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Glossary for Skin discoloration

Medical terms related to Skin discoloration or mentioned in this section include:

  • Altered pigmentation: discoloration of the skin can be caused by various factors
  • Anemia: Reduced red blood cells in the blood
  • Blisters: Blistering of the skin.
  • Chemical poisoning -- Formaldehyde: Formaldehyde is a chemical used mainly in blues, lacquers, fireproofing, electrical insulation, leather tanning products and embalming. Ingestion and other exposures to the chemical can cause various symptoms. The type and severity of symptoms varies depending on the amount of chemical involved and the nature of the exposure.
  • Cushing-like symptoms: Symptoms similar to those of Cushing's disease
  • Cyanosis: Blueness or purple coloring of skin.
  • Dermatophagia: A form of obsessive compulsive disorder where a person compulsively bites their own skin, especially around the nails. Sufferers can feel the pain they inflict on themselves but the feelings of gratification and stress relief prevent them from stopping. The severity and extent of damage to the skin is variable. Stress and anxiety can trigger the compulsive skin biting.
  • Fournier Gangrene: A necrotizing bacterial infection of the skin on the genitals and perineum. The condition progresses rapidly and immediate medical attention is vital to prevent the bacteria entering the blood steam and resulting in death. It is usually the male genitals that are affected. The risk of the condition is increased by surgery, extreme obesity, diabetes mellitus, alcoholism, leukemia and immune system disorders.
  • Hemophilia: Blood disease usually genetic causing failure to clot.
  • Hepatitis: Any inflammation of the liver
  • Hyperpigmentation: Excess skin pigment or coloration
  • Hypoalbuminemia: Low levels of albumin (protein) in the blood.
  • Hypopigmentation: Whitening of the skin from pigment loss
  • Itching skin: Itching feeling of the skin.
  • Jaundice: yellowish discoloration of the skin and mucous membrane
  • Kawanism: Kava can be used as a herbal agent to treat anxiety, restlessness, stress and sleeping problems due to anxiety. The herbal agent contains chemicals including alpha-pyrone which can cause various symptoms if it is taken for long periods of time.
  • Liver conditions: Any condition that affects the liver
  • Liver symptoms: Symptoms affecting the liver
  • Methaemoglobinaemia: The presence of methaemoglin in the a persons blood
  • Neck symptoms: Symptoms affecting the neck
  • Nerve symptoms: Symptoms affecting the nerves
  • Pancreatitis: Any inflammation that occurs in the pancreas
  • Pediculosis: Medical name for infection with lice (see head lice)
  • Phaeohyphomycosis: An opportunistic infection that is caused by dermatiaceous fungi
  • Pigmentation symptoms: Symptoms related to pigmentation levels in the skin.
  • Pinta: A tropical American skin disease that only affects dark-skinned races. It is caused by an organism the causes thickening and loss of pigmentation of the skin.
  • Polychlorobiphenyls (ingested) -- Teratogenic Agent: There is strong evidence to indicate that that exposure to Polychlorobiphenyls (ingested) 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.
  • Pott gangrene: Tissue death that usually occurs in the extremities of elderly people as a result of arterial blockages. The toes are most commonly affected.
  • Rash: Rash of any type affecting the skin.
  • Selenium poisoning: Excessive exposure to selenium. Selenium is essential to the diet in small amounts but is toxic in large amounts. Poisoning can occur through inhalation or ingestion.
  • Skin color changes: Skin changes such as redness, blueness, or whitening.
  • Skin conditions: Any condition that affects the skin
  • Skin discoloration: The occurrence of discolouration of the skin
  • Skin pain: Pain affecting the skin.
  • Skin problems: Any condition that affects the skin
  • Skin rash: Change in the skin which affects the color, appearance or texture.
  • Skin symptoms: Symptoms affecting the skin.
  • Sores: Sores affecting the skin.
  • Stretch Mark: A blemish on the skin caused by an excessive amount of strain put on it
  • Telangiectasia: A cluster of dilated blood vessels on the skin's surface.
  • Tretinoin -- Teratogenic Agent: There is evidence to indicate that exposure to Tretinoin 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.
  • Uremia: Build up of toxins usually excreted by the kidneys, associated with real failure in a woman who is pregnant.
  • Varicose eczema: Varicose eczema is a chronic skin condition that involves the skin on or near varicose veins in the legs - usually the skin on the ankles are affected. Varicose veins occur when the valves in particular blood vessels malfunction and allow the blood to flow backwards. The condition is more likely to occur in people who are overweight.
  • Wilson's disease: Wilson disease, or hepatolenticular degeneration, is a neurodegenerative disease of copper metabolism.

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