Skin diseases have become an area of interest in recent years. The prevalence of skin diseases and the rise of incidence of these diseases have been cause for increased concern. Besides the increasing number of diagnosed cases of skin cancer, the emergence of other sometimes deadly forms of skin diseases which are becoming resistant to the most frequently used treatments have led the health community to fervently promote methods of prevention as the answer. Experts have agreed on several key methods and activities which should help minimize the risk of contracting one of the many dangerous and often contagious skin conditions.
Many of the actions recommended to prevent the contraction or spread of skin diseases are nothing more than common sense. Though they are common sense and maybe even because they are, it is these actions which are usually neglected. The simplicity of the acts often seems too basic to combat such a dangerous problem. However, by performing these seemingly basic deeds, you could significantly reduce the chances of your contracting one of the many skin diseases. And if you are unlucky enough to develop one of the skin conditions, these same actions can help eliminate the risk of spreading a skin disease to others.
1. Wash your hands often. Hand washing is the number one recommended act to prevent the contraction and spread of any and all diseases. You come into contact with all manner of microscopic entities which have the potential to make you ill constantly throughout your day. There aren’t neon lights blinking with an arrow to point out where the viruses and bacterium are congregating. It is safe to assume pretty much every surface has been contaminated with these creatures just waiting for a host to come along. When you wash your hands, the millions of tiny hitchhikers who have found their way onto your skin are washed down the drain. And the danger of illness they presented is washed down the drain too; saving both yourself and others from the havoc they would have wreaked on your bodies.
2. Do not share towels, blankets, or pillowcases. This is a common method of transference for skin diseases. Sometimes at the gym or after a sporting event, a friend may have forgotten their towel and need a hand. Sharing your towel is not doing your friend or yourself any favors. You rubbed off numerous microscopic dangers onto the towel. When your friend uses the towel, the microscopic threats transfer to their skin. And those which may have been lingering on your friend’s skin make their way onto your towel and eventually onto you.
3. Do not reuse clothes you have perspired on and do not leave damp clothing on your body. Perspiration attracts and feeds some of the microscopic entities while they wait for a host. Dead skin cells are a copious feeding ground for bacteria and fungus. Fungus thrives in moist wet environments. The longer you leave damp clothing on your body, the more time you provide for the microscopic hazards to find their entry in through your pores.
4. Treat wounds immediately. Your skin is host to a multitude of dangerous bacteria and viruses. All manner of staph live on your skin. These do not pose a significant danger to you until they find an entry point into your body. When you suffer even a small cut, the staph and other microscopic entities are presented a window of opportunity. If they make their way into the cut, they can wreak their havoc on your body. Wash any cuts with soap and water as soon as possible. Apply an antibiotic ointment to seal the wound.
5. When you shower, stay out of the stream of water while you lather on the soap. The soap needs to remain on your skin long enough to kill the numerous tiny entities taking up residence on your body. Let the soap sit on your body for at least twenty to thirty seconds before rinsing off.
6. Sun screen is essential for good skin health. Though you are probably tired of hearing this bit of advice, it is as important as washing your hands. The sun’s rays cause substantial damage to your skin’s cell structure. The damage doesn’t only increase your risk of skin cancer, but it also makes your skin vulnerable to all manner of skin diseases. When your skin’s structures are weakened, it is more difficult for your skin to protect itself.
7. Eat plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Your body needs fuel to fight off the perpetual threats to your skin. These foods are essential to your body’s defenses. The nutrients found in these foods build up your internal fortitude and battle the breakdown of your natural defenses. Experts claim studies have proven a diet rich in these foods significantly decrease your risk of contracting any of the diseases which present a constant threat to your skin.