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What does skin biopsy reveal in lab tests?

Hi MeFi, I've asked about skin issues before sometime last year and I still haven't found what it could be. My dermatologist said that I have become immune/resistant to topical treatments (benzyl perox, clindamycin, clindamycin, erythromycin) and that he needed to take a sample and conduct a skin biopsy. On a first whim, he said I likely have 'Folliculitis' but he's not sure since my skin didn't respond to topical treatments. So today he did a skin sample and I'm just curious to what exactly do lab-results show when it comes to skin biopsy. Do they look for certain bacteria or do they get an overall result of what has been in my body as far as food, drugs, liquids go? All I really use 'recreationally' is marijuana through a vaporizer to treat my neck pain but this dermatologist is sorta ultra-conservative and a friend of the family so I'd hate have to explain stupid things to him should they even come up during the test results. TL;dr - Do Skin Biopsy lab results show drug use or just skin bacteria? Thanks everyone!
posted by bostonhill on Oct 21, 2014 - 6 answers

What are these facial nodules and how can I get rid of them?

What is the rough pebbly texture that has shown up on my face in the last couple years, and can it be treated? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Jun 12, 2014 - 15 answers

Adventures in the skin trade

I have a rash I have been dealing with unsuccessfully for the last four months, and need deciding how to proceed. General interest (well, if you're interested in rashes and bug bites and other matters dermatological), but people who know the Baltimore medical scene are particularly invited to read on. Red, blotchy snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by ubiquity on May 15, 2014 - 8 answers

What kind of skin treatment should I get?

I have good skin, but for the past 15 years I have had a single dime-sized discoloration on my cheek-- a faded red color but not itchy, scaly or raised. I think it is leftover from when I had an irritated dry patch there that I picked at when I was a teen. Anyway I'd like to do something about it, and my husband gave me a gift card to a medi-spa that offers a variety of different kinds of peels, microdermabrasion, etc. I'd like to know what type of treatment is best for helping get rid of this type of spot. Not interested in a long recovery time (a day or two is ok) or having to go back for multiple visits unless absolutely necessary. I'm overwhelmed by the options but would like to use this gift certificate towards a treatment that will minimize this discoloration, without having to consult a dermatologist first. (YANMD) thanks!
posted by egeanin on Dec 29, 2013 - 5 answers

Evidently, I'd rather have mangled cuticles than sticky hands.

I live in a cold, dry climate and have cold, dry hands. I dislike stopping work to apply lotion, because then I have to sit and wait for my hands to dry enough that I don't gunk up my laptop. A trivial problem for sure, but does anyone have any ideas for particular products or methods for moisturizing hands in a way that doesn't make them sticky and lotiony?
posted by fartbutt on Dec 10, 2013 - 35 answers

My hands and feet are peeling and I have no idea what to do about it.

My hands and feet are peeling, and I am at a loss for what to try, and my dermatologist can't see me for weeks. Halp! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 23, 2013 - 21 answers

Just had my allergy breakout (Hives) and my face looks like a map

I have never had an allergic reaction before so I don't know what to do. I just had hives that lasted for 2 weeks. I went to the doctor and they gave me some shots and it was gone in a day, but it came back the second week - I kept taking my meds so the hives are mostly gone now. Some spots were still kind of itchy but its mostly just dark marks on my face. I was wondering if anybody knows how to remove these dark spots on my face because I really feel uncomfortable looking at the mirror and seeing myself like I'm looking at a moon. [more inside]
posted by Johnkx on Sep 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me help my skin.

What is the best thing you've done to improve your skin? [more inside]
posted by Triumphant Muzak on Aug 5, 2013 - 34 answers

Help identify my skin issues, please? Picture included.

I've been getting open sores on my chest area that start as pimples for about five years. A few days ago, I got an especially bad one. Dermatologist says it's a "staph abscess", but I'm not so confident. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2013 - 14 answers

Is there any hope for smooth skin, post-depilation?

Brazilian wax has revealed unattractive skin issues. Is there anything that can be done to solve it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2013 - 10 answers

What's this red line on my thumb?

