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Dermatology: Most Popular Articles

These articles are the most popular over the last month.
Herpes Simplex Pictures
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes.
Rash Pictures
Do you have a rash and you want to find out what's causing it? Take a look at these pictures of common rashes and see if you can find yours.
Symptoms of a Herpes Outbreak
The first outbreak of genital herpes is worse than recurrent genital herpes virus infections. Find out more about how the herpes simplex virus causes the first genital herpes outbreak.
Does Your Rash Itch? See If You can Find Yours...
Rashes are common - some itch, and some don't. Learn more about common itchy rashes and see if you can determine which one you might have.
How to Treat Different Types of Acne
Blackheads and whiteheads are a specific type of acne called comedones. Find out more about what caused open and closed comedones and how to treat them here.
How Antibiotics Work to Treat Acne
Antibiotics are frequently used to treat acne. This article gives a profile of some of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics for acne.
9 Common Rashes That Can Blister
Do you have a rash with blisters? Do you know what it is? Read more here about common rashes that cause blisters.
Is it Herpes? Genital Herpes Symptoms in Women
Even though the herpes simplex virus can infect men and women, the pattern of infection is different in women. Learn more about the symptoms women can get with genital herpes.
Learn More About Your Skin
The skin is a complicated structure, made up of several layers. Find out more about skin anatomy here.
What Causes Dark Spots on Your Skin?
Dark spots, or hyperpigmentation, can be caused by many factors. Some of these factors are preventable. Learn more about the conditions and chemicals that can cause dark spots.
Measles Pictures
Measles, or rubeola, is a very contagious viral infection that starts out with symptoms similar to influenza. The measles rash can look like other viral rashes, but someone with measles gets Koplik spots which differentiates this rash from any other. Take a look at pictures of measles rashes and Koplik spots.
Chicken Pox Pictures
Chicken pox is a common infection caused by the varicella virus. This gallery shows pictures of chicken pox lesions in various stages and on different types of skin.
Herpes Pictures - Lesion on Vulva
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes. Page 12.
Herpes Pictures - Typical Lesion on Penis
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes. Page 8.
How Retin-A Helps Treat Acne
Tretinoin, or Retin-A, is a very effective medication used to treat blackheads, whiteheads, and wrinkles. This article gives guidelines that may help reduce side effects and increase compliance with this medication.
Herpes Pictures - Healing Lesions on Penis
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes. Page 9.
Herpes Pictures - Close-up of Early Lesions
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes. Page 2.
Herpes Genital - Atypical Lesions on Penis
A herpes genital rash is caused by an infection with the herpes simplex virus. The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area. This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes genital rashes. Page 10.
Herpes Pictures - Aphthous Ulcers for Comparison
Aphthous ulcers look like cold sores caused by herpes but they are not. Page 7.
What Does the SPF Number on Your Sunscreen...
What do the letters SPF stand for? Find out more about this common acronym - what it means and how it is measured.
Herpes Pictures - Early Infection on Finger
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes. Page 14.
Herpes Pictures - Crusting Lesions on Penis
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes. Page 11.
When You Should See a Doctor for a Rash
What do you do when you have a skin rash and don't know what it is? This article gives skin rash rules to follow.
How to Prevent and Treat Infection Around Your...
Paronychia is an infection of the skin around the nails that is common in people who bite their nails or children who suck their fingers. Find out more about paronychia.
Herpes Pictures - Early Cold Sore
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes. Page 6.
Herpes Pictures - Lesion Around the Eye
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes. Page 13.
Herpes Pictures - Typical Lesions on Leg
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes. Page 4.
Herpes Pictures - Typical Lesion on Finger
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes. Page 15.
"Spongy" Hives
Hives, also know as urticaria, are a common cause of itchy rashes. Find out what hives looks like in these hives pictures.
