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A regular skin exam will help you learn what is normal for your skin. This article on the eMedTV Web site provides a detailed explanation of how to perform this exam, when to perform it, and lists unusual things to look for.
Featured Conditions and Diseases
Allergic contact dermatitis is a type of skin inflammation caused by contact with an allergen. This eMedTV segment takes a look at the symptoms and treatment of this condition, and also lists several substances that are likely to cause it.
Often resulting in sporadic hair loss, alopecia areata is a disease that affects a person's hair follicles. This eMedTV resource offers an in-depth look at alopecia areata and its causes, symptoms, and treatment options.
Atopic dermatitis is a noncontagious skin rash that is often made worse by allergens like wool or pet hair. This eMedTV article discusses this form of eczema in detail, including possible causes, symptoms, and treatment options.
Body lice are wingless, small insects that live primarily on clothing. This eMedTV page offers an in-depth look at body lice, explaining how they are transmitted, diagnosed, and treated. This page also explains how they may transmit certain diseases.
Breast cellulitis is a bacterial skin infection that occurs on the breast. As this eMedTV article explains, skin affected by cellulitis will commonly be red, swollen, and warm and painful to the touch. Breast cellulitis is treated with antibiotics.
Cellulitis is a bacterial skin infection that most often affects the extremities. This eMedTV article offers an overview of this condition, including information about its causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
Contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes inflamed after exposure to certain substances. This eMedTV article offers an introduction to this type of skin inflammation, noting in particular its causes, symptoms, and treatment.
Dermatitis herpetiformis is a skin rash that is linked to celiac disease. This segment of the eMedTV archives explains how a gluten-free diet can be useful in treating this condition and that not everyone with celiac disease develops it.
Facial cellulitis is a bacterial skin infection that occurs on the face. This section of the eMedTV archives discusses facial cellulitis in detail, including information about its symptoms and common treatment options for the infection.
Hot tub rash is caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa, which is a common bacteria found in water and soil. This eMedTV resource discusses this condition in detail, including symptoms, transmission methods, and treatment options.
Impetigo is a bacterial skin condition characterized by red, oozing sores that often develop a crust. This eMedTV article further explores this skin infection, including possible causes, symptoms, treatment, and how to prevent spreading it.
Irritant contact dermatitis is a condition that can occur when skin is exposed to an irritating substance. This eMedTV resource offers an in-depth look at this skin condition, noting in particular its causes, symptoms, and treatment options.
This eMedTV Web page describes leg cellulitis, which is a condition characterized by redness, warmth, swelling, and pain. Causes of the condition, risk factors, common symptoms, the diagnostic process, and treatment options are also described.
Lice are tiny wingless insects that feed on a human's blood. This eMedTV Web page offers an overview of the three different types of lice that affect humans, including information on symptoms, diagnosis, transmission, and treatment.
Lichen sclerosus is a skin condition often affecting the genitals, and is more common in women than in men. This eMedTV article takes a closer look at this condition, including symptoms, treatment options, and how a diagnosis is made.
Orbital cellulitis is an infection that can lead to permanent vision problems. This segment of the eMedTV site discusses the bacteria that cause the condition in adults and children, possible symptoms, risk factors, complications, and treatment options.
Perianal cellulitis is a bacterial infection that occurs around the anal orifice. This eMedTV Web page discusses the causes and symptoms of this condition, and provides information about diagnosing and treating the infection.
Periorbital cellulitis is a bacterial infection that occurs around the eyelid. This section of the eMedTV library provides information about possible symptoms of this condition and discusses how it is diagnosed, treatment options, and more.
When Staphylococcus bacteria cause infection within the body, it is called a staph infection. This eMedTV article talks about this contagious condition in greater detail, with information on symptoms, treatment options, prevention, and more.
Swimmer's itch is caused by an allergic reaction to a parasite found in birds and aquatic mammals. This eMedTV resource discusses this phenomenon in detail, including the lifecycle of the parasite, symptoms, treatment options, and more.
Vitiligo is a skin disorder characterized by white patches that can appear on various parts of the body. This eMedTV resource provides an in-depth look at the condition, including possible causes, risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options.
