Skin Conditions examples

Community dermatology offers help and advice for a wide range of skin conditions. The list below details some of the conditions typically referred to the Team.

Examples of conditions seen (accepted into the service)

Dermatoses (rashes)

  • Eczema (but not if requires systemic therapy/hospitalisation for acute flare)
  • Psoriasis (but not if requires systemic therapy/hospitalisation for acute flare)
  • Acne (not if Isotretinoin is required)
  • Urticaria
  • Lichen Planus (not if extensive likely to require light therapy or if associated with Hep C/systemic disease)
  • Rosacea
  • Perioral dermatitis
  • Skin infections/infestations
  • Genital dermatoses
  • Non-scarring alopecia (hair loss with no scarring of the scalp skin)
  • Nail disorders
  • Facial hirsutism (excessive hair growth on the face)
  • Granuloma annulare
  • Pigmentary disorders including vitiligo

Lesions (“lump and bumps”)

  • Solar/actinic keratosis (sun damage)
  • Bowen’s disease (pre-cancerous areas of sun damage)
  • Non-malignant lesions (ie. when skin cancer is NOT suspected. Lesions may be functionally problematic or, there may be uncertainty over the diagnosis – and confirmation of diagnosis is required eg moles, cysts, lipoma, dermatofibroma, haemangioma, pyogenic granuloma, lentigo simplex

Please note: benign lesions, once diagnosed, may not be treated within/by this service – please see exclusion criteria below

  • Thick, red, itchy or sore scars (keloid scars) - limited treatment options available

Examples of conditions not seen (not accepted into the service)

  • Any suspected skin cancers
  • Erythroderma (widespread red skin)
  • Inflammatory dermatoses (rashes where the patient is systemically unwell)
  • Extensive immuno-bullous diseases (widespread blistering skin conditions)
  • Scarring alopecia (hair loss with scarring of the scalp skin)
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Leg ulcers
  • Viral warts (unless patient is immunosuppressed, there is diagnostic uncertainty or functionally incapacitating)
  • Skin tags (unless diagnostic doubt)
  • Seborrhoeic warts, seborrhoeic keratoses, basal cell papilloma (unless diagnostic doubt)
  • Benign lesions where removal is requested for cosmetic reasons
  • Thin, flat, pale scars (atrophic) scars

Examples of treatments (not provided by this service)

  • Botulinum toxin A (injections for excessive underarm sweating)
  • Laser treatment
  • Patch testing (skin allergy tests)
  • Cosmetic camouflage