Skip to main contentSkip to accessibility services

Skin Conditions

A smooth operator, the skin goes deep to protect the body from germs, weather, and other potential invaders. It may seem soft, but it puts up a good fight against rashes, burns, and lumps and bumps of all kinds.

Editor's picks

Contact dermatitis is an itchy or painful rash that occurs on your skin after touching certain substances. It can be caused by an irritant or an allergen, like poison ivy, latex, or detergents.
A skin abscess is a painful lump beneath the skin that fills with pus and bacteria. Larger abscesses usually need to be treated by a doctor, who will drain them and possibly prescribe antibiotics.
Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the skin and the soft tissue beneath the skin. Cellulitis usually occurs when bacteria enter the skin through small cuts or scrapes. It causes a painful, red, swollen rash and needs to be treated with antibiotics.
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common kind of skin cancer. It’s caused by repeated exposure to the sun. It’s rarely fatal, but it’s important to treat right away so it doesn’t get worse—that can lead to more complicated surgery and scars.
Itchy rashes can be caused by a variety of environmental and lifestyle factors. Or even from medications. They often go away on their own, but your doctor may need to examine and treat you before you get real relief.
Psoriatic arthritis (PA) is a chronic inflammatory, autoimmune disease. The joint and skin are being attacked by the immune system. Joint inflammation can lead to severe arthritis unless diagnosed and treated early.
Dry skin symptoms cause the skin to become scaly, rough & flaky. Every part of the body can be affected by dry skin including the penis, eyes & face. Learn more.
Warts are small, rough, rounded growths on the top layer of the skin. They may appear alone or in clusters. Common warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are contagious through direct contact. Warts, although benign, can easily spread to other parts of the body without treatment.
Hives are flat red welts that can appear anywhere on the skin and are usually itchy. Hives often occur as an allergic reaction to something eaten or ingested or something that has contacted the skin. They can also occur due to stress or autoimmune diseases.

Skin diagnoses

Why Does Skin Turn Blue?

Blue or bluish colored skin may be caused by a problem with oxygen flow in the body. Blue skin may also be from certain medications or supplements. Your other symptoms can help a doctor figure out the cause of blue skin.
Read article

Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis

Toxic epidermal necrolysis is a serious, life-threatening skin condition characterized by redness, severe blistering, widespread skin detachment and peeling.
Read article
Dermatofibromas are harmless, noncancerous skin bumps. They are usually small, firm, pink to light brown and often develop on legs. They are caused by an overgrowth of skin cells called fibroblasts. They do not go away on their own, but can be removed by a doctor if troublesome.
A cherry angioma is a smooth, cherry-red, harmless bump on the skin. They can occur nearly anywhere on the body, and most commonly start appearing around age 40.
Lichen sclerosus is an itchy or painful skin condition that usually shows up on your anus or genitals. It looks like white shiny patches, sometimes with bruising. Lichen sclerosus can be treated with a cream, oral medications, or ultraviolet light—but leaving it untreated can cause pain while urinating or having a bowel movement, pain during sex, scarring of the skin, and rarely cancer.
A blister is a small bubble on the skin that could be filled with fluid and is usually caused by forceful friction, burning, freezing, chemical exposure, or infection.
Ludwig’s angina is a rare bacterial infection on the floor of the mouth. It causes your mouth to swell up and can make it hard to swallow, talk, and breathe. It may be caused by dental work or poor oral hygiene. Ludwig’s angina is a medical emergency.
Pale white skin around the lips can be caused from iron deficiency anemia, a skin pigment condition known as vitiligo, or a circulation issue called vasovagal syncope.
Pale skin can signal a variety of health problems ranging from simple nutrient deficiencies to dangerous changes in blood flow. Learn about pale skin causes.
Rubeola, or measles, is a viral infection that's serious for small children but can be prevented by the vaccine. It's spreadable by air through coughing or sneezing.
Burns happen when skin comes too close to a high-heat source. They hurt and can be serious. Skin burns fall into three categories of seriousness: First, Second, and Third Degree. Each kind requires different care to help skin heal without permanent damage.

Light Red or Pink Bump on Skin Symptom, Causes & Questions

Causes for light red bumps on the skin range from common conditions that you can treat at home to more serious causes that require a doctor's visit. Read more below to learn about red bumps on skin and what they mean for you.
Read article

Feeling Itchy or Tingling All Over

Are you feeling itchy or tingling all over the body? You may be experiencing a skin-related issue like dermatitis or eczema, an allergic reaction from a certain food or plant, or you may be having a symptom of anxiety or depression. Unexplained itching all over the body can also be caused by kidney disease or scabies.
Read article

Cold Skin Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your cold skin symptoms with Buoy, including 5 causes and common questions concerning your cold skin.
Read article

Disseminated Gonococcal Infection

This article will review the symptoms, causes, and management of disseminated gonococcal infection. Symptoms specific to this condition include joint and tendon pain, small fluid-filled bumps on the skin, fever, and chills.
Read article

Read more about