Common Skin Disorders and Conditions to Watch Out For

Common Skin Disorders and Conditions to Watch Out For

Common Skin Disorders and Conditions to Watch Out For

Are you concerned with red bumps, itchy rashes, or flaky skin?  Do you notice strange lesions on your arms or legs?  When you notice strange, uncomfortable, or itchy issues on your skin, you may want to get these issues checked out by a professional.  Our experts in diagnostic dermatopathology in Pittsburgh, PA are here to help with your diagnosis for even the most difficult or unique skin conditions.  These are some of the most common skin disorders or conditions that you should check your skin for routinely.

Moles

These are growths that are made up of skin cells that bunch up with the surrounding tissue. Most moles cause no harm and are 'common', however, you should pay attention to any color changes or growth, it may be a sign of cancer. If you spot these changes, inform your doctor right away.

Rosacea

The most common Rosacea will cause redness on the face. If you have darker skin, you may notice the area being darker and warmer than the skin that surrounds it. There isn't a known cure, but treatments do exist.

Lupus

This common skin disease is a complex autoimmune condition. Those inflicted experience pain, inflammation, red patches/rings, or other rashes that will not hurt or itch. There are several symptoms that accompany Lupus, such as fever, fatigue, headache, stiff/swollen/painful joints.  Statistically, lupus is most common in women with darker skin. There is no cure, but treatments are available.

Psoriasis

Another autoimmune disorder, symptoms include patches of itchy skin with strange appearances. The size and severity of effected area will vary. The visible symptoms of psoriasis are often harder to detect in those with darker skin. There are multiple treatments available, and a dermatologist can recommend the best one for you depending on which of the five types of psoriasis you have.

Acne

Acne is a plague of a condition. Most common in younger generations experiencing puberty, you will see symptoms such as pustules, papules, nodules, and cysts.  There are several over the counter treatments and medical treatments available for those experiencing acne.

Hives

These itchy welts are usually pinkish or reddish on lighter skin. They are caused usually due to allergic reactions, stress, illness, friction, and even tight clothing.  Hives will form in clusters, and do not always stick to one area of the body.  There are effective treatments for hives.

Warts

The contagious Human Papillomavirus (HPV) will cause warts. You will find them forming anywhere on the body, normally the same color as the skin if not a bit darker. While warts can sometimes go away on their own, it may be recommended for them to be removed.

These are a few skin conditions that you should be concerned about when you notice them appearing on your skin.  Trusting the right medical professionals to test and diagnose your skin issues is another essential step in getting the right treatment and diagnosis.  Contact our experts in diagnostic dermatopathology in Pittsburgh, PA to hear about our lab capabilities today.

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