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How much should I worry about darkening of the skin?

How much should I worry about darkening of the skin?

Skin Darkening: If you have darkening of the skin under your arms, breasts, groin or any skin fold areas, that is called acanthosis nigricans and is due to elevated insulin. It is a usually due to Insulin resistance or diabetes but can be related to more serious problems. It would be good have your physician check. ...Read more

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Hello. i just want to know how i can lighten the color of my genitalia since it is darker than the rest of my body. ?

Hello. i just want to know how i can lighten the color of my genitalia since it is darker than the rest of my body. ?

Would be unnatural: The genitalia are normally darker than the skin on the rest of the body, unless one has a dark tan on other parts of the body. It would look unnatural and strange if one's genitalia were the exact same color as, or lighter than, the rest of the body. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about these tiny little reddish bulbs on the insides of my toes? If so what should I do to aide the healing process or hinder the new growth? Thanks

Should I be concerned about these tiny little reddish bulbs on the insides of my toes? If so what should I do to aide the healing process or hinder the new growth? Thanks

Without actually: looking at the area in question it is difficult to be certain about a diagnosis however it is most likely that this is Athletes Foot (fungal infection.) Use some good quality athletes foot cream per the instructions on the cream and see how it goes. If no improvement in a few days then see your health care provider for evaluation. ...Read more

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Maybe I worry too much, but I want to know how puncture wound of the mouth will affect my child's overall health.?

Maybe I worry too much, but I want to know how puncture wound of the mouth will affect my child's overall health.?

Varies by severity: Themouth is commonly exposed to trauma and is therefore accustomed and well suited to uneventful healing in instances of minor trauma. In the event of more extensive trauma, meticulous repair will likely minimize deformity or loss of function. Tissue loss or electrical injuries or thermal burns are more likely to result in long term deformity. ...Read more

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Is it normal for someone to notice more freckles and moles on the body during the summertime? I have been seeing a lot of sunlight, and am concerned?

Is it normal for someone to notice more freckles and moles on the body during the summertime? I have been seeing a lot of sunlight, and am concerned?

Freckles : Freckles will darken in the summer months making them more conspicuous .Both moles and freckles tend to increase over time . Use sun protection and see a dermatologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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I worry too much, it is possible to worry about a part of your body so much that it hurts? What can I do to get over this worrying?

I worry too much, it is possible to worry about a part of your body so much that it hurts? What can I do to get over this worrying?

Exercise: Exercise helps the body send out relaxation hormone to help sleep. With good rest you may not worry as much. Sometimes seeing a doctor can help to determine why you worry so much that you cannot focus on anything else. ...Read more

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How long can you be on depoprovera before you have to worry about thinning of the bones. I have been on it for 11+yrs?

How long can you be on depoprovera before you have to worry about thinning of the bones. I have been on it for 11+yrs?

Not sure: There is no black and white answer concerning osteoporosis (thinning bones) and the use of depo-provera -- but since the fda placed a "black box warning" on depo-provera about it's link to osteoporosis, most physicians now limit it's use to 2 years, unless there are very extenuating circumstances. ...Read more

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Lets look at this from another angle, how safe is it to touch my belt after going to the bathroom? I'm concerned about ecoli and I have ocd. This affects my quality of life. It's not about urine

Lets look at this from another angle, how safe is it to touch my belt after going to the bathroom? I'm concerned about ecoli and I have ocd. This affects my quality of life. It's not about urine

Carry wipes with you: If that concerned, carry a pocket-sized sanitizer or handi-wipes with you to use after stooling and before pulling up your pants. Really, i don't think you have much to worry about here. Don't forget to wash your hands! ...Read more

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What if too much skin is removed during blepharoplasty? I'm worried that my surgeon will remove too much skin during my blepharoplasty. What are the options if that happens? .

What if too much skin is removed during blepharoplasty? I'm worried that my surgeon will remove too much skin during my blepharoplasty. What are the options if that happens?

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Uncommon: This is an uncommon scenario. If it does occur, you have several options, including massage, taping, eye drops, and ointment. Rarely, in severe cases of insufficient upper eyelid coverage, additional surgery and possible skin grafting is needed. ...Read more

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What to do for Chrigger bites and how long will they appear on skin?? I have about 100 of them!

