Kp Skin Disorder

To answer this question one has to understand what the term "natural" implies. Natural implies that the skin care product contains ingredients extracted from plants, earth, sea or animals. Examples would be essential oils extracted from botanicals, minerals such as mica, and zinc oxide which are found in mineral makeup, marine ingredients such as seaweed, or sea salt, or oils and other animal byproducts such as Emu oil which is made from the fat of an Emu bird.

Unfortunately, the term" natural" is not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) and thus the term "natural" is often used very loosely in labeling and extensively in marketing ploys by the skin care industry. Additionally, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not define the term natural or organic. In fact the USFDA does not approve cosmetics before going to the market. The responsibility of the safety of the cosmetic lies with the manufacturer. Except for color additives and those ingredients which are prohibited or restricted by regulation, the manufacturer may use any ingredient in a cosmetic provided that they are safe and properly labeled and can coin numerous terms when marketing the cosmetic that may or may not be true. You can read more about the regulation of cosmetics at the Food and Drug Administration website.

If you are considering purchasing natural skin care products consider these tips:

Read the label - many skin care companies use the term "Natural" when in reality many products contain less than 1% of a natural ingredient such as aloe Vera, or other essential oils as an example. The most prevalent ingredient will be listed at the top of the ingredient list and the least amount of an ingredient will be listed at the bottom. Therefore if you are buying an aloe Vera gel and aloe Vera is not listed at the top of the ingredient list, you are more than likely buying a gel containing an enormous amount of synthetic ingredients versus the natural ingredient of aloe Vera.

Question the product - Is there scientific proof or clinical testing that can substantiate the product claims? Are you paying more because the product is labeled natural skin care? Is it really natural?

For those with sensitive skin it is best to avoid skin care product with fragrances, alcohol, FD and C colors, mineral oil and formaldehyde, however, mineral oil is in almost all skin care products and the more you use it the drier your skin becomes. Unfortunately many women continue to have irritated, dry, scaly, itchy or blotchy skin and jump from one chemical cosmetic to another trying to find the cure.

In short, always read the label on your skin care products and do a skin patch test to avoid topical dermatitis or an allergic reaction. Of all the chemicals used in cosmetics, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health has reported that nearly 900 are toxic - although other groups attack that figure as being far too conservative. Again, understanding the ingredients in your skin care products will provide a great advantage when shopping for a new lotion or cream.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to get rid of Keratosis Pilaris?
    So i know its a is a common skin disorder, typified by “chicken skin” bumps on upper arms, thighs, torso, buttocks and occasionally the cheeks. Excess skin forms around individual hair follicles, creating the characteristic minute, rough, grater-like bumps, but is there something you can do about it? Its really nasty and embarrassing!

    • ANSWER:
      get a product called KP Duty by DermaDoctor
      http://www.dermadoctor.com/

  2. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of Chicken Skin on arms and legs?
    I'm 15 years old, a girl, and I've had chicken skin for all of my life. It's only on my legs and arms, and it's really unattractive. I don't wear shorts or short sleeves because it's so embarrassing for me. I can't afford to go to a dermatologist, so what can I do at home? I've tried many lotions, and they never work. Any creams or anything that I can try?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      What is sometimes referred to as Chicken Skin is actually a condition known as Keratosis Pilaris. (KP) It is a chronic skin condition periodically becoming worse and/or better.
      Although KP is a skin disorder that cannot be cured, it can be made less noticeable. It is hereditary, and the severity varies from person to person.
      - http://www.medicinenet.com/keratosis_pil…
      - http://www.helpforkp.com/

      Treatment options for keratosis pilaris focus on exfoliating or softening the skin to reduce keratin clogged pores. Most commonly, lotions that contain 2% lactic acid or salicylic acid will help to break down the keratin plugs over time.
      - http://www.skintreatmentcream.com/kp-tre…
      - http://www.keratosispilaristreatments.co…

      An important first treatment step is to use a gentle cleansing agent with light abrasive properties, (often termed "scrub"), but one that keeps moisture such as an exfoliant for sensitive skin.
      Check out this site for some great, inexpensive, homemade exfoliants you can try;
      - http://www.skinway.com/skincare_articles…

      The goal is to clean and open the pores of the skin without over drying. Other measures to avoid excessive dryness include taking lukewarm, brief showers (Hot water tends to dry out the skin) and using a humidifier, particularly during the winter months when low humidity dries out the skin.

      Make sure to be drinking more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out. As well, drinking water helps to wash out the toxins in the body.

      I would also suggest you increase your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you're not allergic)
      Ground Fennel seeds and Flax seeds, as well as Flax seed Oil supplements (omega 3’s) also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
      Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.

      You could try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.
      http://www.healthy-skincare.com/vitamin-…

      Hope this helps!

  3. QUESTION:
    Any anti-depressants that help with psoriasis and other skin conditions such as KP?
    I have seen in some reports that some anti-depressant medication helps with skin disorders.
    Does anyone know which specific medication?

    Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      ive never heard of that before. try citalopram

  4. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of keratosis pelariis!?!?
    I've had KP my whole life I'm 14 And I have these bumps and acne on my upper arms and I'm afraid to wear tank tops outside. I know it's a hereditary skin disorder but I'm wondering if there's a treAtment, cure, ect. Pleazzzzzz help

    • ANSWER:
      I've tried lots of things personally, and none of them really work. I've tried prescription lotion even, per bottle with insurance did nothing. The best thing I have found (with doctors advise) is bathing in a hot bath at night and getting some sun on my arms. When it's summer time and I have a little tan the bumps go away pretty well. One last thing that works ok for me is Miracle II soap and lotion. You have to find that at a health food store or on the web. I used it for the first time this winter, and my bumps have been a lot less than past years. I hope you find a combo that works for you, and don't dispare cause my doctor said sometimes it goes away as we get older! Good luck!

  5. QUESTION:
    How do you treat Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have the condition KP (chicken skin) on my legs, upper arms and on the sides of my face. It's a condition where you get bumpy skin but is not itchy or irritated. Also wondering if I got it from the sun because it stops at my ankles and upper thigh. How do I get rid of it? Is there a type of cream or something? Please suggest products! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

      1. How to prevent Sunburn* & scope for consequential skin cancer, Melanoma, etc: Expose Ur body and or the affected parts within 90 minutes from sunrise & within 60 minutes before sunset. Timely exposure of body ensures safe and sufficient production of Vitamin D by Ur body. During strong winds, no exposure to sunlight, please. Any extra exposure shall be @ Ur own risk for skin cancer/melanoma

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  6. QUESTION:
    How do you make the skin on your arms smoother?
    My upper arms seem normal, but they feel as though little itte-bitte pimples are covering the surface. How do you clear the skin and make it smoother?

    • ANSWER:
      i think i know what you're talking about. i have the same thing. it's little bumps, and they don't hurt, but they're sometimes dry and almost always annoying.

      Keratosis pilaris (KP, also follicular keratosis) is a very common genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin, hence referred to as chicken skin. It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (though the lower arms can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks, or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet). Less commonly, lesions appear on the face, which may be mistaken for acne.

      Classification
      Worldwide, KP affects an estimated 40% of the adult population and approximately 50%-80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men.

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris, including keratosis pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), rubra faciei (reddish rash on the cheeks), and related disorders.

      Symptoms and signs
      Keratosis pilaris occurs when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore. This causes the formation of hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). The painless bumps are skin-colored, although they can become red and inflamed at times. Usually many plugs form in an area, causing patches of rough, bumpy skin. This gives the skin a sandpaper or goose flesh appearance. This may be more severe in the winter or times of low humidity, which causes the skin to become dry. It will eventually resolve on its own.

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin's "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. The hair, then, grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated. The hair can be removed, much like an ingrown hair, though removal can lead to scarring.

      Keratosis pilaris may be hereditary. It is present in babies and continues into adulthood, but is uncommon in elderly people. It is most obvious during the teenage years. KP is prevalent in those who are overweight, or have atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis, or descend from Celtic backgrounds. Keratosis pilaris occurs in otherwise healthy people.

      Treatment
      There is no cure for Keratosis pilaris, but treatment is available. One option is to use a loofa to remove the dead, dry skin. Another option is to use a dermotologist-prescribed cream or lotion that should be applied daily. The best lotions for this condition would have urea, 15% alphahydroxy acids, or Retin A in them. Over-the-counter lotions work as well and should be applied after showering, as well as several times a day. The lotions are often soothing and can help improve the appearance of the skin. Dermotologists also recommend mild peeling agents, or alpha hydroxy acids, that may open up the plugged follicles. Antibiotics may also help in some cases where the bumps are red and badly inflamed. To temporarily reduce redness but not roughness, pulse dye laser treatment or intense pulsed light (IPL) can be done.

      Although it may clear up with treatment, reccurance of KP is very likely. Therefore, treatment should be continued regularly. It may take several months to years for the condition to completely clear up.

      A dermotologist or physician can usually diagnose a patient for Keratosis pilaris by visually inspecting the patient's skin.

  7. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid permanently of red dry bumpy skin?
    ever since i was little i have had this type of skin on the sides of my face, all over my arms, and some parts of my chest and i want it gone. ive tried everything, can someone plz recommend something to make it go away

    • ANSWER:
      You might have Keratosis Pilaris.

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris:
      1. Keratosis pilaris rubra: red, inflamed bumps
      2. Keratosis pilaris Alba: rough, white, bumpy skin
      3. Keratosis pilaris rubra faceii: reddish rash over the cheeks

      There is currently no known cure for keratosis pilaris. However, there are effective treatments available that make its symptoms less apparent. The condition often improves with age and can even disappear completely in adulthood, though some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life. Most of the available treatments are purely symptomatic; the one thing they all have in common is need for repetition and ongoing commitment. Some seeking treatment with the disorder may be prescribed Tretinoin or Triamcinolone cream, often by request.

      Triamcinolone, most commonly sold under the trade name Aristocort, is a synthetic corticosteroid medically approved as an anti-inflammatory agent in the treatment of eczema, which also reduces the amount of keratin in pores. It may be of most help to those with keratosis pilaris by reducing red, inflamed bumps. Triamcinolone is typically applied three times a day.

      Tretinoin, most commonly sold under the trade name Retin-A, is a topical retinoid medically approved in the treatment of acne. This medicine works by causing the outer layer of the skin to grow more rapidly, which decreases the amount of the protein keratin in the skin. As a result, the surface layer of the skin becomes thinner and pores are less likely to become blocked, reducing the occurrence of symptoms related to acne. As keratosis pilaris is manifested through excess keratin in the skin, Tretinoin forms a more effective and core approach to treatment than Triamcinolone, which forms a largely symptomatic approach. Tretinoin is typically applied once a day before bed.

      An alternative treatment is Adapalene, a retinoid medication that is a more stable compound, is less sunlight-sensitive, has fewer general side-effects, and may be just as effective as Retin-A. Treatment of KP with Adapalene would be considered an "off-label" use of the medication.

      As with Triamcinolone, Tretinoin or any other treatment, once therapy is discontinued, the condition reverts to its original state. However, skin treated with Tretinoin may take several weeks or more to revert to its pre-treatment condition, but may, at the same time, take several weeks or more to show optimal results, with the condition commonly worsening initially, as underlying keratin is brought to the surface of the skin. Tretinoin is considerably more expensive and dispensed in smaller quantities than Triamcinolone and other treatments. Although it may be the most effective treatment for keratosis pilaris, it is not considered the first line of treatment.

      Keratosis pilaris has not been clinically researched for treatment in an unbiased manner, with all claims of success or improvement being purely marketed or anecdotal. The condition is often dismissed outright by practitioners as being presently untreatable, giving mere moisturizing suggestions or reassurance that the condition will improve or cease with age, typically after 30. General practitioners are often unable to identify the condition. Ignorance, accompanied with the price, availability, quantity dispensed, time taken for optimal results to be achieved, more serious side-effects, adverse reactions, and worsening of the condition in the initial treatment phase - coupled with the cheaper, safer, and easier availability of other treatments - has hindered Tretinoin from showing its potential in the treatment of this condition.

      exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, creams, and lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids and urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin.

      Beta hydroxy acids may help improve the appearance and texture of the afflicted skin. Milk baths may provide some cosmetic improvement due to their containing lactic acid, a natural alpha hydroxy acid in milk. Sunlight may be helpful in moderation. Coconut oil may also be helpful if applied to afflicted areas while in the shower. Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden, and, in many cases, will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring. Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing, such as tight-fitting jeans, is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

  8. QUESTION:
    My medicine is drying my skin out terribly?
    I have Keratosis Pilaris (a skin disorder), so I went to my dermatologist to see if he could help me. He gave me some cream for it, and it helps with the KP, but it dries my skin out terribly. Like imagine dry skin x100. Lotion is a bit harsh for my skin, because the skin on my face is extremely sensitive, and I don't know if using lotion will mess with the medicine. Will the dry skin get better, or what can I use that will help?

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    What are the bumps on my skin that look like goose bumps?
    they're on my arms and tummy and they look like little white bumps (not red) and they wont go away. they're not spread out they are in groups and are small. i want to get rid of them but idk how. does anybody know what they are and how to get rid of them?plz help.

    • ANSWER:
      ?Keratosis pilaris...
      Keratosis pilaris (KP) describes a group of disorders.1 It is a very common condition in which there is hyperkeratosis around hair follicles. KP is often described in association with other dry skin conditions. the bumps can be white, pinkish brown or red.
      Treatment
      * Avoid excessive dryness of the skin but emollients and moisturisers are of limited value. That is not to say that they have no value.
      * Creams with salicylic acid, lactic acid or urea may be of value.
      * Expensive cosmetic or vitamin creams are not helpful.
      * An abrasive pad may be helpful.
      * Take tepid showers rather than hot baths.

  10. QUESTION:
    I have red dots on my arms and legs. Do I have a skin disease?
    I have these little red dots on my arms and legs all over. It isn't chicken pox or anything, it doesn't itch. Sometimes it isn't that bad, but when i get uncomfortable or nervous it gets really bad. I've had it most of my life, but these past couple of years it has gotten worse. So do I have some kind of a skin disease, and if I do, can I treat it or get rid of it somehow?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be Keratosis Pilaris, it's a hereditary skin disorder that a lot of people have. I have it, and it sucks because there is no cure. Fortunately for some, though, it can improve with age. It is the most prominent during adolescence and during the teen years, but for some it starts to clear up a little later on.(some have said that when they entered their mid twenties they noticed that it was less noticeable) There is some really useful information about it on this site that can help you determine whether or not that is the problem:
      http://www.helpforkp.com/

      You can find some info and the symptoms here:
      http://www.helpforkp.com/keratosis_pilaris_about_kp.html

      And pictures in case you want to compare:
      http://www.helpforkp.com/keratosis_pilaris_pictures.html

      If you do have it one thing you can do is try to moisturize it with lotion (it helps) One really good moisturizer is Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair Cream. Don't try to physically exfoliate the skin with things like lofa sponges. Those can be too abrasive and can make it worse. The Eucerin lotion I mentioned has things in it that exfoliates the skin for you, which will give you good results.

      If it's not Keratosis Pilaris, thank your lucky stars and be sure to see a dermatologist to see what the problem is and what you can do about it. I had a doctor tell me I was ZINC deficient, but even after taking Zinc for 6 months there was very little improvement. It's actually better in the summer time. In the winter there is less moisture in the air and dryness can make Keratosis Pilaris look worse (which is why moisturizing the skin is a good idea, it’s better to put lotions and creams on right after a shower)

      Good luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    What is the name of injection to prevent chilblains?
    Hello
    I am suffering from chilblains. My fingers are getting red , swollen. And it is itched too much at night. I tried to put my legs into hot water with some salt and another items but its still the same. Even at that time itched are not bearable. I heard so many people that there is some injection to prevent this, but don't know the name, If anybody knows please let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      Safer than injections. You can, not only prevent, but also have permanent cure.

      1.Chilblain— Inflammation of the skin over the toes or some portion of the feet, the hand or ears, caused by sudden alternations of temperature. The skin becomes red in patches, slightly swollen and there is much irritation and itching, specially in the evening. NS 3x alone, failing which mixture of CP 3x or 12x, FP 12x, KM 3x, KP 3x, NM 3x, NS 3x and S 12x both internally and locally mixed with vaseline, failing which mixture of CS 3x, KS 3x and NP 3x.

      •Dosage*: 2 grains t.d.s.
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  12. QUESTION:
    Why do I have little bumps on my arm, between my elbow and my shoulder and how do I get rid of them?
    They are small un-noticeable (except to touch) bumps on my arm where the biceps are. They usually feel softer when I put moisturiser on them, except this does not get rid of them. How do I get rid of them completely?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe that you are talking about Keratosis pilaris and as far as I know its genetic. Here's what I found on the internet. Hope it answers your question:

      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a very common genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin and hence colloquially referred to as "chicken skin". It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (though the lower arms can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet). Less commonly, lesions appear on the face and may be mistaken for acne.

      Worldwide, KP affects an estimated 40 to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50 to 80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men. Varying in degree, cases of KP can range from minimal to severe.[citation needed]

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris, including keratosis pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), rubra faceii (reddish rash on the cheeks) and related disorders.

      Many people with keratosis pilaris do not know they have it (if the condition is mild). While KP resembles goose bumps, it is characterized by the appearance of small rough bumps on the skin. As a result, it is often confused with acne.

      Keratosis pilaris occurs as excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin, accumulates within the hair follicles forming hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). Bearing only cosmetic consequence, the condition most often appears as a proliferation of tiny hard bumps that are seldom sore or itchy. Though people with keratosis pilaris experience this condition year round, it’s during the colder months when moisture levels in the air are lower that the problem can become exacerbated and the “goose bumps” are apt to look and feel more pronounced in color and texture.

      [edit] Treatment

      There is currently no known cure for keratosis pilaris, however, there are effective treatments available which make its symptoms less apparent. The condition often improves with age and can even disappear completely in adulthood, though some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life. Treatments are largely symptomatic and must be repeated. Regardless, exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, Retin A and medicated lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids or urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin. Milk baths may provide some cosmetic improvement due to the lactic acid — a natural alpha hydroxy acid in milk. Sunlight may also be helpful but increases risk of skin cancer. Small amounts of vitamin A can be used orally but only with exteme caution due to potential for liver damage. Check with a Dermatologist or Family Doctor before taking extra vitamin A due to the vitamins' potential toxic effects.

      Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden (if they do not already appear red), and in many cases will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring. Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can also help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing (such as tight fitting jeans) is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. Instead, the hair grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated, and can be removed, much like an ingrown hair, though can lead to scarring.

      Food allergies may also exacerbate the condition, causing hyper-keratosis pilaris, gluten being a common culprit (source: physician's (MD) oral presentation).

  13. QUESTION:
    There should be a cure for Keratosis Pilaris by now?
    You would think that if 40% of the WORLD population, about 2.4 BILLION people, have KP, that's a good enough reason to research a cure for it am I right? Come on, it's not like we're trying to cure cancer here, KP is just a skin disorder...

    • ANSWER:
      I have found a cure that works for me!! Other people need to try it to see if it works for other people too... I've been applying pure coconut oil for a few days (the stuff you eat) and my arms are completely smooth for the first time EVER!!! So excited

  14. QUESTION:
    How to treat my keratosis pilaris?
    I've had this condition for a very long time. It is located on my arms, above the elbows. I never really cared about them, but I'm just so sick of them and want to treat it. I know it's not curable but I just need some kind of home treatment to lessen it. It is so unflattering when I wear strappy dresses or tank tops, and with spring coming up and all. Plus I always scratch them when I'm stressed and pick at them, which isn't good, because now there is scarring to go along with the bumps.

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a chronic skin condition periodically becoming worse and/or better.
      You're right that KP is a skin disorder that cannot be cured, although it can be made less noticeable. It is hereditary, and the severity varies from person to person.

      Treatment options for keratosis pilaris focus on exfoliating or softening the skin to reduce keratin clogged pores. Most commonly, lotions that contain 2% lactic acid or salicylic acid will help to break down the keratin plugs over time.
      - http://www.skintreatmentcream.com/kp-tre…
      - http://www.keratosispilaristreatments.co…

      An important first treatment step is to use a gentle cleansing agent with light abrasive properties, (often termed "scrub"), but one that keeps moisture in, such as an exfoliant for sensitive skin.
      Check out this site for some great, inexpensive, homemade exfoliants you can try anywhere on your body;
      - http://www.skinway.com/

      Do not scrub the affected areas too harshly. It's not the amount of pressure you apply to the area that matters, as much as it's the consistency of gently exfoliating those affected areas daily. Also, you would not want to bruise your sensitive skin.

      The goal is to clean and open the pores of the skin without over drying. Other measures to avoid excessive dryness include taking lukewarm, brief showers (Hot water tends to dry out the skin) and using a humidifier, particularly during the winter months when the lower humidity tends to dry out the skin.

      Vaseline and other such petroleum-based products are NOT generally recommended as a moisturizer, because petroleum-based products actually suffocate the skin. Skin needs to breathe to heal. As well, if there's any bacteria on your skin when the Vaseline is applied, it makes a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria to grow.

      The moisturizers you've mentioned are good. You could also add olive oil to that list. Olive oil is a natural oil that will help moisturze but will not clog your pores.

      Make sure to be drinking more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out. As well, drinking water helps to wash out the toxins in the body.

      I would also suggest you increase your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you're not allergic)
      Ground Fennel seeds and Flax seeds, as well as Flax seed Oil supplements (omega 3’s) also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
      Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.

      You could try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.
      http://www.healthy-skincare.com/vitamin-…

      Check out the sites below for more information....

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I fix these appearance downfalls?
    I have all these little random bumps on my thighs are the top of my arms and I need to make them go away but I have no idea what they are! I've had them for years. You can't really see them but you can feel them. Does anyone know what they could be? Theyre really little. And they NEED to go away soon! Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Here you go...

      Keratosis Pilaris
      Keratosis pilaris (commonly called KP) appears as "chicken skin bumps" on the skin. These bumps usually appear on the upper arms and thighs. They also can appear on the cheeks, back and buttocks. Keratosis pilaris, while unattractive, is harmless.

      What Are the Symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris?
      This disorder appears as small, rough bumps. The bumps are usually white or red, but do not itch or hurt. Keratosis pilaris is usually worse during the winter months or other times of low humidity when skin becomes dry. It also may worsen during pregnancy or after childbirth.

      How Is Keratosis Pilaris Treated?
      Although the condition may remain for years, it gradually disappears before age 30 in most cases. Treatment of keratosis pilaris is not medically necessary; but, individuals with this condition may want to seek treatment for cosmetic reasons.

      The initial treatment of keratosis pilaris should be intensive moisturizing. A cream such as Acid Mantle, Vaseline or Complex 15 can be applied after bathing, and then re-applied several times a day. Other treatments may include:

      Medicated creams containing urea (Carmol-20) or alpha-hydroxy acids (Aqua Glycolic, Lacticare) applied twice daily
      Efforts to unplug pores by taking long, hot soaking tub baths and then rubbing the areas with a coarse washcloth or stiff brush.

  16. QUESTION:
    Why do I have these small bumps all over my upper arms?
    Ever since I can remember I have had small bumps on my arms. Mostly light in color and only on the upper part of the arm. If I go to the tanning bed a lot, it seems like a lot of them go away, but there are always some there. What does this mean???? Do I have a vitamin deficiency? Do I need to use a certain type of cleanser?

    • ANSWER:
      That could be keratosis pilaris.

      According to one website it is described as this: Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a common skin disorder, typified by "chicken skin" bumps on upper arms, thighs, torso, buttocks and occasionally the cheeks. Excess skin forms around individual hair follicles, creating the characteristic minute, rough, grater-like bumps.

      To me they look like a bunch of ingrown hair bumps.

  17. QUESTION:
    shower gel that will help keratosis pilaris?
    I'm using coconut oil as a moisturiser and a generic moisturising shower gel which I'm not all impressed with. Any suggestion?

    Also is there any other advice people have for my skin? Worst area is my bum, thighs and just under my shoulder blades.

    • ANSWER:
      HELP HAS ARRIVED!!!!!!!!!!!

      I had this for years, my mom told me it was eczema. Most people say eczema is a name used for tons of different dry skin conditions that doctors can’t diagnose. I used eczema creams all through Jr. High and High School, all that did was make me feel greasy and uncomfortable with zero results.

      Keratosis pilaris is a common, genetic follicular condition that causes the appearance of rough bumps on the skin. It most often appears on arms, thighs, hands, legs, sides, buttocks, or face (which on the face are often mistaken for acne). Worldwide, Keratosis pilaris affects an estimated 40% of the adult population and approximately 50%-80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men. There are several different types of Keratosis Pilaris, including Keratosis Pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), Keratosis Pilaris Alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), Keratosis Pilaris Rubra Faceii (reddish rash on the cheeks), and related disorders.

      Keratosis Pilaris is caused by Hyperkeratosis: when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin, which is cream colored, surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore, resulting in rough clogged pores. The openings are often closed with a white plug of encrusted sebum, the oily, waxy substance produced by glands in the skin to keep it from drying out. Hyperkeratosis is most likely caused by your body having a vitamin A & E deficiency.

      I started taking vitamin A & E pills at dinner every night and 90% of my white bumps on my cheeks, arms, and legs cleared up. My boss also had white bumps on her arms and tried taking the vitamins too, it worked nicely for her. You could try taking the vitamins, but if you stop taking them, your body will go back to being deficient in them unless you start eating more foods naturally containing vitamins A & E:

      Vitamin A: Liver, Red Pepper, Cayenne, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Dried Apricots, Cantaloupe, Spinach, Squash, Dried Herbs, Papaya, Mangoes, Green Peas, Tomatoes.

      Vitamin E: Sunflower Seeds, Almonds, Pine Nuts, Peanuts, Dried Apricots, Pickled Green Olives, Cooked Taro Root, Wheat Germ/Flax Seed/Corn/Canola/Soybean Oils, Hazelnuts, Broccoli.

      Both A & E: Paprika, Red Chili Peppers or Powder, Spinach

      If the bumps (clogged dry rough crusty pores) have a red or pink ring around them, it could just be that they are inflamed, or it could be some sort of skin infection, such as yeast, which lives on the skin naturally but could become an infection, or bacterial. If they are a little pink or red I would try an antibacterial soap.

      Antibacterial soaps are full of chemicals and poisons, some are so harmful they cause muscle weakness, such as in the heart and tongue, and should not be in stores. A natural alternative is a soap or lotion containing Tea Tree oil. Tea Tree oil has natural antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities. It also has beneficial cosmetic properties. Tea Tree oil has a faint medicinal scent to it like eucalyptus, which is why I would suggest a soap instead of a lotion. Products containing Tea Tree oil can be found in abundance at health and natural and heath stores, but is also available in main stream store such as Wal-Mart for as low as around .

      So in short, vitamin A, vitamin E, soap, and you should be good (: I wish you luck

      Also, ontop of everything listed above, oils like (yes coconut) sunflower, extra virgin olive, jojoba, almond, and argan oil wont clog pores, I would try moisturizing for a few days with lotions containing some of those to soften the KP, then one day of thorough exfoliating to scrape the KP build up on your skin away

  18. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of these red dots on my arms?
    they are not freckles!!
    ive had them since i was little.
    my brother and sisters have them too.
    i forgot what its called but theyre not freckles.
    theyre red, sometimes they stick out like pimples. but they cover my arms. what is it and how do i get rid of it? (i use uncented lotion)

    • ANSWER:
      It may be keratosis pilaris.
      For an accurate, professional diagnosis you would need to consult your doctor or a certified dermatologist.

      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a chronic skin condition periodically becoming worse and/or better.
      KP is a skin disorder that cannot be cured. It is hereditary, and the severity varies from person to person.
      - http://www.medicinenet.com/keratosis_pil…
      - http://www.helpforkp.com/

      Treatment options for keratosis pilaris focus on exfoliating or softening the skin to reduce keratin clogged pores. Most commonly, lotions that contain 2% lactic acid or salicylic acid will help to break down the keratin plugs over time.
      - http://www.skintreatmentcream.com/kp-tre…
      - http://www.keratosispilaristreatments.co…

      An important first treatment step is to use a gentle cleansing agent with light abrasive properties, (often termed "scrub"), but one that keeps moisture such as an exfoliant for sensitive skin.
      Check out this site for some great, inexpensive, homemade exfoliants you can try;
      - http://www.skinway.com/skincare_articles…

      The goal is to clean and open the pores of the skin without over drying. Other measures to avoid excessive dryness include taking lukewarm, brief showers (Hot water tends to dry out the skin) and using a humidifier, particularly during the winter months when low humidity dries out the skin.

      You should drink more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out. As well, drinking water helps to wash out the toxins in the body.

      I would also suggest you increase your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you're not allergic)
      Ground Fennel seeds and Flax seeds, as well as Flax seed Oil supplements (omega 3’s) also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
      Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.

      You could try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.
      http://www.healthy-skincare.com/vitamin-…

      Hope this helps!

