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Dr. Deborah Cole-Sedivy
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Skin Tags (Definition)

Skin tags (acrochordons) are soft outpouchings of skin that may be caused by skin friction. They may grown under the arms or breasts & on neck, ...Read more


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What is the best thing to do with an ingrown hair after the hair is removed and there is a hard clump under the skin?

What is the best thing to do with an ingrown hair after the hair is removed and there is a hard clump under the skin?

DoNotMicroDitch-Dig: I'd probably have a drink then go see"The Revenant," but in your case I'd think about how it was removed & whether there's a "remenant" in there still growing or maybe an irritant like residual sebum or epidermal debris.But I wouldn't go digging at it.I'd wait a couple of weeks & if still there I'd have a drink,go see"The Revenant" than go see a dermatologist,thankful I'm not an 1830's fur trapper ...Read more

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Is it safe to remove a white little bump on the tip of my tongue with a laser. My dentist said it is a simple procedure.Thanks?

Is it safe to remove a white little bump on the tip of my tongue with a laser. My dentist said it is a simple procedure.Thanks?

Yes: It is safe to remove it with laser but what is the diagnosis? What does the dentist think he or she is removing and why? If it is unusual bump sending it to pathology might not be a bad idea. ...Read more

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Is it a bad idea to put hair removal cream around the penis?

Is it a bad idea to put hair removal cream around the penis?

Penis: I would not recommend using a chemical depilatory cream anywhere near the penis, scrotum or anus. I have seen countless people with chemical burns to these areas over the years. Careful use of a safety razor in these areas is much less likely to cause you problems. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use twizzers to remove a small metal piece or hair that is on top of the sufarce and is at the bottom of the eye? If not how could I?

Is it safe to use twizzers to remove a small metal piece or hair that is on top of the sufarce and is at the bottom of the eye? If not how could I?

Corneal foreign body: It's always best to see an ophthalmologist for removal of a foreign body from the eye. You can always flush the eye to see if that works. I don't recommend tweezers because you risk scratching your eye and creating a corneal abrasion or ulceration. ...Read more

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Can you soften a mole by using neosporn on it for a day? My friend says that that is an easy way to identify a scar from a mole since the scar softens

Can you soften a mole by using neosporn on it for a day? My friend says that that is an easy way to identify a scar from a mole since the scar softens

No: That's not going to help. The only concern is whether you have something that needs to be removed. If your possible moe shows any signs of perhaps being a melanoma, get seen. ...Read more

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Is it a safe way to brighten the skin around my vagina?

Is it a safe way to brighten the skin around my vagina?

Why you want to do?: Why you want to do that and how you are going to do it.I don't think it is a good idea.Safety depends on the method you want to use to what you call brightening the skin around vagina. ...Read more

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Is there a safe procedure get rid of a hooded clitoris? Is it worth it? Could I do without removing the hood? Would sex be different with it removed?

Is there a safe procedure get rid of a hooded clitoris? Is it worth it? Could I do without removing the hood? Would sex be different with it removed?

Why…?: It's normal for your clitoris to have a hood covering it. This helps to prevent irritation to this very sensitive organ. If you were to have this removed, you could very likely experience a permanent decrease in sensitivity over time, and might even find it difficult or impossible to achieve orgasm. I would not recommend that you have any surgery on your genitalia. ...Read more

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What is the best and safest way to remove a cyst that is just under the skin?

Be careful: A lot of people will simply squeeze a cyst to extrude the cyst contents. However, this won't actually get rid of the cyst. It may keep it from coming back for a while but it will gradually enlarge. And if the cyst ruptures under the skin the cyst material can really cause a problem. Having it surgically removed is often your best option. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat a scrap. Is a little red around the edges. It is not sore.

What is the best way to treat a scrap. Is a little red around the edges. It is not sore.

Clean and covered: If you are otherwise healthy and the wound is not deep, draining or painful then okay to shower normally, cover with gauze, (avoid band aids). Should be healed in a week or two. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get a splinter that is deep under the skin in the ball of my foot out. Painful to walk?

What is the best way to get a splinter that is deep under the skin in the ball of my foot out. Painful to walk?

Would avoid: "Bathroom surgery". If the credit card trick - scrape against the splinter didn't work - I would not dig for it. The simplest option is to see a podiatrist. P.S. When was your last tetanus shot? Take care. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a skin tag on vagina labia or is this a genital wart? Is there any way to tell the difference? One small bump

Is it possible to have a skin tag on vagina labia or is this a genital wart? Is there any way to tell the difference? One small bump

Atypical for warts: Certainly a skin tag could occur in this location, and genital warts usually don't appear singly -- i.e. without several such bumps, warts are less likely. Skin tags typically are soft and easily pushed around, whereas warts typically are fixed pretty firmly and less mobile. But if you remain uncertain, get checked. Better safe than sorry. ...Read more

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So on the outer nuckle of my big toe, I have a large bump called a bunion. What is the fastest way to remove it?

So on the outer nuckle of my big toe, I have a large bump called a bunion. What is the fastest way to remove it?

Surgery: The only cure for a bunion is to surgically correct the bone deformity. Pads, splints, orthotic, injection, oral meds and various shoes can help relieve pain associated with the bunion but do not cure it. ...Read more

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There is a small round floater around the size of the head of a pin needle in scrotum. It is not attached to anything just moves around. Is it cancer?

There is a small round floater around the size of the head of a pin needle in scrotum. It is not attached to anything just moves around. Is it cancer?

Unlikely: Testicular cancer is usually felt as a large testicle that is hard and not painful. Something that floats in the scrotum is most likely veins (varicocele) however please consult with your general doctor for a good exam. ...Read more

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Had a biopsy on nose near the eye i left the office without it covered it is really hard to place a bandage or band aid there is is ok to leave uncove

Had a biopsy on nose near the eye i left the office without it covered it is really hard to place a bandage or band aid there is is ok to leave uncove

No bandage: Should not be a problem, as infections in the face are actually fairly rare. Keep it clean and dry and it should heal without problems. Call the surgeon, though, just to be sure he/she is okay with my advice. ...Read more

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Is there a way to smooth off the roughness of a composite filling myself?

Is there a way to smooth off the roughness of a composite filling myself?

Not a good idea.: Depending on where it is it may be possible, but you are far more likely to damage something than make it better. If it's a new filling the dentist should not charge you to come back in. If it's an old filling you need to get it examined to see why it's changing. ...Read more

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