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Early cold sore?: I am very impressed you used the word "philtrum"--i have not used or heard of that word from anyone in a very long time. Anyhow, cold sore can come out on/at or near this area and can start out as tingly sensation. Because the nerve also controls the health of your skin, this "pending area" is affected and skin can dry out/die quicker, hence flaking. If worsening, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Small philtrum....: There is no discrete "problem" that arises from a small philtrum except as it affects the overall shape of your lip and how the upper lip everts. If you are having an issue you think is related, you may wish to consult with a facial plastics or reconstructive surgeon. ...Read more
See your FamilyDoc: For most non-emergent concerns, start w/your FamilyDoc (obviously, I have a bias). S/he can determine if it's something within our scope of training & expertise or whether it's something that requires specialist involvement. S/he can also order initial testing if warranted. Some doctors can offer various laser treatments to lighten dark spots. Be sure to learn melanoma ABCDEs http://goo.gl/dm1K0D ...Read more
Philtral pimple: Could be deveoplmental retention cyst. See a boarded Plastic Surgeron for evaluation. ...Read more
What to do if I had my philtrum/medusa pierced about a month and a half ago, lately it's been swelling on and off.. tips?
Hormones: Often when the acne is in the t zone it is due to hormones, stress, lack of sleep and genetics, when it is beyond that it is usually hormones, but can also be hair follicles getting infected, under the nose can be easily irritated, moist, infected with p acne bacteria or be caused by an ingrown hair. Sun can trigger acne as well. Picking and touching areas bothering you can also make it worse. ...Read more
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