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  • Alcohol -- Teratogenic Agent: There is strong evidence to indicate that exposure to Alcohol during pregnancy may have a teratogenic effect on the fetus. A teratogen is a substance that can cause birth defects. The likelihood and severity of defects may be affected by the level of exposure and the stage of pregnancy that the exposure occurred at.
  • Autoimmune diseases: A group of disorders in which the primary cause is the an inflammatory reaction caused by the body's own immune system attacking tissues
  • Depression: Various syndromes with excessive anxiety, phobias, or fear.
  • Dry skin: Dryness of the skin.
  • HIV/AIDS: HIV is a sexually transmitted virus and AIDS is the progressive immune failure that HIV causes.
  • Immune disorders: Disorders that affect the immune system
  • Itching skin: Itching feeling of the skin.
  • Skin conditions: Any condition that affects the skin
  • Skin infection: A condition which is characterized by an infection which occurs on the skin
  • Skin lesion: Lesions appearing on the skin.
  • Smoking: The smoking of cigarettes
  • Social withdrawal: When an individual withdraws from normal social interactions
  • Strep throat: Streptococcal bacterial throat infection.
  • Stress: Emotional stress (sometimes refers to physical stress)
  • Thrush: Thrush is a fungal infection which is caused by a fungus from the Candida species. It usually affects the mucus membranes of the mouth and vagina. Occasionally the infection can spread throughout the body and cause severe illness.


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