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Taking care of your largest organ – Your skin

What are common skin problems:

  • Viral, fungal and bacterial infections such as shingles, athlete’s foot and cellulitis are commonly treated by antivirals, antifungals and antibiotics.
  • Skin growths, such as moles and skin tags.
  • Psoriasis, a long term skin problem that causes thick, white silvery or red patches of skin often treaded by steroids and vitamin D derivatives applied directly on the skin.
  • Eczema, a long term skin problem that may cause itch and scaly skin.
  • Rosacea, a skin disease that causes redness and pimples on your face, sometimes treated by antibiotics applies on the skin

Maintaining healthy skin is not a one-size-fits- all-approach. The right management strategy will depend on the condition(s) you are experiencing.  Consider the following tips for general health.

  • Eat healthy foods, including plenty of fruits, vegetables and grains
  • Do not smoke, and avoid exposure to second-hand smoke, as the chemicals in cigarettes can make your skin age faster.
  • Manage stress, as it can make some skin conditions worse.
  • Protect your skin from the harmful UV rays of the sun.
  • Choose skincare products recognized by the Canadian Dermatology Association (CDA)
  • Hygiene, bathing and showering regularly will help with skin problems.

Detecting early signs of skin cancer:

Although moles, spots and growths on your skin are usually harmless, it is important to check your skin once a month and look for any of the “ABCDE” Warning signs:

A – Asymmetry – Normal ones are usually symmetrical

B – Borders – That are uneven, scalloped or notched

C – Colors – in many shades (brown, red, white, blue or black)

D – Diameter – greater than a 6mm (the size of a pencil eraser)

E – Evolution – any change in size, shape, color or height

If you notice any of these warning signs, visit your healthcare provider as soon as possible

 

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