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Skin, Hair, and Nails

Learn about skin, hair, and nails

Almost everyone knows someone who has dealt with acne or had a case of dandruff. Even though you might think these problems just affect your appearance, they can make you feel miserable. It's important to pay attention to the health of your skin, hair, and nails so you can prevent problems like an ingrown nail, a rash, or a life-threatening problem like melanoma (skin cancer). Our topics are here to help you deal with skin, hair, and nail problems, and they can give you tips for preventing these problems.

Get more information in our skin, hair, and nail topics, such as:

  • Skin Cancer, Melanoma.
  • Protecting Your Skin From the Sun.
  • Nail Problems and Injuries.
  • Hair Loss.
  • Fungal Nail Infections.
  • Scalp Problems.
Health Topics
  • Accidental Needle Sticks
  • Acid Burns
  • Acne
  • Acne: Treatment With Alpha Hydroxy Acids
  • Acne: Treatment With Antibiotics
  • Acne: Treatment With Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Acne: Treatment With Salicylic Acid
  • Actinic Keratosis
  • Age-Related Foot Changes
  • Alcohol Increases the Risk of Cold Injury
  • Alkali Burns
  • Allergic Reaction to Tattoo Dye
  • Alopecia Areata
  • Anal Fissure
  • Animal and Human Bites
  • Animal and Human Bites: When Stitches Are Needed
  • Anthrax
  • Artificial Nails: Problems and Treatment
  • Athlete's Foot
  • Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
  • Babies and Older Adults Have an Increased Risk of Cold Injury
  • Bartholin Gland Cyst
  • Bedbugs
  • Birthmarks
  • Black Widow Spider Bite
  • Bleach Baths for Atopic Dermatitis
  • Blepharitis
  • Blister Care
  • Blisters
  • Body Lice
  • Body Piercing Healing Times
  • Body Piercing Problems
  • Body Piercing: Safe Jewelry Choices
  • Boils
  • Botulinum Toxin (Botox)
  • Breastfeeding: Sore Nipples
  • Breathing Smoke or Fumes
  • Brown Recluse Spider Bite
  • Bruises and Blood Spots Under the Skin
  • Burns and Electric Shock
  • Calluses and Corns
  • Calluses and Corns: Protective Padding
  • Calluses and Corns: Using Pumice Stones
  • Cancer: Home Treatment for Mouth Sores
  • Capsaicin
  • Care for a Skin Wound
  • Care of an Insect Sting
  • Caregiving: Fingernail Care
  • Caregiving: Foot and Toenail Care
  • Caregiving: How to Give a Bed Bath
  • Caregiving: How to Help With a Shower
  • Caregiving: How to Help With a Sink Bath
  • Caregiving: How to Turn Someone in Bed
  • Caregiving: Preventing Rashes in the Groin Area
  • Caregiving: Shaving an Adult
  • Caregiving: Skin Care for Immobile Adults
  • Caregiving: Washing and Styling Hair
  • Caring for a Baby's Nails
  • Caring for Your Skin When You Have Diabetes
  • Causes of Hair Loss: Medicines and Medical Treatments
  • Cellulitis
  • Central Vascular Access Device (CVAD): Changing the Dressing
  • Changes in Your Nails
  • Chemical Burn
  • Chemical Peel
  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Chickenpox: Preventing Skin Infections
  • Chilblains (Perniosis)
  • Chili Pepper Burns
  • Circumcision
  • Cold Hands: Home Treatment
  • Cold Sores
  • Cold Temperature Exposure
  • Color Changes in Nails
  • Common Questions About Giving Yourself Shots
  • Common Stinging or Biting Insects or Spiders
  • Common Types of Birthmarks
  • Copperhead
  • Coral Snake
  • Cosmetic Surgery and Procedures
  • Cottonmouth (Water Moccasin)
  • Cradle Cap
  • Crohn's Disease: Problems Outside the Digestive Tract
  • Cryosurgery for Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer
  • Cryotherapy for Genital Warts
  • Cryotherapy for Warts
  • Curettage and Electrosurgery for Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer
