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A-Z OF SKIN

Search our A to Z of Skin to find out more about common skin conditions and problems, their symptoms, causes and how they are diagnosed and treated. You can search by both common and medical names, or by medicine or treatment name.

Both common and medical names have been included to help your search, as well as the names of medications and treatments. There are also a number of cosmetic topics which explain the latest treatments for cosmetic concerns related to the skin. Many College dermatologists have contributed to the information on this site.

The process has been overseen by a committee of dermatologists to ensure that the final versions are both accurate and user friendly. Particular thanks go to Dr Pam Brown, Dr Peter Berger, Dr Davin Lim, Dr Michelle Rodrigues, Dr Yin Vun, Conjoint Associate Prof Orli Wargon and Dr Eleni Yiasemides (Chair). The A to Z information is regularly updated. Please check back on a regular basis for updates and the addition of new topics.

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  • Gianotti-Crosti syndrome

    Gianotti-Crosti syndrome is the name given to a rash which is caused by a viral infection. It is typically found on the legs, buttocks, arms and face of children aged 6 months to 14 years.

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  • Glucagonoma Syndrome

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  • Gomm-Button Disease

    Gomm-Button Disease also known as Sweet’s syndrome is an uncommon condition named after the English dermatologist, Dr Robert Sweet, who first described it in 1964. Sweet’s syndrome usually presents with fever, a rise in white blood cells, raised red skin rashes and neutrophils (pus cells) infiltrating the upper layer of the skin. Fever and a rise in white blood cells are not always present. Sweet’s syndrome is sometimes initially mistaken for an infection or medication allergy.

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  • Graft Versus Host Disease

    Graft versus host disease (GVHD) is a condition which occurs after transplants, usually haematopoietic stem cell transplants but occasionally also solid organ transplants. As suggested by its name, it refers to when the “graft” (donor’s cells) attack the “host” (graft recipient’s cells). When the host attacks the graft is called “rejection of the graft”.

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  • Granuloma annulare

    Granuloma annulare is a harmless skin condition. Localised granuloma annulare more commonly occurs over bony prominences. Although it commonly resolves on its own within a few months to few years, most people seek treatment at an earlier stage for cosmetic reasons or because of skin irritation associated with the condition.

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  • Granuloma faciale

    Granuloma faciale is a rare benign skin condition, characterised by single or multiple erythematous (red) papules, plaques or nodules. This condition is more common in males and, as the name suggests, most frequently affects facial areas.

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  • Griseofulvin

    Griseofulvin is used to treat fungal infections of the scalp, skin and nails.

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  • Grönblad–Strandberg Syndrome

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  • Grover’s disease

    Grover’s disease is a skin condition where red spots and small lumps develop most commonly in the sun-damaged skin of the front and back of the upper chest and abdomen

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