  19. QUESTION:
    My feet feel so cold even under a blanket?
    When it's cold, my feet just do as mentioned and feel so damp and sweaty and I'm starting to get chillblains. I'm 18 I get enough activity in my day. Would this just be because of poor circulation?

    • ANSWER:
      1. Chilblain— Inflammation of the skin over the toes or some portion of the feet, the hand or ears, caused by sudden alternations of temperature. The skin becomes red in patches, slightly swollen and there is much irritation and itching, specially in the evening. NS 3x alone, failing which mixture of CP 3x or 12x, FP 12x, KM 3x, KP 3x, NM 3x, NS 3x and S 12x both internally and locally mixed with vaseline, failing which mixture of CS 3x, KS 3x and NP 3x.

      •Dosage*: 2 grains t.d.s.
      •All these biochemic salts/homeo medicines available @ local Homoeo shops, are safe and with side benefits. Don’t swallow medicine. The medicine to be dissolved on/under the tongue. Don’t take any thing 10 minutes before and 10 minutes after medication. You can take water.

      2. Prevention * & Cure* of any Disease/Syndrome/Disorder:---
      In any ailment [acute as well as chronic] and emergencies, Acupressure techniques come to Ur rescue, not only for instant diagnosis, but also for giving some prevention of any disease[s] and perceivable relief/cure.
      Acupressure techniques--- Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomiting and all the organs shall function up to optimal levels.
      Utility—Blocked energy + toxins shall be moved from all Ur internal organs to purge in the normal drainage system, i.e., urine, feces, sweat, cough, menses[ladies], vomitting and all the organs shall function up to optimal levels
      Acupressure Techniques—NO MEDICATION. NO SIDE EFFECTS. NO HOSPITALIZATION. NO COSTS. IT IS SAFE ALSO.
      With Ur thumb, press ur/his/her palms and soles, wrists and ankles on both sides. Suppose pain is felt while pressing a particular point in the palm/sole, u have to press the surrounding area—just like u r pumping out air from that painful point. The blocked energy in any internal organ, be it lungs, heart, stomach, kidneys, pancreas, liver, etc., shall be released along with toxins if any. As a last point u must press middle part of each palm/sole; so that toxins, if any, shall be excreted/purged through urine without affecting the kidneys.
      It should be done in an empty stomach or 2 hours after meals. With this, all the endocrine glands and their hormonal secretions shall be regulated. All internal organs shall function up to optimal levels. Ur entire immune system gets invigorated to produce antibodies.

      Remote control Acupressure points given by the God. For Treatment, hard-pressure is to be applied on & around these points with Ur thumb and middle finger.
      Palms/soles:
      Point Nos.1-10 -----1 [brain], 2 [Mental Nerves], 3 [Pituitarygland], 4 [Pineal gland], 5 [Head Nerves], 6 [Throat], 7 [Neck], 8 [Thyroid & Parathyroid], 9 [Spine], 10 [piles-constipation], , Point Nos.11-16, No.11 [Prostrate gland], 12 [Penis], 13 [Vagina], 14. Testes & Ovaries], 15 [Uterus], 16 [Lymph], 17 [Hip], 18 [Urinary Bladder], 19 [intestines], 21 [appendix-front side], and 21 [allergy-back side]; 22[gall bladder], 23 [liver], 24[Shoulder], 25[Pancreas], 26[kidney], 27[Stomach], 28[Adrena gland], 29[Solar Plexus-Nabhi Chakra-Umbelicus], 30[Lungs], 31[Ear], 32[Energy], 33[Nerves of ear], 34[Cold], 35[Eye], 36[Heart], 37 [spleen]. 38[Thymus].

      If the particular point is tender on pressure by Ur thumb, U can note that that particular organ[s] is/are affected. U can indulge in instant diagnosis of any disease and or the affected organ[s].
      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2304961665160.2103840.1282822997&type=1&l=0a6bb63dd0

      Dorsal side of Palms & soles to diagnose & treat ailments of eyes, spine, breast cancer, etc., :

      http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2306802071169.2103895.1282822997&type=1&l=38eadce9df

      PS. If satisfied/benefited with, inform others to browse 'Yahoo Answers’ on any health issue.

      Source: ‘HEALTH IN UR HANDS’ Vol.I & II available in all Indian Languages all over the globe---by Dr.Devendra Vora, DSc.,MD.,FRCP.,---an octogenarian & the pioneer in Acupressure in India.

  20. QUESTION:
    I have kp scars on my arms, what type of cream is best at getting rid of scars, a bleaching cream perhaps?
    my upper arms are covered with scars from when i had bad keratosis pilaris and i would scratch and pick at the bumps, i have the kp under control but the scars are still there. i exfoliate and moisturize but what can i use to get rid of these brown spots?
    i recently tried a skin fade cream which had hydroquinone as the main ingredient along with vitamin c and spf 15, it was working great but after 2 weeks or so it started making me itch and my arms began to turn red so i stopped.
    is there a good well known bleaching cream out there that i should try?
    AFRICAN BEAUTY WHERE CAN I FIND FAIR&WHITE PRODUCTS??????
    IVE ACTUALLY HEARD A LOT ABOUT THEM BUT CANNOT FIND THEM, I HEAR SOME PEOPLE SELL FAKES WHICH ARE DANGEROUS.

    • ANSWER:
      please use fair and whote. this is by far the best product i have ever ever used. i had a skin disorder called Pityriasis rosea it left my skin a messed uo. I had dark veins all over my legs. I also pick at my skin at times and i had scars from mosiquito bites on my arms and legs. i was running out of options. i dreaded the summer months because i knew it would be too hot for me to cover up with long sleeve clothes. i began using this product a year ago. it works so well. i saw reults within the first 2-3 weeks. everyday i thouroughly wash my face then apply sunscreen regardless of the weather. the fair and white product line includes lotions,creams, sprays. and soaps. i had some minor acne scarring on my face after washing my face i apply palmers ambi cream then fair and white lotion. i simpathize for you and i know exactly what you are going though. please use this product if you want an improved appearance in your skin.

  21. QUESTION:
    What genetic diseases/skin conditions occur in association with keratosis pilaris?

    Please... anyone with a REAL answer?

    • ANSWER:
      KP is a genetic skin disorder and it is hereditary. There have been suggestions made that KP might be linked with a deficiency in Vitamin A.
      "Follicular keratosis refers to orthokeratosis involving the follicular ostium and infundibulum. It may be isolated [as in standard keratosis pilaris (KP)] or associated with other pathologic processes, including follicular inflammation, atrophy, scarring, and alopecia [keratosis pilaris atrophicans (KPA)]. These are reaction patterns that occur alone or as part of a wide variety of syndromes"
      The disorder may be associated with eczema (dermatitis).

  22. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of Keratosis pilaris?

    • ANSWER:
      There is currently no known cure for keratosis pilaris, however, there are effective treatments available which make its symptoms less apparent. The condition often improves with age and can even disappear completely in adulthood, though some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life. Most of the available treatments are purely symptomatic, the one thing they all have in common is need for repetition and ongoing commitment. Some who seek treatment with the disorder may be prescribed Tretinoin or Triamcinolone cream, often by request.

      Triamcinolone, most commonly sold under the trade name Aristocort, is a synthetic corticosteroid medically approved as an anti-inflammatory agent in the treatment of eczema and also reduces the amount of keratin in pores. It may be of most help to those with keratosis pilaris by reducing red, inflamed bumps. Triamcinolone is typically applied three times a day.

      Tretinoin, most commonly sold under the trade name Retin-A, is a topical retinoid medically approved in the treatment of acne. This medicine works by causing the outer layer of the skin to grow more rapidly, which decreases the amount of the protein keratin in the skin. As a result, the surface layer of the skin becomes thinner and pores are less likely to become blocked, reducing the occurrence of symptoms related to acne. As keratosis pilaris is manifested through excess keratin in the skin, Tretinoin forms a more effective and core approach to treatment than Triamcinolone which forms a largely symptomatic approach. Tretinoin is typically applied once a day before bed.

      An alternative treatment is Adapalene, a retinoid medication which is a more stable compound, less sunlight sensitive and has less general side effects and may be just as effective as Retin-A. Treatment of KP with Adapalene would be considered an "off-label" use of the medication.

      As with Triamcinolone, Tretinoin or any other treatment, once therapy is discontinued, the condition reverts back to its original state. However, skin treated with Tretinoin may take several weeks or more to revert back to its pre-treatment condition, but may at the same time take several weeks or more to show optimal results with the condition commonly worsening initially as underlying keratin is brought to the surface of the skin. Tretinoin is considerably more expensive and dispensed in smaller quantities than Triamcinolone and other treatments. Although it may be the most effective treatment for keratosis pilaris, it is not considered the first line of treatment.[citation needed]

      Unfortunately keratosis pilaris has not been clinically researched for treatment in an unbiased manner, with all claims of success or improvement being purely marketed or anecdotal. The condition is often dismissed outright by practitioners as being presently untreatable,[citation needed] giving mere moisturizing suggestions or reassurance that the condition will improve or cease with age, typically after 30. General practitioners are often unable to identify the condition.[citation needed] Ignorance accompanied with the price, availability, quantity dispensed, time taken for optimal results to be achieved, more serious side effects, adverse reactions and worsening of the condition in the initial treatment phase, coupled with the cheaper, safer and easier availability of other treatments has hindered Tretinoin from showing its potential in the treatment of this condition.[citation needed]

      Regardless, exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, creams and lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids and urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin.

      Beta hydroxy acids may help improve the appearance and texture of the afflicted skin. Milk baths may provide some cosmetic improvement due to the lactic acid, a natural alpha hydroxy acid in milk. Sunlight may be helpful but increases risk of skin cancer. Coconut oil may also be helpful if applied to afflicted areas while in the shower. Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden, and in many cases will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring. Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing, such as tight fitting jeans, is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

  23. QUESTION:
    what are these little bumps on the back of my legs?!?
    I have little pimple like bumps on the back of my thighs, ive considered heat rash but im not sure, when you try to squeeze them all you get it blood, they're really embarrassing as they're bright red. DO you ahve any idea. What can i do to get rid of them??

    • ANSWER:
      That is actually an extremely common skin disorder called Keratosis Pilaris (normally found on the tops of arms & the back of thighs.) Never pick at these bumps as it will only make things worse, however good measures to take would be to use a wash with glycolic acid such as MD Formulations, but the greatest product which is literally a wonder cream is Karin Herzog Oxygen body cream.It is great for all kinds of lumps & bumps, such as KP & Milia,spots, wounds,burns & lines/wrinkles as well as for scar tissue.
      Put Keratosis pilaris into Google & you will find plenty of information.
      The Karin Herzog website is: www.karinherzog.com

      Good luck & take care

  24. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of kp?
    I hate having kp.
    I have it on my arms, legs, butt, and stomach. I never wear short sleeve shirts or show my legs because of this. I am a teenager and I never show skin due to my kp. I hate it! I don't even let people touch me. I never go to beater or swimming either.
    What can I do to get rid of it?? :(
    When I do wear short sleeves I always see people staring at my arms.

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a chronic skin condition periodically becoming worse and/or better.
      KP is a skin disorder that cannot be cured, although it can be made less noticeable. It is hereditary, and the severity varies from person to person.
      - http://www.medicinenet.com/keratosis_pil…
      - http://www.helpforkp.com/

      Treatment options for keratosis pilaris focus on exfoliating or softening the skin to reduce keratin clogged pores. Most commonly, lotions that contain 2% lactic acid or salicylic acid will help to break down the keratin plugs over time.
      - http://www.skintreatmentcream.com/kp-tre…
      - http://www.keratosispilaristreatments.co…

      An important first treatment step is to use a gentle cleansing agent with light abrasive properties, (often termed "scrub"), but one that keeps moisture such as an exfoliant for sensitive skin.
      Check out this site for some great, inexpensive, homemade exfoliants you can try;
      - http://www.skinway.com/skincare_articles…

      The goal is to clean and open the pores of the skin without over drying. Other measures to avoid excessive dryness include taking lukewarm, brief showers (Hot water tends to dry out the skin) and using a humidifier, particularly during the winter months when low humidity dries out the skin.

      Make sure to be drinking more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out. As well, drinking water helps to wash out the toxins in the body.

      I would also suggest you increase your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you're not allergic)
      Ground Fennel seeds and Flax seeds, as well as Flax seed Oil supplements (omega 3’s) also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
      Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.

      You could try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.
      http://www.healthy-skincare.com/vitamin-…

      Hope this helps!

  25. QUESTION:
    How can I remove these bumps on my arm?
    I have had these small bumps on my upper arm for almost all of my life and I just recently found out that what I have is called Keratosis Pilaris. Is there any way I can remove these bumps on my arms? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I also have them, and suffer from the same thing.

      the cure i have found is very simple.
      a little sunlight on the arms.
      less dairy & mainly less milk.
      more fresh produce
      more water.

      mine have faded dramatically, and are almost gone!
      when i have a tran, they are hardly there at all!
      good luck!

      Classification

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris, including keratosis pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), rubra faciei (reddish rash on the cheeks), and related disorders.[3]

      [edit] Symptoms and signs

      Keratosis pilaris occurs when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore. This causes the formation of hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). The painless bumps are skin-colored, although they can become red and inflamed at times. Usually many plugs form in an area, causing patches of rough, bumpy skin. This gives the skin a sandpaper or goose flesh appearance.[4] This may be more severe in the winter or times of low humidity, which causes the skin to become dry. It will eventually resolve on its own.[5]

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin's "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. The hair, then, grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated. The hair can be removed, much like an ingrown hair, though removal can lead to scarring.[6]

      Keratosis pilaris may be hereditary. It is present in babies and continues into adulthood, but is uncommon in elderly people. It is most obvious during the teenage years. KP is prevalent in those who have atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis, or descend from Celtic backgrounds. Keratosis pilaris occurs in otherwise healthy people.[7]

      [edit] Treatment

      There is no cure for Keratosis pilaris, but treatment is available. One option is to use a loofa to remove the dead, dry skin. Another option is to use a dermotologist-prescribed cream or lotion that should be applied daily. The best lotions for this condition would have urea, 15% alphahydroxy acids, or Retin A in them. Over-the-counter lotions work as well and should be applied after showering, as well as several times a day.[8] The lotions are often soothing and can help improve the appearance of the skin. [9] Dermotologists also recommend mild peeling agents, or alpha hydroxy acids, that may open up the plugged follicles. Antibiotics may also help in some cases where the bumps are red and badly inflamed.[10] To temporarily reduce redness but not roughness, pulse dye laser treatment or intense pulsed light (IPL) can be done.[11]

      Although it may clear up with treatment, reccurance of KP is very likely. Therefore, treatment should be continued regularly. It may take several months to years for the condition to completely clear up.

      A dermatologist or physician can usually diagnose a patient for Keratosis pilaris by visually inspecting the patient's skin.[12]

  26. QUESTION:
    Dry skin brushing and keritosis pilaris?
    i think i may have kp on my upper thigh area and i always seem to get ingrown hair on the back of my elbow forearm area, can dry brushing only these areas of my body help? with my problem anyone else suffer from this unsightly skin disorder i don't like wearing shorts or swimsuit cus of it its been awful for me. any tips thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I have that on the back of my upper arms.

      They sorta look like red goose bumps right?

      Try this stuff..it works wonders!! This is what I use.

      It's sorta expensive..but it last a really long time because all you use is a pea sized amount.

      So here's the link:
      http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P73509&categoryId=B70

      Good luck and hope this helps!

  27. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of these things?
    So ive had like pimples or something on my butt for like a year now and i cant seem to get rid of them i dont even know if there pimples just assuming. and its super embarrassing and i need to know how to get rid of it. do i use baby oil or lotion or whaat? and i wash and loofah it everynight

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis Pilaris is a very common genetic follicular disorder manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin. Primarily, it appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms, but can also occur on thighs and buttocks or any body part except palms or soles.

      An excess of the protein known as Keratin, accumulates within the hair follicles forming numerous tiny rough bumps on the skin. Sometimes, these bumps can become irritated causing the follicles to redden excessively. KPR

      KP is often misdiagnosed and treated as acne. Most types are more evident during teen years.

      Some products that have worked for others:
      # Neostrata lotion AHA 15
      # Amlactin 12% Moisturizing Cream
      # Lac-Hydrin 5 Lotion, With Alpha Hydroxy Acid for relief of Dry Skin
      # AVON MOISTURE THERAPY Skin Bump Minimizer
      # Glytone Keratosis Pilaris 3 Piece Kit
      # Hydro Foam 40 (Urea)
      # KP DUTY

      Over exfoliating can aggravate it and make it worse, so be careful.

  28. QUESTION:
    I have little redish bumps on my arms. What are they?
    i am a female, and ever since 4th grade i have had these little red bumps above my elbow on my arms. they don't hurt but the just look odd. Does anyone else have these?, know what they are? or know how to get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      I have little redish bumps on my upper arms as well. My dermatologist said they are called "keratosis pilaris rubra". Here is a picture of it http://keratosispilaris.org/images/kp/arm_01.jpg

      This is from their website
      "Why KP occurs?

      The bumps of KP result from the way in which scales are shed from the outer skin around KP affected hair follicles. In these follicles, the outer skin scales are excessively adherent and do not shed easily. This phenomenon is known as abnormal keratinization or hyperkeratinization. The fact that it is localized to the individual follicles and occurs in each and every one in a certain area, explains its characteristic "millions of bumps" appearance.

      Sometimes, this hyperkeratotic buildup entraps the hair within the follicle. The trapped hair gets bunched up and may lead to a red irritated bump that may fill with pus. These pus filled red bumps are often confused with bacterial folliculitis or acne.

      People with a history of skin allergies are most susceptible to this condition. The papules tend to occur in association with allergic dermatitis and several types of xerotic (dry) skin disorders. Both of these conditions have a strong hereditary link.

      Keratosis pilaris tends to be more severe during the winter months or other times of low humidity when skin dries out. Areas where relative humidity is low have a higher incidence of Keratosis Pilaris."

  29. QUESTION:
    AmLactin for kp gives me a rash?
    I have a very annoying case of kp and am currently using the lotion "AmLactin". I use it every night as i was directed and it works! But as soon as it begins to work and show a difference, i start breaking out in more, smaller bumps, over small areas of where i applied the AmLactin. Then if I stop applying the lotion, the rash goes away, but the kp returns. I'm not sure what to do. If i should just continue using the AmLactin, hoping that the new rash will just go away, or is there is another solution?

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a chronic skin condition periodically becoming worse and/or better.
      KP is a skin disorder that cannot be cured, although it can be made less noticeable. It is hereditary, and the severity varies from person to person.

      Treatment options for keratosis pilaris focus on exfoliating or softening the skin to reduce keratin clogged pores. Most commonly, lotions that contain 2% lactic acid or salicylic acid will help to break down the keratin plugs over time.
      - http://www.skintreatmentcream.com/kp-tre…
      - http://www.keratosispilaristreatments.co…

      An important first treatment step is to use a gentle cleansing agent with light abrasive properties, (often termed "scrub"), but one that keeps moisture in, such as an exfoliant for sensitive skin.
      Check out this site for some great, inexpensive, homemade exfoliants you can try anywhere on your body;
      - http://www.skinway.com/

      Do not scrub the affected areas too harshly. It's not the amount of pressure you apply to the area that matters, as much as it's the consistency of gently exfoliating those affected areas daily. Also, you would not want to bruise your sensitive skin.

      The goal is to clean and open the pores of the skin without over drying. Other measures to avoid excessive dryness include taking lukewarm, brief showers (Hot water tends to dry out the skin) and using a humidifier, particularly during the winter months when the lower humidity tends to dry out the skin.

      Vaseline and other such petroleum-based products are NOT generally recommended as a moisturizer, because petroleum-based products actually suffocate the skin. Skin needs to breathe to heal. As well, if there's any bacteria on your skin when the Vaseline is applied, it makes a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria to grow.

      Olive oil is a natural oil that will help moisturze but will not clog your pores.

      Make sure to be drinking more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out. As well, drinking water helps to wash out the toxins in the body.

      I would also suggest you increase your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you're not allergic)
      Ground Fennel seeds and Flax seeds, as well as Flax seed Oil supplements (omega 3’s) also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
      Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.

      You could try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.
      http://www.healthy-skincare.com/vitamin-…

      Check out the sites below for more information....

  30. QUESTION:
    I have small bumps on my legs. sort of like rashes. theyre not red. their just bumps. what do i do?
    I have small bumps on my legs. i dont really know how to explain it. I have more on my right leg than my left leg.
    Its not noticeable to the eye. but once you stroke your hand on my leg.. you can definately feel the bumps.
    I recently just shaved and im not sure if its a razor burn? or if its something that has to do with that.
    When i didnt shave, it never had bumps.
    what should i do to take them away?

    • ANSWER:
      You might have developed KP (skin disorder, doesn't harm you juss makes your skin bumpy and not red) on your legs. I recommend moisturizing them a couple times a day for a little while and see if they go away. If they do, keep using the lotion or aloe Vera, it's good for you to moisturize your whole body after showering or swimming!! (:

  31. QUESTION:
    how can i get rid of chicken skin? (KP)?
    Ok so I have chicken skin on my CHEEKS which really sucks and I have it on my thighs and arms so is there any way to get rid of it? Please help

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a chronic skin condition periodically becoming worse and/or better.
      KP is a skin disorder that cannot be cured. It is hereditary, and the severity varies from person to person.
      - http://www.medicinenet.com/keratosis_pil…
      - http://www.helpforkp.com/

      Treatment options for keratosis pilaris focus on exfoliating or softening the skin to reduce keratin clogged pores. Most commonly, lotions that contain 2% lactic acid or salicylic acid will help to break down the keratin plugs over time.
      - http://www.skintreatmentcream.com/kp-tre…
      - http://www.keratosispilaristreatments.co…

      An important first treatment step is to use a gentle cleansing agent with light abrasive properties, (often termed "scrub"), but one that keeps moisture such as an exfoliant for sensitive skin. The goal is to clean and open the pores of the skin without over drying. Other measures to avoid excessive dryness include taking lukewarm, brief showers and using a humidifier, particularly during the winter months when low humidity dries out the skin.

      You could make sure to be drinking more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out. As well, drinking water helps to wash out the toxins in the body.

      I would also suggest you increase your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you're not allergic)
      Ground Fennel seeds and Flax seeds, as well as Flax seed Oil supplements (omega 3’s) also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
      Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.

      You could try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.
      http://www.healthy-skincare.com/vitamin-…

      For the redness on your cheeks, there are products you can buy that are specifically made to help reduce redness:
      - LaTherapie Paris has a fortifying skin cream that is supposed to help soften high colour (reduce redness)
      - There is a cream called ROSACURE which is an anti-redness cream formulated to reduce redness for rosacea-prone skin types. (even if it's not rosacea)
      - Guinot has a cream called RED LOGIC which claims to neutralize the appearance of red blood vessels.

  32. QUESTION:
    raised red and itchy bumps on my arms only?
    last month I started having raised red itchy bumps on both of my upper arms only, I thought maybe insect bites but no they come and go, I'm taking metatoprol for high blood, I do have a app with my doctor next week I do have allergies can anyone help?

    • ANSWER:
      I have that too Its called Keratosis Pilaris.
      All you have to do to get Rid of It Is Exfoliate with a Loofah Brush.
      If you have a Walgreens near you there is also Vanicream Soap that Helps Me When Im using the Loofah.You can also buy Lubriderm i heard which I will have to do.Heres a little about KP:

      Worldwide, KP affects an estimated 40% of the adult population and approximately 50%-80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men.

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris, including keratosis pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), rubra faceii (reddish rash on the cheeks), and related disorders.

      While KP resembles goose bumps, it is characterized by the appearance of small rough bumps on the skin. As a result, many people with keratosis pilaris do not know they have it, and it is often confused with acne.

      Keratosis pilaris occurs when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin, which is cream color, surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore. This causes the formation of hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). Bearing only cosmetic consequence, the condition most often appears as a proliferation of tiny hard bumps that are seldom sore or itchy. Though people with keratosis pilaris experience this condition year-'round, it is during the colder months, when moisture levels in the air are lower, that the problem can become exacerbated and the goose bumps are apt to look and feel more pronounced in color and texture.

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin's "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. The hair, then, grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated. The hair can be removed, much like an ingrown hair, though removal can lead to scarring.

  33. QUESTION:
    Does exfoliation really help with KP?
    Well, for my KP, I exfoliate with Apricot Scrub and then I pat my legs dry. Next, I rub Clindamycin lotion on them, and every other night I use Tretinoin cream. My legs are SMOOTH right now, and the bumps seem to be going away somewhat, but do you really think this will help my KP?

    • ANSWER:
      Physical exfoliation is not helpful for KP, rather chemical exfoliation. Yikes, you use apricot scrub?! That stuff can cause micro tears on your skin.

      The CAUSE(S):
      The exact cause is unknown, but keratosis pilaris (KP) is developed because of hyperkeratinization (disorder of inner lining of hair follicle). Excessive keratin (tough protein) blocks the opening of hair follicles, thus, leads to hyperkeratosis (thickening of the stratum corneum of epidermis). KP is observed as benign bumps that are usually white, sometimes red, and generally do not hurt or itch. KP affects 50-80% adolescent and 40% adults.

      To CORRECT KP:
      1)Wash the affected area with a gentle cleanser
      2)Use an over-the-counter topical exfoliant/keratolytic product with one or a combination of the following ingredients: glycolic acid, lactic acid, malic acid, mandelic acid, resorcinol, salicylic acid, sulfur, and urea.
      3)Use an over-the-counter topical corticosteroid like 1% hydrocortisone cream. This should only be used short-term because it can thin the skin if you use it too frequently.
      4)Moisturizer with a well-formulated lotion or cream.

      To PREVENT KP:
      Since the exact cause is still unknown, there is no way to prevent that particular cause from occurring in the future. You can control the conditions of KP, however:
      1)Avoid harsh soaps like bar soaps
      2)Avoid scrubs
      3)Take a warm shower, pat dry, and then apply topical products.

      Improvement can take a few weeks to a one month with diligence, compliance, and patience depending on the severity of KP. If the over-the counter therapies are ineffective, then you should visit a board-certified dermatologist and request a prescription-strength retinoid, keratolytic agent(s), or immunomodulators. Or, you can pay for a series of chemical peels or microdermabrasion. Chemical peels are better than microdermabrasion unless your skin is too sensitive with the acids. Microdermabrasion is a waste of money in my opinion, but it is still an option.

  34. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know anything about Keratosis Pilaris?
    What can i do to make it go away? I am using AmLactin Cream and it is not working!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a very common genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin and hence colloquially referred to as "chicken skin". It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (though the lower arms can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet). Less commonly, lesions appear on the face and may be mistaken for acne.

      Worldwide, KP affects an estimated 40 to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50 to 80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men. Varying in degree, cases of KP can range from minimal to severe.[citation needed]

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris, including keratosis pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), rubra faceii (reddish rash on the cheeks) and related disorders.

      Many people with keratosis pilaris do not know they have it (if the condition is mild). While KP resembles goose bumps, it is characterized by the appearance of small rough bumps on the skin. As a result, it is often confused with acne.

      Keratosis pilaris occurs as excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin, accumulates within the hair follicles forming hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). Bearing only cosmetic consequence, the condition most often appears as a proliferation of tiny hard bumps that are seldom sore or itchy. Though people with keratosis pilaris experience this condition year round, it’s during the colder months when moisture levels in the air are lower that the problem can become exacerbated and the “goose bumps” are apt to look and feel more pronounced in color and texture.

      Treatment

      There is no known cure for Keratosis pilaris, though it may improve with age and even disappear completely in adulthood; however, some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life.

      Treatments are largely symptomatic and must be repeated. Regardless, exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, and medicated lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids or urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin.

      Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden (if they do not already appear red), and in many cases will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring.

      Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can also help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing (such as tight fitting jeans) is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. Instead, the hair grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated, and can be removed if the bump is picked or squeezed (which can lead to scarring.)

  35. QUESTION:
    Help: I have been diagnosed with keratosis pliaris?
    I was recently diagnosed with keratosis pilaris on the back of my arms by a family doctor. They prescribed some cream for it and it has helped a bit, but with summer coming up I am embarrassed to show my arms. It is minimal but there :( and the doctor said it could be worse. Is there any cure for it? Can a peel help? Help please.

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a common skin disorder, typified by “chicken skin” bumps on upper arms, thighs, torso, buttocks and occasionally the cheeks. Excess skin forms around individual hair follicles, creating the characteristic minute, rough, grater-like bumps.
      As seen in
      Health Magazine

      Keratosis Pilaris affects almost 50% of the world’s population and is particularly likely to affect anyone prone to eczema, asthma or hayfever.

      It’s never a chore to attain flawless, smooth skin. KP Duty™ effectively eliminates crustiness, flaking, and dry, rough chicken skin – no prep work or scrubbing required.

      KP Duty™ is a concentrated treatment with potent antioxidant Green Tea, moisture replenishing Hyaluronic Acid and texturizing Dimethicone.

