Diagnosis - Dermatology

Eczema

The term eczema refers to a range of recurring skin rashes.  Eczema may be characterised by skin that displays redness, swelling, itching, dryness, flaking, cracking, blistering or bleeding.  The most common types of eczema include atopic eczema (an inflammatory, recurring disease that is believed to run in families), contact dermatitis (see allergic rash), xerotic eczema (a dry, itchy, tender skin condition that deteriorates in winter) and seborrhoeic dermatitis (a fungus-associated infection that results in red, itchy, flaky skin).  As can be seen from these few examples, the causes of eczema are diverse, ranging from genetic conditions, to fungal infections, to allergic reactions.  Although there is no cure for eczema, treatment is available and usually involves suppressing the symptoms with medication or UV light therapy in certain types of eczema.  Moisturising the skin and avoiding allergens may also be helpful in reducing the chances of eczema arising.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Aue

    HELIOS Hospital Aue

    The HELIOS Hospital Aue is teaching hospital of the University of Dresden and one of the largest hospitals in the region. Annually approximately 55.000 patients are treated in various medical departments among which neurology, sports medicine and dermatology are providing medical treatment on the highest level.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    Krefeld is located close to Duesseldorf and its international airport, which is one of the largest in Germany. The HELIOS Hospital Krefeld has a long history that reaches back to 1845. Since this time the hospital is known for medical care on the highest level.

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Fungal skin infection

Fungal skin infections are a very common and diverse type of skin complaint and include athlete’s foot, jock itch and yeast infections to name a few prominent examples.  Some types of fungi are a natural component of the body’s microscopic flora, however if too many fungi are located in one area or are allowed to invade the skin, a fungal skin infection may result.  Typical signs of fungal skin infection include red, itchy rashes, often with slightly raised edges.  Fungi generally grow best in moist, warm environments which is why common areas of infection include between the toes (athlete’s foot) or in the inner thigh, anal and genital regions (jock itch).  Yeast infections result from infection of the candida fungus and can potentially arise in any part of the body, although moist, warm environments (eg. armpits, groin) are most commonly affected.  Yeast infections may also affect the finger/toe nails, mouth and vagina.  While fungal infections are unpleasant, they can often be treated easily and effectively, however the earlier the treatment takes place, the easier it is to eradicate the fungal infection.

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Hospitals

  • HELIOS Hospital Aue

    HELIOS Hospital Aue

    The HELIOS Hospital Aue is teaching hospital of the University of Dresden and one of the largest hospitals in the region. Annually approximately 55.000 patients are treated in various medical departments among which neurology, sports medicine and dermatology are providing medical treatment on the highest level.

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  • HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    HELIOS Hospital Krefeld-Duesseldorf

    Krefeld is located close to Duesseldorf and its international airport, which is one of the largest in Germany. The HELIOS Hospital Krefeld has a long history that reaches back to 1845. Since this time the hospital is known for medical care on the highest level.

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