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Why do I keep breaking out in dry patches during the winter months?

Why do I keep breaking out in dry patches during the winter months?

Cold air=dryness : You didn't say what part of your body is involved .But many of us (any age) are affected by dryness in the winter. The skin loses some of its protective barrier. Use mild soaps or cleansers..Frequent creams or ointments (preferably with no fragrance ) & after bathing. You should be successful controlling this problem. More severe dryness can be ezcema. For other tips see www.Nationalezcema.Org. ...Read more

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Why do the corners of my mouth often crack? dry air in the office, maybe? I keep myself hydrated, but do I need to use moisturizer for my skin?

Why do the corners of my mouth often crack? dry air in the office, maybe? I keep myself hydrated, but do I need to use moisturizer for my skin?

Well: Several things can cause this dry skin humidity or dryness of the air or vitamin deficiency. Vaseline type lubrication can help. Consult Healthtap or face-to-face primary care doctor for diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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What all can I do to keep my skin from drying out in the winter?

What all can I do to keep my skin from drying out in the winter?

Add moisture: 1. Use a soap which contains lotion. I like caress but dove also has a soap with lotion. Avoid harsh "deodorant" soaps. 2. Use lotion on the skin that has a spf of at least 15. 3. Hydrate well with water. ...Read more

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What can I do to keep my hands from drying, cracking and bleeding every winter besides the obvious of using lotion?

What can I do to keep my hands from drying, cracking and bleeding every winter besides the obvious of using lotion?

Limit the exposure: Besides the obvious limiting the exposure of your hands (through the use of gloves, or avoiding certain activities), and the lotions, there is not much more to prevent it. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Help. I wake up and my lips are swollen, dry, but have water blisters, this happens over and over again. All I do is put Vaseline on my lips?

Help. I wake up and my lips are swollen, dry, but have water blisters,  this happens over and over again. All I do is put Vaseline on my lips?

Blisters on the lips: You probably have herpes simplex (commonly called fever blisters). This is a self limiting condition but its resolution can be expedited by using acyclovir if it too annoying and discomforting. ...Read more

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I tend to get very dry hands midway through every fall and winter. Why is that?

I tend to get very dry hands midway through every fall and winter. Why is that?

Moisture: The skin of our hands is exposed to the weather, soaps, chemicals, and constant use. Dry skin is common and often responds to simple hand lotion applied throughout the day and after each washing. Wearing gloves at night may help reduce the loss of moisture while sleeping. ...Read more

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Over the last 6 days my hands have become extremely dry, scaley and cracking. Even after medicated moisture cream from doctors. What can I do? And why

Over the last 6 days my hands have become extremely dry, scaley and cracking. Even after medicated moisture cream from doctors. What can I do? And why

Probably fungus: If you have dry scale on skin and it is not improving with moisturizer cream, it could be a fungal infection. I would try a topical anti-fungal cream but you will have to use it daily for at least 2-3 weeks to completely get rid of the fungus. Your hands will improve fast but it takes longer to completely treat this condition ...Read more

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Why do I keep getting so cold i have to go stand in the hot shower til i stop shaking... Couple of hours later i break out in a sweat. ?

Why do I keep getting so cold i have to go stand in the hot shower til i stop shaking... Couple of hours later i break out in a sweat.  ?

Chills: This could be related to infection. Have you checked your temperature to see if you have a fever. Recommend that you do this. ...Read more

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Anything I can do to keep my eyebrow hair from falling out ? I keep my dermatitis under control but the hair still falls out they're weak

Anything I can do to keep my eyebrow hair from falling out ? I keep my dermatitis under control but the hair still falls out they're weak

How are you controll: How are you controlling your dermatitis? If you are using steroid cream, that should actually help with the growth of the eyebrows. But to help the eyebrow follicles to be stronger, I suggest to use Latisse (bimatoprost). You can use this product over your eyebrow, if you don't have any allergies to any Prostoglandins. ...Read more

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I've been breaking out in hives now almost everyday at least 4 times a week for the past 2 years. Also the tips of my fingers and lips get swollen, I notice this happen more towards the night but also during the day especially after working out. Should I

I've been breaking out in hives now almost everyday at least 4 times a week for the past 2 years. Also the tips of my fingers and lips get swollen, I notice this happen more towards the night but also during the day especially after working out. Should I

Rash : Hi Jen, Your body is in a inflammatory state causing urticaria or rash. In addition it appears your experiencing Raynaud's phenomenon which causes the blue hue of the finger tips, and especially during the cold. This is inflammation of the smaller blood vessels in the fingertips which leads to poor blood flow. I would suggest meeting up with a rheumatologist to further work up these symptoms! ...Read more

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I have clear blisters that develop on my fingers and around my ankles every time Spring transitions to summer. When summer comes, they fade away. What are these?

