Your skin is the largest organ of the body. Not only this, but it is the most exposed part to the environment as well. It’s well known that it not only gives visible shape to the body, but it also contains the signs for good or bad health as well. Undoubtedly, your skin is the window to your personal well-being.
According to a health practitioner at Doris Day of Lenox Hospital in New York, “I am always looking for that clue – when did this change happen, why it’s here, what are the other symptoms. Those clues will help me find what’s going on inside, both in the mind and the body.”
There are some skin problems that are associated with some internal diseases. A few days or weeks of such skin problem is not generally harmful, but if it persists beyond this time, then there may have been a serious issue, and it needs medical attention.
1. Patches and Rashes
Rashes have different types, but usually when a rash is not susceptible to treatments, and it is accompanied by certain other problems such as fever, joint pain, and muscle aches. This could be a sign of an internal problem or infection.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it may also occur due to an allergy or signal a reaction to medicine. If there is a velvety rash on the back of the neck or around the arms, darker than the natural skin tone of the body, it’s the sign that a person may have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. When you see it, it is important to check the blood sugar level urgently. Less commonly, this rash called acanthosis nigricans – could be a warning sign of cancer in an internal organ, such as stomach or liver.
2. Skin Bronzing And Other Discolorations
If a person is having diabetes, bronzing of the skin could be a problem persistent with the iron metabolism. A yellowing of the skin may signal liver failure that may occur along with the yellowing of the white area of the eye.
A darkening of the skin that is mostly visible in the scars and skin folds, elbows and knee joints – could be the sign of the hormonal disease, such as Addison’s disease, which affects the adrenal glands.
3. New Growth
Skin is naturally consistent and does not grow new patches and formations unless there is some problem in the body. If you see any new growth on the skin, you should always have it looked by a doctor, because it may be a sign of skin cancer, internal disease, or a genetic syndrome. There are sometimes yellow bumps on the arms, legs or rear could be a result of high triglyceride levels that signals uncontrolled diabetes. This condition is called eruptive exanthemas. There are different patterns of acne that are the signs of different internal problems. Their patterns of distribution along the skin also vary. For instance, if the acne is persistent along the lower face or jaw line, then it may be a sign of polycystic ovarian syndrome. This condition may also cause other problems such as weight changes, thinning hair, and increased hair growth on the face.
4. Nail Changes
Changes in nail colors, its structure, and size may also trigger some diseases that require medical attention. Changes in the color and shape of nails are often the sign of any deficiency. Most of the times, such change in nails are perceived as a fungal infection. In reality, it may actually be a result of psoriasis within the nails. This condition typically affects the skin. This also suggests that changes in nail color and structure may indicate joint pain, or a form of arthritis called psoriatic arthritis.
5. Hardness And Dryness
The skin’s hardness and dryness are sometimes the cause of some internal diseases. The flu and cough may dry your lips and it may look white in color. The color of the skin becomes pale with diarrhea. Thickening of the skin occurs on the shin, when there is high blood pressure and kidney problems.
There is a condition called systemic sclerosis which is an autoimmune disease in which there is swelling and hardening of the skin. In severe cases, it causes the hardening of internal organs, such as the lungs or heart according to AAD. If you are having a very loose and silky skin, then it may be a symptom of rare connective tissue disease called acquired cutis laxa, which may trigger blood cancer such as lymphoma or multiple myeloma.
It’s best to consult your doctor to determine your skin’s actual condition and if it could lead to further problems down the line.