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Skin is prone to various disorders such as infections, blemishes, and abnormal growths or scars. Typical contributions in this category include questions, answers, discussions and references to the causes and treatments for skin ailments and their characteristics.

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Conditions and Diseases
Skin Care
Skin Disorders
Acne
Drinking Water

Does drinking water help get rid of acne?

A healthy diet is a key to improve your skin condition. It is advisable to cut down your intake of oily foods and dairy products. Hormonal changes can also be a cause of acne and a healthy diet can control the changes in your hormones, thereby reducing the effect of acne on your skin. Acne is a chronic condition and might require expert Dermatologists intervention if the condition persists. Although acne scar treatment at home can help you keep the condition in control, top skin specialists are required to keep the condition under check. Reach out the best dermatologists for a quick and permanent cure.

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Conditions and Diseases
Rashes
Skin Disorders

What does a Lamictal rash look like?

Most people who are allergic to sulfa based medicationss are also allergic to Lamictal. The reactions vary from blisters in the mouth to busted eyeball capillaries, to a very serious SJS or TENS reaction.

Pain in the ankles and the joints feeling like glass is inside of them are also symptoms, and the sufferer is often prescribed other medications for conditions which simply do not exist.

If you take Lamictal, be on the lookout as the side effects are as violent as the bi-polar condition itself.

Most people start to show signs of side effects within 10 days of the dosage.

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Why does your back itch after you cough a bunch?

I have this sensation too. It is not skin related (unless it is an allergic reaction that makes you both cough and have a rash), but rather a nervous symptom - that is, related to the nerves in your chest. A cough is produced when the diaphragm (the large breathing muscle that your lungs sit on top of) rapidly expands, and at the same time, the throat is closed shut. This quickly builds up a pressure within the lungs. Then, when the throat is suddenly opened, the air is forced out with a coughing sound, and hopefully whatever it is that causes the cough (like irritating phlegm), will be expelled. The constant and repeated moving around of the diaphragm and lungs inside your chest will sooner or later start to irritate the nerve fibres in that area - the become overstimulated. Since many of our "internal" nerves (as opposed to nerves in the skin) are of a kind that we can´t readily feel, the brain becomes a bit confused.

It will place the sensations of these nerves not inside your chest, but on the surface of your skin - in this case, as an itch between your shoulder blades. This is called "referred sensation", and is the same phenomenen that makes an inflammated appendix cause an ache around the belly button.

As you may or may not have noticed, this coughing-back-itch will not easily be scratched away like a regular itch. This is because it comes from the inside of the body, and not from the outside like if you were being tickled by a feather or had lice.

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Skin Care
Skin Disorders
Sunburn

How long does a sunburn last?

Generally depending on your skin complexion and severity of the burn the pain will last 2-4 days, less if the burn is minor, more if the burn is severe(in which case seeing a doctor is not a bad idea). Also peeling which generally occurs with burns, will take a few more days but peeling although unsightly, is not usually painful. Treatment can be applied in many different lotions(aloe vera)/home remedies/etc. Also avoid exposures to the sun to make sure the condition does not worsen which could make the burn last a few more days. If you have blisters on your shoulders, back,arms ect. then sunburn may last about 1-3 weeks, depends on how bad.

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Skin Disorders
Signs and Omens

What does it mean if your left palm itches?

Some people say it means good luck or you're going to get some money

Generally your left hand itching means money coming into your life, unless you are left-handed in which case it means money going out of your life.

I thought it was the right hand brings money and the left hand your paying out money.

It means something is irritating the skin of your hand.

It means you are too superstitious or that you are having bad luck

There's an old superstition that when your palms itch it means money. An itching left palm means money to be paid out, while an itching right palm is money coming in. To stop the left palm from itching, the superstition says to rub the palm on a piece of wood.

There may be something to this old tale, since itching palms often show new internal energy moving through the hands. The left hand is the passive or receptive, and the right is the active. When the left palm itches, look for new energy or services coming into your life - Of course this will probably cost you some money. The right palm itching means energy or services going out - Work you might get paid for.

Touching or rubbing wood is a very old method for transferring or releasing unwanted energy buildup (thus expressions like "touch wood"), so if your left palm itches, try rubbing it on the corner of a table - If you don't get a splinter, perhaps you'll save some money!