Featured Medications
AbobotulinumtoxinA helps to improve the appearance of facial lines and relieve spasms of the head and neck. This eMedTV page gives an overview of this product, including information on how it works, dosing guidelines, possible side effects, and more.
Acitretin is a prescription medication licensed to treat severe psoriasis in adults. This eMedTV resource gives an overview of this medicine, describing possible side effects, general dosing guidelines, and more.
Adapalene/benzoyl peroxide is a drug that treats acne and prevents future breakouts. This eMedTV segment offers an in-depth look at this medication, providing information on its dosing, possible side effects, general safety precautions, and more.
Alclometasone is a medication used in the treatment of certain skin problems in adults and children. This eMedTV page features a detailed look at this prescription skin medicine, with information on side effects, dosing tips, safety precautions, and more.
An injectable drug, alefacept is prescribed for the treatment of plaque psoriasis in adults. This eMedTV article takes a closer look at this medicine, including information on possible side effects, how it works, when and how to take it, and more.
Altabax is a prescription medication used to treat impetigo in adults and children. This eMedTV Web article offers an overview of this antibiotic ointment, including information on how it works, dosing guidelines, possible side effects, and more.
Amcinonide is a steroid used in the treatment of eczema, psoriasis, and certain other skin problems. This eMedTV resource features a detailed look at this prescription skin medicine, with information on side effects, dosing, safety concerns, and more.
Aquaphor is a nonprescription ointment approved for treating diaper rash and various other skin conditions. This eMedTV segment discusses these uses in more detail, explains how to use this product, and describes how it works to soothe the skin.
Avage is a skin cream used to treat fine facial wrinkling and other signs of overexposure to the sun. This eMedTV segment talks about this prescription drug in detail, with information on side effects, how to apply it, and how it works.
Available by prescription only, azelaic acid gel is a drug that treats rosacea. This eMedTV segment offers an in-depth look at this medication, providing information on when and how to use it, possible side effects, general safety precautions, and more.
Azficel-T is a personalized cell therapy used for cosmetic purposes. This eMedTV Web selection provides a complete overview of this treatment, explaining its main use, what to expect, dosing guidelines, and why it may not be right for everyone.
If you have head lice, a healthcare provider may prescribe benzyl alcohol lotion. This eMedTV Web article offers an in-depth look at this medicated lotion, providing information on its dosing, possible side effects, general safety precautions, and more.
Your healthcare provider may recommend betamethasone valerate foam if you have scalp psoriasis. This eMedTV segment takes an in-depth look at this medication, listing other conditions it can treat, dosing guidelines, safety warnings, and more.
Botulinum toxin type A is used to treat frown lines and wrinkles, but can be used for other conditions, too. This eMedTV page gives an overview of this product, explaining how it's used, the drug's effects, dosing information, and possible side effects.
Brimonidine gel is prescribed to help treat rosacea. This eMedTV Web selection offers a comprehensive look at this prescription medicine, including how to apply it, possible side effects, and more. It also provides links to specific topics.
Calcipotriene is a medication approved for the treatment of a certain type of psoriasis. This page of the eMedTV site takes an in-depth look at this prescription drug, with information on when and how to take it, side effects, safety concerns, and more.
If you have plaque psoriasis, your healthcare provider may recommend calcipotriene/betamethasone propionate. This eMedTV page gives a complete overview of this prescription drug, including how to use it, what to expect during treatment, and more.
Calcitriol ointment is an active form of vitamin D used to treat mild-to-moderate plaque psoriasis. This eMedTV resource covers potential side effects, dosing guidelines, and what your doctor needs to know before you begin treatment with this medicine.
As this eMedTV article explains, Capex is a steroid medication used to treat scalp seborrhea. This resource provides more details on this prescription product, including how it works, what to expect during treatment, dosing guidelines, and more.
Cinryze is used to prevent attacks of hereditary angioedema (HAE) in adults and teenagers. This eMedTV Web page outlines more details on this prescription medicine, with information on how it works, dosing instructions, side effects, and more.
