It's no secret that the largest human organ is, in fact, the skin. Acting as approximately 15 percent of our body weight, with a surface area of 1-2 metres, that's a lot of skin to look after. Although it acts as an external system, helping to protect our internal health — it will sometimes provide us with clues.
What kind of clues, you ask?...
Well, since everything is connected within the human body, when there are issues with one system, other areas of the body will often show related problematic symptoms. If you notice any of the following red flags, it's imperative that you take proper action.
4 Ways Your Skin May Be Trying to Communicate with You
We're used to experiencing slight irritation — or even wounds, when it comes to our skin. When you get a bug bite, it's obvious why you're experiencing discomfort, but what about symptoms that do not seem to have a direct cause? After all, we can't 'see' what's going on within our body.
The following may be symptoms of something more serious. If you can relate to the following, then it's highly recommended that you seek a professional opinion. After all, it may very well be nothing — but if symptoms do showcase greater health issues, early intervention is important.
Here is what you should look out for:
1. Yellowish skin — as well as orange colouration on your palms
Our skin colour can reflect what's going on within our body. Think about when you have been really sick — have you ever turned a shade of green? Perhaps you were white as a ghost? Now, are you familiar with beta-carotene? This is the antioxidant that is found within a range of fruits and vegetables, especially carrots and sweet potatoes.
If you begin to notice that your skin is changing colour, it may be due to increased amounts of this pigment in your blood. In this case, you may be suffering from issues with your thyroid. When your thyroid is under-active, also known as hypothyroidism, then beta-carotene is not metabolised properly, and will begin to show external effects.
2. Wounds that won't heal
Have you noticed a cut or wound that has been hanging around for far too long? Unfortunately, in many cases, when individuals do not heal normally, this may be a sign of high blood glucose. This is especially true when wounds do not heal on your feet. Over time, high blood sugar results in poor circulation and nerve damage.
Please note: You may also experience more frequent urination, increased thirst, fatigue, and even blurred vision. If you do notice any of these symptoms, it's imperative that you seek medical attention. Of course, those who are overweight are at a higher risk, but anyone can develop type I diabetes — regardless of your weight.
3. A rash that doesn't go away
If you have been trying to treat a stubborn rash without any luck, especially on your lower legs and feet, this could be a sign of hepatitis C. Generally, if a rash does not go away with anti-fungals or even topical steroids, and is accompanied by symptoms such as joint pain and a fever, this may be a sign of infection. In other cases, you may be experiencing an allergic reaction.
4. Patches of hardened skin
When associated with systemic sclerosis — an autoimmune disease that affects connective tissue, the skin will begin to harden, based on the accumulation of collagen. This symptom tends to develop slowly, being most common on the forearms, face, and lower legs.
At first, however, you may notice that your skin responses to stress and the cold — turning pale blue, before transforming to red. You may also experience swelling, ulcers on your fingertips, weight loss, muscle pain, and bloating. Since this condition can be challenging to diagnose, seek assistance as soon as possible.
The symptoms above are, of course, serious conditions. In many cases, dry itchy skin could be a symptom of dehydration of a nutritional deficiency — which is easy to remedy.
At the end of the day, you want to remain aware in terms of your skin health, as it will often tell you more than what initially meets the eye.
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