Are Skin Issues Really Just Cosmetic?

When we think of common skin problems like eczema, psoriasis or even acne, many of these appear to be superficial issues. After all, millions of people experience symptoms like rashes, swelling and irritation, but rarely do we hear of serious complications as a result of their diagnosis.

This then begs the question: Are skin issues really just cosmetic, or can they lead to serious health complications?

Here are 5 Skin Diseases that Can Cause Serious Health Problems

  • Rosacea

Rosacea is marked by redness, inflammation and pimples in the facial region. It is most commonly found in adults, and hence the nickname “adult acne”. The most serious risk of rosacea is that it can affect eye sight. With light based therapies, dermatologists can successfully manage the symptoms.

  • Moles

While many view moles as “beauty spots”; when these grow or change color, it’s time to see a dermatologist. Mole abnormalities may be a sign of cancer, and these, fortunately, can be treated or removed via a range of techniques like laser therapy, surgery or excisions.

  • Skin Cancer

Patients must routinely check their skin for abnormalities such as discoloration, changing sizes in moles, and other common symptoms of skin cancer. Most types of skin cancers can be treated in their early stages via laser technology, excisions, and a variety of other means.

  • Psoriasis

Psoriasis is characterized by thick, red and flaky skin, which can be irritating for patients due to excessive dryness. There are different types of psoriasis, and nowadays there are also several treatments available including topical creams, prescription medicines, and even laser technology.

How can psoriasis get dangerous?

Psoriasis is considered to be an autoimmune disease, which when left unhindered, may increase your risk of other health issues, such as joint pain, diabetes, celiac disease and many other common chronic issues.

  • Eczema

This skin disease affects millions of people in the United States, and many manage their condition by taking the recommended precautions of using fragrance-free cleansers and soaps. These work to some extent, but now, dermatologists have developed more effective techniques for treating it – like potent topical medicines, coupled with a management plan. When left untamed, eczema leaves sufferers more susceptible to deadly bacteria and viruses, including staph and herpes.

Dr. Seiger at the Skin and Vein Center is available to evaluate skin conditions you may be concerned about. Dr. Seiger specializes in dermatological treatments for common skin issues like warts, eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, moles, rashes and more. To schedule a consultation, call 800-400-VEIN.

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