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Is scratching an age spot off bad?

Is scratching an age spot off bad?

Possibly: You may possibly cause scarring by scratching off a lesion. Another problem is if you want to have a definitive diagnosis of whether or not the lesion is a skin cancer, you would need to have the lesion present for the doctor to evaluate and biopsy. ...Read more

Age Spots (Definition)

Age or liver spots typically refer to a skin lesion known as a solar lentigo. Typically this is flat, larger than normal freckles and contains darker pigmentation. Other age spots may refer to seborrheic keratoses that are dark, slightly elevated and are described as looking like grease paint. Both of these lesions are generally benign but evaluation by a ...Read more


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Will age spots eventually fade on their own? If I wear sunscreen every day, will my age spots eventually fade and disappear? .

Will age spots eventually fade on their own? If I wear sunscreen every day, will my age spots eventually fade and disappear? .

Not that easy: If you truly want the age spots/discoloration to fade (never disappear) you should seek the help of a plastic surgeon or dermatologist.
The treatments will range from topical use of skin lightening agents (hydroquinone) to laser treatments (photo facial/fraxel/etc). Also an experienced aesthetician can be quite helpful. ...Read more

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I have spots on my body. Looks like age spots, but it's not. Tried anti fungal cream and Celltone. Spots are just increasing.

I have spots on my body. Looks like age spots, but it's not. Tried anti fungal cream and Celltone. Spots are just increasing.

Consult Doctor: We can not tell you what it could be without examining the spots. I suggest you consult your Doctor or a Dermatologist ...Read more

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Does Mederma work well on acne scars and age spots?

Does Mederma work well on acne scars and age spots?

Mederma won't work: Mederma can be helpful for surgical or traumatic wounds during the healing period. Once scars have matured it is unlikely that Mederma will result in any improvement. ...Read more

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I am 61 years old and noticed age spots on my face. What is the best approach to get rid of them. Creams? Laser? Retin-a?

I am 61 years old and noticed age spots on my face. What is the best approach to get rid of them. Creams? Laser? Retin-a?

Check first: Have your doctor check them out at a routine visit. Your "age spots" may be evidence of sun damage which can be pre-cancerous. Choosing a treatment before a good evaluation can lead to trouble. ...Read more

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I have a raised bump on my thigh that looks like a blood spot its sore if scratched and bleed bad when cut by accident, this appeared quick on skin?

I have a raised bump on my thigh that looks like a blood spot its sore if scratched and bleed bad when cut by accident, this appeared quick on skin?

Have it removed: This lesion sounds like a pyogenic granuloma, which is a benign growth that is fragile and bleeds easily but won't go away on it's own. It can be removed surgically and generally does not recur. ...Read more

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I have itchy armpits and I also have some small lumps or spots. Which stings so bad onced scratched what can this be?

I have itchy armpits and I also have some small lumps or spots. Which stings so bad onced scratched what can this be?

See below.: Most likely it is hydadenitis suprativa or recurrent sebaceous gland hyperplasia. Check with a dermatologist to ensure it is not a metastatic lymph node. Treatment for hs or rsgh include biopsy for confirmatory diagnosis. ...Read more

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Hi doc, I have some bad black -brown sign and spots in my face no hurts or scratch, iwant capsouls or cream bleach it and make it shiney and white.

Hi doc, I have some bad black -brown sign and spots in my face no hurts or scratch, iwant capsouls or cream bleach it and make it shiney and white.

Lentigines: Lentigines, or liver spots, are benign lesions that occur on the sun-exposed areas of the body. The backs of hands and face are common areas. The lesions tend to increase in number with age, making them common among the middle age and older population. They can vary in size from 0.2 to 2 cm. Treatment is with bleaching creams that have hydroquinone. ...Read more

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Really bad itching in my calves, I scratch but it doesn't go away! Could this be a sign of pregnancy? Also no rashes or spots on my legs anywhere HELP

Really bad itching in my calves, I scratch but it doesn't go away! Could this be a sign of pregnancy? Also no rashes or spots on my legs anywhere HELP

Not likely: Your history mentions 2 previous births. Circumstances supporting pregnancy, include having sexual intercourse without using birth control, a late or missed period, morning sickness. Itching alone does not have a high association with pregnancy. You can always consult with your OB/GYN if suspecting a pregnancy. Best wishes. ...Read more

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One ichy spot on my body since teens. Dime size or smaller. Also vary hot. Can scratch till bloody and keep digging no pain just other 2 feelings.