Herpes Pictures - Chicken Pox Rash for Comparison
The chicken pox rash is very distinctive, but is sometimes confused with herpes or shingles. This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes compared to the chicken pox rash. Page 3.
Herpes Pictures - Typical Cold Sore
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes. Page 5.
Can a Skin Peel Help Reduce Wrinkles?
Alpha hydroxy acids, the most common of which are glycolic acid and lactic acid, have been used for centuries for skin rejuvenation. Studies are showing that appropriate formulations of alpha hydroxy acids may reverse some of the effects of sun on the skin. Find out more about alpha hydroxy acids. Page 2.
Prescription and Over-the-Counter Treatments...
Chicken pox is a common, usually self-limited, infection caused by the varicella virus. Learn more about the presricption and over-the-counter treatments that are available.
9 Common Skin Infections That Cause a Rash
Bacterial skin infections are very common but they can range from merely annoying to deadly. Learn more about these common bacterial skin infections.
What is Jock Itch?
Jock itch is a common fungal infection that affects more men than women. Find out more about jock itch and what can be done to treat it.
Hives on Abdomen
Hives, also know as urticaria, are a common cause of itchy rashes. Find out what hives looks like in these hives pictures. Page 2.
How to Identify This Benign Skin Growth
Seborrheic Keratoses, sometimes called barnacles, can be dangerous-looking but they are actually benign. This article describes what they look like and some common ways to remove them.
Early Shingles Picture
Shingles is a painful rash that's caused by a reactivation of the chicken pox virus. This photo shows a typical early outbreak of shingles. Page 5.
What You Should Know About Ringworm
Ringworm, also known as tinea corporis, is a superficial fungal infection of the skin. Find out more about what the ringworm rash looks like, how ringworm is diagnosed, and how ringworm is treated.
How to Identify a Pityriasis Rosea Rash
Pityriasis rosea is a common, self-limited rash that can be very itchy. Find out more about the appearance and treatment of pityriasis rosea.
Learn About Your Options to Remove Unwanted Hair
A discussion of the various methods of hair removal.
Hives Pictures
Hives, also know as urticaria, are a common cause of itchy rashes. Find out what hives looks like in these hives pictures.
Scabies Pictures
Scabies is an itchy skin rash caused by a mite under the skin. This gallery shows pictures of the scabies rash and the mite that causes it.
Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of...
Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP), also known as polymorphic eruption of pregnancy, is the most common rash in pregnant women. Find out more about this condition that affects many pregnant women.
Scabies Rash on Body
Scabies is an itchy skin rash caused by a mite under the skin. Page 11.
An Overview of Common Bacterial Skin Infections
Bacterial skin infections are common and some are self-limited. This article describes the difference between several types of bacterial skin infections and how they are treated.
Is Something Giving You Hives? What You Need to...
There are many different hives causes including foods, drugs, infections, and diseases. If you or someone you know has hives, this is the place to go to find out what might be causing it.
What You Need to Know About Cellulitis
Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the deeper layers of the skin. Find out what this infection looks like and how it's treated.
What to do About a Yeast Infection on Your Skin
Intertrigo is a yeast infection that occurs in skin folds. Find out more about what this yeast infection looks like and how it is treated.
Early Shingles Rash
Shingles is a painful rash that has some distinct characteristics. This photo gallery shows various shingles rashes on different people. Page 4.
Impetigo Skin Infection
This is a picture of impetigo, a common bacterial infection that affects only the top layers of the skin. Page 3.
Skin Infection Pictures - Ringworm
This is a picture of ringworm, or tinea corporis, a common fungal infection. Page 8.
Best Soaps for Washing Your Face if You Have...
Find out what type of soap you should use on your face if you have oily skin.
What You Need to Know About Warts
Warts are actually benign tumors of the epidermis caused by a virus. Find what you need to know about this annoying skin condition.
How to Treat Hives
Hives, also known as urticaria, is a common allergic skin condition. Find out more about what causes hives and the treatment of hives.