What to do for Chrigger bites and how long will they appear on skin?? I have about 100 of them!

Bath: Take a bath with 1/2 cup of baking soda and an Aveeno bath packet or 1/4 cup oatmeal for 20 min. Be sure to get the bath water all over all the bites. ...Read more

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Hi i was wondering what cream or products i could apply to the outside of my areola to blend it into my skin to make it appear smaller? Thanks so much

None: The only thing i can think of would be some concealer, but that will likely rub off on your bra. That is a very sensitive and important area of your body and i don't think any doctor would recommend a bleaching treatment for that area. I certainly wouldn't. ...Read more

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My underarms are getting darker. How do I make them fairer? And what is the reason of darkening?

My underarms are getting darker. How do I make them fairer? And what is the reason of darkening?

Dark: Dark armpits is usually from a condition call acathosis nigricans. It is hard to treat. First see your family doc to make sure you don't have diabetes and if clear, see a derm. ...Read more

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I see two tiny pimples on the skin surface of armpit, and a lump underneath if i feel it. Should i worry? How long to wait for checkup?

I see two tiny pimples on the skin surface of armpit, and a lump underneath if i feel it. Should i worry? How long to wait for checkup?

Could be abscess: This could be a description of an abscess, which may need antibiotics or drainage. It could also be enlarged lymph nodes, which would be concerning as well. Either way you should have this checked by an MD. If it's painful, go to urgent care if you can't get into PMD. If not, make next available appointment with PMD. ...Read more

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I'm inquiring about mole removal. It is something I would like to remove and wonder if there are any side effects, and how much for the removal?

I'm inquiring about mole removal. It is something I would like to remove and wonder if there are any side effects, and how much for the removal?

See a dermatologist: There are different ways to remove moles. It is important to have your dermatologist evaluate your mole first as some melanomas look like benign moles. If suspicious for melanoma, your dermatologist will biopsy it by fully removing the lesion. If it is raised and benign, your dermatologist may choose to shave excise it. The degree of scarring depends on the location, technique and genetics. ...Read more

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I am just curious about what are the first symptoms of lung cancer, how long does it take a smoker to get it and what is the average age of diagnosis?

I am just curious about what are the first symptoms of lung cancer, how long does it take a smoker to get it and what is the average age of diagnosis?

Often asymptomatic.: This is often asymptomatic with about 5-15% detected from symptoms. Pesistent cough is the usual presenting sign, with hemoptysis, wheeze, dyspnea or difficulty breathing, depending on its site. Hoarseness, and respiratory failure can mean spread beyond the lungs. This occurs most at 55-65 years and since smoking is the most common cause, it likely takes from its start so don't start smoking. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about darkening of the skin?

Skin Darkening: If you have darkening of the skin under your arms, breasts, groin or any skin fold areas, that is called acanthosis nigricans and is due to elevated insulin. It is a usually due to Insulin resistance or diabetes but can be related to more serious problems. It would be good have your physician check. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: darkening of skin?

What is the definition or description of: darkening of skin?

Tanning: When skin starts to darken it can be from bruising, sun damage, skin stains from previous acne, previous injuries, hematomas, spider vein removal, por circulation, aging, and much more. We treat according to the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can I prevent the darkening of skin from sun tan?

How can I prevent the darkening of skin from sun tan?

Sunblock: Sunblock is the cornerstone of management and prevention is the key. Once it has developed there are a variety of bleaching agents that can be used that combine varying proportions of retin-a, hydroquinone, kojic acid and topical steroids. On occasion chemical peels with glycolic acid may also help. Lastly laser resurfacing is an option but not without more risk. See your dermatologist for options. ...Read more

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Does more drinking of tea cause darkening of skin?I mean production of more melanin?

Does more drinking of tea cause darkening of skin?I mean production of more melanin?

Tea and Skin Color: No, drinking tea or coffee doesn't cause the pigmentation of your skin to change color. The only things that can cause your skin to darken is a tan of course...Your family genetics and some systemic diseases. ...Read more

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Does isotretinoin cause irreversible sun damage? Will it cause permanent darkening of skin due to sun exposure?

Does isotretinoin cause irreversible sun damage? Will it cause permanent darkening of skin due to sun exposure?

