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Help please! Could children get a scar from ringworm?

Help please! Could children get a scar from ringworm?

Unlikely to happen: Ring worm (skin fungus) involves the superficial skin and rarely if ever would leave any long term skin disruption. If the kid scratches the area and or it becomes secondarioy infected by bacteria, it has more potential for scarring, but this is unusual. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Scars (Definition)

Scar = fibrous tissue that forms ...Read more


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Are keloid scars a genetic trait passed by mothers or fathers to their children?

Are keloid scars a genetic trait passed by mothers or fathers to their children?

Yes: Clearly keloids have greater tendency to occur in darker skinned races and to that degree they do have a genetic tendency. ...Read more

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Is it very common with children to have renal scarring after a post strep agn? If its been resolved after 1 wk tx. Is it certain to have renal scars?

Is it very common with children to have renal scarring after a post strep agn? If its been resolved after 1 wk tx. Is it certain to have renal scars?

Usually not: Post strep glomerulonephritis should not leave scars visible by ultrasound. Kidney biopsy may show some scarring but this would only be seen on biopsy.

Some unfortunate cases of post strep glomerulonephritis do not have a full recovery and loss of renal function may be permanent. This will be seen on laboratory testing (creatinine). ...Read more

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I had kidney cancer when I was a baby, I have a scar across my belly & 1 kidney. Can I have children?

I had kidney cancer when I was a baby, I have a scar across my belly & 1 kidney. Can I have children?

Depends on treatment: The scar and 1 kidney are no problem. The bigger question is what treatments were used. If you just needed surgery and that was curative, you should be fertile and able to have kids. If you had chemotherapy and/or radiation, there may have been some effect on your fertility. You should have your OB or a fertility specialist contact your oncologist from when you were a baby to talk about your case. ...Read more

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Gyn, fibroids are on top of uterus, what kind of surgery shld I have? I want to have children in the future and I don't want a scar.

Gyn, fibroids are on top of uterus, what kind of surgery shld I have? I want to have children in the future and I don't want a scar.

No one right answer: There are many approaches including some very new minimally invasive techniques using radiologic guided embolization. However this decision is best made in conjunction with your gynecologist who is most familiar with your specific condition and your eligibility for the various techniques. ...Read more

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My peripartum cardiomyopathy and CHF are cured and I am having no more children. Could it still return in future from the heart damage and scarring?

My peripartum cardiomyopathy and CHF are cured and I am having no more children. Could it still return in future from the heart damage and scarring?

Unlikely: If your heart has recovered to normal size and ejection fraction, and you are staying on medications (ace inhibitors or arb, beta blockers, and aldosterone blockers), the risk is close to zero. ...Read more

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Can scars be removed?

Can scars be removed?

Yes: A bad scar can be excised and may improve the cosmetic appearance. There will be a fine line there even in the best circumstances. Some people get hypertrophic scars called keloids and may benefit from steroid injection. ...Read more

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Does kprf leave scars?

Does kprf leave scars?

Generally not: Keratosis pilaris rubra faceii involves excess keratin production (small bumps) on the face which is often inflamed, causing the redness. Since it generally does not involve infection, it usually does not leave scars unless someone picks at the bumps. If it is irritating you enough that you are picking, seek help from your dermatologist. If it scars, you need to see derm to r/o something else. ...Read more

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How to clear up a scar?

How to clear up a scar?

Time: Scars mature and can continue to improve for up to a year. They are sun-sensitive and may become hyperpigmented with sun exposure. The best way to treat a scar depends on the scar. Options include silicone gel, silicone sheeting, use of filler (for spot or crater-like scars), laser therapy, hydroquinone, dermabrasion, or kenalog (triamcinolone) injection, or surgical scar revision. See your plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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How do I fade my scars?

How do I fade my scars?

Options: You cannot erase scars. Poor scars can be improved through the following methods:

1) scar massage
2) silicone sheeting (a kind of silicone tape you where over the scar)
3) steroid injections
4) laser treatment (helps remove coloring)
5) scar revision (removing the scar and starting over). ...Read more

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How to remove my scars?

Improve not remove: A be scars can be improved with wound care, exfoliation, dermabrasion, peels, laser, grafting, fat transfer, camouflage make-up, surgery and more. However they generally cannot be removed. Discuss with a dermatologist after first. Controlling the outbreaks. ...Read more

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Why do scars get darker?

Multiple factors: Scars can get darker in people following a recent surgery or injury and
a/ unprotected exposure to sun.
B/ hormonal imbalance in some patients due to disease or side effect of medication.
C/ darker skinned people - fitzpatrick skin types 5 & 6 and sometimes 4.
D/ infections/chronic irritation of site can also induce darker scars to form. ...Read more

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Do bug bite leave scars?

Do bug bite leave scars?

They may: Depending on the extent of inflammation, your pigmentation, any foreign bodies (such as stingers) andd the degree of envenomation, bug bite will produce varying degrees of scarring from nothing to extensive (black recluse spider). ...Read more

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How can I cure a scar?

