Fluid emitting blisters, crusty sores, and itchy rashes are symptoms we recognise as
skin diseases. Sometimes these appear as a temporary phenomenon, while at other times, people have to live their lives with some heinous skin condition such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, etc. Living with them can be traumatic, because one has to fight two battles-one coping with the condition and second facing people’s reaction to their appearance.
Talking about temporary skin conditions, the most common of them is acne, which appears during the different phases as we age. Teenagers in particular develop acne as part of the physical changes they undergo during puberty. But, there are certain skin diseases that are permanent and incurable. Treatments available are only good for reducing their symptoms. Some of these conditions include eczema, psoriases, rosacea, vitiligo, and others.
The problem with skin diseases is that they are visible on the surface and therefore apparent to any observer. The fear of infection and the ugly appearance dissuade others from interacting with such people openly. Millions of people around the globe live under the stigmatisation of having skin diseases. This means that they are prejudiced by others, most often due to ignorance about skin conditions and how traumatising it is to live with them.
Some common skin diseases and how they appear on the surface
The most types of skin conditions that are reported the world over include:
Eczema: The term eczema is commonly used for the rash like skin that appears in babies. It is identified as dry and itchy skin that becomes red and inflamed due to scratching. the most common type of eczema is atopic eczema, which is an allergic reaction to stress, chemicals, etc.
Psoriasis: A skin condition that keeps flaring throughout the span of life of a person who once develops it, psoriasis is a skin condition marked by red itchy and inflamed patches on the skin that can be treated with ointments, but they will keep appearing on their own.
Rosacea: this is a chronic skin disease that affects adults. It appears cyclically, which means symptoms such as red pus filled rashes keep appearing and disappearing on their own from time to time.
Vitiligo: vitiligo is a skin condition in which white patches appear on the skin because of loss of pigments. There are no other symptoms than the appearance of white patches, which is quite distressing for many people.
Acne: acne is the most common skin condition in which pimples appear on the skin. While most of us may have pimples at some point in our lives, some people are more prone to them than others. They may develop on the face, back, neck, shoulders, and chest.
Implications of living with skin diseases
Skin diseases and conditions have major psychological impacts on people suffering from them. Even mild skin conditions can have adverse effects on the well being of people. These skin conditions can produce feelings of unhappiness, depressions, low self-esteem, and many other similar problems.
Some of the most commons implications of having skin diseases are as listed below:
People with skin diseases are often observed to suffer from psychological traumas including depression, anxiety, suicidal tendencies, and social inhibition. They are low on self-confidence and self-esteem. It is hard for them to interact with people without feeling shame or embarrassed.
Anger is another highly prevalent psychological outcome of having skin diseases. Many times people restrain from interacting with people with skin diseases. This produces a certain degree of repression, which often comes as pangs of angers. This further affects their quality of life and emotional stability.
Younger children with skin diseases are more vulnerable to being bullied by others around. At school, in the neighbourhood, and elsewhere children are often bullied for having skin conditions that appear ugly on the surface.
Social interaction becomes a taboo for such people, and it’s not because their condition is that bad, it’s because people are ignorant, and lack the education about skin conditions and how people with them are supposed to be treated. Not always are skin conditions infectious or contagious. All the above mentioned conditions are in fact not transmittable.
Impacts of treatment
People having skin conditions will tell you that treatments are an important part of their daily regime, and it requires one to devote a lot of time, and sometime money for these treatments. For instance:
Most skin conditions that appear as rashes or inflamed skin are treated with creams and pastes. Applying them on the face is the easiest, but if one has to apply them on the back, it requires help from others.
Some preparation and ointments have to be kept overnight. This can be discomforting, and also blotch your bedding and nightwear.
Sometimes skin conditions may even cause pruitus, which is distracting by day and causes insomnia at night.
Skin diseases have degrees too. While some of them are mild, others can take more severe forms. For example, psoriasis and eczema are common, but they may appear in severe and rare forms such as epidermolysis bullosa, which covers the body with painful bullae.
Vitiligo may be the least complicated of all, and with the help of ointments and cosmetic creams one can camouflage their appearance. There are several creams that also cover blemish scars and acne too.
Educating people about skin conditions and the implications of living with them
To make the lives of people with skin conditions a bit easier is a social responsibility of people around them. They are already suffering pain, dilemma and other psychological problems, along with a kind of destitution that we give them. Spreading awareness about such conditions is important so that people can differentiate between contagious infections and skin disorders, and start treating people with skin diseases with greater empathy and concern.
Greater social acceptance can help them get rid of a number of psychological ailments and improve their overall quality of life and well being.
Author Bio: I’m Mike a health & Fitness consultant
having 5+ years of experience working in clinics, gyms and also Yoga instructor dealing with health, pain and injuries. I provide professional assistance and advice on health issues and on various weight loss products.