Dear Anon_141150, Cold sores start with several little blisters which then develop pus, and are usually very itchy and/or painful without being touched. It sounds like you have a pimple. They are common on the edges of the lips. Why don't you try some over the counter acne medicine containing benzoyl peroxide (for example, Clean and Clear) on it?View Thread
Dear Gismo2208, Make sure that you shave in or after the shower so that the hair is soft, try Aveeno shave gel, and if this doesn't work, try some over-the-counter 1% hydrocortisone for a week to the area. Hope this helps!View Thread
Dear Snoop25, I'm sorry to hear that you are losing your hair, but please don't lose your money too! Most of what you hear/read about is useless. I think that you have early male pattern baldness and the only two things that work (and not in everyone) are 2% minoxidil solution (Rogaine) and Propecia. Propecia is more effective, but also is expensive and requires a prescription. Taking 2500mcg of Biotin (a B vitamin, and a higher dose than you would find in a B complex vitamin) daily is good for hair health, but I don't think that it will help the cause of your hair loss. Remember that any remedy that you try has to be used for 6-12 months to judge whether it works.View Thread
Dear An-242630, Stop squeezing! You're going to cause an infection. It sounds like you had a cyst that ruptured. The contents of the cyst were the granular things, and the rest turned to pus. At this point, what you are feeling is healing tissue. It takes about a month for this to calm down. If you still feel a lump at that time, you may have some of the cyst left and may opt to have it surgically removed.(a minor procedure under local anesthesia in a doctor's office.)View Thread
Dear ManiRGS, Sometimes the fungus can be deep and more numerous in the hair follicle so a biopsy including a hair follicle can be positive when a scraping is negative. The ability to read a scraping also depends on the skill and experience of the doctor. Some doctors like to treat with pills and some with creams. I tend to use pills if the fungus is very widespread, and creams if it's localized. You don't have to take pills if you don't want to. Some people get better using Head and Shoulders or Selsun Shampoo to wash their bodies for 2 weeks. If it doesn't work, call your doctor and tell him that you want to be treated with cream. I hope this helps.View Thread
Tanya, This type of reaction is usually an allergic reaction to a food or medication, not to something applied externally to the skin. Sometimes I also see it as a stress reaction. If none of this applies, and you're not getting better with an antihistamine, go see a dermatologist or an allergist.View Thread
Dear An_242442, Congratulations on doing everything right! If you have no pain and no more drainage, then the boils are probably finished. The softness may be because when a boil or cyst drains, there is empty space where the pus originally was. My concern is that if the pain and/or drainage resumes, it could indicate infection with MRSA, and that does require antibiotics. So if your symptoms come back, go to a new doctor and insist on a bacterial culture.View Thread
Dear bobbymccann, It sounds like you are having hives. Since they happen at such a specific time I wonder if you could be reacting to something you ate at dinner or something in the bedroom, like dust mites. Even though you haven't changed anything, you can always become allergic to something that you've always been exposed to. Do you take any medications or vitamins at bedtime? If not, I would start by buying mite proof mattress covers and pillow cases, and take the Benedryl before bedtime for a week or two to see if it goes away. If not, consult with a dermatologist or an allergist.View Thread
Dear marty164, There are lots of causes of itchy red bumps, including poison ivy and bug bites. Try some 1% hydrocortisone on them for a week (twice daily) and if they don't get better, see a dermatologist.View Thread
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