Not likely: Topical Isotretinoin is well known to cause photosensitivity (easy burning) from bright sun light exposure. This will cause temporary redness and soreness, but not permanent change. Interestingly, Isotretinoin and other so-called retinoid agents have been successfully used for years to actually help reverse chronic sun damage. ...Read more

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Slight darkening of skin around my buttocks crack. Not really itchy, but I don’t know where it came from. I am a Type 1 Diabetic who has been diagnose?

Slight darkening of skin around my buttocks crack. Not really itchy, but I don’t know where it came from. I am a Type 1 Diabetic who has been diagnose?

Some Darkening: or other color differences between the buttocks and around the genitals can be normal and changes can occur with age. If this is a recent change, and because you are concerned, have it evaluated by your MD. Chances are good that it is nothing of major concern but being diabetic means you need to be diligent in watching for any changes! ...Read more

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Can doxycycline cause: facial swelling, skin peeling around fingernails, mild darkening of skin on face? Took for 5 days, then stopped.

Can doxycycline cause: facial swelling, skin peeling around fingernails, mild darkening of skin on face? Took for 5 days, then stopped.

Doxycycline: This is a complicated question. Let me guide you to drugs.Com and you can then access Doxycycline and read about it yourself. Facial swelling can be due to allergic reaction. The darkening skin may be due to the sensitivity to sun induced by tetracyclines. Doubt that the skin peeling around fingernails is related, but might be part of an allergic reaction. ...Read more

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Darkening of the skin from diabetes?

Darkening of the skin from diabetes?

Dark skin: There is a condition called acanthosis that darken the skin in people who have diabetes. ...Read more

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Darkening of the skin after waxing normal?

Darkening of the skin after waxing normal?

Hyperpigmentation: Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation (pih) is a frequently encountered problem and represents the sequelae of various cutaneous disorders as well as therapeutic interventions. This acquired excess of pigment can be attributed to various preceding disease processes that affect the skin such as infections, allergic reactions, mechanical injuries, and reactions to medications. ...Read more

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What causes darkening of the skin during dialysis?

What causes darkening of the skin during dialysis?

Urochromes and : Middle molecules. These are substances that normally are filtered out by your kidney but not by the dialysis machine. ...Read more

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Should I see a doctor if I have darkening of the skin?

Yes.: It will not resolve spontaneously and the longer the darkening is present the more difficult itvwill be to improve the skin.Prescription cream, chemical peel, and microdermabrasion combined with laser are treatment options. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about skin ulcers?

How much should I worry about skin ulcers?

A lot: Skin ulcers if left untreated can lead to infection, loss of muscle, and even deep infection of the underlying bone. Ulcers are usually a symptom of an underlying medical condition that may require treatment such as diabetes and peripheral vascular disease. They may also be present in people with diminished sensation, poor mobility, or poor nutrition. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get darkening of the skin, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get darkening of the skin, or is it unusual?

Very common: It's called postinflammatory change, and it usually happens after an inflammation event (hence the name). Basically it's the same process as a suntan after a sunburn. Like a tan, pih slowly fades away, but sunlight will slow that process down. ...Read more

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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my darkening of the skin?

Darkening skin: Darkening of your skin color may be due to benign causes such as too much sun exposure, but it can also be due to serious medical problems such as addison's disease (adrenal insufficiency) or hemochromatosis (too much iron in the body). If you are unsure why your skin color has been darker, it would be wise to go see a doctor. The cheapest way to lighten your skin color is to avoid the sun. ...Read more

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Darkening of the skin between my breasts from fungus?

Darkening of the skin between my breasts from fungus?

Tinea versicolor: Tinea versicolor is a chronic yeast infection of the skin. The main symptom is patches of discolored skin with sharp borders and fine scale. This skin condition can be controlled but not cured. Treatment is with topical anti yeast medication like Nizoral cream or oral medication like ketoconazole. ...Read more

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What kinds of contraceptives are ok for someone with melasma (darkening of the skin)?

What kinds of contraceptives are ok for someone with  melasma (darkening of the skin)?

Less: Best to minimize exposure to hormones. Copper iud would be a great choice. Nuva ring is also something to consider though. It uses the same hormones as the pill, but a lot less and is less likely to make your melasma worse. ...Read more

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