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Other Skin Conditions

Learn about common skin conditions that may be connected to the symptoms you’re experiencing. Some symptoms overlap, so it may be hard to distinguish between different conditions. That’s why it’s important to make an appointment with your doctor for a proper assessment, and to determine the right course of action.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a common, chronic (long-term) inflammatory skin condition.

Common symptoms

  • Raised red, scaly patches on your skin that are itchy
  • Sometimes these skin patches are also covered by a silvery white scale
  • You may have a few concentrated areas of red, flaky skin or you may notice that large areas of your body are covered

While symptoms can appear anywhere on the body, the most common areas include the elbows, knees, scalp, chest and lower back.

Who it Affects, Causes & Treatment

Psoriasis can develop at any age, although it’s usually seen in adults. The exact cause of psoriasis isn’t known.

Several treatment options are available to help manage psoriasis. Talk to your doctor to learn more.

People with psoriasis are at risk of developing Psoriatic Arthritis. It’s important to monitor your health and be aware of any joint stiffness, pain or inflammation. Talk to your dermatologist or family doctor if you have any concerns.

Eczema

Eczema, also referred to as Dermatitis, is a type of skin inflammation.

Common symptoms

  • Inflamed, red, itchy and swollen skin
  • Fluid-filled bumps that ooze and crust

Eczema can come and go, and appear on different areas of the body. Symptoms can range from mild to severe.

Who it Affects, Causes & Treatment

There are many types of eczema, with the most common form being Atopic Dermatitis (AD). AD usually starts in infants and young children and is characterized by itchy, inflamed skin. Patients with AD lack an essential oil in their skin, so cannot retain moisture well. Management of dry skin, through gentle cleansing and moisturizing, is an important part of self-care.

Symptom “flare-ups” can be caused by certain triggers, like soaps, fabrics or dust. Understanding your triggers, and minimizing exposure, is an important part of managing eczema. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to learn more about identifying your triggers and treatment options.

Rosacea

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects mainly the face.

Symptoms include

  • Frequent flushing or blushing on cheeks, nose, chin, forehead
  • Persistent redness
  • Red lines, due to enlarged blood vessels becoming visible
  • Dry skin
  • Burning, stinging, or itching
  • Pimple-like bumps without blackheads or whiteheads

Who it Affects, Causes & Treatment

Rosacea usually develops in people between 30 and 50 years old. It tends to affect people with fair skin (e.g., of Northern and Eastern European descent), although rosacea can develop in people of any skin type.

The exact cause of rosacea is not known, but is thought to be linked to both genetic and environmental factors, like chronic sun exposure.

Different treatments and lifestyle strategies can be used to help manage rosacea. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to learn more.

Do you have skin symptoms and joint pain? It may be the double whammy of Psoriatic Arthritis.

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