Skin Diseases and Treatments

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Diseases of the Skin and Treatments

Kari Fournier

MO150-7

September 18, 2011
Instructor Eileen Domerchie

Diseases of the Skin and Treatments

In this paper, I am going to be writing about 3 different types of diseases of the skin and their treatments. Also I will be including the signs and symptoms, causes of the diseases, and the medication side effects. The first topic will be about Measles, which is an example of a viral skin infection. Next topic will be about Malignant Melanoma, which is a type of skin cancer, and finally the last topic will be about Acne Rosacea.

Measles is a viral disease that can kill you. This viral disease is caused by paramyxovirus, which is associated with the measles since it is a respiratory infection, and has the same symptoms. In most people, the disease produces fever (temperature > 101 F [38.3 C]), a generalized rash that last greater than three days, cough, runny nose (coryza), and red eyes (conjunctivitis). The complications of measles that result in most deaths include pneumonia and inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) (Rockoff & Lehrer, 1996-2011, p. 1). The rash is appears after 3 to 5 days after the couch, runny nose and fever kicks in. For measles, there really is no treatment, but you can prevent this from happening by immunization. The only medicine you can take is something that will reduce the fever. For instance you can take Tylenol, but you will have to calculate the dosage by the weight of the patient.

Malignant melanoma is a skin cancer that develops in the pigment cells that are present in the skin. What causes this type of skin cancer to appear is from being out in the sun without any protection on. To determine if you have melanoma is to use the ABCD method: “Asymmetry: One half of the mole is different from the other half. Border irregularity: The spot has borders which are not smooth and regular but uneven or notched. Color: The spot has several colors in an...
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