What's this red line on my thumb? (Picture inside, not gross) [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jul 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Does this acne treatment work?

Wondering if a specific acne treatment (Isolaz) is actually effective or not. [more inside]
posted by Funky Claude on Mar 8, 2012 - 3 answers

What the heck is this mark on my nose?

What the heck is this red (almost certainly inconsequential) mark on my nose? [more inside]
posted by his median eminence on Feb 1, 2012 - 9 answers

"A pox o' your throat, you bawling, blasphemous, incharitable dog!"

Dermatology Filter: what the eff is this rash/acne on my chest that won't go away!? What can I do? I can't afford to see someone unless important... is this important? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2012 - 28 answers

Block those rays

Recommend me a physical blocker sunblock that I can buy in Canada. [more inside]
posted by pised on Dec 28, 2011 - 4 answers

Era Acne Vulgaris

How do I handle hormonal acne as an adult, after going off birth control? [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Oct 14, 2011 - 23 answers

Looking for a miracle worker: Bay Area acne dermatologist recommendations?

Looking for a miracle worker: Bay Area acne dermatologist recommendations? [more inside]
posted by scazza on Jun 1, 2011 - 3 answers

Dermatology noob doesn't know where to start

Dermatology: Yay or Nay? [more inside]
posted by hubble on Mar 8, 2011 - 33 answers

Post-acne red spots

Post-acne red spots and discoloration - YANMD but do I have to see a dermatologist or is there another solution? Pic included [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2011 - 5 answers

Why is the outer layer of skin on my left index finger dying and peeling off every few months?

Why is the outer layer of skin on my left index finger dying and peeling off every few months? I understand you are not my doctor; I am not looking for medical advice. I'm just looking for similar experiences if anyone has them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2011 - 15 answers

See spots run?

What could be causing these tiny, red pinprick dots on my skin? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Aug 4, 2010 - 12 answers

benign neglect and mollusucm contagiosum

Please share your experiences dealing with Molluscum in small children. [more inside]
posted by otherwordlyglow on Jul 20, 2010 - 12 answers

Bash My Rash

YANAD or maybe your are. I have a mysterious rash / itchy thing going on. Add in that my wife is due with our second child in five days. Two nights ago I woke up several times during the night scratching my pubic area. That morning I put some hydrocortizone on it and thought that was that. Since then, I have been itching all over in random spots. [more inside]
posted by jasondigitized on Jul 7, 2010 - 12 answers

I have already diagnosed myself with smallpox and shingles

Small red spots on my skin: what is happening to me? [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Jul 3, 2010 - 12 answers

Why did my face turn purple?

What happened to my face? [more inside]
posted by rglass on Jun 30, 2010 - 5 answers

YANMDerm

You are not my dermatologist, but what are these and how do I treat them? As SFW as any close-up shots of skin can be. [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on May 2, 2010 - 14 answers

What is this growth on our kitten's elbow?

One of the kittens we're fostering has developed a weird hard nodule thing on one of his front elbows. What is it, is it bad, will he die? Pics and more inside. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme on Apr 1, 2010 - 20 answers

This is not the tattoo I would have chosen for myself.

What might cause a straight vertical skin discoloration from nostril to lip? [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on Dec 3, 2009 - 2 answers

Pink / Red little moles on chest?

What are the very deep pink (almost red) mole-like dots that often appear between the breasts? [more inside]
posted by ilovehistory on Sep 25, 2009 - 8 answers

Recommend a professional skin care brand?

What is your favorite professional skin care line? [more inside]
posted by pinkbungalow on Aug 2, 2009 - 25 answers

How can I change my diet to reduce acne?

Can you personally recommend a nutrition regimen that reduces acne breakouts? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on May 24, 2009 - 26 answers

Any good tinea versicolor remedies?

I've had tinea versicolor for a couple years now, treated with prescription ointment. The ointment doesn't seem to be working anymore, and I don't know what else to do. Please help an itchy lady. [more inside]
posted by LolaGeek on Apr 16, 2009 - 8 answers

What kind of doctor do I need?

