Skin Conditions

Skin Conditions


Albinism occurs when one of several genetic defects make the body unable to produce or distribute melanin, a natural substance that gives color to your hair, skin, and iris of the eye. A child with albinism will hav... Read more about Albinism.


Burns are common childhood injuries that can result from contact with hot surfaces, open flames, chemicals, extreme cold, steam, or exposed electrical wires. Any burn that develops a blister or covers a large area of the... Read more about Burns.

Congenital Blue Nevus

A congenital blue nevus is one type of birthmark. It is not known what causes birthmarks, and treatment is usually not required unless the mark is on the face. Blue nevi are blue in color because they are positioned deep... Read more about Congenital Blue Nevus.

Congenital Nevi

Congenital nevi is a term used to describe a group of birthmarks that appear on the skin of an infant. It is not known what causes birthmarks, and there is no way to prevent them from forming in the womb. Different types... Read more about Congenital Nevi.


Eczema is an inflammatory condition of the skin. It is not contagious. It can occur at any time, and may have periods of remission or disappear later in life. It is characterized by itchy, red patches that sometimes weep... Read more about Eczema.

Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB)

Epidermolysis Bullosa, or EB, is a rare genetic skin disorder that causes the skin to blister or slough off at the slightest amount of friction. People with EB are missing, or have a deficiency in, the protein that holds... Read more about Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) .


In the world of adoption, a hemangioma is a very minor "special need".   A hemangioma is simply a red birthmark that looks like a rubbery bump and is made of extra blood cells in the skin. Although they can app... Read more about Hemangioma.


Ichthyosis is a rare genetic disorder that results in a scaly appearance of the skin. It ranges from very mild to more obvious forms. It is not contagious, nor is there a cure for this disease. In more severe cases, skin... Read more about Ichthyosis.

Port Wine Stains

Port wine stains are light pink to purple-colored birthmarks that often occur on the head or face, but can appear anywhere on the body. It is not known what causes these marks. Closely grouped blood vessels near the surf... Read more about Port Wine Stains.