Skin Conditions: Normal vs. Abnormal


As our bodies, skin and hair constantly change, it is hard to know when these changes are something to worry about. It is important to know the difference between what is normal, and what might be an issue for a dermatologist to see.

Cold Sores
Normal: Rare lesions once or twice a year
Abnormal: Breakouts every month

Cold sores are due to an infection of the lips, mouth or gums. They are small and often painful blisters that usually go away on their own. If they do persist, however, or appear frequently, it is important to see a dermatologist.

Normal: Little flakes that occasionally appear and can be controlled with over-the-counter shampoos
Abnormal: Thick, scaly, itchy patches

Mild dandruff is a common concern that can be controlled with specialized shampoos. However, if these flakes get in the way of your work and social life, it is crucial to seek medical advice.

Normal: Few, small bumps or papules throughout adolescence and young adulthood
Abnormal: Daily acne bumps or blemishes that cannot be controlled with over-the-counter options

Adults are not immune to breakouts. A lot of things can cause pimples such as an internal imbalance, using the wrong skin care products, or even stress. If it becomes something that you cannot control, then it is time to see a doctor.

Normal: Those with sensitive skin may have mild itchy patches that resolve easily
Abnormal: Itchy patches that affect the quality of life and do not go away with over-the-counter hydrocortisones

It is possible to still struggle with eczema after using over-the-counter treatments. If the flare-ups get in the way of your normal life, there are alternatives that a dermatologist can provide you with.

Normal: Normal skin or mild scattered psoriatic patches
Abnormal: Patches that affect your personal and work life

This autoimmune disorder can be made worse by environmental factors and other health concerns. Booking an appointment with a skin expert at Trillium Creek Dermatology & Surgery is critical if this disorder begins to affect your daily life or begins to spread across most parts of your body.

Excessive Sweating
Normal: Appropriate sweating with physical or emotional stimulus
Abnormal: Sweating of the underarms, palms, soles, face and head that affect social and work life

Sweating is a normal function of the body, especially during a stressful situation or physical activity. However, if you feel that you are sweating more than normal or when you should not be sweating, seeing a professional is advised.

Normal: Normal skin
Abnormal: Single or groups of bumps on on the skin that can be contagious to others

Warts are benign growths caused by an infection of the top layer of skin. Since they are caused by an infection, they can be contagious, Although they are usually harmless, it is important to see a doctor for treatment when it hurts you or you have multiple.

Hair Loss
Normal: Losing up to 150 hairs per day
Abnormal: Noticing bald patches in the shapes of circles on your scalp

Your hair is always growing and replacing itself, which is why it is completely normal to lose up to 150 strands per day. However, hair that is falling out in patches is abnormal. This can be caused by a plethora of factors in which a doctor can help to target.

It is important to be cautious when it comes to your health. Therefore, if you do notice anything out of the ordinary, or you are just curious whether something is harmful or not, contact our skin experts and make an appointment today: 330.725.0569.

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