Dishpan hands is a problem for any person who regularly washes dirty dishes by hand. It is actually not only a phenomenon with washing dishes. The same type of skin condition can occur when you wash clothes by hand or partake in other daily chores involving prolonged exposure to soap and water. Some people are naturally more sensitive than others and may develop dishpan hands from just washing for a week or so. Others may wash lots of dishes everyday for months or years and not experience a problem. There are number of factors that play a part in dishpan hands eczema and need to be attended to in order to avoid the problem.
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Wrinkles are one of the undesirable aesthetic consequences of aging. It is a crease, furrow, ridge that can occur anywhere on the body but is most commonly seen on the face. Aging is not the sole cause. There are other possible causes and contributing factors that can make wrinkling worse in some people or even cause it to arise in early adulthood when it is not expected. It is however somewhat of an inevitability of growing old, whether you get wrinkles in your 30s or as late as your 50s.
Collagen and elastic fibers in the skin give it the ability to stretch and retain moisture along with a host of other benefits that gives skin that ‘young and healthy’ look. These proteins are abundant in the skin during the early years of life but as you get older, the quantity of collagen and elastic decreases. Wrinkles are one of the consequences. While it is not entirely preventable, there are many ways that you can help delay the onset of wrinkles or minimize the severity.
Itching is a symptom of many skin diseases, often associated with a rash that tends to occur constantly or in episodes throughout the day. These skin conditions need to be managed medically by a dermatologist. Sometimes itching occur despite there being no identifiable skin disease, no pest infestation (like bed bugs and fleas) and no other medical conditions where itching may be a symptom without a rash. In these cases itching is often said to be idiopathic, meaning that it is not due to any clearly identifiable medical cause. Yet it occurs, and can be persistent in some people.
Eczema is an skin condition marked by dry skin rashes which are often itchy. The itching can fluctuate during the course of the day and vary in intensity in each case. Itching is one of the more unpleasant symptoms that proves frustrating to patients. Attempting to scratch the itchy area may in fact worsen the eczema overall and even lead to complications such as secondary bacterial infections. Constant itching can also disturb sleep, affect the ability to concentrate on daily activities and lead to irritability and even depression.
Smelly feet may often seem to be more of an inconvenience than an actual symptom. But it is a problem that should be viewed from a medical perspective. Smelly feet is not a problem for every person. In fact some people can wear closed shoes, with no socks for several hours on a hot day and not experience any bad foot odor. While others may use a closed shoe for just a short period without apparently perspiring on the feet and the odor is horrific. So why do some people suffer with smelly feet and others don’t?
Acne is one of the most common skin conditions that is estimated to affect about 80% of all people at some point in their life or the other. It is often seen as an inevitable part of the puberty and for many a teenager, acne is a cause of great distress. While teen acne often passes on its own by early adulthood, most teens are not willing to take a wait and watch approach in dealing with their condition. The same applies to adults suffering with acne. This inadvertently leads to measures that can sometimes cause more harm than good like bursting pus-filled pimples (popping a zit) or abrasive cosmetic treatments to remove the lesions.
Fungal infections of the outer surface of the body is not uncommon in the world. It has been estimated that 70% of the world’s population will suffer with a fungal infection of the skin at some point in life. The vast majority of cases are not serious. It may be persistent or recurrent but a fungal infection of the skin rarely leads to any serious complications. However, these fungal infections can still be quite distressing for a person – apart from the symptoms like itching which may be a bother, it can also cause unsightly skin rashes that can prove to be embarrassing.
Eczema is a broad term that is used to describe a range of different skin conditions. Most types are chronic. It either persists for years or recurs every now and then. Even milder forms of eczema tends to last for at least several months. Eczema should be treated with medication prescribed by a doctor. But there are a number of things that you can do to relieve or improve the condition. Some factors trigger it and others worsen eczema. The cornerstone of managing eczema is to avoid these factors or at least minimize exposure to it.
Be it on the toe, the toenail or between the toes, a fungal infection is common and fairly difficult to cure. The problem with toe fungus is that it tends to recur – once you have it the chances are pretty good that you will get it again. It is commonly thought to be a problem with hygiene but even if you are obsessive about your personal hygiene, a fungal infection of the toes can still occur. But there is no need to live with it. A toe fungus is easily treated and somewhat preventable. There is just no guarantee that it will not recur again within weeks, months or even years later.
Why does fungus prefer the toes?
