Skin Conditions

Acne

Acne is common in adolescents and young adults. It usually occurs in early adolescence and decreases after the age of 25. However, some people, particularly women, develop acne for the first time in their late twenties or thirties. Severe acne tends to run in families and is presents more often in males. Acne may also develop in people who suffer from any of several endocrine disorders.... > Read more

Eczema & Dermatitis

Eczema originates from the Greek word “Ekzein”, which means “to boil”. Eczema is a common, non-infectious skin disease, that is exacerbated by internal or external factors. Dermatitis (derm-, derma-, dermo-, dermat(o)- Prefix denoting the skin)- is a much broader term... > Read more

Fungal Infections

Fungi are basically "simple" plants. Although widespread in nature, there are only a few that can affect the human body. These fall into two groups:- Dermatophytes and Yeasts Dermatophytes are responsible for the majority of fungal infections that affect the body. They... > Read more

Granuloma Annulare

This condition normally affects the back of the hands, the top of the foot, elbows and knees. It can also spread out along the arms and up the legs and even to the buttocks. Twice as many women are affected and it usually presents in childhood or in young adults. This condition is a benign,... > Read more

Miliaria - Prickly Heat or Heat Rash

This condition presents as a direct result of profuse sweating from exposure to hot and humid weather conditions, especially in the tropics. Blockage of the sweat glands causes the ducts to rupture and a superficial inflammatory reaction around the sweat glands occurs. It is more likely to... > Read more

Herpes Simplex Virus (Cold Sores)

The Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) is a highly contagious infection. Upon infection the person will develop an initial site infection – vesicle formation and local inflammation. The virus invades the sensory nerve cells where it will remain dormant. Upon reactivation, recurrences of the HSV... > Read more

Human Pappiloma Virus (Warts)

PAPILLOMARVIRUS INFECTIONS - HPV (Verruca/Warts) These are benign growths on the skin. VERRUCA VULGARIS – Common warts account for 70% of all cutaneous warts. Approximately 20% of all school-aged children will present with an infection of warts. They usually occur of the hands, fingers... > Read more

Ichthyosis

From the Greek root “Ichthy” for fish. We know that the family of “Ichthyoses” are a group of genetic skin diseases that are characterized by dry, thickened and “scaling” skin. In an Ichthyosis sufferer, the normal shedding process is inhibited or... > Read more

Itching/Pruritis

Generalized Itching/Pruritis/Prurigo Often the cause of itchy skin is not known or is unclear as itching is characterisitc of many skin conditions and systemic diseases. Pruritis Pruritis may be generalized (that may involve large areas of the body) or localized (restricted to a specific... > Read more

Melasma/Chloasma

CONDITIONS EFFECTING PIGMENTATION OF THE SKIN VITILIGO A skin condition of unknown causes resulting in the progressive loss of pigmentation (melanocytes) from the skin. Onset may be at any age but is more common in adolescence and young adulthood. A genetic predisposition to the condition is... > Read more

Nail Infections

ONYCHOLYSIS The detachment of the nail plate from its bed, is often associated with psoriasis, fungal infections, lichen planus, trauma, chemical exposure and other systemic disorders. As the... > Read more

Para Psoriasis en Plaques

PARAPSORIASIS EN PLAQUES or Chronic Superficial Dermatitis There are two types:- Small Plaque ( Digitative Dermatosis) Lesions < 5cm in diameter. Yellowish or light tan in colour. The... > Read more

Psoriatic Arthritis

It can affect between 10%-30% of psoriatics and is more frequent in patients with psoriatic nails or pustular psoriasis. Characteristic symptoms include joint pain with or without swelling,... > Read more

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a skin condition that affects about 3.8% of the population and is the cause of great discomfort. For some, it may even result in hospitalization. The cause of psoriasis is unknown,... > Read more

Porphyrias

The porphyrias are a group of genetic disorders that result from an inherited abnormal *heme biosynthesis pathway. Patients with porphyria have a reduced level of porphyrin synthesizing enzymes.... > Read more

Rosacea

From the Latin “like roses”. It is a chronic inflammatory disease of the face in which the skin becomes abnormally flushed. At times it can become pustular and weepy. The condition... > Read more

Scleroderma

Scleroderma literally means “hard skin”. It is a chronic, progressive and degenerative disorder with no known cause or treatment that will stop its progression. Scleroderma, in its... > Read more

Urticaria/Nettle Rash/Hives

Between 15-23% of the population would have experienced at one time or other, this condition. And for some 25% of these patients it is a chronic condition. In the majority of cases the acute... > Read more

Vitiligo

A skin condition of unknown causes resulting in the progressive loss of pigmentation (melanocytes) from the skin. Onset may be at any age but is more common in adolescence and young adulthood. A... > Read more

Skin Conditions not treated

The following conditions are not treated at the Psoriasis & Skin Clinic. Please see your doctor or dermatologist for treatment of these conditions. Solar Keratosis Also known as actinic... > Read more