Red Skin

Sudden or unusual redness of the skin is usually a signal that there is something out of the ordinary going on with our skin or, possibly, internally.

There are many reasons why a spot or two of red skin may develop. Some reasons, such as sun and wind burn, are predictable and easily avoided.

Other times, red skin occurs when we least expect it and it can be mystifying, at the least. Red patches may appear anywhere on the body, with little or no accompanying pain, but sometimes the pain can be excruciating.

When trauma is present, red skin may mean it’s time to consult a family physician or dermatologist to treat the underlying cause of the problem. Poison ivy exposure, chemical burns, and insect bites all cause redness of the skin at the point of contact but each requires a different line of treatment.

In other cases, red skin is a sign of the aging process. As we age, the capillaries just beneath the skin lose their elasticity and can burst, leaving tiny red spots or venous streaks visible to the naked eye. While sometimes considered unsightly from a cosmetic perspective, these red spots are not often a need for medical concern.

Food allergies, often called atopic dermatitis, are frequently the cause for red skin spots that appear on the torso and upper extremities. The areas of red skin associated with this diagnosis are often symmetrically distributed across the body and accompanied by painful itching and burning. Eliminating the aggravating substance from the diet provides tremendous relief.

Excessive drinking of alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, smoking tobacco products, and untreated high blood pressure can cause red skin to develop on the nose and across the face from cheek to cheek. Avoiding these substances and getting proper medical care for high blood pressure can often reverse the degree of red skin when early treatment is sought.

Any red skin that appears unexpectedly, is painful, or resistant to personal care remedies should be reported to a physician. This condition may be just one outward symptom of a deeper, more serious, underlying condition that warrants medical attention.

Latest Article: Optic Nerve

All vision relies on the optic nerve and its ability to relay the images our eyes detect to our brains for processing.  There are twelve paired nerves that relay information from the body to the brain and the optic nerve is the second pair of this twelve.  Thus, it is frequently referred to as cranial nerve II. The optic nerve is a part of the body's central nervous system.  As...

Related Articles: