Information about skin disorders and diseases.
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Albinism is a genetic condition resulting in a lack of pigmentation in the eyes, skin and hair. It is an inherited condition arising from the combination of recessive genes passed from both parents of an individual. A variety of problems with photosensitivity in eyesight and skin usually result from the condition.
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Cellulitis is an infection of the deeper layers of the skin and the underlying tissues with the affected area suddenly turning red, painful, swollen and hot.
Cowden disease (CD), also termed Cowden syndrome and multiple hamartoma syndrome, is an autosomal dominant condition with variable expression that results from a mutation in the PTEN gene on chromosome arm 10q, as reported by Liaw et al. CD causes hamartomatous neoplasms of the skin and mucosa, GI tract, bones, central nervous system (CNS), eyes, and genitourinary tract. Skin is involved in 90-100% of cases; the thyroid in 66%.
Dercum's disease, Dercum disease, Adiposis Dolorosa, Morbus Dercum, Adiposita Dolorosa, Fettvävsreumatism, painful fatty tumors, lipomas, weakness, obesity.
This category is about a disease that has been identified for over a hundred years, yet no recent research exists on the cause of it. It was originally named by Dr. Francis X. Dercum in 1892 as adiposis dolorosa. It has since picked up his name as an identifier and both names seem to be equally popular. It generally occurs in women (less 16% are men), between the ages of 25-40 (in Sweden) or 40-65 (in the USA). They cite obesity as a cause, but they have it backwards -- the disease actually causes the obesity -- and weight reduction efforts have little effect on the pain or the obesity.
Two articles has attributed it to an autosomal dominant genetic disease, but there is no explanation why it can be benign in some and so debilitating in others.
There is no cure, and no easy way to diagnose that a person has this disease. The key(s) are painful fatty deposits (benign lipomas, either encapsulated or diffuse), where the pain has been evident for three (3) months or more.
All treatments are palliative -- treat the symptoms -- ease the pain, suction out (via liposuction) or excise the more painful tumors (remember they are benign), and counsel the patient to be able to endure the never-ending pain.
Research into the cause or the stimulus that worsens the disease is needed.
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Ectodermal Dysplasia (ED) is not a single disorder, but a group of closely related conditions. More than 150 different syndromes have been identified. The Ectodermal Dysplasias are heritable conditions in which there are abnormalities of two or more ectodermal structures such as the hair, teeth, nails, sweat glands, cranial-facial structure, digits and other parts of the body.
Eczema is a catchall term for a variety of itchy skin inflammations/rashes which may be characterized by redness, oozing, crusting, blistering, scaling, and/or hardening.
It can be caused/aggravated by both internal and/or external substances.
Eczema types/names are typically descriptive of where on the body the lesions are, a physical characteristic of or the origin of. The most common is Atopic Dermatitis with some others being Contact Dermatitis, Hand Eczema, Nummular Dermatitis, Perioral Dermatitis, Pompholyx, Seborrheic Dermatitis.
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Epidermolysis Bullosa is a genetic disorder characterized by a fragility of the epidermis or skin, causing blistering, scarring, and sometimes death.
Erythema nodosum is an inflammation of the fat cells under the skin characterized by tender red nodules or lumps that are usually seen on both shins.
Rare hereditary skin condition, also known as Familial Benign Chronic Pemphigus.
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Head lice are specialized to live among the hair present on the human head and are exquisitely adapted to living mainly on the scalp and neck hairs of their human host. Lice present on other body parts covered by hair are not head lice but are either Pubic lice (Pthirus pubis) or Body lice (Pediculus humanus humanus).
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Hereditary angioedema (HAE) is an autosomal dominant disorder manifested by painless, nonpruritic swelling of the skin.
Hidradenitis Suppurativa (also known as Apocrinitis, Apocrine Acne, Verneuil's disease, Velpeau's disease, Fox-den disease, Pyodermia sinifica fistulans and Acne inversa) is an uncommon skin disorder characterized by the eruption of painful lesions predominantly under the arms and in the groin area. As a disease of the hair follicle, it is related to other follicular diseases, such as acne or pilonidal cyst.
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Sites with information about urticaria (commonly known as hives or wheals).
Hyperhidrosis is a medical condition in which a person sweats excessively and unpredictably. People with hyperhidrosis can sweat even when the temperature is cool, and when they are at rest.
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A rare, genetic disorder characterized by unusual patterns of discolored skin.
Lichen planus is a chronic mucocutaneous disease that affects the skin and the oral mucosa, and presents itself in the form of papules, lesions or rashes.
Molluscum Contagiosum is a viral infection of the skin or occasionally of the mucous membranes.
A rare genetic disorder involving nail and skeletal deformities (among a host of other related anomalies) that occurs in approximately 2.2 out of every 100,000 people.
Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of the nail which may affect toenails or fingernails.
Pemphigoid is a group of uncommon autoimmune blistering skin diseases which usually affect people over the age of 60.
Pemphigus of the skin and mucous membranes is a chronic blistering disease most commonly found in middle-aged persons.
Websites about the symptoms, treatment, and prevention of skin rashes and other reactions from exposure to urushiol, the toxin found in poison ivy, oak, and sumac.
Pressure ulcers, decubitus ulcers or bedsores are lesions caused by unrelieved pressure and other factors to any part of the body, especially portions over bony or cartilaginous areas such as sacrum, elbows, knees and ankles.
Pseudoxanthoma elasticum, PXE, is an inherited disorder that affects selected connective tissue in some parts of the body.
Psoriasis is a disease whose main symptom is gray or silvery flaky patches on the skin which are red and inflamed underneath. In the United States, it affects 2 to 2.6 percent of the population, or between 5.8 and 7.5 million people. Commonly affected areas include the scalp, elbows, knees, navel, palms, ears and groin. Psoriasis is autoimmune in origin, and is not contagious.
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The term "rash," though often used by patients and clinicians alike, is a very general term that explains a number of different skin conditions. Rashes can be caused by a variety of factors including exposure to environmental agents, allergies, viruses, reaction to drugs and medications, and pests like lice or the scabies mite. While most rashes are not serious and last only a few hours to a day or two, some skin outbreaks can be indicators of life threatening conditions and it is important to understand the characteristics of these rashes.
A list of reviewed sites related to the disease rosacea. Rosacea is an acne like condition that is characterised by redness and flushing.
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Solar keratosis, also known as actinic keratosis or "sun spots", is a common skin condition caused by exposure to the sun. Typically small in size (usually smaller than a pencil eraser), a solar keratosis lesion is often red with a scaly or crusty layer. It usually develops many years after the exposure, and if untreated, a small percentage can go on to become skin cancer.
If detected early enough, it is usually easily treated without the need for surgery.
Trichothiodystrophy (TTD) is a rare genetic disorder that involves the production of abnormal brittle hair, Icthyosis, physical and developmental disorders. It can also involve ataxia, stunted growth, skin sensitivity to light, and to UV rays.
Vitiligo (or leukoderma) is the patchy loss of skin pigmentation due to an auto-immune attack by the body's own immune system on skin melanocytes. It frequently begins in late adulthood, with patches of unpigmented skin appearing on extremities. The patches may grow or remain constant in size. Occasional small areas may repigment as they are recolonised by melanocytes.
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Xeroderma pigmentosum is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder in which the ability to repair damage caused by ultraviolet light is deficient. Affected individuals must avoid exposure to sunlight.