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Understanding skin related symptoms and features.
Symptoms may affect multiple parts of the body. Understanding which part of the body a symptom affects, can help us to better understand the potential underlying causes of a symptom, including a rare disease or genetic syndrome.
Skin is a part of the integumentary system of the body, a system which includes not only skin but also hair and nails too. The integumentary system acts to protect our body from external threats or injury.
Generally, symptoms affecting the skin can be seen with the eye. Although diagnosing a skin related symptom may involve different tests and assessments, both subjective and objective.
Symptoms relating to the skin may be temporary or permanent and covers conditions including rashes, hives, lesions and discoloration. They may affect the tone, texture and appearance of the skin in different ways. They may also cause some level of discomfort, including itching and or some level of pain.
What is thickened skin?
Thickened skin refers to skin that is thicker than the norm. This will be decided by the clinician assessing the thickness of the skin, and there are no measurement criteria. This thickening may also be accompanied by a tightness in the skin.
It may include calluses, or a thickening caused by constant scratching or rubbing, leading skin cells to grow to compensate.
What should I do next?
In some instances, thickened skin may be one of the features of a rare disease or genetic syndrome. In this case fast, targeted genetic analysis can give you a more accurate diagnosis.
Diffusely thickened skin, Thickened skin, Thick skin, Pachydermia
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