MEDICAL SKIN PROBLEMS

Medical skin problems can be serious and life-threatening. Understanding medical skin problems is extremely helpful in diagnosing them early. This section covers everything to do with medical skin problems.

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  • 10 Causes and Treatments for Cold Sores
    10 Causes and Treatments for Cold Sores

    Cold sores are many things, and, unfortunately, they're caused by a virus that those infected will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Let's look at the causes and some treatments. See more »

  • 10 Common Skin Irritants
    10 Common Skin Irritants

    All kinds of things can irritate your skin. It could be a chemical, a surface or a substance to which you're allergic. What irritants should you avoid, and how do you treat these itchy problems? See more »

  • 5 Inherited Skin Problems
    5 Inherited Skin Problems

    Skin is tough -- because it has to be. It must protect us from the elements and environmental toxins, but what happens when its biggest threat comes from inside the body? See more »

  • 5 of the World's Rarest Skin Conditions
    5 of the World's Rarest Skin Conditions

    From a blue tint to scaly plates, some skin conditions are recognized for their unusual symptoms. What are some of the rarest skin conditions in the world, and what do they look like? See more »

  • 5 Parasites that Breed On and In Your Skin
    5 Parasites that Breed On and In Your Skin

    Parasites -- life forms that feed from others -- are creepy to begin with. But some of them use your skin as a place to raise their families. What types of critters are we talking about, and how do we avoid them? See more »

  • 5 Skin Disorders You Might Mistake for Hives
    5 Skin Disorders You Might Mistake for Hives

    It may be easy to dismiss red, itchy bumps on your skin as hives, but it might turn out to be another condition. How can you tell the difference between hives and conditions that look like it? See more »

  • 5 Skin Problems You Can Get From Your Pets
    5 Skin Problems You Can Get From Your Pets

    Everyone loves hugging and snuggling up to their pets, but did you know that your pet can bring home a host of diseases once it comes in from the yard? If you want to keep from catching a nasty rash from your furry friend, read on. See more »

  • 5 Types of Skin Fungus
    5 Types of Skin Fungus

    Getting infected with a skin fungus may be unsightly or embarrassing, but it's actually quite common. What are the most prevalent types of skin fungus, and how do you know if you have one? See more »

  • 5 Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer
    5 Ways to Prevent Skin Cancer

    Applying sunscreen during beach trips isn't enough to ward off skin cancer. What are some simple things you can do all the time to protect yourself from getting ill down the road? See more »

  • 7 Ways to Get Rid of Cold Sores
    7 Ways to Get Rid of Cold Sores

    While you can't do much about the way a cold sore looks, you can do a few things to help decrease discomfort, speed healing and keep it from coming back. See more »

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