Do you suffer from an autoimmune disease? It is no coincidence if you also struggle with a chronic skin condition. In fact, many autoimmune diseases are recognized by the symptoms that appear on the skin. Examples include lupus, scleroderma, psoriasis, dermatomyositis, epidermolysis bullosa and bullous pemphigoid. Since autoimmune disorders are not curable, these skin-related issues can be difficult to treat and manage. It is important that you seek a dermatologist’s help when suffering from skin conditions related to an autoimmune disorder.
The skin can experience noticeable changes in color, moisture and photosensitivity when the immune system has been compromised. Keep in mind that your skin is the largest organ in your body, so it makes sense that it would be impacted if your body’s immune system has been compromised. Autoimmune diseases can show in a variety of ways, including rashes, blisters, lesions and scaly patches.
When it comes to the skin, an autoimmune disease can cause the body’s immune system to attack and destroy healthy cells and tissues throughout the body, including the joints, internal organs and skin. When your autoimmune disease is not under proper management or control, the skin symptoms can be quite disruptive. In fact, a “flare-up” of dryness, itching or pigmentation change can be a warning sign that your autoimmune disorder needs attention.
At Spectrum Dermatology, we understand the causes and symptoms of your autoimmune skin disease, and our physicians are fully equipped to help you manage it. It can be a life-long battle to manage autoimmune skin disorders, but we are committed to offering the latest and most advanced treatments available. We never dismiss the strong connection between your skin and your overall health. Call our Atlanta office today to learn more.