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How to avoid hard rough discolored skin after a scald from very hot water?

How to avoid hard rough discolored skin after a scald from very hot water?

Depends: If it just happened, moisten the area with water and shake some table salt onto the burn; brush it off after it dries. Trust me, this works! it snuffs out the pain immediately and prevents blistering. If it happened a while ago, the die is cast - whatever will happen will happen. Your dermatologist can prescribe various treatments for "hard rough discolored skin". ...Read more

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Lip balm irritation. Inner lip only frm lip balm (petroleum jelly, beeswax & shea butter based, all fragrance free). Same feel after eating spicy food?

Lip balm irritation. Inner lip only frm lip balm (petroleum jelly, beeswax & shea butter based, all fragrance free). Same feel after eating spicy food?

Lips: You can suffer from irritation from using lip balm especially those with flavoring or petroleum based. It can also come from contact with other irritants you may be eating, chewing, or sucking including meds. However, if the inflammation is only on the inner lip, you may be suffering from a form of lichen planis. Common site. No cure just control. Talk to dentist. Research affliction. ...Read more

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Avoiding chemical air freshener. Trying Fresh Waveーessences of pine needle, clove, anise, and cedar. Cough/cold cresting? or am I adding allergens?

Avoiding chemical air freshener. Trying Fresh Waveーessences of pine needle, clove, anise, and cedar. Cough/cold cresting? or am I adding allergens?

U r adding irritants: to your already inflamed airways, better avoid those irritants till you sort out what kind of inflammation you have, whether allergic or non-allergic chronic inflammation, meanwhile use saline nasal washes often. See an allergist/Immunologist for evaluation, check aaaai.org, or acaai.org for an allergist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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Ate orange-like fruit in peruvian jungle. chapped and dry lips and surrounding skin for over 7 days. ?

Ate orange-like fruit in peruvian jungle. chapped and dry lips and surrounding skin for over 7 days. ?

Contact Dermatitis: What you are describing sounds like a contact dermatitis (likely allergic contact dermatitis more so than irritant contact dermatitis). This can happen with some foods. Interestingly, there area certain foods that cross react with a latex allergy. These foods include Avocado, Banana, Chestnuts, Kiwi. Sometime the skin of a mango can cause this problem as well. If persists, seek medical help. ...Read more

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Allergic contact dermatitis from tea tree oil? Is that common?

Allergic contact dermatitis from tea tree oil?  Is that common?

It happens, : It is not very common only because not too many people use it. I only see those that have problems with tea tree oil. Among all the causes of contact dermatitis it is not common. ...Read more

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What to use on discolored dry african skin?

What to use on discolored dry african skin?

Ashy skin: A gentle moisturizer such as eucerin or cetaphil may help along with non soap cleansers. ...Read more

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Allergies to pineapple, eggs & wine--what is the common denominator?

Allergies to pineapple, eggs & wine--what is the common denominator?

Your immune system: You have a tendency to develop allergies to foreign proteins in your diet. I am interested in your wine allergy. Reactions to wine are either pharmacologic - the alcohol & other ingredients care drugs that cause nasal congestion or the sulfiting agents in the wine trigger asthma. Wine is often clarified by dropping a raw egg through it. If you are very allergic to egg this could be a denominator. ...Read more

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I am experiencing skin rash (quality: itchiness, blisters, crusty, bumpy, red or bluish purple, ring shaped, flaking or scaling) wearing vinyl gloves?

I am experiencing  skin rash (quality: itchiness, blisters, crusty, bumpy, red or bluish purple, ring shaped, flaking or scaling) wearing vinyl gloves?

Should be examined: Rashes are difficult to describe in words. Generalized spots that itch may be part of an allergic reaction, an irritant or chemical reaction, an infection, or a disorder inside the body. "Generalized" means the rash is all over the body. Bluish or purplish spots may be blood spots. Sometimes, spots have unknown causes. Rashes at work may be due to chemicals in gloves, solvents, detergents, etc... ...Read more

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Can Marigold cream(Calendula officinalis) help much in healing rough dry red skin after irritant dermatitis?can i combine it with another moisturizer?

Can Marigold cream(Calendula officinalis) help much in healing rough dry red skin after irritant dermatitis?can i combine it with another moisturizer?

Calendula Cream: Calendula, a plant extract, has been used throughout history in skin preparations. Calendula is beneficial for dry or damaged skin and also promotes the fast healing and regeneration of the skin thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. ...Read more

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I am experiencing vaginal odor, vaginal dryness, painless fleshy genital bumps, fever (severity: mild) , flaky skin, skin rash (quality: itchiness...

