As the largest organ in the human body, our skin is a major component of health and wellness. There are hundreds of conditions that can negatively impact the skin and virtually everyone experiences one or more of these conditions. Residents of Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada, turn to David Ezeanolue, M.D., C.I.M.E., Alafuro T. Oruene, M.D., Blanche Y. Bonnick, M.D and the rest of the medical team at Apex Medical Center to diagnose and treat the full scope of skin diseases. If you’re concerned about changes in your skin, reach out and make an appointment today.
Your skin has several important roles in keeping you healthy. The most obvious role is the durable, waterproof layer of protection your skin provides. That outer layer protects against damage from the sun, temperature extremes, and the multitude of potentially harmful substances we encounter on a daily basis.
Your skin also manufactures vitamin D, which is essential in transforming calcium into healthy bone tissue. At the same time, your skin secretes potent antibacterial substances to prevent infection.
Skin plays a critical role in gathering and transmitting sensory information to your brain. This sensory data is a big part of how you interpret the world around you, even though we tend to take that process for granted.
Numerous conditions and diseases can negatively impact your skin, and aesthetic issues are the least of the concerns these illnesses produce. Some of the more common skin issues include:
This skin condition, which has four subtypes, can create redness and swelling on your skin. Rosacea sometimes occurs around the eyes, which can lead to irritation. Some forms of rosacea cause red blotches that resemble acne, while others result in visible blood vessels and areas of distinct flushing. There’s no cure for rosacea, but you can manage the symptoms.
Eczema usually begins in childhood and is marked by the presence of an itchy rash on your face, neck, wrist, elbows, or knees. The rash can change color or texture and can spread over large portions of your body. Eczema is incurable, but you can get relief with certain medications and topical treatments.
Acne is a skin condition that usually affects teenagers, but roughly 20% of all cases occur in adults. There’s no need to live with moderate to severe acne, as there are numerous treatment options that can restore clear and healthy skin.
Melanoma is a potentially deadly form of skin cancer and is a significant health concern.
Melanoma often develops in abnormal moles on the skin, which is why it’s so important to see your doctor if you notice changes in the size, shape, or general appearance of a mole. Some people have an elevated risk of developing melanoma, including:
Treatment options for melanoma include radiation, chemotherapy, or the surgical removal of affected skin and surrounding tissue. As with many types of cancer, early detection and aggressive treatment are the best ways to achieve a favorable outcome.