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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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?

Can you spread herpes when you don't have a cold sore?

Recognizing a flare-up isn't as easy as it seems. Some people who contract herpes never experience any noticeable symptoms at all. So how do you keep from spreading the virus to your partner?

What Is Epidermolysis Bullosa?

One of the more remarkable things about human skin is its ability to defend itself. It often forms painful blisters in response to friction or heat, but for epidermolysis bullosa patients, this defense mechanism can be deadly.

Can you get herpes from water fountains or toilet seats?

We've learned a lot about sexually transmitted diseases, but we're still not sure how they're spread. Can you really get herpes from water fountains and toilet seats? Well ... it's complicated.

Skin Lightening for Acne Scars: Fast Facts

Get fast facts on skin lightening for acne scars, and learn about the origins of acne scars and the treatments available to improve the look of acne-scarred skin.

Why does acne cause dark spots on your skin?

As if the scourge of acne wasn't enough to deal with, those of us afflicted with breakouts often have to deal with its more lasting effects: scarring and dark spots. What's going on with your skin to make it change color?

Why can colloidal silver turn your skin blue?

Feeling blue might be a temporary thing for most people, but for those with argyria -- a condition that turns your skin grayish-blue -- it's a way of life. How can drinking colloidal silver cause this?

Skin Parasites

Though skin parasites such as lice, bedbugs and scabies affect numerous people every year, most try to keep their infestations private out of fear of appearing unhygienic. But does being clean really have anything to do with it?

Image Gallery: Skin Problems

These pictures showcase some common -- and not so common -- skin conditions. Learn how to tell the difference between different rashes and bumps.

What is jock itch?

Your groin is a popular spot for fungi to mingle. Make it dark and damp enough, and these fungi can grow out of control. What's the deal with this itchy malaise?

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?

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?

Can your sweat be different colors?

Sweat stains are already a pain to get out of shirts, but imagine how difficult it would be if your perspiration came in rainbow colors. What brings on a case of red (or blue or black) sweat?

Nummular Dermatitis Overview

Nummular dermatitis, a skin condition that affects two in every 1,000 people, is often misdiagnosed as ringworm. But what causes the condition, and how can you correctly identify it?

Periungual Warts Overview

Periungual warts pop up near the nail bed on your hands and feet. Left untreated, these warts can have lasting effects on the health of your nails. We've got a few ways to avoid and cure these unsightly growths.

Pityriasis Rosea Overview

That red, itchy circle of skin can mean one of many things, including eczema, psoriasis or ringworm. If it turns out to be pityriasis rosea, however, you won't have much to worry about after a few weeks.

Plantar Warts Overview

From morning to night, your feet are constantly on the move. However, the pain and inconvenience associated with plantar warts can stop you dead in your tracks.

Psoriasis Overview

More than 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis, according to the National Institutes of Health, making it one of the most prevalent autoimmune diseases in the country. But what causes the disease, and is there a cure?

Rhinophyma Overview

As if having a flushed, red nose weren't enough, rhinophyma's effects are much more than just cosmetic. But how can doctors treat this condition when they don't know the causes?

Ringworm Overview

Ringworm is a common skin problem. What causes ringworm?

Rosacea Overview

It looks like acne or eczema but isn't, and it can result in a red nose that people associate with alcoholism. It's rosacea, a common skin condition most people don't know anything about.

Scabies Overview

It's a scene straight out of a cheap horror movie: microscopic creatures crawling on your skin, eating your flesh and laying their eggs inside you. But it's not fake, it's real and it's called scabies.

Scalded Skin Syndrome

Although it's rare, infants and young children can require burn treatments without ever being burned -- these children have a rare disease called scalded skin syndrome that's caused by the staph bacteria that normally live on skin.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

If you have dandruff, you may have a mild form of seborrheic dermatitis, a skin condition that causes flaky, scaly skin and even hair loss. Find out what causes the disease and how you can treat it.

Skin Cancer Overview

If you're a sun bunny, you'd better consider slathering on some sunscreen and heading for a big umbrella instead -- and don't even think about going to the tanning bed. Skin cancer is a lot more common than most people know.