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Can a gential wart texturally change from a raised bumpy wart to Verrucae wart in appearance after TCA acid treatment?

Can a gential wart texturally change from a raised bumpy wart to Verrucae wart in appearance after TCA acid treatment?

Wart topical therapy: Sure - you're basically trying to destroy the thing with a chemical compound, so I would expect some morphological changes. What exactly that's going to look like on it's way to final destruction depends on the starting size, how much treatment you give it etc. The thing about warts is they 'hide' from the immune system, so they can be somewhat persistent. Sounds like you're making progress tho. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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Skin rashes like chicken skin before menstruation period. How to cure it?

Skin rashes like chicken skin before menstruation period. How to cure it?

Stop periods: There is a wide array of premenstrual problems, and the most efficient way to treat them is to prevent you from having periods. This can be done safely and temporarily until you're ready to conceive. You'll need the help of a gynecologist, though. ...Read more

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Does neostrata hq free lightening gel( kojiic acid, vit C, liquorice, bearberry, 10 aha/pha) fade red facial scars( not acne scars) . thanks very much?

Does neostrata hq free lightening gel( kojiic acid, vit C, liquorice, bearberry, 10 aha/pha) fade red facial scars( not acne scars) . thanks very much?

Likely not: The red scars are a part of the healing process overall. The agents you listed tend to inhibit melanin production which is a darker pigment. The red is partially vascular in nature. The products may diminish the red to a small degree ...Read more

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Hep c and skin outbreaks? Is the virus in you skin blood or ooze?

Hep c and skin outbreaks? Is the virus in you skin blood or ooze?

Hep C hard to catch: Hep c is transmitted via blood, or sexual contact - like hiv. It is mostly transmitted amongst IV drug users. Even though you a hep c patient may get skin ulcers - this is usually due to a complication from the disease called cryoglobulinemia- these skin lesions are not contagious, but blood and other bodily fluids are. ...Read more

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Are the chicken pox scars formed frsecondary to scratching?

Are the chicken pox scars formed frsecondary to scratching?

Cause and effect: When our bodies sustain an injury, the immediate response is inflammation (red, hot, tender swelling). This is the body increasing the blood flow and bringing healing factors to the area and also the veins expand to carry bad stuff away. As healing occurs, new tissues fill in that are different than normal and less elastic. This is a scar. Over time it will fade in color but always be there. ...Read more

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What will clear darkened skin previously infected by fungus; i.E. Jock's itch?

What will clear darkened skin previously infected by fungus; i.E. Jock's itch?

Hydroquinone: Hydroquinone is the gold standard for fading dark marks. It is available in over the counter preparations at a 2% strength or prescriptions can be given for stronger strengths. Test it on a small area for a few days before using on larger areas to ensure you are not allergic. Discontinue if redness, peeling, or dryness develops. Be sure that the jock itch is well controlled before fading. ...Read more

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Which skin infection causes white/yellow biofilm looking secretions from scalp, and skin? (animal contagious, survives on household items)

Which skin infection causes white/yellow biofilm looking secretions from scalp, and skin? (animal contagious, survives on household items)

Odd question: I'm not sure I understand exactly what you mean when you say "animal contagiou?" Do you mean that the infection can be passed from humans to animals or vice versa? And which household items does this infection exist on? What is the clinical associated with your question? Do you have a picture you can upload? Send to: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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Does eating raw garlic prevent genital warts from appearing??

Does eating raw garlic prevent genital warts from appearing??

No: Garlic will not prevent genital warts. There is vaccine that protects from most genital warts and cervical cancer. Please take HPV vaccine. The only way raw garlic will prevent genital warts is by eating lost of it and having such bad breath that you will have no sexual partner! ...Read more

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Is herpes rash contagious? Specifically what kind of skin to skin contact will spread herpes?

Is herpes rash contagious? Specifically what kind of skin to skin contact will spread herpes?

Herpes: It is still contagious even after the lesions have healed and they don't look like they are there, although when there are vesicles with fluid in them it is more contagious any kind of skin to skin contact can spread herpes. Asymptomatic people infected with hsv1 or hsv2 can still transmit the virus. The virus replicates on mucocutaneous surfaces and infects sensory nerve terminals and nucl. ...Read more

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Despite Keratosis Pilaris (KP), I'm getting a tattoo. Once the tattoo heals, will exfoliation (loofah/body scrub/AmLactin lotion) harm the tattoo?

Despite Keratosis Pilaris (KP), I'm getting a tattoo. Once the tattoo heals, will exfoliation (loofah/body scrub/AmLactin lotion) harm the tattoo?

Unlikely: I'm a tattoo buff and have three of my own. Get it ONLY if it's something you've wanted for several years in exactly the form you're getting. Tattoos are in the dermis and keratosis pilaris is a curious epidermal illness. I hope that your choice of design is one that's deeply meaningful, and I admire your courage in asking. ...Read more

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I burned upper lip area w undiluted tea tree oil. The skin scabbed&now new skin formed is pink.will it scar or return to normal Color? How long ?

I burned upper lip area w undiluted tea tree oil. The skin scabbed&now new skin formed is pink.will it scar or return to normal Color? How long ?

Skin oil burn: No this sounds like a simple superficial partial thickness skin burn so will heal with out scarring and it should return to normal 3-6 months but it depends how many melanocytes you took out with the burn so it may be pale for a long while until that area becomes repopulated with skin color cells aka melancocytes. thanks ...Read more

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Will tea tree oil help dry up a genital herpes outbreak?

Will tea tree oil help dry up a genital herpes outbreak?

No: It may provide some local anesthetic effects, but does nothing for the outbreak. Valtrex (valacyclovir) or another antiviral will help shorten the outbreak duration. Maintenance Valtrex (valacyclovir) will prevent or minimize future outbreaks. ...Read more

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If aldara is applied to one genital wart, will other genital warts also disappear since its an immune stimulant?

If aldara is applied to one genital wart, will other genital warts also disappear since its an immune stimulant?

Sometimes: you are correct in thinking that Aldara works by stimulating the body's immune response, it is most effective when applied directly to the involved lesions, but theory is that once the body's immune system learns how to destroy a specific type of lesion (wart, skin cancer), it will also work on similar lesions elsewhere; however, this effect is not consistent ...Read more

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Can eating raw garlic everyday help fight against a HPV infection that causes warts????

Can eating raw garlic everyday help fight against a HPV infection that causes warts????

No,: Garlic is not going to help HPV infection. You should get vaccinated against HPV to prevent genital warts and cervical cancer. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Does bio-oil help remove skin scars of skin abraisions?

Does bio-oil help remove skin scars of skin abraisions?

Probably not: Most products only improve the appearance of the scar but do not totally remove it. ...Read more

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9th day of cold sore on upper lip, it's scabbed over & flaky. Is it safe to trim hair near it w/ a mustache trimmer w/o spreading the infection?

9th day of cold sore on upper lip, it's scabbed over & flaky. Is it safe to trim hair near it w/ a mustache trimmer w/o spreading the infection?

You can not spread i: Cold sore due to herpes virus is contained by your immunity. It will not spread unless you have a serious immune deficiency, in which case you will be quite sick. Yes, you can trim your mustache. You will also be shedding virus periodically between attacks when you have no symptoms. Relax. Most people have it but do not know it. ...Read more

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Virus (Definition)

A virus is a small infectious agent that can replicate only inside the living cells of an organism. Viruses can infect all types of organisms, from animals and plants ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

Scar = fibrous tissue that forms ...Read more