K Skin topics

The A to Z of Skin information has been developed to help you understand more about common skin conditions and problems, and how these may be treated.


  • Kawasaki’s disease

    Kawasaki’s disease is a rare form of vasculitis (inflammation of blood vessels). It can affect many parts of the body. The diagnosis is made when someone has a high fever and the typical changes in ...

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  • Keloids

    Keloids are a type of scar of the skin that has too much collagen and scar tissue formation. Keloids occur after injury to the skin and are more common on the upper chest, upper back and shoulders. Pe...

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  • Keratoacanthoma

    Keratoacanthoma is a skin tumour that develops on sun damaged skin. It is often difficult to distinguish it from a more aggressive lookalike, a squamous cell cancer (SCC).

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  • Keratoderma climactericum

    There are many forms of keratoderma which is the term given to the development of harmless skin thickening on the soles, particularly the heels. Keratoderma climactericum refers to the form that occur...

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  • Keratosis palmaris et plantaris

    Keratosis palmaris et plantaris also known as palmoplantar keratoderma, is the name given to a group of conditions where there is abnormal thickening of the skin on the palms of the hands and soles of...

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  • Keratosis pilaris

    Keratosis pilaris is a common but harmless condition that results in rough, bumpy spots on the upper arms and thighs. It is most common in adolescence but can also occur in children and adults. It occ...

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