WELLNESS CORNER: HEALTH TALK



Health
What’s irritating your skin?
Is your skin itchy, breaking out or covered in a strange spot or rash?  It may be one of 17 common problems.  Skin inflammation, changes in texture or colour, and spots may result from infection a chronic skin condition, or contact with an allergen or irritant.  if  you think you  have one  of these  common  adult  skin problems , have  your doctor  check it out .    Most are minor, but others can signal something more serious.
MELASMA (PREGNANCY MASK):Melasma (chloasma) is brown patches on your cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. It is often called the “pregnancy mask” because it happens to half of all pregnant women. Men can get it too. If it doesn’t go away on its own after the baby comes, you can treat it with prescription creams and over the counter products. Sunlight makes it worse, so always use a broad –spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen.
WARTS: in most cases common warts appear on the finger or hands. They are caused by the human papillomavirus.   Warts spread when you touch something used by a person with the virus.  To prevent more warts cover them with bandages, keep them dry and don’t pick them. They are usually harmless and painless. You can treat them with tropical medications or a doctor can freeze and burn them off. More advanced removal techniques include surgery, laser s and chemical.
 
SEBORRHEIC  KERSTOSES : Seborrheickeratoses are noncancerous  growths that often  show up as one ages .they can appear on many areas  of the skin either  alone  or in groups . They may be dark or multicolored, and they usually have a grainy surface although they can be smooth and waxy. You don’t need to treat them unless they get irritated or you don’t like the way they look.  They are easy to mistake for moles or skin cancer, but a dermatologist can tell the difference.

SHINGLES (HERPES ZOSTER): A rash of raised dots that turns into painful blisters, shingles causes your skin to burn, itch, tingle, or become very sensitive. Shingles often show up on your trunk and buttocks, but can appear anywhere. An outbreak    lasts about two weeks. You will recover but pain, numbness and itching could linger for months, years or even the rest of your life. Treatment includes creams for your skin, antiviral drugs steroids and even antidepressants.



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