The answer in bold italics offered by The Oklahoma Pagan Society

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Pregnancy Health and Safety (Prenatal Care)
Conditions and Diseases
Skin Disorders
Dandruff

What is a good dandruff shampoo for pregnant women?

Talk to your Ob Gyn and DO NOT use OTC NIZORAL or COAL TAR shampoos. Your doctor is the only qualified person to answer this question.

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Conditions and Diseases
Allergies
Rashes
Skin Disorders

Are skin rashes caused by allergies?

Allergies can show themselves through various skin reactions. The main reactions are rashes (small bumps or larger red patches), hives (also called urticaria; itchy, red raised patches on the skin), or eczema (also called atopic dermatitis; an itchy, weeping rash). These symptoms can have various causes. Most often it is allergies, but some people get hives from heat, cold or sun exposure. Contact allergies/dermatitis is defined as a skin rash caused by direct contact with a substance to which the skin is sensitive. Symptoms include a red rash, swelling, and itching. In more severe cases, blisters can form. Many substances can cause allergic contact dermatitis: poison ivy and other plants (such as tomato plants), wool, perfumes and dyes (in soaps, detergents, lotions, etc.), metals (in jewelry, hair clips, etc.), locally applied medicinal ointments such as antibiotic creams, and latex (often used in latex gloves). These can occur at any age and can appear at any time. It can take years for a sensitivity to a particular substance to develop, so "I've used this for years" isn't a reason to exclude anything from the possible allergen list. Symptoms may appear as soon as 7 to 10 days from first contact. Once a sensitivity develops, however, the reaction can occur in 24-48 hours. Treatment of contact dermatitis generally consists of avoiding the allergen. To determine whether or not something is the cause, patch tests (a small amount of the substance applied to the skin, then covered and left for 24 hours) can often show whether or not that substance causes the reaction. Other allergies can cause rashes, too. Some find that citrus fruits cause small raised bumps when ingested. Eczema is often caused by a food allergy, though there may be other causes. Cow's milk is a particularly common allergen for those with eczema. Avoiding allergens provides long-term relief, while short-term relief can be had by using moisturizers on the skin and taking antihistamines. Some find that using all cotton clothing and bedding makes a difference. Hives can be caused by a number of factors, not just allergies. Hives occur suddenly and may end suddenly, though there are chronic cases where hives are present for a month or more. Other causes of hives are sun exposure, heat and cold. Again, avoidance is the primary treatment.

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Conditions and Diseases
HIV and AIDS
Skin Disorders
Scabies

Could having HIV make you itch a lot?

Not in itself,however some types of anti-retroviral medications have been know to cause severe rash's due to allergic reaction. If this takes place,treatment will be altered.

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Malaria
Pneumonia

Are fungal infections responsible for many 'undiagnosed' illnesses?

No, systemic candidiasis is a scam. Labs and practitioners charge money to do tests on various samples and they invariably report positive results. They then sell expensive treatments. There is no evidence for any of it.

My suggestion is that if you are tempted by some of these ads that you first send a test sample of some kind. See if they report it as negative.

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Skin Disorders

What causes toenails to bruise?

The question needs clarifying, so I'll place it into two answers for the two possibilities.

If in question to white spots on the nail itself, this is often due to the nail being damaged whilst in the process of being formed inside the finger. So if one were to, for example, smash their thumb in a door, the results would not only be a bruised thumb but when the nail grows out you will see a white patch where the formation of the nail was interrupted by the impact of the door.

Some people often wonder if it's due to a deficiency of some sort of vitamin or the like, which is one of the least likely causes. Such a deficiency, however, may cause the nail as a whole to become more brittle or softer, whatever the case may be, and thus more susceptible to becoming damaged.

Now, if it was in question to a bruise beneath the nail, it's no different than a bruise on the skin. Whatever impact or incident brought about the bruise remained, for the most part, internal and so blood escapes the vessels beneath the skin or nail and shows through the thin layer. The color of the bruise depends of whether the escaping blood is oxidized or not, blue blood being the non-oxidized.

