Diseases & Conditions
Being an active partner in your care starts with developing a deeper understanding of the condition that affect you. Below you’ll find more information about the dermatological conditions we treat at West Suburban Medical Center. To make an appointment, call (708) 383-6200
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Acne is a disorder of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands. The glands become clogged leading to pimples and cysts. Acne is very common and most individuals will be affected by this condition beginning in puberty.
Bed sores are ulcers that occur on areas of the skin that are under pressure from lying in bed, sitting in a wheelchair or from wearing a cast for a prolonged period of time. People with diabetes, circulation problems and malnutrition are at a greater risk for developing bedsores.
A blister is a bubble on the skin containing fluid that can be bloody or clear. These can be caused by injury, allergic reaction, friction or infection.
Calluses and Corns
Calluses are protective pads made of a thickened upper layer of skin that are developed as a response to chronic friction and pressure. Corns are small calluses on the top of the toe due to rubbing against shoes or other toes. Both are often a result of poorly fitting shoes, abnormal foot function or high activity.
Dry skin is a very common skin condition characterized by irritated skin and itchiness. This condition often worsens in winter months when the air is cold and dry. Without treatment, dry skin can become scaly and flaky.
Characterized by small, pointed pimples, keratosis pilaris often appears on the upper arms, thighs and buttocks. This condition is common and often worsens in the winter. Keratosis pilaris does not worsen over time and is harmless.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder and chronic skin condition characterized by inflamed, red raised areas that often develop into silvery scales on the scalp, elbows, knees and lower back. The cause of psoriasis is unknown, but it is hereditary and non-contagious.
Pityriasis rosea presents as scaly, pink inflamed skin that can last from one to three months. This is a common skin condition that is more prevalent in spring and fall and usually leaves no lasting marks.
Rosacea usually affects the face and eyes with redness, pimples and broken blood vessels, creating a characteristic redness. This condition tends to begin in middle age and is more common for fair-skinned people and women in menopause.
Also called epidermal cysts, sebaceous cysts are typically harmless, slow-growing bumps under the skin that appear on the scalp, face, ears, trunk, back or groin area. These bumps can grow from a ruptured follicle due to acne, a sebaceous duct that doesn’t grow correctly or trauma to the area. Sebaceous cysts will sometimes become inflamed or suddenly rupture, posing an infection risk.
Skin cancer is a malignant tumor growth in the skin cells. There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma. Skin cancer is dangerous and can be fatal. If you notice symptoms of skin cancer, such as a mole that has changed in size or color, any skin growths or atypical rough, scaly patches, seek diagnosis immediately.
Warts are noncancerous skin growths cause by the papillomavirus. These can develop at any age and can spread to other body parts and people. Over a long period of time, most warts will go away without treatment. There are many different kind of warts, but typical types include common warts, hand and foot warts, flat warts, genital warts and filiform warts.