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Narrow streaks or lines that occur on the surface of the
skin. They are often red or purple to start with, before
gradually fading to a silvery-white colour.
Rapid skin stretching as a result of sudden growth, weight
gain or pregnancy. The stretching causes the middle layer
of skin (dermis) to tear, allowing the deeper skin layers and
blood vessels below to show through.
ECZEMA SYMPTOMS CAN BE TRIGGERED
BY EVERYTHING FROM DETERGENTS,
STRESS AND THE WEATHER
can also be helpful in identifying whether a food
allergy may be triggering symptoms.
Avoid putting on weight rapidly where possible. That
includes building muscle very quickly.
'Most eczema treatments are topical, although for more
severe cases may need oral medication as well,' says Gass.
'Regular application of a moisturiser and washing with a
moisturiser instead of soap will manage the condition.'
'There are plenty of products out there that claim to
prevent stretch marks, but there is little convincing
evidence for their effectiveness,' says Gass.
Laser therapy such as pulsed dye laser treatment
can't completely remove stretch marks, but it may
help make them less noticeable.
Dry, itchy, cracked, sore and red skin, usually appearing in
small patches. Although it can affect any part of the body,
it's most often found on hands, insides of the elbows, backs
of the knees and the face and scalp.
Also known as "atopic eczema", the condition often occurs
in people who are prone to allergies. Symptoms can be
triggered by everything from detergents, stress and the
weather. Sometimes food allergies can play a part, especially
in young children with severe eczema.
Keeping a food diary can help you discover whether a
specific food makes your symptoms worse. Allergy tests
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Red, flaky, crusty patches of skin covered with silvery scales
that can be itchy or sore. Usually appearing in small patches
on elbows, knees, scalp and lower back.
Skin cells are normally made and replaced every three to
four weeks, but in psoriasis this process only lasts three to
seven days. As underlying cells reach the skin's surface and
die, their sheer volume causes raised, red plaques covered
with white scales. Psoriasis is thought to be related to a
problem with the immune system.
Keep skin moist and avoid cold, dry weather when possible.
'Treatment of psoriasis depends upon your individual
circumstances,' says Gass. 'It may be that topical treatment
is sufficient. For people with more extensive or difficult
to treat psoriasis, light treatment (phototherapy), tablet
treatment or injection treatment may also be required.'
* FIGURES FROM NHS DIRECT