Signs of Disease Your Skin Can Reveal
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Skin conditions can be linked to other health issues that might surprise you. Here’s what your skin could reveal about your health.
Eczema: Linked to depression and anxiety
The dry, itchy, red patches of this condition may show up on areas like your neck or inner elbows and it’s incredibly common. Treating eczema with a prescription topical medication can relieve symptoms like itching that disturbs sleep. That in turn can reduce the stress you may feel about the disease.
Psoriasis: Associated with heart disease
This autoimmune disease causes raised, rough, scaly patches on your skin. Individuals with a severe of psoriasis are 58 percent more likely to have a “major cardiac event” and 43 percent more likely to have a stroke.
Rosacea: May be connected to Alzheimer’s
Rosacea, is a condition marked by skin redness and flushing. Most people aren’t receiving treatment because they don’t know they have it. The skin condition is linked to a 28 percent increased risk of dementia in women,
Vitiligo: Increases risk of thyroid problems
This skin condition leads to loss of pigment in the skin. It’s caused by the immune system attacking the cells in the skin that make the pigment called melanin. It may share similar pathways as other autoimmune conditions, most commonly thyroid disease.
Skin cancer: Raises risk for other cancers
Melanoma survivors are at an increased risk for another skin cancer as well as other seemingly non-related cancers like breast cancer, prostate cancer, and kidney cancer. To lower your risk of a secondary cancer be vigilant about limiting UV exposure, stay active, eat a healthy plant-based diet, and stick to one alcoholic drink per day (two for men).
Dry, itchy skin: Associated with ADHD
When your skin won’t stop itching, it can become so distracting. Talk to your doctor if you’ve been diagnosed with atopic dermatitis/eczema and you’re experiencing ADHD symptoms like problems focusing on a task, poor time management skills, and impulsiveness.
This article is for general information purposes only and is not medical advice. Consult your physician if you experience any symptoms related to this article.
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