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Scratching (Definition)

Scratching is a symptom in which a person runs his fingernails or some other firm object over an itchy part of his skin, while trying to relieve his itching. Scratching an area too much can lead to a skin rash which itches even more. Scratching to the point of breaking the skin can lead to scars and skin infections.

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I have an anal fissure its getting worst cause I always scratch it.Is there anything beside topic drugs to treat or remove it?

I have an anal fissure its getting worst cause I always scratch it.Is there anything beside topic drugs to treat or remove it?

Yes: One option is surgery. The other option to consider before surgery is Botox injection in the anus. This is done in the office and in many cases helps the anal fissure to heal. This procedure is done by colorectal surgeons. It is better to see a colorectal surgeon to make sure that this is really anal fissure and no other problem. ...Read more

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What does it mean when I am itchy and i scratch then these big bumps and small bumps rises above my skin ? I have a picture how do i send it to you ?

What does it mean when I am itchy and i scratch then these big bumps and small bumps rises above my skin ? I have a picture how do i send it to you ?

Hypersensitivity: Your skin is in a state of hypersensitivity to pressures on it causing hivelike swellings and angioedema reactions. There is something of an allergic reaction causing this hypersensitivity. Taking antihistamines like benadryl(causes drowsiness) or claritin may help. See an allergist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Psoriasis & Eczema (Tip)

Psoriasis & Eczema

Achieving relief you seek; requires patience; you must not pick, scratch or rub. ...See more

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With continuous exercise and proper nutrition to treat the daily threats of hypoglycaemia, is this condition curable not just a treatable daily chore?

With continuous exercise and proper nutrition to treat the daily threats of hypoglycaemia, is this condition curable not just a treatable daily chore?

Daily chore..: Sorry to say, but reactive hypoglycemia, which is typically what we experience, is not curable. Proper management includes smaller more frequent meals with as much as 35 grams of fiber for a woman/50 grams of fiber for a man divided evenly amongst the meals, with the intent of smoothening out the release of insulin from the pancreas throughout the day and night. ...Read more

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I have a scratch on my face, what is the best way to treat this?

I have a scratch on my face, what is the best way to treat this?

See below: If it's merely a scratch, keeping the area clean and dry should be all that is necessary. If things worsen, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Preventing Rabies (Tip)

Preventing Rabies

Do have your pet vaccinated.Do not touch any wild animals.Any bite or scratch by animal, call your md. ...See more

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How can cashmere or wool be treated in order to prevent scratching and itching ?

Itching: I don't there are any things you can treat wool with to keep them from causing itching. I may be wrong but I have not heard of anything. Often just wearing a light t-shirt underneath will help. ...Read more

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I have a scar from a mosquito bite and 2 scars from the bandaid treating the bite I scratched. It has been 2 years and the scars aren't gone. Why?

I have a scar from a mosquito bite and 2 scars from the bandaid treating the bite I scratched. It has been 2 years and the scars aren't gone. Why?

Normal: Scars are often permanent. They may decrease in size over time, but they're made of tissue that is meant to be as permanent as your original skin. This is normal. If you are concerned with the appearance, consider seeing a dermatologist to discuss your options. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Overcoming Anorexia (Tip)

Overcoming Anorexia

Cook from scratch, eat with family and friends, discuss your plans and hobbies during your meals. ...See more

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I have easily irritated skin that sometimes gets worse by scratching, treatment?

Eczema: Eczema or dermatitis is easily irritated, itchy skin. Minimize hot bathing and soap, apply gentle moisturizer such as Lubriderm to control scratching. Cortisone may be necessary. ...Read more

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