When you gaze into the mirror each morning, your reflection may reveal more than just whether your hair is perfectly in place. Your face can reveal many things about you, whether it be happiness, anger, lack of sleep, or a recent indulgence in greasy foods. There are several health conditions that may also announce themselves in your countenance. Watch for signs of illness or disease that your face may be broadcasting.
Red, itchy, watery eyes are obvious signs of an allergic reaction. Additionally, black or purple circles under the eyes, known as “allergic shiners”, can be a hallmark of an ongoing allergy. This condition occurs when inflammation in the nasal area prevents the blood vessels under the eyes from draining properly. Add in a bright red nose from constant nose wiping and your face telegraphs loud and clear the fact that you suffer from allergies. These symptoms can be prevented or alleviated with antihistamine tablets, corticosteroid nasal sprays, and avoidance of allergy triggers.
12. Alopecia Areata
Alopecia areata is a skin condition in which patches of hair are lost from the scalp or body. The American Academy of Dermatology states that this condition is an autoimmune disorder in which the body attacks the hair follicles. According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation, this disease may appear as small, round bald patches on the scalp or beard area of the face. The hair may or may not regrow, and in some cases will regrow only to fall out once again. This disease is not accompanied by other symptoms such as itching, rash, redness, or urticaria (hives).