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Acne - treatment, medication and removal

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Acne is INFLAMMATION of the SKIN’s sebaceous structures, also called acne vulgaris, that results in eruptions on the skin surface commonly called pimples, whiteheads, and blackheads. Acne occurs when excessive sebum traps BACTERIA and skin cells, clogging the follicles. The clogged follicles provide an ideal incubator for the bacteria Propionibacterium acne, which is normally present on the surface of the skin where continuous exposure to the air

Aging, integumentary changes that occur with

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Though the premise of aging tends to conjure images of WRINKLES and gray HAIR or baldness, the SKIN, hair, and NAILS undergo numerous changes across the lifespan. Integumentary Changes in Youth During infancy and early childhood, the integumentary structures are soft and the hair may be fine. By about age 10 or 11 years, the hormonal shifts of PUBERTY are under way. Isolated pimples may break out on the face, chest, and back. Hair patterns begin to

Albinism - types, symptoms, causes and treatment

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Albinism is a genetic disorder in which the melanocytes do not produce, or produce reduced amounts of, melanin, the chemical that deposits pigment in cells of the SKIN, HAIR, and structures of the EYE. Without melanin, the skin, eyes, and hair have little or no pigment and consequently lack color. People who have albinism typically have light to white skin and hair, and light or no color to the irises of the eyes (the pigmented rings around the center of

Alopecia (hair loss) - types, causes, symptoms and treatment

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Alopecia is the clinical term for HAIR loss. There are numerous forms and causes of alopecia, which may be localized or widespread, temporary or permanent. Though alopecia is emotionally traumatic for many people, it does not affect health in any way though may reflect underlying health conditions. Common forms of alopecia include the following: Androgenic alopecia, or male pattern hair loss, in which a man’s hairline recedes from the temples and

Angioma - cherry, spider and removal

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Angioma is a noncancerous tumor formed of BLOOD vessels (hemangioma) or LYMPH VESSELS (lymphangioma). Angiomas visible on the SKIN are common and may appear as circular, red growths (cherry angiomas) or weblike networks of blood vessels just beneath the surface of the skin (spider angiomas). Angiomas generally remain small and seldom present health complications. Because it contains such a rich blood supply an angioma may bleed profusely when cut or in a

Birthmark - types, symptoms, removal and treatment

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Birthmark is a discoloration on a newborn’s SKIN present at, or that emerges within a few weeks of, birth. Birthmarks are either vascular (composed of BLOOD vessels and red in color) or pigment (patches of skin that differ in color from the surrounding skin). Though some birthmarks, especially large ones, may be permanent, many fade to become faint or unnoticeable by about age 10 years. Most birthmarks do not present any health problems, though

Blister - what is and treatment

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Blister is a fluid-filled pocket that develops between the layers of SKIN in response to friction or pressure. Blisters are most common on the feet and hands though can develop nearly anywhere on the body. Blisters often hurt. Their outer layer of skin is vulnerable to tearing, which allows the fluid to leak out. Though the blister may then feel better because there is less pressure, the break in the skin’s surface gives BACTERIA access to the inner

Bulla - blister - definition

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Bulla is a large (5 millimeters or greater) blisterlike formation, raised and fluid filled, that may hurt or itch. INFECTION, contact irritants, IMMUNE RESPONSE, and systemic health conditions may cause bullae. Bullous DERMATITIS may result from contact with plants such as poison ivy, oak, or sumac. To determine the cause of bullous eruptions, the doctor may biopsy a bulla (remove a small section for examination under the microscope) or perform tests to

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