Causes & Remedies for Skin Inflammation

a woman suffering from skin inflammation

What is skin inflammation?

It is your immune system only that adds a barrier against any foreign invaders like some infectious microbes that can be harmful to your health. So your immune system plays an important role in maintaining and improving your overall health. When this situation occurs then inflammation occurs.

All body parts are involved in responses made due to the immune system. Skin is also involved in immune responses. While inflammation occurs in the skin it leads to rashes formation. These are the responses made by your immune system in response to such actions like: 

Some of the common causes that lead to inflammation are:

  • Psoriasis
  • Dermatitis
  • Various skin infections

Symptoms Of Skin Inflammation

Let's have a look at the symptoms of skin inflammation are:

  • Rashes on your skin whose condition var depends upon inflammation cause
  • It may be scaly or smooth
  • May cause itchiness, burn, or sting
  • It may be raised or flat
  • Redness of skin
  • Some warmth in the affected area
  • Pimples or blisters
  • Cracked skin that sometimes bleeds
  • Skin thickened in the affected area

Acute Skin Inflammation 

In response to a trigger such as a sun, an allergen or even an infection causes the development of inflammation called acute inflammation. It typically fades away within a few weeks so it is a short-term inflammation also it does not cause any permanent tissue damage.

Chronic Inflammation 

When the immune system releases responses to some triggers in the form of long-term inflammation are called chronic inflammation. As time passes it can lead to damage of the tissue. Sometimes it is seen that the symptoms of such chronic inflammation do not become visible as it is occurring inside the body. For example eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.

Let's Have A Look At The Causes Of Skin Inflammation 

When your immune system responds to some trigger then Inflammation occurs. As your immune system consists of many cells that are involved in skin inflammation.

Blood vessels become more permeable and eventually widen due to some of the substances released by cells present in the immune system. This will help in responding to the affected area easily and in very little time. There are also many other symptoms that are associated with conditions of inflammation like swelling, redness, and heat.

Now here are some more prominent causes of skin inflammation : 

Immune System Dysfunction

There are conditions when your immune system misunderstood a healthy tissue to be unhealthy and responds to it to fight it back such as in the case of psoriasis.

There are also cases when there are allergic reactions to a food that contains gluten.

Allergic Reaction

There are also cases when your immune system does not recognize something, treats it as foreign, and overreacts to it. This response sometimes results in an allergic reaction which leads to skin inflammation.

Also, some medications cause an allergic reaction. 

When you come in direct contact of some allergen or irritant than a contact dermatitis occurred.

  • Poison ivy
  • Some  perfumes
  • Some cosmetic products
  • Viral, bacterial, or fungal infection.

Skin inflammation may because due to infections which can be:

  • Impetigo
  • Cellulitis
  • Ringworm
  • Genetics
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Bacteria on your skin
  • Seborrheic dermatitis is caused by the presence of yeast in the oil on your skin.

Photosensitivity

When your immune system reacts to the sunlight is termed photosensitivity. Certain medical conditions like systemic lupus erythematosus can result in more sunlight-sensitive skin.

Heat

When your skin reacts to the heat it results in heat rashes. When the skin pores get clogged results in rashes and irritation.

How you can treat skin inflammation?

In any case, what is more, important is to avoid any trigger for the allergic reaction occurring to you like the skin inflammation.

Many different treatments which are well tested and effective are available for treating skin inflammation. The specific treatment that should ease your symptoms depends upon the cause of the inflammation. It is the job of the professional dermatologist that will determine the best treatment for your concern.

Topical

Those treatments that can be applied directly to your skin are:

  • The corticosteroid creams help in reducing inflammation.
  • The immunomodulators work directly on your immune system to reduce skin inflammation. Some examples of it can be calcineurin inhibitors.
  • Some antifungal or antibacterial creams for skin inflammation.
  • Some OTC anti-itching creams such as a calamine lotion.

Oral

These are the medications that can be taken by mouth to control skin inflammation. Such as: 

  • The antihistamines to cure allergies
  • Dapsone can help you in relieving itching and redness of the skin that occurs during hives.
  • Doctors prescribed oral antifungals or antibiotics for skin inflammation that happened due to some fungal or bacterial infection.
  • Some injectables or oral prescribed medications such as biologics and retinoids.

When Should You Go For Some Professional Advice

You should visit any trusted doctor if the rashes:

  • Appears all over your body
  • Instant occurrence
  • Rapidly spreads
  • Fever
  • Painful occurrence
  • Oozing pus
  • Swelling

Take Away

It is very well known that skin inflammation occurs due to the response from our immune system. Reasons for such responses can be a malfunction of the immune system, infection, or an allergic reaction.

The most known symptom of skin inflammation is a rash but also heat, redness, or blistering also occurs. Medical science provides a variety of medications for this like oral or topical medications. But it is wise to start any medication only on the advice of some professional dermatologist.