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My skin is itching and burning after swimming in an indoor swimming pool. What could be wrong?

Chlorine!: The chlorine that is put in a public swimming pool to kill harmful organisms has also been known to cause skin irritation. When you come out of the pool, be sure that you shower well! ...Read more

Skin Problems (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Will swimming pool water make your skin paler?

Will swimming pool water make your skin paler?

Swimming Pool Water: Swimming pool water will not make your skin paler. Chlorine treated indoor swimming pools can cause asthma or other breathing problems in swimmers according to research from several sources. ...Read more

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What does swimming pool chlorine do to the skin?

What does swimming pool chlorine do to the skin?

Harsh on your skin: Chlorine damages the oil and mineral balance of skin cells, destroying the fluid balance, resulting in dried out, dead cells. This in turn leads to dry, peeling skin, which makes the surface of the skin appear shiny. Make sure to apply moisturizer after being in a chlorine pool. ...Read more

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Can head lice live in and/or spread via indoor swimming pool?

Can head lice live in and/or spread via indoor swimming pool?

Lice Don't Swim: Head lice live only on human beings. Can be spread quickly by using the hat, comb, or towel of infected person or by close contact. May crawl or fall onto clothing, bedding, towels, furniture, pool. Don't survive off body >24hr. Anyone can get lice despite frequent hairwashing. The nits (eggs) normally hatch into lice in about 1 week. Do not carry other diseases, no lasting health consequences. ...Read more

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When can a child go into a swimming pool after having head lice?

When can a child go into a swimming pool after having head lice?

After treatment: I agree that head lice can't swim, but kids do touch heads in swimming pools; so to be safe, I would do the prescribed treatment, and use a fine comb (such as the one that comes with some head lice medications) to comb out any nits (eggs) that may be attached to hair shafts. Once that has been done, the kid can participate in all activities, including swimming. ...Read more

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Is it possible to contract any skin diseases when in a public swimming pool?

No: If the pool is maintained well then the chlorine or other chemicals in the water will protect you from any disease organisms.

If you have any questions about a particular pool seek out the pool manager and ask for the test results of the water. These have to be done on a regular basis to check for water quality. ...Read more

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What could be causing me to have an allergic skin rash in my own swimming pool but not in others?

What could be causing me to have an allergic skin rash in my own swimming pool but not in others?

Can be infection: Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a common cause of folliculitis, which might be what you are having. It is commonly called "hot tub folliculitis" but can be spread in swimming pools, or even sometimes by shared diving suits. It is very important to keep tubs, pools, and shared water equipment clean on a regular basis.
*sometimes is eczema, which is dry, sensitive skin, depends on type of rash. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could protect my skin from getting darker due to chlorinated swimming pool?

Can you tell me how I could protect my skin from getting darker due to chlorinated swimming pool?

Skin care: Apply a strong SPF sunscreen at least half an hour before entering the pool. Insure that chlorine is well washed from skin with warm water and soap. Use moisturizers liberally. Hydrate well with water. ...Read more

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I just got off zoloft (sertraline) 2 weeks ago and my head feels like it is in a swimming pool and when I move my head from side to side I get very woozy. Normal?

I just got off zoloft (sertraline) 2 weeks ago and my head feels like it is in a swimming pool and when I move my head from side to side I get very woozy. Normal?

R/O SINUSITIS: UNLIKELY FROM ZOLOFT: you should rest, irrigate sinuses with saline/take a nasal spray like Nasonex/FLONASE and finish a 2-3week course of antibiotics ie bactrim/augmentin /cipro. I avoid abrupt changes in pressure. Ie flying/scuba/swimming if diving or snorkeling is undertaken. These activities may increase risk of worsening sinusitis and potentially rupturing ear drum. ...Read more

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I have a red rash on the head of my penis because of rubbing myself next to my partner inside of a swimming pool there was no intercourse, serious?

I have a red rash on the head of my penis because of rubbing myself next to my partner inside of a swimming pool there was no intercourse, serious?

No: This sounds like an abrasion injury/rash caused by your pool games. This should resolve in time. You may try using topical antibiotic creams to prevent infection. Keep, it clean, rest it, and let it heal in time. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Why do I get itchy, blotchy red skin in response to chill, like when stepping out of a swimming pool into a breeze- sign of compromised immune system?

Why do I get itchy, blotchy red skin in response to chill, like when stepping out of a swimming pool into a breeze- sign of compromised immune system?

Cold Urticaria: Cold induced urticaria occurs whenever the skin is chilled, by cold air or cold water, or by direct contact with cold items like ice or a cold drink can. It is not a sign of immunocompromise. ...Read more

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What skin problems can hypothyroidism cause?

Skin: If you do not take your thyroid medicine daily you are very likely to have dry skin. You surely don't want that to happen. ...Read more

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Could my skin problems be caused by seasonal allergies?

Possibly: While it is much more common for seasonal allergies to trigger eye, nose and lung symptoms such as allergic rhinitis, allergic conjunctivitis and asthma, it is possible for a skin rash to also develop. This is called end-organ sensitivity. The skin has similar allergy cells called mast cells, the difference would be allergen (pollen) presentation to the skin. ...Read more

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Can using too much laundry detergent cause you skin problems?

Can using too much laundry detergent cause you skin problems?

