Dear An_246186, Some rashes in skin fold areas are fungal, so try an antifungal medication like clotrimazole or terbinafine for 2 weeks. If this doesn't work, you'll have to show it to a doctor.View Thread
Cheryl, No doctor is going to do surgery on you if you have an infection. There is a risk that the infection could go to your bloodstream if the area is operated on. But please go to the doctor. If you have an infection, you definitely need antibiotics.View Thread
Rodney, Didn't the doctor treat your partner? One week of antiviral medication, like Valtrex, would end the infection, the worry about contagion, the need for anyone else to get vaccinated, and the potential nerve damage that your partner could suffer with untreated shingles. Either ask his doctor about this, or have him see someone else!View Thread
mlee27, It really sounds like poison ivy or oak. Poison oak is most common in the south-east. Hopefully, your Mom has seen the doctor by now and gotten treatment. She needs to familiarize herself with the appearance of the plant (check out poison_ivy.com) so that she avoids it in the future. She shouldn't garden without gloves, and should put her clothes directly into the washing machine when she finishes gardening, and shower at once. In the future, there is a product called Super Ivy Dry that will help with the itching and to dry out the blisters. There are also products to put on the skin before potential exposure, one called Technu, to prevent the poison ivy rash.View Thread
Were you drinking any drinks with lime in them while you were on the beach? Lime sensitizes the skin to sunlight and causes a persistant redness which eventually becomes brown on the skin. If the juice drips on you while you're in the sun, you get a streak. Another possibility is jelly fish stings, which are usually painful, but do cause red streaks on the affected areas. If neither of these are possible, can you think of anything else that could have dripped down your leg? Let us know.View Thread
Dear Momhewitt, It sounds like you are developing cherry angiomas, which are small blood vessel growths. There is nothing to worry about. They do not indicate a disease, and in fact, are considered to be a cosmetic issue by the insurance companies, who will not pay for removal.View Thread
Dear bridgesandballoon07, It's very common to get clogged pores on the edges of the lips. Sometimes they look like blackheads, and sometimes they get red and inflamed. You might need to go for a medical facial at a dermatologist's office to have them removed. What you describe is not related to cold sores. Don't kiss someone when you have a cold sore-you will pass it on to them.View Thread
Dear crescent23, Accutane is not just for severe acne, it's also used for hard to treat acne. My inclination for someone like you is to treat a second time with Accutane (by the way, the brand Accutane is no longer available, but there are several generics available in place of it.) Please let us know what happens.View Thread
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