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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)

A very common skin condition that 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 ...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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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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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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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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How can you slow down/stop acne?

How can you slow down/stop acne?

Scientific Rx: Start with topical benzoyl peroxide.If this fails, a physician's office visit. A topical antibiotic such as Clindamycin and/or a topical retinoic acid derivative is a good next step. The oral contraceptive pill will often end acne for a lady who can take it. A systemic antibiotic appropriate for the person is often necessary especially for disease on the trunk. Accutane for hard cases. ...Read more

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Does the sun make your acne worse?

Does the sun make your acne worse?

Sunlight and acne: Actually, sunlight helps acne! several laser treatments for acne are based on this principle. Visible light (not uv or infrared) acts on by products of the bacteria to generate a singlet oxygen molecule. This molecule is the toxic to the bacteria and will kill it. The only problem is with sunlight you get damaging uv light at the same time. The amount of exposure needed can cause skin damage. ...Read more

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At what age does teen acne go away?

At what age does teen acne go away?

Varies: Teen acne can dissipate by early adulthood, or persist into later adulthood. Acne duration is dependent mostly on genetics. Do what you need to do to keep it quiet now by following your doctor's advice for treatment and skin hygiene. ...Read more

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How can I clear up my acne in 2 days?

How can I clear up my acne in 2 days?

You can't: But today's scientific remedies start in about a week. I recommend topical benzoyl peroxide, plus topical Clindamycin perhaps with retinoic acid derivative if there are blackheads. The latter two must be prescribed, and your phyisician has stronger stuff if needed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Do you know any home remedies for acne?

Do you know any home remedies for acne?

None that work: Acne is a serious, chronic, non-lifestyle-related illness that eventually but unpredictably self-cures as the person ages. If topical benzoyl peroxide has not cleared you in two weeks, get with your personal physician. "pop" cures like lemon or sleeping with your face smeared with honey are cruel internet pranks. Tea tree oil is an estrogen -- it may help but can give guys breasts. ...Read more

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When in life does acne start going away?

When in life does acne start going away?

Depends: I was able to stop taking systemic medication around age 50. Hang in there, and remember it's not a lifestyle-related or hygiene-related disease. ...Read more

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What can I do about this random onset acne?

What can I do about this random onset acne?

New acne...: Acne happens for many reasons--some unknown. There are so many great treatment options for acne. Many people are helped by otc (drug store) products. Your doctor will know of a good prescription treatment that will likely be faster and more effective than the otc things. ...Read more

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What is a method at home i can do for acne?

They don't work: This is the 21st century and you owe it to yourself to use remedies that actually work. Your physician can manage acne using compounds that are gifts from mother nature -- benzoyl peroxide, the retinoic acid derivatives, isotretinoin, and the wonderful antibiotics made by natural micro-organisms. Acne is a chronic, serious disease and requires real rx. ...Read more

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Can you please help to make my acne go away?

Can you please help to make my acne go away?

Scientific Rx: Home / folk remedies are only adjuncts. See your physician now if speed's important (prom coming up, etc.) if benzoyl peroxide fails, start a topical antibiotic such as Clindamycin and/or a retinoic acid derivative and/or a systemic antibiotic. Severe acne needs to be evaluated for isotretinoin. It's a non-lifestyle-related serious chronic disease that needs to be managed long-term. ...Read more

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How to clear up acne for 56 year old female.

How to clear up acne for 56 year old female.

It probably is not..: True acne, but something else that can still cause blemishes that look like pimples. My 1st guess would be rosacea, though allergic dermatitis is possible too. Please see your pcp or a dermatologist as it very likely can be effectively (& affordably) treated. ...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


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more