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Skin & Dermatology

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.

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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.

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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.

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This article will review the symptoms, management, and prevention of the acute condition chickenpox. Symptoms include a widespread rash and flu-like symptoms.

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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.

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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.

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Eczema is a chronic skin disease that causes itchy, inflamed skin. It’s also called atopic dermatitis. The rash comes and goes. The itching can be eased with various treatments, and you can take steps to reduce flare-ups.

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Folliculitis causes red itchy or painful bumps. It is an inflammation of the hair follicle and can occur almost anywhere on the body. It can go away on its own or with medication.

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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.

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Athlete’s foot (known medically as tinea pedis) is a fungal infection that causes scaly, itchy feet. It usually starts between the toes because that area is extra moist. Athlete’s foot is very contagious.

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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.

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Lymphangitis is inflammation of the lymphatic channels at the site of an injury and affects the swelling of common lymph nodes areas.

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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.

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Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin infection that causes small round bumps with a tiny dimple in the center. They are painless but may itch. They easily spread through contact with clothing and towels.

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Mosquito bites are bites from flying insects that feed on blood. They are common during the summer or in warmer climates, at dawn or dusk, and near bodies of water.

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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.

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Seborrheic dermatitis looks like yellow, greasy scales on irritated skin. It’s what causes dandruff. It’s easy to treat with over the counter or prescription creams and shampoos.

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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.

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Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common kind of skin cancer, and it’s often caused by repeated exposure to the sun or tanning beds. While it can spread to other parts of the body, it can be cured if caught early.

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Sunburn results from excess exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun. Symptoms include reddening of the skin (erythema), fluid-filled bumps on the skin or blisters, and possibly nausea, fever, vomiting, and headache.

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Toxic epidermal necrolysis is a serious, life-threatening skin condition characterized by redness, severe blistering, widespread skin detachment and peeling.

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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.

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When should you worry about a mole? Become knowledgeable about the moles that you have and monitor their color, size, & shape with our comprehensive guide!

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Find out how to prevent and treat your acne rosacea

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Actinic keratosis is a precancerous skin lesion that causes a rough spot or lump on the skin. It’s caused by sun exposure and should be removed to prevent skin cancer.

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Skin growths are common and can be anything from a mole to a skin tag. Here’s why they happen and how to treat them.

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Toenail fungus is usually caused by a type of fungus called dermatophytes. It affects the toenail and the area underneath the nail and causes color changes, thickening, and separation from the nail bed.

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When you have blackheads, your pores have become clogged with oil and dead skin cells. You may be able to get rid of them using products you can buy at a drugstore, but there are times when you may need to be treated by a dermatologist.

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Find out how to treat your bruise

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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.

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Food allergies are a common cause of hives—and affect 4% of all adults. Here are the top culprits and how to avoid them, as well as signs your allergic reaction needs urgent medical attention.

Calluses are thick, tough areas of skin that commonly affect the feet. They’re rarely serious and you can usually treat them yourself with over-the-counter products. However, foot calluses can become a problem for some people, so it’s important to know when you should see your doctor.

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Find out how to treat your child’s hemangioma

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Excessive sweating can be uncomfortable and embarrassing but there are treatments.

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Common causes of hives include illnesses, like a common cold, and chronic diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.

An ingrown toenail is when the nail grows into the surrounding skin or nail bed. It can lead to infection and be surprisingly painful.

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How to identify what type of bug bit you, and which insect bites need to be treated by a healthcare provider.

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A lipoma is a soft movable lump of fat under the skin. They are usually harmless, but it’s important to know what they feel like to rule out other causes of lumps.

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Melanoma is one of the least common types of skin cancer. It’s also one of the deadliest. Learn to recognize the earliest telltale signs. Understand the various treatment options. And above all, see a doctor—quickly.

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Moles are often benign skin changes; however, any alarming changes should be evaluated. They may appear as flat “stains” or raised clusters, as small irregularities that can be a variety of shapes or colors, flaps of skin attached on only one side, or dark, fibrous scar tissue.

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Monkeypox is a virus that causes flu-like symptoms followed by a rash. It is often spread by skin to skin contact.

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Dermatitis is inflammation of the skin that causes red areas of skin, raised red lumps, or blisters. Nonspecific dermatitis means there is no known cause, but it can be treated with OTC creams.

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This article will review the symptoms, causes, and management of partial thickness burns. Symptoms include redness, swelling, and blisters as well as a risk of dehydration and hypothermia. Pain may also be mild, moderate, or severe depending on the severity of the burn.

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Pimples are a type of acne, a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles become clogged with oil and dead skin. Acne can be treated with good skin care and a range of acne medications.

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Find out how to treat your scabies?

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Shingles is a painful rash that results from reactivation of the virus that causes the chickenpox. Symptoms include small, fluid-filled blisters that form over a few days that then dry up and heal over several weeks. Pain or strange skin sensations may persist for longer.

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Find out how to treat your skin cyst

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Allergic reactions are usually blamed for hives, but they can also be brought on by lesser known triggers like heat, cold, and pressure.

Post-inflammatory erythema describes the pink or red marks left on your skin after you experience a condition like acne. There are many ways to help fade them, ranging from over-the-counter creams to procedures such as chemical peels and laser therapy.

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Topical steroid withdrawal is a skin condition that can develop when someone uses potent topical steroids frequently and for a long time.

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There are a number of treatments to help get rid of acne scars. Depending on the type you have—raised, flat, or pitted—your dermatologist may recommend medicated creams, procedures like microdermabrasion and chemical peels, or surgery.

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An itchy, irritating rash on your face may be caused by eczema, a common condition that you may notice on other areas of your body. Your doctor can identify which type of eczema you have and prescribe treatments such as steroid creams and ointments.

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Find out how to treat vitiligo

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