As we age, we often feel that the days of bumpy skin embarrassments (i.e., teenage acne) are over. However, there are numerous, common skin conditions that can inflict us into adulthood. While some of these skin difficulties are minor and can be dealt with by over the counter topical treatments, they can still be embarrassing. Unfortunately, others can be painful, life-debilitating and indicative of another health problem.
So if you have a mysterious bump on your skin, here are 15 common skin conditions that could be responsible…
Hives develop as an allergic reaction to food, environmental surroundings (i.e., dust), or medication. They form a rash of annoying and raised itchy welts that can also burn. Hives will appear anywhere on the body in a few raised spots or they will join together to create one larger patch of raised, itchy skin that can last up to a few days. “The difference with this type of allergy is that the rash can appear anywhere on your body, versus a skin irritant that causes a rash right where it touched you,” says SELF. Allergic reactions can be serious, so if you ever experience one that leaves you covered in hives or any other kind of rash, get it checked out by a healthcare professional immediately.