I have clear blisters that develop on my fingers and around my ankles every time Spring transitions to summer. When summer comes, they fade away. What are these?

Turn Turn Turn Byrds: So it seems that your dilemma is probably seasonal in nature. The seasonal nature of the blistering, likely means that your skin is coming in contact with something that is either introduced in the spring or is more heavily concentrated during that period. It could be that you may never find the cause. It may also be true that one day the phenomena will retire itself. ...Read more

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I seem to break out in hives whenever i come in contact with hot water what is this?

I seem to break out in hives whenever i come in contact with hot water what is this?

Thermal urticaria: It looks like a type of physical urticaria or more specifically heat induced urticaria. You might try to take otc antihistamine daily. ...Read more

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What is best to use to keep my hands from drying out from cold dry weather and cracking around my fingers?

What is best to use to keep my hands from drying out from cold dry weather and cracking around my fingers?

Lotion: Try putting lotion on after getting out of bath. Sometimes putting vaseline over the lotion can really help penetrate into the skin and keep moisture in the skin. ...Read more

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I have had temp-induced hives for 8 yrs. I take 4 xyzal/day to control. Now I often break out in tiny clear water blisters when my skin gets hot. Why?

See dermatologist: Looks like that you may have cholinergic urticaria which is benign and associated with the cooling down period after a rise in core body temperature. The blister type of lesions are not urticaria and may be serious if not treated promptly. See a dermatologist ASAP. ...Read more

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I have an allergy when I am exposed to unusually low temperature. How can I prevent the red, itchy things coming out from my skin? Any natural cure?

I have an allergy when I am exposed to unusually low temperature. How can I prevent the red, itchy things coming out from my skin? Any natural cure?

Cold hives: It sounds like you have cold urticaria (hives). The symptoms can usually be controlled with avoidance of cold exposure and antihistamines. See an allergist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Why do I keep breaking out in dry patches during the winter months?

Cold air=dryness : You didn't say what part of your body is involved .But many of us (any age) are affected by dryness in the winter. The skin loses some of its protective barrier. Use mild soaps or cleansers..Frequent creams or ointments (preferably with no fragrance ) & after bathing. You should be successful controlling this problem. More severe dryness can be ezcema. For other tips see www.Nationalezcema.Org. ...Read more

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The past month I've been breaking out like I never have before. A few weeks ago I had this dry dark patch of skin on my face and I noticed little pimp?

The past month I've been breaking out like I never have before. A few weeks ago I had this dry dark patch of skin on my face and I noticed little pimp?

Acne: Use clearasil wash twice a day with benzoyl peroxide. Get some clindamycin wipes from your doctor to use before bedtime and in the am. Use a benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin combination cream or gel that can be applied after the wipes before bed. Your face should clear up in a few weeks. You can also try proactiv. Minoxycline can also help. Most of these products are prescribed so get at pmd ...Read more

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I never used to break out but now I am breaking out on my cheeks what can I do?

I never used to break out but now I am breaking out on my cheeks what can I do?

See a dermatologist: You should see a dermatologist. If your acne is mild, he/she may recommend some over the counter medicine such as benzoyl peroxide cleanser. If it's moderate to severe, you he/she may prescribe an antibiotic or a retinoid creams. ...Read more

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I have begun breaking out where i get bug bites. The bites go away and then i break out. What could this be?

I have begun breaking out where i get bug bites. The bites go away and then i break out. What could this be?

Insect bite reaction: Insect bites, like those from mosquitos, can cause a delayed reaction taking hours to days to develop. This has to do with the time that it takes inflammatory cells to migrate into the area in response to insect derived chemicals. Sometimes redness and swelling may occur a day or more after. It is also possible that a secondary eczema may develop due to damage to the skin from scratching. ...Read more

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Ever since I started living in air conditioning, my skin has become dry and now it's getting oily and my face is breaking out. Help?

Moisturizer: The way AC works is to remove humidity from the air. Naturally, this leads to dry skin and increased oil production. Apply a moisturizer to your face twice a day to help reduce these symptoms. If they don't improve, see your doctor, as a prescription may be required. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What's a good way to cure dry skin without breaking out?

What's a good way to cure dry skin without breaking out?

Happy Skin: Skin is the major protection of our delicate internal tissues from a harsh environment, it is susceptible to injury itself. Sun, shaving and chemicals are very irritating as well as constant exposure to moisture reduces protective skin oils and sets the skin up for injury. The trick is to apply good protective skin cream frequently and minimize ongoing damage. Clean it often using gentle means. ...Read more

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I'm sick and i'm breaking out and having really dry skin. How do I treat this?