How to Treat a Contagious Rash
Impetigo is a common bacterial skin infection. Learn more about what causes impetigo and how it is treated.
Ways to Reduce Redness and Flaking of the Skin
Seborrheic dermatitis, also known as seborrhea or dandruff, causes flaking on the face and scalp. Find out more about seborrhea and seborrhea treatments.
What is Dermatitis?
Dermatitis is often thought of as synonymous with eczema, but this is not exactly true. Dermatitis is actually a term used to describe a specific type of rash with many causes. Find out more about the types of dermatitis rashes.
What Microdermabrasion Can Do For Your Skin
Microdermabrasion is a popular cosmetic procedure performed for facial skin rejuvenation. This article gives a brief review of the scientific studies that show how microdermabrasion affects the skin.
Measles Rash on Body
Measles, or rubeola, is a very contagious viral infection that starts out with symptoms similar to influenza. The measles rash can look like other viral rashes, but someone with measles gets Koplik spots which differentiates this rash from any other. Take a look at pictures of measles rashes and Koplik spots.
Chicken Pox - Typical Early Lesion
Chicken pox is a common infection caused by the varicella virus. This gallery shows pictures of chicken pox lesions in various stages and on different types of skin.
Guttate Psoriasis of the Trunk
See pictures of various types of psoriasis. Page 10.
How Does Chicken Pox Spread?
Chicken pox is a common, usually self-limited, infection caused by the varicella virus. Learn more about the varicella virus, what the chicken pox rash looks like, and how chicken pox is diagnosed.
Pityriasis Rosea - Herald Patch
Pityriasis rosea is a common, itchy rash that resolves on its own. Often the rash starts with a "herald
Best Soaps for Washing Your Face if You Have Acne
Find out what type of soap you should use on your face if you have acne.
Do You Need to Get a Skin Cyst Removed?
Epidermoid cysts are the most common type of skin cyst. They are also known as sebaceous cysts and they tend to occur more often on the face and upper trunk. Find out more about what causes epidermoid cysts and how they are treated.
6 Products to Keep Your Skin Moisturized
Ceramide moisturizers are a new group of moisturizers that actually replace the skin's natural oils. Read more about which moisturizers are classified in this category.
How to Treat Cold Sores
Cold sores, also known as fever blisters or herpes labialis, are recurrent infections caused by the herpes simplex virus. Find out more about who gets cold sores and what can be done about them.
Ringworm Picture - Tinea Corporis
This is a picture of ringworm, or tinea corporis, a common fungal infection. Page 7.
Athlete's Foot Picture - Tinea Pedis
This is a picture of athlete's foot, a common fungal infection. Page 6.
What is Tinea Versicolor?
Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection caused by a yeast that normally inhabits the skin. Find out more about why this yeast causes a rash in some people and what this rash looks like.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Picture
This is a picture of the rash of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, a disease cause by a tick that can be fatal if not treated. Page 8.
Treatment of Acne With Isotretinoin - Accutane
Isotretinoin, trade name Accutane, is a medication that has revolutionized the treatment of acne. Find out more about how it works, who takes it, and some common side effects of this medicine.
How to Prevent and Treat Scars Caused by Acne
Acne scars can affect anyone. After acne heals, the skin can be left with a discoloration that may take months to heal. Find out more about what can be done to treat these Acne Scars Information - Treatment of Acne Scarsearly acne scars.
How to Treat Tinea Versicolor
Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection caused by a yeast that normally inhabits the skin. Find out more about the most effective treatment options.
The ABCD's of Melanoma
Step by step pictures of normal moles and melanoma. Page 7.
Measles Close-Up - Early Rash
Measles, or rubeola, is a very contagious viral infection that starts out with symptoms similar to influenza. The measles rash can look like other viral rashes, but someone with measles gets Koplik spots which differentiates this rash from any other. Take a look at pictures of measles rashes and Koplik spots. Page 8.
