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OLD Skin conditions

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The skin is the body's largest organ. It covers and protects the body helping regulate temperature and other vital functions.

Anything that irritates or clogs the skin can cause symptoms such as redness, swelling and itch. Rashes and hives are other signs of skin conditions. Avoiding too much of the Sun’s UV is important. Follow the links below to find trusted information about skin conditions.

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Last reviewed: February 2014


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A to Z of Skin - ACD

The A to Z of Skin information has been developed to help you understand more about common skin conditions and problems, and how these may be treated.

Read more on Australasian College of Dermatologists website

ACD A-Z of Skin - Lichen simplex chronicus

Lichen simplex chronicus is characterised by thickening of the skin due to chronic rubbing or scratching. Exaggerated skin markings termed “lichenification” are common.

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ACD A-Z of Skin - Pyoderma gangrenosum

Pyoderma gangrenosum is a rare cause of chronic, recurrent and painful non-infectious skin ulcers. It is classified as a neutrophilic dermatosis (skin disorder that has dense infiltration of inflammatory cells called neutrophils).

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ACD A-Z of Skin - Biopsy of the Skin

A skin biopsy is a simple procedure that provides valuable information to help confirm disorders including skin cancers, various skin lesions or rashes.

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White-tail spider bite - symptoms and treatment - MyDr.com.au

Although a white-tail spider bite can be painful and cause temporary skin irritation, experts say it’s very unlikely to cause skin ulcers and slow-healing wounds.

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ACD A-Z of Skin - Ageing Skin

Ageing of the skin is a gradual process that is associated with changes to the appearance, characteristics and function of the skin.

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Nappy rash (diaper rash) treatment

Nappy rash is a common, harmless skin condition in babies caused by uric acid in urine. It is prevented and treated with protective zinc-based creams.

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ACD A-Z of Skin - Impetigo

Impetigo is an infection of the skin that can be passed from person to person. It can affect skin that is intact (known as primary impetigo) or skin that is already compromised with cuts, abrasions, insect bites or other skin conditions such as eczema.

Read more on Australasian College of Dermatologists website

ACD A-Z of Skin - Skin Cancer – An Overview

Australia reports the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer are the most commonly diagnosed cancers in Australia

Read more on Australasian College of Dermatologists website

ACD A-Z of Skin - Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a lifelong skin condition characterised by the development of red scaly areas of skin. About 50% of people affected with psoriasis have...

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