Common Symptoms

Here we provide information on some of the most common symptoms faced by people with skin conditions, such as rashes, itches, and spots. It may be that you have a skin condition that is undiagnosed, or that you just want to know more about managing a specific symptom – either way this section aims to help.

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A-Z of Skin Conditions

These Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) are specially written by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) to help people with skin conditions better understand their skin. This A-Z covers a wide range of skin diseases and treatments, and we are constantly writing more.

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Common Conditions

In dermatology there are over 2,000 conditions, however, there are a few common conditions that account for the vast majority of dermatology appointments. This section provides a brief overview of these.


Skin Allergy



Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. This section provides information on the most common forms of the disease, what causes it, how to check for it, and what you should do if you are worried about a potential skin cancer.

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Skin health advice for transplant patients

Transplant patients and other immunosuppressed patients are at greater risk of a range of skin infections and also skin cancer. This section provides links to useful resources and information about common issues.

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Erythema, often referred to as redness, is one of the most common symptoms in dermatology. However, simply referring to it as redness is misleading, as it can look different from person to person, particularly those with darker skin tones. This page looks at this symptom in more detail, explaining why ‘redness’ is not always a straightforward as you’d expect.

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Skin of Colour

Skin conditions are common amongst people of all ethnicities. However, some skin conditions are more common amongst certain skin types than others, and some diseases look different depending on your skin tone. This section outlines the spectrum of skin types and common differences that might not be touched on by more generalist health advice.

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Alternative Treatment Warnings

There are many ‘alternative treatments’ available to members of the public for the treatment of skin disease, however, many of these don’t work and some are dangerous. This section highlights the types of treatments that we are particularly concerned about and why.

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