Questions tagged [dermatology]

Questions about diseases or disorders of the skin fall under the general tag "dermatology", which is the branch of medicine dealing with the skin. This includes the skin's structure and function as well as any disorders or diseases. It also deals with structures generated in/by the skin, e.g. sweat, oils/sebum, hair, nails, moles, warts, skin coloration and its disorders, etc.

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Any cure for epidermolysis bullosa? [closed]

My young cousing has this skin disease, and that's awful. Any possible cure for this disease?
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Beyond correlation, why is Frank's sign significant or not?

The Wikipedia lists Frank's sign as Frank's sign is a diagonal crease in the ear lobe extending from the tragus across the lobule to the rear edge of the auricle. The sign is named after Sanders T. ...
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Why do you not need sun protection whe the UV index is 3?

In Australia, they recommend sun protection when the UV index is above 3. Why is this? Surely whenever it's above 0 there are still UV rays hitting your skin? Would 10 minutes in the sun with a UV ...
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Possible to remove Achilles skin adhesions after significant time?

I ruptured my right Achilles tendon in a martial arts class in late May, 2012. It was a full rupture, and surgically repaired within a week by a reputable orthopedic surgeon (Consultant/surgeon for ...
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How can we prevent inhaling or ingesting mites that live on everyone?

I was distraught to learn today that "mites are living on everyone": Demodex folliculorum, Demodex brevis. What can I do, and not do, to prevent them from entering my body? Am I correct that any ...
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What are these perfectly circular red shapes on the back of that person?

I am now living in Korea and have seen regularly these circular red shapes on the back of Korean people. Here is a picture. Sorry for the low quality, it is difficult for me to take a picture of ...
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Does applying ice patch to flea bites help heal faster?

Applying ice patch is a command remedy against flea bites help heal faster?. Example http://www.thebugsquad.com/fleas/flea-bites-solutions/ : If you have a cold pack that you normally use on ...
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Why do skin calluses not heal sometimes and remain tough until they fall off?

Bar exercises such as pull-ups, toes-to-bar etc. usually cause skin calluses on one's hand, just below the place where the fingers are connected to the hand, e.g.:. So the skin in these areas hardens,...
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Is it bad for skin to be naked so often?

I often feel itchy, very quickly after I take off my shirt. So it made me think about it. I can Imagine that cloth absorbs our sweat and thus prevents it from accumulating on skin which I don't think ...
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Differential diagnosis for a facial lesion?

What is the differential diagnosis for a facial lesion such as the one shown? Appearance: consists of multiple small blister-like lesions in clusters under the eye and on upper cheek. Base edematous ...
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Epidermis destruction after fish eating skin?

Before a time I asked myself a question: Part of the epidermis cells are dead right, so aren't the fishes (see link below) in a spa dangerous to skin by eating a part of epidermis that basically ...
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Petechiae vs purpura vs teleangiectasia

I am having trouble understanding the visual and structural differences between these vascular lesions. I know that purpura is elevated and that spider angiomas (easly recognizable) refill from the ...
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What diseases could be transmitted skin to skin (massage)?

What kind of diseases one can get from a skin-to-skin interaction such as getting full body massages (without touching intimate parts) assuming a person had mild skin damages that occur after shaving ...
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What Causes Stress Hives

I was looking up the effects of stress on skin on WebMD. It only talked about treatment and gave an very basic overview of one potential explanation, but not for the hives in particular. I just want ...
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Does paste of Licorice root, Burdock root and Dandelion root reverses Hairfall?

I am suffering from hair fall from last five year. Whenever i comb my hair hard, small pieces of deal cell start falling from scalp. I tried PRP(Plasma riched platelates) and Minoxidill 5% but that ...
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How to prevent and minimize whitening (albication) of the scar on face?

Normotrophic scar (about 1 cm long) was formed on my face (lower eyelid). Typically, with time scars tend to turn white. That probably indicates that scar tissue formation is finished. Then this ...
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Do simple carbohydrates affect skin quality?

