It has been found that roughly 10% of the British population suffers from Rosacea, establishing it as the dominant dermatological condition in the UK. However, it isn’t the only skin condition prevalent in the region. We will now take a look at five common skin diseases and disorders that affect Brits the most, so that you can recognise the symptoms early and take the necessary action to remedy the situation as best as possible.
If you have dry, cracked skin near your knees, elbows, cheeks, scalp, neck and hands that feels itchy and looks quite reddish, you probably have atopic eczema. The common condition affects children more than adults, but some adults continue to experience symptoms in varying intensity throughout their lives.
Although impetigo is more common in children, the highly contagious disease can affect even adults. It does go away in about three weeks with a little help from topical creams and antibiotics, but the red rashes, blisters and constant itching can be quite painful to deal with. If it appears on and near your nose and mouth, it’s known as non-bullous impetigo, but if you see it around the torso, you have been affected by bullous impetigo.
In case you are seeing white discoloured patches on your hands, lower arms and face, you could be experiencing symptoms of vitiligo; a disorder that usually originates from excessive sun exposure. It won’t go away without treatment because the effects are often permanent. Vitiligo on the scalp can turn hair white, which is irreversible without hair colour.
Psoriasis may not be severe throughout the year, but when it does become severe, symptoms like the following are common:
- Silver scales on top of flaky red skin patches on the lower back, elbows and knees
- Extreme itchiness and soreness in those sections of the body
- Thick and ridged nails
- Inflamed, painfully stiff joints
It cannot be cured unfortunately, but the symptoms can be effectively controlled.
As mentioned earlier, Rosacea is the most common skin disorder that affects Brits and it can be recognized by the following symptoms:
- The central portion of your face will stay reddish almost all the time
- Tiny blood vessels on your nose and face may become visible after swelling up
- Irritated, swollen, red and itchy eyes
- Rosacea pimples (not acne)
- Rhinophyma, which means a widened swollen red nose
It’s not contagious but rosacea can be inherited if a member of the family has/had it. Unfortunately, there is no cure for rosacea, but the symptoms and effects can be controlled to make life easier for the patient.
If you can relate to any of these symptoms mentioned above, you should book an appointment with the London Dermatology Centre as soon as possible. The more you neglect, the worse these symptoms will get, making treatment a longer and more expensive affair. Keep in mind, though, a lot of these symptoms are also shared by some other less common skin issues as well, so you should always leave the final diagnosis to a professional.