Typically, the human immune system is utilized to defend itself against harmful substances such as viruses or bacteria, but sometimes it aggressively attacks normally harmless substances that the body is exposed to and considers them “foreign”. These immune/allergic reactions occur in two varieties: Delayed, and Immediate reactions.
How many people get skin disease?
The skin is the largest and most visible organ of the body. It reflects the health of the body and acts as a barrier against injury and bacteria. Unfortunately, at one time or another, nearly everyone has some type of skin disease – infants, children, teenagers, adults and the elderly. One in six (15%) of all visits to the family doctor (GP) involves a skin problem.
What are the most common skin disorders?
Common skin diseases include
- Skin cancer
- Fungal infections
- Psoriasis – a skin disorder which affects 100,000 New Zealanders.
- Acne affects every teenager to one degree or another.
- Hand dermatitis, resulting from external contact with detergents and household chemicals, affects most women with young families.