A skin problem or disorder is usually skin that’s itchy, covered in a rash, broken out or has unusual spots. This can happen if there’s an infection, a chronic skin condition, or contact with an irritant or allergen. Though many skin conditions are minor and common, more serious ones need medical attention.
At Indigo, we treat a variety of skin conditions, including abscesses, warts, poison ivy rashes, ringworm, tinea, zoster and impetigo.
Common Skin Problems
Contact dermatitis – This usually happens when a substance like soap, fragrances, cosmetics, jewelry or poison ivy irritates the skin or triggers an allergic reaction. The skin often reddens into a rash wherever it came into contact with the irritant. If the irritant can be avoided, the rash usually clears up in two to four weeks. Over-the-counter hydrocortisone creams can help reduce itching.
Keratosis pilaris – When the skin makes too much of a protein called keratin, it can block hair follicles and cause bumps to develop on the skin. This usually happens on the arms, thighs, cheeks, and buttocks. The bumps are often white, sometimes red, and typically don’t hurt or itch. This condition usually disappears by age 30. Body creams with lanolin, glycerin, or petroleum jelly can help calm the condition.