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Welcome to the Advanced Desert Dermatology disease search page. Here you will have access to definitions of terms and diseases relating to dermatology, as well as links to credited informational sites that we have personally selected.

Acne (pimples)

Acne most commonly begins to appear when a child reaches adolescence or teenage years, however it can occur at any age. Excesses in hormones can cause the sebaceous, or oil, glands to enlarge...
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Actinic Keratoses

Actinic Keratoses (AK's) are areas of the skin that appear scaly, crusty, or sandpaper roughness textured bumps that appear on the skin. Skin lesions may appear red, reddish-brown, brown, tan or may even look yellowish-black...
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Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) – Small, fleshy bumps and nodules, called lesions or tumors, which are a form of skin cancer . It is the most common type of skin cancer and it is caused by previous sunlight and other ultraviolet light...
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Condyloma (genital warts)

Highly contagious sexually transmitted condition resulting in single or multiple cauliflower-like pink or red swellings around the genital areas. Itching, burning, and tenderness can also indicate the presence of condyloma. Following contact with an infected individual, warts generally appear after or within three months.

Cysts and Boils (furuncles, carbuncles, styes)

Bacterially inflamed hair follicles, normally occurring on the face, scalp, underarm, thigh, or buttocks. Symptoms of boils and cysts are red, painful, pus-filled abscesses beneath the surface of the skin. Minor swelling around the boil site can occur, as well as bursting of the pimple-like head in the center of the swelling, and draining of fluids, pus, or both.

Dandruff (pityriasis capitis or cradle cap)

Dandruff is the shedding of larger than normal amounts of epidermal cells from the scalp, which can be caused by the presence of a naturally occurring fungus or overactive sebaceous glands.


The terms eczema and Atopic Dermatitis (AD) are often used synonymously. In a more mild reaction they are usually characterized by inflamed, red, itchy, dry, or flaking skin...
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Hives (Urticaria)

Hives are caused by a histamine release from the cells within the blood vessels in the skin. A histamine release can be caused by allergic reactions, chemicals, or medications. Hives are identified by burning, itching red swellings that appear as a rash anywhere on the body. Read more about Rashes


Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. If detected and treated early, it is nearly 100% curable. However, if left untreated or undetected for a while...
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Molluscum contagiosum

Characterized by flesh-colored, dome-shaped growths on the skin, Molluscum contagiosum is most commonly seen in young children. It is caused by the presence of the Molluscum contagiosum virus and can be treated with anti-viral creams, cryosurgery, and electrodessication.


Is a disease that affects the skin and sometimes the joints. It often appears as dry, red, scaly patches (called lesions). These lesions can appear anywhere on the skin, but most often appear on the elbows, knees, scalp, chest, and back...
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Redness in the cheeks, nose, and/or forehead, which in the advanced stages may become red, bumpy, and permanently swollen, especially on the nose. Rosacea normally affects fair-skinned adults aged 30 to 50 years who tend to become easily flushed.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis is a common, scaling rash that sometimes itches. Dandruff is seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp. Seborrheic dermatitis may also occur on the eyebrows, eyelid edges, ears, the skin near the nose, and such skin-fold areas as the armpits and groin...
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Seborrheic Keratosis

Seborrheic Keratoses, or SK's, are non-cancerous growths that appear on the surface of the skin. They start showing up about middle age and increase in number as a person gets older. The tendency to develop SK's is inherited...
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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer. There are more than 250,000 new cases diagnosed in the US every year. Arizona is the number one location in the US for skin cancer diagnosis....
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Tinea Versicolor

Infection of the upper layers of the skin, characterized by uneven skin coloration and scaling in spots across the affected area. It is caused by a yeast-like fungus that thrives in the oils around the neck, upper chest, and back.


Common warts are called "verrucae vulagis" (VV). Warts are growths that originate in the top layer of skin and are caused by a virus, called human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV causes the skin to grow and multiply quickly which forms the wart...
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