I have a rash. I've been on two different courses of antibiotics and it keeps coming back. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by kpmcguire on Mar 19, 2009 - 16 answers

How I learned to stop worrying and love the Human Papillomavirus

Why does a healthy adult keep getting warts? How to prevent? How to cope? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 20, 2009 - 21 answers

Hand Rash

You are not my doctor: Rash on the back of my hand? [more inside]
posted by jckll on Jan 27, 2009 - 9 answers

How do I get rid of this blackhead on my back?

I have an old, large blackhead on my back that resists my attempts to remove it by squeezing (due to its position). I asked my dermatologist to remove it and he said "have your wife squeeze it out." He gave me no clue as to why he wouldn't do it. I was not about to ask my wife to do this yucky thing. OK, so who do you go to to get this done?
posted by Rad_Boy on Jan 7, 2009 - 31 answers

The heartbreak of... what?!

Over the past week, my skin has developed a number of flaky red spots. What could they possibly be? [more inside]
posted by arianell on Nov 11, 2008 - 15 answers

Pimple in sensitive area?

I have what seems like a flesh-colored pimple in a sensitive area. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2008 - 14 answers

Finger Cancer, most likely.

For the love of God, what is wrong with my finger? [more inside]
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur on Aug 20, 2008 - 17 answers

The Eyes Have It.

Why do diabetics intermittently get little swaths of redness at the outside corners of the eye? [more inside]
posted by BrotherCaine on Aug 11, 2008 - 10 answers

Seborrhea management tips?

Have any tips on successfully managing seborrhea? [more inside]
posted by MrVisible on May 18, 2008 - 13 answers

How to treat/prevent ingrown hairs

How does one treat, eliminate, and prevent ingrown hairs and red bumps from from hair waxing, especially in the pubic region? [more inside]
posted by oldlies on Apr 13, 2008 - 22 answers

What can they do with skin these days?

I'm trying to find a good, regularly updated source of dermatology info that doesn't focus on advertising, celebrities, human oddities, or simple skin care advice. [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Feb 11, 2008 - 3 answers

How to get rid of small bumps on forehead?

I seem to have a perpetual set of quite small, flesh-colored or slightly red, acne-like bumps on my forehead. These are not too obvious (though they show when I tilt my forehead in the light as imperfections in the skin), and don't look grotesque or anything. They are not pus-filled nor do they hurt when touched. How do I make them go away? Daily face-washing doesn't do much, and the one time I had a facial didn't really help either.
posted by Malad on Jan 16, 2008 - 12 answers

Who would pick up a hitchhiker with this thumb?

Gumshoe dermatologists: What is going on with my hand and what can I do to fix it? [more inside]
posted by mwachs on Dec 5, 2007 - 21 answers

And yes, I did just get a really bad pimple before a date.

Looking for an all-natural, skin-friendly acne treatment. [more inside]
posted by Elmo Oxygen on Oct 10, 2007 - 23 answers

Should I go see Dr. Zizmor, the most heavily advertised dermatologist in NYC?

I still have periodic acne breakouts at the age of 24, and now that I have health insurance I want to see a dermatologist. However, there's a million of them in NYC, and I don't have the time to shop around, so I'm considering going with NYC's most heavily advertised doctor, Dr. Zizmor. Is this a bad idea? Have you or anyone you know ever said, "Thanks, Dr. Zizmor?" [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit on Jun 20, 2007 - 21 answers

Should my puppy see a dermatologist?

The skin on my puppy's little pink belly seems to be turning blackish... [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Apr 13, 2007 - 24 answers

What cosmetic brands are *really* hypoallergenic?

My wife has fairly severe contact dermatitis on her face. She has tried several different types of "hypoallergenic" brands of makeup, including Almay and Neutrogena, but they all give her hives. Are any made-up MeFites familiar with brands/lines that will not cause her allergies to flare up? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Mar 23, 2007 - 32 answers

Scaly Red Facial Rash

Since childhood, I have had a facial rash - scaly red bumps in my nasolabial folds and on my chin. It never seems to get any better or any worse, and it doesn't appear on any other part of my body. What is it? [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n on Feb 28, 2007 - 11 answers

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