(This is all a wild guess from personal knowledge and experience. I didn't do any research, so feel free to correct me.)

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Skin Care
Skin Disorders
Acne

Does Cetaphil help clear acne?

Cetaphil is a moisturizing hand cream designed for moisturizing skin. Not clearing skin. In fact, it may clog your pores and actually cause acne. So the short answer is no.

>>cetaphil makes a cleanser and lotion. it is a very mild water based solution. using cetaphil cleanser alone can sometimes dry your skin. it is non-abrasive and barely suds, which is good because you don't want to damage your skin by scrubbing it twice a day. it is mild enough to use every day. i saw improvement as far as skin clarity after several weeks. keep in mind, it is not medicine and is extremely mild, good for sensitive skins. i apply liberally to dry skin and then rinse off thoroughly, then apply the lotion and then gently wipe off the excess so it won't clog my pores. once a week i apply the cleanser and gently rub it in with a washcloth before rinsing off again, like a super gentle scrub. hope this answer helps.

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Dog Care
Skin Disorders

Why does your nose peel every day?

You probably have a sunburn. Try using sunscreen when spending a lot of time in the sun.

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Conditions and Diseases
Skin Disorders
Scabies

Does mole biopsy cause itching?

Normally, when a spot is biopsied it's itchy, just wait after two or three weeks before you act, and if it's persisted you might need to see a doctor or a dermatologist because Melanoma (the most dangerous type of skin cancer) might be on it's way, remember Melanoma may begin in association with a mole.

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Rashes
Skin Disorders

Can you Swim with a rash?

Most lifeguards will tell you no, because the rash could be communicable, unless you know for sure it is because of an allergy, or maybe from the chlorine in the pool itself. Do not swim if the rash is causing any blisters or open wounds.

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Skin Disorders
Acne

What is the difference between pimples and boils?

Pimples are caused by oil and dirt in your pores. These turn black when they are exposed to air. Boils are when the oil is trapped under the skin.

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Child Health
Skin Disorders
Acne

Can a 4 year old get facial acne?

Probably not, however a child can have allergies that resemble acne. Best to see your family physician or dermatologist.

i honestly doubt it..... they would be too young..... are you sure it is not bumps???

My grandson has a condition called infantigo. It's like acne and he got it below his nose from time to time and it itched. The doc. prescribed an ointment for it. Could be something like that. Ask him/her if it itches. Your pediatrician would know. Good luck!!

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Facial Hair

Does facial hair cause pimples?

Yes it does!

Pimples start deep in the dermis of the skin, at the hair follicle.

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Conditions and Diseases
Rashes
Skin Disorders

How do you get rid of butt rash?

Zinc Oxide cream and/or anti-fungal topical medication, look in the baby aisle at the store. If it is a minor rash, you can try medicated powders also found in the baby aisle. Keep the area clean, let air get to it and, very important: keep it dry. If it is on a baby's butt, try to keep the diaper off as much as possible to let the rash be exposed to air.

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Conditions and Diseases
Strattera
Rashes
Skin Disorders

Can Straterra cause a rash?

My son has been off Straterra for 1 week. His rash is subsiding ever so slowly. The spots that he scratched are infected, but I am putting a cream(antibiotic) on them. I may try epsom salt compresses or put him in a pool or hot tub and let the chlorine/bromine help to dry them up. No more Straterra for him. He is a happier kid now and he eats and sleeps better! IMHO the Straterra was a major factor with the rash, the upset stomach, and the lack of sleep. Good Luck!

Any rash brought on by ANY medications can be a sign of Stephens Johnson syndrome. It is when your body reacts to foreign chemicals and your body basically burns itself up. This is a LIFE THREATENING disease. Most doctors NEVER watch for this or think about it. Anytime you start a new medication, especially "psych" meds you have to watch for symptoms of a rash. If you develop any symptoms DISCONTINUE THE MEDICATION IMMEDIATELY! Most of the time fatalities occur because doctors don't link the rashes with the medications, meanwhile you are feeding the fire. I was alerted to this when I started taking Lamictal. My psych kept asking me to tell him if any signs of a rash developed, to stop the medication and call him immediately. He didn't tell me why, but an internet search revealed the reason. Go to Stephens Johnson Syndrome and check it out. Don't mess around. There are pictures there and people who get this look like they have been dropped in a deep fryer. It is scary!

