Might the Bright Red Pimple a Sign of a Serious Skin Disease?

On-Point Health

Skin disease on a woman's faceWaking up to a bright red pimple can be a horrid experience for most women. Although acne is the most common skin condition, it is the least severe. There are numerous skin conditions that are not just as embarrassing, but also life-threatening. Knowing some of these conditions can help you seek medical attention early enough. Keep reading…

Pemphigus vulgaris (PV)

PV is a rare autoimmune illness that causes painful skin blisters. These painful blisters can also be found in the mucous membrane.

In PV, the natural immune system of the body wrongly identifies proteins found in the skin as alien and ends up producing antibodies to strike the foreign intruder.

PV attacks the mucous membrane found in the following areas:

  • Nose
  • Throat
  • Eyes
  • Genitals
  • Lungs
  • Mouth

The blisters on located on the skin or mucous membrane, rapture easily and can ooze and even become infected.

Skin cancer

This is the most common type of cancer. It is an unusual growth of the cells of the skin. Mostly, it develops on areas of the skin exposed to the sun’s rays. Although it affects people of all color and race, light-skinned people are at a higher risk because they sunburn easily.

There are three types of skin cancer. These are:

Of the above types, melanoma is the most common as it causes 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths.

Melanoma develops in the melanin-producing cells (the pigment responsible for your skin color). It can also develop in your eyes and intestines (rarely).

Although its precise cause is unclear, exposure to ultraviolet rays from sunlight or tanning lamps and beds puts you at a bigger risk of developing melanoma. Investing in sunscreens such as aluminum sunscreens may lower your chances of developing melanoma. Aluminum sunscreens protect your skin from the harsh UV rays.

If you suspect that you have any of the above conditions, consult your physician immediately as the above illnesses can be fatal if left untreated.