      Contains:
      Glycolic Acid - Powerful AHA
      Sodium Glycolate – Glycolic Acid salt with buffering action
      Green Tea – Botanical antioxidant with soothing anti-redness action
      Urea - Humectant
      Algae – Soothing botanical
      Sodium Hyaluronate –Potent hydrating agent
      Dimethicone – Barrier agent – reduces moisture evaporation

      • Dermatologist Tested & Approved
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  36. QUESTION:
    DERMAdoctor KP Duty Dermatologist Moisturizing Therapy For Dry Skin ?
    i have this skin disorder calle Keratosis Pilaris.. and i found this product called DERMAdoctor KP Duty Dermatologist Moisturizing Therapy For Dry Skin and i would like to know if this product really works for keratosis pilaris

    • ANSWER:
      i have the same skin problem and i use the kp duty. but it doesn't work like really fast. you have to use it for a while like a few months before results really show. also, don't stop using it until your skin is all better or else you won't get the best results.

      hope this helps. :]

  37. QUESTION:
    I am a thirteen year old girl and i suffer from keratosis pilaris please help?
    I am a thirteen year old girl and i suffer from keratosis pilaris please help?
    ok for those of you who don't know, kp is a skin disorder that causes your upper arms to get dry itchy bumps. i am 13 and i just cant take it anymore everyday i go to school with a sweater on and i hate it even when its hot like 90 degrees hot i keep my sweater on ashamed of my kp.sometimes i wanna cry because i hate this it makes me feel ugly. so i just wanted to know if there was any one else out there like me

    • ANSWER:
      ive never heard of KP, but i must say my heart goes out to you darlin :) I hope you find something to help you with this. I know that there are other people out there that do have skin disorders. Just keep your head up my dear, i know its hard but it can only get better :)
      XO

  38. QUESTION:
    Do you REALLY CARE if you LOVE HER?
    Girls are welcome to answer this one too.

    I was just wondering would you guys even care if the girl you really like/love has a certain skin condition such as keratosis pilaris (kp)?
    Or would you just accept her and still love her the way she is?

    This question includes the rest of the imperfections we girls are insecure about out there. Thanks. =)

    • ANSWER:
      Ofcourse! There are people with MUCH more extreme skin disorders out there, and they find/keep love. If someone doesn't want to accept you for who and how you are, you DON'T need him in your life. Period. He is not mature enough to be in a relationship anyway, if he is so concerned about shallow things like that. Seriously. =)

  39. QUESTION:
    Does birth control reduce "chicken skin" ?
    I'm gettin on birth control and I know that some pills help and reduce acne immensely, can it reduce my "chicken skin" as well? If not, what's a way to get rid of it

    • ANSWER:
      Birth control pills are hormones and help to balance the hormones in your body. "Chicken Skin" (Keratosis Pilaris) is not due to hormones, so "No"... Sorry, but it is highly unlikely you'll notice any difference with your "chicken skin" when taking the birth control pill..

      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a chronic skin condition periodically becoming worse and/or better.
      KP is a skin disorder that cannot be cured, although it can be made less noticeable. It is hereditary, and the severity varies from person to person.
      - http://www.medicinenet.com/keratosis_pil…
      - http://www.helpforkp.com/

      Treatment options for keratosis pilaris focus on exfoliating or softening the skin to reduce keratin clogged pores. Most commonly, lotions that contain 2% lactic acid or salicylic acid will help to break down the keratin plugs over time.
      - http://www.skintreatmentcream.com/kp-tre…
      - http://www.keratosispilaristreatments.co…

      An important first treatment step is to use a gentle cleansing agent with light abrasive properties, (often termed "scrub"), but one that keeps moisture such as an exfoliant for sensitive skin.
      Check out this site for some great, inexpensive, homemade exfoliants you can try;
      - http://www.skinway.com/

      The goal is to clean and open the pores of the skin without over drying. Other measures to avoid excessive dryness include taking lukewarm, brief showers (Hot water tends to dry out the skin) and using a humidifier, particularly during the winter months when low humidity dries out the skin.

      Make sure to be drinking more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out. As well, drinking water helps to wash out the toxins in the body.

      I would also suggest you increase your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you're not allergic)
      Ground Fennel seeds and Flax seeds, as well as Flax seed Oil supplements (omega 3’s) also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
      Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.

      You could try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.
      http://www.healthy-skincare.com/vitamin-…

      Hope this helps!

  40. QUESTION:
    i am a thirteen year old girl and i suffer from keratosis pilaris please help?
    ok for those of you who don't know, kp is a skin disorder that causes your upper arms to get dry itchy bumps. i am 13 and i just cant take it anymore everyday i go to school with a sweater on and i hate it even when its hot like 90 degrees hot i keep my sweater on ashamed of my kp.sometimes i wanna cry because i hate this it makes me feel ugly. so i just wanted to know if there was any one else out there like me

    • ANSWER:
      I had the same problem.
      So I told my mom and then we got an appoitment with our doctor and he gaves us perscription cream and it went away in like a couple days or a week

  41. QUESTION:
    how do i treat Keratosis Pilaris?
    i'm 14 and i just found out that the little white bumps on my arms, cheeks, and, embarisingly, butt, are a condition called keratosis pilaris. i don't have a lot of money to spend on treatments, probably at most. is there anything i can do on my own to get rid of the bumps?

    • ANSWER:
      Okay i know basically everything about Keratosis Pilaris. KP (chicken skin) is a skin disorder passed down from genetics which disappears at the age of +30. half of the worlds population suffers and had suffered from KP. unfortunately KP can NOT be cure but CAN be treated. 1. never pick, itch, squeese, or touch KP because it will bleed. 2. let your affected skin breathe air so dont cover your skin. 3. cleanse ur skin with a loofah sponge. 4. apply lotion such as amlactin or try the dermadocter KP duty cream () or use the dermadocter scrub wash () 5. let ur skin see sunlight. 6.be proud of it because ur not alone. i also (14) have KP and .....acne =,= crap.....and they are everywhere..butt.cheek.arms.legs.back. but dont worry :D people who are good people would never mind these little flaws and wont really care.

  42. QUESTION:
    Starting swimming late?
    ok im 15 and i wanna learn to swim :( i dont know that well lol i cant even go in the deep and im kinda chubby like 150 pounds lool i was wondereing if i could still make it to like swim meets and stuff? and also lose weight and getting that perfect body lol ( big chest small waist kinda like micheal phelps ) but im starting in beginners thats what worries me which is probably like 1 day a week of swimming ! and also what disturbs me is i have KP which is a skin disorder and im afraid ppl will laugh the hell outa me and be like wtf is that shit ! and the girls will see it and wont like me :( i have kp on my chest and arms grrrrrrrrr anyways ppl plz comment back thx i appreciate it :)
    TY:) yes i have a friend who swims professionally and he said i have a long way to go till i reach his level :) but im hopin to get tonedup by the time this year is finished :D thx for the answer
    also my kp just looks like goosebumps but permenant and it gets red sometimes :(

    • ANSWER:
      okay, well its never too late. but before joining a team you need to be in a clinic. this is how i did it, i went every friday to learn the technique and a trainer taught me. look for one in your community. swimming will stretch you out but you will not lose all of that fat. but its alright it will become muscle when you join the team. Listen, kp, or any other skin disorder is normal, it happens and whoever laughs at it, so what? are you really gonna not swim and get in shape and get stronger because of what other people think? its not like you have bleeding puss and crazy bumps on your skin. and never swim with a shirt on, and if you swim get TIGHT jammers, its the only way you can swim good, trust me. if i were you 1. i'd join a clinic, then 2.join a team... its really hard to swim for a team, they push you non-stop you wont be able to handle it, and you need to be in shape for a long time... so im telling you experience wise dont join a team yet. you have to learn at your own pace.

  43. QUESTION:
    KP issues... Socially and mentally.?
    I have had KP since I was born and everybody made fun of me at school and it really lowered my self esteem, and I don't have any. I constantly agree with all the bad things people say about me and it helps me, in a way, feel safer. I haven't felt good about myself in a positive manner since before I entered school. I've been constantly picked on and put down and felt like shit because of my skin disorder and it really has taken a toll on me. I began experimenting in drugs and alcohol; I fear it'll only get worse. I don't see myself living because it is of course a very shallow world, and if you don't look good, you're not... Liked. And all my life, that's all I wanted. Now, I met a guy outside of school and I really, really like him. He's the first person I've ever really liked and he likes me too, but I hide my skin, so if he sees it, it might scare him away. And I know no one will ever want me because of my skin, but I really like him, like I said. He really makes me happier and optimistic and without him, I'd be a pessimistic b/itch, to be honest. He invited me to a party and it's a swimming pool one. I feel so bad about it. I don't know how to hide my skin and I don't want to feel ugly like I usually do. I really want to have clear skin. How do I make it go away so that it isn't noticeable?

    • ANSWER:
      I know how you feel. The first step to a better self is too realise that you have these issues and you can't change them. As soon as you realize to forget about what you can't change and focus onwhat you can and life will be so much better. Also you got to take a chance and just be your self. Don't hide it, because it is best to be yourself.

  44. QUESTION:
    Small, painless, flesh-colored bumps on backs of upper arms?
    Anyone know what that is? I can't really give much more info than what I put in the 'question.' Sometimes I can scratch a part of a bump off, and there are about, I dunno, forty VERY small bumps on each arm? It's only on the upper arms, mainly the backs.

    I remember seeing three or four of these five years ago, and since then, they've multiplied. My oldest brother had this, and I know quite a few friends have it, too. Does anyone know the name of this and/or treatments for it?

    • ANSWER:
      This might be Keratosis Pilaris (KP).

      Here is a quote from www.medicinenet.com

      "Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a very common skin disorder seen in many people of all ages. It is a benign condition that presents as numerous small, rough, red, or tan bumps primarily around hair follicles on the upper arms, legs, buttocks, and sometimes cheeks. KP creates a "goose bumps," "gooseflesh," or "chicken skin" appearance on the skin. A majority of people with KP may be unaware that the skin condition has a designated medical term or that it is treatable. In general, KP is often cosmetically displeasing but medically completely harmless. KP is frequently noted in otherwise healthy people."

      Check out the info here: http://www.medicinenet.com/keratosis_pilaris/article.htm

  45. QUESTION:
    How can I reduce redness in my skin?
    I have something that my friends call "chicken skin." The scientific term is KP or Keratosis Pilaris. Both my mom and dad have it. It's apparently a skin disorder that makes the upper half your arms and legs really bumpy and red. I'm fine with my bumps but I want to reduce the redness caused by it. Another effect from KP is that I get red really easily throughout my whole body when I get fatigued or emotional. I would really like to stop all this reddening. I would really appreciate any remedies or products you recommend. Thank you! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Heal yourself from within either by opting for homeopathy or ayurvedic treatment.
      Homeopathy is cheap and Ayurveda is costly.
      The first and foremost organ that actually causes redness and other skin related problems is none other than "LIVER"

      Drink Milk thistle.
      Drink body cooling agents like Butter Milk, Coconut water, Cucumber juice.
      Avoid alcohol and heat inducing food like beef and pork.
      Do not smoke or do drugs.
      Drink 20-25 glasses of water daily.
      Eat green leafy vegetables more often.
      Eat chicken and fish in real moderation.
      Always take shower with cool water (not cold). Never use hot or warm water.
      Sleep well at night and do YOGA, breath exercises especially.
      Whenever you feel stressed out, just take deep breathes and relax.
      Avoid sun and Avoid doing strenous tasks.
      Sleep in cool rooms and always try to be in cool rooms.

  46. QUESTION:
    how do you get rid of keratosis pilaris???
    i get em on my face, and arms...ughhhhh

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Roostew

      Here is an unusual but effective method to draw toxins from the body/skin.

      INTRODUCTION TO OIL PULLING ("OP")
      REPORTED CURES WITH OIL PULLING:

      Mouth & Gum Disease; Stiff Joints; Allergies; Asthma; Acne, High Blood Sugar; Constipation; Migraines; Bronchitis; Eczema; Heart, Kidney, Lung Diseases; Leukemia; Arthritis; Meningitis; Insomnia; Menopause (hormonal issues); Cancer; AIDS; Chronic Infections; Varicose Veins; High Blood Pressure; Diabetes; Polio; Cracked Heels,.

      Here's are a few paragraphs from Bharat Savur's article on The Hindu Business Online

      ..."When Dr Karsch examined the gargled milk-white oil under a microscope with 600 magnification, he saw live organisms swimming in it. It's poisonous, so never swallow it, he warns. These poisons are bacteria-embryos, which, if not eliminated, cause diseases. Apparently, Dr Karsch cured his own chronic blood disease and 15-year-old arthritis.

      The first sign of improvement is in the teeth-they become firm and white, he says. Other healing indications: fresh, relaxed feeling on waking up, disappearing dark pouches below the eyes, anew appetite and energy, better memory and deep sleep.

      Dr Karsch swears by the mouth oil-wash for anything from organ-disorders, skin-diseases, menstrual problems, paralysis to every ache and it is in the human anatomy. You can gargle even when you have fever, he says, adding, it takes anything from two days to a year to cure a disease.

      And if these claims sound exaggerated, he told a conference of Ukrainian cancer specialists, try out the process yourself.

      Interestingly, Ayurveda advises oil gargling "to purify the taste-buds and the entire system", as explained by Dr Deepak Chopra in Perfect Health.

      According to this life science, the tongue is mapped by organ-locations — that is, each section of the tongue is connected to the kidneys, lungs, spleen, liver, heart, pancreas, small intestines, stomach, colon, and spine.
      Thus, an oil-mouth-massage soothes and stimulates the key meridians where taste meets organ. Simultaneously, as in any skin-massage, the inner skin and lining of the mouth, palate and tongue become warm and supple and the lubrication prevents dryness (the vatic effect).
      In modern dietetics too, dryness is discussed.

      For example, lack of Vitamin A (retinal) causes the outer lining of the eyeball to dry and wrinkle, and affects vision.
      And as any dietician would tell you, all oils contain 960 micrograms of vitamin A per 10 gm (the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A per adult is 600 micrograms). So, it's possible that oil gargling helps in reaching the required retinal to the eyeballs and keeps them elastic and smooth.
      Likewise, the Ayurvedic `purification of taste-buds' also has its equivalent in dietetics as `antioxidants'. Oxidation literally means `the putrefaction of body-tissues'.

      And oil-soluble vitamins, A, C, D, and E are antioxidants that protect and prevent the decaying process and help maintain the integral functioning of cell membranes. That's why, many people are ingesting vitamin E pills to stem `aging' (oxidation). "

      Here is the link to learn more about OP

      http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/oil_pulling.html

      testimony on KP

      http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=1030891#i

      Best of health to you

  47. QUESTION:
    home remedies for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have Keratosis Pilaris and I hate it. If anyone has (or preferably had) then please tell me how on earth you can get rid of this. I don't want anything that's really expensive but I'd really appretiate any and every suggestion you have. PLX HLP!!!
    it's on my arms and thighs not face.

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a chronic skin condition periodically becoming worse and/or better.
      KP is a skin disorder that cannot be cured, although it can be made less noticeable. It is hereditary, and the severity varies from person to person.
      - http://www.medicinenet.com/keratosis_pil…
      - http://www.helpforkp.com/

      Treatment options for keratosis pilaris focus on exfoliating or softening the skin to reduce keratin clogged pores. Most commonly, lotions that contain 2% lactic acid or salicylic acid will help to break down the keratin plugs over time.
      - http://www.skintreatmentcream.com/kp-tre…
      - http://www.keratosispilaristreatments.co…

      An important first treatment step is to use a gentle cleansing agent with light abrasive properties, (often termed "scrub"), but one that keeps moisture such as an exfoliant for sensitive skin.
      Check out this site for some great, inexpensive, homemade exfoliants you can try;
      - http://www.skinway.com/

      The goal is to clean and open the pores of the skin without over drying. Other measures to avoid excessive dryness include taking lukewarm, brief showers (Hot water tends to dry out the skin) and using a humidifier, particularly during the winter months when low humidity dries out the skin.

      Make sure to be drinking more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out. As well, drinking water helps to wash out the toxins in the body.

      I would also suggest you increase your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you're not allergic)
      Ground Fennel seeds and Flax seeds, as well as Flax seed Oil supplements (omega 3’s) also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
      Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.

      You could try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.
      http://www.healthy-skincare.com/vitamin-…

      Hope this helps!

  48. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of kp?
    on arms and face??
    its kerosis pilaris

    • ANSWER:
      angie, I believe you mean "keratosis pilaris" LOTS of info can be found on the web site KeratosisPilaris.org and Mayo Clinic +keratosis pilaris (search)

      KP is a very common genetic follicular disorder manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin. Primarily, it appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms, but can also occur on thighs and buttocks or any body part except palms or soles. An excess of the protein known as Keratin, accumulates within the hair follicles forming numerous tiny rough bumps on the skin. Sometimes, these bumps can become irritated causing the follicles to redden excessively.
      KP is often misdiagnosed and treated as acne. Most types are more evident during teen years.

      The Mayo Clinic advises that no single treatment universally improves keratosis pilaris. Most options, including self-care measures and medicated creams, focus on softening the keratin deposits in the skin. Treatment of keratosis pilaris can include the following medications:

      Topical exfoliants. Medicated creams containing alpha-hydroxy, lactic or salicylic acid or urea moisturize and soften dry skin while helping to loosen and remove dead skin cells. Depending on their strength, certain creams are available over-the-counter and others require a prescription. Your doctor can advise you on the best option for your skin. The acids in these creams may cause redness, stinging or skin irritation, and therefore they aren't recommended for young children.
      Topical corticosteroids. These anti-inflammatory drugs help decrease cell turnover by suppressing the immune system. Low-potency corticosteroid ointments, such as hydrocortisone or derivatives, are usually recommended for sensitive areas such as your face and for treating widespread patches. Doctors usually prescribe corticosteroids for short-term treatment or for temporary relief of symptoms. They aren't used as long-term treatment due to potential side effects from absorbing stronger corticosteroid creams or thinning of the skin. Topical corticosteroids may also cause local burning, itching or irritation.
      Topical retinoids. Derived from vitamin A, retinoids work by promoting cell turnover and preventing the plugging of the hair follicle. Retinoids may be an effective treatment, but they can cause bothersome skin irritations, such as severe dryness, redness and peeling. Tretinoin (Retin-A Micro, Avita) and tazarotene (Tazorac) are examples of topical retinoids.
      Using a medication regularly may improve the appearance of your skin. But if you stop, the condition returns. And even with medical treatment, keratosis pilaris tends to persist for years.
      Best wishes for satisfactory improvement.

  49. QUESTION:
    How to know if I have Celiac disease - without insurance?
    I no longer have insurance which is terrible timing. Please if you know anything about Celiac's PLEASE read!!! Sorry this is so long but any resources or directions other than a simple "symptoms list" would be great!

    I recently had a gallbladder attack and docs thought it was non-functioning and diseased, but it was tested and my gallbladder is actually OVER-active and the doctor saw no alarm for this other than stress (finishing my Master's degree and car broke down in same week). However, this also occurs in people with Celiac's, finding this out after doing my own research. I also have a huge tendency to form calcium kidney stones (2 surgeries and over 10 stones, I'm in my early 20s), and I also have KP, keratosis pilaris, which is a skin disorder thought to be caused by a vitamin A deficiency. I have been eating healthier and it has helped but only somewhat... I can't hardly drink beer anymore, even 2 of them cause pain and I used to be able to drink quite a few! Sometimes after I eat I can feel my gallbladder twitching. My CBC blood tests were normal, liver function good, white blood cell count slightly high, slightly low bilirubin (whatever that is) but overall everything looked good.

    Then why do I feel like crap!!?!? I feel as though I have a malabsorption problem, or could it be a simple food intolerance? Its hard for me to tell if I have a food intolerance because I feel really full after not eating much, and then feeling really hungry a few moments later... because of my gallbladder :( . Are there any "over the counter" or at home tests that can test for Celiac?

    Add'l info: I eliminated most of my kidney stones by cutting down on fast food, soda, and meat. I have always drank a lot of milk, and was actually told to drink more but I'd get sick if I did!

    I have been to 4 doctors all who raise their eyebrows, poke and prod, and then just tell me I'm "just stressed". I am already being treated for anxiety...

    • ANSWER:
      The simple no cost method to figure it out is to go on a gluten free diet for 3 months and see how you feel as the diet goes along. This won't be definitive for celiac disease but if you feel better then you are either allergic to wheat or gluten or intolerant of them.

      An easy way to start a gluten free diet is to eat fresh fruits, vegetables, non processed fresh beef, pork, chicken, fish, egg and cheese. Add in rice and potatoes for starches. Don't try to learn how to read labels and find substitutes for pastas and breads although they are available until the three months are up. Also avoid commercially prepared sauces, gravies and anything with a long list of ingredients that you don't know what they are.

      After the three months are up, figure out if the gluten free diet has helped you or not and if it has, then learn all the ingredients that contain gluten and start finding gluten free substitutes for the things you miss the most.


kp skin disorder

Genetic Skin Disorder

"Health is wealth" this is a very common saying and it is so true. If we do not have health then there is no use in possessing wealth. Knowledge about anything is never a waste and especially about health and the various health diseases. This health information knowledge will let help you in protect yourself as well your friends and neighbors. It is important to know the common types of health diseases and their basic cure. Today, everyday we hear about a new disease attacking the city through epidemics. Millions of people all around the world die because of certain disease even before its medicine is invented or discovered.

Before knowing about the common types of health diseases, we must know about disease. 'Disease' has been defined in many ways but the most commonly accepted one is that "disease is a condition in which the body's normal functioning is affected". It is also said that when a person is affected to any disease then he or she is not just physically disturbed but also mentally and socially.

There are many types of diseases. You can classify them either according to the ways they are spread or according to the cause of their spreading.

Some of the common types of health diseases are:

* Infectious disease: These types of disease are caused due to microorganisms. These organisms can enter into your body via many different ways. Unhygienic food, water, polluted air are some of the ways through which they can enter your body. Infectious diseases can further be divide into the following ways:

o Parasitic disease

o Bacterial disease

o Viral disease

o Fungal disease

* Contagious disease: These diseases are transferred from one person to another through food, water or physical contact. An unhealthy person can pass his or her disease to a healthy person. If a person is coughing and you happen to touch even a drop of the fluid or his hands then you are susceptible to be infected to this disease. That is the reason why doctors suggest relatives and friends to stay away from the patient. One example of contagious disease is swine flu.

* Genetic disease: Genetic diseases are caused due to the faults or disarrangement in our genes. There is no cure for genetic disease, as these diseases are inborn. You can find out whether the child will have any genetic disease when he or she is in the womb.

* Hypo or hyper disease: Some diseases are caused due to the deficiency or over intake of certain foods in the body. If you eat excess of vitamin c then your face will turn pale or if you do not take enough of vitamin A then you might fall prey to night blindness.

* Sexual disease: Some diseases are transferred due to sexual intercourse with multiple partners. Body fluids, which are passed into one another's body during sex, cause these diseases. Through mechanical barriers, you can avoid these diseases. Some are curable while some are not. AIDS is an example of this type of disease.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can someone give me a rare genetic disorder to write a paper on?
    I need to write a paper on a genetic disorder. It has to be something not in my biology book so that's why I want a rare one. Can anyone list some? Perhaps some interesting ones? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      MY TOP 3 FAVORITE GENETIC DISORDERS I LEARNED ABOUT IN MED SCHOOL:
      1. Alkaptonuria- when your pee turns black when exposed to air
      2. Huntington's- when people have abnormal jerky body movements
      3. Pseudoxanthoma elasticum- when a 20 year old person has the lose skin of an 80 year old

      Good Luck!

  2. QUESTION:
    What are these white patches on my arm?
    I have eczema, which is a genetic skin disorder that I got from my dad and have since I was born. I usually break out on my arms. But never like this. It usually just itchs, gets red, then peels. Normal reaction. I don't want to go to the dermatologist because I'm broke. Should I use elidel on it? Which is the cream that "treats" it. Does anyone else have eczema? If so, have you ever gotten these?

    • ANSWER:
      if it is a patch of skin that is a little dry and has less pigmentation that the rest of your skin it could be caused by a bacteria that grows on your skin. My boyfriend gets it and it has to be treated with a special soap and a special cream. It sort of looks like white spots, but he says it doesn't itch, not sure if that is what you have, but if so...you can't treat it over the counter and the soap and meds are pretty expensive. one tube of the cream costs him and that is after insurance pays their portion.

  3. QUESTION:
    how to start a report about a genetic disorder?
    my genetic disorder im doing my studies on is Neurofibromatosis 1 and i don't really know how to start my report...
    thanks if you help me(:

    • ANSWER:
      Start by describing the disorder. NF1 is a disorder characterized by the growth of noncancerous tumors called neurofibromas. They usually form on or just underneath the skin, as well as in the brain and peripheral nervous system. But they can also develop in other parts of the body, such as the eye.

      The severity and physical signs of Neurofibromatosis 1 can vary widely from patient to patient. Most people with this disorder have very distinctive spots the color of coffee with milk, as well as freckles. The number of spots and freckles increases with age. People with Neurofibromatosis 1also have many noncancerous tumors called neurofibromas throughout their body. Rarely, these tumors can progress into a malignant tumor.

      Others may also have high blood pressure, bone defects, scoliosis (curvature of the spine), learning disabilities, benign growths on the iris of the eye, and optic gliomas (benign tumors on the optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain).

      Then explain the genetic aspect. The disorder is caused by a mutation in a gene on chromosome 17. The gene codes for a protein called neurofibromin.

      Next explain how it is diagnosed. Most of the time, the Neurofibromatosis 1 is diagnosed by its physical symptoms tumors or spots, or by a family history of the disorder. The spots usually appear within the first two years of a child's life.

  4. QUESTION:
    Where can I find photos of genetic skin disorders in infants on the internet?
    Skin birth defect appears as pinkish with rough surface like a wort but much much larger. Covers large part of hand. MD says there is no cure.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds as if you're dealing with a hemangioma. You might want to search that. In addition, Susan Bayliss just wrote an excellent pediatric dermatology book; perhaps you can find that online. It would be best to have a pediatric dermatologist evaluate the mark for you, as they are the experts in this field. The expert in pediatric vascular lesions, in the U.S., is Elaine Siegfried, MD., if that is the type of lesion that it turns out to be.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the name of the condition where skin grows in your pores?
    I went to the dermatologist a couple months ago to see what these bumps/red dots on my arms were. He told me the name of what the condition was (though I can't remember it) and said its harmless genetic disorder where your skin grows in your pores. Does anyone know what the name of this is? Oh, and if it ever goes away?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.ebody-specialist.com/skin_care/glossary_of_skin_conditions.html

  6. QUESTION:
    Can someone show me how many cancer related deaths can be 100% attributed to indoor tanning?
    I see so many positive results from indoor tanning, from personally being partial interest in a salon, that the negative press that we receive is unreal. Alcohol, tobacco, lifestyles-all still legal, and possibly deadly, but yet no one keeps harping on them. We know it, accept it, and make our own personal choices. I personally tan doctors, nurses, politicians, people referred by these same doctors to treat skin disorders, depression, etc etc, it just comes down to the same old game: money.
    Dermatologists can't state the benefits, because their interests would be somewhat compromised if their clients didn't need to visit them as often. Please someone give me the number of cancer related deaths directly attributed to indoor tanning, so that we may be able to compare it to, say, getting trampled by a herd of kittens, or dying from an exploding bowling factory whose balls knocked you down from the sky. FACTS-not guesses.

    • ANSWER:
      No cancer can be 100% attributed to one thing. We live in a World full of carcinogens. Anyone of them can cause cancer.

      Indoor tanning, tobacco use, abestos and, many other things have proven to be potent mutagens but, this does not gurantee cancer. However, these carcinogens increase the risk of cancer because every cancer is a specific set of genetic mutations. If you get the right combination, you get cancer. Therefore, to lower your risk, lower your exposure to carcinogens.

      You make a good point. People should educate themselves about the risks in anything and, live to their comfort level of risk. Not just with cancer but in all aspects in life (the way you drive, financial opportunities, career opportunities, etc.).

  7. QUESTION:
    What are these red dry skin patches on my sons cheecks?
    My son is 1 year 8 months old.

    He is very healthy and active.

    He has a small/medium patch on each side of his cheecks that are circluar, red, and hardish dry skin. It looks as if he is blushing, however, it is dry skin.

    Does anyone know what this could be? The cold? Hormones? Dry skin.

    Any remedies?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      With that age group and that description, you are most likely dealing with atopic eczema. Why not point it out to your pediatrician the next office visit. If that's what it is, it's a genetic disorder, and he may have to deal with it on and off for quite a long time. In addition, it might be a marker of asthma or hay fever in him or the family tree.

  8. QUESTION:
    How do genes in genetic diseases become triggered?
    There are some genetic diseases that are apparent once a baby is born, particularly those affecting the metabolic system. But why do some disease like cancer or hypertension only develop much later in life? What causes this dormancy?

    • ANSWER:
      What is a genetic disease?