  • Cut That Removes All Layers of Skin
  • Cuts
  • Cuts: When Stitches Are Needed
  • Dandruff
  • Dermabrasion
  • Determining the Seriousness of a Burn
  • Diabetes: Checking Your Feet
  • Diabetes: Protecting Your Feet
  • Diabetes: Steps for Foot-Washing
  • Diaper Rash
  • Dry Skin and Itching
  • Electrical Shock or Burn
  • Electrocautery for Genital Warts
  • Electrolysis for Removing Hair
  • Environmental Illness
  • Estimating the Size of a Burn
  • Excision of Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer
  • Eye Injury: First Aid for a Black Eye
  • Eye Injury: First Aid for Minor Cuts
  • Eyelid Problems
  • Face-Lift (Rhytidectomy)
  • Facial Injuries
  • Facial Problems, Noninjury
  • Factors (Triggers) That May Cause a Flare-Up of Rosacea
  • Fifth Disease
  • Filler Injections
  • Fire Ant Stings
  • First Aid for Chemical Burns
  • First Aid for Electrical Burns
  • First Aid for Tar or Plastic Burns
  • Fishhook Injuries
  • Folliculitis
  • Foot Odor
  • Fungal Nail Infections
  • Ganglions
  • Groin Problems and Injuries
  • Hair Loss
  • Hair Loss From Cancer Treatment
  • Hair Transplant Surgery
  • Hand-Foot-and-Mouth Disease
  • Head Lice
  • Heat Rash
  • Heavy Sweating
  • Henna Tattoos (Mehndi)
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • High-Pressure Injection Wounds
  • Home Remedies for Bites and Stings
  • Home Treatment for Second-Degree Burns
  • How a Scrape Heals
  • Hydrocortisone for Itching
  • Impetigo
  • Incision Care After Surgery
  • Indoor Tanning: Is It Safe?
  • Ingrown Toenail
  • Insect Bites and Stings and Spider Bites
  • Insect Repellents
  • Itching Relief
  • Jellyfish Sting: Home Treatment
  • Jellyfish Stings: Allergic Reaction
  • Jock Itch
  • Keloid Scars
  • Kissing Bugs
  • Laser Resurfacing
  • Laser Surgery for Genital Warts
  • Laser Surgery for Skin Cancer
  • Laser Surgery for Warts
  • Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins
  • Leg Injuries
  • Lipoma
  • Live Zoster (Shingles) Vaccine: What You Need to Know
  • Living With More Than One Health Problem
  • Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) for Genital Warts
  • Lyme Disease
  • Lymph Node Removal (Lymphadenectomy) for Melanoma
  • Marine Stings and Scrapes
  • Measles (Rubeola)
  • Medicines and Sun Exposure
  • Medicines That Can Cause Blisters
  • Medicines That Can Cause Bruises
  • Medicines That May Cause a Rash
  • Medicines That May Cause Rashes in Children
  • Melanoma Excision Surgery
  • Metastatic Melanoma
  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)
  • Misdiagnosis of Lyme Disease
  • Mohs Surgery for Skin Cancer
  • Molluscum Contagiosum
  • Mucous Cyst Ganglions
  • Nail Problems and Injuries
  • Nail Psoriasis
  • Nail-Biting
  • Necrotizing Fasciitis (Flesh-Eating Bacteria)
  • Needle Punctures for Health Reasons
  • Newborn Rashes and Skin Conditions
  • Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer: Comparing Treatments
  • Nonpoisonous Spider Bites
  • Nonsurgical Nail Removal for Fungal Nail Infections
  • Other Home Treatment Measures for a First-Degree Burn or Sunburn
  • Phototherapy for Atopic Dermatitis
  • Phototherapy for Psoriasis
  • Pilonidal Disease
  • Pinworms
  • Pityriasis Alba
  • Pityriasis Rosea
  • Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumac
  • Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumac: Rash From Indirect Contact
  • Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumac: Relieving the Itch
  • Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumac: Tips for Washing
  • Poisonous Lizards
  • Pregnancy: Changes in Feet and Ankles