No cure: There is no cure for a scar. Once the skin is cut there is always some residual blemish, even if it is very light. The idea is to best optimize the outcome of the scar. Topical scar creams, silicone gels and sheets are usually the first lines in scar care. Laser resurfacing can be tried but still does not remove it completely. Scar revision can be performed to reposition or improve the scar. ...Read more

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Products for pitted scars?

Products for pitted scars?

Good? Tough answer: Scars are disruptions to the skin's normal layers, thickness, color and contour. They change through your lifetime due to the normal scar remodeling process. Good products compliment this process like silicone gel, occlusive dressings, steroids, etc. The problem with deep pitting is that the scar pulls the skin into a deep pit. Precise excision is usually the best option to release them. ...Read more

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How do you heal old scars?

How do you heal old scars?

Time, and others.: Time is often the best way to get rid of scars, as most will fade eventually. Lasers, surgical excision or rearrangement, steroid injections, etc are all ways to treat scars. You should ask your primary doctor who to go to for this. ...Read more

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How can I cover up scars?

Many options: The simplest is to use a good make-up designed for this such as covermark or dermablend. Some people hide scars by tattooing over them or wearing cleverly designed clothes/swimsuits/jewelry. Scars can be faded with lasers but they can never be totally removed. If they are really bad/indented, a scar revision can help. Some of us embrace our scars of reminders of how tough we are! ...Read more

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How to cover up cut scars?

How to cover up cut scars?

Application of: Concealer can help. Please consider dialectical behavioral therapy to help with your emotional well -being and cutting. ...Read more

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How do I fade away old scars?

Options: You cannot erase scars. Poor scars can be improved through the following methods:

1) scar massage
2) silicone sheeting (a kind of silicone tape you where over the scar)
3) steroid injections
4) laser treatment (helps remove coloring)
5) scar revision (removing the scar and starting over). ...Read more

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How to get a scar to go away?

How to get a scar to go away?

Scars don't go away: They are the result of healing and are permanent. They do, however, mature, i.e. With time. There are some treatments and procedures that may hasten their maturation and make their appearance less objectionable. A plastic surgeon or dermatologist would be a good place to start. ...Read more

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Can I get scars from cutting?

Can I get scars from cutting?

Yes, you can.: You may have physical scars and sometimes there are emotional scars that deserve psychological treatment. ...Read more

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When is a scar considered old?

When is a scar considered old?

1 year: Scars typically reach full maturation or are considered "old" after 1 year. The remodeling pathway can continue up to 18 months however, the changes are usually more on a microscopic/histologic level and do not translate to anything that can be seen by the naked eye. You can assume that at the year mark, this is basically the final appearance of the scar. ...Read more

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How can facial scars be removed?

How can facial scars be removed?

Improve not remove: There is no way to definitively remove facial scars. In some cases, larger scars can be directly excised and improved. In other cases, a variety of techniques may be used such as
cross tca, medical roll cit, dermabrasion and laser. Subcision and filler, prp and other techniques can also play a role. Most therapies involve a combination to work syngergistically to improve overall appearance. ...Read more

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Can there be a way to fade scars?

Can there be a way to fade scars?

Scar tretaments: Several options are available for scar reduction:

silicone gel
silicone sheeting
mederma
kelo-cote
scar massage
tape

a study in the journal of plastic and reconstructive surgery several years ago compared these and found that although none showed statistical significance for scar reduction, the one that had the best overall response was silicone sheeting. That is what I use in my practice. ...Read more

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What are some ways to heal scars?

What are some ways to heal scars?

Time: Scars mature and can continue to improve for up to a year. They are sun-sensitive and may become hyperpigmented with sun exposure. The best way to treat a scar depends on the scar. Options include silicone gel, silicone sheeting, use of filler (for spot or crater-like scars), laser therapy, hydroquinone, dermabrasion, or kenalog (triamcinolone) injection, or surgical scar revision. See your plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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What do I do about cutting scars?

What do I do about cutting scars?

Options: You can see your dermatologist or plastic surgeon to go over treatment options. Another way to address this is through acupuncture. Scar deactivation with or without electric stimulation and scar injection (with homeopathic solution) can be effective. ...Read more

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Is there a way to fade old scars?

Is there a way to fade old scars?

Scars: It is unfortunately difficult to fade old scars. There is minimal to no help with the silicon creams and gels that are available. Sometimes, laser therapy can help. ...Read more

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How to remove scars from cutting?

How to remove scars from cutting?

Improve, not remove.: Scars cannot be removed but there is a large variety of techniques to improve their appearance, both surgical and non-surgical. They also improve with time. See a dermatologist or board-certified plastic surgeon to evaluate your options.

Good luck! ...Read more

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How can I loose those fatty scars?

"Lasers": Not many options, can try Mederma cream to see how they respond / if they lighten & blend. May need to see cosmetic/plastic surgeon for laser treatment to help adjust color to skin tone so less noticeable. ...Read more