      A genetic disease or disorder is any disease that is caused by an abnormality in an individual's genome. The abnormality can range from minuscule to major -- from a discrete mutation in a single base in the DNA of a single gene to a gross chromosome abnormality involving the addition or subtraction of an entire chromosome or set of chromosomes.

      What are the different types of inheritance?

      There are a number of different types of genetic inheritance, including the following four modes:

      1. Single gene inheritance -- Also called Mendelian or monogenic inheritance. This type of inheritance is caused by changes or mutations that occur in the DNA sequence of a single gene. There are more than 6,000 known single-gene disorders, which occur in about 1 out of every 200 births.

      Some examples of single gene inheritance are cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, Marfan syndrome, Huntington's disease, and hemochromatosis. Single-gene disorders are inherited in recognizable patterns: autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive, and X-linked.
      2. Multifactorial inheritance -- Also called complex or polygenic inheritance. This type of inheritance is caused by a combination of environmental factors and mutations in multiple genes. For example, different genes that influence breast cancer susceptibility have been found on chromosomes 6, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, and 22. Some common chronic diseases are multifactorial disorders.

      Examples of multifactorial inheritance include heart disease, high blood pressure, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. Multifactorial inheritance also is associated with heritable traits such as fingerprint patterns, height, eye color, and skin color.
      3. Chromosome abnormalities -- Chromosomes, distinct structures made up of DNA and protein, are located in the nucleus of each cell. Because chromosomes are the carriers of the genetic material, abnormalities in chromosome number or structure can result in disease.

      For example, Down syndrome or trisomy 21 is a common disorder that occurs when a person has three copies of chromosome 21. There are many other chromosome abnormalities including Turner syndrome (45,X), Klinefelter syndrome (47, XXY), the cat cry syndrome (46, XX or XY, 5p-), and so on.
      4. Mitochondrial inheritance -- This type of genetic disorder is caused by mutations in the nonchromosomal DNA of mitochondria. Mitochondria are small round or rod-like organelles that are involved in cellular respiration and found in the cytoplasm of plant and animal cells. Each mitochondrion may contain 5 to 10 circular pieces of DNA.

      Examples of mitochondrial disease include an eye disease called Leber's hereditary optic atrophy; a type of epilepsy called MERRF which stands for Myoclonus Epilepsy with Ragged Red Fibers; and a form of dementia called MELAS for Mitochondrial Encephalopathy, Lactic Acidosis and Stroke-like episodes.

  9. QUESTION:
    What disease/disorder causes a person to have multiple cysts on there body?
    The cysts grow in different areas. Is there a genetic disease that would cause this?

    • ANSWER:
      The main one that comes to my mind is polycystic kidney disease. Although it's named for kidney cysts, it also causes cysts in the liver, pancreas, and even sometimes testes. Polycystic disease is actually a group of genetic diseases, and the way it shows up in a person depends both on which type of PKD the person has and on environment factors.

      If by different areas you meant different areas on the skin, then some infections like tapeworm will do that, and cystic acne (which is partly genetic) will do that.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do you make the skin on your arms smoother?
    My upper arms seem normal, but they feel as though little itte-bitte pimples are covering the surface. How do you clear the skin and make it smoother?

    • ANSWER:
      i think i know what you're talking about. i have the same thing. it's little bumps, and they don't hurt, but they're sometimes dry and almost always annoying.

      Keratosis pilaris (KP, also follicular keratosis) is a very common genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin, hence referred to as chicken skin. It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (though the lower arms can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks, or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet). Less commonly, lesions appear on the face, which may be mistaken for acne.

      Classification
      Worldwide, KP affects an estimated 40% of the adult population and approximately 50%-80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men.

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris, including keratosis pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), rubra faciei (reddish rash on the cheeks), and related disorders.

      Symptoms and signs
      Keratosis pilaris occurs when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore. This causes the formation of hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). The painless bumps are skin-colored, although they can become red and inflamed at times. Usually many plugs form in an area, causing patches of rough, bumpy skin. This gives the skin a sandpaper or goose flesh appearance. This may be more severe in the winter or times of low humidity, which causes the skin to become dry. It will eventually resolve on its own.

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin's "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. The hair, then, grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated. The hair can be removed, much like an ingrown hair, though removal can lead to scarring.

      Keratosis pilaris may be hereditary. It is present in babies and continues into adulthood, but is uncommon in elderly people. It is most obvious during the teenage years. KP is prevalent in those who are overweight, or have atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis, or descend from Celtic backgrounds. Keratosis pilaris occurs in otherwise healthy people.

      Treatment
      There is no cure for Keratosis pilaris, but treatment is available. One option is to use a loofa to remove the dead, dry skin. Another option is to use a dermotologist-prescribed cream or lotion that should be applied daily. The best lotions for this condition would have urea, 15% alphahydroxy acids, or Retin A in them. Over-the-counter lotions work as well and should be applied after showering, as well as several times a day. The lotions are often soothing and can help improve the appearance of the skin. Dermotologists also recommend mild peeling agents, or alpha hydroxy acids, that may open up the plugged follicles. Antibiotics may also help in some cases where the bumps are red and badly inflamed. To temporarily reduce redness but not roughness, pulse dye laser treatment or intense pulsed light (IPL) can be done.

      Although it may clear up with treatment, reccurance of KP is very likely. Therefore, treatment should be continued regularly. It may take several months to years for the condition to completely clear up.

      A dermotologist or physician can usually diagnose a patient for Keratosis pilaris by visually inspecting the patient's skin.

  11. QUESTION:
    What is the cause of the dark and light patches on my kids skin?
    My son has a few patches of whiter skin on his torso. My daughter has a few patches of darker skin on her torso and arms. Is this a coincidence, or is it some kind of related genetic pigment disorder? In both children, the patches were not present at birth, but showed up several months later. The texture of the discolored patches on both skin is fine, it's just the skin color that's different.

    • ANSWER:
      They are most likely caused by a fungal condition called tinea versicolor, or pityriasis versicolor. Patches are generally on the chest, back, upper arms, and occasionally on the neck and face.

      The patches can range from white to pink and from tan to dark depending on the babies skin tone. They will generally become more noticeable if the baby is hot/sweaty or their skin gets tanned.

      Patches may look odd, but they're probably nothing to worry about. It poses no health problems for your baby. It tends to flare up in the summer and prefers oily skin.

      If the spots are small and mild and your baby doesn't seem uncomfortable - ask the doctor whether it's okay to treat them with an over-the-counter dandruff shampoo that contains selenium sulfide (Selsun Blue).

      Put a thin layer of the shampoo on all the affected spots and spread it a couple of inches beyond their borders. Leave the shampoo on for ten to 15 minutes before rinsing it off. If you do this every night for a few weeks, the fungus should disappear. It can take a few months for the skin color to return to normal, though.

      If this home remedy doesn't work, take them to the doctor.

  12. QUESTION:
    I have tiny skin colored bumps on my face and arms?
    I have tiny little skin colored bumps on my cheeks and upper arms. I'm in 7th grade and its really embarrassing when people point them out. I've had them for about two years now and they're not acne. When I scratch them just white hard stuff comes out, but its not puss. I clean my face regurally but they don't go away. Do I need to moisturizer? I don't even know what they're called. Please help. I'm tired of these stupid things. 10 points to the best answer.

    • ANSWER:
      HELP HAS ARRIVED!!!!!!!!!!!

      I had this for years, my mom told me it was eczema. Most people say eczema is a name used for tons of different dry skin conditions that doctors can’t diagnose. I used eczema creams all through Jr. High and High School, all that did was make me feel greasy and uncomfortable with zero results.

      You probably have what is called Keratosis pilaris, Keratosis pilaris is a common, genetic follicular condition that causes the appearance of rough bumps on the skin. It most often appears on arms, thighs, hands, legs, sides, buttocks, or face (which on the face are often mistaken for acne). Worldwide, Keratosis pilaris affects an estimated 40% of the adult population and approximately 50%-80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men. There are several different types of Keratosis Pilaris, including Keratosis Pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), Keratosis Pilaris Alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), Keratosis Pilaris Rubra Faceii (reddish rash on the cheeks), and related disorders.

      Keratosis Pilaris is caused by Hyperkeratosis: when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin, which is cream colored, surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore, resulting in rough clogged pores. The openings are often closed with a white plug of encrusted sebum, the oily, waxy substance produced by glands in the skin to keep it from drying out. Hyperkeratosis is most likely caused by your body having a vitamin A & E deficiency.

      I started taking vitamin A & E pills at dinner every night and 90% of my white bumps on my cheeks, arms, and legs cleared up. My boss also had white bumps on her arms and tried taking the vitamins too, it worked nicely for her. You could try taking the vitamins, but if you stop taking them, your body will go back to being deficient in them unless you start eating more foods naturally containing vitamins A & E:

      Vitamin A: Liver, Red Pepper, Cayenne, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Dried Apricots, Cantaloupe, Spinach, Squash, Dried Herbs, Papaya, Mangoes, Green Peas, Tomatoes.

      Vitamin E: Sunflower Seeds, Almonds, Pine Nuts, Peanuts, Dried Apricots, Pickled Green Olives, Cooked Taro Root, Wheat Germ/Flax Seed/Corn/Canola/Soybean Oils, Hazelnuts, Broccoli.

      Both A & E: Paprika, Red Chili Peppers or Powder, Spinach

      If the bumps (clogged dry rough crusty pores) have a red or pink ring around them, it could just be that they are inflamed, or it could be some sort of skin infection, such as yeast, which lives on the skin naturally but could become an infection, or bacterial. If they are a little pink or red I would try an antibacterial soap.

      Antibacterial soaps are full of chemicals and poisons, some are so harmful they cause muscle weakness, such as in the heart and tongue, and should not be in stores. A natural alternative is a soap or lotion containing Tea Tree oil. Tea Tree oil has natural antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities. It also has beneficial cosmetic properties. Tea Tree oil has a faint medicinal scent to it like eucalyptus, which is why I would suggest a soap instead of a lotion. Products containing Tea Tree oil can be found in abundance at health and natural and heath stores, but is also available in main stream store such as Wal-Mart for as low as around .

      So in short, vitamin A, vitamin E, soap, and you should be good (: I wish you luck

  13. QUESTION:
    How common is it to get the skin disease vitiligo?
    I have a very distant cousin who has it, and I'm wondering if it's genetic. Also, is this a rare disease, or is it actually very common and just not talked about? I'm African American and proud of my color, so naturally, I don't want to lose it. Not to mention the cost of treatments, and the possible need to bleach my skin to even everything out. I know it's silly, but I'm nervous about it. Does anyone have any information?

    • ANSWER:
      1% of the world's population gets this disease so I think it is rarer than other auto immune diseases.but here is a link that may help you understand.
      http://www.ask.com/bar?q=vitiligo+skin+disorder&page=1&qsrc=178&ab=2&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aocd.org%2Fskin%2Fdermatologic_diseases%2Fvitiligo.html

  14. QUESTION:
    What do you call this thick skin disease?
    Like, it is a genetic disorder...

    They are born with extra skin. They look like aliens when they are born. When they grow up, their skin is so thick they have barely any hair.

    • ANSWER:

  15. QUESTION:
    What health testing do you do on your dogs before you breed?
    What genetic health testing do you do? What is it called and what is it testing for? What breed do you have and why do you test for it?

    Thanks!
    Yes I know of them, just interested to know what breeders test for and what breeds and why.
    Do you do the tests on just the dogs you breed or the pups before also before they go to new homes? (not the OFA ones because I know they have to be 2 years old at least)

    • ANSWER:
      APBT and Rottweiler Health Testing:

      I do not breed but I do have some knowledge to assist me when buying outside of a rescue. It also helps me keep breeders reputable. The following health testing is not specific to just APBT's or Rottweilers as most diseases are not exclusive to just one specific breed.

      True health-testing is in depth and seeks to identify carriers of crippling and increasingly common genetic diseases that are affecting our purebred dogs. Health-testing is a tool to help breed away diseases from the dogs that are carrying them.

      The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) offers tests for hips, elbows, patellas (kneecaps), cardiac, thyroid, eyes, hearing, shoulders, some skin diseases, and a hip disorder commonly affecting small dogs. They also offer DNA testing. PennHip is another organization that offers hip testing, utilizing different methods than the OFA.

      Hips are probably the top concern then cardiac, elbows and patellas are also important to a working breed and the remaining as above noted above.

      The working drive and pain threshold is so high in this breed that afflicted dogs may work their hearts out without ever giving any indicator that they are unsound.

      The APBT ranks 27th out of 142 breeds for hip dysplasia. 22.2% of our breed is dysplastic, versus only 4.8% excellent. That number is up more than 7% since 1990. (The AmStaff's percentage of hip dysplasia dropped 9% during that same period.)

      The APBT ranks 15th out of 82 breeds for elbow dysplasia. 14% of tested dogs are dysplastic.

      Rottweiler Health Testing: (Same as above with the following)

      A reputable breeder will have the hips and elbows of all breeding stock x-rayed and read by a recognized specialist. They will have paperwork to prove it.

      They will also have certificates that their breeding animals do not have Entropian or Ectropian and that they have full and complete dentition with a scissor bite.

      As with any species, hereditary conditions do occur in some lines. Potential purchasers should question breeders about any history of hereditary disease in their lines.

      If over fed and /or under exercised Rottweiler’s are one of the breeds most prone to obesity. Some of the consequences of obesity can be very serious: arthritis, breathing difficulties, diabetes, heart failure, reproductive problems, skin disease, reduce resistance to disease and overheating caused by the thick jacket of fat under the skin

      Ego, reputable breeders do health testing to “Better the Breed”!

  16. QUESTION:
    What are some of the weirdest genetic disorders?
    I'm doing a project for school and I wanted to know if you know any really wierd and rare genetic disorders

    • ANSWER:
      I love reading about this stuff. My favorite I came across so far is the genetic disorder of blue skinned people: http://abcnews.go.com/Health/blue-skinned-people-kentucky-reveal-todays-genetic-lesson/story?id=15759819

  17. QUESTION:
    Where are immune definciency disorders located in the body?
    Like where is the chromosome (or maybe gene) generally located in the body for immune definciency disorders?

    • ANSWER:
      In your blood. Specifically your white blood cells, the ones that are called lymphocytes.

      More information:
      Congenital immunodeficiency disorders
      Congenital immunodeficiency is present at the time of birth, and is the result of genetic defects. These immunodeficiency disorders are also called primary immunodeficiencies. Even though more than 70 different types of congenital immunodeficiency disorders have been identified, they rarely occur. About 50,000 new cases are diagnosed in the United States each year. Congenital immunodeficiencies may occur as a result of defects in B lymphocytes, T lymphocytes, or both. They also can occur in the innate immune system.
      HUMORAL IMMUNITY DISORDERS. Bruton's agammaglobulinemia, also known as X-linked agammaglobulinemia, a congenital immunodeficiency disorder. The defect results in a decrease or absence of B lymphocytes, and therefore a decreased ability to make antibodies. People with this disorder are particularly susceptible to infections of the throat, skin, middle ear, and lungs. It is seen only in males because it is caused by a genetic defect on the X chromosome. Since males have only one X chromosome, they always have the defect if the gene is present. Females can have the defective gene, but since they have two X chromosomes, there will be a normal gene on the other X chromosome to counter it. Women may pass the defective gene on to their male children.
      B LYMPHOCYTE DEFICIENCIES. If there is an abnormality in either the development or function of B lymphocytes, the ability to make antibodies will be impaired. This allows the body to be susceptible to recurrent infections.
      A type of B lymphocyte deficiency involves a group of disorders called selective immunoglobulin deficiency syndomes. Immunoglobulin is another name for antibody, and there are five different types of immunoglobulins (called IgA, IgG, IgM, IgD, and IgE). The most common type of immunoglobulin deficiency is selective IgA deficiency, occurring in about one in every 500 white persons. The amounts of the other antibody types are normal. Some patients with selective IgA deficiency experience no symptoms, while others have occasional lung infections and diarrhea. In another immunoglobulin disorder, IgG and IgA antibodies are deficient and there is increased IgM. People with this disorder tend to get severe bacterial infections.
      Common variable immunodeficiency is another type of B lymphocyte deficiency. In this disorder, the production of one or more of the immunoglobulin types is decreased and the antibody response to infections is impaired. It generally develops around the age of 10-20. The symptoms vary among affected people. Most people with this disorder have frequent infections, and some also will experience anemia and rheumatoid arthritis. Many people with common variable immunodeficiency develop cancer.
      T LYMPHOCYTE DEFICIENCIES. Severe defects in the ability of T lymphocytes to mature results in impaired immune responses to infections with viruses, fungi, and certain types of bacteria. These infections are usually severe and can be fatal.
      DiGeorge syndrome is a T lymphocyte deficiency that starts during fetal development and is the result of a deletion in a particular chromosome. Children with DiGeorge syndrome either do not have a thymus or have an underdeveloped thymus. Since the thymus is a major organ that directs the production of T-lymphocytes, these patients have very low numbers of T-lymphocytes. They are susceptible to recurrent infections, and usually have physical abnormalities as well. For example, they may have low-set ears, a small receding jawbone, and wide-spaced eyes. People with DiGeorge syndrome are particularly susceptible to viral and fungal infections.
      In some cases, no treatment is required for DiGeorge syndrome because T lymphocyte production improves. Either an underdeveloped thymus begins to produce more T lymphocytes or organ sites other than the thymus compensate by producing more T lymphocytes.
      COMBINED IMMUNODEFICIENCIES. Some types of immunodeficiency disorders affect both B lymphocytes and T lymphocytes. For example, severe combined immunodeficiency disease (SCID) is caused by the defective development or function of these two types of lymphocytes. It results in impaired humoral and cellular immune responses. SCID usually is recognized during the first year of life. It tends to cause a fungal infection of the mouth (thrush), diarrhea, failure to thrive, and serious infections. If not treated with a bone marrow transplant, a person with SCID will generally die from infections before age two. In 2003, a report showed a new form of severe SCID with severe mutation of T receptor cells.
      DISORDERS OF INNATE IMMUNITY. Disorders of innate immunity affect phagocytes or the complement system. These disorders also result in recurrent infections.

  18. QUESTION:
    Could an african american look like a white guy?
    My cousin has a white mom and african dad (blood related) and he has olive skin color and his hair has bigger curls (Not tight small ones that most blacks have). What type of skin disease, genetic disorder, etc. would this be called?

    • ANSWER:
      It's not a disease or a disorder, it's just called genetics. Not kidding, it's more common than you think. I saw twins once, one dark like her father and the other light like his mother.

  19. QUESTION:
    What happens when an hermaphrodite has a son of himself?
    I was in science class and talking about genetic manipulation and my teacher said that clones happen because they have the same genetic material, so my thoughts went to something like this:
    'clones need to have identical genetic information to occur, if a hermaphrodite had a son of himself the genetic material would be the same because the chromosome X and Y have the same information, (due to belonging to the same person) therefore his son would be a clone of him'.
    Am I right? I didn't ask my teacher because i has afraid of her lowering my note.... Do you share the same idea or not really?

    • ANSWER:
      "Hermaphrodite" is not a term that is used anymore for humans.

      However, there are several disorders of sexual development that lead to ambiguous genitalia.
      Some of these are mutations in certain sexual development genes, which cause genetic males to develop genitalia that looks more like a female (there is a whole spectrum).

      In the RARE case where it appears both are present, this is usually a result of a chimera. That means that 2 separate zygotes (fertilized eggs) fuse before they start to develop, so the resulting embryo has 2 different distinct cell lines. This is different form identical twins, where 1 embryo splits in 2 and develops separately. This is like 2 "fraternal" twins that fuse before embryonic development goes very far. If the 2 cell lines are a male and a female, it's possible for both types of genitalia to develop (there are also other findings, like patches of different colored skin from the different cell lines). Even in these cases, it is normal that the FULL reproductive organs may not be present for both sexes.

      They cannot reproduce with themselves.

  20. QUESTION:
    are there any families in the united states whose children have noonan syndrome?
    noonan syndrome is a genetic disorder which has in the last 10 years just started being diagnosed...there are many families in the UK and abroad w/this disorder but haven't been able to find many in the US

    • ANSWER:
      People with Noonan syndrome have distinctive facial features such as a deep groove in the area between the nose and mouth (philtrum), widely spaced eyes that are usually pale blue or blue-green in color, and low-set ears that are rotated backward. Affected individuals may have a high arch in the roof of the mouth (high-arched palate), poor alignment of the teeth, and a small lower jaw (micrognathia). Many children with Noonan syndrome have a short neck and both children and adults may have excess neck skin (also called webbing) and a low hairline at the back of the neck.

  21. QUESTION:
    Which genetic disorders can be treated in their early stages?
    It's a question from my biology assignment and I can't find any bloody sites with the proper answers.

    • ANSWER:
      high blood pressure , breast cancer , also other cancers such as skin , hart problems can be treated early monitored regular ecg mi, thyroid glands blood tests treated with statins and diet . Knowing you have sickness early is half the battle your odds in beating it are better lots of sickness comes from diet no active lifestyle others are passed down but knowing is great you can prepare and be on lookout for syptoms life sucks if adopted like me as i have no history medically but im healthy touch wood . Enjoy your summer we got a hot one coming , excuse spelling grammar on tube ppl knocking everyone arghhh city life beem me up et lol have a good one mate

  22. QUESTION:
    What's the genetic disorder called where a person grows too much skin?
    Where they grow the amount of skin in 1 day that normal people grow in 2 weeks?
    calc kid, you are completely wrong, it was harlequin type ichthyosis

    • ANSWER:
      hmmm i've never heard of it. interesting though...

  23. QUESTION:
    What's the genetic disorder called where a person grows too much skin?
    Where they grow the amount of skin in 1 day that normal people grow in 2 weeks?
    Nope, boogeywo

    • ANSWER:
      Harlequin ichthyosis :-). Supposed to be very painful...

  24. QUESTION:
    How do I reduce the effects of scars from eczema?
    I'm 19 years old and have had eczema since I was roughly 15. It started just on my stomach cause of the belts I wore, and then on my arms, but that was nothing until this past year. I have it bad on my arms, stomach, half my back, upper thighs, chest, and neck. And I am also half hispanic, so I scar very easily. They aren't raised scars or anything, but just dark marks. And they stay, for years. Lotions for dry skin don't work, I know that. But even if I do control my eczema, the scars from it will last for a long time. Can anyone relate and possibly know any way to help me with my scars, or eczema? I'm running out of options! I feel like a leper here!

    • ANSWER:
      HI Amber

      Here are some ideas to start the healing process.

      Cause
      Eczema is often called Dermatitis, and may be a symptom of an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency. Eczema can be due to allergies, allergies secondary to digestive disorders such as hydrochloric acid deficiency, rashes secondary to immune diseases, genetic metabolic disorders, and/or nutritional deficiencies, especially of niacin (vitamin B3) and B6, as well as other B vitamins.

      To minimize your risk of developing eczema, avoid irritating substances, wear natural nonirritating materials, use soothing ointments, and check to see if dietary, nutritional, and/or and allergy-causing factors need to be considered.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Bergamot, chamomile, lavender, melissa, neroli, eucalyptus, geranium, and/or juniper can help speed healing and relief of symptoms when applied topically to the affected areas.

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet and avoid potentially allergy-causing foods, especially sugar, wheat, milk, and dairy products, including yogurt. Also avoid excess consumption of fruit, especially citrus and sour, as these foods may aggravate symptoms.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy® for accompanying stress, and Rescue Remedy Cream® on the affected areas.

      Herbs: Herbal remedies such as cleavers, nettle, yellowdock, or red clover tea or tinctures may be very effective. They are often combined with relaxing herbs such as chamomile, linden flowers, or skullcap. One combination would be equal parts of cleavers, nettle, and chamomile drunk as an infusion three times a day. A stronger mixture combines the tinctures of figwort, burdock, and cleavers in equal parts; take one teaspoon of this mixture three times a day.

      To alleviate itching, bathe affected areas of your body with lukewarm or cold chickweed infusion. For cracked, dry, or painful skin, use a salve made from calendula flowers and St. John`s wort leaves.

      Goldenseal applied externally may also be helpful.

      Homeopathy:Dulcamara, Rhus tox., Sulfur, Arsen alb., and Graphites, taken alone or in combination with each other can help speed healing. Petroleum and Psorinum are also effective homeopathic remedies, but must be taken alone.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can help speed healing: black currant and red grapes; carrot, beet, spinach, cucumber, and parsley; and wheat grass juice.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Vitamin A and GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), an omega-6 essential fatty acid found in high quantities in evening primrose oil, have both been shown to improve the symptoms of eczema. Vitamin E. Other useful supplements for preventing and reversing eczema include vitamin B complex, vitamin B6, vitamin E, magnesium, and zinc.

      Topical Treatment: Apply evening primrose oil directly to cracked and sore areas of the skin. A topical paste made from ginkgo and licorice root extract has also been shown to improve eczema symptoms.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating and relieving the symptoms of eczema: Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Biofeedback Training, Bodywork (Acupressure, Shiatsu, Reflexology), Detoxification Therapy, Energy Medicine (Light Beam Generator, Ondamed, Photon Stimulator), Environmental Medicine, Hypnotherapy, Magnetic Field Therapy (North Pole Magnetic Energy Application), Mind/Body Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Orthomolecular Medicine, Osteopathy, and Oxygen Therapy

      Best of health to you

  25. QUESTION:
    What are the main health problems and need to watch out for in siberian huskies?
    What are common health problems and how can I prevent them in siberian huskies? Is skin problems one of them?

    and is it really necessary for my 4 month old siberian huskies to get shots? They have already gotten 1 or 2 shots after they were born when they were with the breeder...

    • ANSWER:
      You really need to get the pup wormed and it needs at least two more shots to protect it from the deadly virus's that will kill your pup within hours.

      No breed of dog is totally free from inheritable genetic defects, but few breeds have had the good fortune of the Siberian Husky. Not only is the individual dog generally healthy and of good temperament, but throughout the years there has not been an abundance of genetic issues. Additionally, the national breed club, the Siberian Husky Club of America, Inc. (SHCA), has maintained a watchful eye for potential genetic problems and has taken positive action in those instances when the general health and well-being of the breed has been challenged. two areas of greatest concern are canine hip dysplasia and inheritable eye disease.

      Hip dysplasia is an abnormality of the hip joint in which the head of the thighbone (femur) does not fit properly into its pelvic joint socket (acetabulum). This condition, while not present at birth, develops during the first two years of the dog's life. It is often progressive, causing inflammation, pain, and arthritis of the affected hip. It is aggravated by strenuous exercise and, sitting up, lying down, or climbing stairs.

      Genetic Defects of the Eye

      Although there are many possible eye defects, only three are of current concern in the Siberian. These are hereditary or juvenile cataracts, corneal dystrophy, and progressive retinal atrophy. Each disorder is present in a different portion of the eye, and will occur in any eye color. Eye defects in the Siberian Husky are serious and should not be understated or overlooked.

      Hereditary or juvenile cataracts are manifested by opacity in the lens of a young dog as early as 3 months of age. These cataracts are different from the non-hereditary cataracts affecting aged or senior dogs. The function of the lens of the eye is to focus the rays of light so that they form an image on the retina.
      corneal dystrophy
      Corneal dystrophy affects the cornea or the outer transparent portion of the eyeball. In most cases, Siberian Huskies with this disorder have an abnormal collection of lipids in the clear cornea of the eye which results in a hazy or crystalline opacity.

      progressive retinal atrophy
      Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) affects the retina, the light-sensitive inner lining of the posterior part of the eyeball. The retina contains two types of specialized cells called rods and cones. The rods are necessary for sight in dim light or night light, and the cones are utilized in in bright light vision. The Siberian Husky has a unique type of PRA that is only found in Siberians and man.
      The disease in males can be devastating with loss of vision as early as 5 months of age.
      Since eye abnormalities can appear over a period of several years, annual eye examinations are imperative. It is possible for a dog to have a normal eye examination at one year of age and be severely afflicted with an eye disorder one or two years later.

  26. QUESTION:
    Did Michael Jackson bleach his skin or did he have a type of disease?
    I don't know if MJ bleached his skin or if he has a disease 'cause he lies so much to the people and the news. So please help me. If you actually know, please answer. If you don't know, don't answer. OK?

    • ANSWER:
      Well I'm not sure if this directly answers your question, but I have no doubt that he did, in fact, bleach his skin. There is no disease that causes the skin all over the body to progressively lighten over time. There is a genetic disorder in which some skin cells do not produce melanin and presents itself as patches of very white skin in various parts of the body--it's called Vitiligo--and some fans believe his bleaching was to mask the appearance of this condition. I call BS on this, because even if he had this condition, it did not appear on any of the parts of the skin we saw of him from his childhood as part of the Jackson 5 (that is, his face, neck, and arms), so it seems like that excuse is weak. What would be the reason to go to such lengths to bleach skin to mask the appearance of vitiligo if it were only on a part of the body hidden by clothing? And given his addiction to plastic surgery, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if he did it only to look less African American.

