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Skin conditions

Skin conditions
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Skin conditions

Anything that irritates or clogs the skin can cause symptoms such as redness, swelling and itchy skin. Rashes and hives are other signs of skin conditions. Some are quick and easy to treat, while others are chronic or more difficult to get rid of. Find out about conditions like acne, cold sores, scabies, shingles, tinea, warts and more in this section. You can also use the healthdirect Symptom Checker to check your symptoms.



Sort through the myths and facts of acne and how to treat it.

Baby having a nappy changed.

Baby rash

Nappy rash and cradle cap are usually easily treated and won’t cause any long term problems for your baby. Here are handy self-care tips.

Cold sore on the outside of a mouth.

Cold sores

Cold sores are small blister-like spots that appear in or around the outside of the mouth. Find out common triggers, treatment and self-care options a...

Woman scratching her wrist.

Contact dermatitis

Inflammation of the skin is commonly termed eczema or dermatitis. It can be effectively managed with treatment – find out how.

Erythema nodosum shows as a lumpy red rash, usually on the lower legs.

Erythema nodosum

Erythema nodosum is a skin condition that shows as a lumpy red rash, usually on the lower legs. While the rash can be painful, it is harmless.

Hives on man's arm.


Hives is a skin rash that can be triggered by a variety of things including allergic reactions, medicines and heat. Learn to recognise symptoms.

Heat rash is usually harmless, but can be itchy.

Heat rash

A harmless but very itchy skin rash with small red spots in places where sweat collects. Learn more about heat rash and how it can be treated.

Girl scratching her arm.

Itchy skin

Itching is a common irritation of the skin that can be very frustrating. Find out more about different types of itchy skin and how to ease the discomf...

People suffering from keratosis pilaris should wash their hands using a mild soap and warm water.

Keratosis pilaris

Keratosis pilaris is a common, mild skin condition that causes small, rough, white or reddish bumps or patches on the skin. Read more about the causes...

Mole on woman's back.


Moles are small, dark marks that appear on your skin. Here’s how to check your moles, what to look out for and when to see a doctor.

The molluscum contagiosum virus can spread through pool water.

Molluscum contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin infection caused by the molluscum contagiosum virus (MCV). Learn more about its symptoms, causes, diagnosis, tr...

Pityriasis rosea may cause itching

Pityriasis rosea

Pityriasis rosea is a mild skin rash that’s pink, scaly and inflamed. Learn more about its causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.

Mild psoriasis can be helped with moisturisers and other creams.


Psoriasis is a long-term skin condition. While the condition can’t be fully cured, find out about a number of self-care options.

Rosacea is a common skin condition.


Rosacea is a common skin condition that causes redness, flushing, and perhaps pimples and pustules, on your face. Find out about symptoms and treatmen...



Scabies are a tiny bug that burrows under the skin causing intense itching and sometimes a rash. Here’s what to do and how to prevent spreading scabie...

Seborrhoeic dermatitis is also called dandruff

Seborrhoeic dermatitis

Seborrhoeic dermatitis is a skin inflammation that can occur on the scalp, face or torso or in areas naturally producing an oily substance known as se...

Shingles is a painful rash caused by the varicella-zoster virus.


Find out how to recognise the symptoms shingles and what treatments are available.

Tinea fungus on feet.


Tinea is a common skin condition caused by a fungal infection. It’s mostly mild and can affect anybody. Here’s how to treat tinea and how to avoid spr...

Wart removal treatment.

Warts and verrucas

Warts are small, harmless lumps of skin caused by a virus known as the human papilloma virus. Learn about treatments and how to prevent spreading wart...

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The aim of the skin check is to make an early diagnosis of skin cancer & melanoma whilst keeping biopsy rate as low as possible. A full skin check is a head ...

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Neurofibroma - Skin Cancer Clinic

Neurofibroma commonly occur as a solitary mobile soft skin-coloured lump. Multiple neurofibromas may be part of the genetic condition Neurofibromatosis.

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Skin Tags - Skin Cancer Clinic

Skin tags are usually easily to recognise. It's easy to understand why people don't always like them & they may be removed "en masse"

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Kids' Health - Topics - Eczema - a problem with skin

Try to avoid scratching as much as possible, as you could scrape off the top layers of your skin and let germs get in.

Read more on Women's and Children's Health Network website


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Skin Cancers - Skin Cancer Clinic

The Common Skin Cancers in The Skin Cancer Clinic. Skin Cancers are common in Australia: BCC, SCC & Melanoma account for most skin cancers. Solar Keratosis...

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LPLK - Skin Cancer Clinic

Lichen Planus like Keratosis (LPLK for short) is a type of inflamed lesion that starts off as another type of lesion.

Read more on My Skin Check website

Skin Cancer (Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Skin) | myVMC

Basal Cell Carcinoma of the Skin is a cancer of the skin. The skin is the largest organ of the body. It serves as a protective barrier between us and the environment, keeping water in and infection out.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Skin Cancer (Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Skin) | myVMC

Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Skin is one type of skin cancer. The skin is the largest organ of the body. It serves as a protective barrier between us and the environment, keeping water in and infection out.

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