Clemastine is an antihistamine drug licensed to treat allergies, the common cold, and allergic reactions. This eMedTV segment discusses the drug in more detail, including information on how it works, dosing guidelines, possible side effects, and more.
Clindamycin/benzoyl peroxide is a skin gel used to treat acne. This selection from the eMedTV Web site gives an overview of this prescription product, with detailed information on topics such as side effects, dosing, available strengths, and more.
Clobetasol propionate is a steroid used to treat inflammation and itching due to various skin conditions. This eMedTV article covers side effects, dosing tips, and how this prescription drug works to treat eczema, dermatitis, and other skin problems.
Clobetasol propionate foam is prescribed to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. This eMedTV page explains how this steroid works to treat skin itching and inflammation, lists potential side effects, and describes when and how to apply it.
Clobex, a steroid medication, is used to treat skin conditions such as scalp psoriasis. This part of the eMedTV site offers more details on this prescription product, including how it works, what to expect during treatment, dosing guidelines, and more.
Cordran SP Cream, a steroid medication, helps treat eczema and other skin conditions. This part of the eMedTV Web site takes an in-depth look at this drug, explaining how it works, how to use it, what to expect during treatment, and more.
Cutivate Lotion is a topical steroid prescribed to treat a skin condition called dermatitis. This eMedTV Web page offers an in-depth look at this medicine, including how it works, possible side effects, general safety precautions, and more.
Dacarbazine can help treat malignant melanoma and Hodgkin's disease. This eMedTV Web selection presents an overview of this chemotherapy drug, including how it works, dosing information, safety precautions, and links to more details.
Decadron is a prescription steroid medication used to help reduce inflammation caused by various conditions. This eMedTV article further discusses how this drug works, outlines some possible side effects, and provides some general safety precautions.
Denileukin diftitox is a medicine given to treat a cancer of the immune system that affects the skin. This eMedTV Web page explains how this chemotherapy drug works to treat cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. It also describes side effects and dosing guidelines.
Dermatop is used to treat a wide variety of skin conditions that cause itching and inflammation. This eMedTV article provides a detailed overview of this product, with information on how it works, dosing guidelines, side effects, and more.
If you have atopic dermatitis (the most common type of eczema), your doctor may prescribe Desonate. This eMedTV page gives a complete overview of this steroid medication, with details on how to use it, side effects, and more.
Desonide cream is a prescription drug licensed to treat psoriasis, dermatitis, and other skin conditions. This eMedTV resource describes how this medicated skin cream works, discusses some general dosing tips, and outlines possible side effects.
Desoximetasone is a prescription medicine used to treat skin problems like eczema and psoriasis. This eMedTV Web page describes how this steroid works to reduce itching and inflammation, offers general dosing guidelines, lists side effects, and more.
Desoximetasone spray is applied twice daily to treat plaque psoriasis in adults. This eMedTV Web page explores the effects of this medication, covers what you need to know before using it, and lists possible side effects that may occur.
Diclofenac gel is a medicated skin gel commonly prescribed to treat osteoarthritis or actinic keratosis. This eMedTV article offers information on how to use the gel, explains how the medicine works, and lists some of its possible side effects.
Diflorasone diacetate is a medicine prescribed to treat certain conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. This eMedTV Web selection gives an overview of this topical steroid, including how it works, possible side effects, safety concerns, and more.
Diflorasone emollient cream is prescribed to treat dermatitis, eczema, and various other skin conditions. This eMedTV article describes how this medicine works to treat itching and inflammation, explains how it works, and lists possible side effects.
Elidel is a medicine prescribed to treat atopic dermatitis in adults and children age two and older. This eMedTV resource presents an overview of this medicated skin cream, including how it works, possible side effects, safety concerns, and more.
Erythromycin/benzoyl peroxide is a drug that is prescribed to treat acne. This eMedTV Web resource offers an in-depth look at this medication, providing information on its dosing, possible side effects, general safety precautions, and more.
Available by prescription only, Extina is a medicated foam used to treat seborrhea. This eMedTV Web selection contains a detailed overview of this drug, including topics such as how it works, how to apply it, possible side effects, and more.
