Dr David Hepburn - Dermatologist
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease
This is a mild viral illness that mostly affects children. The symptoms are: sudden development of a high temperature; a sore throat and small blisters on the mouth, palms of hands and soles of feet.… More
Scabies is a very common skin infection that is caused by a mite that burrows under the top layer of skin and lays its eggs. The eggs hatch in a few days. The skin then becomes very itchy and a red, raised rash may appear. Itching is worse at night… More
Acne is a skin disorder that is characterised by pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and, in bad cases, cysts (deeper lumps). Acne usually starts at puberty and is in response to our body’s production of hormones, called androgens.… More
Fungal Skin Infections
Bacteria and a number of types of fungi live on the surface of the skin.… More
Bacterial Skin Infections
Our skin is our body’s first defence mechanism and even though many types of bacteria live on its surface, we still need a healthy, intact skin surface to maintain its defense.… More
There are several different types of eczema but all have a number of common symptoms, the main feature being red, inflamed, itchy skin. The skin can be covered with small, fluid-filled blisters that might ooze and form a scale or crust.… More
Psoriasis is a common, recurring (keeps coming back) skin condition that is hard to treat.… More
Shingles is caused by a virus called herpes zoster, this is the same virus that causes chickenpox. After the virus has caused chicken pox it remains dormant (inactive) in the nerve cells, but can then be reactivated in later life to cause shingles. It is not known why the virus… More
There are three main types of wart infections that occur on our body: common warts, plantar warts and venereal warts (genital warts).… More
New Zealand has a very high rate of skin cancer, when compared to other countries.… More
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This page was last updated at 8:55AM on May 7, 2014. This information is reviewed and edited by Dr David Hepburn - Dermatologist.