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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Use of chlorohexidine gluconate for disinfection and minimisation of bacteria growth

Chlorohexidine gluconate (topical/wash-off), is a semi-essential disinfectant in domestic environments and furthermore in the maintenance and minimisation of bacterial growth in medical conditions ...
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Does having one's skin pores closed or open affect its health?

I've stumbled upon a long marketing post about better shaving techniques and instruments, which briefly mentions that "You should close your skin's pores after shaving by splashing your face with cold ...
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Do the usage of antiperspirants causes skin cancer or breast cancer

I was going through few articles and it have been mentioned that continuous usage of antiperspirants results in skin cancer or breast cancer and if its true can it cause more side effects over a long ...
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Do the usage of antiperspirants causes cysts

Does the continuous usage of antiperspirants causes cysts if so what happens if the person continues to use the antiperspirant will it result in any other side effects worsening the condition.
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What is the mechanism of action of Alphosol dandruff treatment?

For around two years I have been using Alphosol 2 in 1, which is a coal tar extract based shampoo, to treat my dandruff which I believe is caused mostly by my Psoriasis. Each application would leave ...
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In what order should ointment and lotion be applied?

I apply both moisturizing cream and a medicinal ointment/lotion on some recovering injuries. The skin is unbroken, and the medicinal lotion is primarily for the entry point of a titanium rod in my ...
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Is there any health benefit or detriment from bathing?

I want to begin by making it clear that I shower at least once per day, wear deodorant at all times, and while I am not a neat freak, I take care of my personal hygiene. I am asking this question out ...
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Severe asthma and autoimmune skin reactions with no relief [closed]

I have lived almost my entire life in Ross County, Ohio, which is quite polluted. I remember smelling the paper mill when I was young, I don't even smell it anymore, but people comment about it when ...
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Anodized aluminum, skin contact, and health risks

Are there any health risks from wearing a watch made of anodized aluminum? Will aluminum get into the body through the skin?
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Is herpes simplex/cold sore on the thigh considered a sexually transmitted disease?

When I was a kid I got a cold sore / herpes simplex (1, I think) on the thigh. As far as I know, I haven't had any cold sores on the actual genital area, and it's been a while. I wonder if this is ...
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Is using SAStid soap good for eczema skin?

I have eczema, and after knowing that I'm addicted to steroid drug, I decide to withdraw it and have many symptoms after discontinue using steroids, including flaking skin, irritated, infected, or ...
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What is the word for the dead skin on the upper layer of a healed wound?

I aggressively cleaned my ear canal with my finger and the canal got scratched. After several weeks elapsed, it got naturally healed but I cannot hear clearly probably because of the dead skin left ...
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Is petroleum jelly comedogenic?

I have done some research on this topic and there appears to be conflicting viewpoints. Some petroleum jelly products in stores state that it is non-comedogenic (it does not cause acne), while some ...
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How to cure eczema on my foot? [closed]

I am suffering from dry eczema on my foot over the past 6 years. I used moisturizing creams and pills as prescribed by skin specialists. As a result, I got a cure which was just temporary. It came ...
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Why do I sometimes get itchy skin after taking a shower? [closed]

I live in a hard water area, and I sometimes get very itchy skin (typically on my arms and legs) that feels like having tiny pin-pricks, after taking a shower. It lasts for ten minutes or so, then ...
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Industrial moisturizers vs natural moisturizers? [closed]

There are a lot of brand names for industrial moisturizers: Cetaphil, Ceradan, Vaseline, etc. Also, for natural ones, there are a lot too: coconut oil, olive oil, honey, etc. In my experience, ...
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How does body wash for dry itchy skin work?

Normal bodywashes remove the oils on skin that make it's dry. However, there is kind of body wash that specify for dry skin. I use them and they indeed make me feel less dry, however it's burning when ...
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Better than biafine?

My friend has an extreme form of vitiligo so she has developed an extreme sensitivity to the sun and gets sunburns quickly. She uses Biafine often and also Epitheliale AH. What are some alternatives ...
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What is the mechanism of eczema?

