Fun facts on Skin & Skin Rashes
My friends, the skin is the largest organ. It plays a vital role in detecting heat and cold and regulating body temperature. The skin protects the rest of the body by acting as basic natural elements such as wind, water and ultraviolet rays to protect the rest of the body as a physical, chemical and biological barrier… …But this is only for beginners. Your skin is much more than you think. Here are some of the most interesting facts about your skin:
- Common rashes include COVID-19 rash, eczema, poison ivy, hives, and athlete’s foot
- A rash that develops gradually is usually a treatable skin disease
- Changes in the skin can sometimes indicate a change in your overall health.
- Be careful of the cream you put on the rash
- Skin accounts for about 15% of body weight. The average skin area of an adult is approximately 21 square feet, weighs 9 pounds, and has blood vessels over 11 miles in length.
- The average person has about 300 million skin cells. A single square inch of skin has about 19 million cells and up to 300 sweat glands.
- The average person’s skin covers an area of 2 square meters.
- The average adult has approximately 21 square feet of skin, which weighs 9 lbs and contains more than 11 miles of blood vessels.
- A single square inch of skin has about 19 million cells and up to 300 sweat glands. Your skin is its thickest on your feet (1.4mm) and thinnest on your eyelids (0.2mm). Your skin constantly sheds dead cells, about 30,000 to 40,000 cells every minute!
- The skin renews itself every 28 days.
- Skin can form additional thickness and toughness — a callus — if exposed to repeated friction or pressure.
- Some sources estimate that more than half of the dust in your home is actually dead skin.
- Dead skin comprises about a billion tons of dust in the earth’s atmosphere.
- A healthy human epidermis is colonized by roughly 1,000 species of bacteria.
- Skin that is severely damaged may try to heal itself by forming scar tissue, which is different from normal skin tissue because it lacks hair and sweat glands.
- Some of the nerves in your skin are connected to muscles instead of the brain, sending signals (through the spinal cord) to react more quickly to heat, pain, etc.
- A number of receptors are distributed throughout the skin to respond to various touch-related stimuli. These receptors include Meissner’s corpuscles, Pacinian corpuscles, Merkel’s disks, and Ruffini corpuscles.
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