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Skin conditions: What is contact dermatitis?

Contact dermatitis is a form of eczema triggered by exposure to an irritating substance. The condition causes the skin to turn dry and irritated. If treated, the symptoms eventually settle. In some cases, the condition clears up entirely. Indications Contact dermatitis causes the skin to turn reddened, blistered, dry and cracked. The reaction generally occurs […]

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What is discoid eczema?

Discoid eczema is a long-standing skin condition that triggers the skin to become reddened, itchy, cracked and swollen in oval or circular patches. If not treated, the condition can last for weeks, months or even years. It might be persistent, usually in the same site that was previously affected. Indications Take note that discoid eczema […]

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Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is characterized by reddened, itchy skin after being exposed to an irritating substance. The condition arises if the skin is exposed to something that the individual is allergic to or highly sensitive to. Indications Allergic contact dermatitis This type of contact dermatitis does not always trigger a skin reaction right away. The symptoms […]

Canker sores

Canker sores are shallow craters on the tongue or inside the cheek or lip. The sores usually have a reddened perimeter and yellow or white center. They can be painful and make it difficult to eat and talk. An individual might develop one or several canker sores at a time. Canker sores do not spread […]

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Eczema herpeticum

Eczema herpeticum is described as a blistery rash that causes discomfort. It is usually triggered by an infection with one of the herpes viruses, usually the herpes virus type 1. This type of herpes virus is responsible for causing cold sores. Remember that the rash can spread rapidly all over the body. The virus is […]

What is impetigo?

Impetigo is considered as highly spreadable skin disease that typically develops on the neck, face and hands of infants and young children. It is important to note that children who use diapers are likely to develop the condition around the diaper area. The skin disease rarely occurs in adults, usually after a different skin condition. […]

Overview on gangrene

Gangrene occurs when part of the body tissue dies. Take note that this often occurs since the tissues does not receive enough blood from the circulatory system. The condition typically affects the extremities which are areas farthest from the heart such as the fingers and toes. Nevertheless, it can involve other parts of the body […]

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What is a boil?

A boil or furuncle are fungal or bacterial infections involving the hair follicles. The diseased hair follicle can be on any region in the body. Once a hair follicle becomes infected, the skin that borders it becomes inflamed. It appears as a reddened, elevated bump on the skin that can break open and drain fluid. […]

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What is exfoliative dermatitis?

Exfoliative dermatitis involves redness and peeling of the skin covering large areas of the body. It is important to note that the evident peeling of the skin might occur with pre-existing health conditions or medications in some individuals. In some individuals, the cause for the condition is unknown. Exfoliative dermatitis is considered as serious but […]