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Top 10 Most Dangerous Skin Disorders

Skin Disorders

  • Some skin conditions although annoying or uncomfortable can be treated
  • Serious skin disorders should not be taken lightly as they can be life threatening
  • Don’t hesitate to seek medical treatment for any skin disorder, it could save your life
  • Keep in mind skin cancer detection and methods that will help you prevent skin cancer, like wearing sunscreen when planning any outdoor event

There are, of course, many skin conditions out there. Some of them are innocuous. They may be annoying and/or uncomfortable, but they are typically easily treatable. However, there are a number of conditions out there so serious that they are dangerous, even life threatening. Keep yourself informed; keep reading to discover the top 10 most dangerous skin disorders out there. You may benefit from melasma prevention or from eczema treatment, or something more intensive, but you will be able to find the answers.

1. Tungiasis

This skin disease can be caused by certain kinds of fleas. They burrow into your skin and then lay eggs. When you have tungiasis, you may experience burning, itching, and pain around the location where the fleas have buried. It is not uncommon for ulcers, lesions, and blisters to appear. This disorder is dangerous when it goes untreated, at which point it can lead to many things, such as the loss of toenails, the toes themselves, gangrene, infections, and tetanus, just to name a few.

2. Pediculosis

This is another disorder caused by bugs – body lice, in this case. It occurs when the body lice infest your skin. They generally stick close to areas with a lot of body hair. In addition to causing discoloration or even the thickening of your skin, pediculosis can cause infections and open body sores if it is not treated.

3. Shingles

Typically, shingles is one of those skin disorders you associate with children and childhood, but adults can get it too. It can be dangerous because it is almost a sickness. You can tell by the symptoms, which include feeling pain, sometimes stabbing and sometimes severe, in and on your skin. You may have a fever and headache and it can feel like your nerve endings are tingling. A rash can develop, comprised of small red dots, scabs, and blisters.

4. Lichen Planus

This is a disorder which can affect the mucus membranes in your body and your skin. Typically, it comes with a raised, shiny, and itchy rash. The bumps vary between purple and pink in color, but they tend to be quite small. Scaly patches of skin are not uncommon either. The rash may extend to the inside of your mouth, along with ulcers and spots, blue in color, along your tongue and the insides of your cheeks.

5. Pemphigus Vulgaris

This is one of many skin disorders which comes in the form of a rash. It tends to occur in adults over the age of forty but can occur in children as well. Also known as PV, it manifests with irregularly shaped blisters and lesions which begin forming in the mouth. If not properly treated, these blisters can break open, which allows them to become seriously infected. These infections can actually end in death.

6. Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

This is another of the skin disorders characterized by rashes. It typically occurs between people who are between the ages of twenty and forty and is seen more often in men. It, too, starts with a rash which attacks the mucus membranes. Blisters and lesions form from the rash.

7. Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis

If you have ever watched House, you have probably heard of this skin problem. It is perhaps one of the most frightening skin disorders out there. It begins with fatigue, fever, pains in your muscles and joints, coughing, a runny nose, and congestion. Before the ensuing rash occurs, your skin is apt to be tender as well. As the name suggests, your skin can die if it is left untreated. Indeed, if TEN is not medically treated, it can result in death. Some people make the mistake of seeing a rash and seeking eczema treatment. It is thus important to contact your doctor as soon as a rash appears. It could point to something serious.

8. Basal Cell Carcinoma

This is a form of skin cancer. It is the most common type. Often, melasma treatment can help lower your risk of getting this, and the two following skin disorders. Basically, either stay out of or protect yourself from the sun.

9. Squamous Cell Carcinoma

This is also a type of skin cancer. It occurs in the squamous cells, which themselves are located in the middle layer of your skin.

10. Melanoma Skin Cancer

Though less common, this type of skin cancer is the most dangerous. Of all the skin diseases there are, it causes more death than any other.

The information supplied in this article is not to be considered as medical advice and is for educational purposes only.

2 Responses to “Top 10 Most Dangerous Skin Disorders”

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    Bruce Lopez Says:
    When you grow older your skin will lose its elasticity and your skin will become very thin. There are other factors also that will make the skin worn out. So care for skin is very important no matter what age you are because the sooner you take care of your skin the healthier it will be and the more you will be able to prevent skin problems and wrinkles or fine lines.
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    Krystal Says:
    Yikes! What a ghastly list of skin disorders! Thanks for the heads up on these, Meredith. I am obviously one of those people that fleas and mosquitoes love in the summer and knowing that the fleas can burrow in my skin will make me even more alert to any bites I get.