skin conditions

Spotlight On… Actinic keratosis

by Deen Kurrimbux

Actinic keratoses (AK) are dry scaly patches of skin caused by long-term exposure to the sun. Also known as solar keratoses the patches can vary in colour (red, pink or brown) and diameter (from millimetres to centimetres) and the skin can become very thick often forming small hooks and spikes.

Spotlight On… Chronic actinic dermatitis

by Deen Kurrimbux

A rare chronic skin condition that affects mainly males over the age of 50 although it may occur in younger individuals with atopic dermatitis. Chronic actinic dermatitis (CAD) is a severe form of eczema in which either natural sunlight or artificial light (UV) is the main causal factor, thus individuals with CAD are very sensitive to light. In extreme cases exposure to light in as little as 30 seconds will cause a reaction. The stronger the light, the stronger the reaction.

Spotlight On… Vasculitis

by Deen Kurrimbux

Vasculitis is the inflammation of the blood vessels. The inflammation is due to the immune system’s reaction to infection or damage. The blood vessels leak plasma (a blood constituent) causing the surrounding cells to swell up isolating any potential micro-organism.

Using Turmeric face masks to fight acne, eczema and other skin conditions

by Kofi Dwinfour

turmeric

Turmeric is widely used as a kitchen ingredient and it adds a distinct flavour and colour to dishes. It is also used for a wide variety of health purposes and is even a popular ingredient of many herbal supplements. In addition to being a fantastic kitchen ingredient and natural alternative turmeric also has benefits that people who want to look and feel better would surely be glad about.

New Developments on the Frontline of the Global fight Against Skin Disease

By Kofi Dwinfour

The 23rd World Congress of Dermatology (WCD 2015) was held in Vancouver, Canada this week (8-13 June). Held every four years, the World Congress of Dermatology is the world’s oldest and continuous international dermatology meeting. The first Congress in 1889 pre-dated the modern Olympics by seven years.

This seemed a good time to look at some of the new developments that have happened in the global fight against skin disease.

Setback for psoriasis sufferers as drugmaker Amgen pulls out of Brodalumab project with AstraZeneca

By Kofi Dwinfour

In June 2014, AstraZeneca (one of the UK’s biggest pharmaceutical companies) and Amgen, a U. S. based biotech, announced results of the Phase II clinical trials of Brodalumab, a new drug treatment for psoriatic arthritis.

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Vitamin D May Help Improve Eczema in Children

By Denise Reynolds RD, EmaxHealth

Originally published here

Atopic dermatitis, a type of eczema, affects almost 18 million Americans according to statistics from the National Eczema Association. For many, the condition worsens in the winter when heated homes and low humidity dry the skin.

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Spotlight On… Vasculitis

by Deen Kurrimbux

Vasculitis is the inflammation of the blood vessels. The result of inflammation is due to the immune system’s reaction to infection or damage. The blood vessels leak plasma (a blood constituent) causing the surrounding cells to swell up isolating any potential micro-organism. Vasculitis is an auto-immune disease meaning that the body’s immune system will attack the blood vessels by mistake. There are factors, however, that will trigger this response: it could be medicinal, an infection of pre-existing medical conditional. More than half of cases are idiopathic (unknown cause).

Spotlight On… Scleroderma

by Deen Kurrimbux

Scleroderma is a skin disease that results in hard, thickening of the outer dermal layer. It is an uncommon autoimmune disease with no known cure that affects the lower layers and the surrounding organs and blood vessels. The areas appear either as thick oval patches anywhere on the body or as lines on the face, scalp, arms and legs.

Spotlight On… Hyperhidrosis

by Deen Kurrimbux

A common condition whereby an individual perspires excessively. This can either be the entire body or in areas. While not a serious threat to the individual’s health it is seen as a socially unacceptable trait which can be embarrassing and in some cases lead to depression. While there is no clear-cut definition of excessive sweating, normal daily activities that cause the individual to sweat more than usual may indicate that the individual may be suffering from hyperhidrosis.

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The prevalence of skin disease exceeds that of obesity, hypertension, or cancer. Despite skin being the largest organ of the human body, dermatological research remains one of the most under funded areas of medicine. In a world where society has an increasing preoccupation with image and it’s importance to every aspect of a person’s life, sufferers of skin diseases are feeling and being more marginalised and isolated than ever.

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