What are the signs of skin problems?

Skin symptoms include a variety of different skin problems, including rash, itchy skin, dry skin, tingling, temperature changes, blisters, and discoloration. Skin symptoms can be caused by a wide variety of mild to serious diseases, disorders and conditions. Many skin symptoms are the result of inflammatory or infectious disorders of the skin, but they can also accompany internal diseases, such as thyroid conditions and bleeding disorders. Skin symptoms can affect a small area or the full body and occur in all age groups and populations.

Types of skin symptoms

Some skin symptoms that you may have include:

  • Blisters

  • Change in appearance of a mole

  • Discoloration, such as tiny or blotchy red spots, flushing, jaundice, or bruising

  • Dry, scaly, peeling or flaking skin

  • Itchy or irritated skin

  • Lumps or bumps

  • Numbness

  • Rash or hives (raised skin bump or welt)

  • Sore that does not heal

  • Temperature changes

  • Texture changes, such as raised, thickened, or thin skin that tears or bruises easily

  • Tingling or burning pain

Depending on the cause, skin symptoms can begin suddenly and disappear quickly, such as a localized allergic reaction to an ointment. Skin symptoms that persist over a relatively long period of time may be due to more serious or chronic conditions, such as psoriasis, chronic eczema (atopic dermatitis), or poor circulation.

Skin symptoms can be caused by a serious, potentially life-threatening condition, such as an allergic reaction, infection, or cancer. A rash of tiny purple spots on the skin can be due to meningitis or allergic purpura, both of which can be life threatening. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have a rash of tiny purple spots, hives or rash accompanied by wheezing, shortness of breath, or swelling of the face, mouth, tongue or throat. If you do not have these symptoms, but your skin condition is persistent or cause for concern, seek prompt medical care.

SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with skin symptoms?

Skin symptoms can occur in isolation or with other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Other symptoms can affect the digestive tract, respiratory system, nervous system, reproductive system, cardiovascular system, endocrine system, or immune system. For example, many autoimmune disorders are associated with skin symptoms as well as joint pain, dry or bloodshot eyes, and fatigue.... Read more about skin symptomssymptoms

CAUSES

What causes skin symptoms?

Many different diseases, disorders and conditions cause a variety of skin symptoms, including allergic reactions, infections, autoimmune disorders, and other abnormal processes.... Read more about skin symptomscauses

Medical Reviewer: Williams, Robert MD Last Annual Review Date: Apr 29, 2011 Copyright: © Copyright 2011 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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