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Dermatology 1) at an annual full-body skin check, should my dermatologist check my scalp? She never does. 2) should a dermatologist charge for an office visit just to remove the stitches after surgery in which she removed a minor skin lesion?

Dermatology 1) at an annual full-body skin check, should my dermatologist check my scalp? She never does. 2) should a dermatologist charge for an office visit just to remove the stitches after surgery in which she removed a minor skin lesion?

1) yes 2)depends: 1) full skin exams include the scalp
2) there would be no charge for removing the stitches but if the doctor had to discuss the diagnosis or explain the results and make a follow up plan an office visit could be charged. ...Read more

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Will a skin exam with a dermatologist make sense for somebody who is brown skinned?

Definitely: Darker skinned patients are still susceptible to skin cancers or skin changes, that a dermatologist could recognize (and biopsy)if it were indicated. ...Read more

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Just turned 50. My primary care doc did lots of blood work, a prostate exam, & sent me for a colonoscopy. Shouldn't I have a dermatologist check me?

Just turned 50. My primary care doc did lots of blood work, a prostate exam, & sent me for a colonoscopy. Shouldn't I have a dermatologist check me?

Confusing question: Your primary physician is trained to make an initial assessment of your skin and I suppose he/she also did a general physical exam. Just ordering blood and doing a prostate exam is not any sort of routine office visit. The general exam looks for skin issues, although it may not have been discussed. You are always free to consult a dermatologist if you have a specific concern. ...Read more

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During annual skin exam should dermatologist check genitals and between butt cheeks? Wife and I yet to find one that does.

During annual skin exam should dermatologist check genitals and between butt cheeks? Wife and I yet to find one that does.

Very thorough: A very thorough skin exam would include the skin of the genitalia/perineum. However, this is uncommon because most dermatologists focus on skin that is frequently exposed to the sun (major risk factor for most skin cancers). The skin around the genitalia and anus is generally examined during an annual wellness check up with your primary doctor during a rectal, testicular, or pelvic exam. ...Read more

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I'm going to my dermatologist to seek treatment for jock itch. I'm male she is female. I'm nervous. Will she need to see my penis during the exam?

I'm going to my dermatologist to seek treatment for jock itch. I'm male she is female. I'm nervous. Will she need to see my penis during the exam?

It will be there: She has seen many penises before, it may be a big deal for you but is just another piece of meat to her. Get over it. You are going to her as a patient, not a sex object.
Wish you good health.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. 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. ...Read more

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I have sores on my body and the dermatologist isn't helping.?

I have sores on my body and the dermatologist isn't helping.?

Need another opinion: In general, if you have a problem and your doctor has not been able to help, it is appropriate to get a second opinion. In this case, there are many different causes for sores on the skin. It could be due to an infection or inflammation of the blood vessels, for example, so further testing may be required. Usually, you can just say to your doctor that you are concerned that you're not getting better and you would like to get another approach. ...Read more

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I had a dermatologist tell me he didn't think it was shingles cause my body was not completely covered. Could he be right?

I had a dermatologist tell me he didn't think it was shingles cause my body was not completely covered. Could he be right?

Nope--you misunderst: Shingles almost always follows one single nerve. If your body is completely covered you either have chicken pox or your immune system is so shot you're in the icu. ...Read more

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I have random marks appear on my body they are round and dry patchs they don't itch they don't burn or bother what could this be? Dermatologist visit?

I have random marks appear on my body they are round and dry patchs they don't itch they don't burn or bother what could this be? Dermatologist visit?

Nummular eczema: Sounds like nummular eczema which often looks like round dry patches, sometimes red, sometimes itch. They're related to dry skin. Other causes could include ringworm (tinea corporis) or Tinea versicolor. ...Read more

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I been having severe itching and have lil bumps on my body I've seen the v.A. Dermatologist and she don't know what it could be I've changed everythin?

I been having severe itching and have lil bumps on my body I've seen the v.A. Dermatologist and she don't know what it could be I've changed everythin?

Infestation vs rxn: There are numerous things in our environment both living & not that can cause this. Scabies (human mite) infested a 90yo acquaintance for years before a derm recognized this mostly kid problem. Soaps/dryer sheets/shampoos/ body washes/ deoderants/foods/seasonings/lotions/rare internal illnesses etc. Do ur self a favor & review anything new in your life within 2wks of this starting & review with dr. ...Read more

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When can stitches in the chest be removed? I have only 2. It's been a week and it looks like they can come out but, dermatologist said 2 full weeks: (

When can stitches in the chest be removed? I have only 2. It's been a week and it looks like they can come out but, dermatologist said 2 full weeks: (

Follow advice: It's usually best to follow the advice of the specialist. If the stitches are causing irritation you might want to call the dermatologist to see if they can be removed sooner. ...Read more

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How to clear bacne? I have used the same products I use on my face and my face is clear. Will medicated body powder work? Already tried dermatologist.

How to clear bacne? I have used the same products I use on my face and my face is clear. Will medicated body powder work? Already tried dermatologist.

Try oral meds: If you cannot get someone to apply the topical meds then you will have to take oral medication. Speak to your doc about them. ...Read more

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A dermatologist diagnosed me with pityriasis alba over my body and recommended I apply lotion daily. It's been 5 years now and it's the same. Solution?

A dermatologist diagnosed me with pityriasis alba over my body and recommended I apply lotion daily. It's been 5 years now and it's the same. Solution?