I am experiencing  vaginal odor, vaginal dryness, painless fleshy genital bumps, fever (severity: mild) , flaky skin, skin rash (quality: itchiness...

Lots going on: You need to see doctor for exam. You are describing possibly many issues. Start with exam and then diagnosis for each then treatment options ...Read more

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Ate spaghetti squash (w/olive oil, goat cheese, salt, pepper). Nose swollen inside, sinusdrainage, asthma. Allergic to squash?!? Other food allergies.

Ate spaghetti squash (w/olive oil, goat cheese, salt, pepper). Nose swollen inside, sinusdrainage, asthma. Allergic to squash?!? Other food allergies.

Food allergy: If you ate the squash and had an immediate reaction (minutes to 2hrs) that included hives, swelling, shortness of breath, wheeze, throat tightness, vomiting or passing out then I would be concerned for a food allergy reaction. Would make an appointment with an allergist to determine what could be the culprit foods. Bring list of ingredients eaten that meal to appointment. Avoid foods until seen. ...Read more

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What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?

What is the best allergy medication for seasonal allergies like pollen, dust, ragweed, hay fever, dogs, cats, hamsters etc?

There are a few: Not one medicine is better than another....Everyone's system is different...Some people get better with allegra..Others with zyrtec..Others with Claritin or even benadryl (diphenhydramine). These are now over-the-counter...Try some and read the labels. If you don't feel better, see a board certified allergist (www.Acaai.Org). Good luck. ...Read more

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Which skin infection causes white/yellow biofilm looking secretions from scalp, and skin? (animal contagious, survives on household items)

Which skin infection causes white/yellow biofilm looking secretions from scalp, and skin? (animal contagious, survives on household items)

Odd question: I'm not sure I understand exactly what you mean when you say "animal contagiou?" Do you mean that the infection can be passed from humans to animals or vice versa? And which household items does this infection exist on? What is the clinical associated with your question? Do you have a picture you can upload? Send to: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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Have rash on my neck from handling walnut hulls. rash spreading more skin feels like gator skin very rough and darkened in color. dear god help. its b?

Have rash on my neck from handling walnut hulls. rash spreading more skin feels like gator skin very rough and darkened in color. dear god help. its b?

Probably not walnuts: You would have a rash on your hands if you were using them to handle the hulls. It is much more likely to be something else, especially if you are diabetic. You should have a physician check you for diabetes and also for other causes of the skin rash. Good luck! ...Read more

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Toast, dippy eggs, tomato, fried potatoes, onion, butter, heavy cream, amer cheese, crab. Which are likely to be allergen which affects breathing?

Toast, dippy eggs, tomato, fried potatoes, onion, butter, heavy cream, amer cheese, crab. Which are likely to be allergen which affects breathing?

Crab: Shellfish are likely to cause dramatic reactions including anaphylaxis, but among the food items mentioned above, eggs, wheat, and dairy (cheese) are some of the most common food allergens even though any food can be a potential allergens. If you are uncertain about which food, consult an allergist. One should expect skin or gastrointestinal symptoms as well if food allergy is the cause. ...Read more

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Im allergic to any kind of pollen when the trees are in blossom, pine trees, olive trees. What can I do besides wear a mask?

Im allergic to any kind of pollen when the trees are in blossom, pine trees, olive trees. What can I do besides wear a mask?

Allergic rhinitis: Staying inside the house during pollen season seems like the best answer. But that's not practical. So , in addition to wearing a mask, do not forget to clean your outer clothes, accessories and shoes before getting back in your house to prevent pollen from being trapped inside the house. Taking a shower will help remove pollen adhering to your skin. Antihistamines plus nasal steroids will help. ...Read more

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Red skin & dry chaffing around upper lip area.Cant shave moustache?

Red skin & dry chaffing around upper lip area.Cant shave moustache?

Rash in moustache: Seborrheic dermatitis is common in the moustache/beard area as well as scalp, central face, chest and back. Washing the area gently with a dandruff shampoo may help. If this does not help or if there are open sores or pustules, please see your dermatologist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it safe to eat dried mushrooms made near the troubled nuclear plant in japan?

Is it safe to eat dried mushrooms made near the troubled nuclear plant in japan?

Why take the risk?: It could be but your health is too valuable to take any risk you can avoid. ...Read more

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Being allergic to olive trees the same as olives?

Being allergic to olive trees the same as olives?

No: Olive tree allergy such as european olive tree typically refers to pollen produced by the tree and shed during the spring. The edible olive should not cause a problem in those with pollen allergy. ...Read more