Does eating simple carbohydrates affects the skin quality ? Will it make skin dark, old, dull, dry, wrinkled, saggy, or cause fine lines or age spots?
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As of Apr. 2018, is topical benzyl peroxide considered to be carcinogenic?

Please notify me of any more recent studies than this from 1995, whose abstract states: Topical benzoyl peroxide has been used in the treatment of acne for over 30 years, with no reports of adverse ...
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What needs to be exposed for the body to produce Vitamin D?

What parts of the body need to be exposed to sunlight for the body to produce Vitamin D? Some say it's the skin, some say it's the eyes, and some say it's a combination. The most common answer I ...
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Tinea Capitis ( Ringworm of the scalp) under a magnifying glass

Supposing a patient has Tinea Capitis (Ringworm of the scalp) what will you see under a magnifying glass?
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Shampoos that are supposed to help hair grow - how long should they be left in before rinsing?

Some shampoos contain ingredients such as Biotin with the expectation that it will promote hair growth. Presumably the ingredient is in a format that can be taken up by the skin (or the hair follicles)...
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What is the most potent method of scar resurfacing?

For now, there are different methods of scar resurfacing: Laser Fraxel Radio Frequency therapy CO2-Laser Microneedling with/without PRP Nd:YAG laser Dermabrasion/Microdermabrasion Maybe some others?...
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Do bearded faces age slower?

Recent research indicates that UV exposure may be responsible for around 80% of facial skin aging symptoms. The more unprotected exposure from the sun, the more the skin ages. Does the evidence show ...
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Can using moisturiser make acne worse? [closed]

Over the last few weeks, I've started breaking out with medium-to-severe acne, and in an attempt to clear it up in the short-term I've been using the T-Zone Skin Clearing Face Moisturiser. However, I'...
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Aesthetics aside, is there a medical reason that acne should be treated?

There are obvious costmetic reasons to treat Acne. However, are there medical reasons for acne to be treated? Possible disadvantages of treatment include harshness of chemicals, side effects of ...
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Electromagnetic Light and Radio Pulses in Combination against Skin Conditions

Reading up on recent developments in the treatments for Hidradenitis suppurativa I came across a brand new option. Τhat option, if true, would by absolutely sensational on several fronts: The so ...
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What vitamins are useful for restoring the skin after an injury?

I was injured 4 weeks ago. After the removal of the stitches, either an atrophic or a normotrophic scar (about 1 cm long) was formed on my face. I would like to contribute to the skin and constitution ...
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Is the kids moon disease a skin cancer?

Dry pigmented skin or kids moon Xeroderma pigmentosum is a genetic disease that was first discovered in 1870 by Dr. Moritz Kaposi, a product of the loss of oxygen-deficient ribosome DNA, in its ...
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Which type of protein supplement is better suited to promote skin healing?

Typically, protein is used as a sport nutrition for muscle growth. But I need it for another reason. I was injured (lacerated skin wound). Physicians sometimes recommend to consume protein to promote ...
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How to REALLY treat fungal infection? [closed]

Problem: I'm a runner. My immune system became weak due to some virus and I got a fungal infection about 9 months ago. Treatment: I didn't know that I have a fungal infection because it wasn't ...
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Mederma or Contractubex. What is better for still forming normotrophic scars?

Mederma and Contractubex have similar composition. Mederma's ingredients according to Tabletwise: Allium Cepa Topical (onion) Allantoin Topical Purified Water Topical Xanthan Gum Topical ...
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Why is terbinafine hydrochloride cream OTC in the US whereas ciclopirox olamine cream isn't?

Why is terbinafine hydrochloride cream OTC in the US whereas ciclopirox olamine cream isn't? Both medications are typically used to treat fungal skin infections (tinea corporis, tinea capitis, tinea ...
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Does vitamin E in oil liquid form help to eliminate wrinkles on face?