Pityriasis Alba: If the diagnosis is correct, pityriasis alba is nothing more than decrease skin pigment from skin irritation. I would recommend the use of Elidel (pimecrolimus) cream, a prescription, to treat your pityriasis alba as this medication helps reduce irritation. ...Read more

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I have hives since 4 months. Should I consult allergist or dermatologist? I was prescribed Loradatine for 2 weeks but it didn't help. The hives appear at new places on the body everyday and itch a lot for a couple of hours.

I have hives since 4 months. Should I consult allergist or dermatologist? I was prescribed Loradatine for 2 weeks but it didn't help. The hives appear at new places on the body everyday and itch a lot for a couple of hours.

Allergist vs Dermatologist: Any competent specialist in either field would help you, now that it is there for 4 months it became chronic, there are several other antihistamines than loratadine to deal with your case in different dose regimens, beside other medicines if needed, more important is history, examination and probably some investigations, good luck ...Read more

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If head lice are not gotten rid of, can they enter the body cavaties and cause death? I feel like I have head lice, however, I have been looked at by hair dresser, doctor and dermatologist, all who said they didn't see any.

If head lice are not gotten rid of, can they enter the body cavaties and cause death? I feel like I have head lice, however, I have been looked at by hair dresser, doctor and dermatologist, all who said they didn't see any.

Scalp itching: Lice are only human parasites that are not known to carry diseases but do open the skin with their bite to germ entry.Scratching will also open the scalp & germs nearby can cause skin infections. Lice are air breathers & would suffocate if they went into the body. There are many other causes of scalp itching including hair products or soaps. Head lice are gross, but forget the body invasion idea. ...Read more

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Does a dermatologist order blood work if you're having random rashes over the body that come and go?

Does a dermatologist order blood work if you're having random rashes over the body that come and go?

Dermatology: There are systemic diseases which can cause rash. If suspecting any of those he or she might order blood test. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with hypigmentation. I have scars all over my body. I went to a dermatologist. What can I do to get rid of the scars quickly.

I have been diagnosed with hypigmentation. I have scars all over my body. I went to a dermatologist. What can I do to get rid of the scars quickly.

DETAILS MATTER!!: Do you mean post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation? What was the cause? Where on your body? What did the dermatologist give you? Treatment depends entirely on the answers to these questions. ...Read more

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I'm gong to use this cream and scared now I have face full of melisma brown spots and dermatologist suggested me He has given me to use this cream and?

I'm gong to use this cream and scared now I have face full of melisma brown spots and dermatologist suggested me He has given me to use this cream and?

Why scared?: Why are you scared? It is not likely that your doctor would give you something that may not be good for you. You may check for the chemicals in the cream and Google those chemicals to see what the effects may be.
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. 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. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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My body's Serum IGE count is 377.7. Can you please suggest how much time it will take to get normal. My dermatologist has prescribed allegra (fexofenadine) 180.

My body's Serum IGE count is 377.7. Can you please suggest how much time it will take to get normal. My dermatologist has prescribed allegra (fexofenadine) 180.

Answer: IgE is an antibody which can be produced in response to allergy, but also in response to parasitic/viral infections, inflammatory disorders, and a handful of less common conditions. Allegra (fexofenadine) blocks a subset of histamine responses in the body and can mask symptoms, but does not change the immune response to create IgE. The body will keep producing IgE until the trigger stops. ...Read more

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I'm from sri lanka & 18years old. My face is darker than the reat of the body from 3years I don't expose to the sun light I have tride many lightening creams I have seen manau dermatologist even when I use lightening creams my face is getting lightening b

I'm from sri lanka & 18years old. My face is darker than the reat of the body from 3years I don't expose to the sun light I have tride many lightening creams I have seen manau dermatologist even when I use lightening creams my face is getting lightening b

Wrong question: In my country---USA--- we celebrate our variations. Some of us are taller, some have different hair, some have darker skin. Each person is a unique individual. We love our differences. Only robots are all alike. Celebrate who you are and strive to be the best person you can be. You will be judged by the content of your character, not by the color of your face. SMILE at people and they will smile a ...Read more

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Bad eczema rashes all over upper body for past 2 yrs, my dermatologist has tried multi. Ointments. Helped but still there. Help? Super embarrassing!

Bad eczema rashes all over upper body for past 2 yrs, my dermatologist has tried multi. Ointments. Helped but still there. Help? Super embarrassing!

Hard to say: Without seeing what you just described. Would advise getting a second opinion at this time. In the meantime, use skin cleansers for bathing and moisturizing creams and avoid warm or hot water for baths. Have you tried dermasmoothe oil? Occlusive dressing would help keep your skin moist. ...Read more

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I'm a 68 yr. Old white female with a rash over my entire body. Scene for dermatologist and it had to skin biopsy and the diagnosis was chronic spongio?

I'm a 68 yr. Old white female with a rash over my entire body. Scene for dermatologist and it had to skin biopsy and the diagnosis was chronic spongio?

Spongiotic dermatitis: Is another way of referring to a condition known as acute eczema that is usually found affecting the abdomen, chest and even the bottom while the scalp is generally free from this condition. Defer to my Derm colleagues for another opinion. ...Read more

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I've seen 2 doctors along with a dermatologist. I've had labs done etc. Still have dark red brown spots breaking out all over body going on 30 days?

Skin biopsy: Ask your Dermatologist if he would think a skin biopsy would be helpful. Is a simple procedure with local anesthetic (like at the Dentist). Takes a little 3-4 mm of your skin with a sterile instrument and sometimes needs to put 1 stitch, sometimes not necessary, but gives a great amount of information. ...Read more