  27. QUESTION:
    Which acne/skin products do you think work best?
    I have oily skin and I just wanted to know which one would you think would work best?

    Choices are:

    Proactiv
    Murad
    Clean and Clear
    Clearasil
    Neutragena
    Other (please tell me)

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      The acne kit from Skin Actives Scientific may not be enough for a male with a huge acne problem, but it is likely to be perfect for you. I would also try the salicylic wash.

      This is from a guide I have written on acne, I hope it helps. I think the more you know about how your skin works, the better you will be able to control it and keep it healthy.

      Good luck and best wishes

      Hannah

      "Acne is a very common skin disorder in the USA. It affects about 85% of adolescents, and comedos, an early stage of acne that may or may not develop into acne, affects practically all teenagers. Getting older is not a guarantee either: the number of older people suffering from acne is increasing, affecting 8% of 25-34 year-olds and 3% of 35-44 year-old. This means that acne is normal, at least at some stage in our lives, but this does not make it any less painful and it is important to know that acne can be controlled and how.

      What is acne?
      Acne is a disease of the follicles, the pore where the hair is formed and sebum is secreted. Keratinocytes, which would normally be "shed", accumulate and plug the pore with the sebum acting as glue, and the result is a a microcomedo. Continued accumulation of materials will distend the pore, forming an open comedo, a blackhead. Oxidized lipids and melanin give blackheads their color.

      Inside the comedo there is little oxygen and lots of sebum, an ideal medium for the acne bacterium, Propionibacterium acnes, to grow and multiply. The activity of the bacteria leads in turn to inflammation and irritation.

      Cysts can develop when the contents of the sick follicle (keratinocytes, sebum and bacteria) spills into the surrounding dermis, producing a pustule (superficial), or, deeper papule or nodule.

      What can we do?
      First, remember that acne is not a trivial matter. Besides the psychological suffering, acne can leave scars, keloids andchanges in pigmentation, so it is important to control acne before it leads to permanent changes in the skin. Second, serious acne should be taken seriously and this means visiting your M.D. Some genetic problems show themselves as acne, and only tests ordered by your doctor can tell you whether your acne is “normal”, i.e. caused by the hormonal turmoil of adolescence or the menstrual cycle, or whether it is a symptom of polycystic ovarian syndrome or other health problems that cause an excess in the production of male hormones by the young woman.

      To control acne:
      1) Keep sebum secretion under control using sea kelp bioferment, niacinamide and EGCG from green tea.
      2) Normalize keratinization and prevent the exfoliated keratinocytes from sticking together, closing the pore. Go for white willow bark extract, which will also reduce inflammation. Other helpful actives are sulfur, retinyl acetate (or other retinoids). Chemical peels will also help but make sure that the glycolic and other acids are not neutralized using bases like sodium hydroxide, a common ploy used to impress consumers with high concentrations of acid that will do nothing because they have been converted into (useless) salts.
      3) Decrease inflammation with actives like white liquorice extract. Avoid steroids, anti-inflammatories that everybody likes because they are so fast. With prolonged use they may cause skin atrophy and steroid acne.
      4) Kill acne bacteria: tea tree oil, Coleus essential oil. Propolis should also work but many of our clients do not like the smell. Avoid benzoyl peroxide, which will kill bacteria but will also age your skin and increase the probability of skin cancer.
      5) For men and women: inhibit the activity of the enzyme 5-alpha reductase using saw palmetto and wild yam extracts, this active will reduce skin androgens, reducing the frequency of acne lesions.

      What NOT to do
      Don't use benzoyl peroxide. This chemical is a strong oxidant, and the idea is to use it to kill the acne bacteria. The problem is, you are killing your own cells too. There must have been a time when benzoyl peroxide seemed like a good idea, but with what we have learnt about the effect of oxidant on cells, and how the are a major cause of skin aging, it is time to forget about it and go for more sophisticated tools. Sophisticated does not mean more expensive. Skin Actives Scientific is now selling a kit for under that will help control sebum production (and sebum is the bacteria's favorite food!), skin renewal (so that pores are kept open and do not turn into comedos) plus anti-inflammatory actives.

      So, before you go for benzoyl peroxide, think long-term and give your skin a chance."

  28. QUESTION:
    Can this sickle cell disease be transmitted through intercourse with someone who has it?
    Ok, can this be transmitted through intercourse? I am just wondering, I know it is genetic but if someone has intercourse and does not know that have it, can it passed through semen, or any other bodily fluids?

    • ANSWER:
      No, sickle cell anemia is a recessive genetic disorder; not an STD. To decrease your chances of getting an STD, you can abstain, lessen the number of partners you have, or use a condom (which is not 100% reliable and doesn't protect against such things as HPV, HPV is transmitted by skin cells on genital areas and 80% of women will contract it at some point in their lives).

  29. QUESTION:
    What are anorexia and bulimia? Who are most likely to suffer from these eating disorders?
    and Why do you think this is the case?

    so basically can someone give me a nice detailed answer to this:
    What are anorexia and bulimia? Who are most likely to suffer from these eating disorders? Why do you think this is the case?

    THANKS IN ADVANCE!
    MUCH APPRECIATED!
    10 POINTS!
    xxxx

    • ANSWER:
      Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that affects the mind and the body. Most people don't know the harsh and long term side affects of it; they think its just getting too skinny. That's not true though; they include but not limited to: depression, suicide, yellowing skin, hair falling out, low blood pressure, slow heart beat, and much much more. It can affect almost every part of your body, but it's different for everyone.
      Experts don't know the actual reason why its caused; this is also different for everyone. It can be anything from media, job or sport (dance, model, gymnastics, ect), stress, and more.
      Anorexia affects less than 1 percent of the population and out of those only less then 10% are male. It mostly affects female teens. Research also shows that many people with Anorexia come from a white rich family; it can still happen and does happen to anyone though.
      It is a treatable disorder; the earlier it is diagnosed- the better. There are no meds that help cure it, but there is therapy which gradually transform one to their own and healthy state again.

      Bulimia nervosa is another eating disorder. It often starts with binge eating (overeating) and then vomiting it all out. It appears mostly among female teens as well. The person with it is aware of their eating habits and often feel guilty afterwords. The exact cause for this is also unknown. Genetic, trauma, media, and more can all play a factor. The side affects for Bulimia are also threatening. For one, the stomach acid going through the esophagus from vomiting can cause permanent damage by burning it. Other complication include: constipation, dental damage, pancreatitis, and more.

      If you need any more information then feel free to contact me! xkhushali@yahoo.com or tigergirlx3@yahoo.com (;

  30. QUESTION:
    What causes a certain patch of hair on my head to turn white and I'm in my early 20s?
    I have a patch of white hair and I'm in my early 20's. No stress. It's not genetic because no one in my family has gotten white hair this early. Is it a medical condition of some sort? Autoimmune?

    • ANSWER:
      "Hair color comes from cells in the hair follicle called melanocytes, which make pigment. Melanocytes don't live forever, and how well they give color to hair decreases over time. We see gray hair when the amount of pigment becomes less and white hair when all pigment has "run out" and is no longer made by the melanocytes. This usually happens later in life, with the average age between 35 and 50 years.

      Poliosis is the name given when someone has a small patch of white hair. While this patch occurs most often along the forehead (so-called white forelock), it can involve hair anywhere on the body and can happen anytime in life. When healthy people have it, this simply means there is no pigment in the hair and skin of that involved area. Poliosis can also occur with medical conditions such as piebaldism, a genetic disease with single or multiple white patches of hair. In this case there usually are other family members with similar white patches of hair. Marfan's syndrome and Waardenburg's syndrome are other genetic disorders where this condition is noticed. Vitiligo is a skin condition that destroys melanocytes. This can affect the hair, but usually involves the skin as well. If your child also has white patches of skin, this may be vitiligo."

      Don't worry, there are many people with this and usually it's on older males, but considered very sexy!

  31. QUESTION:
    What are some shocking genetic disorders?
    I've heard of a vampire disease that is supposedly where vampires and werewolves originated... Is there anything out there as intriguing as that? Just the name and a quick description, please. Or if you want, just leave a link for where I can find more info. on it. Thx!

    • ANSWER:
      The disease you're thinking of is porphyria...some types affected the skin so that there was increased sensitivity to light... other symptoms included shrinking gums (making canines look like fangs) and hair growth... it was thought that drinking blood could be a way to make up for the lost heme that resulted as lack of the diseae. However, it is ACQUIRED and not GENETIC

      Some other weird diseases or disorders...
      Alice In Woderland Syndrome or Micropsia- the brain interprets things as much smaller than the actually are... the object seems both far away and really close at the same time.
      Pica- people with Pica have an urge to eat non-food substances, like paper or dirt
      Human Werewolf Syndrome or hypertrichosis- dark patches of fur like hair grow on a person's face.
      Progeria- symptoms similar to those of an aging individual appear at a very early age.
      Xeroderma Pigmentosum- the skin can't repair any damage caused by UV light, which means that in extreme cases, patients can't go out into the sun at all.
      Cotard Syndrome- patient thinks they are dead or don't exist.
      Capgra Delusion- person thinks that somebody they love has been replaced with an imposter.

  32. QUESTION:
    What does it mean if a small cut causes a lot of bleeding?
    or the reverse: a deep cut (to the skin) causes little to no bleeding. What does this indicate in terms of the person's health, particularly heart health?

    • ANSWER:
      Quite a lot can be said from this actually. A small cut that causes a large amount of bleeding could be due to some sort of disorder such as hemophilia, a genetically based disorder. In terms of a persons health it's never great to have some sort of disorder. There's worse disorders out there though, this one is manageable although without a complete cure yet, being a genetic disorder and all. Often people take clotting factors for this disorder. Normally when you get a cut your blood vessels will constrict and platelets will close the cut over time. With a disorder such as hemophilia you get incomplete coverage of platelets around the area and thus more bleeding occurs. In terms of heart health for this it's hard to say just by examining the disorder alone. A person can have either a completely healthy heart of a weak one and still have this disorder. There was a rumor that hemophilia can help prevent cardiovascular disease but over 90% of the time that's been falsified.

      A large cut with no bleeding isn't necessarily any sort of disorder although it would still be good to get checked out if it happened. These typically occur if the skin is under stress for a long time rather than some sort of puncture. This leads to blood vessels not being ruptured with the intrusion of skin still being present. It's really not common to see this. In term of a persons health, not great because there has to be a large amount of stress on the skin for this to occur. Can't really say much about heart health on this one.

  33. QUESTION:
    I am very interested in trying Mineral Makeup? How does bare essentials rate next to sheer cover and others?
    and others. It seems awfully expensive as well. But I just saw Avon as advertising it for really cheap, but I've never really liked that stuff. Please answer if you use it or have tried it.
    Thanks. And could it possibly be good for your skin?

    • ANSWER:
      If you knew the chemicals and the dangers that go along with makeup that's not of a mineral content you would definately reconcider.
      If you use a makeup base from Origins this would keep your mineral makeup to keep from running, becoming oily or wear off during the day. A Makeup base keeps mineral makeup looking fresh all day.
      Stick with make makeup that's organic, and of a natural ingredient content.

      The 35 billion-dollar cosmetic industry is one of the nation's largest and most profitable enterprises, spending more money on television advertising than any other business. Contrary to what most consumers believe, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) neither tests nor determines the safety of cosmetics and toiletries. The cosmetic industry is self-regulating through an independent panel of experts whom it appoints.1,2

      "Skin Deep" is the title of an investigative report prepared in 2004 by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), an advocacy organization based in Washington, DC. The EWG examined 711 lipstick products and found that 28% contained ingredients associated with cancer risk from chemicals like butylated hydroxytoluene, Nylon 6, ferric oxide, polyethylene, and titanium dioxide.2

      Toxins in Makeup
      All cosmetic products contain a certain amount of bacteria, prompting manufacturers to add preservatives. Parabens are toxic and allergenic synthetic chemicals used extensively as preservatives in cosmetic products. Aubrey Hampton, of Aubrey Organic Cosmetics, informs us that preservatives are not added to protect the consumer from bacteria, however, but to extend the shelf life of the product.3

      Toxic metals can be found in moisturizer, lotion, sun block, sunscreen, mascara, eye shadow, rouge, face powder, lipstick, and theatrical and clown makeup. Health effects may include nausea, cramps, vomiting, skin rash, joint and bone pain, mouth sores, cancer, stillbirths, genetic damage, immune dysfunction, brain and learning disorders, and impulsive and violent behavior.4 These toxins in makeup are numerous and include the following:

      Mercury compounds are permitted by the FDA for use in eye makeup at concentrations up to 65 parts per million (p/p/m). Awareness of mercury contamination in fish, vaccines, and dental amalgams is increasing. Old mercury-filled thermometers are being phased out and substituted with new mercury-free thermometers to avoid environmental and health risks. (Several schools have even been forced to close down because of mercury spills from broken thermometers.) Yet with all the evidence about mercury's toxicity, how many women and teenagers have been warned about toxic mercury in eye makeup?5

      Mercury is both a deadly poison and a heavy metal. The skin easily absorbs mercury, and it accumulates in the body.3

      Mercury exposure also may cause allergic reactions, skin irritation, or neurotoxicity problems. Phenyl mercuric acetate is a highly toxic chemical used as a preservative in eye makeup, even though it does not protect the consumer from bacteria in products that have become contaminated by use.

      Bronopol is used in mascara and other cosmetics. A skin irritant, bronopol has caused blindness and death in laboratory animals at concentrations much higher than used in cosmetic products.3

      Formaldehyde-releasing ingredients are found in nearly all brands of skin, body, and hair care products, antiperspirants, and nail polishes. Imidazolidinyl urea and DMDM Hydantoin are just two of many preservatives that release formaldehyde, which can
      irritate the respiratory system, cause asthma, allergies, or skin reactions, even
      trigger heart palpitations. Formaldehyde exposure can cause joint or chest pain, depression, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, immune dysfunction, and cancer.6

      Hexamethylenetetramine is a carcinogenic formaldehyde-compound used in lotions and creams, and must carry a warning label if used in concentrations greater than 0.05%. Trade names: Aminoform, Formid, Uritone, and Cystamin.3

      Lanolin, a fatty secretion from sheep's wool, is found in many cosmetics. Although lanolin is a natural product, it may be contaminated with DDT and other pesticides used on the animals.1

      Mineral oil is used as an emollient to prevent water loss from skin, but can be toxic and actually dries out skin.3

      1-Naphthol and 2-Naphthol are coal tar derivatives used as dye intermediates. They can be absorbed through skin and are skin irritants. Oral doses larger than one teaspoon can be fatal.3

      Nitrosamines are a class of carcinogenic compounds that can be absorbed through skin. Nitrosamines are by-products created by the chemical reactions of many cosmetic ingredients including 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-l,3-diol, cocoyl sarcosine, Diethandamine (DEA), Imidazolidinyl urea, formaldehyde, hydrolyzed animal protein, Lauryl sarcosine, Monethanolamine (MEA), Quaternium-7,15,31,60, etc., Sodium Lauryl (or Laureth Sulfate), Sodium methyl cocoyl taurate, Triethanolamine (TEA). However, vitamins C and E act as blocking agents, inhibiting the toxic effects of nitrosamines, and some manufacturers add vitamins C and E to their products for this purpose.3,7

      p-Hydroxybenzoic Acid Benzyl Ester (PHB Esters), are widely used preservatives more commonly known as methyl paraben, propyl paraben, ethyl paraben, and butyl paraben. They are highly toxic, causing skin rashes and can behave as xenoestrogens, raising the risk of breast cancer in women and low sperm count in men.3,7

      Petrolatum (petroleum and paraffin jelly) is a type of mineral oil used in baby oil, creams, lipstick, makeup remover, and lip-gloss. This type of waxy mineral oil sits on top of the skin, clogging the pores which leads to blackheads, whiteheads, and eventually, enlarged pores.7

      Propylene Glycol is a petroleum derivative found in most forms of makeup and other cosmetics as a humectant (moisture retainer), surfactant (oil emulsifier), and solvent. Its industrial uses include hydraulic brake fluid and antifreeze. This additive causes allergic and toxic reactions in some individuals. Surprisingly, it is an ingredient in many products claiming to be "natural." Because of Propylene Glycol's ability to quickly penetrate skin, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires workers to wear protective clothing, gloves, and goggles when working with this toxic chemical. The Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) warn against skin contact because of possible brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities. Unfortunately, consumers are neither protected, nor warned against health risks. Stick deodorants have concentrations higher than most industrial applications.3,6

      Quaternium-15 is a toxic agent used in cosmetic creams. Quaternium-15 can cause skin rashes and allergic reactions. Trade names: Dowicil 200, Dowicide Q, and Preventol.3

      Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a surfactant, detergent, and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products and industrial chemicals as a cleansing agent. It has a degenerative action on cell membranes and is damaging to hair and skin. High levels of skin penetration may occur at even low-use concentrations. Because it is derived from coconuts, SLS is implied to be "natural," but it is mixed with sulfur trioxide or chlorosulforic acid and then neutralized with aqueous sodium hydroxide (lye). SLS is often combined with triethanolamine (TEA) which may be contaminated with the potent carcinogen, nitrosamines.8,3

      SLS is used in labs around the world as a skin irritant to evaluate the healing potential of ingredients used on the SLS-irritated skin. Permanent eye damage has been observed, as well as residual levels of SLS in the heart, liver, lungs, and brain from skin contact. It may be damaging to the immune system. SLS's protein-denaturing properties can inflame and separate skin layers.8 SLS is used in nearly every shampoo, cleanser, and toothpaste, including many products sold in health food stores.

      Sodium Laureth Sulfate (shortened from Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate or SLES) is a yellow liquid detergent similar to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, with higher foaming ability. SLES is considered slightly less irritating than SLS.3,8

      Talc – used in face powders and baby powders – can cause lung problems. Talc may be contaminated with asbestos.3

      Triethanolamine (TEA) is widely used throughout the cosmetic industry and is frequently found in so-called "natural" products as an emulsifier, pH adjuster, and preservative. TEA is a synthetic chemical that can be contaminated with potent carcinogens called nitrosamines.3

      Color Additives date back as far as 5000 years. The desire to improve one's
      appearance is not a modern concept. Artificial colors and dyes are now included in
      nearly every cosmetic product. The FDA lists two categories of color additives: coal-tar dyes derived from petroleum, and colors exempt from certification – primarily obtained from mineral, plant, or animal sources.9

      Many coal tar derivatives are suspected carcinogens, and most artificial colorants have not yet been tested for cancer risk. About 76 D&C (approved for use in Drugs and Cosmetics) color pigments, and approximately 19 FD&C colors are used in food and toiletries. Ext. D&C approved colors are approved only for use in externally applied drugs and cosmetics. Six FDA "certified" colors are suspected carcinogens. Others may cause hives, eye irritation and permanent blindness, behavior problems, emotional outbreaks, attention deficit disorder (ADD), chromosome damage, and reproductive mutations. Absorption of certain colors can cause oxygen depletion of the body resulting in death.1,4,6,9

      Certification in regard to coal tar pigments only regulates the amount of metallic impurities from lead and arsenic, and is not intended to protect the public from toxic synthetic chemicals. Dyes may also be contaminated with aluminum and other toxic metals to give a shine to makeup.1,4,9

      Exposure to color additives and dyes is a 24-hour experience in modern society, including multiple uses of soap, skin cream, shampoo, conditioners, shaving cream, toothpaste, body lotions, and makeup (including lipstick, mascara, eyeliner, face powders and more). The FDA assures consumers that color additives are safe for their intended purposes, despite removal of some questionable colors in the past.9 FD&C yellow No. 5 (listed as tartazine on medicine labels) is used in beverages, desserts, drugs, makeup, and many other product, and has caused itching and hives in some sensitive individuals. Since 1980 (for drugs), 1981 (for foods), the FDA has required all products containing No. 5 to be listed on labels.9

      Fragrance chemicals are added to cosmetics and toiletries. Fragrance on a label can indicate any of 4,000 individual ingredients, nearly all synthetic. Fragrance exposure can affect the central nervous system, causing depression, hyperactivity, irritability, inability to cope, and other behavioral problems. "Fragrance-free" and "unscented" products may still contain fragrance chemicals without listing them on the label. Eight to 90% of fragrance chemicals are petroleum derivatives that can enter the body through inhalation, skin, or ingestion, and go directly to the brain. The EPA considers fragrance, second-hand smoke, and formaldehydes as triggers for asthma, while the FDA lists fragrance as the primary cause of allergic skin reactions to cosmetics.1,9

      Skin
      Rodney Dangerfield, the comedian, might have said, "Skin gets no respect." And that would be no joke. We expose our skin to harsh weather conditions and products containing toxic petroleum derivatives that are drying, irritating, and pore-clogging. Alcohols and solvents destroy the skin's pH balance, stripping away the skin's defense barrier to infection while contributing to wrinkles, fine lines, spots, red veins, or other discolorations. Dr. Susan Lark reminds readers of her Health Letter that skin is a "living, breathing, blood-circulating organism" that must be treated with the same care we'd give our heart, liver, and lungs. In fact, Chinese medicine considers skin to be the "third lung." 7,10

      Contrary to previous beliefs that skin was impermeable, we now know that skin easily absorbs chemicals, hence the nicotine patch, nitroglycerine patch, and birth control patch. Toxic chemicals in makeup, personal care products, commercial, industrial, hobby, and household products are also absorbed into the bloodstream through dermal contact. Skin is a two-way membrane, and the body's largest organ of elimination via perspiration, which is why saunas are so healthful in ridding the body of unwanted toxins.11

      Skin is composed of three layers: the epidermis, the dermis (cutis), and the subdermis (subcutaneous). The epidermis has no blood vessels, but contains many small nerve endings, and its outermost layer is constantly shedding and being replaced. The middle layer, dermis or cutis, is highly sensitive with a vascular layer of connective tissue containing blood vessels, lymph vessels, nerve endings, sweat and oil glands, hair follicles, arrector pili muscles, and papillae. The subcutaneous tissue makes up the third layer of skin. It is adipose (fatty) tissue, necessary for energy. The subcutaneous tissue acts as a protective cushion for the outer skin, hair, and nails.3

      Sebum is a complex oil released onto skin to slow down water evaporation while preventing excess moisture from penetrating into the skin. Exposure to wind and cold have a drying effect on skin. Mineral-oil based creams appear to be helpful, but eventually inhibit the skin's natural moisturizing process, which is also adversely affected by solvents, detergents, and chemicals in makeup including sodium lactate, sodium pyrolidone, carboxylic acid (NaCPA), and collagen amino acids.3

      Exposures to toxic chemicals add up. According to a survey by the EWG and a coalition of health advocacy organizations, the average American adult uses nine personal care products daily containing a total of 126 unique chemical ingredients. The survey also revealed the following:

      12.2 million adults are exposed to known or probable human carcinogens through daily use of personal care products.
      4.3 million women are exposed daily to toxic ingredients linked to fertility impairment and fetal development problems.
      20% of all adults are exposed daily to the top seven carcinogens commonly found in personal care products: hydroquinone, ethylene, dioxide, 1,4-dioxane, formaldehyde, nitrosamines, PAHs, and acrylamide.
      Women use more cosmetics and personal care products than men and are exposed to more unique ingredients daily.12
      Labels
      The cosmetics law requires that product labels list ingredients in descending order of predominance in a manner easily read and easily understood under normal conditions of purchase. In reality, labels are not easy to read or understand. Labels include complicated scientific terms for myriad synthetic ingredients, terms intelligible only to a chemist.13

      The EWG found 13,900 unique ingredient names listed on the labels of 14,200 products. Misspellings and synonyms reduced the actual number of ingredients to just over 9,800 unique chemicals. Approximately half of all ingredients were mislabeled. The EWG found 22 different spellings of the botanical ingredient, "witch hazel." The EWG also revealed that several cosmetic companies failed to disclose ingredients for products sold online via their web sites.13

      Drugs are heavily regulated; cosmetics are not. Both share common intentions and, often, common ingredients as well. Many cosmetic ingredients are designed to penetrate skin, and many drugs and cosmetics contain the same biologically active ingredients. Indeed, many cosmetics fall into a gray area FDA calls "cosmeceuticals," products that are half drug, half cosmetic.13

      The cosmetic industry spends billions advertising what ingredients have intentionally been added to their products, but does not provide consumers with accurate information alerting them to carcinogenic contaminants or preservatives that release formaldehyde. The FDA acknowledges that many cosmetic companies lack adequate data on safety tests and that some companies have even refused to disclose test results. Out of approximately 5,000 cosmetic distributors a miniscule three percent have filed reports with the government of injuries to consumers.14

      The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health claims 884 chemicals available for use in cosmetics are toxic substances. The FDA has no resources for assessing the safety of these chemicals, which cause genetic damage, biological mutation, and cancer. Mainstream brands of personal care products and makeup contain a wide range of undisclosed carcinogenic ingredients and contaminants.14

      Despite the FDA's failure to adequately regulate the safety of personal care products, the industry assures the public that its voluntary self-regulation ensures the safety of products available in the marketplace. A major provision of the cosmetics law claims the following: "Each ingredient used in a cosmetic product and each finished cosmetic product shall be adequately substantiated for safety prior to marketing. Any such ingredients or product whose safety is not adequately substantiated prior to marketing is misbranded unless it contains the following conspicuous statement on the principle display panel: Warning – The safety of this product has not been determined."13

      When asked by EWG volunteers if any product labels carry this warning, industry spokespeople replied in the negative, indicating companies are not allowed to sell products with unsafe ingredients and would not risk violating the law. However, the FDA admits it has little to no authority to enforce provisions of the law requiring manufacturers to substantiate the safety of products being sold. Safety testing is optional, and companies can operate for the most part without fear of retribution.13

      The EWG spent two years reviewing more than 20,000 product labels and did not find even one product that carried a warning.13 Considering the FDA's repeated failure to protect consumers from the side effects of patented drugs, including death, how can the public possibly retain confidence in the agency's ability to protect against harmful ingredients in personal care products and makeup?

      FDA Admits Failure in Cosmetic Safety
      The EWG filed a cosmetic safety petition in June 2004. In September 2005, the FDA issued its written response revealing serious deficiencies in its power to protect public health, admitting its inability to require warning labels on products with safety concerns. The FDA even lacks the ability to recall harmful products, relying solely on voluntary company actions.15

      Consumers are generally shocked to learn that cosmetic ingredients have not been tested or proven safe. To say the American public has been misled in this regard is an understatement. A coalition of grassroots organizations is finally spearheading a movement to protect American consumers from toxic ingredients in personal care products and makeup.

  34. QUESTION:
    How many of you have heard of Neurofibromatosis?
    Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a neurological disorder that although fairly common, is hardly heard of. What it does is cause tumors to grow along the nerves, randomly, in the body or on the skin. It can also cause a lot of other things, ranging from scoliosis and learning disabilities to cancer. It is a genetic disorder, progressive, and has no cure.

    As a mom of two kids with NF, I have been working towards bringing awareness to my community. I am just curious as to how many people reading this might actually have heard of NF, or possibly either have NF or know someone who does.

    • ANSWER:
      i have NF
      did you know your kids have a 50/50 chance of passing it on.. to their kids..
      ?

  35. QUESTION:
    The head of my penis has a darker skin pigment then the rest of the head?
    My penis head is kinda pink but the right side of the head is kinda blackish. It doesn't hurt or anything it's like the skin is darker in the certain spot. I am still virgin :( and I don't have any STD. I have had for a while now maybe a few years ago I noticed I had it. I do masturbate with no lotion maybe that's why? I am not circumcised. I'm 18 btw.

    • ANSWER:
      Pigmentation means coloring. Skin pigmentation disorders affect the color of your skin. Skin cells give your skin color by making a substance called melanin. When these cells become damaged or unhealthy, it affects melanin production. Some pigmentation disorders affect just patches of skin. Others affect your entire body.
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      If your body makes too much melanin, your skin gets darker. Pregnancy, Addison's disease and sun exposure all can make your skin darker. If your body makes too little melanin, your skin gets lighter. Vitiligo is a condition that causes patches of light skin. Albinism is a genetic condition affecting all of a person's skin. Infections, blisters and burns can cause lighter skin.

  36. QUESTION:
    Quick way to get rid of acne by next saturday?
    I'm going to a concert saturday, and I can feel this big pimple coming up. I really want to pop it, but so far I'm resisting, haha. I've been using the oxy maximum acne-fighting pads for a while, but they don't seem to be helping that much. Most of the creams I tried just dry out my skin and don't really help on a long-term basis. Ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      PIMPLES
      Pimples is a unique skin disorder.Pimples are lesions that occur when the skin’s pores are obstructed or infected.They can form for a variety of reasons.However,the mechanism involved in causing some pores to collapse and block drainage of natural oils is not really understood. Pimples may also crop up for genetic reasons. It is not clear how it can be inherited from one’s parents, but studies do indicate a high occurrence of pimples in children whose parents had it,too.
      The pimples associated with adolescence almost certainly occur because of hormonal changes that take place during puberty. Both males and females get an overdose of the male hormone testosterone during this period,causing excessive generation of sebaceous fluids that invariably cause pimples.

