Infectious Skin Diseases
Warts are benign growths that develop on the skin, most commonly on hands and feet. They are caused by different types of viruses, in most cases by human papilloma virus (HPV).
Wart treatments include cryotherapy (freezing), but also treatment with various kinds of caustic agents to dissolve the horny layer of the skin in combination with superficial curettage.
The therapy depends on the type of wart and its location.
Acne is a chronic infectious disease of the sebaceous gland follicles that typically starts during puberty. Treatment depends on the type of acne, but also on the severity of the disorder, and ranges from correct skin care, appropriate local therapies in the form of special creams, to pills for more stubborn and/or pronounced cases, and fruit acid peels.
Rosacea, also called acne rosacea or adult acne, is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition that most often affects the face, most typically of people over the age of 30. It is essential to see a dermatologist when first symptoms appear, so that treatment can be started as soon as possible and large-scale spreading prevented.
Allergies and urticaria:
Allergies are an excessive pathological defensive response of the immune system to certain, usually harmless substances (allergens). They can manifest themselves as skin rashes such as urticaria (nettle rash) or hay fever, but also as allergic asthma. In severe cases, an allergy can cause an allergic shock that sometimes culminates in respiratory arrest.
Physiologically normal hair loss is limited to 100 hairs per day. The hairs shed are renewed in a continuous cycle. Pathological hair loss occurs when this natural renewal process is exceeded. A thorough discussion with the patient about symptoms and other relevant matters, further checks, possibly including blood tests, and also examining scalp and hair by means of epiluminescence microscopy can provide diagnostic information.
The most frequent nail diseases include fungal infections, so-called onychomycoses, a fungal infection of the nail plate.
Among the factors favouring fungal infections are above all the warm, humid climate surrounding the feet, diabetes, but also a bad blood circulation in the legs. Treatment by a specialist is necessary if spreading of the infection to other nails or the skin is to be prevented.
Please contact me if you would like to know more and get advice regarding the development, therapy and also prevention of these diseases!