Acne vulgaris, commonly known as acne, is the medical name for pimples. Almost everyone has acne during puberty. In one case it is a few pimples, in the other it is a widespread skin disease that can cause many psychological problems and impair the enjoyment of everyday life. Sometimes acne can persist after puberty or only start in adulthood.

Age wart (verruca seborrhoica)

A verruca seborrhoica (fat wart, old age wart, wisdom wart …) is a completely benign wart-like area that develops in adulthood and often appears on the trunk or face. It can be colored from light to dark brown. Read more about age warts.

Aged warts are benign types of skin that are very common, especially in the elderly (over 50 years old). They increase with age. By the age of 30 you usually have a few. How the older you get, the more appear. Hence the not so flattering name of age wart (verruca senilis).

Another name that is commonly used is verruca seborrhoica (fatty wart). The English term is seborrheic Keratosis or seborrheic wart).

Skin diseases

A skin disease or problem can be very annoying and negatively affect your life. Fortunately, something can often be done about it. A skin disease is a disease or abnormality of the skin caused by bacteria, fungi, viruses, allergies, drugs, radiation, metabolic disorders, or some other cause. There are many different skin diseases. They can often be recognized by spots, bumps, or flakes on the skin.

Three possible treatments for allergies

Before starting any possible treatments, a doctor must first determine that you have an allergy. Treating your allergy consists of three different parts:

  • In other words, remediation: avoidance of allergens
  • Symptom Relief: This treatment often provides rapid discomfort relief
  • Allergic Immunotherapy: Treatment that focuses on the cause of your allergy

Possible causes of type I allergies are:

“Hay fever” (pollen or pollen allergy), allergy to cat and dog hair, dust mite allergy, allergy to mold spores.

food allergies

latex allergy

some drug allergies (e.g. antibiotics)

wasp and bee venom

cannabis allergy

  Possible causes of type IV allergies are:

contact allergies (eg non-precious metals, cosmetics, latex additives) “. For the details of a contact allergy, please refer to the dermatology department (skin diseases).

some drug allergies

Latex and drugs can thus trigger both type I and IV reactions with skin symptoms.

Symptoms of an allergy

Type I allergies are characterized by the rapid onset of symptoms or complaints upon exposure to the responsible allergen. The following symptoms may occur a few minutes to a maximum of 2 hours after contact with the offender (s):

nose and eye disorders (runny nose, sneezing, stuffy nose, itchy nose and / or eyes, watery and red eyes)

narrowing of the airways (cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness) itching, hives (hives, hives), swelling (angioedema)

upset stomach and intestines (nausea and vomiting, upset stomach, cramps, nausea)

drop in blood pressure, loss of consciousness, fainting, shock (with loss of consciousness)

Of course, not all symptoms are always present! These symptoms can also occur without the presence of an allergy, for example, if there are only gastrointestinal disorders, the risk of (food) allergy is very low and gastric or intestinal disorders should always be examined first. Pain (neck, muscle, joint) is generally not related to an allergy.

What should you look out for if you have sensitive skin?

If you have sensitive skin or think you are hypersensitive to certain substances, it is important to use cosmetics, cleansers, and cleansers that contain as few allergens as possible.

In either case, you can contact your doctor or general practitioner to find out what substance you are allergic to. Usually you will be allergic to a certain substance for the rest of your life.

In general, it is best to use mild (or hypoallergenic) products.

Fragrances and dyes in cosmetics, detergents and care products

Why are there ingredients in cosmetics, cleaning agents and care products that can cause allergic reactions? These are substances that have to ensure that the products look good (dyes), smell good (fragrances), last longer (preservatives) or substances that improve their effectiveness (a substance in a detergent that ensures, for example, that your laundry extra is clean).

Causes of Skin Allergies

Various factors influence the development of an allergy. This could be due to heredity, hygiene, or your lifestyle.


Heredity plays an important role in whether or not you develop an allergy. An allergy itself is not hereditary, but predisposed to it. If your parents both have the same allergic condition, there is a 60-80% chance that you will develop an allergy too.

Hygiene and lifestyle

There is a clear link between your “clean” life and the risk of developing an allergy in your life. Unless you come into contact with all sorts of substances found in a less “clean” environment early in life, your body will not get used to them.

Allergies are therefore more common in the western world than in developing countries. There is even a difference between countries like the Netherlands and countries in Eastern Europe. Skin allergies are also less common in countries where a lot of natural and fresh food is consumed.