October 5, 2009

How to Cure 4 Common Skin Ailments


Eczema (Dermatitis) shows up in dry, red, itchy patches which sometimes “bubble”. Usually it occurs on the face, inside of elbows and knees, and neck. Eczema can be caused by excess sweating, certain chemicals in pools, or certain athletic fabrics.

Most of the time eczema is a genetic illness that may reoccur. Try not to scratch the infected areas, and apply an unscented moisturizer that will help rehydrate the skin. Antihistamines will suppress the itching. Elidel is a medication used to treat Eczema. See a health care professional if symptoms persist.

Athlete’s foot

Athletes foot presents itself with itching, burning and stinging in between the toes and on the soles of the feet. there can be blisters that crack and cause skin to peel around the bottoms and sides of the foot. Athletes foot can also present itself by causing thick toenails that are discolored and pull away from the nail bed.

Athletes foot is contagious as it is a fungal infection. It can be picked up at public pools, showers, locker rooms, and gyms. There are anti fungal over-the-counter and prescription ointments, sprays and powders that can treat athletes foot. If the infection becomes severe, a doctor may prescribe an oral medication. Keep feet dry and use anti fungal powder. Wear clean socks and shoes that will draw moisture away from the feet. Always protect your feet with waterproof shoes at the pool and in the showers.

Plantar Wart’s

Plantar warts are skin colored lumps that usually occur on the heels or balls of feet. These warts may be rough to touch and may have a black dot at the center.

Plantar warts are contagious and can be picked up at public pools, locker rooms, or gyms. Exercise can increase the pain of a plantar wart because it is on the bottom of the foot. Try to minimize pressure when exercising by using a corn pad around the wart. Warts can be frozen off by doctors with liquid nitrogen – this is the fastest way to heal a wart. Other methods include over-the-counter topical ointment products and personal “freezing” kits. Always wear shoes at the gym and sandals in locker rooms to prevent developing a plantar wart. Moisturize your feet to keep skin sealed.


Rosacea is usually mild to severe redness or flushing that can have a bumpy texture usually on the face and neck. that presents itself during heavy exercise, exposure to sun, wind, heat and cold.

Rosacea rash can be controlled with prescription topical and oral medications like Metrogel, Retina, and Tetracycline
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