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Is it true that dry skin lotions are gender specific?

Is it true that dry skin lotions are gender specific?

Not necessarily: You really need to look for ingredients suitable for you. In other words avoid products that you may be allergic to and capitalize on those your body likes. Avoid the harsh chemicals (phthalates, mineral oil, petrolatum, parabens, synthetic dyes and parfume). As a compounding pharmacist, we could make gender specific lotion formulations with the consent of your doctor; employing female hormones. ...Read more

Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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Atopic Dermatitis (Definition)

A range of persistent skin conditions that include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, or bleeding. The cause of eczema is unknown but is presumed to be a combination of ...Read more


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Dyshidrotic Eczema is not linked to Asthma. Only Atopic Eczema is linked to Asthma( hence the term "Atopic March") Is this correct?

Dyshidrotic Eczema is not linked to Asthma. Only Atopic Eczema is linked to Asthma( hence the term "Atopic March")

Is this correct?

Yes that's correct: atopic march explains natural history of allergy progression in atopic individuals, while dyshidrotic eczema is different usually has no known cause, and treatment is different, but an individual can have the condition and have asthma too as two separate conditions not necessarily linked ...Read more

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I read something on the information sheet that said "meningococcal (type c) conjugate vaccine" what does that mean?

I read something on the information sheet that said "meningococcal (type c) conjugate vaccine" what does that mean?

Way vaccine made.: This refers to how the vaccine is made. The meningococcal conjugate vaccines are made by chemically linking the capsular polysaccharide antigens individually to a protein. The vaccines do not contain live bacteria.Meningococcal conjugate vaccines are believed to give better protection and are more effective in young children than the original polysaccharide vaccine. ...Read more

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Is hand dermatitis and atopic dermatitis technically 2 different conditions?

Is hand dermatitis and atopic dermatitis technically 2 different conditions?

Possibly: There are various types of skin conditions that can contribute to rash isolated to hands. Rash can be secondary to a number of conditions including atopic dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, irritant or allergic contact hypersensitivity, or other causes. Make an appointment with Allergist or Dermatologist to get to the bottom of the cause and receive the right treatment. ...Read more

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Can Seborrheic Dermatitis turn into Psoriasis? I read some discussions and websites said that. Is it true?

Can Seborrheic Dermatitis turn into Psoriasis? I read some discussions and websites said that. Is it true?

No: Seborrheic dermatitis does not turn into psoriasis. 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. Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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What group of people does atopic eczema affect the most? Is there a geographic area that is worst?

What group of people does atopic eczema affect the most?  Is there a geographic area that is worst?

Eczema: Eczema or atopic dermatitis affects up to 17% of the pediatric population in the United States, with increasing prevalence over the past several decades. Studies in japan and northern europe have found similar prevalence, with industrialized and westernized nations noting increasing trends of patients with atopic dermatitis. ...Read more

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Is it true that bidets are actually more hygenic than just using toilet paper?

Is it true that bidets are actually more hygenic than just using toilet paper?

Maybe: In medicine we have a little poem that applies..."the solution to pollution is dilution". Using a bidet will not only remove urine and fecal material, but the water will act as a disinfectant by killing bacteria. Furthermore, toilet paper can be abrasive and leave superficial abrasions that can lead to infections. Assuming the water supply is good, bidets are probably better. ...Read more

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Could I have atopic dermatitis or just atopic skin that is dry in winter?

Could I have atopic dermatitis or just atopic skin that is dry in winter?

Variable: While most atopic patients have symptoms that worsen in the winter I have seen many who are worse in the summer, or even all year round. Every patient can be a little different. I hope you have someone to look after this for you. ...Read more

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Is their prescription dandruff shampoo that does not contain tar?

Is their prescription dandruff shampoo that does not contain tar?

PRESCRIPTION SHAMPOO: PRESCRIPTION SHAMPOOS WITH NO TAR CLOBETASOL DERMA-SMOOTHE OLUX FOAM LOPROX ...Read more

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Did allergists study dermatology? (atopic dermatitis) or are they not knowledgeable in that area?

Did allergists study dermatology? (atopic dermatitis) or are they not knowledgeable in that area?

Allergy and Immunolo: gy is a subspecialty done after a residency in internal medicine. They do not study dermatology but in the study of allergies, atopic dermatitis is part of the work up and study. ...Read more

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Eczema outbreaks ranges from dry/weepy bumps, skin lesions, flakes/dry scales (in one outbreak). Does this mean I have more than one kind of eczema?

Eczema outbreaks ranges from dry/weepy bumps, skin lesions, flakes/dry scales (in one outbreak). Does this mean I have more than one kind of eczema?

Not necessarily: these are common manifestations of eczema. the key to recovery is that you treat the cause. that eliminates most of the need for symptomatic medicines like steroid creams etc. to learn more about treating the cause please visit us at www.ehacstl. mostly eczema is environmental like inhalants such as dust molds pollens and hidden food allergy. there is no need for you to suffer ...Read more

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Scalp redness, in which builds up of dead skin that feels like small bumps. Tried eczema shampoos and seborrhoeic dermatitis shampoos. Is it dryscalp?

Scalp redness, in which builds up of dead skin that feels like small bumps. Tried eczema shampoos and seborrhoeic dermatitis shampoos. Is it dryscalp?

Its NOT eczema: I think you have PSORIASIS from the way you describe your scalp. See a Dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis since the treatment is different. In the meantime you can try SELSUN Shampoo (OTC) Be Well ...Read more

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Allergic contact dermatitis from tea tree oil? Is that common?

It happens, : It is not very common only because not too many people use it. I only see those that have problems with tea tree oil. Among all the causes of contact dermatitis it is not common. ...Read more

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Are there any strains of scabies that don't die with scabicide? Also is there any skin condition that presents as scabies but is something else??

Are there any strains of scabies that don't die with scabicide?  Also is there any skin condition that presents as scabies but is something else??

Scabies: Even after treatment, scabies can itch for up to a week. You shouldn't be seeing any new spots. The itch is intense and more pronounced in the evening. I've seen insect bites and eczema that can look similar. It can sometimes need re treatment, but you should consult your physician, since the medicine can be toxic. Also, occasionally the OTC medicines don't work. ...Read more

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"Hand Eczema" and "Atopic Eczema" are NOT interchangeable terms, meaning they are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT conditions, correct?

"Hand Eczema" and "Atopic Eczema" are NOT interchangeable terms, meaning they are  COMPLETELY DIFFERENT conditions, correct?

What are you asking?: Most often, atopic eczema affects the creases of the elbows and knees. Several varieties of eczema involve the hands primarily; for these, look for what you might be allergic / sensitive to. Management may be similar, and a cause may or may not be identified. Most things share similarities and differences. ...Read more

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Does anyone else have the skin condition nevus flameus?

Does anyone else have the skin condition nevus flameus?

Nevus flammeus: Capillary malformation, usually referred to as a port-wine stain or nevus flammeus, is the most common type of vascular malformation. As a congenital malformation of the superficial dermal blood vessels, capillary malformation is present at birth and grows in size commensurate with the child; capillary malformations remain present for life and have no tendency toward involution. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Berry
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Deshidrotic Eczema (Definition)

A condition in which tiny, fluid-filled blisters appear on the palms and fingers. ...Read more