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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Ingrown Hair Basics

Dante Rosario, tight end for the Carolina Panthers, was once hospitalized for an infection caused by an ingrown hair. While such infections are rare, ingrown hairs can be unsightly and painful, so how can you prevent them?

Melasma Overview

When brownish patches appear on their skin, many people don't even realize they have melasma. Without targeted treatment, will this common skin condition vanish on its own?

What are the different types of warts?

Contrary to popular belief, warts are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They're generally harmless, but they can be a nuisance if left untreated.

Adult Acne Overview

Although acne is typically associated with the teenage years, many adults also find themselves fighting breakouts. Find out what's behind adult acne and what treatment options are available.

All About Acne

A giant zit on the tip of your nose can ruin your day -- especially since acne loves to show up right before a first date. What's the best way to deal with it?

Herpes 101

It's safe to say that no one's a big fan of herpes. But there's an extremely good chance that you have at least one of the eight types. Don't worry, chicken pox is one of them.

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.

How Albinism Works

Albinism is a condition where your body makes less than the normal amount of the pigment melanin. It affects one in every 18,000 to 20,000 Americans.

Hyperhidrosis Overview

Though some people might not sweat the small stuff, those with hyperhidrosis sweat the small stuff, the large stuff and everything between. Is there any way to prevent or cure excessive sweating?

How Chicken Pox Works

Chicken pox causes you to sprout blisters and scratch like crazy. Why did parents intentionally expose their children to this itchy illness before routine vaccinations became available?

Understanding Skin Allergies

Your skin is an important defender against invaders. It usually fends off trouble quite successfully. Sometimes, however, an allergen gets the best of your skin, causing a reaction.

How does acne work?

It's the bane of countless teenagers and a frustrating surprise for many adults too. Do doctors know what causes acne?

Understanding Scleroderma and Raynaud's

Scleroderma is a fairly common skin condition that affects the blood vessels, immune system and connective tissue. Learn more about this disease and what steps you can do to avoid this disorder.


Psoriasis is an inherited disorder of the skin, which causes red, scaling bumps and patches on the skin. Learn about the symptoms and treatments for psoriasis.