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Should the crusty areas of impetigo infected skin be removed?

Should the crusty areas of impetigo infected skin be removed?

Yes: Do not pick off, clean gently with soap and warm water, or use warm compresses to sooth area, then apply topical bacterial cream/ointment and take oral antibiotic. ...Read more

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Is the skin lesion infected and contagious?

Is the skin lesion infected and contagious?

Skin lesion: It depends on what kind of the skin lesion it is. It needs to be examined. There are some skin lesions that are infected (baterial/viral/fungal) are are contagious. Others are non-infected and not contagious. ...Read more

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Itchy and painful skin around the mole , not the mole itself..Is it an infection?

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Itchy and painful skin around the mole , not the mole  itself..Is it an infection?

Itchy mole: If it is itchy around the mole it may represent an allergic contact dermatitis. It can also be a skin infection, which is usually warm, swollen, red, and tender. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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A stye on my lower eyelid has drained but the skin over the bump has also peeled off, leaving a reddish, raw layer of skin exposed. Should I disinfect the area or apply an ointment such as vaseline or A&D ointment?

A  stye on my lower eyelid has drained but the skin over the bump has also peeled off, leaving a reddish, raw layer of skin exposed. Should I disinfect the area or apply an ointment such as  vaseline or A&D ointment?

Sterile ointment: Erythromycin ophthalmic ointment would be best if available. A HealthTap consultant could prescribe it for you. Bacitracin ointment carefully applied to the external lid only is another possible option. ...Read more

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Would herpes be ontop of the skin or under the skin ?

Herpes: It usually starts as a group oh pimples next to each other that later contain some clear liquid and then get crusted before they clear up. Typical location is mouth or genital area but they can appear elsewhere. ...Read more

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White layered dry skin in head. If removed, it turns into black skin like rashes. 6 month before found and treated streptococcus bacterial infection?

White layered dry skin in head. If removed, it turns into black skin like rashes. 6 month before found and treated streptococcus bacterial infection?

Skin cancer?: When a skin lesion fails to heal and not associated with burning or itching, one should get checked for skin cancer. The fact that it was infected 6 months ago might be due to scratching thereby introducing bacteria into the lesion. It is only prudent to see a dermatologist to make sure that it is not a skin cancer. ...Read more

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Can large under the skin pimples be drained?

Can large under the skin pimples be drained?

Pimple: Whiteheads or cysts under the skin are often treated with extraction , a technique where a dermatologist makes a tiny nick in the skin with a small needle and presses out the sebum with an instrument (comedone extractor). If a cyst is present for a long time it may be surgically removed. See a dermatologist for treatment options based on the size and type of the cyst. ...Read more

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Is mupircin ointment suppose to shrink the fingertip infection or the infected skin peels off ?

Is mupircin ointment suppose to shrink the fingertip infection or the infected skin peels off ?

Topical antibiotic.: mupirocin is a topical antibiotic. It may protect your wound from getting bacteria in it, but does not cure underlying infection. It is common for skin to peel off the area surrounding an infection. This is not due to the ointment. ...Read more

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I keep having skin rashes appear. My skin becomes exceptionally itchy and once scratched the area becomes inflamed in red rings of different sizes.

I keep having skin rashes appear. My skin becomes exceptionally itchy and once scratched the area becomes inflamed in red rings of different sizes.

Sounds like hives: What you're describing sounds most like hives (urticaria) which is an allergic reaction to something typically in the air, not something directly contacting the skin. It's difficult to say with confidence though without photos or further description. ...Read more

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Can herpes on the testicles cause the skin to flake? My testicles are flaking.I peeled off some of the skin it looks like there may be herpes under it

Can herpes on the testicles cause the skin to flake? My testicles are flaking.I peeled off some of the skin it looks like there may be herpes under it

Here are some ...: What you described does not fit the clinical pictures of herpes at all. However, bring the information on the onset, degree, duration, evolution, & progress of skin change over time to Doc for analysis + physical exam timely + tests as needed so to deduce possible Dx for reasonable Rx / counseling. ...Read more

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Can molluscum contagiosum be transmitted by touching the lesion and then touching others, if the lesion is completely intact and not been scratched?

Can molluscum contagiosum be transmitted by touching the lesion and then touching others, if the lesion is completely intact and not been scratched?

Molluscum: Molluscum contagiosum is transmitted by direct contact, either person to person or by shared items, such as clothing, towels, and washcloths. Mc can be spread by contact sports. Furthermore, if a person touches the rash and then another part of his or her body, it can cause spread to that area (known as autoinoculation). ...Read more

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Superficial cuts have yellowing on the skin surrounding them, should I be concerned?

Superficial cuts have yellowing on the skin surrounding them, should I be concerned?

Hmmm...: It is possible that some of the natural exudate leaking from the wound has deposited on your skin. If this is crusty then it may be something called impetigo. It is also possible that these cuts caused minor bruising. If you are concerned about this then having someone examine you would be your best option. ...Read more

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What are signs of secondary skin bacterial infection in chickenpox.I have 3 spots that oozed w/ transparent yellow/gold fluid.Are they infected?

Maybe: Open skin lesions like those of chickenpox can be secondarily infected by various skin germs like staph or strep. Your physician can sort this out for you because it is sometimes difficult to tell with chickenpox. ...Read more

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How to treat small infected pores on abdomen that appear to be spreading?

How to treat small infected pores on abdomen that appear to be spreading?

See your doctor: See your doctor to get these spots diagnosed, if it is an infection you may need an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Impetigo (Definition)

A bacterial skin infection ...Read more