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Dry Skin Complications

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One of the likeliest complications derived from dry skin is bacterial infection that often is caused by extreme itching that tends to lead to abrasions or cuts; the severe itching and scratching response can be termed as an itch-scratch-rash-itch” repetition. When the persistent scratching leads to cuts or cracks in the skin, pathogens can then enter into the bloodstream and infect the body.

Some of the other complications of dry skin can include:

Impetigo – This is a skin condition caused by bacterial infection that results in red rashes on the skin.  Impetigo usually afflicts children and often causes yellow fluid drains from the skin. The skin surface also develops brown scabs from this skin problem.

Skin abscess – This is a skin infection with attributes such as a collection of pus below the skin’s surface. Skin abscess can often come about by abrasion of the skin which is a typical skin injury.

Folliculitis – This is a dry skin complication of the inflammation of hair follicles.

Cellulitis – This is a skin condition that can potentially lead to bacterial infection. Cellulitis usually develops on the underlying tissues of the skin. There is also a chance that bacteria can infect the blood vessels and the lymphatic system which can potentially become a very severe dry skin complication.

Eczema or atopic dermatitis – Eczema often arises when the skin experiences severe dryness. Eczema usually manifests as inflammation, cracking and redness the skin.

A person is likely to experience these complications when his are skin’s normal protective functions are dysfunctional.  Extreme dry skin, for example, may result in fissures or deep cracks that can open and bleed, allowing bacteria to enter into the body.

Zuobiao (Roy) Yuan is a licensed acupuncturist and a doctor of oriental medicine in Edina, MN.

Written by Valerie

October 12th, 2013 at 7:50 am

Posted in Acupuncture

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