The Skin ‘s Role in Your Overall Health
Your skin is more than just an outside covering for your body. The skin your body’s largest organ. It helps you sense hot and cold, touch, and pressure, it acts as a seal around your body to ward off bacterial and viral invasions, and it is essential for maintaining your body temperature.
Because of the skin’s essential role in your well being, it is often the first place where symptoms of a condition or problem appears. As a result, it is important to pay attention to changes in your skin because many conditions that reveal themselves through skin changes are highly treatable if caught early.
A person with anemia usually has an unnaturally pale complexion. Even if they are naturally dark-skinned or tanned, their kin will have an ashy or washed-out appearance. Anemia is a condition in which the body is lacking in iron. Iron produces hemoglobin, which is essential for transporting oxygen through the bloodstream. The result is a pale complexion, fatigue, rapid heartbeat, and a host of other symptoms.
Yellowish Skin or Orange Soles and Palms
Skin that has a yellowish cast, as well as an orange tint to the hands and feet, may be an indicator of hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid does not function as efficiently as it should, causing beta carotene to build up in the skin. Beta carotene is a form of vitamin A that is found in carrots and many other vegetables with a yellowish or orange color.
Hives, or swollen bumps or patches on the skin, either indicate an allergic reaction or a reaction from a medication. If you develop hives, pay attention to what might have triggered the reaction. If you get hives after being exposed to a certain chemical or substance, such as latex, you may be allergic or have a sensitivity to that chemical. Hives can also develop with animal of food allergies. Alternatively, some people develop hives after being outside in the sunlight when they are taking certain medications.
Dark Red Lines on the Palms
Dark reddish lines that appear on the palms of the hands may be an indicator of Addison’s disease. The dark patches may also appear around other folds or creases in the skin. Addison’s disease is a condition in which the body has an adrenal insufficiency, leading to dehydration, salt loss, low blood pressure, and a number of other symptoms.
Blue, Prominent Veins
Varicose veins are more than just an unsightly cosmetic problem. They are an indication of venous disease, a condition in which the valves in the veins are not sending the blood back to the heart properly. This allows blood to pool in the veins and the surrounding tissue, causing the veins to become thickened and blue as well as causing pain and swelling.
Brown Patches on the Lower Extremities
Brown spots on the legs and feet may not just be due to clumsiness; they can be an indication of diabetes. Diabetics often develop these brown patches, a tendency known known as diabetic demopathy, when the blood vessels are traumatized. These brown patches may also appear rough and scaly, and occur in conjunction with rough patches near the neck and armpits.
Purplish patches nearly always indicate broken blood vessels, but the cause of the broken blood vessels may not just be a bruise. This problem, along with swollen gums, may indicate scurvy, or a vitamin C insufficiency.
A Butterfly-Shaped Rash on The Face
A reddish rash that is butterfly-shaped may be an indication of lupus, an auto-immune disease. This rash usually occurs over the bridge of the nose, but it may occur over other areas on the face. Alternatively, rosacea or contact dermatitis may also cause a similar rash.
Melissa young but fearsome lady with painfully good sense of fashion and fashion streams, writing for her own blog. Lately she has taken interest in various beauty treatments, skin care and everything that can make you prettier, but at the same time – healthier
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