  • Pregnancy: Hair Changes
  • Pregnancy: Hand Changes
  • Pregnancy: Stretch Marks, Itching, and Skin Changes
  • Pregnancy: Varicose Veins
  • Pressure Injuries
  • Pressure Injuries: Prevention and Treatment
  • Pressure Injuries: Stages
  • Preventing Blisters
  • Preventing Flea Bites
  • Preventing Spider Bites
  • Protecting Your Skin From the Sun
  • Psoriasis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Pubic Lice
  • Puncture Wounds
  • Puncture Wounds: Stitches, Staples, and Skin Adhesives
  • Puss Caterpillar Stings
  • Questions About Varicose Vein Treatment
  • Quick Tips: Keeping Acne Under Control
  • Radiation Therapy for Nonmelanoma Skin Cancer
  • Radiofrequency Ablation for Varicose Veins
  • Rash, Age 11 and Younger
  • Rash, Age 12 and Older
  • Rashes or Sores in the Groin
  • Rattlesnake Bite
  • Raynaud's Phenomenon
  • Razor Bumps
  • Recombinant Zoster (Shingles) Vaccine: What You Need to Know
  • Removing a Fishhook
  • Removing an Object From a Wound
  • Removing Moles and Skin Tags
  • Removing Splinters
  • Ringworm of the Scalp or Beard
  • Ringworm of the Skin
  • Rosacea
  • Roseola
  • Scabies
  • Scalp Problems
  • Scarlet Fever
  • Sclerotherapy for Varicose Veins
  • Scorpion Stings
  • Scrapes
  • Seabather's Eruption
  • Seborrheic Keratoses
  • Shingles
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Skin Adhesives (Liquid Stitches)
  • Skin Cancer Screening
  • Skin Cancer, Melanoma
  • Skin Cancer, Nonmelanoma
  • Skin Changes
  • Skin Changes Caused by a Medicine
  • Skin Cyst: Home Treatment
  • Skin Rashes: Home Treatment
  • Smallpox
  • Snake and Lizard Bites
  • Snakebite: Symptoms of a Pit Viper Bite
  • Stages of Lyme Disease
  • Stopping Facial Bleeding
  • Sun Protection to Prevent Sunburn
  • Sunburn
  • Sunburn: Skin Types
  • Surgical Nail Removal for Fungal Nail Infections
  • Surgical Removal of Genital Warts by Excision
  • Swimmer's Itch
  • Swollen Glands, Hernias, and Other Lumps Under the Skin
  • Symptoms of Lyme Disease
  • Taking Care of Your Stitches or Staples
  • Tattoo and Piercing Safety
  • Tattoo Problems
  • Tattoo Removal
  • Tattoos: Reporting Problems
  • Thrush
  • Tick Bites
  • Tick Bites: Flu-Like Symptoms
  • Tick Bites: Signs of Tick Paralysis
  • Ticks: How to Avoid and Remove Ticks
  • Tinea Versicolor
  • Torn or Detached Nail
  • Toxic Reaction to Insect or Spider Venom
  • Toxic Shock Syndrome
  • Treating a Hangnail
  • Treating a Nail Infection
  • Treating Weak or Brittle Nails
  • Tretinoin (Retin-A)
  • Types of Acne
  • Types of Hair Loss
  • Ultraviolet Rays From the Sun
  • Unwanted Hair in Women
  • Using Tape to Remove Warts
  • Vaginal Rashes and Sores
  • Varicose Veins
  • Varicose Veins Home Treatment
  • Varicose Veins: Phlebectomy or Stab Avulsion
  • Vein Ligation and Stripping
  • Venous Skin Ulcer
  • Venous Skin Ulcers: Home Treatment
  • Warts and Plantar Warts
  • Warts: Using Salicylic Acid
  • Yeast Skin Infection
Medical Tests
  • Hair Analysis
  • KOH Preparation
  • Lyme Disease Test
  • Skin and Wound Cultures
  • Skin Biopsy
Make a Wise Decision
  • Basal Cell Skin Cancer: Should I Have Surgery or Use Medicated Cream?
  • Acne: Should I Take Isotretinoin for Severe Acne?
  • Circumcision: Should I Keep My Son's Penis Natural?
  • Shingles: Should I Get a Vaccine to Prevent Shingles?
  • Varicose Veins: Should I Have a Surgical Procedure?
  • Warts: Should I Treat Warts?
Take Action
  • Atopic Dermatitis: Taking Care of Your Skin
  • Chickenpox: Controlling the Itch
  • Diabetes: Taking Care of Your Feet
  • Psoriasis: Skin, Scalp, and Nail Care
  • Skin Cancer: Protecting Your Skin

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