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Skin Problems (Overview)

Very broadly, anything that is not normal or causes symptoms. Some are self limited (ie poison ivy) some are chronic (ie eczema) and the latter may be more representative of a type of problem.


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Are skin problems easy to diagnose, or is there a lot of room for error?

Are skin problems easy to diagnose, or is there a lot of room for error?

Derms know!: If you are seeing a dermatologist, the vast majority of skin problems are relatively easy for us to diagnose, as we see them all the time! there are of course always tricky problems, because rashes and skin lesions can vary depending on how long they are present, if infected, the skin type, prior treatment, etc. Sometimes even a biopsy won't give us the exact answer, but that's usually rare. ...Read more

Skin Problems (Overview)

Very broadly, anything that is not normal or causes symptoms. Some are self limited (ie poison ivy) some are chronic (ie eczema) and the latter may be more representative of a type of problem.


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I have recently noticed a mole on my ear, is it a sign of some skin problem or may be skin cancer?

I have recently noticed a mole on my ear, is it a sign of some skin problem or may be skin cancer?

Not necessarily: Bonnie, you may develop moles during your lifetime. The two keys are to apply sunscreen, and keep an eye on it. If it changes size or shape, or the coloration changes, then get it checked out by your doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My 2 years baby had IgE serum blood test for skin problem its proteins IgE serum level is 91 4 how i conclude allergic sub?

My 2 years baby had IgE serum blood test for skin problem its proteins IgE serum level is 91 4 how i conclude allergic sub?

Specific testing: While an ige of 914 is extremely high, it does not give specific information as to what substances the baby may be allergic to. If the skin problem is eczema, then one would want to know what specific foods the baby is allergic to. Once that info is obtained the food or foods can be eliminated from the diet to see if the skin rash clears up. Once the skin is better the foods can be added back. ...Read more

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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Use moisturizers regularly
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Use mild soap when washing the skin
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Limit overexposure to detergents or soaps
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Can sugar cause skin problems?

Can sugar cause skin problems?

Sugar: Sugar by itself won't cause skin infection or problems, but excess sugar leading to diabetes definitely can. Diabetes puts you at higher risk for skin infections and skin discolorations. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are natural ways to treat skin problems?

Can you tell me if there are natural ways to treat skin problems?

Natural is danger: The word natural can be dangerous. What you really want are less preservatives in your products. But it really depends on your skin type, your age, your skin condition (acne, sun damage...)and what you want the products to do. I recommend you see a dermatologist to discuss your skin issues. ...Read more