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Hard eraser size growth on back. Skin toned. Doesn't itch. Been there about a year. Concern?

Hard eraser size growth on back. Skin toned. Doesn't itch. Been there about a year. Concern?

Growth on back: Keep watch - make sure it does not change its character or enlarge. Seems you have other reasons to be seeing a health practitioner - have him / her look at it each visit, also, since it is a bit difficult for you to see. ...Read more

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On the outer aspect of my big toe I have a have growth of hard skin. It can be shaved easily or cut off with scissors, it returns. How remove it?

On the outer aspect of my big toe I have a have growth of hard skin.  It can be shaved easily or cut off with scissors, it returns. How remove it?

Many ways: Using a pumice stone or callous file is best. Using an open razor blade leaves alot of injury risk. Use a good lotion daily to the area. ...Read more

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Can a hard hit on the head stunt your growth?

Can a hard hit on the head stunt your growth?

No: While a severe brain injury in youth can affect the hormones responsible for a variety of functions, including growth, this would be less common with a hard blow to the head, in the abscence of a more severe trauma. ...Read more

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Is there any relation between child nutrition and head growth?

Is there any relation between child  nutrition and head growth?

Yes: Extreme malnutrition is the most common cause of growth retardation worldwide. When a child becomes malnourished, specially within the first 2 years of life, the first thing to go is weight gain, followed by length and ultimately head circumference. Incredible how your brain will be protected until the end! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: skin growths?

What is the definition or description of: skin growths?

Moles, warts, etc: Skin growths include warts, moles, skin tags, tumors, or anything extra on top of the skin. Depending on the diagnosis is how to treat it. ...Read more

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How can I reduce the growth of melanin to make my skin brighter?

How can I reduce the growth of melanin to make my skin brighter?

Avoid tanning: Skin pigmentation is accelerated by uv light. Avoid the sun when possible and use potent sunblock if you must be in the sun. ...Read more

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If I have an unusual growth on the side of my head, is it likely cancerous?

Possibly: Few lesions growing on the side of the head are benign. Most are cutaneous in origin and represent basal cell Ca, squamous Ca and melanoma. Some unusual lesion like adenoid cystic Ca also seen as well as various blood vessel lesions. In rarer instances metastatic lesions can spread to the scalp. Biopsy is indicated and resection afterward depending on the pathology. May then need RT. ...Read more

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Does everybody get age spot growths on their skin if they are lucky enough to live to be old ?

Age spots: These "liver" or "age" spots, o/w called senile or solar lentigines, are very common over 40. Of course with pigmented lesions it is very important to consider more serious, and possibly life-threatening forms such as malignant melanoma. So, always see your dermatologist if a lesion is changing or has any of the warning signs of melanoma- http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001853/. ...Read more

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This past years there is an excess skin growth in my butt. What should I do ? Before it is small but now it become big.

Consult a Surgeon: Consult a surgeon that can evaluate the nature of the "growth" and remove it to get a certain clinical diagnosis. ...Read more

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Soft purple/dark growth under skin on face. Not painful. Had for 3mths. Stays about the same size. sometimes swells then goes down. Should I worry?

Soft purple/dark growth under skin on face. Not painful. Had for 3mths. Stays about the same size.  sometimes swells then goes down. Should I worry?

Let Doc see it.: Any new skin and lesion,especially those that continuously change, should be checked by a specialist . Make an appointment with your Dermatologist. The Doctor may even need to biopsy it to reach a diagnosis. In the meantime, don't try to pop it, and use a daily sunblock. ...Read more