What Your Skin Can Uncover About Your Health: 6 Signs You May Have a Serious Health Condition!
If only your skin could speak, what a story it would have to tell! Oh, but don’t worry; your skin can still communicate with you – just not so in words.
Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and is assigned many vital functions and responsibilities required to maintain optimal health. Paying attention to subtle skin changes or signs is key to understanding your body better and may even help uncover underlying health conditions that would have otherwise been missed!
6 Skin Signs You Need to Pay Attention To!
Yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes is known as jaundice. It occurs when there is excess bilirubin (a yellowish pigment found in hemoglobin) in the blood. Jaundice is a symptom of a medical condition and is not considered a disease.
Possible Causes of Jaundice:
- Certain types of cancer (liver, pancreatic, gallbladder, etc.)
- Bile duct obstruction
Normally, moles do not present a problem. However, it’s wise to keep an eye on them regularly as any changes (shape/size/color) may indicate melanoma.
Want an easy way to remember the warning signs of melanoma? Watch for A, B, C, D, & Es!
Asymmetry: Is your mole asymmetrical?
Border: Is the border jagged?
Color: Is the color uneven?
Diameter: Is the diameter larger than a pea?
Evolving: Has your mole changed over time?
If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these, it’s a good idea to see your dermatologist to have your mole checked out!
Yellow Bumps on Eyelids
Yellow bumps found either on your upper or lower eyelids are from fatty deposits that form under your skin. These are called xanthelasma palpebrarum. While the bumps themselves aren’t dangerous, they may indicate high cholesterol levels and can unveil underlying heart disease.
Puffy eyes can be attributed to excess sodium intake or hormone fluctuations. However, it’s also possible that puffy eyes are due to an allergic reaction to food or a chemical ingredient found in one of your beauty products. Worst even, puffy eyes can be caused by an infection such as conjunctivitis (pink eye)!
Fine White Hairs
Although skin cancer is clearly visible on the surface of your skin, other internal cancers, such as lung and colon cancer, may not be so obvious. That’s why you need to pay close attention to the outward signs that these types of cancers manifest. The growth of fine white hairs on the surface of your skin, known as malignant down, could be the telltale sign of malignant tumor growth within your body.
Rashes generally aren’t serious and normally resolve on their own. However, if you have a rash that covers your cheeks and the bridge of your nose, & resembles the shape of a butterfly, it may be cause for concern. One of the visible symptoms of lupus is a photosensitive (reacts upon exposure to the sun) rash that has a distinguished butterfly-shaped appearance. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease where a hyperactive immune system causes your body to attack normal, healthy tissue.