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Bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common cause of abnormal vaginal discharge resulting from an imbalance of vaginal bacteria.

Facial discoid dermatosis

Facial discoid dermatosis (FDD) is a rare dermatosis that presents as discrete and persistent pink-orange papulosquamous lesions isolated to the...

Skin infections in people who inject drugs

Skin and soft tissue infections are a common complication of injecting recreational drugs.

Aquagenic wrinkling of the palms

Aquagenic wrinkling of the palms is a rare condition characterised by transient oedematous skin of the palms after contact with...


Piedra is a fungal infection of the hair, characterised by the deposition of small black or white nodules along the...


Trachyonychia is characterised by brittle nails that show diffuse longitudinal ridging and can be accompanied by pitting, loss of lustre,...

Consort allergic contact dermatitis

Consort allergic contact dermatitis (CACD) is a skin reaction that occurs on allergen exposure from another person.


Rituximab is a biologic medicine which has shown to be useful in treating several severe skin diseases.

Elephantiasis nostras verrucosa

Elephantiasis nostras verrucosa (ENV) is a rare and severe form of chronic lymphoedema.

Acne scarring

Scarring is a widely recognised sequelae of acne, an inflammatory dermatological disorder that frequently affects younger adults and can persist...

Skin grafting

A skin graft consists of skin taken from one part of the body to cover an area where skin is...

Nevus sebaceous

A nevus sebaceous (sebaceous naevus) is a common type of birthmark affecting 0.3% of live births.

Insect repellents

Insect repellents are agents used to deter insect bites and stings to reduce the risk of local and systemic effects,...

Drug-induced pigmentation

Drug-induced pigmentation is a change in skin pigmentation due to a difference in melanin synthesis or the accumulation of drugs...

Desmoid tumours

A desmoid tumour is a rare mesenchymal neoplasm characterised by monoclonal fibroblastic proliferation.

Childhood infections

Meningococcal disease

Meningococcal disease is an illness caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis.


Measles is a highly contagious viral infection causing fever and a rash. Early symptoms are like the common cold, with...


Chickenpox is a highly contagious viral infection that causes an acute fever and blistered rash, mainly in children.

Fifth disease

Erythema infectiosum is a common childhood infection causing a slapped cheek appearance and a rash.

Herald patch: pityriasis rosea
Pityriasis rosea

Pityriasis rosea is a viral rash which lasts about 6–12 weeks. It is characterised by a herald patch followed by...


Impetigo is a common, superficial, highly contagious bacterial skin infection characterised by pustules and honey-coloured crusted erosions.


A boil (also called a furuncle) is a deep form of bacterial folliculitis (infection of a hair follicle).

Hand foot and mouth disease

Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD or HFM) is a common, self-limiting, viral infection that causes blisters on the hands,...

Papular acrodermatitis

Papular acrodermatitis of childhood is a characteristic response of the skin to viral infection in which there is a papular...

Molluscum contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a common viral skin infection of childhood that causes localised clusters of umbilicated epidermal papules.

VIral warts

A viral wart is a very common benign lesion caused by infection with human papillomavirus (HPV).

Head lice

Head lice are small, wingless insects that infest the human scalp.


Scabies is a transmissible skin disease caused by the ectoparasitic mite Sarcoptes scabiei var.

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