Skin Conditions

Dermatology Clinic of Jackson evaluates, diagnoses and treats a variety of problems with the skin, including …

Skin Cancer: There are three major types of skin cancer. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, but if caught in its early stage it is almost 100 percent curable. Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer and is the most common of all cancers. The second most common skin cancer is squamous cell carcinoma. For more information on skin cancer and how to prevent it, click here.

Moles: The most important thing to know about moles is that melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer, can develop in or near a mole. Some moles increase the risk of developing skin cancer.

Acne: Most common in teens, but not restricted to any age group, acne is the term for plugged pores (blackheads and whiteheads), pimples, and even deeper lumps (cysts or nodules) that occur on the face, neck, chest, back, shoulders and even upper arms.

Warts: These non-cancerous skin growths are caused by a viral infection in the top layer of the skin. Viruses that cause warts are called human papilloma virus (HPV). There are three main types of warts. Common warts usually grow on the fingers, around the nails, and on the backs of hands. Foot warts (plantar warts) are usually on the soles of the feet. Flat warts are smaller and smoother than other warts and can occur anywhere.

Hives: Urticaria is the medical word for hives, which are localized, pale, itchy, pink swellings (wheals) that can burn or sting. They may occur singularly or in groups on any part of the skin; they are part of an allergic reaction and are very common.

Psoriasis: This autoimmune disease causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. It typically affects the outside of the elbows, knees or scalp, though it can appear on any location. Some people report that psoriasis is itchy, burns and stings.

Rashes: Allergic contact dermatitis is caused by a reaction to substances called allergens that come into contact with your skin. In susceptible people, these contact allergens can cause itching, redness, and blisters.

Rosacea: This common skin disease causes redness, pustules, papules and swelling on the face. It is sometime referred to as “adult acne” and can begin as a tendency to flush or blush easily.

Other Skin Conditions

Scabies: Scabies is caused by a tiny mite that is often hard to detect and causes a fiercely, itchy skin condition. The most common symptom of scabies is itching, especially at night. Little red bumps like hives, tiny bites or pimples appear. In more advanced cases, the skin may be crusty or scaly.

Spider Veins: Spider veins are small superficial blood vessels that appear red or blue in the skin. They commonly occur on the legs but are also found on the face or other areas of the body. 

Eczema: The word eczema is used to describe all kinds of red, blistering, oozing, scaly, brownish, thickened and itching skin conditions. A common skin condition, it is frequently described as “the itch that rashes.”

Melasma: Melasma is a skin condition that appears as brown patches on the face of adults and occurs mostly in women. Both sides of the face are usually affected with the most common sites being the cheeks, bridge of nose, forehead and upper lip.

Nevi: An atypical nevus, also known as a dysplastic nevus, is a benign (non-cancerous or not malignant) growth that may share some features of melanoma, but is not melanoma or any other form of cancer. However, the presence of atypical nevi may increase the risk of developing a melanoma.

Shingles: Also known as herpes zoster, shingles is a viral infection caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. Anyone who has had chicken pox can develop shingles. The first symptom of shingles is burning pain, tingling or extreme sensitivity in one area on the skin and is usually limited to one side of the body. A few days later a red rash will appear that will soon turn into a group of blisters that look similar to chicken pox. These blisters can last several weeks. Shingles can be very painful and is most common on the mid-section and buttocks.

Herpes: The herpes simplex virus (HSV) causes blisters and sores around the mouth, nose, genitals and buttocks but may occur almost anywhere on the skin. There are two types of HSV. Type 1 is often referred to as fever blisters or cold sores. Type 2 HSV results in genital sores and is contracted most commonly through sexual intercourse with an infected person.

Genital Warts: Genital warts are also known as venereal warts or condylomata acuminata and are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV).

Our physicians also treat a variety of disorders of the hair and nails.  These include various forms of alopecia (hair loss), seborrheic dermatitis, hypertrichosis (excess hair), bacterial, fungal and viral infections. Common nail disorders include fungal and bacterial nail infections, paronychia, and psoriasis of the nails.