Knowledge is power when it comes to taking care of your health — and this is certainly true when it comes to common skin conditions. In this article, we will review a few of the most frequently-encountered problems, and what you can do to prevent/treat them.
● Acne. The most common skin problem in the US acne: an umbrella phrase that covers pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, cysts, and nodules. Teens are the most likely to suffer from acne; but it’s not uncommon for adults to experience breakouts from time to time, either. When mild to moderate acne occurs, it is mostly a temporary cosmetic issue that can be treated according to the patient’s desires, oftentimes with a simple washing routine that may include a product such as salicylic
acid. Severe acne, however, can cause long-term skin damage, and in these cases more drastic measures, such as prescribing antibiotics or accutane, may be necessary.
● Skin Cancer. Every summer, millions of people expose themselves to excessive UV radiation that may cause sunburns. Using sunscreen is a must, as sunburns pose both long and short term risks, such as skin cancer. It is also worth pointing out that, if you are unlucky enough to get a severe sunburn, it is important to keep the area clean and avoid scratching/peeling, as this can
lead to infection or scarring.
● Shingles. If you’ve had chicken pox, then you have already been exposed to the virus that causes shingles. At some point in your life (usually in a moment when your immune system is already compromised by advanced age or another illness) you may experience a painful blister eruption known as shingles. Shingles can also be accompanied by fever, headache, and fatigue as well. Thankfully, an antiviral such as Valtrex may be able to alleviate your symptoms. There is a shingles vaccine for seniors over the age of 60 who have had chickenpox.
● Rosacea. This chronic swelling and redness of the face is most common in women over the age of 30, but it can affect both men and women of all ages — and when it does, the results can be very frustrating for many patients. Fortunately, a number of treatment options for rosacea are available.