Common Skin Complaints & How to Treat Them

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For those of us who take great care of our skin, the sight of even the slightest blemish or rash can be an immediate cause for alarm. In most cases, there’s nothing to worry about, because the most common skin complaints are usually easily treated, even if their appearance is unsightly. These are three of the most common amongst men, for which treatments and solutions can easily be obtained.

Cold Sores

Unsightly, uncomfortable, irritating and also sometimes painful, cold sores are never pretty and often a cause for concern. You’re not alone if you get one, however, as they are a type of herpes infection, which according to the World Health Organisation, around 67% of the global population carry.

Also referred to as herpes simplex and oral herpes, the virus is contracted by coming into close contact with others who have cold sores, most commonly as youngsters, although the symptoms for most people don’t tend to show until we’re older. Likewise, the virus stays in the skin for life once contracted and is contagious when cold sore symptoms are present.

Most cold sores can be left to clear up by themselves and will usually do so within around ten days, although in the meantime, the frustration of having one will remain. Online pharmacy Many sells Valaciclovir as a swift and effective treatment, as not only is this the active ingredient in Valtrex, the branded treatment most of us will know already, it’s medically identical and much cheaper.


These small lumps can appear anywhere on the body, although they’re most commonly found on the hands and are known as verrucas when they appear on the feet. For the most part, warts are harmless and will clear up in time without the need for any treatment, but they can take months or even years to go away entirely.
Some people find warts uncomfortable, itchy and painful, particularly in the case of verrucas. They’re not pretty to look at, either, making them a cause of embarrassment when found in certain locations around the body, particularly on areas of exposed skin such as the face and hands.

Although there is no 100% cure for warts and they can still return later, the most popular treatments usually include salicylic acid as an active ingredient. However, those containing salicylic acid should never be used for facial warts. One alternative is cryotherapy, which involves a trained professional applying liquid nitrogen to destroy the wart, although this can also be painful and results in scabbing for several days, before the affected area heals.


Despite the name, there are no worms involved in this skin condition. It’s a contagious fungal infection most commonly found on the arms and legs, but it can also appear in other parts of the body. The name comes from the ring-shaped rash that often forms on the skin, which can sometimes be swollen, irritable and itchy.

The best treatments recommended by a GP or pharmacist will usually depend entirely on where the infection is located, as explained on WebMD. Also known as athlete’s foot when appearing around the feet and toes, or jock itch around the groin, in most cases over the counter anti-fungal treatments recommended by a pharmacist will do the trick, with such medicines typically taking a few weeks to clear the fungal infection completely.

When ringworm appears on the scalp or other sensitive areas of the body, a doctor may prescribe stronger courses of anti-fungal medication, either in the form of oral tablets or creams and lotions to apply to the affected area. There are also special anti-fungal shampoos available, if the ringworm rashes are around the scalp.

Take Care

Whatever skin complaint you encounter, or suspect you may have contracted, always visit a pharmacist for initial advice about suitable treatments. Likewise, if their recommendation involves affecting other elements of your general health, or concerns about the condition are more serious, always book an appointment with your GP for the best advice and treatment plans.