Conditions and Treatments
Learn More About Dermatologic Conditions and Treatments
At Aurora Health Care, our dermatologists treat many skin conditions and offer a variety of skin treatments.
Conditions and Treatments
Acne is a disorder of the hair follicles (pores) and sebaceous glands (the oil producing glands under your skin). When the sebaceous glands get clogged, it can lead to different types of acne.
Actinic keratosis is a scaly or crusty bump that appears on your skin’s surface. It’s also called solar keratosis because it is caused in part by sun damage.
Cosmetic dermatology is a branch of dermatology that treats the skin and skin conditions to improve appearance. Some cosmetic dermatology treatments are chemical peels, dermabrasion, laser light treatments, fillers and injections to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines, and hair removal or restoration.
Dermatitis is a catchall word for a number of skin conditions. Basically, dermatitis refers to any inflammation of the skin.
Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition that causes skin itching and burning. If left untreated, it can also lead to crusting and scaling of the skin, and scratching the affected areas can cause clear fluid to “weep” from the skin.
Dry skin is a condition that can cause itchiness, and often leaves skin irritated and peeling.
Hair loss is a condition characterized by losing more than the normal amount of hair.
Moles are raised spots on your skin that are normally darker than your skin tone. Most people have at least one mole, and most moles are nothing to worry about. However, mole changes or new moles can indicate melanoma – a kind of skin cancer.
There are three classifications of moles: congenital, atypical and acquired. Congenital moles are moles you are born with. Acquired moles are moles that appear on your skin sometime after you are born. And atypical moles are moles larger than average or irregularly shaped.
Nail disease is a broad term to cover a number of types of nail conditions, such as bacterial and fungal infections, tumors, nail lifting and splitting, psoriatic arthritis, paronychia and more.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes chronically inflamed, raised areas of skin. As the condition develops, it often appears as silvery scales on the skin.
A rash is an outbreak of skin inflammation or an area of discolored skin. There are many types and causes of rashes. Most rashes are not serious, but some can require medical treatment, and a few may indicate a serious underlying health condition.
Ringworm, also known as tinea, is a fungal infection caused by a fungus that infects the skin. The fungi that cause ringworm infections are called dermatophytes.
Rosacea is a common, chronic skin condition that can cause redness and rash. It usually affects the middle of the face – across the nose, cheeks, eyes and forehead – but it can cause redness on other areas of the face as well. Rosacea can appear as general redness, pimples, and/or broken blood vessels. About half of the people who have rosacea also experience eye symptoms, including redness, burning, tearing, inflammation or the sensation of something being in the eye.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in humans, and it’s increasing in people of all races and ethnicities.
There are many types of skin cancer and pre-cancerous skin conditions. The three most common types of skin cancer are:
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Melanoma (malignant melanoma)
Warts are skin growths caused by a virus that infects the epidermis (top layer of the skin). They often are raised, rough and the same color as your skin, but warts can also be dark in color and flat or smooth. There are many viruses that cause warts, and they all fall into the category of human papillomaviruses, otherwise known as HPV.