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Had sore on back Sun like skin rubbed by something, dr Mon said watch for shingles. Now Thur and healing, not spread or grown. Not shingles? 33 female

Had sore on back Sun like skin rubbed by something, dr Mon said watch for shingles. Now Thur and healing, not spread or grown. Not shingles? 33 female

Not shingles: What you described is not consistent with shingles. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Can you reactivate a cold sore by using lipstick, on the 11th day of the healing process where the skin was already flaking?

Can you reactivate a cold sore by using lipstick, on the 11th day of the healing process where the skin was already flaking?

No: Oral herpes outbreaks generally do not recur so soon; few people have more than 3-4 outbreaks a year, usually fewer. Lipstick is not likely to reactivate an outbreak. ...Read more

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I am on tretinion for molluscum.The skin is very red and sore.Should i stop or keep on with this treatment. Thanks?

I am on tretinion for molluscum.The skin is very red and sore.Should i stop or keep on with this treatment. Thanks?

Stop the med: If your skin is severely red and peeling the medicine may be too strong. I would see your doctor immediately or go to the emergency room for assessment. ...Read more

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I have a pressure sore that has been healing. Now that it is almost healed up the skin around it has turned white?

I have a pressure sore that has been healing. Now that it is almost healed up the skin around it has turned white?

Probably normal: If it is healing on its own, it is not a deep pressure sore-congratulations on getting it to heal. The skin borders around such sores are often white; a combination of scarring and absence of melanocytes (pigment producing cells.) these areas often eventually re-pigment in a spotty manner or completely. ...Read more

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It is on the side of the ball of my foot, the skin is very thick and not healing together but is not too sore. How do I keep the skin together?

It is on the side of the ball of my foot, the skin is very thick and not healing together but is not too sore. How do I keep the skin together?

Go to Podiatrist: Sounds like you have a painless foot ulcer. Go to a Foot doctor for debridement and treatment. Sometimes the thick tissue must be removed before the new tissue starts growing back. You may need antibiotics or ointments and wound care. Rule out Neuropathy usually caused by Diabetes or other conditions causing the sore not to be painful. Do not try gluing the skin together! ...Read more

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Small sore on back of leg started as red now is skin color and dry but not healing since 5-2012 . Should i see dr.?

Small sore on back of leg started as red now is skin color and dry but not healing since 5-2012 . Should i see dr.?

Sores do not heal: What are the warning signs of skin cancer? Sores that will not heal. Sores that grow bigger or turn into tumours. Sores or tumours in or around the orifices should be watched carefully as these can behave aggressively. See your doctor for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the best home treatment for very sore achy heals which have a very thick tough skin? Also what's the best lotion for dry sandpaper-like feet?

Keratolytic creams: For non diabetics. Soak feet in aveno oatmeal bath for 20 to 30 minutes and apply a keratolytic cream such as 20% urea (carmol 20) or 6% salicylic acid. Stronger creams are available from your dermatologist. ...Read more

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I had a yellow sore on my clitoral hood...it was very sore to touch. It rubbed off while showering and left raw skin &is healing.what was this?

I had a yellow sore on my clitoral hood...it was very sore to touch. It rubbed off while showering and left raw skin &is healing.what was this?

Sore: It could be a number of things but you should probably get it checked. Is it extremely painful? Although it could be a sign of injury from exercise and/or sex but it could be a sign of infection. Herpes is a possibilty, either oral or genital. ...Read more