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What is the difference between acne or an HIV skin lesion area?

What is the difference between acne or an HIV skin lesion area?

Huge difference: Acne lesions are the familiar squeezable blackheads, whiteheads from which filaments can be expressed, and pimples. There are a variety of HIV skin lesions but these are less prone to appear and disappear, look distinctively different from the acne that many of your friends have, and really can't be confused with acne. Any concern you have about HIV can be discussed frankly with your physician. ...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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Swab a lesion that I thought is herpes but it was negative. What is it? Doctor says acne but it's burns and stings

Swab a lesion that I thought is herpes but it was negative. What is it? Doctor says acne but it's burns and stings

Herpes simplex: Without knowing what the doctor did with the swab specimen (microscopic exam vs viral culture) it is difficult to know what this is without seeing it. Is your doctor a dermatologist. If not you may want to get a second opinion. ...Read more

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My forehead is sunken in from a cortisone injection into a cystic acne lesion on jan.8/2013. What are the possible treatments?

My forehead is sunken in from a cortisone injection into a cystic acne lesion on jan.8/2013. What are the possible treatments?

Fat injection: First the area must have time to be free of steroid then fat injection taken from another area seems to be best the area may also fill in on its own. Saline injection is often suggested but doesn't reliably work see a plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Is clarithromycin the best oral antibiotic for a single, deep &tender hormonal cystic acne lesion?The 5 day script I've taken hasn't healed it. Thanks

Is clarithromycin the best oral antibiotic for a single, deep &tender hormonal cystic acne lesion?The 5 day script I've taken hasn't healed it. Thanks

Cyst: no antibiotic is the best and most of the time cystic lesion like you describe may need to be lanced and drained, try some warm compresses also, it may help for cyst to come close to the skin surface and drain on its own ...Read more

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What are the different types of acne lesions?

What are the different types of acne lesions?

Yes: Dermatologists classify acne into three types: comedonal (black and whiteheads), inflammatory(pimples), and cystic (deep acne cysts). Comedonal acne responds well to topical treatments (benzoyl peroxide, retina, etc), while inflammatory acne may need a combination of topicals and oral medications. Most patients with cystic acne do best with oral antibiotics or accutane. ...Read more

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What is an atypical treatment for acne cysts/lesions?

What is an atypical treatment for acne cysts/lesions?

"Atypical"?: There are treatments that work, and treatments that don't. For cystic acne, especially if you're not a female who might be cleared with spironolactone or the birth control pill, Isotretinoin is by far your best option if you're willing to brave it. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Wounds (Definition)

A wound is a condition in which a person has some trauma to part of his body in which the surface of the skin or some other organ has been broken open. Wounds include clean cuts, jagged cuts, avulsions (ripping away) of ...Read more


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