Firazyr is prescribed to treat sudden attacks of hereditary angioedema (HAE). This eMedTV Web page provides more details on this medicine, with information on how it works, dosing instructions, side effects, and more.
Fluocinolone oil is a drug approved for the treatment of scalp psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. This eMedTV Web selection contains a comprehensive overview of this medicine, including dosing instructions, details on how it works, side effects, and more.
If you have eczema, psoriasis, or other skin conditions, your doctor may prescribe fluocinonide. This eMedTV article offers a complete overview of this steroid medication, with details on side effects, how to use it, drug warnings, and more.
Flurandrenolide lotion is prescribed to treat eczema, psoriasis, and many other skin conditions. This eMedTV Web selection describes how this skin lotion works to treat itching and inflammation, covers dosing guidelines, and lists possible side effects.
Fluticasone propionate cream is prescribed to treat dermatitis, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. This eMedTV segment takes an in-depth look at how this medicated skin cream works, outlines some dosing guidelines, and lists possible side effects.
Halog is a prescription steroid that is applied to the skin to relieve eczema and other skin problems. This eMedTV resource presents an overview of this topical medicine, including how it works, possible side effects, dosing guidelines, and more.
Hydrocortisone butyrate is prescribed to treat eczema, dermatitis, and various other skin problems. This eMedTV page explains how this medicine works, covers why it may not be safe for some people, and describes the various forms and strengths available.
Hydrogen peroxide is a product that has long been used for cleansing wounds. However, as this eMedTV article explains, it may not be as effective as previously thought. This page gives an overview of the product's uses, safety, and side effects.
Hydroxyzine is approved for many uses, such as treating itching. This eMedTV segment provides a complete overview of this prescription medication, including information on how it works, possible side effects, and dosing tips.
Imiquimod is a prescription cream applied directly on the skin to treat various skin problems. This eMedTV resource gives a comprehensive overview of this medicated cream, including what it is used for, tips on how to use it properly, and more.
IncobotulinumtoxinA is used to relax certain muscles that cause wrinkles, eye twitching, and neck pain. This eMedTV page presents an overview of this prescription product, with details on how the drug is given, how it works, side effects, and more.
Injectable poly-L lactic acid is a facial filler used to correct facial fat loss and wrinkles. This eMedTV page offers an overview of this product, including specific uses, side effects, and what to tell your doctor before receiving the injections.
Istodax is prescribed to treat T-cell lymphoma in people who have already had one form of treatment. This eMedTV Web selection features an overview of important features of this drug, including specific uses, how it is given, side effects, and more.
Adults and children as young as six months old may receive ivermectin lotion to treat head lice. This eMedTV page presents an overall glimpse of this product, including how it works, side effects, and how to use it. It also links to more specific details.
Available by prescription, Kalbitor is a medication used to treat sudden hereditary angioedema (HEA). This eMedTV page takes a comprehensive look at this drug, including how it works, possible side effects, dosing guidelines, and more.
Kenalog ointment is a prescription medicine used to treat various skin conditions. This eMedTV Web resource provides an overview of this medicated skin ointment, including details on how it works, dosing guidelines, possible side effects, and more.
Lamisil is a prescription drug that is licensed to treat fingernail and toenail fungus. This part of the eMedTV archives explains how the drug works and offers details on its effects, possible side effects, and dosing information.
Lidex is a topical steroid prescribed to treat eczema, psoriasis, and various other skin problems. This eMedTV Web selection provides an in-depth look at this medicine, including how it works, possible side effects, various forms, and more.
Mangosteen is a type of fruit that may have several medicinal benefits. This eMedTV Web article offers a complete overview of this product, including information on its possible medicinal properties, potential side effects, and general safety concerns.
Metronidazole gel is applied on the skin once or twice daily to treat rosacea. This eMedTV resource presents an overview of this prescription medication, including information on dosing instructions, available strengths, and possible side effects.
Mometasone is a drug approved for several conditions, such as asthma, allergies, and certain skin problems. This eMedTV page describes the various forms of the drug, as well as their uses, side effects, dosing guidelines, and more.
