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Wild parsnip rash

Parsnip rash is also called phytophotodermatitis which is a skin condition caused by direct contact with some plants such as parsnip and wild parsnips or giant hogweed from which the condition got its name. Parsnips contain compounds which cause skin irritation and make the skin sensitive to sunlight that can result to severe burning. The […]

Periungal warts

Warts are tiny overgrowths on the skin that is caused by a virus called human papilloma virus (HPV) and they can occur in any surface of the skin. These growths are unpleasant to look at, especially when they are visible on the surface of the body. There are several types of warts such as the […]

Boils in the body

Boils are tiny elevated inflamed skin lesions that are caused by staphylococcus bacteria and can be found at the origin of the hair follicle or clogged oil gland. Staphylococcus bacteria is present  in the surface of the skin and does not cause any harm until it enters the skin and spreads through follicles  of hair, […]

What are spider veins?

Spider veins are similar to varicose veins. On the other hand, varicose veins are large-sized, elevated, inflamed blood vessels that have the distinctive twist and turn appearance and typically present in the legs. These can be readily seen on the skin surface. The spider veins are smaller in size, red, purple and blue in color […]

Ringworms in the Body

Although it is called ringworm, it is not actually caused by a worm, but rather a fungus. Ringworm is a common fungal infection affecting the skin caused by dermatophytes. Dermatophytes are microscopic organisms that live on the top layer of the skin and do not go any deeper. They feed on the keratin. They are […]

Swimmer’s Itch

Swimmer’s itch refers to an itchy rash that is caused due to certain parasites that usually live on freshwater snails and waterfowl. Usually on warm, sunny days, the parasites are released into freshwater and sometimes saltwater. When you are swimming, these parasites may reside in your skin and cause swimmer’s itch. However, humans do not […]

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