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Although the skin is the largest organ of the body, it receives the least amount of attention by the body. The skin is often the first organ to let us know there is a problem inside the body. For example, eczema (a.k.a., atopic dermatitis) is the most common skin rash in all ages. It occurs when there is underlying systemic inflammation.
Eczema’s presentation can vary from severe dry, itchy skin to red, thickened, scaly patches generally located on the face, scalp, back of the knees, wrists, hands, elbows, or feet. Eczema is also often eventually accompanied with allergies or asthma. Call our office today if you would like to get to the bottom of your chronic skin condition. By better understanding the root cause to your rash, we can define a personalized treatment that helps resolve the rash permanently.
Common Chronic Skin Conditions
One of the most recognizable signs of a chronic skin condition is a recurring rash. A rash can look like an inflamed red patch of skin or a group of bumps or spots. It can be caused by a localized irritation, allergy, infection, blocked skin pores, or an underlying disease. Different types of rashes include acne, dermatitis, eczema, hives, pityriasis rosacea, and psoriasis.
Eczema (also called dermatitis) is an inflammatory skin disorder that results in red, dry, and itchy skin. It can even cause the skin to weep, bleed and crust over. Eczema and dermatitis are often used to describe the same thing. Dermatitis indicates a more acute to subacute flare-up while eczema can indicate more chronic skin inflammation. Affected skin areas include the folds of the arms, the back of the knees, wrists, face, and hands.
Dermatitis is the most common skin rash. Causes can be topical irritants such as perfumes, soaps, detergent, cosmetics, dyes, mold, animal hair, pollen, temperature shifts, dust & dust mites, metal, chemicals, latex, wool, synthetic fibers, or mineral oils.
Skin infections can be caused by a virus, bacteria, or fungus. They can infect the superficial to deep layers of skin. Some viral skin infections includes herpes, shingles, and warts typically remain contained within a certain area. Bacterial infections, if left untreated, can spread to other parts of the body. Some examples of bacterial skin infections include folliculitis, cellulitis, and tick-borne rashes. Some examples of fungal skin infections include athlete’s foot, jock itch, and ringworm.
At Advanced Health, we blend diagnostic and medical expertise with evidence-based complementary therapies for people with chronic skin conditions. We provide personalized treatment plans which drive quick and effective results. Our integrative physicians guide you through how your symptoms can be directly impacted by your lifestyle and other environmental factors.