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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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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

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more


Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

Scar = fibrous tissue that forms ...Read more