Boils

Boils

Boils Also known as skin abscesses, boils form as a result of a cut or break in the skin, which leads to a bacterial infection. They are characterized as a red, tender area with a painful, pus-filled center that can open spontaneously or by surgical incision. They are sometimes caused by an ingrown hair. Others…

Candidiasis

Candidiasis

Candidiasis Candidiasis is the medical term for yeast infections in the body. There are three forms of candidiasis that relate specifically to the skin: Oral Candidiasis (Oral Thrush). This infection is characterized by lacy, white patches on top of reddened areas that occur on the tongue, throat or elsewhere in the mouth. It is usually…

Birthmarks

Birthmarks/Pigmented Skin

Birthmarks/Pigmented Skin Birthmarks are abnormal skin colorations in spots that are either present at birth or appear shortly thereafter. They can be flat or slightly raised from the skin. They can be any number of colors, including red, brown, black, tan, pink, white or purple while they are generally harmless. There are two major categories…

Wrinkles

Wrinkle Treatment Wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process. They occur most frequently in areas exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, back of the hands and forearms. Over time, skin gets thinner, drier and less elastic. Ultimately, this causes wrinkles – either fine lines or deep furrows. In addition to…

Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Treatment Considered a severe form of acne, hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic skin inflammation that usually occurs deep in the skin in areas of the body with sweat glands, such as the groin or armpits. It is characterized by a combination of blackheads and red lesions that break open and drain pus, which…

Hives (Urticaria)

Hives Treatment Hives are characterized as itchy red, raised welts (also known as wheals) on the skin’s surface that can spread or join together and form larger areas of raised lesions. They are generally triggered by exposure to an allergen or chemical irritant. They tend to appear suddenly and often disappear equally as suddenly. Hives…

Keratosis Pilaris Treatment

Keratosis Pilaris Also known as follicular keratosis, this is a hereditary skin disorder that causes goosebump-like lesions on the back of the arms, thighs or buttocks. The patches of bumps tend to get dry and itchy, particularly during the winter months. Keratosis pilaris occurs at any age. Because it is hereditary, there is no method…

Scleroderma

Scleroderma Scleroderma occurs in roughly 300,000 people in the United States. This chronic connective tissue disease results from an over-production of collagen in the skin and other organs. The condition usually appears in people between the ages of 25 and 55 while women get the condition more often than men. The disease worsens slowly over…