Toe fungus is part of a fungal infection of the feet. Medically it is known as tinea pedis but most of us refer to it as athlete’s foot. The web of the toes and toenails are commonly affected areas as compared to other parts of the feet. Athlete’s foot is caused by dermatophytes, a group of fungi that only infects the outer layers of the skin. The fungi have special enzymes that can “dissolve” the tough protein of the outer skin and nails known as keratin and feed on it.
Nail biting is more than just a bad habit. It can cause diseases. Most of the serious diseases associated with nail biting is a result of infections. It is not just the fingers that can become infected. Nail biting may lead to infections anywhere on the surface of the body and even internally. Most nail biters do not realize just how unhygienic the practice can be but more so how dangerous it may be. Some of these infections that arises with nail biting can be very serious and even lead to severe diseases that may be fatal without the proper treatment.
There are many reasons why the head, like any part of the body, itches. It is not uncommon. We all scratch our head at times and sometimes it has nothing to do with an itch. It is somewhat of a social norm to scratch your head when you are thinking or nervous. But when head itching is persistent and affecting your life then it needs to be investigated further. In these instance an itchy head may be a medical problem that needs proper medical treatment. However, some of the more common reasons for head itching can easily be prevented and treated without drugs, shampoos or ointments.
Our complexion is not only determined by the amount of brown pigment (melanin) in our skin. Another major component is the color of blood. Just below the outermost layer of skin is a network of blood vessels that also contribute to skin color – actually it is the blood flowing through these vessels that are responsible for the redness of our skin under normal circumstances.
Naturally the skin appears more red than normal if there is larger amounts of blood flowing through these vessels. And less blood flow will reduce the redness and even contribute to a pale appearance. These blood vessels may widen (dilate) and narrow (constrict) for various reasons and this is how the blood flow in the area is either increased or decreased respectively.
Redness of the skin is more evident in lighter skinned people. The naturally brown colored skin pigment, melanin, can block most of the redness when more concentrated, like in darker skinned people. Just as pigmentation is genetically determined, so are the number of blood vessels that occur in the skin. Some people may have a more highly vascularized skin than others meaning that there are more blood vessels present. This also increases the redness of the face even with normal blood flow.
Dry skin does not often seem like a serious ailment. But it can be. The skin is the barrier that protects the delicate internal environment of the human body from the harsh external environment. Dryness may not immediately seem like the skin is now compromised but it actually is to some degree. As the drying worsens, dangerous microbes in the environment can gain entry into the body causing serious and even life-threatening infections. Similarly toxic chemicals can seep into the body. Therefore dry skin should be avoided as far as possible.
Itching of the groin is as common as itching anywhere on the body. For most of us it is an occasional itch that quickly subsides and is not a persistent problem. An itchy groin is often more distressing than itching elsewhere on the body largely due to social component of it being unacceptable to scratch or touch the groin in public. However, many of the same causes of itching at other sites of the body are also responsible for an itchy groin except for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) which are often isolated to the groin area.
Why does the groin itch?
Firstly it is important to understand the area that the word ‘groin’ refers to. The groin is actually the crease between the torso and thighs on either side of the genitals. However, most people refer to the groin as the entire lower pubic area, including the crease, genitals and upper parts of the thigh. Commonly the groin is thought to be the area at the front of the body that is covered fully by underwear.
Calcinosis cutis is a condition where there are deposits of calcium salts in the skin. It may also extend to the underlying tissue known as the subcutaneous tissue and calcinosis can occur even deeper in the body including within muscles or organs. In calcinosis cutis, the abnormal deposits are made up of calcium salts and not bone as is the case with osteoma cutis.
When abnormal calcium deposition occurs in the soft tissues within the body, it can cause functional disturbances some of which can even be fatal in the long term. However, the prognosis is not usually as serious with calcinosis cutis. The condition can lead to severe disfigurement, superficial pain and skin ulcers. In rare instances, it can lead to gangrene due to blockage of blood flow.
Perioral dermatitis is a reddish skin rash around the mouth that presents with small pimples, tiny blisters and sometimes dry scaly skin. It closely resembles rosacea but is primarily isolated to the area around the mouth. The pimples are not due to acne vulgaris despite the similarity in presentation. Perioral dermatitis is a chronic skin condition that is mainly seen in women and sometimes in children. Although the cause of perioral dermatitis is unknown, it appears to be mainly linked to the use of topical corticosteroids. It does not usually affect the lips and rarely extends to the rest of the face. The inner part of the mouth is also not affected.
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