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I accidentally scratched the top layer of skin off on a freckle is it going to heal normal?

I accidentally scratched the top layer of skin off on a freckle is it going to heal normal?

Yes, but...: When the top layer of skin cells is scraped off, there is no bleeding. The remaining cells just multiply and become the new top layer of cells. If unlucky, there can be a color change at that spot for a while. Protecting that spot from sun exposure during healing may help decrease the chances of color changes there. ...Read more

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My friend caught his head on a piece of metal and just took the top layer of skin off and it bled for a bit but then stopped what should he do?

My friend caught his head on a piece of metal and just took the top layer of skin off and it bled for a bit but then stopped what should he do?

Keep it clean: Hard to say without seeing it. If you cannot separate the edges, it probably won’t need stitches.
You should wash the area carefully with soap and water and apply an antibiotic ointment. Repeat this once or twice daily until it heals.
Consider seeing a doctor within the next 24 hours if the bleeding doesn’t stop, if the area is larger than about 2.5 cm, or if it goes completely thru the skin. ...Read more

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My daughter backed into a hot grill and burned the top layer of skin. What home products can I apply to the burned area?

My daughter backed into a hot grill and burned the top layer of skin. What home products can I apply to the burned area?

Cool the area quicky: After cooling for minutes, with no direct ice to skin, cortisone, with a and d cream will minimize the tissue damage. ...Read more

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I have a lot of scars all over my body. Is there a surgery to replace the entire top layer of skin?

I have a lot of scars all over my body. Is there a surgery to replace the entire top layer of skin?

Sorry, no: Even if there were, it would not remove the scars as they are deeper than the top layer of skin. Pick the one or two you hate the most and show them to a plastic surgeon so he can advise you about ways to minimize their appearance and work from there. ...Read more

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I have little bumps with pus. And they itch. When I scratch them it takes top layer of skin off and be a little crater?

I have little bumps with pus. And they itch. When I scratch them it takes top layer of skin off and be a little crater?

Folliculitis: What you are describing sounds like folliculitis, but there are many possibilities, including allergic reactions and insect bites and viral illness. If it is folliculitis, the first treatment is warm compresses. Sometimes antibiotics are needed. Best to see your doctor for a proper evaluation. You may also try taking a picture of your rash and sending it in a AskDoctor consult on HealthTap Prime. ...Read more

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When I itch a mosquito bite the top layer of skin comes off. Left with a scanned patch of skin. Not itching hard. Why is that.

Sounds normal.: I don't know what you mean by a "scanned patch" of skin, but the skin over a bite does tend to slough off as the area heals. It is nothing to be concerned about. ...Read more

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What should I do if top layer of skin has peeled off my mole and now its really red?

What should I do if top layer of skin has peeled off my mole and now its really red?

See your doctor: There should be a reason your skin is peeling your moles. It sounds like you are picking or itching. See your doctor for a biopsy and mole removal. She will ask how it got so inflamed. ...Read more

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Best way to treat a 3" burn from an iron? Top layer of skin (brown and puffed) torn off by a bandaid after 24 hours, leaving raw skin.

Best way to treat a 3" burn from an iron? Top layer of skin (brown and puffed) torn off by a bandaid after 24 hours, leaving raw skin.

Keep it greased: Your best end result will occur if you keep it clean and protected. Any antibacterial ointment or petroleum jelly should work. Keep it greased until the area is less vulnerable, probably 3-5 days and look out for signs of infection. You may cover it to avoid transferring ointment to your clothes or to keep dirt out. Good luck! ...Read more

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I burned myself on a bonfire pit - blistered immediately and top layer of skin peeled off. How do I treat this so I don't get scarring or infection?

I burned myself on a bonfire pit - blistered immediately and top layer of skin peeled off. How do I treat this so I don't get scarring or infection?