Causes of Hair Loss
Alopecia Areata is an unpredictable, non-scarring, patchy hair loss condition that usually resolves on its own. Find out more about what causes this condition and what can be done about it.
Koplik Spots
Measles, or rubeola, is a very contagious viral infection that starts out with symptoms similar to influenza. The measles rash can look like other viral rashes, but someone with measles gets Koplik spots which differentiates this rash from any other. Take a look at pictures of measles rashes and Koplik spots. Page 3.
How the Herpes Virus Works
The herpes simplex virus is a DNA virus that causes genital herpes and oral herpes. Find out more about how the herpes simplex virus causes infection and why people have recurrences.
Chicken Pox - Close-Up of Day 6
Chicken pox is a common infection caused by the varicella virus. This gallery shows pictures of chicken pox lesions in various stages and on different types of skin. Page 13.
Treatments for Common Skin Diseases
Learn more about common and uncommon skin conditions.
Skin Infection Pictures - Scabies
Scabies is an itchy skin rash caused by a mite under the skin. Page 6.
What is Molluscum Contagiosum?
Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin infection that can be confused with warts. Find out more about this self-limited rash that generally affects children.
Classic Psoriasis Plaque Picture
See pictures of various types of psoriasis. Page 9.
PUPPP - Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques...
PUPPP is a common itchy rash that occurs in pregnancy. This is a picture of someone with PUPPP. Page 16.
Herpes Pictures - Electron Micrograph of Herpes...
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes.
The Classic Measles Face
Measles, or rubeola, is a very contagious viral infection that starts out with symptoms similar to influenza. The measles rash can look like other viral rashes, but someone with measles gets Koplik spots which differentiates this rash from any other. Take a look at pictures of measles rashes and Koplik spots. Page 5.
Measles on Face
Measles, or rubeola, is a very contagious viral infection that starts out with symptoms similar to influenza. The measles rash can look like other viral rashes, but someone with measles gets Koplik spots which differentiates this rash from any other. Take a look at pictures of measles rashes and Koplik spots. Page 2.
Top 7 Shampoos for Seborrheic Dermatitis
Several shampoos are used to treat seborrheic dermatitis. Some of the more popular shampoos are included here.
What's the Cause of Cold Sores?
Cold sores, also known as fever blisters or herpes labialis, are recurrent infections caused by the herpes simplex virus. Find out more about who gets fever blisters and what can be done about them.
How to Identify Head Lice
Head lice are parasitic insects found most commonly behind the ears and near the neckline at the back of the neck. Learn more about what head lice and the nits (eggs) look like, how head lice is spread, and how head lice is treated.
How to Identify Normal Moles from Skin Cancer
Moles are common benign tumors that occur anywhere on the body. Learn more about moles and how to tell them apart from melanoma and other skin cancers.
Immunosuppression
The definition of immunosuppression.
What is Sebum?
The definition of sebum. Dermatology.
The Best Soaps For Eczema
It is important for people with eczema to use a mild soap that will also moisturize the skin. This article lists the best soaps for people with eczema.
An Overview of Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. Find out more about what basal cell carcinoma looks like and who is at risk for getting this skin cancer.
Skin Infection Pictures - Impetigo
This is a picture of impetigo, a common bacterial infection that affects only the top layers of the skin. Page 7.
What Causes Acne?
Acne is caused by the effects of hormones on sebaceous glands. Find out more how acne, blackheads, and whiteheads are formed.
The Best Emollient Moisturizers for People with...
People with eczema need a good moisturizer that replenishes the loss of natural oils from the skin. It is also important to have a moisturizer that doesn't irritate the skin. Find out which moisturizers are best for people with eczema.
Measles Rash on Leg
Measles, or rubeola, is a very contagious viral infection that starts out with symptoms similar to influenza. The measles rash can look like other viral rashes, but someone with measles gets Koplik spots which differentiates this rash from any other. Take a look at pictures of measles rashes and Koplik spots. Page 7.
