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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Skin Thickening

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced skin thickening. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Solar (Actinic) Keratosis

    Actinic keratosis, also known as solar keratosis, is the most common skin condition caused by sun damage over many years. It appears as small, rough, raised growths that may be hard and warty.

    May go away on its own within a year. Use sunscreen to prevent these if you spend a lot of time outside.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    unchanged face redness, rough skin on the face, thickened skin with a well-defined border
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

    Eczema is a form of skin inflammation that causes skin to be dry, itchy, red, and irritated.

    This is a long-term, recurring condition but symptoms are manageable with care.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    trouble sleeping, feeling itchy or tingling all over, dry skin, scalp itchiness, flexor surface rash
    Symptoms that never occur with eczema (atopic dermatitis):
    fever
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

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  3. 3.Acanthosis Nigricans

    Acanthosis nigricans is a skin condition in which areas of dark, velvety discoloration appear in body folds and creases, such as armpits, the groin area, and the neck area. The skin changes of acanthosis nigricans usually occur in people who have diabetes or are obese.

    Varies

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    skin that is darker than it used to be, darkened skin over the neck, constant skin changes
    Symptoms that always occur with acanthosis nigricans:
    skin that is darker than it used to be
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  4. 4.Irritant Contact Dermatitis

    Contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes red, sore, or inflamed after direct contact with a substance. This condition most often affects skin of the hands, and may occur after repeated and prolonged exposure to substances such as water, detergents (soaps, bleach), solvents (such as gasoline), acids, powders, dust, and soil. The onset of the skin reaction is usually within 48 hours of coming in contact with the substance.

    1-2 days.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash with well-defined border, itchy rash, red or pink, rough patch of skin, painful rash, red rash
    Symptoms that always occur with irritant contact dermatitis:
    rash with well-defined border
    Symptoms that never occur with irritant contact dermatitis:
    fever, black-colored skin changes, brown-colored skin changes, blue-colored skin changes
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Hypoparathyroidism

    Hypoparathyroidism is disorder in which the parathyroid glands in the neck do not produce enough parathyroid hormone (PTH). The majority of cases are following surgery.

    4-8 weeks if it's not permanent

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    patchy hair loss, skin thickening, fingernail changes, patchy body hair loss
    Urgency:
    Hospital emergency room

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Skin Thickening

  • Q.Is there a clear line between the thickened skin and the rest of your skin?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.What is your natural skin color?
  • Q.Have you been on any prescription medications lately?

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Skin Thickening Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced skin thickening have also experienced:

    • 7% Dry Skin
    • 5% Feeling Itchy or Tingling All Over
    • 1% Weight Gain
  • People who have experienced skin thickening had symptoms persist for:

    • 63% Over a Month
    • 14% Less Than a Week
    • 8% Two Weeks to a Month
  • People who have experienced skin thickening were most often matched with:

    • 37% Solar (Actinic) Keratosis
    • 37% Acanthosis Nigricans
    • 25% Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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