A: Did you know that your skin is the body’s largest organ? Your skin is responsible for covering everything inside the body and protects the body from infections and germs. Skin also helps the body maintain a consistent temperature and is an essential part of the sense of touch.
Your skin needs several things to stay healthy including daily cleansing, moisture, proper nutrition and sunscreen. It is important to use a gentle soap made for your skin and to moisturize both with lotion and by drinking plenty of water. Sunscreen is another important way to protect your skin and should be used every day of the year. The sun can cause skin damage year-round, even in the winter and on cloudy days.
There are a variety of medical conditions that may happen to your skin. Some conditions, such as age spots, may not be life-threatening, while others, such as moles, may be cancerous and should be removed. Problems with your skin — including rashes, bumps, warts, moles or lesions — should be discussed with your health care provider. In some cases, skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema and rosacea may require ongoing treatment and referral to a dermatologist.
If you have questions about problems or changes with your skin, ask your health care provider to perform a skin exam during your next visit. Regular skin exams are important to maintaining good skin health and may detect changes to your skin that could become a problem in the future.
Information provided by Mercy Family Care – Perry, 616 10th St, 465-2575.