People are usually skeptical about staying around people that have visible skin conditions especially if they can’t tell what the condition is. For instance, you might hesitate or not even want to sit or make any kind of contact with someone who has blisters, visible hives and scaly patches on their skin. What you qshould know is that most of these common skin conditions are not in any way contagious at all.
There is a lot of stigma associated with various skin conditions, so this article is going to look that different skin conditions that may look contagious, but in reality, you can’t catch them from someone.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that leaves red patches and itchy scales on the skin. It usually occurs when your body attacks healthy skin cells, causing your skin cells to grow and reach the skin’s surface too quickly. Normally, this process should take weeks but it happens in a couple of days. When the body is unable to shed the skin cells quickly, it results in patches.
A lot of persons assume that psoriasis is contagious, especially in situations where it affects visible parts of the body like the hands, legs or face. Learning and understanding the root of the infection will help clarify its non- infectious nature.
Hives, also known as urticaria come in different shapes and sizes. Most times, they often occur as a result of an allergy, for instance, hives are a common reaction to foods like nuts, milk, eggs, shellfish, and citrus fruit. They are likely to appear on your skin within minutes or two hours after exposure to the allergen. Hives can also be triggered by medication, insect bites and stings. Antihistamine is the easiest drug for treating most hives. However, If they last longer than a week, then you should see a dermatologist.
Facts and Myths about Poison Ivy
Poison ivy is one skin condition most people mistake as contagious. Poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac all contain urushiol, an oil that is known to cause a blistering rash. Despite what you may have learned in summer camp, the rash doesn’t spread through scratching. Often one patch will appear first and then a second or third might pop up later on a different part of your body; but it hasn’t spread. It’s a result of different rates or times of exposure. Even patients think they may have spread the rash themselves by itching and scratching and hence, they are contagious to other people.
Poison ivy can only be spread in three ways: direct contact with any part of the plant (leaves, flowers, roots, or stem); contact with something that has touched the plant (urushiol can stick to a pet’s fur, a rake or shovel used outdoors, or a ball, for example); or through airborne urushiol particles that are released if the plant is burned. The American Academy of Dermatologists (AAD) further stresses that poison ivy is not and cannot be spread by someone who is affected or has the rash, primarily because of how quickly your skin absorbs the oil
Eczema Triggers to Avoid
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis causes red, and sometimes itchy patches on your back, hand, feet, upper chest, eyelid, face, jaw, or inside the bend of your elbows and knees.
There are a lot of things that can trigger eczema. Things like hot water can aggravate the condition, so don’t soak in your bathtub for too much and try as much as you can to use only warm water. Other things that can trigger eczema include strong detergents, exposure to extreme cold, pet dander, smoking, and stress. The exact cause of eczema is unclear, but there are speculations that in some cases, eczema is hereditary.
Vitiligo: A Problem With Pigment
This skin condition, which may be an autoimmune disorder, is marked by lighter patches on the skin. It happens when the body attacks cells called melanocytes that produce the pigment that gives your skin and hair color. Vitiligo cannot be cured, but some treatments may help restore color to the lighter patches and make the skin look more even. If you have vitiligo, it’s important to wear sunscreen because exposure to sunlight can worsen the condition.
Seeing Red With Rosacea
Rosacea is most often marked by flushing across your nose and cheeks. Doctors aren’t entirely sure what causes it, but it may be your immune system overreacting to a bacterium called Bacillus oleronius. There are speculations that rosacea is hereditary as research carried out found that people with relatives who have rosacea are more likely to develop it. It tends to mostly affect people who are fair-skinned and have blonde hair and blue eyes. It is also common among people of Celtic or Scandinavian descent.
PityriasisRosea: A Mystery Rash
The only recognizable symptom of this skin condition is a pink or gray, scaly rash. It often starts with one large round or oval patch on your neck, chest, abdomen, back, or thighs, and in 14 days, it spreads to other parts of your body. The rash may cause itching that can be severe and very disconcerting. The main cause of pityriasisrosea remains unknown, and studies are still ongoing to ascertain the real cause. According to the American Academy of dermatologists, (AAD), this skin condition is neither an allergy nor is it caused by bacteria, but it may be related to a virus. In most cases, it will clear up on its own in four to eight weeks.
Skin tags are a small flap of colored- flesh or slightly darker tissues hanging off your skin by a stalk. They are usually found on the neck, back, armpits, chest, under the breast or in the groin area. They often appear in women and older adults. They are not communicable, not dangerous and can only cause pain when they are irritated, and this is usually when clothing or a nearby skin rubs against them. You can contact your doctor if you have skin tags so your doctor can either cut, freeze or burn it.