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Alopecia

Alopecia simply means ‘hair loss’ in general medical term. There are different types of hair loss, presenting with different symptoms and has different underlying causes.  Alopecia Areata The estimates of the number of people affected vary between 1 in 1,000 to 2 in 100 at some point in their life. …

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Common Trigger in Eczema

Most children with atopic eczema experience a flare up with no apparent reason from time to time. A trigger is not something that causes eczema. But it can cause a flare or worsen a flare. Avoiding irritants to the skin and other triggers wherever possible is an important step for …

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Warts

Definition Wart is caused by a viral infection, human papillomavirus (HPV). It can affect the skin and genital mucosa, both in men and women. Cause There are more than 100 types of HPV with different types of clinical presentations. The common warts are usually due to HPV type 2 and …

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Easy Bruising

Bruises occur as a result of blood leaking out of the blood vessels within the skin. Bruises are common in children when they go about their normal activities. Children fall while playing, run into each other or bump into furniture. Bruises that need worrying are those which occur spontaneously or …

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Fungal Infection

What is a fungus? Fungus is a germ that can be found anywhere on our body, hair, skin and nails. Fungi live in warm, moist areas. Children are most susceptible to developing fungal infections, as they love to share things and hug each other. What are the types of fungal …

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Eczema

What is eczema? Eczema is a common skin condition seen in general practice particularly among infants. It is also known as atopic dermatitis. It consists of skin that is inflammed with the presence of swelling, itchiness, red papules (small raised rashes) and oozing. It is a chronic (long term) condition …

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Impetigo

What is impetigo? Impetigo is an infection of the skin caused by certain types of bacteria (Streptococcus or Staphylococcus). The bacteria enter the skin damaged by scratching, cuts or other skin problems. Impetigo is more common in infants and children. It can easily spread from one person to another. How …

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Scabies

What is scabies? Scabies is an itchy skin condition caused by tiny mites called Sarcoptes Scabiei. About Sarcoptes Scabies: They are eight legged creatures with a round body. These mites measure 0.4 mm in length each. The female mite burrows under the skin, lays eggs and dies. The eggs hatch …

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Boils

Introduction Boils are one of the commonest skin infections in children. What are boils? Boils are pus-filled lesions that are painful. They are usually firm and located around the waist, face, back of the neck, upper legs, groin, buttocks and under the arm. Clusters of boils are called carbuncles but …

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Rashes

Introduction What are the common types of skin rashes seen in children? Many conditions are associated with skin rashes. They include : Heat rash (sweat rash). Eczema. Urticaria (hives). Allergic rashes. Contact dermatitis. Fungal infections of the skin such as tinea, ringworm. Infections such as viral fever, measles, rubella, non-specific …

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