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What are hives and how do they look like?

What are hives and how do they look like?

See Below: Hives are raised reddish ithcy spots that appear more red on the edges and more pale in the center. They can occur anywhere on the body and one individual spot does not normally last for more than 24 hours. See picture. ...Read more

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster) (Definition)

A painful blistering skin rash caused by the chickenpox virus (varicella zoster). Early treatment with antiviral medication (within 72 hours) lowers the risk of post-herpetic neuralgia, which is lingering skin pain after the rash disappears. ...Read more


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What are bed sores and what do they really look like?

What are bed sores and what do they really look like?

See Below: Bed sores are caused by prolonged pressure on the skin . . . Usually over bony prominences such as hips or shoulder blades. They can be common in people that are wheelchair or bed bound and are unable to change position frequently. Early bed sores may look like only mild skin redness. This can progress to pain, ulceration, infection, and even involvement of the underlying muscle or bone. ...Read more

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What do warts look like when they are dying?

What do warts look like when they are dying?

gets smaller: And disappear , in most of the time ( 90% of time ) due to the development of immunity ant where , couple of months to 2 tears ...Read more

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I have these round red marks showing up on my legs and arms. They don't hurt and they look like a cigarette burn. Do you know what they are and or what causes them?

I have these round red marks showing up on my legs and arms.  They don't hurt and they look like a cigarette burn. Do you know what they are and or what causes them?

That : That sounds like an infectious or allergic cause. Certain infections such as ringworm can cause round marks. Also some allergic reactions can cause round lesions with clear centers. Please have this rash immediately evaluated. If you develop increased rash, fever, vomiting, shortness of breath, or change in rash then you must be seen as an emergency. ...Read more

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I have these smaller red bumps on my lower butt and am not sure what they are. They are spread out and do not itch. Do you know what they are?

I have these smaller red bumps on my lower butt and am not sure what they are. They are spread out and do not itch. Do you know what they are?

Keratosis pilaris?: They might be kp, which is plugging of the tiny blonde hair follicles. This happens to people on the backs of their upper arms, their buttocks, sometimes the fronts of their thighs. Kp is harmless, but if you want to try to improve the lookand feel, try cerave sa lotion (available at drugstores) twice a day. ...Read more

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What are bed bugs and what do they look like? Do they make you itch can you see them?

What are bed bugs and what do they look like? Do they make you itch can you see them?

Cimex lectularius : Or the bed bug is a parasite that is nocturnal. It hides in crevaces during the day. At night it is attracted to the carbon dioxide that humans exhale as well the warmth emitted by our bodies. It comes out to feed on our blood. You normally don't see a bed bug (they are nocturnal). The adult is 1/4th inch long & flat. Don't expect to “see” the eggs either. They are is small crevices, translucent. ...Read more

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How to tell if these are insect bites? What do they generally look like?

How to tell if these are insect bites? What do they generally look like?

Swellin and red area: A sign of bite may be seen. The area around it may be circular, diffusely red and swollen. ...Read more

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Std sores- what do they look like? And where can they appear?

Std sores- what do they look like? And where can they appear?

need more info: There are many stds and several different types of stds present with sores of different appearances and associated symptoms. I need more info about which std or what the sore looks like. ...Read more

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What do warts look like when they start?

What do warts look like when they start?

The presenting : Lesion for all viruses is a vesicle, a small pimple-like lesion filled with clear fluid. From that, warts tend to get thick and calloused, you stop seeing skin lines through the center of it ("fingerprint lines"), and start seeing tiny black dots, which are thrombosed capillaries because viruses need your blood to live (unlike bacteria), so they build a network of blood vessels around themselves. ...Read more

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I have these bumps on the shaft of my penis and i don't know what they are they look like goosebumps they don't cause any pain and they don't grow...?

I have these bumps on the shaft of my penis and i don't know what they are they look like goosebumps they don't cause any pain and they don't grow...?

Probably normal: There are many benign skin conditions observed on the penis that usually do not require any treatment. If it is bothering you, please see a dermatologist or an urologist to get a diagnosis and further advice. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What parasites can you get from animals and what do they look like?

What parasites can you get from animals and what do they look like?

Hookworm: And they can crawl under your skin and then it looks like raised bumps that itch. Trhichinosis from undercooked pork or wild meat and that can make you very sick with diarrhea just like you can get cryptosporidium from the same things and get diarrhea. You rarely get parasites from pets and good handwashing will stop it anyway. ...Read more

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What are the parts of my vagina and where are they and how do they look? I have no idea. Tell me

What are the parts of my  vagina and where are they and how do they look? I have no idea. Tell me

Handheld mirror: Take a look using a handheld mirror. The external portion of your genitals is called the vulva and it consists of outer lips (labia majora), inner lips (labia minora), the clitoris, the urethra and the entrance to the vagina. The vagina is the tube that connects the vulva to the uterine cervix. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are really tiny little spots or dimples on your penis are they common?

Could you tell me what are really tiny little spots or dimples on your penis are they common?

Normal: Most likely, they are normal variations of the skin. Just like the skin on the rest of your body, there are various oil and sweat glands, hair follicles, etc. That can appear as little spots or dimples. ...Read more

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What does ringworm look like and are any at home treatments?

What does ringworm look like and are any at home treatments?

Red ring, clear middle: Ringworm rash is slightly raised, red ring with normal looking skin in the middle. It may be slightly itchy or not itchy at all. Home treatments? Tea tree oil, athlete's foot cream [clotrimazole, miconazole, lotrimin, terbinafine, tolnaftate]. Keep it covered. Don't share your clothing, towels, hairbrushes or other personal items. If it spreads or doesn't get better after 4 weeks, then see your doc. ...Read more

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What do tounge tumors look look and why do we get them?

What do tounge tumors look look and why do we get them?

Unknown causes: Tongue tumors are ugly looking growths that are usually painless, but can be ulcerated. The known causative factors include smoking, chewing tobacco and alcohol use. ...Read more

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I have these small really itchy bumps on the bottom of a foot. I need to know what they are and what I can do to treat them. ?

I have these small really itchy bumps on the bottom of a foot. I need to know what they are and what I can do to treat them. ?

Contact allergy?: You may be allergic to one of the ingredients in your shoes. Consult an allergist or dermatologist to find out which ingredient is the problem so that you can purchase shoes without that ingredient. In the meanwhile , consider a sole insert to see it it helps. Topical hydrocortisone may be tried to control the rash but avoidance is the ultimate answer. ...Read more

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Herpes Zoster (Definition)

Shingles (herpes zoster) is a painful, blistering skin rash due to the varicella-zoster virus, the ...Read more