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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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,?
I take 50mg bid of lamotrigine for primary generalized seizure disorder. I am to start 25mg/day of spironolactone for acne. Will these meds interact?
No drug/drug: No drug-drug interactions are reported for this drug combination. ...Read more
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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