Common Dermatology Conditions Explained


Common Dermatology Conditions Explained

By Meagan Anne Hegler

Have you ever experienced a skin abnormality and wondered to yourself what is this? Only to find yourself plugging in your symptoms into an online body map to come back and convince yourself that death is near and that the worst that can happen is happening. Not so fast there Ace. In this post we touch on some common dermatology conditions, ways to seek treatment, and what these common skin conditions mean in terms more easily understandable.  

  • Acne

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Acne is a skin condition characterized by the plugging and inflammation of the pores and sebaceous glands. Acne comes in many forms such as blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules, nodules, and/or cysts. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), Acne is the most common skin condition in the United States. [Read on to learn more about the different types of acne and their treatment options.](http://wp.me/p6Ic0j-3f)

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. The skin cancer usually develops on the skin exposed to the sun regularly such as the head, neck, and back of hands. Basal cell carcinoma is extremely common on the face, often forming on the nose. This type of skin cancer grows slowly rarely spreading to other parts of the body. Treatment is important because BCC can grow wide and deep, destroying skin tissue and bone. People who use tanning beds are at a higher risk of getting BCC. (Via the American Academy of Dermatology)

  • Dermatitis

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Dermatitis is an irritation or inflammation of the skin. It is a general term used to refer to an itchy red rash which is often referred to as eczema.  There are numerous types of dermatitis and a number of health conditions, allergies, and/or environmental factors that cause them.  Scratching the itchy rash associated with Dermatitis can make matters worse causing open sores and even more irritated skin. It’s important to visit your doctor or a [Dermatologist](http://www.virtualacne.com/) in order to address the type and underlying cause of dermatitis. Treatment and good skin care can alleviate much of the discomfort. Sources:http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dermatitis-eczema/basics/definition/con-20032183                     http://www.healthline.com/health/contact-dermatitis#Overview1 https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/eczema/atopic-dermatitis

  • Eczema

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

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  • Folliculitis

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles. Folliculitis looks like acne pimples and usually are only present for a short period of time.  Shaving and use of topical steroid creams can increase the risk of developing this condition. Mild cases often clear on their own but in severe cases antibiotics may be needed to treat this condition.                                           Source: http://www.aocd.org/?page=Folliculitis

  • Hyperhidrosis

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition that causes excessive sweating.Excessive sweating occurs when someone sweats more than necessary. Sweating is a natural mechanism that cools the body when needed. People who have hyperhidrosis sweat when cooling is not needed.  Excessive sweating can interfere with everyday activities.                                       Source: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/dry-sweaty-skin/hyperhidrosis

  • Inflammation

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Inflammation is a reaction of the skin due to disease or injury. An inflamed part of the body can become reddened, swollen, itchy, warm to the touch, and often times painful. It’s important to get to the root of the underlying cause when experiencing inflammation. 

  • Keloid

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    A keloid is the overgrowth of scar tissue. The scar rises after an injury or condition has healed. Keloids are often seen around the earlobes as the result of piercings. While keloid's aren’t harmful and don’t need treatment, if a person finds them unattractive, a doctor can sometimes minimize the scar. 

  • Keratosis Pilaris

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Keratosis Pilaris is a common skin condition, which appears as tiny bumps on the skin. Often times these small bumps are referred to as “chicken skin” or mistaken for tiny pimples. These rough feeling bumps are plugs of dead skin cell appearing on the upper arms and thighs. If the itch, dryness, or appearances of these plugs bother you there are forms of treatment that can help. [Consult with a Dermatologist today](http://www.virtualacne.com/). Source: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/bumps-and-growths/keratosis-pilaris

  • Melanoma

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Melanoma is a type of skin cancer. Anyone can get melanoma. When found early and treated the cure rate is nearly 100%. If allowed to grow Melanoma can spread to other parts of the body rather quickly. When Melanoma spreads the disease can be rather deadly. It is important to examine your skin regularly for abnormalities or changes. Familiarizing yourself with melanoma and how to spot could help aid in the detection as well as prevention. Please take a look at the sources below to learn more about the detection of melanoma.                                                                                       Source: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/skin-cancer/melanoma   https://www.aad.org/public/spot-skin-cancer/learn-about-skin-cancer/detect/what-to-look-for https://www.aad.org/public/spot-skin-cancer

  • Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a term used for dark spots that appear post injury or inflammation from acne, a cut, a burn, or a rash. The dark spots are limited to the sites of previous inflammation and are most common in those with darker skin types. While hyperpigmentation can be quite frustrating there are many topical as well as physical treatments available.                                                                    Source: http://www.dermnetnz.org/colour/postinflammatory-pigmentation.html

  • Pseudofolliculitis Barbae (razor bumps)

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Pseudofolliculitis Barbae is a condition in which shaving causes inflammation and bumps to develop on the skin also referred to as razor bumps.  It is commonly seen within the beard area of men. The most effective way to treat is to let the hair grow. There are many shaving techniques that can be used in order to help and prevent.                                                                                               Source: http://www.aocd.org/?page=PseudofolliculitisB

  • Rosacea

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness and often small, red, pus filled bumps on the face. Rosacea is often mistaken for acne or other skin conditions. If left untreated Rosacea can worsen over time. Symptoms of rosacea include redness of the face, tiny red pimple, fine red lines, rhinophyma (enlarged nose), eye problems such as swollen red eyelids. Rosacea can flare up, diminish, and return. If you experience persistent redness it’s important to visit your doctor or [see a Dermatologist](http://www.virtualacne.com/) for diagnosis and proper treatment.                                                                 Source:  http://www.medicinenet.com/rosacea/article.htm http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/rosacea/basics/definition/con-20014478 https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/acne-and-rosacea/rosacea

  • Psoriasis

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Psoriasis is a chronic and long lasting disease. It develops which a person’s immune system sends faulty signals that tell skin cells to grow too quickly. The new skin cells start to form within days instead of weeks. The body does not shed these excess skin cells causing them to pile on the surface of the skin forming scales and itchy dry patches. Psoriasis is not contagious and you cannot catch psoriasis from another person. To learn more about psoriasis and the treatment options available please visit the source links below.         Source: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/scaly-skin/psoriasis https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis

  • Tinea Versicolor

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    We all have yeast living on our skin, when yeast growth becomes out of control it is referred to as Tinea Versicolor. It is a common fungal infection that causes small, discolored patches of skin. This condition mostly affects teens and young adults and is not contagious. Treatments such as antifungal creams, lotions, or shampoos are usually effective.                                                                             Source: https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/color-problems/tinea-versicolor http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinea-versicolor/basics/definition/con-20024674

  • Stop the Guessing and ask a Dermatologist

    By Meagan Anne Hegler

    Still have questions? Need answers? Access a Dermatologist today from the comfort of your home.

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