I wouldn't scrape at them or otherwise try to remove them. If they are keratoses, they'll return anyway and in the meantime you run the risk of infection by opening your skin that way. Skin tags are the same way. Best not to try to remove them yourself, but if you have some that are particulary bothersome, a dermatologist may be able to freeze them or excise them (I would think).View Thread
This is probably not the best board for this question. I'd recommend trying the Women's Health Community board or Menopause Community instead. There are at least two great experts over there who weigh in regularly on women's health issues.View Thread
I agree - ringworm. A primary doc can handle that just fine if that's easier for you; no need for a derm. Did that all come up at once or have you just been ignoring it, hoping you'd wake up one day and it'd magically be gone? View Thread
Another thing that works great for me - following the lead of a professional pedicure - is to give my feet a warm water/baking soda soak for 10-15 minutes followed by a scrub with a pumice block and abrasive foot SCRUB (especially on the heels) and then followed with a good foot cream and socks. Ahhhh...feels so good!View Thread
Are they waxy and smooth looking? If so, I'm thinking they might be keratoses. A derm could easily diagnose this for you. I am younger than you but have numerous keratoses appearing now in "sunny" spots (a few on my face but mostly on my shins and calves). They look like little drops of wax that you could scrape off. One of my derms calls them the "barnacles" of aging. They are annoying but harmless.View Thread
Hi. I posted this on the skin cancer board but then thought it might be more appropriate to post it here. How long should a good all-over skin check take by a dermatologist or P.A.? I have dozens of freckles, moles, and keratoses on my body (with new ones coming up all of the time it seems), so a few years ago I started getting an annual skin exam at the dermatologist's office. I've seen two different P.A.s there and with both of them it seems the exam is so cursory and quick that I wonder if it's even worthwhile. I would appreciate hearing from others on this board or especially from a professional in this field about what a good skin check should consist of. I may need to try another dermatologist's office, but I do like the practice and really have no idea if I'm getting a good exam there or not! Thanks...View Thread
When you do the skin check, do you use any sort of magnification (like when examining the face) or do you typically just go with the naked eye? When I examine my face carefully, I see a few questionable little spots (new ones), but I think the P.A. wouldn't notice them unless I point them out (which I will do at my next exam). I will ask if I can see one of the dermatologists this next time so I can compare the exams, too.
Thank you so much for sharing how you do the skin check and about how long it typically takes. It gives me an idea of "normal."View Thread