One ichy spot on my body since teens. Dime size or smaller. Also vary hot. Can scratch till bloody and keep digging no pain just other 2 feelings.

Needs eyes on: This spot could be a number of things such as eczema or ringworm. There are also some other less common explanations. The bottom line is that if you've tried routine topicals such as hydrocortisone and clotrimazole and have not seen change or resolution, you need to have your doctor or a dermatologist take a look at it. And by all means, resist the temptation to scratch till you bleed. ...Read more

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What to do if he scratches constantly not in just one spot but everywhere. Any suggestions?

What to do if he scratches constantly not in just one spot but everywhere. Any suggestions?

Extensive itching: Must get to the cause of the itching. It could be scabies, liver or kidney disease, allergy, eczema, and many other causes. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Have chapped lips with spot that flaked up and I scratched off. Now have a white spot for past few hours in same spot. Normal?

Have chapped lips with spot that flaked up and I scratched off. Now have a white spot for past few hours in same spot. Normal?

Spot on lip: Keep an eye on the spot on the lip. If it gets bigger or thicker it can be easy taken off. Obviously do mot smoke of drink and avoid direct sunlight to the area, good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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Got bit by a chigger on Saturday, scratched the spot unaware of what it was. It is now Thursday and each night since a new bump has appeared. Why?

Got bit by a chigger on Saturday, scratched the spot unaware of what it was. It is now Thursday and each night since a new bump has appeared. Why?

Chiggers: In my experience chigger bites are usually multiple. If you are unsure of the diagnosis a dermatologist is best qualified to evaluate, advise and treat you. ...Read more

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My legs are starting to itch its like a chain reaction when I scratch a certain spot then more spots start to itch?

Release of histamine: When you scratch an itchy spot the area heats up and more histamine is released by mast cells. This histamine then spreads to surrounding areas and cause more itching. Try instead using a cool pack or ice in plastic bag covered with a towel to cool the area. ...Read more

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Have seepage from small spot on leg. It is clear like water. I have been bitten and scratched by my kitten. Related?

Have seepage from small spot on leg. It is clear like water. I have been bitten and scratched by my kitten. Related?

Clear fluid/unlikely: If the there is clear water dischrge and a small spot, it may or may not be infected. Your family doctor can look at it and advice you waht to do. Cat scratch can cause swollen glands and needs to be evaluated
se your friendly pcp. ...Read more

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small irrited spot on the outside skin by vaginal and anus looks like I accidental scratched myself but dosent hurt but rather itchy.

small irrited spot on the outside skin by vaginal and anus looks like I accidental scratched myself but dosent hurt but rather itchy.

Sounds like: inflammation or irritation. Difficult to say for sure. If symptoms persist, consult with a gyn. You might want to try otc hydrocortisone cream in the meantime. ...Read more

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Been scratching my tounge on a sharp tooth for a few days, couldn't help it. Now a white spot has formed where it has been scraping against the tooth.

Been scratching my tounge on a sharp tooth for a few days, couldn't help it. Now a white spot has formed where it has been scraping against the tooth.

Traumatic ulcer: The two most common causes of tongue ulceration is local trauma (e.g. rubbing from a sharp edge of the broken tooth on a filling). Tongue discomfort caused by a trauma is usually treated by eliminating the cause. ...Read more

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Hi I have a black oval spot on my cheek. I remember scratching it for 30mins it turned red then black the next day. 3weeks now should I use eldoquin4%?

Dermatologist: I recommend leaving this lesion alone with no further scratching and allowing all irritation/inflammation to settle down for a couple of weeks, don't apply any creams, and, if it persists, see a dermatologist for diagnosis. ...Read more

Scratching (Definition)

Scratching = rubbing ...Read more