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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Skin Discoloration Basics

From harmless age spots and birthmarks to dangerous cancerous growths, several factors can cause skin discoloration. How do you tell what it is and whether to see a doctor?

How Skin Moles Work

If you have any prominent moles, you've probably put up with a lot of unsolicited questions and comments about whether you've been to a dermatologist. Where do moles come from, anyway?

Skin Tags

Skin tags might be embarrassing or even scary when they appear out of the blue on your body. But are these tiny outgrowths of skin truly as ominous as they may seem?

Solar Urticaria Overview

Solar urticaria is a rare allergic reaction that causes people to break out in hives after exposure to the sun. What causes it, and how can it be treated?

Statis Dermatitis Overview

If you're over 50 and have high blood pressure or poor circulation, you're at risk of developing stasis dermatitis, a disorder that causes swollen legs and ulcers. But how can you avoid it?

Sun Spots

What we know as "age spots" or "liver spots" are actually a result of sun exposure, and they're quite common. But once you have a sun spot, are you stuck with it for good?

Vitiligo Overview

Vitiligo, the skin lightening disorder that affected Michael Jackson, has no known cure. Can new treatments help those who have the condition to live normal lives?

Windburn Overview

You may think that your skin is safe from the elements once swimsuit season ends and the air gets cold. That's not true. Most people know that the winter sun can still harm skin, but the wind can be just as dangerous.

Xanthomas Overview

This exotic sounding affliction is actually pretty common and tame. Xanthomas are bumps that form when fat collects in pockets under the skin, and usually occurs in those over the age of 40.

Is It Possible to Be Allergic to the Sun?

Is it possible to be allergic to the sun? What can be done about this allergy?

Are chicken pox and shingles the same thing?

It's common knowledge that once you've had chickenpox, you probably won't get the disease again. But can you get shingles?

Are new moles always a sign of cancer?

A new mole doesn't necessarily mean you have cancer -- people often develop new moles early in life. Of course, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't keep an eye out for them.

Athletes Foot Overview

The same types of fungi that cause ringworm and jock itch can also lead to athlete's foot. What steps can you take to avoid getting this uncomfortable -- but treatable -- skin condition?

Bacterial Skin Infections

When bacteria enter your body through a break in your skin, it can create one of several types of infections. How do you know you're infected and whether it's serious enough to see a doctor?

Bedsores: Causes and Treatments

While bed rest may sound like a relaxing reprieve from the chaos of daily life, prolonged bed rest can cause bedsores, painful skin ulcers that could be fatal.

Cold Sores: Causes and Treatments

You're stressed out about a speech you have to give at work and you start to feel a prickling and burning in your lip. Soon, a hard bump starts to form. But you know this isn't a zit; you're getting a cold sore.

Common Warts Overview

Common warts aren't dangerous. They'll go away if they're left untreated, but this can take anywhere from months to years. However, they're an eyesore and a nuisance, so you may want to get rid of them -- stat.

Contact Dermatitis

Ugh -- you have an inflamed, itchy, red rash that burns. It could be contact dermatitis caused. But what's caused it and how can you make it go away?

Eczema Basics

You haven't been near poison ivy in weeks, you aren't allergic to latex and you don't have allergies that give you hives -- at least, you don't think you do. So what's that red patch of itchy dry skin? It could be a type of eczema.

Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Overview

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes the skin to be overly stretchy or joints to overextend. What causes this syndrome and how can you tell whether you have it?

Filiform Warts Overview

Filiform warts form on the delicate tissue of the face, neck, eyelids and lips. And given how much time we spend gazing into one another's eyes, these cosmetic blemishes can be a real drag to live with.

Flat Warts Overview

Flat warts are benign growths and don't cause you any pain. But even if they're just a cosmetic problem, you probably want them to go away. Can you shake them for good?

Heat Rash Overview

Most people love being outside when the weather is hot -- having barbecues, going to the beach, riding bikes and taking long walks. But all this outdoor activity can put you at a greater risk for developing heat rash.

Hives Overview

Having hives can make you feel like you've been the all-you-can-eat buffet for a group of really hungry mosquitoes. And, as if having really itchy welts isn't bad enough, hives can burn and sting. Just what makes these nasty bumps appear?

Impetigo Overview

Impetigo is a skin infection caused by bacteria that normally live on your skin without causing harm. So what causes these bacteria to suddenly cause the itchy rash of impetigo?