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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 or 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. In these pages, you can find out about conditions like acne, cold sores, scabies, shingles, tinea, warts and more. You can also use the healthdirect Symptom Checker to help you decide what to do next.

Acne

Acne

Acne consists of spots and painful bumps on the skin and there are many myths around its causes. This article details the facts and how to treat acne.

Baby having a nappy changed.

Baby rash

Nappy rash and cradle cap are common in babies. They are usually easily treated and won’t cause long-term problems – here are some self-care tips.

Cold sore on the outside of a mouth.

Cold sores

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

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 consisting of a lumpy, red rash, usually on the lower legs. While harmless, it can be painful. Learn more here.

Hives on man's arm.

Hives

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

Heat rash is usually harmless, but can be itchy.

Heat rash

Heat rash is harmless but very itchy, with small red spots in places where sweat collects. Find out more about this condition and how to treat it.

Girl scratching her arm.

Itchy skin

Itchy skin is a common irritation that can be very frustrating. Understand the different types of itchy skin and how to ease the discomfort.

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

Keratosis pilaris

Keratosis pilaris consists of small, rough, white or reddish bumps or patches on the skin. Read about the causes, symptoms and treatment here.

Mole on woman's back.

Moles

Moles are small marks that appear on your skin - but they need to be watched. Here’s how to check for them, what to look for and when to see a doctor.

The molluscum contagiosum virus can be spread through pool water.

Molluscum contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a common skin infection caused by a virus. Learn more about its symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

Pityriasis rosea may cause itching

Pityriasis rosea

Pityriasis rosea is a pink, scaly and inflamed skin rash. Cool baths can help soothe the skin; sunlight can help fade the rash. Learn more here.

Mild psoriasis can be helped with moisturisers and other creams.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a long-term skin condition that can also affect the joints. While psoriasis can’t be fully cured, there are several self-care options.

Rosacea is a common skin condition.

Rosacea

Rosacea causes redness, flushing, and sometimes pimples and pustules, on the face. Find out about the condition's symptoms and treatments here.

Scabies.

Scabies

Scabies is caused by a tiny bug that burrows under the skin, causing intense itching and sometimes a rash. Here’s how to prevent spreading it.

Seborrhoeic dermatitis is also called dandruff

Seborrhoeic dermatitis

Seborrhoeic dermatitis can occur on the scalp, face or torso or in areas that produce an oily substance known as sebum. Learn more about it here.

Shingles

Shingles is a painful rash caused by the chickenpox virus. Find out how to recognise the symptoms and what treatments are available.

Tinea fungus on feet.

Tinea

Tinea is a common, mostly mild skin condition caused by a fungal infection. This page describes the different types and how to prevent and treat it.

Wart removal treatment.

Warts and verrucas

Warts are small, harmless lumps of skin caused by the human papilloma virus. Learn here about treatments and how to avoid spreading warts.

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