I'm sick and i'm breaking out and having really dry skin. How do I treat this?

Breaking out and dry: You should see a dermatologist. There are products available for people with dry skin and acne. You may also be using over the counter products on your face that is making it too dry. ...Read more

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My hair is thinning, my skin is breaking out and dry, and my lips are severely dry and chapped?

My hair is thinning, my skin is breaking out and dry, and my lips are severely dry and chapped?

You are getting : Younger my friend. These could be signs of thyroid disorder. , vitamin deficiency etc. Discuss with your dr regarding your symptoms! ...Read more

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I keep breaking out in hives on my face and chest but only during a certain time of day then they dissapear.This has occurred for the past 3 days. ?

I keep breaking out in hives on my face and chest but only  during a certain time of day then they dissapear.This has occurred for the past 3 days. ?

Usually not serious: Hives come from an over-reaction of immune system . Most of the time, they are mild, but cause isn't found ..It just runs it's course. Hives typically come &go. Keep taking an over the counter antihistamine(allegra, claritin, (loratadine) zyrtec) during the day &benadryl @ night if needed.Calamine can be soothing . If you have other symptoms(swelling of face, tongue; trouble breathing) see an allergist asap. ...Read more

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I have recently quit smoking using nicotine patches, and keep breaking out in cold sores? How do I prevent this?

Cold Sores: Cold sores generally occur when people are under stress - like trying to stop smoking. It may not be the patches that are causing the outbreaks as much as the stress of quitting. Your dentist or physician can prescribe medication to prevent/reduce the outbreaks and would be glad to help in your quest to stop smoking. ...Read more

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I keep breaking out with little itchy bumps in patches behind my legs arm joints and above my butt! help its makin me crazy!

I keep breaking out with little itchy bumps in patches behind my legs arm joints and above my butt! help its makin me crazy!

Eczema: Eczema is an inherited tendency toward dry skin and skin allergies. Eczema rash normally presents as dry, flaky white patches, but can also flare up and cause lesions that may turn red and raised. Eczema lesions are frequently found on the inside of the elbows and the backs of the knees. Treatment is with prescription cortisone and emollients. ...Read more

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Hi I'm a 24 yr old male and I been breaking out when ever my body get over heated or in the sun for to long I break with bumps all over my body and af?

Hi I'm a 24 yr old male and I been breaking out when ever my body get over heated or in the sun for to long I break with bumps all over my body and af?

Avoid the sun: Unfortunately you either have a bad case of heat rash or photosensitivity. The only thing to do is wear well-ventilated clothing (athletic quick dry moisture-wicking clothing is great) and avoid the sun. You might need to wear long sleeves even in summer, which I do. talk to your doctor for more information. You only need 20 minutes of sun a day for vitamin D, or take supplement. ...Read more

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Am i breaking out in shingles again only 6 days after my lesions dried up. I got new lesions today? I broke out in shingles aprox 2 weeks ago and my lesions dried up about 6 days ago. Then today i broke out in new lesions. Am i having another outbreak alr

Am i breaking out in shingles again only 6 days after my lesions dried up. I got new lesions today? I broke out in shingles aprox 2 weeks ago and my lesions dried up about 6 days ago. Then today i broke out in new lesions. Am i having another outbreak alr

Yes : Yes unfortunately you could be dealing with another outbreak, however uncommon in people less than 60 years of age. Regardless please call/visit your doctor. You may need IV Acyclovir or a strong steroid to reduce your pain and swelling if deemed necessary. Stress or weakened immune system can be a factor in recurrence. Please make sure you follow up with your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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On the last week of my first pack of Orsythia. During first two weeks on pill I was spotting and now I am breaking out. How long will this last?

On the last week of my first pack of Orsythia. During first two weeks on pill I was spotting and now I am breaking out. How long will this last?

Wait...: Give it time since in the first few weeks the hormonal contraceptives can cause side effects that eventually get better and your cycle normalizes. If after 1 or 2 more cycles symptoms are persistent talk to your GYN provider in order to consider another type of birth control. ...Read more

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I have been using quit smoking patches for a month. Just started the generic ones. Im breaking out in welts all over, can this be from the patches?

I have been using quit smoking patches for a month. Just started the generic ones. Im breaking out in welts all over, can this be from the patches?

Yes: Generic medications have the same active medical ingredient but often have differences in binders and fillers that help hold the pill/capsule/tablet together. In the case of patches, that includes the adhesive and the film itself maybe. It is possible that the new, generic patches have something you are reacting to. Take something like Claritin (loratadine) for the hives, or use Hydrocortisone to the welt. ...Read more

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