Mometasone furoate ointment is prescribed to treat a variety of skin problems, such as eczema and psoriasis. This eMedTV page discusses how this steroid works to treat skin inflammation, lists possible side effects, and explains how to use this ointment.
Mupirocin is commonly used to treat various bacterial infections; it is also used during a MRSA outbreak. This eMedTV article takes an in-depth look at this prescription drug, with information on how it works, side effects, dosing guidelines, and more.
Commonly used for first aid, Neosporin products include prescription and nonprescription medicines. This eMedTV article offers an in-depth look at these products, including information on how they work, dosing guidelines, and potential side effects.
OnabotulinumtoxinA is a drug used to treat severe underarm sweating, eyelid twitching, and other conditions. This eMedTV article provides an overview of this medication, including details on how it works, possible side effects, and dosing guidelines.
Picato is prescribed for the treatment of lesions caused by a skin disease called actinic keratosis. This eMedTV Web page features an overview of what this medicated skin gel is used for, dosing instructions, possible side effects, and more.
Promethazine is a prescription drug approved for various uses, including the treatment of nausea. This eMedTV segment covers these uses in more detail, describes how the medication works, explains when and how to use it, and more.
Protopic is a medicated ointment used in the treatment of atopic dermatitis (also called eczema). This eMedTV article provides a detailed look at this prescription drug, with information on side effects, dosing guidelines, safety precautions, and more.
If you have psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, or cancer, your healthcare provider may recommend Rheumatrex. This eMedTV Web page describes this prescription drug in detail, with information on how it works, dosing guidelines, and more.
Available by prescription only, spinosad is a medication used to treat head lice. This part of the eMedTV Web site offers a complete overview of this medication, including dosing instructions, side effects, and more.
Tazarotene foam is a drug approved for the treatment of acne. This selection from the eMedTV Web library contains a comprehensive overview of this medication, including dosing instructions, details on how it works, possible side effects, and more.
Terbinafine is commonly prescribed to treat both fingernail and toenail fungus. This segment of the eMedTV library explains how the drug works and offers an in-depth look at its uses, effects, dosage information, and possible side effects.
Topical fluticasone propionate is a type of steroid prescribed to treat certain skin problems. This eMedTV Web page takes an in-depth look at how this skin medicine works, outlines some general dosing guidelines, and lists possible side effects.
Triamcinolone is a medication that can treat several conditions, such as asthma and allergies. This eMedTV article provides an overview of triamcinolone, describing the various forms of the medicine, its uses, dosing information, and side effects.
Triamcinolone acetonide cream is prescribed to treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. This eMedTV resource explains how this steroid works to treat skin inflammation, lists potential side effects, and describes when and how to apply it.
Ultravate is a skin medicine prescribed to treat various conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis. This eMedTV Web selection gives an overview of this topical steroid medicine, including how it works, possible side effects, safety concerns, and more.
Ustekinumab is an injectable drug used to treat plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. This article from the eMedTV site provides more info on this product, explaining how it works, possible side effects, safety precautions to be aware of, and more.
Available by prescription only, Verdeso is used to treat atopic dermatitis. This selection from the eMedTV Web site takes an in-depth look at this medicated skin foam, including specific uses, how it works, how to apply it, safety precautions, and more.
Vorinostat can help reduce symptoms of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma in some people. This eMedTV segment offers details on several aspects of this chemotherapy drug, including when a doctor may prescribe it, how it is taken, potential side effects, and more.
Xolegel is a medicated gel prescribed for the treatment of seborrhea. This part of the eMedTV Web library presents a comprehensive overview of this medicine, including details on how it works, potential side effects, how to apply it, and more.
Zyclara is used to treat lesions caused by actinic keratosis and external genital or perianal warts. This eMedTV Web selection presents an overview of what this medicated cream is used for, dosing instructions, potential side effects, and more.
Featured Anatomy
There are three layers of skin that work together to protect you and keep you healthy. This eMedTV article takes a closer look at skin, including information on what it is made of, as well as a description of what each layer does.
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