      GIVEN BELOW ARE A FEW SIMPLE HOME REMEDIES TO FIGHT PIMPLES.

      1.The most basic form of pimple prevention is hygiene and preventive skin care. Regular washing of the affected areas with mild soap is a must.The soap need not necessarily contain any chemicals designed to prevent pimples .However, face washing should not be overdone or the skin will become dehydrated .

      2.Care should be taken on makeup,moisturizers and other skin care products.If these products are oil based,it would just make the problem worse. Use water based products instead.

      3.Generally we rub, press or squeeze our pimples.Don’t when we do this,we risk spreading the bacteria to other areas.

      4.Lemon juice diluted in water can be applied externally because of its antiseptic
      quality.

      5.Tea Tree oil can also be applied directly to infected pores.

      6.Vitamin A tablets are also a natural and effective cure. Vitamin A promotes healthy skin.

      7.Before bathing, apply a mixture of fresh tomato pulp, honey and rose-water to your face and keep for twenty minutes before washing off.

      8.Juice of raw papaya is the best treatment for pimples.Apply fresh juice of raw papaya on pimples and get a good result.

      9.Directly rub potato slices all over the face, helps to get rid of blemishes and
      pimple scar.

      10.Drink plenty of water and vegetable or fruit juices.

      11.Use cucumber or other fruit and vegetable packs to cure pimple scars.

      12.Maintain a diet that is rich in cottage cheese, salads, fresh juices, fish and
      yogurt.These help to cleanse your system and ward off pimples.

      13.Another overnight home remedy for pimples is to put a dab of toothpaste on it to help dry it out. Calamine lotion also will have the same drying effect.

      14.Pound orange peel with water and apply to affected areas.

      15.Another useful remedy for pimples is zinc. Which can be taken in a dose of 50 mg daily for a month and then reduce the dose.

      16.You can clean your skin with apple cider vinegar as an overnight home pimple remedy.

      17.Aspirin contains Beta hydroxy acid which is a powerful defoliant ,so you can crush 1to 2 Aspirin tablets mix with a little water and apply on pimples for 15 minutes and wash.

      Finally,certain medications may temporarily alter the hormonal changes prevalent during adolescence and cause pimple outbreaks. If this is the case, a simple adjustment in medication may be all that is required.

  37. QUESTION:
    Why did Michael Jackson really have white skin?
    Is it really a skin condition?

    • ANSWER:
      He had a genetic skin disorder called Vitiligo. He did NOT have his skin bleached just to look white. Vitiligo is a disorder that cause your skin pigment to leave and turn white, but it comes off in patches. I'm sure Michael Jackson got his skin to be turned white so that his skin would be even instead of being blotchy, which is equally humiliating as what he turned out to be.

      R.I.P. Michael Jackson.

  38. QUESTION:
    Best way to get rid of Dark Circles around my eyes?
    Ok, well, i have REALLY bad dark circles around my eyes. The thing is, theyre not genetic. I dont get hwy im getting them though! I dont stay awake till 11, i normally go to sleep at about 9:45. But form now on ill go to bed at 9:00. But im not sure if thatll help. At like, 9:00 at night they are hardly noticeable, but thats when i go to sleep! Help me, how can i stop this!

    • ANSWER:
      The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Dark circles under eyes. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

      Persistent eye rubbing
      Sleep difficulty - see the many causes of sleep difficulty symptoms (e.g. stress, depression, sleep disorders, etc.).
      Allergies
      Hay fever
      Allergic shiners
      Dust allergy
      Mold allergy
      Eczema - i.e. eczema in the skin under the eyes.
      Pallor - the paleness of the skin may accentuate the dark rings.
      Inherited eye blood vessel condition - dark circles under the eyes run in families.
      Aging
      Dehydration

  39. QUESTION:
    Would you consider Heterochromia a genetic disorder or disease?
    Or would Hirschsprung's disease or Waardenburg syndrome be one?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      In anatomy, heterochromia refers to a difference in coloration, usually of the iris but also of hair or skin. Heterochromia is a result of the relative excess or lack of melanin (a pigment). It may be inherited, due to genetic mosaicism, or due to disease or injury.

      Hirschsprung’s disease is a congenital disorder of the colon in which certain nerve cells, known as ganglion cells, are absent, causing chronic constipation . A barium enema is the mainstay of diagnosis of Hirschsprung’s, though a rectal biopsy showing the lack of ganglion cells is the only certain method of diagnosis.

      Waardenburg syndrome or Waardenburg-Klein syndrome is a rare genetic disorder most often characterized by varying degrees of deafness, minor defects in structures arising from the neural crest, and pigmentation anomalies.

  40. QUESTION:
    Would you risk skin cancer to avoid breast cancer?
    Studies have shown that utilizing a tanning salon lowers the risk of breast cancer. It also states that the chance of breast cancer in a person is great than the possible risk of getting skin cancer by going to a tanning salon.
    Jojo- Thanks for your answer. I thought it sounded a little odd.

    I do have a family history of breast cancer, and I have already had several lumbs removed when I was 19 that thankfully were not cancer, but even now at 29, I still have check ups every 6 months and a mamo once a year.

    • ANSWER:
      Hello, it is not true that tanning salons reduce the risk of breat cancer.

      breast cancer is commonly due to genetic disorders or oestrogen disorders, and UV light would not have an effect on these levels.

      However UV light does greatly increase the risk of skin cancer, by producing radicals that damage DNA.

      In short one should avoid tanning salons to reduce risk of skin cancer.

      If worried about obtaining breast cancer i would advise regular check ups that your GP can organise, especially if you have a family history. Every 6 months may be appropriate.

      thats great! breast cancer occurence increases with age also, so make sure you continue to go to your mammogram appointments all the best!

  41. QUESTION:
    what is the genetic disorder for albinism?
    i really need some help in biology.
    the question is albinism is a recessive autosomal genetic disorder that causes the complete or partial absence of pigments in the skin hair and eyes. i have to fill in the punnett square and determine the expected genotypic ratios form crossing homozygous recessive and heterozygous dominant parents.

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    What does it mean when you have really stretchy skin?
    I have really, really stretchy skin, i haven't seen anyone else with skin like that. I am 15 and really skinny for my hight, 5'8, 48 kg but, everyone else my hight and weight still have normal skin. It's also really soft. It is stretchy everywhere but especially on my legs (thighs mainly) arms, and face, but also on my stomach. When you stretch it it still springs back, but it stretches VERY far. is it bad?
    I am not trying to loose weight..

    • ANSWER:
      yo i kinda have the same thing so ive been checking it out. theres a disorder called EDS, its a genetic thing, and soft stretchy skin is a symptom. idk if i have it, but i guess get it checked out.

  43. QUESTION:
    Will my child inherit my genetic skin disorder?
    I have had Vitiligo since I was 10 years old. It is only on my father's side of the family.

    My grandma has it, 1 out of 2 aunts have it, and one of her daughters (out of 3) have it (my cousin).

    My grandma's Vit didn't show up until she was in her sixties. My aunts until she was in her late thirties, and my cousin's around the same time as me.

    What are the chances I will pass it on to my children?

    • ANSWER:
      I cant give you an exact percentage....but you could see a genetasis (sp?)...Yes, chances are they will inherit this. they may not ever get it but they will be a carrier of it always meaning their children have a chance of getting it.

  44. QUESTION:
      Which of the following skin colors may be due to a liver disorder?
    Which of the following skin colors may be due to a liver disorder?

      A. erythemia
      B. pallor
      C. jaundice
      D. bronzing
      E. bruises

    • ANSWER:
      Actually, all of them.
      A) Erythema- may be seen in end stage liver disease (cirrhosis), specially in the hands (palmar erythema).
      B) Pallor- may also be seen in cirrhosis, when there is massive bleeding from esophageal varices.
      C) Jaundice- classically seen in Cirrhosis
      D) Bronzing- Hemochromatosis (disease of iron overload, can be either genetic or acquired).
      E) Bruises- again, Cirrhosis, due decrease in clotting factors (which are made by the liver)

  45. QUESTION:
    How long do vitamins take to work?
    I'm 18 years old, female, and i have very bad acne and hair thinning ( & hair loss). I also suffer from depression. I started taking more vitamins today to help my hair and skin. What are the best vitamins and how long do they take to show results??

    • ANSWER:
      Give it a few months to see a difference. That said, if you have an underlying medical condition, your symptoms will persist. Some supplements are not very good with absorption however so check the label (if you live in the US) that is states Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). GMP certification ensures that supplements and vitamins are manufactured safely, with quality and with efficacy. Supplements that absorb more effectively than supplements are sublingual (under the tongue), effervescence tablets or liquids.

      Aside from stress and pollution, one of the leading causes of hair loss is vitamin deficiency. Hair loss can also be a symptom of an underlying disease such as thyroid disease or lupus.

      Vitamins for hair loss: Biotin (Vitamin-H), Iron, B vitamins, Zinc, Anti-Oxidants - Vitamin A, C and E, Protein, Pantothenic Acid.

      The 8 vitamins for hair loss >>>
      http://www.hairlosstreatment-s.com/vitamin-and-hair-loss.html

      "How To Prevent and Treat Acne:

      Eight simple steps will help most overcome their acne problems.

      1. Stay away from milk. It is nature’s perfect food–but only if you are a calf.

      2. Eat a low glycemic load, low sugar diet. Sugar, liquid calories, and flour products all drive up insulin and cause pimples.

      3. Eat more fruits and vegetables. People who eat more veggies (containing more antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds) have less acne. Make sure you get your 5-9 servings of colorful fruits and vegetables every day.

      4. Get more healthy anti-inflammatory fats. Make sure to get omega-3 fats (fish oil) and anti-inflammatory omega-6 fats (evening primrose oil). You will need supplements to get adequate amounts (more on that in a moment).

      5. Include foods that correct acne problems. Certain foods have been linked to improvements in many of the underlying causes of acne and can help correct it. These include fish oil, turmeric, ginger, green tea, nuts, dark purple and red foods such as berries, green foods like dark green leafy vegetables, and omega 3-eggs.

      6. Take acne-fighting supplements. Some supplements are critical for skin health. Antioxidant levels have been shown to be low in acne sufferers. And healthy fats can make a big difference. Here are the supplements I recommend:

      Evening primrose oil: Take 1000 to 1500mg twice a day.
      Zinc citrate: Take 30 mg a day.
      Vitamin A: Take 25000 IU a day. Only do this for three months. Do not do this if you are pregnant.
      Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols, not alpha tocopherol): Take 400 IU a day.

      7. Try probiotics. Probiotics also help reduce inflammation in the gut that may be linked to acne. Taking probiotics (lactobacillus, etc.) can improve acne.

      8. Avoid foods you are sensitive to. Delayed food allergies are among the most common causes of acne–foods like gluten, dairy, yeast, and eggs are common culprits and can be a problem if you have a leaky gut.Diet is a big factor for causing acne. Studies now confirm dairy and sugar both can cause acne."

      It’s Proven: Sugar and Dairy Cause Acne >>>
      http://freshandagelessblog.com/2011/02/16/its-proven-sugar-and-diary-cause-acne/

      Depression is from low serotonin levels.

      The following factors can cause low serotonin levels:

      * Alcohol
      * Artificial sweeteners (aspartame)
      * Caffeine
      * Cigarette smoking
      * Diabetes
      * Dietary deficiencies of nutrient co-factors
      * Ecstasy, diet pills, and certain medications
      * Genetic predisposition
      * Hormone imbalances (thyroid, adrenal, estrogen)
      * Hypoglycemia
      * Insulin Resistance
      * Inflammation
      * Infections (eg: lyme's disease)
      * Poor diet (also eating disorders)
      * Lack of exercise
      * Lack of sunlight (lack of vitamin D)
      * Problems converting tryptophan to serotonin
      * Problems with digestion (low stomach acid is a major issue)
      * Stress and anger
      * High cortisol levels (stress hormone)

      5-htp needs Zinc, Magnesium, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin C to form Serotonin >>>
      http://www.understand-andcure-anxietyattacks-panicattacks-depression.com/5-htp.html

  46. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of acne marks?
    I dont have a big problem with acne but about 5 weeks ago i got a HUGE pimple that was gone in about 2 weeks buit it left a big dark mark on my skin and it looks ugly. Any suggestions of how to get rid of it?
    THNX!!:-)

    • ANSWER:
      PIMPLES
      Pimples is a unique skin disorder.Pimples are lesions that occur when the skin’s pores are obstructed or infected.They can form for a variety of reasons.However,the mechanism involved in causing some pores to collapse and block drainage of natural oils is not really understood. Pimples may also crop up for genetic reasons. It is not clear how it can be inherited from one’s parents, but studies do indicate a high occurrence of pimples in children whose parents had it,too.
      The pimples associated with adolescence almost certainly occur because of hormonal changes that take place during puberty. Both males and females get an overdose of the male hormone testosterone during this period,causing excessive generation of sebaceous fluids that invariably cause pimples.

      GIVEN BELOW ARE A FEW SIMPLE HOME REMEDIES TO FIGHT PIMPLES.

      1.The most basic form of pimple prevention is hygiene and preventive skin care. Regular washing of the affected areas with mild soap is a must.The soap need not necessarily contain any chemicals designed to prevent pimples .However, face washing should not be overdone or the skin will become dehydrated .

      2.Care should be taken on makeup,moisturizers and other skin care products.If these products are oil based,it would just make the problem worse. Use water based products instead.

      3.Generally we rub, press or squeeze our pimples.Don’t when we do this,we risk spreading the bacteria to other areas.

      4.Lemon juice diluted in water can be applied externally because of its antiseptic
      quality.

      5.Tea Tree oil can also be applied directly to infected pores.

      6.Vitamin A tablets are also a natural and effective cure. Vitamin A promotes healthy skin.

      7.Before bathing, apply a mixture of fresh tomato pulp, honey and rose-water to your face and keep for twenty minutes before washing off.

      8.Juice of raw papaya is the best treatment for pimples.Apply fresh juice of raw papaya on pimples and get a good result.

      9.Directly rub potato slices all over the face, helps to get rid of blemishes and
      pimple scar.

      10.Drink plenty of water and vegetable or fruit juices.

      11.Use cucumber or other fruit and vegetable packs to cure pimple scars.

      12.Maintain a diet that is rich in cottage cheese, salads, fresh juices, fish and
      yogurt.These help to cleanse your system and ward off pimples.

      13.Another overnight home remedy for pimples is to put a dab of toothpaste on it to help dry it out. Calamine lotion also will have the same drying effect.

      14.Pound orange peel with water and apply to affected areas.

      15.Another useful remedy for pimples is zinc. Which can be taken in a dose of 50 mg daily for a month and then reduce the dose.

      16.You can clean your skin with apple cider vinegar as an overnight home pimple remedy.

      17.Aspirin contains Beta hydroxy acid which is a powerful defoliant ,so you can crush 1to 2 Aspirin tablets mix with a little water and apply on pimples for 15 minutes and wash.

      Finally,certain medications may temporarily alter the hormonal changes prevalent during adolescence and cause pimple outbreaks. If this is the case, a simple adjustment in medication may be all that is required.

  47. QUESTION:
    Colour blind means You only see black and white?
    If white people is a term which usually refers to human beings characterized, at least in part, by the light pigmentation of their skin.

    That means You see all people?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many types of color blindness. The most common are red-green hereditary (genetic) photoreceptor disorders, but it is also possible to acquire color blindness through damage to the retina, optic nerve, or higher brain areas. Higher brain areas implicated in color processing include the parvocellular pathway of the lateral geniculate nucleus of the thalamus, and visual area V4 of the visual cortex. Acquired color blindness is generally unlike the more typical genetic disorders. For example, it is possible to acquire color blindness only in a portion of the visual field but maintain normal color vision elsewhere. Some forms of acquired color blindness are reversible. Transient color blindness also occurs (very rarely) in the aura of some migraine sufferers.

      The different kinds of inherited color blindness result from partial or complete loss of function of one or more of the different cone systems. When one cone system is compromised, dichromacy results. The most frequent forms of human color blindness result from problems with either the middle or long wavelength sensitive cone systems, and involve difficulties in discriminating reds, yellows, and greens from one another. They are collectively referred to as "red-green color blindness", though the term is an over-simplification and is somewhat misleading. Other forms of color blindness are much more rare. They include problems in discriminating blues from yellows, and the rarest forms of all, complete color blindness or monochromacy, where one cannot distinguish any color from grey, as in a black-and-white movie or photograph.

  48. QUESTION:
    can someone find me a pedigree of the genetic disorder OSETEOGENESIS IMPERFECTA?
    i cannot find a good pedigree, i looked everyone. can somone please help me?

    • ANSWER:
      Disorder: Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Type 1
      Also known as: OI, TYPE I, OI1, OSTEOGENESIS IMPERFECTA TARDA, OSTEOGENESIS IMPERFECTA WITH BLUE SCLERAE

      Clinical
      Phenotype: multiple bone fractures caused by minor trauma, blue sclerae, normal teeth, hearing impairment, thin skin, other bleeding tendency, kyphoscoliosis, hernias
      Seen In: Amish
      Old Order Mennonite
      Old Colony Mennonite
      Unknown/Other Mennonite
      Hutterite

  49. QUESTION:
    What layers of skin and tissue does Seborrhea affect?
    What layers of skin and tissue does Seborrhea affect?
    I need to know this please for a Biology paper, Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Seborrhoeic dermatitis is a skin disorder affecting the scalp, face and trunk causing scaly, flaky, itchy, red skin. It particularly affects the sebum-gland rich areas of skin. It shows up where and when the sebaceous glands in the skin are most active.

      Primary seborrhea is an inherited disorder of the skin in which the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis), the sebaceous glands, and part of the hair follicles are hyperproductive. The rate of cell turnover in these tissues is significantly increased, causing excessive production of scale (dry flakes of skin) and sebum (fatty lubricating substance). Seborrhea oleosa is the more greasy form while seborrhea sicca is a dryer form. Chronic waxy ear infections (otitis externa) also occur commonly as part of this disorder.

      In seborrhea, the sebaceous glands (found in or near hair follicles, whose normal function is to enrich the skin with oil secretions) increase the amount and quantity of their secretions.

      An abnormal turnover of the skin cells (keratinocytes) into dead scale (keratin) also occurs. Normally the cells in the skin are constantly dying and being worn off; new cells to replace them from deeper in the skin. So there is a constant migration of deeper cells moving to the surface, undergoing keratinization (making keratin and dying), and being sloughed off. This migration usually takes 3 weeks. This cycle is changed in animals with seborrhea. The migration is greatly accelerated and only takes several days. Thus there is a buildup of this keratin on the surface of the skin. This is why seborrhea is commonly termed a "keratinization disorder".

      Seborrhea can be broken down into two groups, based upon the cause. Primary seborrhea can be either genetic-based or caused by a keratinization disorder. Secondary seborrhea is a result of other disease processes such as allergies, parasites, nutritional disorders, and endocrine (hormonal) disorders such as hypothyroidism. To determine the best treatment, it is important to differentiate whether a dog has primary or secondary seborrhea


genetic skin disorder

Kp On Cheeks

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to find discontinued beauty products and cosmetics?
    I have been curious about a certain Almay skin product that I used over ten years ago. It helped clear up KP on my cheeks and I want to know what active ingredient this moisturizer contained. Is there any way to find this out?

    • ANSWER:
      My guess is that the active ingredient was retinol as this is the only anti-acne ingredient that i have found in moisturizers. Other anti-acne ingredients are Benzoyl Peroxide, salicylic acid,and sulfur but I doubt these were the active ingredients in that moisturizer.Since this product was discontinued, you most likely wont be able to find it anywhere as most products last for 2 years.

  2. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to get rid of Keratosis Pilaris?
    So i know its a is a common skin disorder, typified by “chicken skin” bumps on upper arms, thighs, torso, buttocks and occasionally the cheeks. Excess skin forms around individual hair follicles, creating the characteristic minute, rough, grater-like bumps, but is there something you can do about it? Its really nasty and embarrassing!

    • ANSWER:
      get a product called KP Duty by DermaDoctor
      http://www.dermadoctor.com/

  3. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of small flesh colored bumps on face?10 points to best answer?
    im in 8th grade and i just want to graduate with a clear face. i have alot of these tiny flesh colored bumps on my face they dont hurt or anything when i touch them. when i pick at them this white hard stuff comes out and its not pus. i dont have pimples just these bumps please help. its on my forehead cheeks and chin mostly on my forehead

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same bumps on my face, and I'm in eighth grade too! They're called Keratosis pilaris, and pretty much 50-80% of teens/young adults have them. Most people have them on their arms or legs, but some people (like you and me) also get them on their face. Mine are mostly centered on my cheeks, though.

      What I use to get rid of them, well, it calms them down so they're barely visible, is the Nuetrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub in the morning, and then when I take a shower at night, I use the St. Ives Apricot Scrub Blemish & Blackhead Control, which is a pretty rough exfoliating scrub, so its better to use it every 2-3 days. Even though is says blackhead control it works great for KP. You can find both scrubs at Walmart or a convenience store.

      Then for moisturizer, I used to use a pretty expensive one called KP Duty (specifically for KP) but then I lost it... oops. I now use a body lotion, which isn't a great idea, so if you can afford the KP Duty, buy it. You can find it at Ulta. I definitely recommend it.

      Basically, just be sure to wash your face in the morning and at night to keep it clear, and DO NOT sleep with makeup on.

      Hope I helped!

  4. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of KP on back arms and face?
    After years and years and one year of high school I noticed how much I HATE my kp right now its bugging me. I see people with silky arms and idt about hair or anything but this kp is driving my head up the walll.... I hate that all these girls can wear tank tops to school and i cant cause of it.. and i want a nice smooth face too... PLEASE HELP ME. Im gettting desperate

    • ANSWER:
      I have it too. There is no cure :( When I was in high school I had a little on my cheeks and on my upper arms. They say it is supposed to get better as you get older. Unfortunately, I am 31 and I still won't wear tank tops, but the bumps on my cheeks went away. I also feel so jealous of people with nice smooth arms. One thing I can tell you is DON'T scrub it. Throw away your loofah sponges if you have them. They make it worse. I got rid of mine a couple of months ago and it has gotten a little less red (still there though). Don't treat it with acne cleanser and use lots of lotion. They sell some creams on the internet. I haven't tried them though. I am so sorry for you - I know how you feel. There are so many people out there with it, more than you realize. I think the stats say one out of three!

  5. QUESTION:
    What (makeup) primer would you recommend for me?
    I have KP on my cheeks, and oily in areas. I want a primer so my foundation doesn't sweat off in gym class. I've never had any type of face primer, so I don't really know what's the best one. Any ideas? :) thanks

    p.s. DRUGSTORE please!

    • ANSWER:
      loreals primer!
      so worth it.
      it keeps my makeup in place all day and makes my pores look invisible
      http://www.target.com/LOreal-Studio-Secrets-Face-Primer/dp/B002PBLH3Q

  6. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of them?
    i have these little tiny bumps on my forehead and cheeks. They're not pimples or spots or belemishes or whatever you call them, they're little bumps. It's really wierd.. If i tilt my head in the light they become visible, but from straight on you cant see them..

    They're rather noticeable though, unless everybody stands directly infront of me, they can see them.

    What are they and how can i get rid of them?

    I wash my face twice daily with a gentle clenser, and exfoliate every other day.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be keratosis piliris.. I have it too... THis is a minor case i guess you could say...
      http://www.google.com/imgres?q=keratosis+pilaris+face&hl=en&biw=1280&bih=594&gbv=2&tbm=isch&tbnid=Qk0o9QzpGI1_3M:&imgrefurl=http://www.laser-derm.com/Microdermabrasion.htm&docid=mh87bYvOTiNlnM&w=329&h=268&ei=kFVdTpjyN9TF0AHYy9iSAw&zoom=1

      There are some face washes like kP duty... Heres a link

      http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml;jsessionid=05OBRHVU1EXYUCV0KRTQ5UQ?id=P122302&shouldPaginate=true&categoryId=5762

  7. QUESTION:
    Is there any good treatment for Keratosis pilaris rubra faceii?
    Which is keratosis pilaris with red cheeks.. i've had it forever and its just plain ugly. i've heard somehere of a laser treatment for the skin of the cheeks but to me anything with a laser and skin sounds like it can go terribly wrong.

    • ANSWER:
      Chris. I'm sorry but there is no cure for Keratosis pilaris.

      Though it may improve with age and even disappear completely in adulthood; however, some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life.

      Treatments are largely symptomatic and must be repeated. Regardless, exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, and medicated lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids or urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin.

      Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden (if they do not already appear red), and in many cases will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring.

      Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can also help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing (such as tight fitting jeans) is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the ketanized skin "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. Instead, the hair grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated, and can be removed if the bump is picked or squeezed (which can lead to scarring).

  8. QUESTION:
    how do i get an evenly colored face?
    besides having KP on my cheeks, my face is generally the same tone, but in florescent light it kind of looks blotchy and a little red, it's not a big deal, but how can i get it to be an even tone w/out tanning.... i'm a guy but is there a lotion or do i exfoliate it.... what do i do?

    • ANSWER:
      make-up...but everyone looks like crap in florescent lights

  9. QUESTION:
    How do you make the skin on your arms smoother?
    My upper arms seem normal, but they feel as though little itte-bitte pimples are covering the surface. How do you clear the skin and make it smoother?

    • ANSWER:
      i think i know what you're talking about. i have the same thing. it's little bumps, and they don't hurt, but they're sometimes dry and almost always annoying.

      Keratosis pilaris (KP, also follicular keratosis) is a very common genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin, hence referred to as chicken skin. It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (though the lower arms can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks, or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet). Less commonly, lesions appear on the face, which may be mistaken for acne.

      Classification
      Worldwide, KP affects an estimated 40% of the adult population and approximately 50%-80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men.

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris, including keratosis pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), rubra faciei (reddish rash on the cheeks), and related disorders.

      Symptoms and signs
      Keratosis pilaris occurs when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore. This causes the formation of hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). The painless bumps are skin-colored, although they can become red and inflamed at times. Usually many plugs form in an area, causing patches of rough, bumpy skin. This gives the skin a sandpaper or goose flesh appearance. This may be more severe in the winter or times of low humidity, which causes the skin to become dry. It will eventually resolve on its own.

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin's "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. The hair, then, grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated. The hair can be removed, much like an ingrown hair, though removal can lead to scarring.

      Keratosis pilaris may be hereditary. It is present in babies and continues into adulthood, but is uncommon in elderly people. It is most obvious during the teenage years. KP is prevalent in those who are overweight, or have atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis, or descend from Celtic backgrounds. Keratosis pilaris occurs in otherwise healthy people.

      Treatment
      There is no cure for Keratosis pilaris, but treatment is available. One option is to use a loofa to remove the dead, dry skin. Another option is to use a dermotologist-prescribed cream or lotion that should be applied daily. The best lotions for this condition would have urea, 15% alphahydroxy acids, or Retin A in them. Over-the-counter lotions work as well and should be applied after showering, as well as several times a day. The lotions are often soothing and can help improve the appearance of the skin. Dermotologists also recommend mild peeling agents, or alpha hydroxy acids, that may open up the plugged follicles. Antibiotics may also help in some cases where the bumps are red and badly inflamed. To temporarily reduce redness but not roughness, pulse dye laser treatment or intense pulsed light (IPL) can be done.

      Although it may clear up with treatment, reccurance of KP is very likely. Therefore, treatment should be continued regularly. It may take several months to years for the condition to completely clear up.

      A dermotologist or physician can usually diagnose a patient for Keratosis pilaris by visually inspecting the patient's skin.

  10. QUESTION:
    Why do I have little bumps on my arm, between my elbow and my shoulder and how do I get rid of them?
    They are small un-noticeable (except to touch) bumps on my arm where the biceps are. They usually feel softer when I put moisturiser on them, except this does not get rid of them. How do I get rid of them completely?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe that you are talking about Keratosis pilaris and as far as I know its genetic. Here's what I found on the internet. Hope it answers your question:

      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a very common genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin and hence colloquially referred to as "chicken skin". It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (though the lower arms can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet). Less commonly, lesions appear on the face and may be mistaken for acne.

      Worldwide, KP affects an estimated 40 to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50 to 80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men. Varying in degree, cases of KP can range from minimal to severe.[citation needed]

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris, including keratosis pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), rubra faceii (reddish rash on the cheeks) and related disorders.

      Many people with keratosis pilaris do not know they have it (if the condition is mild). While KP resembles goose bumps, it is characterized by the appearance of small rough bumps on the skin. As a result, it is often confused with acne.

      Keratosis pilaris occurs as excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin, accumulates within the hair follicles forming hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). Bearing only cosmetic consequence, the condition most often appears as a proliferation of tiny hard bumps that are seldom sore or itchy. Though people with keratosis pilaris experience this condition year round, it’s during the colder months when moisture levels in the air are lower that the problem can become exacerbated and the “goose bumps” are apt to look and feel more pronounced in color and texture.

