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Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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I had surgery for an abdominal hernia a month ago. The area below the scar has remained numb and sore. The internal scar is hard. Is this normal?

I had surgery for an abdominal hernia a month ago. The area below the scar has remained numb and sore. The internal scar is hard. Is this normal?

Normal: After such an operation, it is not unusual to feel a firm (hard) ridge under the scar. This represents healing of the tissue beneath the skin and can present as you describe. This can take several months to resolve. Check with your surgeon as he would have the specific details of your surgery. ...Read more

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I have pain in my upper abdominal where I have a scar from my gallbladder removal in 05. Physical activity usually makes it sore. Ct show nothing?

I have pain in my upper abdominal where I have a scar from my gallbladder removal in 05. Physical activity usually makes it sore. Ct show nothing?

Adhesion: You most likely have an adhesion on the peritoneal side of the healed wound which can be painful. You may also have an incisional hernia. If you are having symptoms you should see the surgeon who did the procedure if possible. ...Read more

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Cholecystomy two weeks ago, scars healed but horrible aching pain in stomach rite side, what could it be. Was fine and all at once this came.

Please contact: Your surgeon asap. You could have a bile leak, among other things. Please do not delay or go to your nearest er for evaluation. ...Read more

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I am a 16 year old black girl. Constantly have ingrow hair on my chin, neck, stomach/pubic area that leave bumps and scars nothing helps what do I do?

I am a 16 year old black girl. Constantly have ingrow hair on my chin, neck, stomach/pubic area that leave bumps and scars nothing helps what do I do?

No waxing or shaving: Tretinoin (retin-a) cream can help decrease skin plugging or hyperkaratosis. Topical tretinoin cream may thin out the epidermis, reduce the buildup of dead skin cells, and decrease hair embedding into the follicies. Topical corticosteroid creams with a mild strength can be applied to reduce inflammation of inflamed ingrown hairs. ...Read more

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My 2 yr old is complaining of stomach pain, he's tender on the right side of his abdomen and he has black stools, what could this mean?

My 2 yr old is complaining of stomach pain, he's tender on the right side of his abdomen and he has black stools, what could this mean?

Possible intusseptio: If your child is complaining of abdominal and black stools see your pediatrician or go to the er asap for possible evaluation of an intusseption. ...Read more

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My 2 y old has been complaining of a sore stomach for 1&1/2 days. There are no visible changes besides her complaints.

My 2 y old has been complaining of a sore stomach for 1&1/2 days. There are no visible changes besides her complaints.

Often virus/food rxn: These often are not definable until time passes and their full symptom complex emerges. A 2 yo is expected to get 2-3 gut viruses /yr and some react to various foods with such complaints. If the kid can stay hydrated and plays intermittently you can monitor this at home. ...Read more

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Hi I am 29yrs old I have pain around my navel and stomach I did exercise, do you it could be sore? I don't feel nausea

Hi I am 29yrs old I have pain around my navel and stomach I did exercise, do you it could be sore? I don't feel nausea

You may have a small: Hernia. I wouldn't worry too much if it passes and is non tender to touch. If there isa hernia and bowel pops through and gets strangulated u get sick and that's a problem. It sounds ok, if we all went in for soreness there would be no one around to work and healthcare would go through the roof. Low probability of an issue. ...Read more

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Started abdominal massage this week. Noticed 16 yr old appendix scar minimize to a stretch mark - possible? I really believe it never was this thin

Apparently so!: My best guess is that the massage broke up some adhesions/scar tissue under the skin that was stretching the scar out, thus allowing the surface area of the scar to shrink- the scar is still there but less stretched out so looks smaller. ...Read more

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I got my stomach waxed and after 8 hrs it appears red and swollen. The last time my skin peeled & turned black for weeks. No peeling today. Will I scar?

Doesn't sound right: Your skin should not turn black from waxing. This doesn't sound right. Redness and swelling do not typically cause scarring but it is difficult to, say without an examination. ...Read more

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My three year old son has 4 or five white small spots on his tounge complaining of sore ness and stomach pains, not sure what to do, he is very restle?

My three year old son has 4 or five white small spots on his tounge complaining of sore ness and stomach pains, not sure what to do, he is very restle?

Call your doctor: He could have hand-foot- and mouth, a viral illness that does go away on its own, but causes painful ulcers in the mouth and throat, and sometimes a rash. However, strep throat can cause the tongue to look white (strawberry tongue- white with dots on it), and strep throat can cause stomach pain. You don't always have a sore throat. Strep throat can be serious, and requires medicine from a doctor. ...Read more

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Any ideas why I get sore easily? Mainly on back, abdomen, groin, butt and shoulders. I play soccer 2-3 days in a week 19 yrs old/male.

Any ideas why I get sore easily? Mainly on back, abdomen, groin, butt and shoulders. I play soccer 2-3 days in a week 19 yrs old/male.

Might need a break: Great that you're getting this kind of exercise, but wonder if the soreness could be from the soccer. Maybe a little conditioning in between soccer could help. There are also inflammatory conditions of the muscles that could be causing this discomfort. Talk to your doctor and let him know the symptoms, to see if any workup is in order. ...Read more

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My stomach/abdomen itches after eating almost every meal. I have a large scar there but its 20 years old. No itching anywhere else. Why could this be?

My stomach/abdomen itches after eating almost every meal. I have a large scar there but its 20 years old. No itching anywhere else. Why could this be?

