Actinic keratosis is a skin growth that appears as a rough, scaly patch. Left untreated, skin cancer sometimes develops.
Age spots tell more than your age. They also indicate how much time you've spent in the sun.
Most cases of basal cell carcinoma, the most common type of skin cancer, can usually be prevented. Learn how.
Bullous pemphigoid, a rare skin condition that usually affects older adults, results in large blisters and severe itching.
Granuloma annulare is a chronic skin condition that causes raised, reddish or skin-colored bumps (lesions) that form ring patterns, usually on the hands and feet.
Henoch-Schonlein purpura causes inflammation of small blood vessels (vasculitis) and often a purplish rash. It's most common in children ages 2 to 6.
Ichthyosis vulgaris, also called fish scale disease, causes severely dry, scaly skin. With no cure available, treatments focus on controlling the symptoms.
Krabbe disease is a rare, inherited disorder — most often affecting infants — that impairs functioning of the central nervous system and usually leads to early death.
Lichen nitidus, a rare condition in which tiny bumps emerge on the skin, usually clears up without treatment.
Lichen planus is an inflammatory disorder that results in lesions on the skin or mucous membranes.
Merkel cell carcinoma is a rare, aggressive skin cancer. Chronic sun exposure or a weak immune system may increase your risk of developing it.
Neurodermatitis is a stubborn skin condition characterized by chronic itching and scratching. It's not serious — but stopping the scratching can be challenging.
Pemphigus is a group of uncommon skin disorders that cause blisters of the skin or mucous membranes. Untreated, pemphigus may be fatal.
Polymorphous light eruption is a sun-induced skin rash affecting people who develop a sensitivity to sunlight.
Though psoriasis can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful, you can take steps to improve your symptoms.
Pyoderma gangrenosum causes painful, widening ulcers to appear on your skin. Prompt treatment reduces the risk of scarring.
Sarcoidosis starts in your lungs but can cause inflammation in any part of your body. It can last a lifetime, or disappear in a few years.
Stubborn, itchy dandruff can be a sign of seborrheic dermatitis. Find out what you can do to treat this flaky skin condition.
Older adults often have at least one seborrheic keratosis. Find out if you need to be concerned about this common skin growth.
Stevens-Johnson syndrome is a disorder of the skin and mucous membranes. Often, this severe adverse reaction is caused by medication or an infection.
Sweet's syndrome, also called acute febrile neutrophilic dermatosis, is a skin disorder marked by a rash, fever and high white blood cell count.
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