      [edit] Treatment

      There is currently no known cure for keratosis pilaris, however, there are effective treatments available which make its symptoms less apparent. The condition often improves with age and can even disappear completely in adulthood, though some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life. Treatments are largely symptomatic and must be repeated. Regardless, exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, Retin A and medicated lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids or urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin. Milk baths may provide some cosmetic improvement due to the lactic acid — a natural alpha hydroxy acid in milk. Sunlight may also be helpful but increases risk of skin cancer. Small amounts of vitamin A can be used orally but only with exteme caution due to potential for liver damage. Check with a Dermatologist or Family Doctor before taking extra vitamin A due to the vitamins' potential toxic effects.

      Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden (if they do not already appear red), and in many cases will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring. Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can also help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing (such as tight fitting jeans) is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. Instead, the hair grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated, and can be removed, much like an ingrown hair, though can lead to scarring.

      Food allergies may also exacerbate the condition, causing hyper-keratosis pilaris, gluten being a common culprit (source: physician's (MD) oral presentation).

  11. QUESTION:
    How do I fix these appearance downfalls?
    I have all these little random bumps on my thighs are the top of my arms and I need to make them go away but I have no idea what they are! I've had them for years. You can't really see them but you can feel them. Does anyone know what they could be? Theyre really little. And they NEED to go away soon! Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Here you go...

      Keratosis Pilaris
      Keratosis pilaris (commonly called KP) appears as "chicken skin bumps" on the skin. These bumps usually appear on the upper arms and thighs. They also can appear on the cheeks, back and buttocks. Keratosis pilaris, while unattractive, is harmless.

      What Are the Symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris?
      This disorder appears as small, rough bumps. The bumps are usually white or red, but do not itch or hurt. Keratosis pilaris is usually worse during the winter months or other times of low humidity when skin becomes dry. It also may worsen during pregnancy or after childbirth.

      How Is Keratosis Pilaris Treated?
      Although the condition may remain for years, it gradually disappears before age 30 in most cases. Treatment of keratosis pilaris is not medically necessary; but, individuals with this condition may want to seek treatment for cosmetic reasons.

      The initial treatment of keratosis pilaris should be intensive moisturizing. A cream such as Acid Mantle, Vaseline or Complex 15 can be applied after bathing, and then re-applied several times a day. Other treatments may include:

      Medicated creams containing urea (Carmol-20) or alpha-hydroxy acids (Aqua Glycolic, Lacticare) applied twice daily
      Efforts to unplug pores by taking long, hot soaking tub baths and then rubbing the areas with a coarse washcloth or stiff brush.

  12. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid permanently of red dry bumpy skin?
    ever since i was little i have had this type of skin on the sides of my face, all over my arms, and some parts of my chest and i want it gone. ive tried everything, can someone plz recommend something to make it go away

    • ANSWER:
      You might have Keratosis Pilaris.

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris:
      1. Keratosis pilaris rubra: red, inflamed bumps
      2. Keratosis pilaris Alba: rough, white, bumpy skin
      3. Keratosis pilaris rubra faceii: reddish rash over the cheeks

      There is currently no known cure for keratosis pilaris. However, there are effective treatments available that make its symptoms less apparent. The condition often improves with age and can even disappear completely in adulthood, though some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life. Most of the available treatments are purely symptomatic; the one thing they all have in common is need for repetition and ongoing commitment. Some seeking treatment with the disorder may be prescribed Tretinoin or Triamcinolone cream, often by request.

      Triamcinolone, most commonly sold under the trade name Aristocort, is a synthetic corticosteroid medically approved as an anti-inflammatory agent in the treatment of eczema, which also reduces the amount of keratin in pores. It may be of most help to those with keratosis pilaris by reducing red, inflamed bumps. Triamcinolone is typically applied three times a day.

      Tretinoin, most commonly sold under the trade name Retin-A, is a topical retinoid medically approved in the treatment of acne. This medicine works by causing the outer layer of the skin to grow more rapidly, which decreases the amount of the protein keratin in the skin. As a result, the surface layer of the skin becomes thinner and pores are less likely to become blocked, reducing the occurrence of symptoms related to acne. As keratosis pilaris is manifested through excess keratin in the skin, Tretinoin forms a more effective and core approach to treatment than Triamcinolone, which forms a largely symptomatic approach. Tretinoin is typically applied once a day before bed.

      An alternative treatment is Adapalene, a retinoid medication that is a more stable compound, is less sunlight-sensitive, has fewer general side-effects, and may be just as effective as Retin-A. Treatment of KP with Adapalene would be considered an "off-label" use of the medication.

      As with Triamcinolone, Tretinoin or any other treatment, once therapy is discontinued, the condition reverts to its original state. However, skin treated with Tretinoin may take several weeks or more to revert to its pre-treatment condition, but may, at the same time, take several weeks or more to show optimal results, with the condition commonly worsening initially, as underlying keratin is brought to the surface of the skin. Tretinoin is considerably more expensive and dispensed in smaller quantities than Triamcinolone and other treatments. Although it may be the most effective treatment for keratosis pilaris, it is not considered the first line of treatment.

      Keratosis pilaris has not been clinically researched for treatment in an unbiased manner, with all claims of success or improvement being purely marketed or anecdotal. The condition is often dismissed outright by practitioners as being presently untreatable, giving mere moisturizing suggestions or reassurance that the condition will improve or cease with age, typically after 30. General practitioners are often unable to identify the condition. Ignorance, accompanied with the price, availability, quantity dispensed, time taken for optimal results to be achieved, more serious side-effects, adverse reactions, and worsening of the condition in the initial treatment phase - coupled with the cheaper, safer, and easier availability of other treatments - has hindered Tretinoin from showing its potential in the treatment of this condition.

      exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, creams, and lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids and urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin.

      Beta hydroxy acids may help improve the appearance and texture of the afflicted skin. Milk baths may provide some cosmetic improvement due to their containing lactic acid, a natural alpha hydroxy acid in milk. Sunlight may be helpful in moderation. Coconut oil may also be helpful if applied to afflicted areas while in the shower. Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden, and, in many cases, will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring. Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing, such as tight-fitting jeans, is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

  13. QUESTION:
    methods to get rid of Karatosis Pilaris?
    I have karatosis pilaris on my upper arms and my face's cheeks. I am using Eucerin on my face and another brand on my arms. My cheek bumps have seemed to go away but not my arms really. Does anyone have any methods to get rid of KP? Any help is appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, I have the same thing in the same place. I also use the same cream as you. Sadly, they are spreading to my back.

      I was told that there's no way of getting rid of it. *shrugs*

  14. QUESTION:
    Why do I have these small bumps all over my upper arms?
    Ever since I can remember I have had small bumps on my arms. Mostly light in color and only on the upper part of the arm. If I go to the tanning bed a lot, it seems like a lot of them go away, but there are always some there. What does this mean???? Do I have a vitamin deficiency? Do I need to use a certain type of cleanser?

    • ANSWER:
      That could be keratosis pilaris.

      According to one website it is described as this: Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a common skin disorder, typified by "chicken skin" bumps on upper arms, thighs, torso, buttocks and occasionally the cheeks. Excess skin forms around individual hair follicles, creating the characteristic minute, rough, grater-like bumps.

      To me they look like a bunch of ingrown hair bumps.

  15. QUESTION:
    Pimples how do i get rid of them without using proactive?
    i don't want to spend 80$ on a product to clear my face i've tried to use several products but it hasn't helped so far. i have pimples on my face, neck, back, and upper arms.

    • ANSWER:
      I have been using L'oreal Acne Response for the last two weeks and am amazed how my skin looks. I am 30 and for some reason have always had blemishes somewhere at all times. The set is at drug stores I believe but you can find coupons in the Sunday paper for to off. Use a body scub on your back and you can also use the clay face masks on other parts of your body. You back skin is tougher than your face but use a good deep pore mask on your back. Most likely the pimples on your back is caused by sweat or clothes that don't allow your skin to breathe. Make sure you take a shower after activites and try and wear looser cotton clothing. Treat the ones on your back as you would with your face. A good cleansing with an acne cleanser (probably have to have someone help you) , followed by a toner and then a very light layer of drying cream ( all contained in the L'oreal Acne Response kit). As for the ones on your arms, I think it may be Keratosis Pilaric. Also called "Chicken Skin Condition" or "KP" It is when skin builds up around the hair follicles on your upper arms, torso, legs, buttocks and sometimes cheeks. It can create bumps that are red and itchy or that can be like little white heads with a little puss in them. I had this as well. I used Dermadoctors KP Duty. Which you can get a Sephora for for a good sized tube. I noticed a HUGE difference in a few days. If you can't afford that look for a cream that contains Glycolic Acid or other chemical exfoliators. Using a loofah or semi-course body scrub on a daily basis on your amrs will help as well. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about anything!!

  16. QUESTION:
    What are these white bumps on the backs of my arms and thighs?

    • ANSWER:
      If they are very small (ie 1mm) and numerous, they are likely KP-keratosis pilaris. they occur on upper arms, thighs, cheeks mainly. they're very common. you can smooth them with products containing lactic acid, gylcolic acid, or salicylic acid. I am a physician in dermatology, so I know what I'm talking about :)
      but, sometimes it's hard to know what something is unless you see it. there are other possibilities, see your doctor if they bother you.

  17. QUESTION:
    I have Keratosis Pilaris, (chicken skin), which is dry bumpy skin on the upper arms, can anyone help?
    For as long as i can remember, I have had dry, bumpy skin on my upper arms and thighs, I have found out this is called Keratosis Pilaris. Its ment to be really common, with around 50% of people effected by this 'chicken skin' as it is commonly known as. Does anyone have any tips on how to deal with it, or at least make it a lot less noticeable. I would love to be able to wear a tank top!

    • ANSWER:
      You also will need to gently exfoliate those areas regularly (daily?) with this condition. A strong wash cloth and some elbow grease will do it. Make sure you don't use something too rough or harsh as that will tear the top "tissue paper" layer of skin you have and will cause irritation, which will just make your problem worse. Go easy, and do it regularly.

      Then use something to soften the skin and seal in its natural moisture. I see a post suggesting flax seed oil, which is a nice, natural product that surely would do the trick. An oil really cannot "moisturize," but it can lock in any moisture in your skin, so it doesn't dry out so quickly. Dryness could be part of your problem. Flax seed oil may also provide some oil-soluable vitamins that will help.

      I also have a shower filter for chlorine, which I think is an big irritant to many people. I pretty much eliminated my dry and irritated skin problems with the chlorine filter. If you can't install one, try getting one of those counter-top pitchers that filter the water, and use it as a final rise after your bath or show, to see if that also helps. If it's too cold to pour that pitcher on you, use a fresh wash cloth and pour the filtered water on that, then run it over your upper arms. Then pat dry, and seal in the chlorine free moisture on your skin's surface with the flax seed oil. I bet following this regiman will clear you up completely. If you still have some lingering issues with the KP, then after the rinse, add a toner with AlphaHydroxy Acids in it. Let it soak in/dry, and then put on the flax seed oil. You will have the most gorgeous upper arms ever. Girl, get your summer clothes READY!!

      PS I also noticed my complexion was less irritated and dry and felt less "tight" on my cheeks in winter when I managed my skin's exposure to chlorine.

  18. QUESTION:
    How to become more beautiful if...?
    I have keratosis pilaris on my cheeks and it bugs me. I want to be more prettier and I would without this kp. Can anyone tell me stuff to do to become prettier? And maybe how to minimize the kp?

    • ANSWER:
      just see what beautiful features you have and enhance them :)
      and most of all, be yourself.

  19. QUESTION:
    Creams/moisturisers for redness of the face (keratosis pilaris rubra faceii)?
    I have rather sever KP Rubra Faceii which covers both of my cheeks fully. I am aware that there is Pulse Dye Laser treatment that can help it but that's quite an expensive option - so could anyone recommend anything that can help reduce surface redness of the face? Any tips of creams/moisturisers/other would be greatly appriciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure if this works, but the reviews seem pretty legitimate.
      http://www.amazon.com/KP-Elements-Keratosis-Pilaris-Cream/dp/B004IS1GGC
      I have KP too, it sucks. :(

  20. QUESTION:
    shower gel that will help keratosis pilaris?
    I'm using coconut oil as a moisturiser and a generic moisturising shower gel which I'm not all impressed with. Any suggestion?

    Also is there any other advice people have for my skin? Worst area is my bum, thighs and just under my shoulder blades.

    • ANSWER:
      HELP HAS ARRIVED!!!!!!!!!!!

      I had this for years, my mom told me it was eczema. Most people say eczema is a name used for tons of different dry skin conditions that doctors can’t diagnose. I used eczema creams all through Jr. High and High School, all that did was make me feel greasy and uncomfortable with zero results.

      Keratosis pilaris is a common, genetic follicular condition that causes the appearance of rough bumps on the skin. It most often appears on arms, thighs, hands, legs, sides, buttocks, or face (which on the face are often mistaken for acne). Worldwide, Keratosis pilaris affects an estimated 40% of the adult population and approximately 50%-80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men. There are several different types of Keratosis Pilaris, including Keratosis Pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), Keratosis Pilaris Alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), Keratosis Pilaris Rubra Faceii (reddish rash on the cheeks), and related disorders.

      Keratosis Pilaris is caused by Hyperkeratosis: when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin, which is cream colored, surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore, resulting in rough clogged pores. The openings are often closed with a white plug of encrusted sebum, the oily, waxy substance produced by glands in the skin to keep it from drying out. Hyperkeratosis is most likely caused by your body having a vitamin A & E deficiency.

      I started taking vitamin A & E pills at dinner every night and 90% of my white bumps on my cheeks, arms, and legs cleared up. My boss also had white bumps on her arms and tried taking the vitamins too, it worked nicely for her. You could try taking the vitamins, but if you stop taking them, your body will go back to being deficient in them unless you start eating more foods naturally containing vitamins A & E:

      Vitamin A: Liver, Red Pepper, Cayenne, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Dried Apricots, Cantaloupe, Spinach, Squash, Dried Herbs, Papaya, Mangoes, Green Peas, Tomatoes.

      Vitamin E: Sunflower Seeds, Almonds, Pine Nuts, Peanuts, Dried Apricots, Pickled Green Olives, Cooked Taro Root, Wheat Germ/Flax Seed/Corn/Canola/Soybean Oils, Hazelnuts, Broccoli.

      Both A & E: Paprika, Red Chili Peppers or Powder, Spinach

      If the bumps (clogged dry rough crusty pores) have a red or pink ring around them, it could just be that they are inflamed, or it could be some sort of skin infection, such as yeast, which lives on the skin naturally but could become an infection, or bacterial. If they are a little pink or red I would try an antibacterial soap.

      Antibacterial soaps are full of chemicals and poisons, some are so harmful they cause muscle weakness, such as in the heart and tongue, and should not be in stores. A natural alternative is a soap or lotion containing Tea Tree oil. Tea Tree oil has natural antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities. It also has beneficial cosmetic properties. Tea Tree oil has a faint medicinal scent to it like eucalyptus, which is why I would suggest a soap instead of a lotion. Products containing Tea Tree oil can be found in abundance at health and natural and heath stores, but is also available in main stream store such as Wal-Mart for as low as around .

      So in short, vitamin A, vitamin E, soap, and you should be good (: I wish you luck

      Also, ontop of everything listed above, oils like (yes coconut) sunflower, extra virgin olive, jojoba, almond, and argan oil wont clog pores, I would try moisturizing for a few days with lotions containing some of those to soften the KP, then one day of thorough exfoliating to scrape the KP build up on your skin away

  21. QUESTION:
    How can I remove these bumps on my arm?
    I have had these small bumps on my upper arm for almost all of my life and I just recently found out that what I have is called Keratosis Pilaris. Is there any way I can remove these bumps on my arms? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I also have them, and suffer from the same thing.

      the cure i have found is very simple.
      a little sunlight on the arms.
      less dairy & mainly less milk.
      more fresh produce
      more water.

      mine have faded dramatically, and are almost gone!
      when i have a tran, they are hardly there at all!
      good luck!

      Classification

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris, including keratosis pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), rubra faciei (reddish rash on the cheeks), and related disorders.[3]

      [edit] Symptoms and signs

      Keratosis pilaris occurs when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore. This causes the formation of hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). The painless bumps are skin-colored, although they can become red and inflamed at times. Usually many plugs form in an area, causing patches of rough, bumpy skin. This gives the skin a sandpaper or goose flesh appearance.[4] This may be more severe in the winter or times of low humidity, which causes the skin to become dry. It will eventually resolve on its own.[5]

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin's "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. The hair, then, grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated. The hair can be removed, much like an ingrown hair, though removal can lead to scarring.[6]

      Keratosis pilaris may be hereditary. It is present in babies and continues into adulthood, but is uncommon in elderly people. It is most obvious during the teenage years. KP is prevalent in those who have atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis, or descend from Celtic backgrounds. Keratosis pilaris occurs in otherwise healthy people.[7]

      [edit] Treatment

      There is no cure for Keratosis pilaris, but treatment is available. One option is to use a loofa to remove the dead, dry skin. Another option is to use a dermotologist-prescribed cream or lotion that should be applied daily. The best lotions for this condition would have urea, 15% alphahydroxy acids, or Retin A in them. Over-the-counter lotions work as well and should be applied after showering, as well as several times a day.[8] The lotions are often soothing and can help improve the appearance of the skin. [9] Dermotologists also recommend mild peeling agents, or alpha hydroxy acids, that may open up the plugged follicles. Antibiotics may also help in some cases where the bumps are red and badly inflamed.[10] To temporarily reduce redness but not roughness, pulse dye laser treatment or intense pulsed light (IPL) can be done.[11]

      Although it may clear up with treatment, reccurance of KP is very likely. Therefore, treatment should be continued regularly. It may take several months to years for the condition to completely clear up.

      A dermatologist or physician can usually diagnose a patient for Keratosis pilaris by visually inspecting the patient's skin.[12]

  22. QUESTION:
    how do i get rid of keratosis pilaris red dots? the bump is gone, it is just a red dot now.?
    okay, so i have KP all my life, im 18 now. i have it on my cheeks, my legs, my arms. EVERYWHERE. i have tried everything. urea 10% lacacid, kissmyface lotions, and my kp bumps are gone, what remains is the red dots!! i think its from the pore but what can i do? it wont go away! basically, it is just a red dot where the bump use to be.

    • ANSWER:
      What exactly is keratosis pilaris? I know of natural products that have helped with a variety of skin conditions and red "spots" but am wondering if it would be helpful. Email me at psbskin@yahoo.com if you want to share...........

  23. QUESTION:
    What is keratosis pilaris? and how can i get rid of it?
    someone said i have keratosis pilaris on my arms b/c i have had these pimple like things on my arms for about a year.
    whats it caused by and how can i get rid of it?
    its a real pain cus i don't like to wear sleeveless or short sleeve tops while i have it
    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis pilaris (commonly called KP) appears as "chicken skin bumps" on the skin. These bumps usually appear on the upper arms and thighs. They also can appear on the cheeks, back and buttocks. Keratosis pilaris, while unattractive, is harmless.

      Although the condition may remain for years, it gradually disappears before age 30 in most cases. Treatment of keratosis pilaris is not medically necessary; but, individuals with this condition may want to seek treatment for cosmetic reasons.

      The initial treatment of keratosis pilaris should be intensive moisturizing. A cream such as Acid Mantle, Vaseline or Complex 15 can be applied after bathing, and then re-applied several times a day. Other treatments may include:

      * Medicated creams containing urea (Carmol-20) or alpha-hydroxy acids (Aqua Glycolic, Lacticare) applied twice daily
      * Efforts to unplug pores by taking long, hot soaking tub baths and then rubbing the areas with a coarse washcloth or stiff brush

  24. QUESTION:
    My 2 year old has keratosis pilaris?
    My 2 year old daughter has keratosis pilaris. I know it's hereditary, I have it as well. She has it all over her arms and on her cheeks. I need some suggestions for good lotions I can use on her. I have tried all the J&J products and the baby Aveeno lotion. Is there anything else out there?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a site all about your daughters condition:

      http://kpkids.net/

      What is the recommended treatment for KP in children?

      Treatment of Keratosis Pilaris is not medically necessary; however, many parents of children with this condition choose to seek treatment for cosmetic reasons.

      A common initial treatment of Keratosis Pilaris is often intensive moisturizing. In mild to moderate cases of KP, moisturizers and skin lubricants may help with the dryness and ease KP symptoms, but usually do not clear up the bumps in more severe cases.

      The most common treatment recommended for moderate to sever cases of KP is a topical lotion or cream (urea preparations, lactic acid creams and topical retinoids). Mild peeling agents (alpha-hydroxy acids and skin-smoothing scrubs) are the most effective in opening the clogged hair follicles by removing the excess skin.
      Keratosis Pilaris symptoms often worsen during the Winter months, when your child's skin will likely be the driest. In the Summer months, the increase in humidity leaves skin less dry, and the pinkish-red coloration can easily become camouflaged.

  25. QUESTION:
    how to get rid keratosis pilaris?
    i have this little bumps onmy harms and cheeks taht are called keratosis pilaris. i don't know how to get rid of them. does anybody know?

    • ANSWER:
      I have that also, and it started to go away when I was around 18, now it's almost completely gone. :)

      There is no cure for Keratosis pilaris, though it may improve with age and even disappear completely in adulthood; however, some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life. Treatments are largely symptomatic and must be repeated. Regardless, exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, and medicated lotions containing alpha-hydroxy acids or urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin.

      Taking calcium supplements alone will not cure Keratosis pilaris, as it is not a deficiency, but a utilization problem. However, there are supplements specifically designed to help the body process calcium which in turn allow the pores to function properly, thereby smoothing out the skin and alleviating this condition. Sugar consumption and foods with a high glycemic rating should also be reduced if possible, as sugar flushes calcium from the body at a higher rate.

      Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden (if they do not already appear red), and in many cases will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring. Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can also help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing (such as tight fitting jeans) is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the ketanized skin "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. Instead, the hair grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated, and can be removed if the bump is picked our squeezed (which can lead to scarring).

  26. QUESTION:
    How can I get nice smooth skin?
    Because at the moment,
    My cheeks are red and blotchy .

    My forehead and nose are perfect though :)
    And my nose is shiny >.<
    I also have Chicken Skin [KP]

    • ANSWER:
      Cleanse, tone and moisturise every day!
      Also, when you get out of the bath/shower, rub some Palmers Coca Butter over your legs and arms. It smells gorgeous and it makes your skin so smooth! I use it everyday =)

  27. QUESTION:
    My skin has all these red bumps all over my skin?
    Its not a rash, but its not the chicken pox either, i have no idea what they are they arent pimples either.

    • ANSWER:
      could be eczema or psoriasis...if it isn't itchy, it could be a skin condition known as keratosis pilaris, or KP. That's a condition where your body produces an excess of a protein called keratin and it accumulates around the hair follicles. its common on thighs, arms, abdomen and rarely the cheeks.

  28. QUESTION:
    Have a rash under both butt cheeks?
    I have a rash under both butt cheeks, they are in the same spot and look the same. The whole area is swollen and red and there are a bunch of small bumps. Not sure how I got it... I haven't used any new lotions, please answer back with any (serious) ideas. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there :)

      Assuming you eat a healthy diet and don't abuse your skin with products, that rules out many things.

      Now, from what you're describing, I can think of four possible aliments.

      1. Sometimes symptoms of skin allergies start to appear. They truly appear at random times. It could be a scented detergent or fabric softener. They, in general, can aggravate sensitive skin, especially around the area you are describing, because that area, as well as the thighs, receives a lot of friction from clothes. You can try switching to a "free and clear" detergent and fabric softener.

      2. This brings me to my next point, chaffing. If you have recently worn tight shorts or scratchy shorts or pants, and gone running or hiking, the area underneath your buttocks will feel the effects of friction. You can try wearing loose clothing, or put on some chaffing gel or cream before exercising.

      3. There's a disease called Keratosis Pilaris, a long name for a harmless problem. It appears in early adulthood, and causes skin to be red with bumps, sometimes the bumps are a bit infected. It will go away later in life, but can be treated with using a soothing lotion like Cortizone-10 healing cream. I would double check with your doctor for this, because there are many skin conditions that can appear like KP, but it happens often in the area you described.

      4. A skin virus is unlikely but possible. I had one before, and it was around my buttocks and thighs. With antibiotics and a dermatologist's removal of the bumps, you'll be fine.

      I hope I helped you! Please feel free to contact me with any more questions!

  29. QUESTION:
    Tiny bumps on arms? What are they and how can I get rid of them?
    1. How do I get rid of them?
    2. What exactly is it?
    my mom said i've had it since I was little. I got tiny bumps on my arms, a tiny bit on the legs, and a little bit on my cheeks. After showers I always put fragranceless lotion on my face (so it wont cause pimples) and lotion on my arms and legs and it works for awhile make them smoother on my face anyway.

    they are NOT pimples
    When cold wind blows against my face the bumps turn red on my cheeks. Also if I scratch the bumps, they'll itch for awhile.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like it might be Keratosis Pilaris (sometimes called chicken skin), a harmless but annoying skin condition that MANY people have. It's most common on the back of arms and legs, but can also be found on the face, butt, torso - basically anywhere except the palms and soles of your feet. Some of us have it forever, while the more fortunate will lose it as they get older.

      It is caused by keratin (the stuff your hair and fingernails are made of) building up around the hair follicles. Most people slough this off without any trouble, but some of us get little hard bumps. Picking them can cause scars (ask me how I know!). The best way to get rid of them is by using a lotion with an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta hydroxy acid (BHA). The most common BHA is salicylic acid, which is found in a lot of acne treatments. AHA's include lactic acid (found in milk) and glycolic acid. Look for lactic acid in the ingredient list on lotions. It's much milder than glycolic acid. If the lactic acid doesn't work, try lotions with glycolic acid, but be very careful, as it can cause your skin to peel. You also want to look for lotions that have Urea, which helps your skin retain moisture. Lotions with AHA or BHA can make your skin more susceptible to sunburn, so be sure to use sunscreen regularly.

      Check out the links below for more information on Keratosis Pilaris (KP).

  30. QUESTION:
    how can i get rid of chicken skin? (KP)?
    Ok so I have chicken skin on my CHEEKS which really sucks and I have it on my thighs and arms so is there any way to get rid of it? Please help

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a chronic skin condition periodically becoming worse and/or better.
      KP is a skin disorder that cannot be cured. It is hereditary, and the severity varies from person to person.
      - http://www.medicinenet.com/keratosis_pil…
      - http://www.helpforkp.com/

      Treatment options for keratosis pilaris focus on exfoliating or softening the skin to reduce keratin clogged pores. Most commonly, lotions that contain 2% lactic acid or salicylic acid will help to break down the keratin plugs over time.
      - http://www.skintreatmentcream.com/kp-tre…
      - http://www.keratosispilaristreatments.co…

      An important first treatment step is to use a gentle cleansing agent with light abrasive properties, (often termed "scrub"), but one that keeps moisture such as an exfoliant for sensitive skin. The goal is to clean and open the pores of the skin without over drying. Other measures to avoid excessive dryness include taking lukewarm, brief showers and using a humidifier, particularly during the winter months when low humidity dries out the skin.

      You could make sure to be drinking more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out. As well, drinking water helps to wash out the toxins in the body.

      I would also suggest you increase your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you're not allergic)
      Ground Fennel seeds and Flax seeds, as well as Flax seed Oil supplements (omega 3’s) also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
      Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.

      You could try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.
      http://www.healthy-skincare.com/vitamin-…

      For the redness on your cheeks, there are products you can buy that are specifically made to help reduce redness:
      - LaTherapie Paris has a fortifying skin cream that is supposed to help soften high colour (reduce redness)
      - There is a cream called ROSACURE which is an anti-redness cream formulated to reduce redness for rosacea-prone skin types. (even if it's not rosacea)
      - Guinot has a cream called RED LOGIC which claims to neutralize the appearance of red blood vessels.

  31. QUESTION:
    how do i treat Keratosis Pilaris?
    i'm 14 and i just found out that the little white bumps on my arms, cheeks, and, embarisingly, butt, are a condition called keratosis pilaris. i don't have a lot of money to spend on treatments, probably at most. is there anything i can do on my own to get rid of the bumps?

    • ANSWER:
      Okay i know basically everything about Keratosis Pilaris. KP (chicken skin) is a skin disorder passed down from genetics which disappears at the age of +30. half of the worlds population suffers and had suffered from KP. unfortunately KP can NOT be cure but CAN be treated. 1. never pick, itch, squeese, or touch KP because it will bleed. 2. let your affected skin breathe air so dont cover your skin. 3. cleanse ur skin with a loofah sponge. 4. apply lotion such as amlactin or try the dermadocter KP duty cream () or use the dermadocter scrub wash () 5. let ur skin see sunlight. 6.be proud of it because ur not alone. i also (14) have KP and .....acne =,= crap.....and they are everywhere..butt.cheek.arms.legs.back. but dont worry :D people who are good people would never mind these little flaws and wont really care.

