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8 Common Skin Problems and Remedies

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8 Common Skin Problems and Remedies

By Karen Asp, Experience Life

I was skiing in Colorado a few years ago when a crusty scab appeared along my nose. I thought it was a weird case of acne. But the eruptions became more severe when the temperature dropped, so I sought help. The diagnosis? A skin disorder called rosacea.

Fitness enthusiasts are especially prone to such skin conditions. Not only do we spend time braving skin-aggravating elements, but our activities cause heat and friction. Plus, close contact with other individuals increases our likelihood of picking up infections, says Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD, clinical associate professor of dermatology at the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis.

When skin conditions strike, they often have a significant impact on fitness programs. “They can cause enough embarrassment that people refuse to go to the gym,” Crutchfield says, adding that the stress related to visible skin conditions can also trigger unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as overeating. In other cases, fitness enthusiasts persist in their health routines but endure significant discomfort as a result.

Still, it’s crucial to seek help if a skin condition is causing itching, pain, discomfort or emotional stress, or if you suspect it might be infectious. Here’s some advice from Crutchfield and Christina G. Steil, MD, a dermatologist in Hinsdale, Ill. on how to battle eight common skin conditions. (For additional tips, see “An Integrated Approach,” page 3.)

Next: How to Identify and Treat these 8 Skin Problems: Rosacea, Acne Mechanica, Hidradenitis Suppurativa, Athlete’s Foot, Plantar Warts, Eczema, Bacterial Folliculitis, and Impetigo

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11:54PM PDT on May 22, 2012

Well foot doctors in dallas tx might say otherwise.

6:56AM PDT on Apr 27, 2011

At least your doctors tried to act like they were concerned. Try going to an E.R. md, 6 regular MD's and 2 dermatologists with an obvious problem and be told it's all in your head. They send you home, thanks to the letter to md's from the CDC, and tell you to stop stratching!!! Right-How about those samples I brought you, doc??? Didnt see anything?? Try a little microscope, or did you not go to school??? Am I contagous, who knows, am I causing this, no. But, the docs sent me home, so how many of you people do you think I've touched? Look for the letter. CDC still hasent came out with their final report, been a couple years, but they dont know what causes it, or how to treat it, so the doctors are just telling everything they're delusional, talking to you like your nuts, treating you like you are dirt, and sending you on your way to possibly infect who knows how many??? They call themselves doctors, tho. scarry.

2:39PM PDT on Aug 24, 2010


10:47AM PDT on Aug 9, 2010

Thank you for the very accurate article. Do read labels on skin products. Dr. Christina Northrup is a well know exoert. If you want to know what she recommends for skin care, I'll be glad to share. Also, take care of your skin from th inside. Dr. Norhrup has the answer to this too.
Let me know if interested in any of this information.

4:44PM PDT on Aug 5, 2010

Information was concise and helpful. Any chance of a similar article on 2 other common banes: k.p. and psoriasis?

8:09AM PDT on Apr 23, 2010

Thanks for taking time to share this.

2:56AM PST on Jan 27, 2010

Acne is certainly a very big problem. Many people around the world are suffering from acne. But what is the main cause behind this? This is absolutely a very big question and nearly every person thinks of getting the answer. Some people declare that it is due to the dirt as well as the infection due to some bacteria which at times grows.

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11:35PM PST on Jan 16, 2010

Athletes foot is the worst! The itch drives you mad! Thanks for the info!
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4:46AM PST on Jan 4, 2010

All healing begins within....

6:52AM PDT on Oct 7, 2009

What a nightmare, Pam. Don't give up - keep demanding answers. You don't indicate whether you've consulted anyone on the alternative medicine side. Why not explore those options?

Best of luck to you. Stay strong.

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