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Dermatologic Disease Education

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that appears on the skin and nails. It most commonly appears as red patches with silvery scale.

Acne

Acne (also called acne vulgaris) is a chronic disease of the skin that is most notable on the face, chest, and back.

Actinic Keratosis

Actinic keratosis takes the form of a rough, scaly patch on your skin. It is found in sun-exposed areas, including the face, scalp, ears, chest, arms, and back of hands.


Hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating. Though a normal increase of sweating occurs when the temperature rises, during exercise, or due to nervousness, hyperhidrosis is excessive sweating when none of these conditions are being met. The most common areas affected are the palms of hands, soles of feet, and underarms.

(Photo permission obtained from International Hyperhidrosis Society)

Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis (also called eczema) is a common skin disease around the world. It can occur at any age, but usually starts before the age of five. Typically there are three stages of atopic dermatitis:

  • Infantile — usually located of the face and extensor surface of the arm (back of the arm)
  • Childhood — usually located of the flexural arms (inner wrist, inside elbow, back of knee, etc.)
  • Adulthood
Hyperhidrosis

Onychomycosis

Onychomycosis (also called Tinea unguium) is a fungal infection of the nail. Nails that are affected may become thickened, may split, and may develop yellowing.

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata, also known as spot baldness, is an autoimmune disease. Heredity may be a factor in this condition, which is characterized by round patches of hair loss and the underlying skin appears scarred.

Lupus

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disorder. It can cause damage to any part of the body, including skin, joints, and organs. Lupus often manifests as a characteristic "butterfly rash" on the nose and cheeks, though other symptoms like fatigue and join pain also accompany it.