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 keratosis. Solar keratosis is a pre-cancerous skin growth caused by sun damage. They appear as rough, scaly spots on areas of the skin that have been repeatedly exposed to the sun. Common locations include the backs of the hands, the face, the ears, the neck and the scalp in individuals who are balding. They can easily develop into a type of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma and should be regularly examined by a doctor or dermatologist to check for potential changes.

Seborrheic Keratosis

A benign and usually painless, hereditary skin condition common in individuals over the age of forty. Seborrheic keratosis may be single but normally present as multiple wart like growth on the surface of the skin. They are yellow, black or brown in colour with a slightly elevated flat surface. They may have a “stuck on’ appearance. Removal of the lesions is not normally necessary unless they are irritating or cause psychological distress for the patient.

Skin Cancers

Skin cancer is a condition where cancerous or malignant cells are found in the outer layers of the skin. There are a number of different types of skin cancers including melanomas, squamous cell carcinomas and basal cell carcinomas.

Skin cancers are usually caused by damage to the skin following exposure to ultraviolet light. The human papillomavirus has also been associated with the development of certain types of skin cancer. Factors that can increase an individuals risk of developing skin cancer include: a genetic pre-disposition, the environment in which a person lives and a high level of sun exposure over the years (particularly overexposure that has resulted in sunburn.)

Skin cancer can occur anywhere on the skin but is more common in areas that have been repeatedly exposed to sunlight. It can present in a variety of ways. Any change in the skin can indicate skin cancer and should be examined by a doctor or dermatologist. Important changes to be aware of include: a change in the size, shape, sensation or colour of a mole; and the development of a sore or skin growth that does not heal. Should you suspect or notice any new or existing mole or freckle of that has changed shape, grown or is of an unusual or changed colour please see your doctor or dermatologist immediately.

Bullous diseases

Bullous diseases are conditions that are characterized by the formation of large blisters. These conditions often have an auto-immune or genetic basis. The types of conditions that have bullous symptoms include:
  • Hereditary epidermolysis bullosa

  • Bullous pemphigoid

  • Pemphigus vulgaris linear IgA dermatoses and

  • Cicatricial pemphigoid

We do no treat bullous diseases at the Psoriasis & Skin Clinic. Please see your doctor or dermatologist for treatment.
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