A number of diseases can be diagnosed just by staring at your skin, simply because the signs are evident for doctors to identify them. These diseases are however not only restricted to skin issues as they may also signal more serious internal problems.
Eczema: Linked to Depression
Eczema may show up as dry, itchy, red patches on areas like your neck or inner elbows. It however takes a toll on the mental health of sufferers. Many eczema sufferers suffer from depression, but fail to connect it to their skin disease. patients feel like they’re in a bad mood or they have major depressive disorder.
Treating eczema (with a topical medication for example can relieve symptoms such as itching that disturbs sleep and reduces the stress you may feel about the disease, thereby improving your mental health too.
Dry, itchy skin: Associated with ADHD
When your skin won’t stop itching, it can become a distracting nuisance and the constant scratching can also cut into your sleep, depriving you of sleep. This is why researchers believe that atopic dermatitis (the most common form of eczema) has roots in both child and adult attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
In a new 2016 study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, adult patients had a 61 percent elevated risk of these disorders, with the people at the most risk being those who also have headaches and insomnia.
If you’ve been diagnosed with atopic dermatitis/eczema and you’re experiencing ADHD symptoms such as having problems focusing on a task, poor time management skills, and impulsiveness, talk to your doctor about it.
Psoriasis: Linked with heart disease
This autoimmune condition not only causes raised, rough, scaly patches on the skin, but is also related to some serious health issues. Researchers believe sufferers with a severe form of the disease are 58 percent more likely to have a “major cardiac event” and 43 percent more likely to have a stroke.
It is believed that sufferers may have same inflammatory markers similar to those responsible for the development of plaque in arteries. Furthermore, it may also have to do with the strong meds that patients often have to take to control the disease that contribute to side effects.
Vitiligo: Increased risk of thyroid problems
vitiligo is a skin condition that leads to loss of pigment in the skin. It is caused by the immune system attacking the cells in the skin that make the pigment called melanin. It shares similar pathways as other autoimmune conditions, most commonly thyroid disease.
Skin cancer: Increases risk for other cancers
According to the American Cancer Society, melanoma or skin cancer survivors are at an increased risk for another skin cancer as well as other seemingly non-related cancers like breast cancer, prostate cancer, and kidney cancer.
As a matter of fact, one study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology uncovered a more than two-fold increased risk for breast cancer in women over age 60. To lower your risk of a secondary cancer, it is recommended for sufferers to be more vigilant about limiting UV exposure, stay active, eat a healthy plant-based diet, and stick to one alcoholic drink per day.