Skin Diseases

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Skin Diseases


a group of human and animal diseases of varying etiologies characterized by pathological changes in the skin and its appendages (nails and hair) and in the visible mucous membranes. In man, skin diseases are manifested by spots, vesicles filled with transparent fluid or pus (pustules), nodules elevated above the skin, scales formed by the desquamation of the horny layer of skin, scratches, ulcers, and cracks. Many skin diseases are accompanied by itching, a burning sensation, and pain.

Inflammatory skin diseases (dermatitises) result from direct exposure to chemicals, mechanical factors, radiation, or extremes of temperature. Other skin diseases are caused by metabolic disorders and by the functional impairment of the nervous and endocrine systems in diseases of the internal organs (for example, the liver and the gastrointestinal tract). A large group of skin diseases are classified as pyodermas (purulent diseases). Cutaneous tuberculosis is an infectious disease of the skin.

Skin diseases (for example, scabies) may be caused by parasitic insects or pathogenic fungi. Some skin diseases are manifestations of increased body sensitivity to various stimuli, including drugs and certain plants. Neoplasms such as birthmarks, warts, and tumors may develop on the skin. Dermatology is the science that studies skin diseases.

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As an adolescent, Francesca suffered from a potentially life threatening skin disease and missed out on normal childhood activities.
He said that in some cases skin disease becomes a social stigma for the patients who feel that the society and medical fraternity undermine the impact of the disease on their lives.
The compound has the potential to completely eradicate symptoms of psoriasis, liberating people from the burden of this chronic skin disease.
The extensive literature survey (including CSIR 1989, Paliwal 1990, Negi 1991, Jain 1991, Kala 2002, 2006, 2010, Gaur 1999, Maikhuri 2000, Badoni 2001, Phondani 2010) was carried out for the compilation of medicinal plants used in curing different types of skin diseases by various ethnic communities of Uttarakhand.
Used shoes and sandals can also carry skin diseases, and should be washed with warm water and disinfectant, Baha said.
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THE Lord Mayor of Newcastle will be among walkers taking to a city park to raise money to prevent skin disease.
Chapters 3, 4, and 5 describe skin diseases of caged birds, raptors, and waterfowl, respectively.
The psychological impact of visible skin diseases can be huge, with children facing bullying because of the way their skin looks.
Most physicians across all specialties are unaware of how unbelievably common chronic skin diseases of the vulva and the vagina are," said Dr.
In dogs with allergic or seborrheic skin diseases, the homeostasis of the local cutaneous microenvironment is disrupted by inflammation and increased levels of moisture or sebum (26,27).
By developing compounds which act on the CYP26 gene family, treatment of diseases such as cancer, as well as skin diseases such as acne and psoriasis, may be possible.