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Why Does Your Skin Hurt?

Feb 21,2022 | HISEEK PRETTY

Have you ever experienced itching, tingling or tenderness along your skin? Beyond the common sunburn, there are a number of conditions that result in uncomfortable or painful areas of your skin. And they may not be what you expect.Today we will tell you why skin sometimes hurts, what causes it and when to see your doctor.

Fibromyalgia 

What It Is: It is a chronic pain condition with tenderness in certain characteristic areas, like your skin,Symptoms also include stiffness, fatigue and difficulty concentrating. It can also be accompanied by a wide variety of other symptoms such as anxiety or depression.

What Causes It: In short: no one really knows.It is a diagnosis of exclusion: all other possible causes for the symptoms need to first be ruled out; without any other explanation, fibromyalgia can be made as the diagnosis.This is not a condition generally diagnosed by your derm.

How to Treat It:There are a variety of treatment options including medications such as pain medications,antidepressants,anti-anxiety medications and anticonvulsants.People also utilize behavioral and psychological therapy methods.

Sunburn

What It Is: Sunburn is a result of excessive exposure to ultraviolet light. It causes redness, pain, tenderness, sometimes blistering, and peeling.

What Causes It:The ultraviolet light causes damage to the skin cells, which then release inflammatory signals and some undergo programmed cell death.

How to Treat It: Sunburns are usually treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications like ibuprofen or aspirin and cool baths or showers for symptomatic relief.It is important to stay well-hydrated with a sunburn because there can be some fluid loss, and severe sunburns may require IV fluids and prescription pain medications. Some topical emollients such as aloe vera can help with symptom relief but do not necessarily speed recovery.

Shingles

What It Is: Shingles is caused by the chicken-pox virus, so if you’ve had the chicken pox or have been vaccinated, you already have the virus in your nervous system. Shingles, like the pox, appears as a scabbing, irritation or series of itchy red spots on the skin.

What Causes It:When somebody gets run down, sick or overly stressed, the virus can re-emerge along one of the sensory nerves,It generally only appears along one nerve and thus is on just one side of the body in what we call a “dermatome.It can cause nerve pain and increased sensitivity in the area along with redness and swelling that progresses into blisters and scabbing. It can sometimes lead to scarring and infection.

How to Treat It:Shingles is treated with antiviral medications such as valacyclovir or acyclovir for at least a week. The pain can be treated with prescription pain medications but is most commonly treated with medications that treat neuropathic pain such as gabapentin. These modulate the nerve signals to reduce the pain transmission. Shingles can also be treated with anti-inflammatory topical or oral steroids, but the benefit of these is debated and must be weighed against the risks.

When to See Your Doctor

While we hope this blog helps, it’s not meant to diagnose your symptoms.While some of these conditions can be treated by seeing a dermatologist, your first stop should be your primary care physician.

See your doctor if:

Conditions last longer than two weeks.

You experience pain that prevents you from doing normal activities.

Itching, bleeding or pain is present.

In the meantime, here are some products for sensitive, irritated or dry skin. We hope these help soothe some of the irritation or discomfort you might be experiencing.

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