Jenny had always been proud of her clear, glowing skin. She has never had to deal with any skin problem. However, one day, she noticed that the mole under her foot had become larger and darker. Should this be ignored?
Skin changes can happen to anyone and paying attention to them is essential. Most skin changes are harmless and resolve independently, but others need to immediate attention.
- Skin tags
Skin tags are small, flesh-colored growths that usually appear on the neck, armpits, eyelids, and groin. They are usually painless, but they can be irritating if they rub against clothing or jewelry. Skin tags are common and not harmful. However, if they suddenly start growing or changing color, it's essential to have them checked by a dermatologist. Sometimes, skin tags can indicate an underlying condition such as diabetes or hormonal imbalance.
Moles are usually harmless but can develop into melanoma, a form of skin cancer. That's why it is essential to keep an eye on them and monitor any changes. Check your moles regularly for any size, shape, color, or texture changes. If you, like Jenny, notice any of these changes, have them checked out as soon as possible.
3. Rash that fails to clear up
Rashes can be caused by various things such as allergies and infections. Most rashes are harmless and go away on their own. However, if you notice a rash that doesn't go away or spreads rapidly, get it checked. Some rashes indicate an underlying condition.
Warts are small, raised bumps on the skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are usually harmless but can be unsightly, embarrassing, and sometimes painful. Some warts can be treated with over-the-counter products or prescription medication. However, warts in the genital area or mouth can increase risk of cancer. They can also indicate the person has a weak immune system and needs further tests. Medical attention is essential.
5. Sores that don't heal
Sores that don't heal can be a sign of an underlying condition such as diabetes or skin cancer. If you have a sore that doesn't heal after a few weeks, it is essential to have it evaluated. A biopsy may be needed.
Skin changes are common and most of them are harmless. If you notice any unusual skin changes or symptoms, get a medical evaluation. Dermatologists are skin experts. If you have difficulty seeing a dermatologist early, see your general medical doctor. They can evaluate your skin and recommend appropriate treatment.
Early detection of skin conditions is vital for successful treatment and prevention of complications. Remember, your skin is your body's largest organ, and taking care of it is essential.