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Can a primary care doctor physically treat acne? (like by extracting the nodule instead of prescribing meds)

Can a primary care doctor physically treat acne?  (like by extracting the nodule instead of prescribing meds)

Depends: Each PCP may have different areas of focus or experience. You should inquire if that is something they routinely do in their specific practice. Acne usually requires a multi-faceted approach - medication is an important component but chemical peels and other treatments can be very helpful. Sometimes an underlying disorder may be the cause of acne so it is always good to have an exam. ...Read more

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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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Will a walk in clinic with primary care services give anti-depressants?

Will a walk in clinic with primary care services give anti-depressants?

Not likely: Walk in clinics are generally set up to handle acute, "one time" episodes like strep throat, sinus infections, and utis as an example. Ideally, you want to find a good pcp or psychiatrist to spend the time with you to talk through your symptoms, possibly prescribe meds and be available for follow up. Check this app (healthtap) or healthgrades for a list of docs in your area. Take care. ...Read more

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My daughter has worsening acne on recent weeks. We have exhausted otc medications. Can a prescription be provided through this service?

My daughter has worsening acne on recent weeks. We have exhausted otc medications. Can a prescription be provided through this service?

No: This public site does not provide diagnosis or treatment. If you locate a willing doc on the sister service,Healthtap Prime, they may be able to provide you with a paid consultation. ...Read more

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Can consumption of dairy contribute to or be the primary cause of acne persistence?

Can consumption of dairy contribute to or be the primary cause of acne persistence?

Possibly: Studies have shown associations between acne and dairy intake, but no causal relationship has been proven. Anecdotes that demonstrate people being helped by quitting dairy may or may not carry over to any other specific individual. ...Read more

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I just started Diane 35 primarily for acne and I am on day 10. My breasts are in a lot of pain. Will this go away and why is it happening? Thank you !

I just started Diane 35 primarily for acne and I am on day 10. My breasts are in a lot of pain. Will this go away and why is it happening? Thank you !

Variable breast pain: Diane 35 contains the sex hormones estrogen and progestins which override and stop your natural hormonal cycle. Both can cause some breast glandular engorgement which is mostly noticeable when first starting the pills and then levels off with subsequent use, especially during your pill free week. Hang in there! ...Read more

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Have sores on neck . they are red with puss coming out, been to specialist, dermatoglist,, primary dr, they keep coming back on face, neck not acne,?

Have sores on neck . they are red with puss coming out,   been to specialist, dermatoglist,, primary dr, they keep coming back on face, neck not acne,?

Recurrent skin infec: If there is recurrent skin infection have it cultured and treat with appropriate antibiotics, rule out MRSA. If this does not resolve the problem, have yourself checked for immunodeficiency eventhough it is less common ...Read more

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What can I do to take care of acnes and face break outs.?

What can I do to take care of acnes and face break outs.?

Good resource: http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/teen-acne-13/10-tips-for-preventing-pimples.

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Hello! I have too much acnes on my back. What can I do for them? What am i suposed to use for treating them? Please help me. Thank you!

Hello! I have too much acnes on my back. What can I do for them? What am i suposed to use for treating them? Please help me. Thank you!

Acne: Your doctor may be able to help you with prescribing a antibiotic/acne medicated body wash as well as retin-a. This will help address the 3 ways that lead to acne - oil production, clogged pores, and bacteria. You may also try to wear lose fitting clothing particularly during activities with high perspiration. ...Read more

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Is Zinc can subside acnes? If YES, how much dose I have to take?

Is Zinc can subside acnes?
If YES, how much dose I have to take?

Yes: A 2001 study in the journal Dermatology found a clinical success rate was 31.2% for zinc and 63.4% for minocycline antibiotic. Zinc gluconate reduces Propionibacterium acnes resistance to erythromycin antibiotic. Hope that helps. ...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


Dr. Leila Hashemi
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Primary Care Services (Definition)

Primary care services offer medical care and advice as the patient's primary contact, and help ...Read more