Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body? Your skin separates the inside of your body from the outside world. It protects you from bacteria and viruses, and regulates your body temperature.
Conditions that irritate or inflame your skin can cause symptoms such as redness, swelling, burning, and itching. Allergies, irritants, your genetic makeup, and certain diseases and immune system problems can cause dermatitis, hives, and other skin conditions. Many skin problems, such as acne, also affect your appearance.
Suffering from Skin Problems?
A wide range of skin problems exist, with variations in severity and symptoms. Skin problems or disorder can be:
1. temporary or permanent
2. treatable or incurable
3. acute or chronic
4. hormonal or genetic
5. painless or causing discomfort
6. benign or malignant
Most skin disorder can be treatable with oral, topical, subcutaneous or laser treatments and require the attention of a dermatologist. It is advisable to treat or manage your skin before the condition worsens.
Common types of skin problems
Environmental factors are also known to bring out the symptoms of eczema. These include:
Irritants: soaps, detergents, shampoos, disinfectants, juices from fresh fruits, meats or vegetables
Allergens: dust mites, pets, pollens, mold, dandruff
Microbes: bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, viruses, certain fungi
Hot and cold temperatures: hot weather, high and low humidity, perspiration from exercise
Foods: dairy products, eggs, nuts and seeds, soy products, wheat
Stress: it is not a cause of eczema but can make symptoms worse
Hormones: women can experience worsening of eczema symptoms at times when their hormone levels are changing, for example during pregnancy and at certain points in their menstrual cycle.
Eczema is also referred to as atopic dermatitis and is the most common skin disorder that can affect anyone of all ages. Signs and symptoms of eczema include dry, itchy and scaly red spots. In cases which are severe, the symptoms can become painful and result in blistering and thickening of the skin.
There are three main focus areas for treating eczema. A good medical moisturizer (emollients) that keeps the skin moisturised is the key to preventing flare ups and keeping the condition under control. Removing triggers such as detergents, certain soaps or clothing material which can possibly aggravate the condition and the application of tropical steroids to reduce inflammation. Eczema is often a re-occurring condition which can result in scarring.
2. Hives (Urticana)
Hives or Urticaria is a type of skin rash which often results from an allergy. The symptoms are presented as itchy raised bumps with clear edges that turns white (blanch) when pressure is applied. Affecting up to 20 percent of the people worldwide, the condition can be triggered by various factors such as certain food, insect bites, medications, viral infections etc. and usually begins with an itchy patch on the skin. The symptoms can last from minutes to years. In more severe cases, swelling of the throat and airway can occur. If this happens, seek medical attention immediately.Treatment for hives can be extremely effective. It is best to speak to a dermatologist as finding the cause of the condition is sometimes hard and requires specialised dermatology training.
A condition that affects the skin’s oil glands. The small holes in your skin (pores) connect to oil glands under the skin. These glands make a substance called sebum. The pores connect to the glands by a canal called a follicle. When the follicle of a skin gland clogs up, a pimple grows. Acne isvery common; early treatment is the best way to prevent acne scars.
What are the 3 tips to choose a skin clinic in Singapore
1. Have excellent accreditation – The skin clinic that has the most experienced dermatologist accredited with the Ministry of Health and the Singapore Accreditation board
2. Provide evidence-based skin care services – They have evidence based skin care services and a cost effective medical services
3. Affiliation and trust – Trustworthy healthcare service provider and have a strong affiliation with a leading healthcare organisation