conditions, and people only rarely need a specialist referral.
This blog helps you to spot symptoms and signs of some major and common skin conditions, and tells you when to go for skin treatment from a professional dermatologist. Because skin conditions are so ‘visual’, be sure to check out the photo section to see what some of them look like.
Checking Out Rampant Rashes
Rashes are a common problem. In particular, infectious diseases in childhood often present with a rash. Identifying and working out the cause of a rash can be tricky – even health professionals sometimes struggle – but this blog helps you to recognise some of the more common and important ones. Following recognition, a skin treatment might be needed to rectify any issues and further development of rashes.
Rashes That Cause Itchiness and Irritation
The appearance of a rash or skin lesion may not bother or worry you too much, but the itch can drive you mad! There are two particularly common itchy rashes – Atopic Eczema and Nettle Rash (known as urticaria) – that may cause you a lot of concern. If you are not sure what to make of a rash, or if you develop itching without a rash, consult your dermatologist.
Symptoms of Atopic Eczema
- Your skin feels dry most of the time.
- Your skin becomes irritated and red in some areas.
- Your skin creases are mainly affected.
- Your skin is itchy and the feeling gets worse erratically.
Symptoms of Nettle Rash
- Weals appear on any part of your skin.
- Weals look white or red and have a small red area of skin called a flare surrounding them. This flare looks a bit like a nettle sting.
- New weals can appear at any time.
- Tissue elsewhere, such as your eyelids or lips, may also swell.