Measles Rash on Back and Legs
Measles, or rubeola, is a very contagious viral infection that starts out with symptoms similar to influenza. The measles rash can look like other viral rashes, but someone with measles gets Koplik spots which differentiates this rash from any other. Take a look at pictures of measles rashes and Koplik spots. Page 6.
Straight Talk About Skin Care Basics
Confused about all the skin care advice you read about or see on TV? The best way to take care of your skin is to cover the basics. Get the straight talk about skin care basics here.
Review: Does Mederma Help Reduce the Appearance...
A review of Mederma as a treatment for scars.
Measles Close-Up - Late Rash
Measles, or rubeola, is a very contagious viral infection that starts out with symptoms similar to influenza. The measles rash can look like other viral rashes, but someone with measles gets Koplik spots which differentiates this rash from any other. Take a look at pictures of measles rashes and Koplik spots. Page 9.
Chicken Pox - Evolving Lesions
Chicken pox is a common infection caused by the varicella virus. This gallery shows pictures of chicken pox lesions in various stages and on different types of skin. Page 4.
How is Shingles Treated?
Shingles is a painful rash caused by re-activation of the chicken pox virus. Treatments include antivirals and corticosteroids.
Should You Try Anti-Aging Skin Care?
Beta hydroxy acid, salicylic acid, is a topical exfoliant that appears to reverse some of the effects of photoaging such as fine wrinkles and discolored skin. Find out more about beta hydroxy acid which penetrates into the pore and is less irritating than alpha hydroxy acid.
Top 10 Skin Myths
Learn about the top 10 skin myths and the truth behind them.
Skin Infection Pictures
Often when someone gets a rash, they worry that it's an infection. Take a look at these pictures of rashes caused by various infections.
What Causes Scabies and How To Treat It
Scabies is a very itchy skin rash that is caused by a mite. Learn more about what the scabies rash looks like and how it is treated.
Skin Infection Pictures - Ingrown Toenail
This is a picture of an ingrown toenail, a common nail infection. Page 9.
What is Hot Tub Folliculitis?
Hot tub folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles caused by contact with contaminated water in hot tubs or whirlpools. Find out more about what this rash looks like and how it is treated.
Shingles Pictures
Shingles is a painful rash that has some distinct characteristics. This photo gallery shows various shingles rashes on different people.
All About Shingles
Shingles is a painful rash caused by reactivation of the chickenpox virus - varicella zoster. Learn more about how shingles is contracted and what the rash looks like.
Atopic Dermatitis 101
Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema. This is the starting point to learn more about atopic dermatitis.
Do You Have Athlete's Foot?
Athlete’s foot, or tinea pedis, is a very common fungal infection experienced by up to 70% of the population at some time in their life. Learn more about the types of athlete's foot and how they are treated.
Fungal Nail Infections - Onychomycosis
A fungal infection of the nails causes thickened, discolored nails that can be painful. Find out what fungal nail infections look like and how they are diagnosed.
Scabies Rash on Leg
Scabies is an itchy skin rash caused by a mite under the skin. Page 5.
Chicken Pox - Close-Up
Chicken pox is a common infection caused by the varicella virus. This gallery shows pictures of chicken pox lesions in various stages and on different types of skin. Page 6.
Erythrasma
Erythrasma is a skin infection that is often confused with jock itch. Find out more about erythrasma and how you can tell it apart from jock itch.
How to Take Good Care of Your Skin if You Have...
Learn about how to take care of your skin to prevent or help treat eczema.
Vesicle
The definition of vesicle. Dermatology.
The Anatomy of Nails
Fingernails and toenails are made of more than just the nail we see. Find out more about the anatomy of nails and how nails grow.
Scabies Rash Between Fingers
Scabies is an itchy skin rash caused by a mite under the skin. Page 3.
