About Herpes Simplex Virus Herpes simplex is an acute vesicular eruption that is caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). Based on immunologic profiles, HSV has two types, type 1 and type 2. Traditionally, HSV-1 caused oral infections and HSV-2 genital infections, but there is significant overlap. Primary infection with either of these viruses is… Read More


About Hemangiomas A hemangioma is a benign proliferation of blood vessels, and in some cases supporting stroma, in the dermis. Hemangiomas are traditionally divided into two broad categories, cavernous and capillary,  thought classification schemes abound.  Capillary hemangiomas, in turn, have several subtypes: nevus flammeus, strawberry hemangioma, and cherry angioma. Cavernous hemangiomas are large, deep vessels,… Read More

Birth Marks

About Birthmarks Birthmarks are present at birth or arise,shortly thereafter.  They can be hyperpigmented, hypopigmented, or vascular in appearance, though other forms are possible. Look for specific entries regarding birth marks: Hemangiomas

Fungus (Tinea)

What is tinea (fungus)? Dermatophytic infections are caused by one of three genera of dermatophytes: Tricophyton, Microsporum, and Epidermophyton. They all feed on keratin, with the assistance of digestive keratinases and nutrient absorbing hyphae.  In addition, tinea versicolor (also called pityriasis versicolor), caused by a species of malsezzia, is termed “tinea” as well. Tinea infections are often referred… Read More


About Eczema Atopic dermatitis is commonly known as eczema.  The term eczema is non-specific and refers to the nature of the skin lesion and not a specific skin disorder.  Here we will discuss atopic dermatis.  This is a chronic dermatitis associated with a family or personal history of “atopic disease”, which includes asthma, allergic rhinitis,… Read More


About Cellulitis Cellulitis is a deep infection of the skin; it results in dermal edema and erythema of the skin. The affected area is red, warm, indurated (hard) and tender. The responsible organisms are usually Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococus pyogenes (Group A streptecocci). Prior to the advent of a vaccine, Haemophilus influenzae was the most… Read More

Alopecia (Hair Loss)

Hair loss, or alopecia, is divided into non-scarring causes and scarring (cicatricial) causes. Please search for one of the more specific entries below for the non-scarring alopecias.: Alopecia areata Alopecia, stress-induced Alopecia, androgenetic Anagen Effluvium Trichotillomania


About acne Acne vulgaris is a common disorder, prevalent among teen-agers, but often starting even earlier.  It is a multifactorial disorder of the pilosebaceous unit–the structure in the skin from which hair originates and that secretes an oily substance termed sebum.   It can result in lesions that range from open and closed comedones to… Read More

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