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I have a red, bump (like a mosquito bite) skin cancer on my shin. Are all bumpy/elevated skin cancers the deadly melanoma type, or not necessarily?

I have a red, bump (like a mosquito bite) skin cancer on my shin. Are all bumpy/elevated skin cancers the deadly melanoma type, or not necessarily?

Not necessarily: There are 3 types of skin Cancers: The most common is called a Basal cell carcinoma (this is what you are most likely to have). Melanoma is less common and it usually has a brown or black color to it. But the best way to find out what you have is to go see your doctor (PCP). A dermatologist may be most appropriate if you can get an appointment soon (in 2 weeks or less). ...Read more

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Cat bite punctured skin, kinda crusty. Infected?

Cat bite punctured skin, kinda crusty. Infected?

See doctor.: First of all you need a tetanus shot if you haven't had one for 5-10 years. Cats have relatively "dirty" mouths, meaning they have a lot of bacteria on their teeth, which get injected into you when you get bitten. Even if your tetanus immunization is up to date, you will likely have to see a doctor, who will determine if you need an antibiotic. ...Read more

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When chiggers bite your skin do they stay in your skin?

When chiggers bite your skin do they stay in your skin?

Until first scratch: The missouri dept. Of conservation says chiggers are baby mites that can only bite through areas of thinner, tender skin (so chiggers like women & children). Chiggers bite to inject saliva to dissolve flesh and eat it up. They do not suck blood nor burrow into the skin. Once scratched, the chigger falls off easily, but the site swells, and itches a lot. A scrubby, soapy bath washes away chiggers. ...Read more

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I bite the skin around my nails, how do I stop this urge?

I bite the skin around my nails, how do I stop this urge?

Different Options: There are a few ways you can stop biting the skin around your nails. One way is to pick one nail and not bite that one for awhile, once it has been about 2-3 weeks notice how good that nail looks. Then, pick another nail and don't bite it for awhile, continue this until you aren't biting your nails anymore. Another step is to keep yourself occupied, chew gum or do an activity that requires using your. ...Read more

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I bite the skin around my nails. I know I have to break the habit, but in the meantime is there anything I can put on the skin to ease the pain?

Lubricate: Carry vaseline or aquaphor. Rub in a tiny amount every hour or more. Avoid use of neosporin, bacitracin, triple antibiotic, etc. These are less than useless. They are common sensitizers: they cause allergic reactions without any chance of any benefit. ...Read more

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Can bed bugs bites cause skin disorders?

Can bed bugs bites cause skin disorders?

Bed bugs: Bedbugs can cause itching which leads to scratching which leads to macerated skin and impetigo infections. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you bite the skin off your lip a lot?

What does it mean if you bite the skin off your lip a lot?

Nervous habit: This sounds like a nervous habit. Can you replace the biting with chewing gum? Habit replacement is the best way to resolve one habit. Dry lips may play into this. Use a lip balm to keep them soft. ...Read more

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Why do I constantly bite the skin off my lip and not notice? How can I stop?

Probably: A way to release stress. Talk to a therapist whom can help you identify and deal with those conscious or unconscious triggers. Sometimes medications may help. ...Read more

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Dog bite; the skin was broken, healing well, but the area immediately around the wound the skin seems firm/hard and swollen. Should I be worried?

Dog bite; the skin was broken, healing well, but the area immediately around the wound the skin seems firm/hard and swollen. Should I be worried?

Could be infected: If the area is pink or red and or oozes any discharge from the bite it could be signs of a bacterial infection. A dogs mouth often contains a variety of germs that they can pass into a bite, beyond the well known rabies virus. If this continues have it evaluated. ...Read more

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What kind of spider bite leaves skin bruised?

What kind of spider bite leaves skin bruised?

That can occur with: A number of types of insect and spider bites - it is not specific enough as a single factor to determine the offending spider/ insect. ...Read more

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Can flea bites cause skin infections like exzma?

Can flea bites cause skin infections like exzma?

Flea bites: Skin infection can result from excessive scratching but flea bites do not cause eczema. ...Read more

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I bite the skin around my nails and my lips. Would this habit have any negative effects on me in the future?

I bite the skin around my nails and my lips. Would this habit have any negative effects on me in the future?

Be careful!: Biting the skin around the nails & mouth causes breaks in the skin. Bacteria that normally lives in your mouth, in your nose, or on top of the skin (where it is supposed to live) can get underneath the skin and make you very ill. Strep, staph, and other bacteria can cause terrible infections in the soft tissues and can spread to other body areas through the blood. Try to keep your skin intact! ...Read more

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I noticed I'm prone to mosquito bites and skin allergies than most people do, does it has to do with blood or skin type?

I noticed I'm prone to mosquito bites and skin allergies than most people do, does it has to do with blood or skin type?

Good question: Some studies find that it is the carbon dioxide which attracts the mosquitoes Thus the more carbon dioxide your body produces, the more likely you get bitten. Since every extra bite provokes a booster immune response, the more frequently you are bitten, the more allergic you will become. ...Read more