Thank you so much for informing us here about Stevens Johnson and its website. I have never heard of it in my 43 years of living and I research EVERY drug I am prescribed by a doctor very thoroughly - (one would think I would have run across such important information about possible drug reaction/allergy.) This should be commonly given out by doctors - not to scare but to educate! Thanks again.

After being on Straterra for 3 days I develeoped a minor rash that can best be described as a red dry rash that burned when I touched it (like poison ivy). I kept an eye on it and it did get worse before it got better starting on my face and working down to my legs but by the 5th day of Straterra the rash was completely gone. I've had such positive results from Straterra with the ADHD didn't want to stop and I'm so glad I didn't. The rash was a very fast and minor side effect and it went away before I could even call my doctor to question it. I've been on it almost 2 weeks now and there is no sign of a rash.

I am so glad that I found this site in searching for an answer to wether or not Strattera can cause a rash of any sorts. My 14 years old son just switched from Concerta to Strattera two weeks ago and he has developed this funny looking rash. It started between his fingers and moved to his face, legs, and eye. It looks red with tiny little bumps the size of a pin head. Does this sound familiar to anyone? He said that it itches and it bothers him. Help.

i am on my 8th day of strattera.i started getting a rash on my face & neck yesterday. i hope it goes away.

My son was on Straterra for almost 2 months with no problems. The Dr. increased his meds. a little to help out more. After they were increaced he started breaking out in a rash. We stopped the meds. for a week. After the rash cleared up we started him back on the meds. He started with the rash all over again. Now he is off Straterra and on Ritalin. He is breaking out with it too afer a weeks time. I'm lost on what to do. Is he going to be like this with all these meds? He really needs something. Anyone have any ideas?

I was taking 40mg twice a day and increased to 60mg twice a day. That's when I noticed that my skin was extra-sensitive. After swimming in chlorine I would break out in a rash all over. Went back to 40mg...no problem!!

Strattera has been so effective in helping my A.D.D. that at age 52 it was like being found stranded on confusion island after 45 years. You know what I'm talking about.I have been using Strattera for about 30 days. After the first two weeks of 40 mgs a day my doctor increased it to 80 mgs. The rash started about a week ago.Mostly my torso and legs.I stopped the Strattera a couple of days ago and I'm hoping the rash goes away soon, then I can try something else. I hope I find something as effective without the side effects if that is what this is.Frank

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Birth Control
Conditions and Diseases
Skin Disorders
Psoriasis

Does birth control affect psoriasis?

Not at all!

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Rashes
Skin Disorders

How do you get rid of itchy rash after pregnancy?

Hydrocortisone GEL, not cream or ointment will alleviate the itching and the pain, but the way to cure it is by taking prednisone. My wife has had her rash for three weeks and starting taking the prednisone last night. The swelling is gone and so are the bumps. She is not itching and there is only a little redness. She started taking it at 9pm last night and I am typing this at 8am the next morning. This is great! She is getting back to her normal jolly and happy self..........So the prednisone is great for us dad's too!!! :-)

Day three...my wife is back in her sexy clothes and out of the robe that she has been wearing for three weeks. She is off with mom shopping.

One week later........rash is completely gone.

The price of the prednisone which was prescribed after she called her doctor was 4 dollars.

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Skin Disorders

What causes a prolonged menstruation and rashes on arms and legs?

i have a rash sometimes in my menstruation;why is causin.g this

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Skin Disorders
Shingles (infection)

Will the shingles rash appear on the elbow?

yes because i have had it on the elbow before.

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Skin Disorders

What is red itchy burning rash that looked like bug bites at first then spreads?

it might be chiggers. They are little microscopic bugs that go in your skin and lay eggs. Don't worry you cant die. i would just a doctor to give special ointment. or its just poison oak, ivy or sumac.

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Skin Disorders
Vitiligo

What type of doctor treats vitiligo?

Dermatologists help in treating vitiligo. There are some traditional herbal and ayurvedic recipes which are also found useful in treatment of vitiligo. Homeopathic treatment is one of the good options available for treating Vitiligo.

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