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7 Serious Diseases That Are Signaled By The Skin

November 27th, 2018

Before other symptoms develop, skin conditions could be an early indicator that you have a disease. Read on to discover skin conditions that are associated with some diseases.

Diabetes: Patches on Skin

The American Academy of Dermatology says because diabetes can affect your skin in a number of ways. A condition called necrobiosis lipodica is indicated by yellow, reddish, or brown patches. Around the patches, the skin may have a shiny, porcelain appearance. Skin will also be itchy and even painful.

Another sign from your skin that may signal diabetes is dry, itchy skin. It is caused by having high blood sugar.

Addison’s Disease: Hyperpigmentation

Addison’s Disease is diagnosed when the body cannot produce the correct amount of hormones with the adrenal glands. One symptom of Addison’s disease is hyperpigmentation, a darkening of the skin. Other symptoms include extreme fatigue, low blood pressure, and indigestion.

Vitiligo: Discoloration of Skin

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Flickr/Leonardo Benavente Source: Flickr/Leonardo Benavente

While vitiligo is not a life-threatening condition, it can cause emotional distress for some who are diagnosed. Vitiligo occurs when the skin cells that produce melanin die or stop working altogether. It can begin with discoloration on areas that are regularly exposed to the sun such as the hands and feet. It can also cause whitening or graying of the hair.

Those with vitiligo have skin that appears with discolored patches. While there is no cure for this disease, doctors can help to stop the loss of color in the skin or help to regain some that were lost.

Chicken Pox: Rashes and Blisters

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Flickr/Konstantin Ryabitsev Source: Flickr/Konstantin Ryabitsev

The chickenpox can cause you to develop red or pink bumps on your body. The bumps will turn into blisters then develop scabs and heal. This illness is contagious, so if you were around someone else who was infected, and you have not previously it, the rashes could be a sign of the chickenpox.

Hay Fever: Dry, Itchy Skin

Some people who experience allergies from the outdoors may develop eczema. Eczema causes the skin to become irritated, red, and inflamed. Usually, a rash will appear and be dry, thick, and scaly.

Arthritis: Psoriasis

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Psoriasis is characterized by red, scaly patches on the skin. These patches of dry skin can signal some major health problems including arthritis.

Psoriatic arthritis is a condition where the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue (the joints and skin). This inflammation can cause pain, stiffness, and swelling.

Hypothyroidism: Edemas

An edema is another term for swelling. Hypothyroidism is a disease where the thyroid cannot produce sufficient hormones. The result: swelling of the hands and feet.

Don’t Let Symptoms Go Unchecked

Make sure to take note of any changes that occur with your skin as they can reveal any possible abnormalities with your health. If needed, seek professional medical help.

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