Dermatosis

What is Dermatosis?

A cutaneous condition is any medical condition that affects the integumentary system — the organ system that encloses the body and includes skin, hair, nails, and related muscle and glands. The major function of this system is as a barrier against the external environment.

Conditions of the human integumentary system constitute a broad spectrum of diseases, also known as dermatoses, as well as many nonpathologic states (like, in certain circumstances, melanonychia and racquet nails). Classification of these conditions often presents many nosological challenges, since underlying etiologies and pathogenetics are often not known. Therefore, most current textbooks present a classification based on location (for example, conditions of the mucous membrane), morphology (chronic blistering conditions), etiology (skin conditions resulting from physical factors), and so on.

Clinically, the diagnosis of any particular skin condition is made by gathering pertinent information regarding the presenting skin lesion(s), including the location (such as arms, head, legs), symptoms (pruritus, pain), duration (acute or chronic), arrangement (solitary, generalized, annular, linear), morphology (macules, papules, vesicles), and color (red, blue, brown, black, white, yellow). The diagnosis of many conditions often also requires a skin biopsy which yields histologic information that can be correlated with the clinical presentation and any laboratory data.

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Dear doctor, Though I have other health problems, I would request you to pl. diagnose my skin problem. The skin specialists in India have told me...

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For melasma and hyperpigmentation , hydroquinone is given which might have lead to...

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I have this brownish spot on the right side of my neck that has been there for roughly two months or so. I've scrubbed at it and it hasn't gone...

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the red rough area on the right side of ur neck is sun induced dermatosis called polymorphic light eruption a condition ocuuring on sun exposed...

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I'm 91 years old and have lost my sense of taste. I take a lot of drugs; e.g., sinemet, metropol, midodrine, cerofolin, atorvastin, zinc,iron, et...

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Regarding management of erosive pustular dermatosis

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Thank you for asking. I am Dr. Kakkar(Dermatologist). I have...

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