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Apocrine sweat gland
One of the large dermal exocrine glands located in the axilla and genital areas. It secretes sweat that, in action with bacteria, is responsible for human body odor.
Inflammation of skin (rash and intense itching) that tends to occur in patients with a family history of allergic reactions.
Comedo (pl. comedones)
A sebum plug that partially blocks the pore; a blackhead. If the pore becomes completely blocked, a whitehead forms.
Treatment for removal of superficial scars or wrinkles on the skin using sandpaper-like material.
Use of a needle or snare heated by electric current to destroy or burn tissue (removal of warts, polyps).
Hereditary condition in which the skin resembles fish scales and is dry, rough, and scaly.
Pertaining to the third layer of the skin, under the epidermis and dermis (cutaneous layers). The subcutaneous layer contains fatty tissue.
A cavity containing pus surrounded by inflamed tissue; usually the result of localized infection.
Thickened area of the epidermis associated with aging and skin damage due to sun exposure.
Diffuse, acute inflammatory infection of the skin marked by local heat, redness, pain and swelling.
Inflammation, sore, or ulcer in the skin over a bony part of the body; pressure ulcer; bedsore.
Numerous abnormal moles with irregular borders, indistinct margins, and mixed coloration; often precursors of malignant melanomas.
Exanthematous viral disease
Rash (exanthem) of skin due to viral infection; measles (rubeola) and chicken pox (varicella) are examples.
Scrapings from skin lesions are sent to a laboratory for culture and microscopic examination for evidence of fungal growth.
Inflammatory bacterial skin disease characterized by vesicles, pustules, and crusted-over lesions.
Malignant tumor of skin and blood vessels; often associated with AIDS. Dark blue-purple patches form on the skin.
Chronic, recurrent dermatosis characterized by scaly, dull red or pink patches covered by silvery gray scales.
Chronic and progressive disease of the skin with hardening and shrinking of connective tissue.
Sac-like cavity filled with a collection of yellowish, cheesy sebum and epithelial debris.
Procedure to remove a suspected malignant lesion and send it to pathology laboratory for microscopic examination.
Reaction of the body to a substance by observing the results of injecting the substance intradermally or applying it topically to the skin.
Systemic lupus erythematosus
Chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease of collagen in the skin, of joints, and of internal organs.
Fungal infection of the skin; tinea corporis (ringworm) and tinea pedis (athlete's foot) are examples.
Acute allergic reaction in which red, round, elevated swollen areas called wheals appear on the skin. Pruritus (itching) may be intense.
Exanthamous viral disease marked by itchy red rash that develops into blisters and pustules and then scabs; chicken pox.
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