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Scratching (Overview)

Scratching = rubbing skin to alleviate itching.


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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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Scratching (Overview)

Scratching = rubbing skin to alleviate itching.


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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 (loratadine) may help. See an allergist for evaluation. ...Read 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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How can cashmere or wool be treated in order to prevent scratching and itching?

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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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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I have a big lump on my back of neck and it gives out yellow stuff when ever I scratch it what treatments should I have doctor?

I have a big lump on my back of neck and it gives out yellow stuff when ever I scratch it what treatments should I have doctor?

See A DOCTOR: Would see a dermatologist or surgeon depending on its size and have it drained or excised. ...Read more

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What's the cure for scratch in the face?

What's the cure for scratch in the face?

Scratch to the face: Obviously a scratch to the face is a concern as it could affect 'beauty'. The best treatment is to keep infection away-- hopefully the area was washed after the event. An antibiotic ointment like Bacitracin can b used several times a day for a day or two. What caused the injury? Because if it was an animal, that should be watched for rabies. In the Phils, 1 in 1000 rabies cases is caused by scratch ...Read more

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How can you get rid of scratch marks?

Time: Tincture of time is what I prescribe. If they are red, and you don't mind spending money, certain lasers can hasten their resolution. ...Read more

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I have an allergic reaction to acrylic. I itch all over and the antihistamin tablets my doctor prescribed plus predisolme hasn't helped at all. It is driving me mad and am scratching all day.?

I have an allergic reaction to acrylic. I itch all over and the antihistamin tablets my doctor prescribed plus predisolme hasn't helped at all. It is driving me mad and am scratching all day.?

Dermatitis: It sounds like a contact dermatitis, either allergic or irritant. Best bet would be to get patch testing through a dermatologist and you might simply try doubling the dose of the antihistamine and increasing it to twice daily. ...Read more

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My 5 year old son is always scratching at his nose, inside and out. Could this be triggered by allergies?!

My 5 year old son is always scratching at his nose, inside and out. Could this be triggered by allergies?!

Yes: The common triggers of this include infection, irritants (smoke, dust, fragrance, etc.) and allergies. In my experience the irritants often dominate in kids while allergies are more an issue with adults. ...Read more

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What to do for infected insect bite besides avoid scratching?

What to do for infected insect bite besides avoid scratching?

See doctor: Seek medical attention as you will likely need antibiotics for treatment of the infections. ...Read more

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My daughter is scratching her forearm superficially when she gets upset. What should I do?

My daughter is scratching her forearm superficially when she gets upset. What should I do?

OCD or Anxiety: Could be a compulsive stress relieving behavior. If not causing any problems with the skin, is probably harmless. If damaging the skin, consult your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can you get sick and if so what are the symptoms from a stray cat scratches and it broke skin?

Can you get sick and if so what are the symptoms from a stray cat scratches and it broke skin?

Possible infection.: If a cat scratches you, it can introduce bacterial infection into the skin causing an impetigo or even a cellulitis. If there is redness, pain, swelling or frank pus at the site of the scratch, especially if it is worsening or spreading, seek medical assistance immediately. You will need at a minimum oral antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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Is there a genetic disorder that runs in male genes that can be mistaken for adhd? My 4 yr. Son is very hyper, cries alot, and abusive toward some children and me. The ADHD medicine isn't working. Now he has been scratching his face when he gets mad. What

Is there a genetic disorder that runs in male genes that can be mistaken for adhd? My 4 yr. Son is very hyper, cries alot, and abusive toward some children and me. The ADHD medicine isn't working. Now he has been scratching his face when he gets mad. What

ADHD: Adhd can be difficult to diagnose in a 4 year old. His behavior problems may be caused by something else. It sounds like he needs further evaluation to see how he can be helped. Traits similar to those found in adhd can be seen in some of the autistic spectrum disorders that can be more prevalent in males. His unresponsiveness to some medications can give clues as to what may be causing his difficult behavior as well. It's interesting that you have noted that the aggressive behavior is only in the males and during their childhood. I'm glad the traits went away as these boys grew up. Don't give up, but seek further evaluation and have your pediatrician guide you toward the specialists in your area. ...Read more

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What is a scratch test and what are the risks?

Tests for allergy!: Scratch tests are used for detecting allergens for a particular patient. When we say that you are allergic to penicillin, we mean that your immune system makes an antibody called ige antibody against penicillin, which can result in a reaction. When we do a scratch test, we apply the possible allergens on the skin with a scratch. If you are allergic to that item, it will show a local itchy reaction. ...Read more

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Scratched my cornia what to do?

Scratched my cornia what to do?

It depends: If you just did this, and it is not bleeding, is to keep the eye closed for 12-24 hours and expect completre healing. If the scratch was with an iron containing device, or if you think there is still something in your eye, you should see a doctorright away. Do not use contact lenses until it is fully healed. If there is a change in vision, see a doctor right away. ...Read more

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I was bitten/scratched by a dog, should I be concerned?

I was bitten/scratched by a dog, should I be concerned?

If bitten by a dog &: Wound is minor - wash w soap & water, apply antibiotic ointment & cover w bandaid /bandage. Get tetanus shot if you haven’t had one in last 10 years or your don’t know. For more serious wound or possible infection, apply pressure & obtain urgent care. Per Mayo Clinic, if last tetanus shot was > 5 years ago & wound is “deep or dirty”, a booster shot may be recommended. If there is a rabies high ...Read more