Diagnosing Skin Conditions
Many common skin, hair, and nail require the clinical care of a physician or other health care professional.
Below are additional types of skin conditions that we treat at UPMC:
- Acne: A disorder of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands. The glands become clogged, leading to pimples and cysts.
- Animal bites and stings: All animal bites require treatment based on the type and severity of the wound.
- Birthmarks: Areas of discolored and/or raised skin that are apparent at birth or within a few weeks of birth.
- Blisters: A bump on the skin containing fluid. Blisters are usually circular in shape. The fluid that forms underneath the skin can be bloody or clear.
- Burns: A type of traumatic injury caused by thermal, electrical, chemical, or electromagnetic energy.
- Contact dermatitis: A physiological reaction that occurs after skin comes in contact with certain substances.
- Cradle cap/seborrheic dermatitis: Also called cradle cap, seborrheic dermatitis in the infant is characterized by fine white scales and can also occur in the diaper area, face, neck, and trunk.
- Diaper rash: Diaper dermatitis, commonly known as diaper rash, is a term used to describe different skin rashes in the diapered area. The rash is usually red, scaling and, rarely, ulcerated.
- Eczema: Commonly known as atopic dermatitis, is a skin condition that range from mild to severe. Flare-ups generally come in cycles, triggered by a variety of potential causes.
- Hair loss: The thinning of hair n the scalp
- Impetigo: A superficial infection of the skin caused by bacteria. The lesions are often grouped and have a red base. The lesions open and become crusty and have a "honey color," which is typical of impetigo.
- Insect bites and stings: Fleas, mites, and chiggers often bite humans, but are not poisonous. It is sometimes difficult to assess which type of insect caused the bite, or if the rash is caused by poison ivy or other skin conditions.
- Lice: Tiny insects that can infest the skin anywhere on the body. Lice infection is characterized by intense itching.
- Moles: Growths on the skin that range in color from the natural skin tone to brown or black.
- Nail fungus: Infections of the fingernails or toenails that can cause the nail to become discolored, thick, and more likely to crack and break.
- Pigmentation disorders: An uneven skin tone, or discolor the skin temporarily or permanently
- Poison ivy/poison oak: There are three native American plants that collectively may be called poison ivy. These plants can cause an allergic reaction in nearly 85% of the population.
- Sunburn: A visible reaction of the skin's exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, the invisible rays that are part of sunlight. Excessive and/or multiple sunburns cause premature aging of the skin and lead to skin cancer.
- Warts: Non-cancerous skin growths caused by the papillomavirus. Warts are more common in children than adults, although they can develop at any age.
Find a Dermatologist at UPMC
Experienced dermatologists at UPMC focus on prevention, diagnostic testing, noninvasive treatments, and, when necessary, a range of advanced surgical techniques to treat skin conditions. If you’d like to schedule a consultation with a dermatologist in Williamsport or Lewisburg,