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Why do extremely obese people develop fungal infections in the folds of their skin?

Why do extremely obese people develop fungal infections in the folds of their skin?

Intertrigo: Intertrigo is an inflammatory condition of skin folds, induced or aggravated by heat, moisture, maceration, friction, and lack of air circulation. Intertrigo frequently is worsened or colonized by infection, which most commonly is candidal but also may be bacterial, fungal, or viral. Intertrigo commonly affects the axilla, perineum, inframammary creases, and abdominal folds. ...Read more

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Obesity (Definition)

Having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat, and/or body water. Both terms mean that a person's weight is greater than what's considered healthy for ...Read more


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Hi I'm 26 year old morbidly obese. I have this dark hyperpigmented lesions in my pubes, and darkening skin, bad smell, any products to help me with that?

Hi I'm 26 year old morbidly obese. I have this dark hyperpigmented lesions in my pubes, and darkening skin, bad smell, any products to help me with that?

Lets first try simpl: Over weight conditions can cause skin problems from excessive sweating and difficulty in keeping the areas under the Folds clean. So let us first try a simple solution. Clean your body especially the areas between the skin folds with a gentle soap twice daily. Make sure you dry the skin with a soft towel and use a hair dryer (with cool setting) so that all moisture is gone. Then use talcum powder. ...Read more

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Obese: in fold of stomach overhang the skin is fragile. Right now it is bleeding. What at this moment, what can I do? Is liposecution ever paid by insurance to remove the excess skin due to bleeding, etc.

See your doctor: When skin is resected it is not liposuction. You may need a tummy tuck or if morbidly obese you may need the apron removed. See your doctor for a referral that is on your insurance list just in case there is a medical reason for the insurance to pay. The way the skin gets frail is usually due to lack of air and increased moisture which causes a yeast infection and that will need to be treated. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the forceps looking thing that pinches skin you see in obesity segments?

Can you please describe the forceps looking thing that pinches skin you see in obesity segments?

Skinfold calipers: Those are skinfold calipers. Four places are measured. The bicep, tricep, back, and abdomen to calculate % body fat. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of the excess skin caused by my prior obesity?

How can I get rid of the excess skin caused by my prior obesity?

Lose excess skin: Body contouring surgery can remove the excess skin after weight loss. Common procedures are tummy tuck, arm lift, thigh lift, breast lift +/- augmentation, face & necklift, body lift, buttock lift. The procedures needed, and combination or sequence of procedures, varies in each patient. I recommend consulting with a board certified plastic surgeon, and start with addressing what bothers you most. ...Read more

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Irregular menses and hairs on skin and obesity, age 23 years?

Irregular menses and hairs on skin and obesity, age 23 years?

Polycystic ovary dis: You should see either an endocrinologist for your gynecologist regarding these problems. They can then see if you do have polycystic ovaries disease. ...Read more

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How do they close the skin on obese person c section?

How do they close the skin on obese person c section?

Very carefully...: Obesity poses significant problems and risks for both mother and infant. After a cesarean (which is very likely with increasing maternal obesity), the task of closing the abdominal incision is tall and best left to experienced surgeons. En-mass closure of the abdominal wall and reinforced extra layer of closure for the subcutaneous tissues are necessary in most such cases. ...Read more

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I'm obese and I have excessive pigmentation on my underarms and groin. How do I get my skin back to normal? I have it since I was a teenager. Thanks!

I'm obese and I have excessive pigmentation on my underarms and groin. How do I get my skin back to normal? I have it since I was a teenager. Thanks!

Acanthosis nigricans: Acanthosis nigricans is a brown to black, poorly defined, velvety hyperpigmentation of the skin. Common affected areas include the neck, underarms, and groin. This is usually seen in people under age 40 with obesity as well as conditions such as hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, acromegaly, polycystic ovary disease, insulin-resistant diabetes, or cushing's disease. See your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm obese lady with very fat tummy now I start loose weight by doing bicycle now please tell me where does skin of my tummy will go do I need tumytuck?

