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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  • Vascular Lasers

    “LASER” stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Vascular lasers selectively target unwanted or abnormal blood vessels in the skin, whilst minimising damage to surrounding normal skin structures.

  • Verrucae vulgaris or papillomas

    Verrucae vulgaris or papillomas also known as warts, are abnormal growths of the skin and mucosa caused by an infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV).

  • Verrucous Dermatitis

    Also known as … Chromoblastomycosis, Chromomycosis, Cladosporiosis, Fonseca’s Disease, Pedroso’s Disease. Chromoblastomycosis is a long-term or chronic fungal infection of the skin and tissue underneath the superficial layer of the skin (called the subcutaneous tissue). It is more common in rural, tropical and subtropical areas of the world; it tends to present more severely in those with a suppressed or compromised immune system.

  • Vesicular eczema of palms and soles

    Vesicular eczema of palms and soles also known as pompholyx, is an often recurrent and frequently extremely itchy disorder characterised by tiny blisters and bumps on the sides of fingers, toes, palms and soles.

  • Viral Exanthems: Roseola

    Also known as ... Sixth Disease, Roseola Infantum, Exanthema Subitum or Three-day Fever. Roseola is a viral disease that commonly affects infants and toddlers.

  • Vitiligo

    Vitiligo is a relatively common condition in which the skin is unable to produce pigment.  Pigment forming cells (melanocytes) are destroyed and the skin becomes white.