Skin health

Many people in the UK are diagnosed with skin conditions every year. Each type can present varying symptoms that can be difficult and frustrating to live with.

We do not offer treatments for skin conditions through our site. However, you can find information on the different types of skin conditions below. If you think you may have any of the symptoms described, or if you need to renew your prescription for treatment, we recommend you see your doctor.

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  • Acne

    Acne is a common skin condition characterised by spots, pustules or cysts that form on the skin. The spots usually develop on the face, back and chest and can be inflamed and painful.

    1. Causes spots to form on the skin
    2. Burst spots can lead to scarring
    3. Various treatments are available to ease symptoms
  • Actinic Keratosis

    Actinic or solar keratosis is a condition which affects the skin caused by years of sun exposure. It results in rough scaly patches forming on susceptible areas, in particular the head and face.

    Please note we do not offer treatments for this condition.

  • Ant Bites

    Ant bites do not typically require treatment, but may result in pain, redness or swelling. Allergic reactions may produce itching, but are very unlikely to lead to anything more serious. 

  • Antipruritics

    There are many types of antipuritics available, including over the counter products such as Eurax and prescription treatments such as Trimovate.

  • Bites and stings

    Treatment for bites and stings is not necessary in most cases. If you develop an allergic reaction however you may require medical attention immediately. 

  • Bruising

    In terms of treatment, if an underlying cause for bruising is not identified, a doctor will usually recommend taking painkillers, such as paracetamol. 

  • Cellulitis

    Cellulitis is a type of skin and tissue infection. It is caused by the staphylococcus or streptococcus bacteria, and is often referred to as a ‘staph’ infection.

    We do not offer treatment for cellulitis through our site. If you think you may have cellulitis, you should see your GP.

  • Chickenpox

    Chickenpox is a virus that's easy to diagnose due to its distinctive rash that turns into blisters and manifests in clusters across the body. A fever may accompany the rash. Rest, staying at home and hydration are recommended for recovery. 

  • Chilblains

    Chilblains affect the extremities: the ears, nose, fingers and toes are particularly prone to them. They do not typically requite treatment. 

  • Eczema

    Eczema is a common inflammatory skin condition. It can affect all parts of the body and results in dry and irritated patches of skin.

    Treatments for eczema are not currently available through our site. If you need to renew your prescription or think you may developing symptoms for the first time, see your GP.

  • Emollients

    Emollients are typically used to treat atopic eczema and psoriasis, and also as a preventative treatment to stop these conditions from occurring in the first place. 

  • Fleas

    Fleas cause itchy bites which don't usually require treatment. Pets however need to be treated and pesticide may be needed to address an infestation in the home. 

  • Folliculitis

    Folliculitis is a condition of the skin that is usually caused by hair follicles becoming damaged due to friction. It can be sore and tempting to scratch the skin, to help relieve irritation. It may be treated with topical creams or antibiotics, depending on the extent of the condition. 

  • Gnat Bites

    Gnat bites can result in some irritation and swelling of the skin, but don't tend to be serious, and rarely require any particular treatment. In the event that there is an infection however, antibiotics may be needed to clear it up. 

  • Hives

    Hives may have a number of triggers, including an allergic reaction, exposure to hot or cold air, or sweat from exercise. 

  • Impetigo

    Impetigo is a skin condition that causes blisters. It's caused by a bacterial infection.

  • Intertrigo

    Intertrigo is a skin condition which manifests as red lesions in folds of skin, which can cause severe itching, burning and stinging. Antifungal or antibacterial cream can be used to treat it. 

  • Itchy Skin

    Itchy skin can be caused several factors, such as eczema and allergies. There are cream preparations available which can help to ease symptoms.

    Please note that we do not offer itchy skin treatments at this time. For more guidance, speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Mosquito bites

    Mosquito bites aren't typically harmful, and can often be treated with antihistamines. In certain parts of the world however, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, South America and Asia, mosquitos carry malaria, the Zika virus and yellow fever. Malaria is a life-threatening condition, and so constitutes a medical emergency. 

  • Psoriasis

    Psoriasis is an auto-immune condition which causes the over production of skin cells, leading to itchy skin, flaking, peeling and sometimes open sores.

    We do not currently offer psoriasis medicines through our site. Speak to your GP if you are seeking treatment or need to renew your prescription.

  • Rash

    In most cases, a rash isn't serious, and some are easily identifiable. They can often be treated with topical creams and ointments. 

  • Rosacea

    Rosacea is a skin condition mainly affecting the face. It is characterised by redness, flushing, small pustules and in some, eye problems.

    1. Thought to affect 1 in 10 in UK
    2. Lifelong condition for some
    3. Medication available in gel and tablet form
  • Scabies and Lice

    Scabies and lice are differing conditions, but all are classified as 'infestations' of the body and/or skin. Scabies, head lice and pubic lice are all parasitic insects or lice they feed on blood. They can cause itching, rashes and various other symptoms. 

    For a more detailed summary, please see our full description page. We can provide treatment for these conditions. No prescription needed. Fill out our questionnaire to have you symptoms reviewed by a UK prescriber. 

  • Shingles

    Shingles is a viral infection that affects the skin cells. It can be treated with antiviral drugs, which can help to speed up the recovery process, but they need to be administered within 72 hours to be of most benefit.

  • Skin Abscesses

    A skin abscess is a gathering of pus, made up of dead tissue and bacteria, which can be green or yellow in colour and may have an unpleasant smell. It's usually caused by a bacterial infection and rarely results in complications. 

  • Skin Cysts

    A skin cyst is a lump that sits beneath the skin, filled with fluid and is harmless. However, there are other lumps that resemble a cyst which may require treatment.

    1. Small benign lumps

    2. Sometimes confused with boils

    3. Infected cysts will need treatment

  • Skin Problems

    There are various types of skin problems. Many are quite common. Some are caused by short-term illnesses, such as infections, whereas others may be linked to a chronic condition.

  • Tick Bites

    Ticks are small parasites that live in moist, grassy regions. They feed on the blood of animals and humans, and although in many cases their bites are harmless, they can cause lyme disease, a condition which should be treated as soon as possible. 

  • Wasp Stings

    Wasp stings are the result of wasps using their stingers to pierce the skin, injecting venom into the body. They may cause pain and swelling and usually don't require treatment. 

Some skin conditions can have detrimental effects on our general health and wellbeing.

Actinic (or solar) keratosis can result in tough, scaly patches, and is caused by prolonged exposure to the sun.

Other skin conditions such as acne or rosacea can vary in severity, and in more serious cases have a harmful effect on self-esteem, causing feelings of anxiety or stress.

Chronic skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema will tend to go through periods of flare and remission. When symptoms occur, such as irritation or itchy skin, treatment can help to provide relief. Contact dermatitis can also sometimes cause itchy skin.

A bacterial infection can sometimes be responsible for skin conditions, such as in the case of cellulitis. This is characterised by red, swollen areas of skin, which may feel quite hot to the touch and sometimes blister.

If you think you may be displaying symptoms of any of the above, we recommend you see your GP.

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