I'm obese lady with very fat tummy now I start loose weight by doing bicycle now please tell me where does skin of my tummy will go do I need tumytuck?

Great plan: Losing weight by exercising and eating wholesome unprocessed food (preferably 6 small meals a day) will allow you to change fat into energy and muscle. If you do some sit down exercises to strengthen your abdominal muscles you will lose weight slowly and steadily and the skin will shrink down. No need for tummy tuck. ...Read more

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Can an obese person have a successful butt lift? I recently lost over 120 pounds, and I am considering having a butt lift procedure to tighten up the loose skin around my buttocks. I still have about 80 pounds to lose to reach my goal weight. Can I have t

Yes, but...: No pun intended. It may make more sense to complete your weight loss prior to your buttocks lift, especially if weight will be lost from the buttocks. It would be disappointing to get a nice result from a buttocks lift, and then have loose sagging skin from further weight loss. I cannot make specific recommendations without seeing you. Consider a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture cure things like acne, obesity, dry skin, etc?

Can acupuncture cure things like acne, obesity, dry skin, etc?

Yes: Acupuncture can be used to treat (often not curing) obesity (with appetite suppression) ; acne. I don't know about dry skin by itself (why not just hydrate orally ; moisturize well). ...Read more

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Is it possible for acupuncture to cure things like acne, obesity, dry skin, etc?

Yes: There are acupuncture protocols for obesity, acne and other skin conditions. I have provided appetite control treatments to patients with excellent results. ...Read more

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I'm 5'7 and weigh 209 lbs, and I'm 18. I have stretch marks on my belly, thighs, and back. Will I have loose skin if I lose weight? Am I obese?

Weight loss: You may be obese (I don't know if you have lots of muscle). You may develop sagging skin with weight loss. However, at age 18 your skin should still have elasticity and if you are physically active - it may minimize loose skin. ...Read more

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Why I have bilateral dark skin papulomacular hyperpigment ED lesion on tibia or shin with abdominal obesity? Is it subclinical hypotyrodism?

Need more info: I'd like to know how long the lesions have been on your shins. I'd prefer to see a picture and take a history. One possibility is a panniculitis or maybe even erythema nodosum, which may be associated with a streptococcal pharyngitis. It may be idiopathic, though. In less developed parts of the world, sometimes this skin finding can be associated with primary tuberculosis. ...Read more

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Bilateral edema in lower extremeties. Obese, dark discoloration on fingertips (not cynosis), dry scaly skin. PH of hypertension & hypothyroidism.

Bilateral edema in lower extremeties. Obese, dark discoloration on fingertips (not cynosis), dry scaly skin. PH of hypertension & hypothyroidism.

Need to examine: Given the multiple disorders, it would be prudent to see a doctor to exclude cellulitis. As you probably know, losing weight would do lot of good, not easy, but essential. Are you taking your medications for thyroid and hypertension, take the meds regularly.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Obesity after controlled diet n exercise extreme hunger dry skin no satiety after eating daily headache from 3 to 5 noon freq urination normal thyroid?

Obesity after controlled diet n exercise extreme hunger dry skin no satiety after eating daily headache from 3 to 5 noon freq urination normal thyroid?

Satiety can be: Achieved w/good fats. Low fat diet will not do it. Please see a nutritionist and a trainer at a gym after you see your doc for clearance. Good fats include olive oil, fish oil, and coconut oil. Avoid transfats found in packaged foods. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Throbbing in head when eyes/head moves left to right & vice versa, happening more often x1mo. ; 39yo obese f, history htn hypothyroid, depression, on meds.?

Throbbing in head when eyes/head moves left to right & vice versa, happening more often x1mo. ; 39yo obese f, history htn hypothyroid, depression, on meds.?

