Although summer is a time for relaxation and outdoor activities, it is also a time to be aware of certain hazards that may cause health concerns. If you spend time outdoors during the summer months, you may come in contact with poison ivy, develop a reaction from an insect bite, or get a serious sunburn. In some cases, any of the above could be serious enough to require medical treatment.
Here are a few things to look out for during your summertime adventures, as well as how your dermatologist can help.
Why is your skin itchy? This dermatological dilemma is annoying, and you shouldn’t have to live with it. Even though there are plenty of OTC treatments, a diagnosis is the first step towards relief. Before you slather on anti-itch cream, take a look at the questions to ask.
Where Is Your Skin Itchy?
Does your skin itch in an isolated spot or do you have an all-over irritation? An isolated itch may indicate a bug bite, localized allergic reaction (to lotion, soap, or other similar product), contact dermatitis, poison ivy, or a patch of eczema. If the itch is only on your scalp, lice or seborrheic dermatitis are possible causes.
Do you know how to care for your skin? Before assuming you know all the answers, take a look at some of the most common dermatological myths and the truths behind them.
1. Acne Always Goes Away on Its Own
According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), it’s not always the best idea to let acne run its course. Going without treatment can lead to permanent scarring, dark spots, or future or increased breakouts.
Dry skin is common – especially in the winter. But that doesn’t mean every scaly, red, or itchy patch is just minor dryness. Without the right diagnosis, you won’t find the relief you need. Take a look at some of the dermatological conditions that mimic dry skin and what you can do about them.
Atopic dermatitis is a general category of dermatological conditions. Patients with atopic dermatitis may have allergies, sensitivities, and other similar issues following exposure to soap, cosmetics, and other potential irritants or allergens.