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Common Skin Conditions | Today’s Common & Serious Conditions


Psoriasis Psoriasis is an incurable condition that


causes red patches of skin covered in silvery scales to appear on the scalp, elbows, lower back and knees. Most commonly, the condition appears between the ages of 11 and 45, with varying severity. Throughout their lifetime, sufferers may experience


fl are-ups or even periods of remission, however, the itching and burning of the blisters can be painful and the appearance of the skin can lead to loss of self-esteem.


The condition is caused by an acceleration of the body’s natural skin renewal process as a response to the immune system mistakenly attacking healthy skin cells. Creams and gels prescribed by the GP can treat red, infl amed skin, however, in more severe cases patients should be


referred to a dermatologist for UV therapy, oral medication or even injectable biologic treatments.


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24 DEAR DOCTOR WITH DR CHRIS STEELE


for General Skincare


Dr Chris’s Checklist


1. Guard your skin against the sun’s


harmful UV rays by using a moisturiser


containing an SPF of 15 or higher.


Eczema


Eczema is a red, itchy skin complaint with several variants, the most common of which is atopic eczema. ‘Atopic’ means sensitivity to allergens including pollen, pet fur and house dust mites, and this form of eczema affects 20 percent of children in the UK. Symptoms of atomic eczema include itching and red, dry skin that cracks and bleeds when it becomes infected as a result of scratching. The causes of the condition encompass genetic and environmental factors, and triggers including detergents, stress and sweat can often make the condition worse. The use of steroid creams and ointments can reduce redness and itching and antibiotics can be prescribed to treat eczema that has become infected. Antihistamines can also be used to minimise itching and topical immunosuppressants may reduce infl ammation.


2. Nourish your skin from the inside out by eating a healthy diet. Oily fi sh (mackerel, salmon, herring), avocados, olives, berries and leafy greens are all great skin foods.


3. Get your beauty sleep! A good night’s sleep can reduce


stress that contributes to breakouts and wrinkles.


4. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin looking young and supple.


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