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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

A very common skin condition that starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the ...Read more


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I have a pimple like rash (not red skin just bumps) under both upper arms, only itches when tshirt brushes up against it and doesn't hurt?

I have a pimple like rash (not red skin just bumps) under both upper arms, only itches when tshirt brushes up against it and doesn't hurt?

Pimple like : Rash - sounds benign . Just observe for now. Do take a picture for documentation . In meantime , cover it with a bandaid to avoid getting irritated by your clothing. ...Read more

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I have small red bumps that look like pimples on my upper arms that are itchy! No idea why? I waxed my arms about a week ago, very itchy bumps

I have small red bumps that look like pimples on my upper arms that are itchy! No idea why? I waxed my arms about a week ago, very itchy bumps

Folliculitis: Inflammation of the hair follicle occurs for many reasons, but when associated with shaving usually is caused by a dull razor, sensitivity to the shaving/ hygeine product or friction by clothing. Trauma from hair extraction through waxing may also produce this. ...Read more

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Have red pimples on upper arm,hips & on side.Itching too.Is it eczema.In past 2 months 3 times have been given med for eczema by dr.What more can I do?

Have red pimples on upper arm,hips & on side.Itching too.Is it eczema.In past 2 months 3 times have been given med for eczema by dr.What more can I do?

Eczema??: If you indeed have eczema it is almost always bilaterally symmetrical. If you have a patch on the right hand side you almost certainly will have an equivalent sized patch on the left hand side. Very commonly it shows up in the flexor creases of the elbows and behind the knees. Dry conditions exacerbate it so get a good moisturizer and smear it on when soaking wet, post shower. Most don't use them ...Read more

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I have tiny red bumps like pimples all over my upper arm and sides of stomach and it spreading. Dr told it is miliaria. His treatment didn't help.

I have tiny red bumps like pimples all over my upper arm and sides of stomach and it spreading. Dr told it is miliaria. His treatment didn't help.

What is it?: Miliaria responds to removing the cause. One fooler is pityriasis rubra. Another is acne mechanics. There a few other mimics. I hope you find the explanation. ...Read more

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7yo has rashes on both upper arms. Raised red bumps. Itchy. Doesn't look like hives. Allergic reaction?

7yo has rashes on both upper arms. Raised red bumps. Itchy. Doesn't look like hives. Allergic reaction?

Skin rash: The differential is very large. Could be sun exposure. Could be contact dermatitis. I would follow up with your family physician or dermatologist and give a more detailed rendering. When did it happen? Was the child taking any medication at the time? Any travel history? Use of new detergents or change in clothes? Have a great day. ...Read more

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How to prevent pimples on upper arms after waxing them?

How to prevent pimples on upper arms after waxing them?

Ask Dr: Why not ask the dr who is treating you for acne. Also you might want to stop waxing upper arms to let pimples clear up. ...Read more

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I have pimple like bumps on the back of my upper arms and thighs. They are not itching. What could be?

I have pimple like bumps on the back of my upper arms and thighs. They are not itching. What could be?

Pimples: Usually pimple-like bumps on the arms and legs are caused by a condition such as keratosis pilaris and moisturizers with Lactic Acid may help. ...Read more

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My 4 year old daughter have whiteheads on her upper arms? How I can get rid of that ?

My 4 year old daughter have whiteheads on her upper arms? How I can get rid of that ?

Whiteheads : On the arms sounds more like keratosis pilaris ( dry skin). Use moisturizer , skin cleansers or apricot scrubs. Or leave them alone. Self limiting but, takes time to go away .They are harmless. ...Read more

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I have small pimples on my arms from my wrist to the top of my upper arms. They leave scars after they heal, what could they be?

I have small pimples on my arms from my wrist to the top of my upper arms. They leave scars after they heal, what could they be?

Folliculitis: Folliculitis is an inflammatory condition affecting the hair follicles. It appears as a small localized area of pus surrounding the opening of a hair follicle. Older lesions that have lost the pus appear as red bumps surrounding the opening of the follicule. One to hundreds of follicles can be affected anywhere that hair or pores are present.. ...Read more

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What are these small pimples on my arms and thighs and there not red are itchy?

Rash: Although it's difficult to know, exactly without seeing it; this sounds like pilaris keratosis. This rash is usually located on the back of arms, and tops of thighs. Occasionally on the cheeks. It is a form of eczema. It's eczema of the hair follicles. You can try a loofa, and moisturizers. There are some other creams, that a dermatologist can prescribe, as well. It is harmless. ...Read more

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After shaving under my arms, the skin goes dark, like I haven't shaved it and parts of it turn red. I get pimples there too. What can I do about it?

After shaving under my arms, the skin goes dark, like I haven't shaved it and parts of it turn red. I get pimples there too. What can I do about it?

Dermatologist: Make sure you are shaving with a fresh razor. The skin could be getting irritated or infection in the hair follicles. Instead of shaving you could consider laser hair removal, waxing, or chemical depilatory instead...though you may have similar irritation. Also consider seeing a dermatologist for evaluation and treatment of dermatitis caused by shaving. ...Read more

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