When Your Dry Skin Signals a Medical Condition – 7 Scenarios

by Paul on December 16, 2013

dry-skin-signals-a-medical-conditionSometimes dry skin is just that, but at other times dry skin signals a medical condition that needs to be looked into. Do you know when you need to see a doctor for it? Read on to find out!

1. Eating disorders

One of the most common ways to diagnose anorexia, disordered eating, or other types of unspecified eating disorders is to check for dry or flaky skin, which takes a long time to heal when scared, scratched, or scraped. Eating disorders cause the drying of the skin because the body is deprived of important nutrients such as lipids for prolonged periods of time – or because the metabolism of the sufferer can no longer assimilate the fats properly. In this case, dry skin signals a medical condition which needs to be investigated with the utmost seriousness by a trained professional.

2. Hormonal changes

In some situations, such as pregnancy, the link between a hormonal change and skin dryness is fairly common and doesn’t necessarily signal a serious medical issue. Menopause is another situation in which skin will go dry, as a result of the slowdown in the oil production of several glands. Yet even though these situations are somewhat banal, they are worth investigating in order to avoid further complications.

3. Diabetes

People who suffer from Type 2 diabetes will suffer from dry skin, as well as from skin that has a hard time recovering from lesions. It’s important to investigate all suspicions of diabetes in a timely manner, as the failure to address perilous glycemic levels in one’s blood can be fatal, or can become chronic with time.

4. Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is commonly known and referred to as a ‘slow’ thyroid. Its onset can be indicative of several other health risks, such as obesity or major hormonal imbalances. Properly diagnosing it involves blood work, yet doctors recommend patient observation as a good rule of thumb for determining its implications. If your skin has suddenly become dry or is not responding to common hydration methods, such as lotions or creams, perhaps you should take this as a clue that your dry skin signals a medical condition that’s best handled by an endocrinologist.

5. Genetic factors

Some people are hereditarily predisposed to dry skin, which runs in their family history. It’s usually easy to tell if this is the case with you, by consulting with parents or other family elders. Check to see if the dry skin that runs in your family is also linked with other issues. Ask about diabetes, eating disorders, or hormonal problems that you may not be aware of, before you see a specialist for remedies.

6. Skin tags

Skin tags are a mild condition, yet they are an issue for many, nonetheless. They are one of those cases in which dry skin signals a medical condition, but one that can be addressed through non-invasive means. Topical formula TagAway, which is based on maple leaf extract, is a remedy that both homeopathic and allopathic doctors alike recommend. It can be used at home and is sold over the counter, not to mention the fact that it is far more affordable than surgery.

7. Aging

Aging isn’t exactly a medical condition, but the countless geriatrics departments of hospitals around the world are proof enough that it comes with its specific set of challenges. For dermatologists, these challenges often include skin cancer; melanoma is a fatal condition and dry skin can be a conducive factor to this end. How so? Over 75 per cent of people aged 64 and older have dry skin, which also leaves their skin far more sensitive than normal. Skin sensitivity also makes them prone to developing issues due to exposure to sunlight. Sunscreen helps, but it needs to be worn constantly and the level of protection needs to be adequate at all times, after a certain age – which means that staying out of natural sunlight is probably the best solution as one grows older.

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