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Diagnosis and treatment of acne rosacea?

Diagnosis and treatment of acne rosacea?

Various: See a dermatologist. Best treatment to be determined by exam. Response to treatment and tolerance of treatment are then evaluated, with adjustment if needed. Begin with precise diagnosis. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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I have acne on my back, shoulders and chest.My dermatologist prescribed me ketonazole.Is it the right diagnosis?

I have acne on my back, shoulders and chest.My dermatologist prescribed me ketonazole.Is it the right diagnosis?

Talk to your doctor: Ketonazole is not an acne treatment. But your doctor may have given it to you for another reason. I suggest going back to your doctor to discuss it. In general, acne on the body requires oral medications as it is difficult to treat such a large area with creams. ...Read more

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I have a leg outbreak of acne and swollen lymph node. What's the diagnosis?

I have a leg outbreak of acne and swollen lymph node. What's the diagnosis?

Probably related...: If, for example, your acne is on your thigh and is somewhat inflamed and your enlarged node is in your groin area on the same side, the white blood cells contributing to the acne inflammation are also causing the enlarged lymph node. If the node is located on a different part of your body (neck), they are most likely not related. ...Read more

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Can seborrheic dermatitis bleed on scalp, back, trunk, etc? One Dr. commented saying sd does not bleed but acne does? He said wrong diagnosis?

Can seborrheic dermatitis bleed on scalp, back, trunk, etc? One Dr. commented saying sd does not bleed but acne does? He said wrong diagnosis?

See your doctor...: Make an appointment to see your primary care doctor or a dermatologist. If you are scratching at any lesion, it can bleed from the excoriation For an accurate diagnosis you need to be examined by someone who can actually see the areas of concern. Take care of you. ...Read more

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Can baby acne appear in places other than the babies face? My son's ped diagnosis him w/baby acne. But it has spread to his arms and shoulders.

Can baby acne appear in places other than the babies face? My son's ped  diagnosis him w/baby acne. But it has spread to his arms and shoulders.

Anywhere teens have : Baby acne is very similar in origin and distribution as that of a teenager. The face & upper chest & back are most often involved along with the shoulders . All the lesions seem to be a similar age & gradually fade over time. ...Read more

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Recently diagnosis with pcos and prescribed low dose birth control for tx c major breast pain, mood changes acne- . Can metformin be a better option for me?

Recently diagnosis with pcos and prescribed low dose birth control for tx c major breast pain, mood changes acne- . Can metformin be a better option for me?

How long?: How long has it been since you started the low dose birth control? If it's less than 3-4 months, give it some more time for body to adjust. One of the risk factors with pcos is increased circulating estrogen which can cause increased risk for endometrial cancer. If you skipped periods before, your doctor is trying to protect your uterine lining and prevent cancer. Another idea would be Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud. ...Read more

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What is acne?

What is acne?

Blocked sebum....: Each hair follicle has a sweat gland....which opens to a skin pore........because of some reason the pore or sweat duct gets blocked to cause cummulation of fluid which can get infected and inflamed and raised above skin surface..........Acne ...Read more

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What is acne?

Acne: During puberty, there is an increase in sebum production in the skin. Sebum and skin debris clog pores and the blockage results in inflammation. Gently cleaning the surface of the skin and applying acne medications such as benzoyl peroxide or prescription clindamycin help reduce the bacteria and clean up to the top layer of the skin allowing the pimples/comedones to clear over time. ...Read more

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What is acne?

What is acne?

Please see referance: It is a big topic, so please review this site. It is an inflammation of the oil glands over the face chest and back primarily. Hormonal factors play a big role esp. in teens. Young adults may have other factors contributing to this and will need some further evaluation. https://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/a---d/acne ...Read more

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What is acne ?

What is acne ?

Skin disorder: Involving the pilosebaceous follicles which encompasses the hair shaft, the hair follicle, the sebaceous(oil) gland. Acne involves increased "debris", so called follicular hyperkeratinization, in the follicle, along with increased sebum(oil) production, and inflammation that may in part be related to the Propionibacterium acnes bacteria. ...Read more

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more