Since your skin is your body’s largest organ, it can provide a variety of clues about your overall health. For example, rashes, bumps, discoloration, and so many more variables can be signs of health problems.
How often do you look at your skin for any warning signs? Is that bump harmless or is it something more? Has it been there a long time? Below are some of the examples of what your skin could be telling you:
A rash that does not respond to treatment and is accompanied by other symptoms, such as muscle aches and a fever, could be an infection. A rash could also be a symptom of an allergic reaction. A velvet-like rash that develops on the arms or around the back could be a sign of type 2 diabetes. That is why it is a good idea to go to the doctor and get your blood sugar checked if you notice a velvet-like rash.
Sometimes, our skin turns a different color when there’s an internal issue. For instance, if the skin looks bronze, then this could be a sign of a problem with iron metabolism. Yellowing of the skin could be a sign of liver failure. Darkening of the skin could be a sign of Addison’s disease; this is a condition that affects the adrenal glands.
If you notice any of these symptoms, do not get alarmed. Simply make an appointment to see your doctor.
People who have new growths on their skin should see a doctor. It can be harmless, but sometimes new growths could be a sign of skin cancer or a sign of a genetic syndrome.
Although acne is a very common skin condition, it can sometimes indicate a medical problem. For example, if a woman has acne along her jaw line or lower face, then this could be a sign of polycystic ovarian syndrome. This is a condition caused by a hormonal imbalance. It can also cause weight gain, thinning of the hair and excessive hair growth.
For the most part, acne is considered to be harmless. However, if anything is out of the ordinary, have your doctor take a look.
Dryness of the skin could just be your body telling you that you need more moisture. Perhaps you need to drink more water and moisturize more frequently. However, excessive dryness could sometimes indicate a kidney problem, and high blood pressure can cause changes in the thickness of your skin.
Whatever the case may be, pay attention to your skin and talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have. Don’t take your skin for granted; it could be telling you something very important. Call us at Urgent Care Center and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.