Yes: Detergents and soaps are caustic chemicals. Too much can irritate the skin leading to an irritant contact dermatitis. Studies show that we don't even need detergents in our clothing washers, just the gyration itself cleans the clothes. If you use anything, use hypoallergenic and use 1/2 whatever they recommend. ...Read more

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What kind of skin problems cause arise due to overdose of anesthesia?

What kind of skin problems cause arise due to overdose of anesthesia?

Probably none.: None that I have ever heard of or encountered. Would need more specific detail. ...Read more

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Could botox and fillers cause skin problems?

Could botox and fillers cause skin problems?

Rare: There are complications to any procedure. Very rare with botox and fillers. For best results see skilled clinician. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if one has type 2 diabetes will it cause dry skin problems?

Diabetes: Yes patients with diabetes may experience dry skin of the legs and arms as well as poor wound healing. Moisturizing after bathing is helpful. ...Read more

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What skin conditions cause red or pink skin that scabs over with hard white scabs? Never had skin problems before, is this something I caught?

See your doctor: A medspa doctor would exam the rash and start you on prescription medication. You may have any number of issues from yeast to allergies to acne or rosacea and more. She will correctly diagnose your problem and start the proper medication. If it is a chronic problem she may bea able to show you laser therapy that will help you keep your skin clear and offer products to use between visits. ...Read more

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Can drinking milk after eating fish cause skin problems?

Maybe: Only way to know is try an elimination diet. Don't do both together and see how your skin reacts. ...Read more

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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 dermablend foundation cause acne? It is made for sensitive skin and severe acne and skin problems

Can dermablend foundation cause acne? It is made for sensitive skin and severe acne and skin problems

Your meds will: The steroids you are on causes worsening acne. See a medspa doctor to help you with clearing this problem. She will start you on laser skin care with prescriptions and products to take between visits. ...Read more

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Can high cholesterol cause skin problems? Is it possible for high cholesterol to cause any skin problems such as acne or dryness? .

Xanthomas: Abnormalities of blood lipids can result in deposition of lipid under the skin, called xanthomas. See this site for more info.
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001447.htm. ...Read more

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Asked dr. About my dry skin problems & she quickly insistedshe'd prescribe steroid cream, but I just want to find the cause instead. What should I do?

Asked dr. About my dry skin problems & she quickly insistedshe'd prescribe steroid cream, but I just want to find the cause instead. What should I do?

See another doc: A 26 year old female with dry skin. If dry skin is just the problem, and you don't have any large areas of severe dry patches or excoriated or infected skin, there is no need to jump to steroid creams. Dry skin can be exacerbated by cold dry weather, also by certain products you are using on your skin. Only use ointments and creams like vaseline, aquaphor, vanicream, aveeno, (oatmeal) cetaphil 2x/day ...Read more

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We've did a skin biopsy due to a rash. Results were negative for any skin problems. But cortisone shot cleared them up for 3 wks. What would be cause?

We've did a skin biopsy due to a rash. Results were negative for any skin problems. But cortisone shot cleared them up for 3 wks. What would be cause?

Different reasons: Sometimes with the biopsy it is hard to determine the cause of a non specific rash When cortisone works it usually indicates an inflammatory process and the cortisone in some people only lasts a few weeks If it comes back and it is worse then get a second opinion and another biopsy Sometimes if you tell provider the shot worked they will recommend a steroid cream if the biopsy is negative ...Read more

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Can holding a celll phone too much cause skin problems. I have what looks like warts or blisters starting to form on my fingers where my cell rests.

Can holding a celll phone too much cause skin problems. I have what looks like warts or blisters starting to form on my fingers where my cell rests.

? Calluses: If you use your phone excessively and there is repeated friction or repeated minor trauma from use, you may develop calluses at the site. Cells phones per se are not known to cause warts. ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop eczema at age 30 with no prev hx of skin problems? Could major surgery cause eczema to develop? Lesions hurt, not itch, leg/foot

Is it possible to develop eczema at age 30 with no prev hx of skin problems? Could major surgery cause eczema to develop? Lesions hurt, not itch, leg/foot

Not eczema.: Eczema is associated with itching and thus a burning sensation is likely from something else including a drug reaction or psychophysiologic. You need to consult a dermatologist. And yes, eczema can develop in adults. ...Read more

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Having dry skin problems behind my ears, beside my nose, on my eyebrows. It is very consistent. What is it caused from and what is the possible cure?

Having dry skin problems behind my ears, beside my nose, on my eyebrows. It is very consistent. What is it caused from and what is the possible cure?

Seb derm: Seborrheic dermatitis (seb derm) is a chronic intermittent rash typically affecting the face, ears, scalp, & trunk.
This condition is believed to result from overactive sebaceous glands (seborrhea) & inflammation. The mainstay of treatment includes topical anti-fungal agents alone or in combination with topical steroids. Recommend that you see a dermatologist to get it under control.

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I have dry, red, itchy skin & am concerned about lupus, thanks to an unfortunate Google search. Can iron deficiency/anemia cause skin problems & itch?

I have dry, red, itchy skin & am concerned about lupus, thanks to an unfortunate Google search. Can iron deficiency/anemia cause skin problems & itch?

You may be onto: Something as the most common cause of itching can be iron deficiency anemia. However, without more info, this is only speculative. We need your medical, family, social, sexual, surgical, meds/supplement histories to put all the pieces together. Do see your doctor and discuss this. A simple lab test can help! ...Read more

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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

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