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Doctor insights on: Tests For Ochronosis

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What is ochronosis?

What is  ochronosis?

Ochronosis: Is an autosomal recessive metabolic disorder that causes an excess of homogentisic acid, resulting in dark pigmentation, calcification, and inflammation of cartilaginous tissues throughout the body. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for exogenous ochronosis?

Is there a cure for exogenous ochronosis?

Sadly no: This is skin damage from excessive use of skin lighteners with hydroquinone. I have only read about this, but the polymer that builds up is inert and very persistent. Some people are using lasers to help. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is tazorac (tazarotene) good for ? Will it help clear up exogenous ochronosis ?

What is tazorac (tazarotene) good for ? Will it help clear up exogenous ochronosis ?

Ochrononsis: Ochronosis is the bluish black discoloration of tissues such as ear cartilage and ocular tissue, seen with alkaptonuria, a metabolic disorder. Additionally, ochronosis can occasionally occur from exposure to substances such as phenol, trinitrophenol, resorcinol, mercury, picric acid, benzene, hydroquinone, and antimalarials. Cannot find data on tazorene used for this. Check with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Black male, 26, wiped 2 hard under eyes while washing his face, left dark skin under eye. Will light use of HydroQ. 4% & Tretinoin hurt? Ochronosis?

Black male, 26, wiped 2 hard under eyes while washing his face, left dark skin under eye. Will light use of HydroQ. 4% & Tretinoin hurt? Ochronosis?

Don't use. See eye: Doctor instead! Using bleaching strong agents like that is the wrong approach unless you purposely want hypo pigmented areas on top of having dark lines. Have the opthalmologist refer you to the oculoplastics Dr., who can examine your eyelid and recommend care. It may just be post-inflammatory hypopigmentation. Retinoids are too irritating and dangerous to use so close to the eye!Seek prof. help! ...Read more

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What is a g a s test?

What is a g a s test?

Group A strep: It's not quite clear what you mean without the context behind the testing. But it very well could represent group A streptococcal testing. This is common test done when someone has a sore throat to make sure he/she doesn't need antibiotics. Really on group A strep pharyngitis(sore throats) need antibiotic therapy most others resolve on their own without issue. Best of luck ...Read more

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My thyroid t s h test was 11.991, is this high?

My thyroid t s h test was 11.991, is this high?

Yes: This is moderately high. It probably means your thyroid is not making enough thyroid hormone. Your doctor will want to evaluate your overall clinical picture, repeat the test, get a free t4, and may start you on thyroid replacement. ...Read more

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My test result show I have s. Aureus please what is it?

My test result show I have s. Aureus please what is it?

Common bacteria: I assume a culture was performed. This bacteria is very common and can be found on many surfaces including skin. It becomes a problem when it gets passed the barrier of the skin and often causes boils and skin infections. With anitbiotics it can be treated but is quickly becoming resistant to them. Sensitivities are often performed so your provider can chose the drug best suited. ...Read more