It is sometimes recommended by dermatologists for topical use to promote wrinkle smoothing. Does vitamin E in liquid oil form help to fade wrinkles?
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Why are airplane pilots more likely to have skin cancer?

I read on http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/12/travel/faq-frequent-airline-questions.html?mcubz=1: “Pilots do have a higher incidence of skin cancer,” said Dr. James M. Spencer, a member of the board ...
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Does it make sense to apply bio-oil products such as vitamin E (oil), Aloe vera, etc. on the scar to minimize scarring?

I have 1-month old scar on my face. Now I am using silicone gel against scars. On the internet I found that in such cases, it will also be useful to apply such products as vitamin E (liquid form), ...
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What substances are absorbed through skin when pores are open through heat? [closed]

It can go directly in your bloodstream. Most substances are absorbed faster through skin than when ingested(from what I've read) I know apparently Chloride is effectively and quickly absorbed. "...
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Does vitamin E in liquid oil form help to fade scars?

It is often recommended by dermatologists and self-healing people to promote scars to fade away. Vitamin E in oil form should be rubbed in on scars by massaging movements twice daily. There may be ...
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What causes acne, and how do I get rid of it?

I'm a 21 year-old male. I've had mild acne since my early teens, and currently it translates to a few raised red spots on my face and many more on my back and shoulders in an average week. The more ...
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Calculating sun exposure limit over changing UV index

I'm currently working on an engineering project which monitors the users current UV exposure and attempts to calculate how much time they can safely remain in the sun. An issue I've encountered is ...
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What vitamins or dietary supplements for internal taking are useful for injured skin?

I was injured 2 months ago. After the removal of the stitches a normotrophic scar (about 1 cm long) is forming on my face. I would like to indirectly contribute to the skin and my constitution for ...
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Contradictory advice from doctor and packaging

I'm suffering from some rather nasty atopic dermatitis on both feet; it's sufficiently itchy that I've torn a lot of the skin off, and I wake at night finding myself already scratching. For treatment,...
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Is simultaneous use of silicone gel and plaster against scar reasonable?

Some plastic surgeons say that attaching silicone plaster on top of the silicone gel is more effective against scar. Some surgeons say that it is useless. What is the truth?
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Rashes on back of knees [closed]

For a few weeks now, I have had inexplicable rashes on the backs of my legs, behind the knee area. It looks like some odd highly-localized form of eczema. They are sometimes itchy, and they get ...
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Can silicone plaster "Mepiform" be used for the atrophic scars?

Can silicone plaster "Mepiform" (that is typically used for prevention of excessive formation of scars) be used for the specific type of scars - atrophic scars?
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What works better in minimizing scars? Silicone plasters or silicone gels?

Are silicone plasters or silicone gels more effective for minimizing scarring and optimal healing of a one month-old scar?
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What are the differences between Mepiform and Mepiderm silicone plasters/tapes?

What is the difference between silicone plasters/strips Mepiform and Mepiderm. What is better to use for a scar that is 1 month old? I want to use a silicone tape (for prevention of excessive ...
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Why isn't there a larger effort to reverse and block the effects of androgens on skin?

Puberty wreaks havoc on skin. There's no arguing against the mountains of empirical evidence. Acne and pimples are the most common complaint, followed by unwanted hair and armpit odors, all of which ...
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What are the differences between Stratamed and Strataderm gels?

Recently some man had injured my eyes and eyelid skin. My lower eyelid skin was ripped. Lacrimal channel was ripped as well. In the hospital, my wound on the inferior eyelid was stitched. A week ago ...
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Skin under bulla hurt when in contact with water

I've conducted a case study with one contender and found out that interestingly, torn blisters (a large bulla in my case) burn when in contact with plain water. I really am talking about plain water,...
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How to get rid of acne marks and scars? [duplicate]

I have had acne for 2 years now. I used to have acne everywhere on my face and even on my spine. Recently I stopped eating junk food and chocolate, small breakouts that come and go from time to time. ...