Just like all other medical specialties, dermatology also deals with hereditary conditions. Also known as genetic conditions, these are problems passed down from generation to generation. In other words, the child of someone who has one of these conditions is more likely to have it as well.
At Avail Dermatology we are available to discuss any concerns you may have about hereditary skin conditions.
Hereditary Skin Conditions
- Albinism: A skin condition that causes the pigment of skin, hair, and eyes to have little to no color. This condition increases the risk for skin cancer so yearly skin checks are recommended.
- Basal Cell Nevus Syndrome: Also called Gorlin Syndrome, this is a condition that causes more frequent irregularities to pop up on the skin. Some of these irregularities include: cysts of the jaw and Basal Cell skin cancer.
- Cowden Syndrome: A rare genetic condition characterized by multiple noncancerous tumor-like growths called hamartomas on the skin and an increased risk for other types of cancers, such as breast and thyroid.
- Ectodermal Dysplasias: When two or more abnormal developments happen on either the skin, sweat glands, hair, nails, teeth, and membranes.
- Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: Some of the biggest symptoms of this skin condition are overly flexible joints, elastic skin that bruises easily, and rupture of major blood vessels.
- Ichthyosis: This condition causes dry, scaling skin that can either be very thick or very thin.
- Incontinentia Pigmenti: This condition typically involves blistering rashes in infancy, wart-like skin growths, and brown swirled patches of skin in adulthood.
- Muir-Torre Syndrome: This genetic skin condition causes skin tumors in the oil glands and is associated with internal cancers. The most common internal cancer involves the gastrointestinal tract.
- Neurofibromatosis: This condition affects how nerve cells form and grow and may cause lesions anywhere in your nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves).
- Premature Aging Syndromes: These genetic skin disorders cause aging, such as wrinkles, to happen extremely fast. Your skin will seem very thin and less elastic.
- Tuberous Sclerosis: This condition causes non-cancerous tumors to develop; in may parts of the body including the skin and internal organs. This disease can vary in severity and have many different presentations.
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