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Dermatology

  • Acne

    Acne affects teens and adults of all ages. It occurs when oil secreted by sebaceous glands cloggs the hair follicle. Bacteria infect the clogged follicle and cause pimples.

  • Acne Scar Removal

    Detailed information on different techniques for acne scar removal, including dermabrasion, chemical peels, collagen injections, laser resurfacing, punch grafts, and autologous fat transfer

  • Atopic Dermatitis

    Atopic dermatitis, also called eczema, is a chronic skin disorder. It commonly affects infants and may last until adulthood. It causes itchy, scaly patches on the skin.

  • Bacterial Skin Infections

    Detailed information on the most common bacterial skin infections, including cellulitis, folliculitis, boils, carbuncles, and staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome

  • Baldness

    Baldness, or hair loss, can be caused by many things including aging, hormones or illness. It's more common in men and can be treated with hair transplants or other procedures.

  • Bedsores

    Bedsores can develop in a person who is bedridden or immobile.  Pressure causes skin damage and breakdown. It can take days, weeks, or months to heal. It is important to prevent bedsores.

  • Blisters

    Detailed information on blisters, including cause, first-aid, and treatment

  • Yeast Infection

    Yeast is a fungus normally found inside your body and on your skin. When too much yeast grows, it can cause infection. Anti-fungal creams or oral medicines are used to treat it.

  • Cellulitis

    Cellulitis is a serious  deep infection of the skin caused by bacteria. It usually occurs in an area that has already had an injury or skin break.

  • Chemical Peel

    Detailed information on chemical peels, including potential complications and what substances are used for chemical peels

  • Cold Sores

    Cold sores are small blisters around the mouth, caused by the herpes simplex virus. They are sometimes called  fever blisters. The most common strain of the virus causing cold sores is herpes simplex virus 1. It can be spread by kissing or sharing eating utensils or even sharing towels.

  • Other Dermatitis Conditions

    Detailed information on the different types of dermatitis, including localized scratch dermatitis, nummular dermatitis, perioral dermatitis, and stasis dermatitis

  • Contact Dermatitis

    Contact dermatitis is a reaction that occurs after your skin comes in contact with certain substances. Skin irritants cause most contact dermatitis reactions. Other cases are caused by allergens, which trigger an allergic response.

  • Calluses and Corns

    Detailed information on calluses and corns

  • Creeping Eruption

    Creeping eruption is a skin infection caused by hookworms. The infection is also called cutaneous larva migrans or sandworm disease. Creeping eruption causes severe itching, blisters, and a red growing, winding rash. The rash can grow up to 1 to 2 centimeters per day.

  • Sebaceous Cysts

    Detailed information on sebaceous cyst, including treatment

  • Dermatitis

    Detailed information on dermatitis, including the different types of dermatitis such as atopic dermatitis (eczema), contact dermatitis, dermatitis herpetiformis, generalized exfoliative dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, localized scratch dermatitis, numm

  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis

    Dermatitis herpetiformis (DH) is an intensely itchy skin disease. It causes clusters of small blisters and bumps.

  • Common Dermatological Procedures

    Detailed information on common dermatological procedures, including acne scar removal, chemical peels, dermabrasion, dermaplaning, and laser skin surgery

  • Describing a Skin Condition

    Detailed information on questions a physician may ask you in describing your dermatological condition and its location

  • Common Skin Disorders

    Detailed information on common skin disorders, including acne, bed sore, dry skin, calluses, corns, keratosis pilaris, psoriasis, pityriasis rosea, rosacea, and sebaceous cysts

  • Drug Rashes

    Detailed information on different types of drug rashes, including acne, exfoliative dermatitis, fixed drug eruption, hives, morbiliform/maculopapular rash, purpuric eruptions, Stevens-Johnson syndrome

  • Dry Skin

    Dry skin is a very common skin condition. It can make your skin feel irritated and itchy. Dry skin often worsens in the winter when the air is cold and dry. Frequent bathing also makes it worse. With no treatment, dry skin may become flaky or scaly.

  • Erythema Multiforme

    Detailed information on erythema multiforme, including symptoms and treatment

  • Erythema Nodosum

    Detailed information on erythema nodosum, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Excessive Sweating

    Detailed information on excessive sweating, including symptoms and treatment

  • Folliculitis, Boils, and Carbuncles

    Detailed information on folliculitis, boils, and carbuncles

  • Fungal Infections of the Skin

    Detailed information on fungal infections of the skin, including candidiasis (yeast infection), tinea infection (ringworm), and tinea versicolor

  • Generalized Exfoliative Dermatitis

    Detailed information on generalized exfoliative dermatitis, including symptoms, causes, and treatment

  • Granuloma Annulare

    Detailed information on granuloma annulare, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Skin Growths and Pigmentation Disorders

    Detailed information on skin growth and skin pigment disorders

  • Hair Problems

    Detailed information on hair problems, including baldness (alopecia), excessive hairiness (hirsutism), and ingrown hairs

  • Home Page - Dermatology

    Detailed information on dermatology and common skin conditions

  • Skin Infections

    Detailed information on different types of skin infections, including bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic skin infections

  • Ingrown Hairs

    Detailed information on ingrown hairs, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Skin Injury

    Detailed information on different types of skin injury, including blisters, burns, and sunburn