I'm trying to link the signs and symptoms of eczema (especially atopic dermatitis) to its causes. In short, what is the mechanism of the disease? In an answer of another question about eczema, @...
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Itchy miscolored inflammed bump on elbow [closed]

For the past 48 hours, I've had a miscolored, raised patch of skin on my elbow that has been itching non-stop. I've applied topical diphenhydramine hydrochloride (2%), which seems to have no affect ...
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Can Neem Leaves be taken directly (Azadirachta indica, Nimtree)

Nimtree is really precious when it comes to skin hygiene. It also has other vital health benefits. Is it alright to take the Nimtree leaves directly? As I heard from a friend that it is harmful to ...
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How to measure the size of a blister?

When blisters are formed, they usually grow from small to large. They also swollen as time goes by. Is there a scientific method to measure the size of a blister? This would enable me to, for example,...
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Is drawing with a pen on my wrist regularly unhealthy?

Does the "black" ink of a ballpoint pen affect my health in any way, especially if it's applied in the same general area over a larger period of time?
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Why are retinoids applied only after washing the face?

Is there a reason behind washing your face before applying retinoids? I do not know why this is required. Of course, assuming you haven't done anything dirty (like sweat) during the day. This is ...
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Is UV light necessary for vitamin D generation?

As far as I know, glass blocks UV light, which is cancerous. Do we generate vitamin D behind a glass window, if we sit in the sun?
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Do we produce Vitamin D in the shade?

Do our bodies produce Vitamin D in the shade? If so, what is the percentage decrease in the amount of Vitamin D produced compared to full exposure to sunlight? For example, sitting outside in the ...
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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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What is the way to get rid of the redness that appears on the skin immediately after threading the upper lips?

I have the combination skin. Skin becomes visibly red after threading the upper lips. What is the way to get rid of the redness that appears on the skin immediately after threading the upper lips?
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Does taking Vitmain B-Complex with zinc through tablets really help in reversing hair fall

I am thinking of taking Vitmain B-Complex tablets. I am concerned about my overall metabolism and my prime concern is my hairs. Does it also help in treating premature grey hairs?
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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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Does frequent showering change the amount of oils our skin produces?

The skin produces natural oils, but when we shower, we remove those with water and wiping down. I'm wondering if our bodies adjust to the constant showering by producing oils faster. Sometimes, if I ...
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Does the usage of sunscreen cause skin cancer?

I have heard that usage of sunscreen products causes skin cancer. Is this true, and if so, what are the ingredients in it that are reason for such a medical condition. Are there any safe products or ...
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If I think my mole is changing, what should I do?

If I think a mole has changed, or my partner thinks they have noticed a change, what should I do about it? Is there any way of finding out for sure if a mole has changed?
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Is constantly using oily moisturizer bad for your skin?

I have eczema and as a result I have to use moisturizer to reduce the dryness. I heard that coconut oil is pretty good. I tried it and indeed it helped. But I was told that I shouldn't use it ...
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What are the risks of vitiligo, and how should I keep myself safe?

I have vitiligo, and have done for the last couple of years. I am not worried about how it looks, and I know about camouflage makeup - I chose not to use it. I am concerned, however, about the risk ...
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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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What is the process for removing moles (cancerous or non-cancerous) from skin?

Moles are underneath or in the deeper parts of the skin I believe. Do they use lasers or something? How do they prevent or try to prevent scarring?
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How can I treat calluses on my palms?

I've been going to the gym for about a year, and because I didn't wear gloves at first, I developed some calluses on my palms. They don't hurt much, but aesthetically, they aren't the most beautiful ...
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Does CO2 laser treatment work well with acne scars?

Several dermatologists says that CO2 laser treatment is still the best solution for acne scars. Does CO2 laser treatment provide a smooth skin or just mitigate these scars? What are the side effects ...
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Is there a complete cure for Limited Scleroderma?

One of my cousins is diagnosed with Limited Scleroderma. Is there a complete cure for it? If not, are there any suggestions on reducing the pain and lead a normal day-to-day life? A wide range of ...
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Are there proven natural treatments to kill acne-causing bacteria?

I ask about natural options that specifically kill bacteria in acne. These options should be interchangeable with conventional antibiotics. Medicine such as topical retinoids don't answer this ...
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Is it possible to reverse the skin cell damage caused by sunlight by taking appropriate vitamins?

Of course it is said that vitamins C and E are good for skin, but I would like to know if it is actually possible to reverse any of the skin cell damage i.e. sunburn, skin aging, melanoma caused by ...
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When applying Neospirin to a wound, why is it advised to apply only a thin layer of it?

I read on Neospirin's instructions that it is advised to apply only a thin layer of it. Why?

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