Your most important protective barrier, which defends you from the external world, is your skin, considered the biggest organ in the body. You can help both your skin and your health out by learning how to take care of it and understanding the signs that something might be going wrong. Continue reading the article below and you will learn about the alarm signs that your skin can give you in regards to your health.
Know Your Skin
Your skin can show a lot of things. Dry and dull skin can be a signal of insufficient hydration or a poor diet. If you don’t drink enough water as well as essential nutrients through your diet, your skin won’t be able to look its best.
Besides the problems that are easy to solve like a lack of the proper amount of water, your skin can indicate other health disorders or problems. Very pale skin can indicate that you have anemia. If it is itchy all over, it could be due to various causes like kidney problems, liver insufficiency, thyroid alterations, diabetes, etc. If you have used a cream or medication, that could cause a reaction. Dietary allergies can also cause itchiness.
Very dry skin, as long as it is not normal for you, can indicate thyroid alterations, specifically hypothyroidism. On the other hand, if your skin is sweaty, it can be due to hyperthyroidism.
If your skin is red for no reason, it could mean Rosacea or another alteration that has reddening of the skin in the shape of butterfly wings as a characteristic, which is called Lupus. If your skin gets tan and it is not because of sun exposure, this could mean an excess of iron or because of a disorder called Addison’s disease.
Blueish skin could indicate Cyanosis which means that there is little oxygen in the blood. It could be due to lung or heart problems, or circulation disorders in the lower extremities if your toes are blue in color. A yellowish color could mean a liver alteration, like in the case of hepatitis.
When your doctor tells you to take medication, its very important that you learn about the possible side effects. In most drugs, they tell you about possible effects that can happen or not because each body is different and can react differently to the same drug.
So, once you are sure that the changes in your skin are not due to the side effects from some drug, it is best to see a doctor. It’s important that you first see a dermatologist, who will know if the treatment should be dermatological or if it’s best to see another doctor if the disorder does not have skin origins.
The information in this article should not make your scared. Remember that no disease has just one symptom. Think calmly and analyze if the coloring or other changes in your skin can be due to some drug or a minor problem.
If it has happened repeatedly, for no apparent reason, and you have other symptoms, it is important that you see a professional. A diagnosis and early treatment is always the best option.
Your skin says a lot. Don’t stop paying it the attention it deserves. Remember that the best way to spoil it is with a healthy diet, proper daily hydration that allows you to show off radiant skin, and not failing to mention using creams that nourish it and make it beautiful on the outside.