Skin Disease Glossary

Being new to the skin disease community can be overwhelming. Here is a list of some of the skin diseases that we see at Camp Wonder.


Alopecia areata

Alopecia areata is a common autoimmune skin disease resulting in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere on the body.


Atopic dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is the most severe and chronic (long-lasting) kind of eczema. Atopic dermatitis is a disease that causes itchy, inflamed skin.


Epidermolysis bullosa (EB)

EB is a rare genetic disorder that is painful, life-threatening, and can lead to disability and disfigurement. EB makes the skin so fragile that the slightest friction causes blisters and skin tears. The eyes, mouth, throat and other internal organs can also be affected. There is no cure or treatment today. 



Ichthyosis is a family of genetic skin disorders characterized by dry, scaling skin that may be thickened or very thin.



Pemphigoid is a group of subepidermal, blistering autoimmune diseases that primarily affect the skin, especially the lower abdomen, groin and flexor surfaces of the extremities.



Pemphigus is a group of rare skin disorders that cause blisters of your skin or mucous membranes. These diseases are caused by an autoimmune defect in which autoantibodies are produced to attack the "glue" that attached epidermal cells.



Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune disease that occurs when the immune system sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells. These result in widespread "scales" - thick, red skin that flakes. 



Vitiligo is a condition in which skin loses melanin, the pigment that determines the color of your skin, hair and eyes. This results in large, irregular white patches of skin.


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