10 Most Disturbing Skin Conditions You Would Want to Avoid

10 Most Disturbing Skin Conditions You Would Want to Avoid
27 Jan 2013

Your skin covers every inch of your body and probably the health of no other organ is as important to you aesthetically as your skin. There are a number of skin problems out there which could really give you a hard time, but there are quite a few that can really disturb you. While there are serious skin conditions such as skin cancer, this list features some of the most common conditions that can really ruin your days.

Here is a look at the 10 most disturbing skin conditions you would not want to end up with.

1. Eczema

Eczema is a group of some of the most disturbing skin conditions you can get, because it involves a lot of itching, pain and irritation. Eczema involves skin rashes, skin redness, itching, flaking, cracking and even bleeding. Mostly the occurrence of eczema is attributed to environmental factors, if not genetic factors. The treatment of eczema depends on the particular condition. However, moisturizers and ointments for relieving itching are frequently used.

Eczema

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2. Warts

Wart is a bristle-like growth on the skin which usually occurs on hands and feet, but could even attack other parts. There are several types of warts, depending on the part of the body they affect. The condition is caused by a viral infection from the HPV or the human papilloma virus. The condition can be avoided through a vaccine to the infection known as Gardasil. Several medicines, keratolysis, cryosurgery and laser treatment are used to treat the condition.

Warts

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3. Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a disease causing usually a permanent skin condition characterized by red and white patches of scaled skin. It is a genetic condition and is caused by the overproduction of new skin cells, when the existing ones are attacked by the immune system of the body, taking them for pathogens. In some cases, no symptoms related to skin appear in psoriasis patients. Psoriasis is managed using topical agents and phototherapy.

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4. Boils

Boils are bacterial infections of hair follicles on the skin caused by the Staphylcoccus Aureus. Boils are bumpy lumps that become pus filled due to the infection and causes pain and irritation. The treatment of boils include antiseptic and antibiotic ointments and incision and draining. Recurrent condition could require an antibiotic course.

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5. Impetigo

Impetigo is a skin condition involving a bacterial infection and appearance of red sores, often oozing with pus and bleeding, and scars. Impetigo is common among school going children and rare in adults. Impetigo is caused by a bacterial infection from Staphylococcu Aureus and Streptococcus Pyogenes, carried through nasal fluids or lesions. Antibiotics, antiseptics and topical ointments are used for the treatment.

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6. Hives

Hives is a pale or red bumpy and raised skin rash which can be itchy and is caused either as an allergic reaction or not. The causes of hives include drug reaction, environmental factors, exposure to extreme temperatures, contaminated water, certain foods such as nuts and allergy to exercise. However, the cause of almost a third of hives remains unknown. Hives do not usually last for more than six weeks. Recurring hives are rarely caused by an allergic reaction.

Hives

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7. Dry Skin

Dry skin, also known as Xeroderma, is a common condition which includes flaking, cracking and itching of the skin. Dry skin is caused in a cold environment with very little moisture and by excessively use of soaps and detergents. The condition can be treated with skin ointmens, emollients and lanolin.

Dry Skin

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8. Cellulite

Cellulite is not a disease, but it is just loose, hanging skin that occurs once someone loses weight or ages. Older women and those who have just had a pregnancy are the most common victims of this condition. It is caused by many factors including hormonal changes, genetics and a stressful lifestyle. Unfortunately, there is no effective treatment for the condition, making it pretty disturbing for those who have to endure it.

Cellulite

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9. Acne

Acne has many types, but is broadly divided into inflammatory and non-inflammatory conditions. Either way, acne is a tremendous cosmetic problem and includes the appearance of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, pinheads, nodules, infected cyst-like nodules and scars on the skin. It is usually caused by hormonal changes in the adolescence, but its occurrence is not limited to it. It is one of the most prevalent skin conditions around the world with no effective cure.

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10. Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis Pilaris is a common skin condition which is known to affect follicles, or hair containing sacs. The condition is characterized by red and rough skin bumps around hair follicles and does not occur on parts of the skin where hair follicles are missing such as palms and soles. Keratosis Pilaris is caused by excess keratin production and is thought to be genetic in nature. Moisturizing and topical remedies are used for the treatment.

Keratosis Pilaris

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Pallavi Khera

Working as a freelance writer for the past two years. Major interests of writing are health , fitness and beauty ,home and family, self improvement, women's issue, parenting, society and lots of web stuff.

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