  • Keratosis Pilaris

    Detailed information on keratosis pilaris, including treatment

  • Molluscum Contagiosum

    Detailed information on molluscum contagiosum, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Online Resources - Dermatology

    List of online resources to find additional information on dermatology and common skin conditions

  • Other Benign Skin Growths

    Detailed information on benign skin growths, including dermatofibromas, dermoid cysts, freckles, keloids, keratoacanthomas, lipomas, moles (nevi), and atypical moles (dysplastic nevi)

  • Other Bacterial Skin Infections

    Detailed information on bacterial skin infections, including erysipelas, erythrasma, impetigo, and paronychia

  • Parasitic Infections of the Skin

    Detailed information on the most common parasitic infections of the skin, including creeping eruption, lice, and scabies

  • Skin Pigment Disorders

    Detailed information on the most common types of skin pigment disorders, including albinism, melasma, vitiligo, and skin pigment loss following sun damage

  • Pityriasis Rosea

    Detailed information on pityriasis rosea, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Poison Ivy

    Detailed information on poison ivy, including symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

  • Prickly Heat

    Detailed information on prickly heat, including symptoms and treatment

  • Psoriasis

    Detailed information on psoriasis, including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Skin Inflammation (Rashes)

    Detailed information on the most common skin inflammations (rashes), including atopic dermatitis (eczema), contact dermatitis, dermatitis herpetiformis, generalized exfoliative dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, localized scratch dermatitis, nummular derm

  • Tinea Infections (Ringworm)

    Detailed information on the most common types of ringworm, including diagnosis and treatment

  • Rosacea

    Detailed information on the most common types of rosacea, including prerosacea, vascular rosacea, inflammatory rosacea, and rhinophyma

  • Scabies

    Detailed information on scabies, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Scars

    Detailed information on the different types of scars, including keloid scars, hypertrophic scars, contractures, and adhesions

  • Seborrheic Dermatitis

    Detailed information on seborrheic dermatitis, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Topic Index - Dermatology

    Detailed information on dermatology and common skin conditions

  • Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome (SSSS) in Children

    Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSSS) is a serious skin infection. The infection causes peeling skin over large parts of the body. It looks like the skin has been scalded or burned by hot liquid. It’s more common in the summer and fall.

  • Sunburn

    Detailed information sunburn, including symptoms and treatment

  • Skin Sweating Disorders

    Detailed information on the most common skin sweating disorders, including prickly heat and excessive sweating

  • Skin Tests

    Detailed information on the most common types of skin tests, including patch testing, skin biopsy, and skin culture

  • Tinea Versicolor

    Detailed information on tinea versicolor, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis

    Detailed information on toxic epidermal necrolysis, including symptoms and treatment

  • Treating Aged or Sun-Damaged Skin

    Detailed information on treating aged or sun-damaged skin

  • Laser Surgery for Lesions and Skin Conditions

    Detailed information on laser surgery for skin conditions

  • Viral Infections of the Skin

    Detailed information on the most common viral infections of the skin, including cold sores, molluscum contagiosum, shingles (herpes zoster), and warts

  • Warts

    Detailed information on the most common types of warts, including foot warts, flat warts, genital warts, and filiform warts

  • Excessive Hairiness (Hirsutism)

    Detailed information on excessive hairiness, including causes, diagnosis, and treatment

  • Shingles

    Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a common infection of the nerves that is caused by a virus. It causes a painful rash or small blisters on an area of skin.

  • Laser Surgery Overview

    Detailed information on laser surgery and what types of surgeries may be performed with lasers

  • Anatomy of the Skin

    The skin is the body's largest organ. It serves as a protective shield against heat, light, injury, and infection.

  • Birthmarks

    Detailed information on birthmarks and the different types, including vascular birthmarks, hemangiomas, and port-wine stains

  • Head Lice

    Head lice are tiny parasitic bugs that can infest the skin. They live on people’s heads and feed on their blood. Head lice can cause intense itching.

  • Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Introduction
  • Pressure Ulcers

    Pressure ulcers, also called bedsores or pressure sores, can develop when you are confined to a bed or chair.

  • Venous Ulcers

    Ulcers can affect any area of the skin but commonly occur on the legs. Leg ulcers caused by circulation problems with the veins in the legs are known as venous ulcers.

  • How Wounds Heal

    Wound healing sounds simple, but it's actually quite complicated and involves a long series of chemical signals. Certain factors can slow or prevent healing entirely.

  • Surgical Site Infections

    Your skin is a natural barrier against infection, so any surgery that causes a break in the skin can lead to a postoperative infection. Doctors call these infections surgical site infections because they occur on the part of the body where the surgery took place.

  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa

    Hidradenitis suppurativa, or acne inversa, is a condition that causes deep, painful boils or abscesses in your skin.

  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, is a type of treatment used to speed up healing of carbon monoxide poisoning, gangrene, stubborn wounds, and infections in which tissues are starved for oxygen.

  • Complications of Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment

    Side effects of HBOT are generally mild as long as the therapy lasts no longer than two hours and the pressure inside the chamber is less than three times that of the normal pressure in the atmosphere.

  • Lichen Planus

    Lichen planus is a common disease that causes inflammation (swelling and irritation) on your skin or inside your mouth. On your skin, lichen planus causes a rash that is usually itchy. Inside your mouth, it may cause burning or soreness.