Look up your diagnosis and inform yourself with the correct facts
Skin Conditions 101
There are many forms of skin disease which can impact on quality of life that can be far-reaching and profound. These conditions are chronic in nature with treatment focusing on reducing and controlling symptoms. Rashes, flare-ups, and lesions are often very visible to others. People living with a skin condition not only have to cope with how it affects them personally but also with the reaction of those around them.
Remember, skin cancer is the cancer that you can see. To know your skin, look in the mirror and ask, "What's that?". Then keep these three words in mind: new, changing or unusual. It could save your life.
Be kind to the skin you are in.
Below are some trusted sources of information on inflammatory skin conditions, skin cancers, and the prevention of skin disease:
Irish Skin Foundation (ISF)
The ISF provides impartial information on many of the most common skin condition, skin cancer, and SunSmart ways to prevent skin cancer. The ISF also offers a free Ask-a-Nurse Helpline, run on an appointment model, which you can access by visiting their site.
British Association of Dermatologists (BAD)
The BAD site provides information in hundreds of dermatological conditions from them most common to the most rate as is used by patients, pharmacists, nurses, and doctors worldwide.
What to Look For
Know your ABCDE's
Consult a healthcare professional if any of your moles or pigmented spots exhibit any below
One half of the spot is unlike the other half.
The spot has an irregular, scalloped, or poorly defined border.
The spot has varying colours from one area to the next, such as shades of tan, brown or black, or areas of white, red, or blue.
While melanomas are usually greater than 6 millimetres, or about the size of a pencil eraser, when diagnosed, they can be smaller.
The spot looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape, or colour.
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