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My dad is having places come up on his body like a allergic reaction that swells its on his top lip at the moment and on his side?

My dad is having places come up on his body like a allergic reaction that swells its on his top lip at the moment and on his side?

Swelling of the lips: typically denotes angioedema, which is a hypersensitivity reaction that can be life threatening should it progress to the entire airway/throat. Most of the time it will stop once the reactant in question is out of his system, typically 2-4 days after the last ingestion or exposure. I would stop whatever it is he suspected was the cause and take some benadryl (diphenhydramine) over the counter. ...Read more

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Breakout of acne/rash on one butt cheek & where the seems of my underwear go on the inside of my thighs right next to my vagina. Should I be worried?

Breakout of acne/rash on one butt cheek & where the seems of my underwear go on the inside of my thighs right next to my vagina. Should I be worried?

Needs eval: Dear NKhan, is this rash painful, itchy? Does it have blisters? With this location and the fact that it is unilateral, I am concerned about herpes or shingles or a bacterial infection. You need to go to the doctor to be examined. You don't need the ER but should go to clinic tomorrow morning. ...Read more

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Are my buttons on labia minora related to my on and off yest infection ?

Are my buttons on labia minora related to my on and off yest infection ?

Buttons?: I'm not sure what you're referring to when you use the term 'button's to describe something on the labia. Consider rephrasing the question? In the meantime, a yeast infection can cause redness and irritation to the labia minor and areas surrounding. Typically a topical anti-fungal starts working within hours to relieve pain and itching. ...Read more

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How can I tell if i'm having an allergic reaction on my vagina from lube, meds, or laundry soap? It burns on outside and part of butt and inner thigh

How can I tell if i'm having an allergic reaction on my vagina from lube, meds, or laundry soap? It burns on outside and part of butt and inner thigh

See a doctor: Either a dermatologist or gynecologist should be able to determine what kind of reaction you are having. It does sound like it could be an allergic reaction or contact dermatitis. You can start by changing your laundry detergent and body soap. Take a look at what you are taking- drugs like advil (ibuprofen) can cause rashes. ...Read more

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Could I have developed an allergy to the nickel fastening on my jeans?

Could I have developed an allergy to the nickel fastening on my jeans?

Yes: An allergy to the nickel in the fastener is common, and there's no way to make this sensitivity go away; all you can do is eliminate contact with any nickel-containing metals. Choosing clothing and jewelry that have no nickel works best, but you can also paint the inside of the fastener with clear nail polish so the metal doesn't actually come in contact with your skin. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get poison ivy on the labia? There are a few spots on my arm and I think somehow on my labia.

Is it possible to get poison ivy on the labia?  There are a few spots on my arm and I think somehow on my labia.

Possible: It is unlikely that your labia touched the plant directly, however, the plant material on your hands could have been transferred to other body parts by touching. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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My hands used to be rough on the backs, now kind of scaley on the palms. Could that be from paper towels?

My hands used to be rough on the backs, now kind of scaley on the palms. Could that be from paper towels?

Need dermatology: There are a variety of rashes that can do this like psoriasis a dermatologist can help you here. ...Read more

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How contaminated are the bottoms of shoes? If I walk through my house with shoes does that put my daughter in danger when she's crawling on the ground

How contaminated are the bottoms of shoes? If I walk through my house with shoes does that put my daughter in danger when she's crawling on the ground

Not to worry: If you work at some industrial plant then wear plant boots and switch to "civilian" shoes at home. Otherwise, don't sweat it. Think about all the times an infant is crawling around and puts stuff in it's mouth. We're built to survive! ...Read more

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My boyfriend had poison ivy then it turned into impetigo. Could i get it? We sleep together and i'm the one putting the creams on his skin!

My boyfriend had poison ivy then it turned into impetigo. Could i get it?  We sleep together and i'm the one putting the creams on his skin!

Immune: Its unlikely, your immune response is different from your boyfriend, you would most likely have got it by now if you were too. ...Read more

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What to do? I put on a scratch on the inside of my libia lip?

What to do? I put on a scratch on the inside of my libia lip?

Keep it clean: Keep the area clean, and time should heal the area. If you get feverish, sore in the area, an abscess forms etc, and it appears to be getting infected, than seek medical attention. ...Read more

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I have open sores on my vagina and bumps that do not itch my boyfriend has the same after being in the woods and highly allergic to poison ivy. ?

I have open sores on my vagina and bumps that do not itch my boyfriend has the same after being in the woods and highly allergic to poison ivy. ?

See GYN: Need to get these examined. With your boyfriend also having similar problem, I would check for genital warts as well although these are usually painful. Whatever they may be, they are not from poison ivy. ...Read more

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Why do my tears burn/sting on the skin around my eyes? The direct contact hurts and the area hurts the next day. This is new to me.

Chapped skin: Most likely you are developing a dermatitis due to the constant moisture. I have had success with many patients by having them wash and dry the area twice a day, followed by placing a thin amount of petroleum jelly (vaseline) to the affected areas. Once it clears you can discontinue after 5-7 days. ...Read more

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I have poison oak on my upper thigh, what clothes can I wear so that it doesn't rub against my thigh?

I have poison oak on my upper thigh, what clothes can I wear so that it doesn't rub against my thigh?

Loose clothes: Any loose clothing is fine. You should be taking a steroid cream. Make sure you wash the clothes you were wearing when you contacted the poison oak as the clothes may be contaminated with the resin from the poison ivy plant and you can get more symptoms from re-exposure to the resin. ...Read more

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