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Viruses in the human papillomavirus family can cause warts, which are benign, flesh-colored growths that may be round and mildly rough or have a cauliflower-like look and texture. Some go away on their own while others may be removed via topical medications, freezing, injections, laser, or excision.
This skin condition is similar in appearance to warts but typically appears as multiple smooth, flesh-colored bumps somewhere on the body. If left alone, this condition can resolve on its own with no scarring in as little as 12 months, though the lesions may also take anywhere from a year to four years to clear. Unlike warts, molluscum contagiosum is caused by a poxvirus. Molluscum can be treated at AboutSkin with both topical medicines and small, in-office procedures.
Commonly known as eczema, atopic dermatitis is a skin condition commonly associated with redness and itching. Atopic dermatitis is chronic, which means rashes can flare up and resolve periodically throughout a person’s lifetime. Because of this, identifying and managing triggers can be helpful to those living with the skin condition. While it is important to avoid irritants, stress, and other possible factors that lead to outbreaks, a dermatologist can also help design treatment protocols and strategies to help the patient treat the symptoms when they flare.
Hyperhidrosis is the term for excessive sweating. While everyone perspires to some degree, this skin condition is not tied to heat or physical activity. Unwanted sweat can involve the underarms, face, palms, and elsewhere on the body. Hyperhidrosis is known for disrupting daily life by causing clothing to become damp or wet, creating moist conditions conducive to rashes, and impacting social situations, which can lead to embarrassment. There are several treatment options for this skin condition that our AboutSkin team can discuss.
Marked by the appearance of flat, purple-tinted bumps that itch, this skin condition develops in patients whose immune system begins to attack the body’s own mucus membranes or skin. The bumps can blister and form crusts. Though lichen planus typically resolves on its own, the process can take years. Outbreaks in sensitive areas, such as the ear canal or genitals, can result in damage. Certain medications may be able to help mitigate symptoms, but an initial diagnosis by a dermatologist is imperative before beginning any therapies.
Also known as cutaneous lymphoma, this skin condition is a cancer that develops in the skin—but is not a form of skin cancer. Instead of developing in the skin cells, this type of cancer originates in the immune system. Specifically, this rare skin condition develops in white blood cells known as lymphocytes. There are different types of skin lymphoma, ranging from chronic but treatable to fatal. Early detection is important. Raised, open, or bleeding lesions should be examined by a dermatologist, who can perform tests to determine the nature of the problem.
In addition to these medical dermatology conditions, the AboutSkin Dermatology and DermSurgery team also works with patients dealing with allergic contact dermatitis, blistering diseases, drug rashes, genetic disorders, disorders of the hair and scalp, hives, infections, lupus erythematosus, nail disorders, and sexually transmitted diseases.