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Common Skin Disorder

A&P CH6 Skin and the Integumentary System Common Skin Disorders

TermDefinition
acne disease of the sebaceous glands that produces blackheads and pimples
alopecia hair loss, usually sudden
athlete’s foot fungus infection usually in the skin of the toes and soles
birthmark congenital blemish or spot on the skin, visible at birth or soon after
boil bacterial infection (furuncle) of the skin produced when bacteria enter a hair follicle
carbuncle bacterial infection, similar to a boil, that spreads into the subcutaneous tissues
cyst liquid-filled sac or capsule
dermatitis inflammation of the skin
eczema non-contagious skin rash that produces itching, blistering, and scaling
erythema reddening of the skin due to dilation of dermal blood vessels in response to injury or inflammation
herpes infectious disease of the skin, usually caused by the herpes simplex virus and characterized by recurring formations of small clusters of vesicle
impetigo contagious disease of bacterial origin, characterized by pustules that rupture and become covered with loosely held crusts
keloid elevated, enlarging fibrous scar usually initiated by an injury
mole fleshy skin tumor (nevus) that is usually pigmented; colors range from brown to black
pediculosis disease produced by an infestation of lice
pruritus itching of the skin
psoriasis chronic skin disease characterized by red patches covered with silvery scales
pustule elevated, pus-filled area on the skin
scabies disease resulting from an infestation of mites
seborrhea hyperactivity of the sebaceous glands, causing greasy skin and dandruff
ulcer open sore
urticaria allergic reaction of the skin that produces reddish, elevated patches (hives)
wart flesh-colored, raised area caused by a viral infection