3 Small Skin Problems That Could Mean BIG Trouble

woman with lip balm

Your skin is the largest organ in your body. Not only does it protect you from elements and infections outside of your body, but it also helps protect you from what’s happening on the inside by letting you know what’s going on. Is your skin “speaking” to you and you just haven’t been paying attention? Here are some common ways your skin may be showing you early warning signs for potential issues and what you can do when your skin starts to tell on you.

1. Rash on your back, knees or elbows

Could Mean: Celiac disease. Celiac disease is triggered by an immune reaction to gluten, a type of protein found in grains like rye, barley and wheat. Common symptoms of celiac disease are gas and bloating, but in 25 percent of patients an itchy or blistering rash can be a telling sign.  Left untreated, celiac disease can lead to osteoporosis and anemia.

If you suspect you have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity, have your doctor do a blood test. The rash should clear naturally once gluten is eliminated from your diet.

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2. Chapped lips

Could Mean: Vitamin B deficiency.  Cracks in the corners of your mouth and dry, chapped lips could mean you’re not getting enough B vitamins in your diet. Vitamin B helps form red blood cells and…