Proper Use of Sunscreen
Sunscreen is one of the most effective skin-care products used to prevent wrinkles and skin cancer. Find out how sunscreens work, how you know which sunscreen to pick, and how to apply sunscreen effectively.
What's the Treatment for Genital Herpes?
Genital herpes infections can be treated with medications that reduce the symptoms of genital herpes and reduce the occurance of genital herpes. Find out more about the medications used to treat genital herpes.
What Causes Wrinkles
Wrinkles are caused by many factors as we age. Find out more about the major causes of wrinkles.
Hives Caused by Infection
Hives, also know as urticaria, are a common cause of itchy rashes. Find out what hives looks like in these hives pictures. Page 2.
Chicken Pox - Day 6
Chicken pox is a common infection caused by the varicella virus. This gallery shows pictures of chicken pox lesions in various stages and on different types of skin. Page 7.
Interesting Facts About Hair
Hair is more complicated than it appears. Find out more about the structure of hair and how it works. Page 2.
Steroids - Topical Steroid Strengths
Topical steroids are divided into groups based on their strengths. Find out more about the strengths of various topical steroids.
What Causes Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder that affects 1% to 3% of the world's population. Find out more about what causes psoriasis.
Hives on Neck
Hives, also know as urticaria, are a common cause of itchy rashes. Find out what hives looks like in these hives pictures.
Skin Infection Pictures - Athlete's Foot
This is a picture of athlete's foot, a common fungal infection. Page 10.
Skin Infection Pictures - Fungal Nail Infection
This is a picture of a fungal nail infection, or onychomycosis. Page 2.
How To Know When You Need To See a Dermatologist
Do you need a dermatologist or should you see your regular provider? This article helps clarify the types of providers who take care of skin diseases.
Acne Treatment With Topical Antibiotics
Topical antibiotics are a common and effective type of acne treatment. Find out more about acne treatment with topical antibiotics.
Genital Herpes Treatments
Genital herpes infections can be treated with medications that reduce the symptoms of genital herpes and reduce the occurance of genital herpes. Find out more about the medications used to treat genital herpes.
How to Treat an Intensely Itchy Rash
Dyshidrotic dermatitis, also known as pompholyx, is an intensely itchy rash that occurs on the hands and feet. Find out more about what dyshidrotic dermatitis looks like and how it is treated.
How the Sun Damages Your Skin
UV radiation from sun exposure causes changes in many vital skin structures. Find out more about the visible skin changes that are caused by exposure to UV radiation. Page 2.
Hives Appearance
Hives, also know as urticaria, are a common cause of itchy rashes. Find out what hives looks like in these hives pictures. Page 7.
How to Avoid and Treat Skin Irritation
Irritant contact dermatitis occurs when the skin comes in contact with a substance that acts as an irritant. Find out more about the appearance of irritant contact dermatitis and how it is treated.
Plantar Wart Picture
Warts are very common, especially in children and young adults. They are actually benign tumors that are located only in the top layer of the skin, the epidermis. Warts can occur anywhere on the body and look different depending on their location. Take a look at various types of warts. Page 4.
Chicken Pox - On the Hand
Chicken pox is a common infection caused by the varicella virus. This gallery shows pictures of chicken pox lesions in various stages and on different types of skin. Page 9.
Pityriasis Rosea Pictures
1-7 7 Pityriasis Rosea - Herald Patch Pityriasis Rosea - Herald Patch Pityriasis Rosea - Typical Rash
Herpes and Pregnancy
Under certain circumstances a pregnant woman can transmit the herpes simplex virus to her baby causing potentially deadly consequences. Find out more about genital herpes infections in pregnancy.
Steroids - Topical Steroid Side Effects
While topical steroids have tremendous benefit in reducing inflammation, they also have significant side effects. Learn more about the side effects of topical steroids.
Day 5 of Shingles Rash
Shingles is a painful rash that has some distinct characteristics. This photo gallery shows various shingles rashes on different people. Page 3.

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