Many Possibilities: Given your medical history a few things could be causing your problem. It's best to be seen by a doctor especially given your history of pancreatitis. ...Read more

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3yr old has fever 38.8 to 39.8 degrees c for last 17hrs. Tired, appetite reduced, night cough. Stomach sore but no a poo for 1day. See a doc or wait?

3yr old has fever 38.8 to 39.8 degrees c for last 17hrs. Tired, appetite reduced, night cough. Stomach sore but no a poo for 1day. See a doc or wait?

If child looks sick: ...see a physician soon. If you treat the fever with ibuprofen or acetaminophen (there are online calculations to check the right dose for weight), and your child looks better, then it is usually OK to wait a few days. If your child looks sicker, is not drinking well, is having a significant cough with difficulty breathing, then see physician very soon. ...Read more

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I have an 8 year old verticle c section scar. It now feels sore (like burning) and there are a bunch of broken blood vessels under the skin. What is t?

Scar tissue: Recent change in exercise or activity can cause pain and pulling from the scar tissue around an old incision and is the most likely cause. If ice and heat don't relieve pain or broken blood vessels spread, an evaluation by a doctor is recommended ...Read more

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Is it healthy for a 5" 4 15 year old girl to weigh 90 lbs? She has irregular periods, dry skin, thin hair, headaches and a sore stomach.

Is it healthy for a 5" 4 15 year old girl to weigh 90 lbs? She has irregular periods, dry skin, thin hair, headaches and a sore stomach.

Weight issues: No these symptoms indicated a multitude of possible things like thyroid problems, anemia, etc. You need evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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Child 2yrs old has fever, sore throat, and now vomiting with stomach pain. What's wrong with her?

Maybe viral infectio: Flu symptoms may include: muscle aches ; pains, a fever above 100 degrees, headache, congestion, weakness, chills, increased sweating and coughing. Children are can also experience some GI sx's. The symptoms of stomach flu (viral gastroenteritis) can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, watery bowel movements (not bloody), abdominal cramps and a low fever. If prominent issue was throat pain - then. ...Read more

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My 15 month old daughter has sore bumps on her legs, private, stomach, face and back of her neck. Took her to the ER they said chicken pox.

My 15 month old daughter has sore bumps on her legs, private, stomach, face and back of her neck. Took her to the ER they said chicken pox.

Chicken Pox: Children sometimes have a prodrome of fever, malaise, headache, lack of appetite, and mild abdominal pain for 1 to 2 days,
the rash typically appears first on a child's trunk, scalp, and face and consists of small, very itchy, flat red spots, which then turn into raised fluid filled vesicles, often described as looking like a 'dewdrop' that become umbilicated and cloudy and eventually crust over. ...Read more

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Spent hours in ER for nothing, 6 year old in serious pain. Help! My 6 year old has complained about a sore throat for a few days now. Yesterday the complaints got worse. She was restless throughout the night, ran a fever, and complained of stomach pain a

Hello.: Hello. This does sound frustrating. One of the hardest things for me as a mother, is seeing my child in pain. Children can actually get enlarged tonsils fairly easily. The reason that your daughter wasn't prescribed an antibiotic is likely that if she doesn't have streph throat that it will not help an infection that is viral in nature. Starting and stopping antibiotics is actually a major reason that we have developed so many antibiotic resistant bacteria in the us. There can be side effects for a number of antibiotics such as gasterointestinal upset, yeast infections and allergic reactions.
Regarding a negative rapid strep test, yes sometimes the more definitive test may still come back positive. This happened to me a few months ago.
If her temp rises to 104 or greater, she should be re-evaluated. Usually the major source of pain is from the temperature. If her fever is not well controlled with the tylenol/ Motrin rotation, consider addition of tepid bath to help control any fever spikes. If she is urinating well, then she should be adequately hydrated. There are lollipop lozenges in a variety of shapes and flavors that can be used at her age to assist with the pain of a sore throat.
I hope she feels better soon. Take care. ...Read more

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6yr old girl stomach pains around belly button. No fever, mouthful of vomit. Extended tummy. Been constipated. Bowel movement today still sore. Worry?

Extended=distended?: Probably constipation/fecal impaction. Chronic constipation is not healed by one bowel movement. There could be some relief with lactulose, but you will need to consult for chronic treatment. Could also be mesenterial adenitis - although more likely if there was fever. Mesenterial adenitis normally due to viral infection - only symptomatic treatment. ...Read more

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My 6 year old. Headache, sore throat, back pain, stomach pain and high fever 102.5.

My 6 year old. Headache, sore throat, back pain, stomach pain and high fever 102.5.

Get him checked: This presentation needs a good face to face exam. Sounds like it could be a virus, however sore throat, fever my need a throat culture to rule out strep. ...Read more

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3 year old, sore throat since november. Now stomach ache and sore knee, refusing to walk much. Gp thinks reflux, as low weight gain. Other opinions?

3 year old, sore throat since november. Now stomach ache and sore knee, refusing to walk much. Gp thinks reflux, as low weight gain. Other opinions?

Could be reflux: While this could be reflux, that wouldn't explain the sore knee and refusal to walk. The knee problem needs immediate evaluation. The possible reflux could be treated to see if it responds but I wouldn't wait for that before evaluating the refusal to walk. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

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Scars (Definition)

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