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Skin IrritationWhat causes skin irritation?
A skin irritation is an area of skin that has become swollen, inflamed, or irritated.
Skin irritation or rashes can include skin bumps that look like:
- pimples or sores
- blotchy, scaly or red skin
- and itchy or burning skin
Allergens, heat, and certain medical conditions (some more serious than others) can all cause skin reactions like these.
Some skin rashes occur right away, while others take some time to develop.
Some skin rashes occur on the face while others flare up on the arms, legs, or torso. Location, appearance, and color are all factors in determining the right diagnosis and the right treatment.
Some common skin irritation are:
- Hay fever
- Flea bites
- Fungal Infections
Some rashes may be relatively harmless and easy enough to take care of at home while others can be more problematic.
Did you know that the largest organ in the body is your skin and it has multiple functions, it provides coverage and protection to the underlying structures. The skin protects the body from potential infection organisms, it also assists the body in maintaining its constant body temperature, as it contains sweat glands and hairs that aid in temperature control. The skin also contains sensory receptors that allow for sensation of touch. The skin is also involved in the production of vitamin D so as you can see skin is a pretty amazing organ.
The skin often provides indications of our health and changes in our skin can indicate changes in our health status, this can be very uncomfortable and often an can also affect self esteem. An example is acne, this is chronic inflammation of the skin which may be an indication of a hormone imbalance.
Other skin conditions include psoriasis, a very painful condition that is characterised by small to large inflamed areas of keratinised skin cells these often appear silvery in colour, these are known as plaques they are often itchy, this is a chronic inflammatory condition that usually responds well to naturopathic treatment.
Skin rashes are also very common they may be acute or chronic (long term) and may be related to an allergy to either something the skins has come into direct contact examples include creams, lotions, shampoos, or related to food allergies. Skin rashes can also be related to infection that is either viral or bacterial if a someone is unwell suddenly with skin rash you should seek medical advise.
Eczema is also an inflammatory condition of the skin that is usually chronic in nature and responds well to nutritional changes and naturopathy. If of someone you know suffers from a skin condition above you should consider making an appointment with Jodi to learn how you can reduce your symptoms and manage your condition long term.