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A 41-year-old member asked:

what might skin cancer look like?

4 doctor answers13 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
New lumps or bumps: Any new skin bump which is new, enlarging, and changing is concerning. The older you are, and the more sun exposure you have had, the higher the risk of skin cancer. Melanomas risk is remembered as abcd: asymmetry, irregular borders, irregular coloration, diameter >6mm. If in doubt, have a doctor look at it.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Many types : Depends on the type of skin cancer: basal cell, squamous cell, melanoma, dermatofibrisarcoma, etc. They may look like a pimple, mole, ulcer, scar, nodule, plaque, rash, pigmented, colored, etc. Appearance as well as behavior and history and location are important pieces of information that contribute to the assessment.
Dr. Margaret Mann
Dermatology 19 years experience
Growing sore: Skin cancer often begins as a small bump that looks like a “pimple that doesn’t go away”. It gradually enlarges, and sometimes bleeds. The cancer may appear red, pearly, scaly, flesh-colored, or darker than the surrounding skin. If you have a growing spot that doesn't heal, you should see your dermatologist.
Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgical Oncology 17 years experience
Varies: There are several different types of skin cancers. Squamous cell the skin begins as a small nodule and as it enlarges the center becomes necrotic and sloughs and the nodule turns into an ulcer. Basal cell patients present with a shiny, pearly nodule. Melanoma patients have an irregularly appearing pigmented lesion.

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What could cause the left side of my jaw to lock up after catching a cold a few days ago?

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TMJ disorder: A locked jaw is usually due to a temporomandibular joint that is injured or displaced. This could happen when you are ill from clenching too much, or a wide yawn if you already have aproblem with the joint. Go see an ent. If severe a few days of a steroid will help, then you may need an occlusion splint made by a dentist.
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What might a patch of painful red skin be due to?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
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Inflammation: Inflammation of some type. If it doesn't heal, you should visit your doctor.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Where can I purchase mouth guards for grinding teeth?

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Dr. Shawn Murray
Dentistry 15 years experience
Mouth guards: Almost every dentist can make you a custom mouth guard. You shouldn't buy a mouth guard that is not made for you specifically or it can cause problems. Just like one size fits all shoes aren't a good idea.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Does a bad taste or smell in my mouth mean infection?

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Possibly: It is not a for sure thing that you would have an infection but those symptoms common for an infection that is draining such as an abcess. You may want to have a dentist take a look for you.

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