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Dermatology — Conditions We Treat

The following conditions are some of the most common conditions treated by specialists in this area. These specialists offer expert care for many other related medical problems. If you need care for a condition not listed here, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to find a doctor who can help you.

  • Learn more about types of acne and the treatments available from leading pediatric and adult dermatologists at Rush University Medical Center.
  • It is normal for the scalp to lose up to 100 hairs every day. Alopecia occurs when the scalp loses more hair than normal, or when the lost hair is not replaced. Hair loss may come on suddenly or gradually, and depending on the cause is temporary or permanent.
  • Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a very common skin condition. It often starts with an itch. Scratching results in a rash — dry, red patches that in some people may bubble and ooze.
  • Bullous Pemphigoid

    Bullous pemphigoid is an autoimmune skin disorder in which a person develops large blisters. The blisters are a result of the person’s immune system mistakenly attacking a layer of tissue just underneath the skin.
  • Contact dermatitis is irritation from something that touches your skin, causing it to become red, sore, itchy or swollen.
  • Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL)

    Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) is a group of rare, non-Hodgkin lymphomas that start in the skin. CTCL often appears as an itchy, red rash and may be confused with other skin infections or problems. The most common types of CTCL are mycosis fungoides and Sezary syndrome. They are usually slow-growing and can be successfully controlled for many years. Rush has a clinic devoted to the treatment of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.
  • Fungal Infection

    Fungal infection is responsible for such problems as athlete’s foot and yeast infection. Some fungi produce tiny spores that float through the air. If these spores are inhaled or land on the skin, they can cause infection, especially in people with weakened immune systems.
  • Hives are itchy welts on skin that often arise from an allergic response to food or another substance.
  • Keloids

    Keloids are growths of excess scar tissue at the sites of former skin injuries. Keloids may form where cuts, burns, acne or chicken pox have healed. They generally do not require treatment, but can be removed if they become bothersome.
  • Male Pattern Baldness

    Male pattern baldness is caused by genes and hormones. The most common type of baldness in men, it most commonly begins with a receding hairline or thinning hair at crown of the head.
  • Melanoma of the skin (cutaneous melanoma) is the most serious form of skin cancer. It develops from melanocytes in the skin. Melanocytes produce melanin, the pigment responsible for skin color. Melanoma can arise in the nailbed, eye (ocular melanoma), mucous membranes of the anus and genitalia, nasal and sinus membranes, and very rarely in internal organs.
  • Moles

    Moles, also called nevomelanocytic nevi, are common skin growths. They are usually brown or pink in light-skinned people and dark brown or black in dark-skinned people. While most moles are harmless, they should be closely monitored: New growths or changes to existing moles can be signs of melanoma.
  • Paronychia (Nail Infection)

    Paronychia is the medical term for a bacterial or fungal infection around a toenail or fingernail. It may cause the area around the nail to become red, painful or swollen.
  • Psoriasis is a disease where skin cells build up faster than normal, causing patches that can be red and itchy.
  • Pyoderma Gangrenosum

    Pyoderma gangrenosum is a skin condition that develops much more frequently in people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) than in the rest of the population. People who have pyoderma gangrenosum develop blisters on the skin that eventually develop into deep ulcers.
  • A rash describes many different conditions that involve inflammation of the skin. Usually, a rash is not life-threatening, but it can be very uncomfortable especially if it is a chronic condition.
  • Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes redness and bumps, usually on the face.
  • Sarcoidosis is a disease that leads to inflammation in the lymph nodes and/or organs — most commonly the lungs, liver and skin.
  • Sebaceous Cysts

    Sebaceous cysts are small sacs under the skin that are filled with sebum, the oily substance that moistens your hair and skin. Sebaceous cysts most commonly appear on the head, neck or torso. Sebaceous cysts are uncommon, but people frequently mistake other types of cysts for them.
  • Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cells.
  • Toenail Fungus

    Toenail fungus is an infection under the surface of a toenail caused by fungi. The affected toenail may darken and smell foul, or white marks may appear on the nail. If left untreated, the fungal infection can spread to other toenails, the skin or even the fingernails.
  • Varicose veins are bulging, twisted veins that can be seen directly under the skin. They occur when the one-way valves in the legs that keep blood flowing to the heart do not work normally. 
  • Vitiligo

    Vitiligo is a condition that causes loss of pigmentation. White patches appear on the skin, and the eyes, mouth and nose can also be affected. The cause is unknown, but vitiligo may run in families and is more common in people with autoimmune diseases. It is not contagious or life-threatening.
  • Warts

    Warts are growths caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) infection that are most commonly found on the fingers, feet, genitals, rectal area and face. Some warts go away on their own; others do not. Genital warts are highly contagious and can be passed to another person during oral, vaginal or anal sex.