2nd degree burn: Blistering implies at least a second degree burn and while I cannot coment on your particular situation without seeing it I know that these burns are helped by taking off the dead area and putting on antibiotics
This requires physician input
It will also hurt a lot less if this is done by a professional ...Read more

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What can cause the top layer of skin on my penis glans to peel away?

What can cause the top layer of skin on my penis glans to peel away?

Penile skin: Lack of lubrication from skene's glands which surround the penis and also some dermatological conditions can cause dryness and peeling. ...Read more

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My genitals itch and when I scratch, the top layer of skin flakes off- sometimes in large peices. Anti-fungal creams don't work.?

My genitals itch and when I scratch, the top layer of skin flakes off- sometimes in large peices. Anti-fungal creams don't work.?

See doctor: You amy have intertrigo, a yeast infection or an allergic contact dermatitis. If topical otcs do not work you need press ription strength creams or oral medications after examination and possible lab tests. ...Read more

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There is a small bump on my right finger it looks like a wart but I'm not sure it sometimes shed it's top layer of skin whicht grows back?

There is a small bump on my right finger it looks like a wart but I'm not sure it sometimes shed it's top layer of skin whicht grows back?

Wart: If you have a wart you can first try over the counter treatment like salicylic acid or even a freezing spray. Be careful...Follow the directions...If it persists make an appointment with a board certified dermatologist for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Small tapioca color bump on palm of finger. Firm to touch and looks like its under the top layer of skin. Hurts a little w pressed. What could it be?

Pompholyx: This could be a condition called pompholyx. Usually it comes as multiple lesions so if it is a single lesion, chances are it is something else ...Read more

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Recently noticed two white spots on testicle sack. Not sexually active. Appears as if top layer of skin is missing.

Dermatology: This may be a loss of skin pigment, possibly due to low grade fingal infection or pigment loss. You should see your physician for an examination. ...Read more

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What kind of rash do I have. It on the tip of my finger. It itches. The top layer of skin is dead and flacky. I have little spots under the sking?

What kind of rash do I have. It on the tip of my finger. It itches. The top layer of skin is dead and flacky. I have little spots under the sking?

Rash: Herpetic Whitlow is a painful cluster of the small vesicles on the tip of the finger. Another possible cause of the similar rash is an impetigo, or bacterial infection.
In the case of dyshidrosis, there could be small vesicles under the skin of palms and fingers. It cause itching and the skin may became scaly. Dyshidrosis could be treated with the steroid creams. ...Read more

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I had ctr 3wks ago and still can't use my hand, when the stitches were removed the top layer of skin hadn't healed properly now I have scar tissue?

I had ctr 3wks ago and still can't use my hand, when the stitches were removed the top layer of skin hadn't healed properly now I have scar tissue?

You need: Hand therapy (Occupational Therapy by specialists in hand problems. Ask your Hand Surgeon for a referral. Discuss the scar / function loss with the therapist and your surrgeon
Hope this helps!

Dr Z ...Read more

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Near the base of my penis shaft near pubic hair with hair there is a hard bump under 1cm. No pain and it appears to move with the top layer of skin.?

Near the base of my penis shaft near pubic hair with hair there is a hard bump under 1cm. No pain and it appears to move with the top layer of skin.?

Here are some...: What described most likely represents the occurrence of small sebaceous cyst or subcutaneous lipoma, both of which are harmless with no practical need for its removal, if needed for whatever the reason may be, can be done under local aneshesia as ambulatroy procedure. Of course, without a direct look & feel at it, it is still hard to give accurate Dx. So and more? Seek evaluation & counseling. ...Read more

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I fell off a horse yesterday and had extreme lower left back pain but no bruising and now the top layer of skin is numb so what is causing this numbness?

Nerve trauma: The numbness may be due to traumatic injury to the nerves that provide sensation to the skin, which arise from the spine. An X-ray would help exclude any traumatic fracture that may be affecting these nerves. Thankfully nerves do heal over time. ...Read more

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