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Does Lyme cause skin disorders?

Does Lyme cause skin disorders?

Yes: Lyme disease can cause a red target like rash. This will need further confirmation and treatment. ...Read more

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Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


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What's the actual science behind acupuncture and how it is effective for skin disorders and other medical conditions?

Block obstructions.: A number of chemicals/neurotransmitters can be impacted by acupuncture: serotonin, norepinephrine, substance p, gaba, dopamine, b- endorphin, acth, dynorphins, leucine - enkephalin & methionine-enkephalin. Acupuncture blocks obstructions in blood flow, lymphatic drainage, nerve conduction and chi. Different forms of acupuncture have different impacts. Major meridian energy work can help skin. ...Read more

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Can eczema or any other skin disorders cause finger clubbing?

Can eczema or any other skin disorders cause finger clubbing?

Finger Clubbing: Yes. Finger clubbing can result from palmar eczema and some dyes hydronic skin conditions. You should consult a dermatologist for a thorough evaluation and embark on a recommended tratment plan. ...Read more

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Anybody prescribed puva treatment to treat skin disorders?

Anybody prescribed puva treatment to treat skin disorders?

Not any more, mostly: Puva stands for "psoralen plus ultraviolet-a" - you take a drug called psoralen, which sensitizes your skin to long-wave uv light, then you go in a uv light box. It was used to treat psoriasis and other skin diseases, but in recent years it has largely been replaced by narrow-band uvb light treatment, which works better and avoids the risks of psoralen, such as sunburn and cataracts. ...Read more

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Are there any doctors that specialize in rare skin disorders as well as chronic mononucleosis?

Are there any doctors that specialize in rare skin disorders as well as chronic mononucleosis?

Chronic mono?: Mononucleosis is an acute disease which resolves, although sometimes slowly. There is an entity called chronic fatigue syndrome which initially was thought to be related to epstein-barr virus, the cause of mono, but is not. ...Read more

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3 month history of pruitis around eyebows, ears (pina, tragus). Dry and sometimes flaky eyebrows. No prior history of skin disorders, dermatitis, eczema etc?

3 month history of pruitis around eyebows, ears (pina, tragus).  Dry and sometimes flaky eyebrows. No prior history of skin disorders, dermatitis, eczema etc?

Seborrheic Derm: Seborrheic dermatitis can occur on different body areas. Usually it forms where the skin is oily or greasy. Common areas include the scalp, eyebrows, eyelids, creases of the nose, lips, behind the ears, in the outer ear, and middle of the chest. ...Read more

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Do body sprays (fragranced ones) harm the skin? Also, does the intimate spray for private areas (women) harm te area & cause skin disorders? Safe? No?

Do body sprays (fragranced ones) harm the skin? Also, does the intimate spray for private areas (women) harm te area & cause skin disorders? Safe? No?

Essential oils: should never be placed undiluted directly on skin. You may have sensitivities/ allergies to ingredients in the various sprays that you use. That could cause a contact dermatitis or have other effects. ...Read more

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16y/o female, partial loss of nail cuticle.No pain, no itch, no history of skin disorders.Very mild contact dermatitis at palm.No history of trauma.Onychomycosis?

16y/o female, partial loss of nail cuticle.No pain, no itch, no history of skin disorders.Very mild contact dermatitis at palm.No history of trauma.Onychomycosis?

Many causes: The most likely cause is from too much contact with water onychomycosis usually causes thickening and flaking of the nails but not loss of the cuticle. Of course. Persistent allergic contact allergy can cause thinning as well with time. If none of the above applies to you, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Will herbal supplements lower the effectiveness of birth control? I am on this herbal supplement called bell product #60 for skin disorders for my acne and I am starting birth control this weekend. Just wondering if i can continue taking the herbal supple

Many : Many of the studies looking at herb-drug interactions are preliminary if available at all. I could not find any information about whether the herbs found in your supplement will effect the efficacy of your birth control. You should give your doctor a call to discuss your concerns. The safest thing to do would be to stop using the supplement. Good news, though. Birth control pills are often a very effective treatment for acne - so your skin may improve on the birth control pills even without the supplement. If after taking the birth control pills for a few months, you are still not satisfied with your skin, talk to your doctor about prescription acne treatments. These have been studied rigorously and their safety profiles and interaction profiles are well known. ...Read more

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