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Skin Conditions

Are you suffering from rosacea, eczema, or very dry skin? Frustrated with a chemo rash or allergic reaction? Read on to find more information on a number of difficult skin conditions, with tips to help you cope.

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Side Effects of Chemotherapy and Radiation

Chemotherapy and radiation can create difficult side effects. They may be severe or very mild, depending on the type and duration of treatment, as well as on individual body chemistry.

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Rosacea

Rosacea is a common skin disease affecting about 13 million Americans—one out of every 20 individuals. Redness, swelling, bumps, pimples, and even skin thickening are all symptoms of the condition.

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Allergic Skin

Allergic skin reactions account for a lot of difficult skin conditions, including eczema, rosacea, rashes, hives, and allergic contact dermatitis. Skin can react this way when you touch something you’re allergic to, eat or inhale an allergen, or take a medication that triggers an allergic response.

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Dry, Flaky Skin

Dry, flaky skin is such a common affliction that many of us take it for granted. Winter weather, illnesses, medical treatments, medications, harsh soaps and detergents, chemicals, dermatitis and other skin conditions, and a myriad of other factors can all cause dry skin.

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Eczema

The word “eczema” describes a group of skin conditions that share similar symptoms, including swelling, irritation, and itchiness, and sometimes redness, burning, blisters, dryness, scaling, and oozing lesions. All these conditions have one thing in common—inflammation of the skin.

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Medications and Skin Reactions

Advertisements for medications always come with a long list of the possible side effects that may include stomach upset, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and more.

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Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic disease that causes red, dry patches of thickened skin on areas like the elbows, knees, and scalp, though it can affect any part of the body. These patches are the result of new skin cells being produced too quickly.

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Rashes

“Rash” is a word that describes most any condition that creates a change in the skin characterized by redness, raised bumps or hives, inflammation, itching, and dryness, as well as pain, weeping, blisters, and scaling in some instances.

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