5 Common Skin Diseases and Conditions

Everything from acne to herpes makes this list

Signs of skin diseases, such as a bump, a rash or a dry patch, can be perplexing. In fact, in some cases, they can be downright anxiety-inducing.

While some of these signs and symptoms are completely harmless (but nevertheless annoying), others can be warning signs of more serious medical concerns. This round-up of skin conditions and symptoms may be able to help you decode your rash.

Although this list of signs may be useful, it's not a substitute for a doctor's advice. If you're truly concerned that a skin problem is serious or abnormal, don't hesitate to get help.

Exploring Acne in Depth

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Acne is a common skin condition affecting up to 80 percent of people in their teens and 20s. Contrary to popular belief, acne doesn't necessarily go away once puberty is over.

A reported five percent of older adults are affected by acne as well. Moreover, hormonal changes caused by pregnancy and other conditions can cause acne to flare up.

Unfortunately, many old wives' tales persist about acne, such as that eating chocolate will make one likely to develop the condition. Get the facts on what causes acne and the different treatment options available.

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A Review of Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema. It tends to run in families, and often people with atopic dermatitis also have asthma and hay fever (allergic rhinitis).

Do you have a child who's just been diagnosed with atopic dermatitis, and you want to know what's going on and what to expect? Or have you had it all your life and  want to learn more about what to do about flare-ups? Improve your understanding of this uncomfortable condition. 

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A Look at Bacterial Infections

About one out of every five people seen by a dermatologist has a bacterial skin infection. Even though most of these are caused by only two types of bacteria, those bacteria can cause a wide range of infections.

Most people know a boil when they see one, but could you tell the difference between impetigo and erysipelas? Learn more about common bacterial infections of the skin, their treatment and preventative measures.

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Examining Eczema

The simple definition of dermatitis is "inflammation of the skin." This could actually describe just about any abnormal skin condition, but we don't call every rash a dermatitis.

There are actually several distinct types of dermatitis. Get the facts on the various kinds of this condition and whether you're a sufferer.

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Herpes in Brief

There are two types of herpes simplex viruses: herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV-1) and herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2). Herpes is a very common skin disease that can cause sores in the genital area as well as on the mouth.

Most people have been exposed to herpes in some form, be it through cold sores, chicken pox or sexually transmitted infections. People who had chicken pox as children may be at risk of developing a painful skin condition called shingles.

Fortunately vaccines can prevent shingles from developing and medications such as Valtrex can make the herpes virus more manageable. 

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