Headaches: Headaches are common even in totally healthy individuals, but when you are on medications and have thyroid dysfunction as well, youlikely have more reasons to be developing headaches. With eye/head movement triggering and other medical probs, it is necessary to get an evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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I get Jock's itch, facial and neck rashes and itch and dry skin the next day I consume alcohol. What could be the problem? I am 46 years old, on obese side, drink alcohol, say weekly...sugar and cholestrol border line with poor eating, not on medication

I get Jock's itch, facial and neck rashes and itch and dry skin the next day I consume alcohol. What could be the problem? I am 46 years old, on obese side, drink alcohol, say weekly...sugar and cholestrol border line with poor eating, not on medication

Easy to explain: It makes you sweat more and move less while sleeping. I'm glad you're eager to make a change. You're still young and probably vigorous. Head down to the local gym or sports center, let others see that you're working hard on your body, and they'll accept you as a friend and support you in your body transformation. A lot more is at stake than just the skin in your groin and neck. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Have had 2 positive d dimer tests, mild cough (though probably asthma), am obese. Ct (head and chest) and ultrasound negative. Ankles swollen. Next?

Have had 2 positive d dimer tests, mild cough (though probably asthma), am obese. Ct (head and chest) and ultrasound negative. Ankles swollen. Next?

See below: If the ct chest and us of legs are negative, you don't have dvt/pe. There must be another reason for the d-dimer to be +. Is your kidney function ok? Have you had a recent injury, surgery or something else that involves blood-clotting? How + is the test? You can consult a hematologist, or just watch it and treat the asthma. Talk to your doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

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For what reason might it be that obese little kids have bad body odor?

For what reason might it be that obese little kids have bad body odor?

Maybe they: Haven't been trained in basic hygiene the same way they haven't been trained in restricting their dietary intake? Check w/their parents who may need to give them more instruction and supervision. ...Read more

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Armpits smell like I have an infection. They smell horrible like a chemical pungent odor. Could it be fungus or bacterial? I'm not obese

Armpits smell like I have an infection. They smell horrible like a chemical pungent odor. Could it be fungus or bacterial? I'm not obese

SMELLY ARMPITS: HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON?
IT COULD BE ANY NUMBER OF THINGS:
ARE YOU IN GOOD HEALTH?
DO YOU HAVE DIABETES?
BACTERIA ARE USUAL FOR STINKY "PITS".
DO YOU WEAR CLEAN CLOTHING?
DO YOU SHOWER AT LEAST EVERY DAY?
IF THIS PERSISTS. PLEASE SEE YOUR PCP OR A DERMATOLOGIST. AND SOON. . .
BEST LUCK ...Read more

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Girl.6.Obese, always hungry, sweats profusely, body odor, chronic cough, very active but doesn't lose weight. Dark circles under eyes. Sleep problems. Ideas?

Girl.6.Obese, always hungry, sweats profusely, body odor, chronic cough, very active but doesn't lose weight. Dark circles under eyes. Sleep problems. Ideas?

Pediatrician: Evaluation, might need to be evaluated as well by an endocrinologist for her obesity problem, and an allergist for the chronic cough and the? Allergic shiners (dark circles under eyes), check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist/immunologist in your area, good luck ...Read more

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What're the causes of body odour for people who do not have diabetes and not obese.

What're the causes of body odour for people who do not have diabetes and not obese.

Body odor: Things that may cause a bad body odor can vary from generalized poor hygiene (not bathing), things you eat that may permeate through your skin, poor excretory hygiene (urination on clothes, or not properly wiping yourself after bowel movement), not using deodorant and perspiring, festering skin conditions left untreated, etc. ...Read more

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My right knee hurts. It always has. Even when I was just a child. I can't fold my legs for too long. Reason?? Now that I'm obese, it hurts even more!

My right knee hurts. It always has. Even when I was just a child. I can't fold my legs for too long. Reason?? Now that I'm obese, it hurts even more!

Be seen: You would really need to be seen and examined and probably undergo some testing for an accurate diagnosis as there are multiple possibilities, from an undiagnosed inflammatory arthritis to some type of congenital problem. There are so many pisdibilities. On top of that, obesity can aggravate an underlying knee problem as well and should be treated aggressively. ...Read more