My left eyelid has been swollen for about a year. Last year I had my first bout of eczema (atopic dermatitis) that hit my left eyelid. I went to the doctor thinking it was an eye infection, and was prescribed a 2% hydrocortisone creme. That seemed to work, but I have been dealing with on-and-off eczema in various spots ever since. However my left eyelid later got infected, and I went to my dermatologist and got some antibiotics which took care of it-- but the swelling never fully went away. It's not active eczema, it's not infected... my dermatologist and opthamologist have no idea and no suggestions. It isn't red or painful or itchy, and I haven't noticed anything that makes it worse or better food-wise. I definitely notice it's swollen, I can feel it when my eye is open. It's also very apparent in the mirror and in photos. Any ideas on what this is or what to do about it? Or even what kind of doctor to see?
My five year old's palms feel rough when they're wet but normal when they're not wet. What gives?
It doesn't seem to be candida, mites, fleas, dry skin, or psychosomatic. I've lived in three different states, changing bedding and soaps as I go but it has followed me over the past year. [more inside]
I've been getting these blotchy raised patches around my mouth for about 6 years. I've shown photos of them to allergists, dermatologists, and specialists, and nobody can tell me what they are, though I've been treated for a host of things that don't quite seem to get rid of the blotches entirely. Today another one showed up and I got a clear photo of it. What is it? [more inside]
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!
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]
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]
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!
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?
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]
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]
What is the best thing you've done to improve your skin? [more inside]
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]
Brazilian wax has revealed unattractive skin issues. Is there anything that can be done to solve it? [more inside]
What's this red line on my thumb? (Picture inside, not gross) [more inside]
Wondering if a specific acne treatment (Isolaz) is actually effective or not. [more inside]
What the heck is this red (almost certainly inconsequential) mark on my nose? [more inside]
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]
Recommend me a physical blocker sunblock that I can buy in Canada. [more inside]
How do I handle hormonal acne as an adult, after going off birth control? [more inside]
Looking for a miracle worker: Bay Area acne dermatologist recommendations? [more inside]
Dermatology: Yay or Nay? [more inside]
Post-acne red spots and discoloration - YANMD but do I have to see a dermatologist or is there another solution? Pic included [more inside]
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]
What could be causing these tiny, red pinprick dots on my skin? [more inside]
Please share your experiences dealing with Molluscum in small children. [more inside]
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]
Small red spots on my skin: what is happening to me? [more inside]
What happened to my face? [more inside]
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]
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]
What might cause a straight vertical skin discoloration from nostril to lip? [more inside]
What are the very deep pink (almost red) mole-like dots that often appear between the breasts? [more inside]
What is your favorite professional skin care line? [more inside]
Can you personally recommend a nutrition regimen that reduces acne breakouts? [more inside]
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]
I have a rash. I've been on two different courses of antibiotics and it keeps coming back. What do I do? [more inside]
Why does a healthy adult keep getting warts? How to prevent? How to cope? [more inside]
You are not my doctor: Rash on the back of my hand? [more inside]
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?
Over the past week, my skin has developed a number of flaky red spots. What could they possibly be? [more inside]
I have what seems like a flesh-colored pimple in a sensitive area. [more inside]
Why do diabetics intermittently get little swaths of redness at the outside corners of the eye? [more inside]
How does one treat, eliminate, and prevent ingrown hairs and red bumps from from hair waxing, especially in the pubic region? [more inside]
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]
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.
Gumshoe dermatologists: What is going on with my hand and what can I do to fix it? [more inside]
Looking for an all-natural, skin-friendly acne treatment. [more inside]
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