Skin is the largest organ in your body, and the only one that you can physically see and touch at all times. Your skin often times serves as an early indicator of other issues that your body may be exhibiting. Of course, it is true that many things like dry skin, rashes, and other minor skin problems are, many times, caused by simple, treatable things like allergic reactions and the weather. Many other skin issues are often indicative of very serious diseases like diabetes and liver failure. Taking advantage of this information could mean more than just gaining awareness, it could also save your life. If your skin has started exhibiting any of the issues below, we encourage you to see your doctor.
1. Rash on The Back of Neck Could Be Diabetes
Poison Ivy, harsh fabric softener, even your sunscreen are all things that can cause a pretty nasty rash to raise up on your skin. While these rashes are definitely an annoyance they are also easily treatable and typically disappear in as little as a few days. However, if your rash exhibits itself as dark, velvety skin on the back of your neck, your armpits, or your groin, it may be an early indicator of diabetes. This rash, which discolors and dries out skin, is often found on obese people, and while many times is just a slight annoyance, it is advised that you get your blood sugar checked by your doctor if you notice it on yourself or any of your loved ones.
2. Rosacea Could Be Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s is a disease that currently affects more than 5 million Americans today. It is also the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and is said to be the official cause of death of 1 in 3 senior citizens. As such, we are always attempting to find early warning signs of the disease so that we can seek to treat it earlier and more accurately. Studies even show that women with Rosacea have as much as a 28% increase in their risk of dementia, which makes getting properly diagnosed and treated for the skin disease extremely important, especially if you are over the age of 60.