An_243022, You must be scratching in your sleep. The best way to promote healing is to apply Bacitracin or Neosporin to the abrasions and cover with a band-aid. It softens the scabs and keeps you from continually scratching them off.View Thread
Grrenbeans3406, Off hand, it's hard to say why this is happening. If you eat a lot of carrots and other vegetables with beta carotene in them, you can develop yellow or orange discoloration. You can see this also in the creases in your palms. You don't say what age you are, but sun damage is another cause for yellowing of the skin. If the yellow discoloration was more widespread I would worry about jaundice from hepatitis or liver disease. But you would feel sick with this. If none of these sound right, try a skin brightener. There are many on the market, but an inexpensive one is Aveeno Positively Radiant.View Thread
Dear Brandywine_9, You'll probably be OK. You did the right thing applying the ice and hydrocortisone. If the spots are on your face, they have probably healed by now. The redness can take a few months to go away. Let us know if your home chemical peel worked on the spots! You're better off sticking with the Palmers in the future-it doesn't work fast, but it's safe. You may need to use it twice daily for 6 months. Good luck.View Thread
It's really odd for this to just start twisting like that in adulthood. It usually means that something has injured the growing part of the nail, called the matrix, which sits under the cuticle and on top of the bone at the end of the finger. If there is a university hospital near where you live, I would make an appointment in the dermatology clinic there. They probably have someone who specializes in nail problems. The only solution is a surgical procedure to re-orient the nail matrix, or to keep cutting the nails short before they become painful. I'm sorry that there's no easy answer. Let us know what happens.View Thread
An_242335, I'm glad you switched doctors, because your problem has nothing to do with hygiene. You have a condition called hidradenitis suppurativa, which is a problem with the sweat glands in the skin fold areas of the body. It causes cysts and blackheads in these areas. The cysts rupture and drain pus, and they smell because of the bacteria that grow in these areas. There are ways to treat this, but you have to consult with a dermatologist, because they are most used to this condition and will not accuse you of causing the problem!View Thread
Dear trent2008, There is no way that removing something can cause cancer. Are you sure that he didn't say he wouldn't remove it because it's not cancer? Sometimes the chest skin heals with scars that look worse than what is being removed, so he may not want to take it off. Please get a second opinion, because the first one sounds crazy.View Thread
Dear amt2177, It sounds like your blood vessels are very reactive to heat. You can try one of the products that is sold to reduce redness, like Aveeno Ultra-Calming Cream or Eucerin Redness Relief Lotion. Remember that hot and spicy foods and alcohol can also cause blood vessels to react and avoiding these may help. Unfortunately, beyond keeping cool, there's not a lot to do about this problem.View Thread
Dear generalhospitalfan1984, Try Aveeno Ultra-Calming products, which contain feverfew, or Eucerin Redness Relief, which contains an extract from licorice root. Otherwise, you have to have patience and/or use cover-up.View Thread
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