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Simple Skin Disorders No Medication
What's the actual science behind acupuncture and how it is effective for skin disorders and other medical conditions?
Block obstructions.: A number of chemicals/neurotransmitters can be impacted by acupuncture: serotonin, norepinephrine, substance p, gaba, dopamine, b- endorphin, acth, dynorphins, leucine - enkephalin & methionine-enkephalin. Acupuncture blocks obstructions in blood flow, lymphatic drainage, nerve conduction and chi. Different forms of acupuncture have different impacts. Major meridian energy work can help skin. ...Read more
Not any more, mostly: Puva stands for "psoralen plus ultraviolet-a" - you take a drug called psoralen, which sensitizes your skin to long-wave uv light, then you go in a uv light box. It was used to treat psoriasis and other skin diseases, but in recent years it has largely been replaced by narrow-band uvb light treatment, which works better and avoids the risks of psoralen, such as sunburn and cataracts. ...Read more
Yes/doesn't happen: There are a dwindling number of dermatologists who still like working with rare skin diseases rather than the lucrative cosmetic issues. A local primary care source should be able to refer you. The CDC review of "chronic mono" declared it a myth more than a decade ago. ...Read more
Do body sprays (fragranced ones) harm the skin? Also, does the intimate spray for private areas (women) harm te area & cause skin disorders? Safe? No?
3 month history of pruitis around eyebows, ears (pina, tragus). Dry and sometimes flaky eyebrows. No prior history of skin disorders, dermatitis, eczema etc?
16y/o female, partial loss of nail cuticle. No pain, no itch, no history of skin disorders. Very mild contact dermatitis at palm. No history of trauma. Onychomycosis?
Many causes: The most likely cause is from too much contact with water onychomycosis usually causes thickening and flaking of the nails but not loss of the cuticle. Of course. Persistent allergic contact allergy can cause thinning as well with time. If none of the above applies to you, see a dermatologist. ...Read more
Will herbal supplements lower the effectiveness of birth control? I am on this herbal supplement called bell product #60 for skin disorders for my acne and I am starting birth control this weekend. Just wondering if I can continue taking the herbal supple
Many: Many of the studies looking at herb-drug interactions are preliminary if available at all. I could not find any information about whether the herbs found in your supplement will effect the efficacy of your birth control. You should give your doctor a call to discuss your concerns. The safest thing to do would be to stop using the supplement. Good news, though. Birth control pills are often a very effective treatment for acne - so your skin may improve on the birth control pills even without the supplement. If after taking the birth control pills for a few months, you are still not satisfied with your skin, talk to your doctor about prescription acne treatments. These have been studied rigorously and their safety profiles and interaction profiles are well known. ...Read more
Hi dry scrotom and penis shaft. Been doctors gave me canistan but no difference. No STD any clues or help. Don't have any skin disorders it's just suddenly come been about 6 months now was given trimovate before?
3 weeks ago I broke out on my face with red, dry patches of skin. Mainly under nose and around my mouth. What is it? 49 female. Hardly ever had acne and no history of skin disorders. It started out like a rash with pimples. The bumps are gone but the
See your doctor: Contact dermatitis presents the way you described and can be a result of your skin being sensitized to a cream, soap, preservative, pillow fabric etc. There are other potential diagnoses which will require an exam by a dermatologist to rule out other inflammatory skin conditions which can be treated with the right medication. ...Read more
Hello, I am 28 years old and have red ring itchy skin disease. I was given floconazole but it reoccurs as I stop medication?
Rash: There are certain organisms that are resistant to certain medications. It would be good to know what you had prescribed. I would consult back with the provider that saw you and then explore other medication to treat skin problem. ...Read more
What is best medication to help treat dermatillomania, a form of obsessive compulsive disorder that consists of picking at skin, cuticles, scabs, etc?
My skin is peeling off b/w by thumb & index finger. It was diagonised as a simple fungal infection but the medication is not working. Cause please.
Skin peeling: Could be fungal versus dermatitis (allergic) vs eczema Some cremes (lotrisone (clotrimazole and betamethasone) in US) contain anti-fungal and steroid which would treat both issues. Also check what your hands are in contact with if caustic chemicals may be contact dermatitis and need the steroids, lotion and gloves as well to protect. Rarely psoriasis (should respond to steroid a bit) f/u with doc ...Read more
My skin is dry & itchy. Legs, back, arms, neck, ears, face. Red patches on arms. Confused. What could be wrong? Medication. What disease is this? Thx.
Need to know more: Although the description is compatible with atopic eczema (since you probably have allergic rhinitis as well as evidenced by the sneezing), it is not possible to tell without a direct examination. Consult an allergist or dermatologist. In meanwhile be sure to bathe daily and apply a skin moisturizer immediately after having sponge dried your skin. ...Read more
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LOCAL STEROIDS: Steroid creams after evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more
Yes: You should see your dermatologist for treatment. The type of treatment depends on the type of discoloration. ...Read more
Probably not: There are bleaching creams available to reduce the skin pigment but they need to be used regularly and are only partly effective. Chemicals such as phenol can destroy the melanin-producting cells altogether by inducing a chemical burn- however that's probably something you won't want. I don't know if the late Michael Jackson' dermatologist or plastic surgeon has other tricks in his bag or not. ...Read more
Too vague: "Irritation" means just that: something rubbing or burning, irritating. "Change in medication" has no meaning without specifics of exactly which meds and why the change. No answer is possible without knowledge about the nature of the skin disturbance and details about all meds. ...Read more
For blood clots: Injections are more consistent and effective, if you can be consistent with them of course. With oral medications they can be very effective (newer prothrombin inhibitors) or ineffective/ labor intensive (warfarin). The newer oral medicaitons are reliable though, with the only caveat being they do not have an "antidote" to reverse the anticoagulation if there is bleeding issues. ...Read more