  32. QUESTION:
    Can Keratosis pilaris spread to other parts of your body?
    I have these bumps on my upper arm area that I believe is Keratosis pilaris. I was wondering can it be spread to other parts of my body?

    • ANSWER:
      Its not contagious and doesn't spread that way but you can have a flare up on other areas of the body. Its most common on the cheeks, upper arms and thighs.

      KP (Keratosis Pilaris) is a plugging of the hair follicules. Its benign and will not ever harm your health but if you do not like the appearence of it you can use over the counter products for it like Amlactin, Lac-Hydrin or Lacticare. It takes a while for these small little bumps to smooth out but be diligent and they will go away. You can also shower with a loofah daily to help soften them. Worse case see a dermatologist where you can buy a KP kit which is a glycolic acid shower wash and lotion for afterwards that will help the best.

  33. QUESTION:
    I have serious questions about tanning?
    Well I am a white pale girl & I also have some keratosis pilaris on my arms and cheeks.
    I read that tanning helps hide it. I also wanted to tan anyways to get some glow, not jersey shore color.. like Kendall & Khloe Kardashian color.

    My question is, is that even possible? and does it really hide kp? AND How likely am i to get skin cancer if I tan once a month? by the way, I also sit in saunas twice a week.

    • ANSWER:
      Tanning is a bad idea since the chances of skin cancer increases -even once a month (by the way - tanning beds are just as worse if not more).

      The combo of *very dry air* and sun does help KP - but I wouldn't recommend it as a permanent solution.

      Instead - try using acne cream that contains Benzoyl Peroxide, one tube cost about and lasts for a while (depends how big is the area of skin).
      I recommend :
      OXY (10% Benzoyl Peroxide)
      Clearasil (10% Benzoyl Peroxide)
      Neutrogena's "on the spot" (but it has only 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide)

  34. QUESTION:
    raised red and itchy bumps on my arms only?
    last month I started having raised red itchy bumps on both of my upper arms only, I thought maybe insect bites but no they come and go, I'm taking metatoprol for high blood, I do have a app with my doctor next week I do have allergies can anyone help?

    • ANSWER:
      I have that too Its called Keratosis Pilaris.
      All you have to do to get Rid of It Is Exfoliate with a Loofah Brush.
      If you have a Walgreens near you there is also Vanicream Soap that Helps Me When Im using the Loofah.You can also buy Lubriderm i heard which I will have to do.Heres a little about KP:

      Worldwide, KP affects an estimated 40% of the adult population and approximately 50%-80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men.

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris, including keratosis pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), rubra faceii (reddish rash on the cheeks), and related disorders.

      While KP resembles goose bumps, it is characterized by the appearance of small rough bumps on the skin. As a result, many people with keratosis pilaris do not know they have it, and it is often confused with acne.

      Keratosis pilaris occurs when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin, which is cream color, surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore. This causes the formation of hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). Bearing only cosmetic consequence, the condition most often appears as a proliferation of tiny hard bumps that are seldom sore or itchy. Though people with keratosis pilaris experience this condition year-'round, it is during the colder months, when moisture levels in the air are lower, that the problem can become exacerbated and the goose bumps are apt to look and feel more pronounced in color and texture.

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin's "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. The hair, then, grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated. The hair can be removed, much like an ingrown hair, though removal can lead to scarring.

  35. QUESTION:
    My 2 year old has bad breathe diarrhea and stinky farts, also red cheeks no fever?
    Is it teething? I mean it really stinks :(

    • ANSWER:
      Stinky farts depends on what you feed him. Like mushed vegies and apple sauce can cause dairrhea and stinky farts. The red cheeks are probably KP (A child hood skin condition) or eczema (This is usually first noticed in child hood). Bad breath. Well did you try brushing his teeth or rinsing out his mouth?

  36. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know anything about Keratosis Pilaris?
    What can i do to make it go away? I am using AmLactin Cream and it is not working!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a very common genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin and hence colloquially referred to as "chicken skin". It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (though the lower arms can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet). Less commonly, lesions appear on the face and may be mistaken for acne.

      Worldwide, KP affects an estimated 40 to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50 to 80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men. Varying in degree, cases of KP can range from minimal to severe.[citation needed]

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris, including keratosis pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), rubra faceii (reddish rash on the cheeks) and related disorders.

      Many people with keratosis pilaris do not know they have it (if the condition is mild). While KP resembles goose bumps, it is characterized by the appearance of small rough bumps on the skin. As a result, it is often confused with acne.

      Keratosis pilaris occurs as excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin, accumulates within the hair follicles forming hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). Bearing only cosmetic consequence, the condition most often appears as a proliferation of tiny hard bumps that are seldom sore or itchy. Though people with keratosis pilaris experience this condition year round, it’s during the colder months when moisture levels in the air are lower that the problem can become exacerbated and the “goose bumps” are apt to look and feel more pronounced in color and texture.

      Treatment

      There is no known cure for Keratosis pilaris, though it may improve with age and even disappear completely in adulthood; however, some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life.

      Treatments are largely symptomatic and must be repeated. Regardless, exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, and medicated lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids or urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin.

      Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden (if they do not already appear red), and in many cases will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring.

      Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can also help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing (such as tight fitting jeans) is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. Instead, the hair grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated, and can be removed if the bump is picked or squeezed (which can lead to scarring.)

  37. QUESTION:
    Help: I have been diagnosed with keratosis pliaris?
    I was recently diagnosed with keratosis pilaris on the back of my arms by a family doctor. They prescribed some cream for it and it has helped a bit, but with summer coming up I am embarrassed to show my arms. It is minimal but there :( and the doctor said it could be worse. Is there any cure for it? Can a peel help? Help please.

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a common skin disorder, typified by “chicken skin” bumps on upper arms, thighs, torso, buttocks and occasionally the cheeks. Excess skin forms around individual hair follicles, creating the characteristic minute, rough, grater-like bumps.
      As seen in
      Health Magazine

      Keratosis Pilaris affects almost 50% of the world’s population and is particularly likely to affect anyone prone to eczema, asthma or hayfever.

      It’s never a chore to attain flawless, smooth skin. KP Duty™ effectively eliminates crustiness, flaking, and dry, rough chicken skin – no prep work or scrubbing required.

      KP Duty™ is a concentrated treatment with potent antioxidant Green Tea, moisture replenishing Hyaluronic Acid and texturizing Dimethicone.

      Contains:
      Glycolic Acid - Powerful AHA
      Sodium Glycolate – Glycolic Acid salt with buffering action
      Green Tea – Botanical antioxidant with soothing anti-redness action
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      Sodium Hyaluronate –Potent hydrating agent
      Dimethicone – Barrier agent – reduces moisture evaporation

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  38. QUESTION:
    will coconut oil help my redness and KP?
    i have had redness on my cheeks all my life and have had KP (chicken skin) for a few years, and i hate both of them, they make me feel so self-concious. i've read that coconut oil does wonders for both of these and was just wondering if anyone reading this has used coconut oil and if it works for both, if so what type of cocount oil, how do you apply it, should you consume it or rub it on the affected areas. thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:

  39. QUESTION:
    how can you reduce keratosis pilaris?
    well ive had kp for my whole life and i wanted to know how to reduce it... i know its not curable ...yada yada yada
    but i want tips on how to reduce to kind that you get on your face(cheeks) mostly

    • ANSWER:
      i used to have it too but there is a way to get rid of it. use KP duty from dermadoctor this stuff really works. make sure you use it every day & after about two months after using it all of my kp was gone. this stuff works and is amazing!!!! its worth the money.

  40. QUESTION:
    I have weird goosebumps patches around my body. Can it be keratosis pilaris?
    - Just turned 18 in May and never had these symptoms before in my life.
    - Been taking a diet pill that contained LingZhi, Ebony, Fox-nut, Tuckahoe, Seman Pruni, Dioscoreae, Wheat Germ, and Nature Substance since July 8, but no abormal reaction to it
    - "Goosebumps" appeared on July 25 after taking antibiotics called Nitrofurantoin 100MG
    - Started taking those antibiotics on July 23 ; total = 5 pills that was taken
    - It went away after a week or a few days, but I shaved thinking it was okay, then it appeared again!
    - Used the juice of the Aloe Vera plant&used it on my skin which made the bumps a little smooth and appeared for only a few seconds
    - Everything was okay until the day after I used Nair to "shave" ; The bumps appeared again, just like how it was the first time.
    - Sometimes, the "goosebumps" appear in little patches then it appears everywhere on my thighs, legs, and arms. Sometimes my cheeks, but you can't see those, and lately, I feel like I have it appearing on my head..
    - I also been drinking 100% Cranberry Juice which seem to work fine.
    - My boyfriend told me that I seem to get those "goosebumps" when people usually get goosebumps [From being cold, scared, etc.] It's just really weird for these bumps to actually be goosebumps.
    - At first I thought it was ingrown hairs, but it's definately not.
    - I do have similar symptoms to keratosis pilaris, yet not quite sure.
    - When I shower, I don't scrub hard, and afterwards, I gently pat my skin with a towel then apply moisturizer.
    - I do seem to also get the bumps when I shower, like mainly after I start washing the shampoo off of my hair
    - I even changed shampoos to Herberl Essence since the one I bought contains Vitamin E and Aloe Vera. It does seem to still give me that "goosebumps" appearing feeling on my head from time to time since Monday, the 20th of July.
    The bumps look exactly like goosebumps, just sometimes appear in little patches. I've done my research, yet it doesn't seem to fully answer what it is exactly. Also, the "goosebumps" don't permanently stay on my body. It comes and go like actual goosebumps, yet I don't think it's normal goosebumps.

    The bumps don't itch yet I do get some "pimples" on my thighs, and arms, basically ingrown hairs. I don't have much of it, but I do have a few, yet it's mainly on my thighs.

    I can't see a dermatologist, because my doctor has to recommend me to one. It's hard getting an appointment to see him, so I might go check it out at my school's nurse, since I have to pay for the health fee, so I might as well use it.

    • ANSWER:
      firstly do not worry even if it IS ks

      Worldwide, KP affects an estimated 40 to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50 to 80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men.

      do you feel sore or itchy?

      here are its symptoms

      read them and decide are your conditions similar

      Keratosis pilaris occurs as excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin, accumulates within the hair follicles forming hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). Bearing only cosmetic consequence, the condition most often appears as a proliferation of tiny hard bumps that are seldom sore or itchy. Though people with keratosis pilaris experience this condition year round, it’s during the colder months when moisture levels in the air are lower that the problem can become exacerbated and the “goose bumps” are apt to look and feel more pronounced in color and texture.

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. Instead, the hair grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated, and can be removed, much like an ingrown hair, though removal can lead to scarring.

      hope that hlped

  41. QUESTION:
    Why is it that "pro-lifers" are against abortion...?
    ...but turn the other cheek and ban the usage of prophylactics and other birth control systems?

    • ANSWER:
      Listen to Fireball

      She has it exactly right.

      Kp

  42. QUESTION:
    Bumpy patches of skin on baby?
    My 6 month old has a bumpy patch of skin on both of his arms, between the elbow and the shoulder. The patch is not red nor does it seem to bother baby. It just looks like tiny little bumps, the same color as his skin. We don't use dryer sheets and it's been there since before I started introducing solids. Does anyone know what this could be? Should I be applying a special cream of some sort? All we use now is J&J baby lotions.

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis Pilaris is a common skin condition diagnosed in approximately 40% of the population. It is characterized by tiny bumps on the skin, usually found on the outer areas of the upper arms, thighs, cheeks and sometimes the face (often referred to as "chicken skin").

      The bumps give a sandpaper-like texture to the skin in these areas. It commonly presents itself as flesh-colored to slightly red, rough little bumps. Visit your child's Physician or Dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis. In most cases, your child's doctor can diagnose Keratosis Pilaris, also known as KP, simply by examining and touching the skin.

      Depending on the severity of your child's case of KP, your child's physician or dermatologist may recommend a prescription medicine including antibiotics.

      here's the website, with tons more info, including over-the-counter suggestions:

      http://kpkids.net/

  43. QUESTION:
    Whats the best cure for KP?
    kp = keratosis pilaris. Its all over my arms and i can't get em out.

    • ANSWER:
      This was borrowed from webmd.com & I've put the link into the source below for you. Hope it helps.

      Keratosis Pilaris

      Keratosis pilaris (commonly called KP) appears as "chicken skin bumps" on the skin. These bumps usually appear on the upper arms and thighs. They also can appear on the cheeks, back and buttocks. Keratosis pilaris, while unattractive, is harmless.

      What Are the Symptoms of Keratosis Pilaris?

      This disorder appears as small, rough bumps. The bumps are usually white or red, but do not itch or hurt. Keratosis pilaris is usually worse during the winter months or other times of low humidity when skin becomes dry. It also may worsen during pregnancy or after childbirth.

      How Is Keratosis Pilaris Treated?

      Although the condition may remain for years, it gradually disappears before age 30 in most cases. Treatment of keratosis pilaris is not medically necessary; but, individuals with this condition may want to seek treatment for cosmetic reasons.

      The initial treatment of keratosis pilaris should be intensive moisturizing. A cream such as Acid Mantle, Vaseline or Complex 15 can be applied after bathing, and then re-applied several times a day. Other treatments may include:

      Medicated creams containing urea (Curel, Carmol-20) or alpha-hydroxy acids (Aqua Glycolic, Lacticare) applied twice daily
      Efforts to unplug pores by taking long, hot soaking tub baths and then rubbing the areas with a coarse washcloth or stiff brush
      Prescription medicines including antibiotics (Erythromycin, Bactrim)

  44. QUESTION:
    I have a lot of really weird pimples on my arms :S?
    I guess the Q says it all, please just serious answers :)
    Need help :S

    • ANSWER:
      It could be keratosis pilaris a.k.a. chicken skin or KP. It's very common, especially on the upper arms and thighs and even cheeks. (I had it when I was a kid, it went away when I got older.. and now I have it again!)

      The best thing for it is exfoliation followed by a moisturizer. There are special KP products (I am using DERMAdoctor's KP Duty exfoliant, for example) and they work pretty well. :)

      Don't pick at them. You'll get bad scars when you get older.. my mom used to pick at hers and she now has deep scars. I'm hoping I don't get scarring, but I did pick at them.. :(

  45. QUESTION:
    Cure for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have KP on my thighs and my arms. I used to have KP on my cheeks years ago but I eventually began using this product from Almay (some sort of skin milk) and it completely disappeared. Unfortunately, I never used the moisturizer on my legs or my arms and I'm still plagued with KP. Is there anything out there that can cure KP?

    • ANSWER:
      Tyson&Chino,
      Unfortunately there is no cure for keratosis pilaris, the skin condition that leaves little red bumps – “chicken flesh” - on the back of your arms and thighs. Keratosis pilaris is benign, self-limiting, and often disappears with age. It is more common in patients who tend to have very dry skin, or who have atopic dermatitis (eczema). It seems to run in families. Treatment of keratosis pilaris is not necessary, and unfortunately often has disappointing results. However, if you desire to treat it, with persistence, most people can get a fairly satisfactory improvement with intensive moisturizing. Try a moisturizing cream and re-apply it when the skin appears to have dried. Use it especially after a shower/bath and before going to bed.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      I add a link with details of this subject

      http://en.wikipedia.org/
      wiki/Keratosis_pilaris

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  46. QUESTION:
    Small, painless, flesh-colored bumps on backs of upper arms?
    Anyone know what that is? I can't really give much more info than what I put in the 'question.' Sometimes I can scratch a part of a bump off, and there are about, I dunno, forty VERY small bumps on each arm? It's only on the upper arms, mainly the backs.

    I remember seeing three or four of these five years ago, and since then, they've multiplied. My oldest brother had this, and I know quite a few friends have it, too. Does anyone know the name of this and/or treatments for it?

    • ANSWER:
      This might be Keratosis Pilaris (KP).

      Here is a quote from www.medicinenet.com

      "Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a very common skin disorder seen in many people of all ages. It is a benign condition that presents as numerous small, rough, red, or tan bumps primarily around hair follicles on the upper arms, legs, buttocks, and sometimes cheeks. KP creates a "goose bumps," "gooseflesh," or "chicken skin" appearance on the skin. A majority of people with KP may be unaware that the skin condition has a designated medical term or that it is treatable. In general, KP is often cosmetically displeasing but medically completely harmless. KP is frequently noted in otherwise healthy people."

      Check out the info here: http://www.medicinenet.com/keratosis_pilaris/article.htm

  47. QUESTION:
    Any good makeup for kp?
    I have the skin condition called Keratosis Pilaris (red, rough, bumpy skin). I have it on my cheeks, and it seems that every makeup brand I use (for example clinique and covergirl) it just makes my face redder and itchy. Is there any makeup out there that could cover the kp up without turning my face more red?

    • ANSWER:
      try using natural and organic makeups. i dunno any brands but you can look at ulta and makeup stores. theyll tell u and or make up pros and artist.

  48. QUESTION:
    I have weird bumps on the side of my face? Make them go away!?
    They are the color of my skin. They are on the side of my cheek, some of them are white. I know its not pimples cuz you cant pop them. How can i make the go away!? What are they!?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like KP- Keratosis Pilaris which is a skin condition that can affect any area of the body but most of the time that I have seen it on peoples faces it does seem to be in the cheek area. Unfortunatly, there isn't a cure yet but I have a co-worker who has a pretty bad case of it all over her arms and legs and she started using a product we carry at our spa that is for acne. Instantly the redness is gone and the roughness is down probably 50% in about a weeks time. She swears by it!! The Clear Skin Ultra Gel is what it is called but what it has in it that is helping her skin is a time-released lactic and glycolic acid exfoliation and a ton of soothing and anti-redness ingredients. I used it on a bride that I was doing makeup for and she couldn't believe her eyes; she bought it right then and continues to buy it now. she was so greatful b/c her arms were not red in her wedding photos. You can find it at www.facesbeautyboutique.com under skin care systems and Visiblly Clear System. I would look up some pictures on the internet and see if that is what your spots look like and read some of the symtoms too. Obviously I can't tell for sure if this is what you have but it kinda sounds like it to me. Hope this helps

  49. QUESTION:
    Keratosis Pilaris HELP?
    So i have this skin problem(KP) on my cheeks, upper arms, legs and bum. Google it if you don't know.

    I need to know a way to cover the ones on my arms. I haven't worn sleeveless tops for 4-5yrs, i'm really embarassed. Any way to help clear it up, tone down the redness and anything that can cover it well enough?? please need help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      KP is a for of hair follicles inflammation. You can get a tube of acne cream that contains Benzoyl Peroxide (5% or 10%), for example OXY or Cleasill. A tube cost around and it did wonders for me ( I use a local brand to my country, but I did try OXY once- same stuff).


kp on cheeks

Children Bumps On Skin

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are these tiny skin-colored bumps on my arms, face and legs?
    I had these tiny skin-colored bumps on my skin since I was a child. First it was on my arms then when I grew into an adolescent it started to appear on my forehead and my lower limbs. What are these? They don't itch not unless you touch them and they just don't seem to look good. They don't hurt and they're pimples. What are these?How do you treat this?

    • ANSWER:
      Because dermatology is a visual science, you would either have to post some clear pictures of the bumps, or show them to your dermatologist, if you wanted a valid answer to your question.

  2. QUESTION:
    What would you recommend to treat skin tags on an eleven year old?
    First, we don't know if they are actually skin tags. They are along the middle of his abdomen and are spreading rapidly. At one point he mentioned one popped. A rash occasionally occurs around them and they sometimes itch.

    Are these skin tags? If not, what are they? And lastly, how do we get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Jane - What you are describing as "spreading rapidly" does NOT sound like skin tags, but is more likely to be something called molluscum contagiosum, a viral condition. This is an unfortunate name, because these harmless viral bumps are really not contagious from one person to another. Kids often get them in various places such as the chest or neck. They sometimes get a little bit red, but they always go away even if left untreated. The average duration is a little on the long side, though, about nine months. Because most treatments involve pain and multiple sessions, doctors usually advise parents of young children who have them to just let them be until they disappear on their own. If you want confirmation, visit either a dermatologist MD or pediatrician.

      Good luck.

  3. QUESTION:
    How can I make my skin look clearer?
    I have keratosis pilaris. I'm going to a new school for 8th grade, and what I'd like to know is how to make the bumps on my skin go away. They're embarrasing.
    Also, I can't go out and but random medicine, it needs to work with things that are normal in a house w/children.
    Acne meds don't work for me. They aren't pimples, you know.

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    What can cause these bumps on my newborns face?
    Day by day more bumps apear. So what could it be, and i am breastfeeding her. There on her forehead and starting on her cheeks. Also behind her sideburns. And covering her earlobe. Some bumps are red.

    • ANSWER:
      http://children.webmd.com/guide/baby-skin-rashes

      Check out the website above. It is very helpful and also has pictures so you can match up what you are seeing on your baby to different causes.

  5. QUESTION:
    What are these tiny lttle bumps on my babies face?
    She is 7 months old and i noticed today that she has some tiny little bumps like pimples on her face. The area in between her eyebrows and a little on her cheeks. They are red but barely noticeable. She has never had this before. Does anyone know what it is?

    • ANSWER:
      Does baby acne appear on newborns?Most baby acne first appears when your child is three to four weeks old. To avoid featuring a pimply baby, take his baby announcement picture before the baby acne appears.

      The best cure for baby acne is kisses. Lots of kisses. Just keep up those kisses, and before you know it, it'll clear right up.

      The good news is that they will definitely go away on their own, so no worries!

      Will baby acne leave permanent scars?Don't worry about this acne leaving any lasting marks. Once the pores clear up, they go back to normal without scarring or leaving any red marks.

      Is baby acne caused by an allergy?

      If your child's skin is sensitive to the laundry soap you use, a little redness or acne might appear on his face. Try washing his clothes in laundry detergent designed especially for infants and remember never to use fabric softener until your child is at least 18 months old.

      How do I treat baby acne?Aquaphor works wonders! After trying everything putting Aquaphor on the cheeks virtually cleared it right up. Try it; it's very mild.

      I don't want to sound shallow, but does anyone have any good ideas for good pictures of my baby that don't show the acne as much?No one wants to admit it, but it really stinks when you're dealing with baby acne at the very time you're taking a bazillion photos of the new baby. One trick is to take a lot of black and white or convert your color film. It definitely minimizes the acne in the photo, plus, who doesn't love beautiful classic black&white photos of newborns?

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the bump right next to my fingernail?
    Sometimes I get this bump on the bit of skin right next to my fingernail. After it "grows" for a few days to a week, it hardens over and the skin becomes slightly clear and there's green stuff inside. As gross as it sounds, I pick the harden skin off and remove the green stuff. Within a week, the finger's healed over.

    I apologize for the child-like detail, but that's really the best way I can describe it.

    • ANSWER:
      the green pus means its infected. the best thing to do is soak your finger in warm of hot water, or epsom salts. picking at probably isn't helping

  7. QUESTION:
    How can you tell if your child is allergic to your animal?
    cat in particular. Would the child cough, sneeze, etc. Please give symptoms and how I can tell she is allergic before I give my cat up. My daughter has been coughing for several months now and I'm nor sure if it's due to the cat. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Year-round (as opposed to seasonal) symptoms such as a skin rash, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, and frequent sneezing indoors are all signs that a child has an indoor allergy to dust mites, mold, or a pet. It will take a little work to find out whether it's your pet or something else that's the problem.

      Before going to the doctor it may be helpful to do a little sleuthing yourself. Start by observing your child's reactions before and after playing with your pet. If your child's symptoms persist, it may be helpful to have him spend a weekend away, at a friend's house or Grandma's, to see whether his symptoms clear up when he's not around your pet. After a few days, reunite child and pet and check your child's reaction. (Removing your dog or cat from the house for a test period won't do much good, since there may be enough pet dander in your home to trigger your child's allergies even when your pet isn't around.)

      Once you have a pretty good idea that your pet is behind the allergies, check in with your doctor. If your child's symptoms are mild, the doctor may prescribe some antihistamines and a decongestant to handle the symptoms. If these medicines don't help, you'll need to see an allergist to figure out exactly what your child is allergic to, and to determine the best course of treatment. If it turns out that your child is allergic to the pet, your allergist will probably recommend finding a new home for your family friend.

      To determine allergy triggers, your child's allergist may conduct a prick or scratch test, in which he scratches the surface of your child's skin in several places and applies a small amount of liquid allergen to each scratch. After 15 to 20 minutes the allergist will look for bumps or welts, like small mosquito bites, that indicate an allergy. The only way you may know for sure is to remove the pet from your home and do a thorough cleaning. Don't expect your child's symptoms to clear up right away, though — it can take up to six months for allergen levels in your home to drop enough to make a difference.

  8. QUESTION:
    Could my baby be having a reaction to the chicken pox and measles vaccine?
    My 1 year old got a Measles,Mumps,Rubella Vaccine and Chicvkenpox vaccine 9 days ago. In the past few days she has started getting little red bumps on her skin. Could that be a reaction to one of the vaccine?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. But it's not a "bad reaction".

      About 1 in 10 children develop a very mild form of measles approx 10 days after the vaccine. This includes a rash, and fever, etc. This can be a side effect of the Varicella vaccine too. It's a fairly common side effect and is seldom of any consequence.

  9. QUESTION:
    What could this rash be on my childs forehead?
    My daughter developed a weird rash on her face for a few days. The bumps were very tiny but there were tons of them. Her face was very pink. Then we noticed a bump developing near her hair line on her forehead. At first it looked like a scar but now it looks bumpy too and it's starting to develop a clearly defined ring. My daughter said that it was itchy and it hurt a little. It doesn't look like ringworm so what else could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      it actually sounds like ringworm- ringworm comes in various forms. for an at home treatment- go to the store and get some selson blue (the dandruff shampoo) put it on twice a day for a few minutes the ingredients in it will kill the ringworm. don't let your daughter touch it or scratch it- it will spread and spread fast. once it starts to die (it will turn white) then start treating the skin with aloe and other moisturizing skin treatments- but still do the selsun blue once a day until it is completely gone. if you really think that is something else maybe an eczema patch or staph infection than see your doctor. eczema can be treated with eucerin (the original- the really thick stuff) and is very common this time of year because of the changing weather. if it is a staph infection than your daughter will need antibiotics and eczema treatment. but honestly- without seeing it- it sounds like ringworm. eczema usually develops in areas like the legs and arms- especially backs of knees and arm crease. ringworm is more common in areas that aren't covered in clothing-like the face. hope that helps

  10. QUESTION:
    I have little red bumps on my arms any suggestions?
    I have little tiny bumps on my upper arms on the sides, sometimes the bumps dry out. Are there any ways to make them less noticable or curing it?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, here is what you have:
      Keratosis pilaris is a harmless skin disorder that causes small, acne-like bumps. Although it isn't serious, keratosis pilaris can be frustrating because it's difficult to treat.

      "Keratosis pilaris results from a buildup of protein called keratin in the openings of hair follicles in the skin. This produces small, rough patches, usually on the arms and thighs. Though quite common with young children, keratosis pilaris can occur at any age.

      Many people are bothered by the goose flesh appearance of keratosis pilaris, but it doesn't have long-term health implications and occurs in otherwise healthy people."
      from: Mayoclinic.com

      Here are some treatment options for it:

      http://skincarerx.com/keratosis-pilaris.html

      Sometimes Keratosis pilaris clears up on its own, sometimes not, so the products on the website above are good options. Good luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    What essentials should I buy for the arrival of our first child and when is the best time to start??
    My wife has just had her 13 week scan and now that we have seen our little angel kicking and moving and hopefully past the so called danger period we are starting to think ahead to our pending arrival. I have just signed up to this site for the first time as I hope some get some answers to the hundreds of questions surrounding our little bump and im sure a few hints and tips along the way. Many Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Diapers size1(Baby will grow out of newborn in a matter of weeks!) wipes, plenty of "burp rags"(cloth diapers and some cheap receiving blankets are perfect for this) a large changing pad for diapering and baths. While in the hospital(if your hospital uses them)"tactfully acquire" one or two of the bed pads they will put on your wife's bed. They are great changing/bathing pads!(not mention, they will come in handy when its time for bed to keep baby's bed dry from now until he is night time potty trained!) If your wife is gong to breast feed, get her Lansino nipple cream and breast pads, and a good breast pump(Medela is a very good one!) The idea of a "Diaper Genie" is nice, but save your money; you will not use it as much as you think you would. If you are in a financial pinch(trying to get EVERYTHING can be overwhelming) wait on buying a car seat. Baby will be in a "punkin seat" for at least the first year(rear facing). Something I wish I had was a "Boppy", a large pillow-like thing that would have been great for breast feeding, as well as just keeping baby comfortably and safely propped until he can set up on his own. A high chair can also wait for at least a few months. Have a baby monitor too. Even though you think you are going to spend every waking second with your new angel in sight, trust me....you are going to need SOME time for yourselves! Don't go overboard on whole outfits either. Yes, have a few for going out to show off baby, but most newborns live in "Onesies" for the first couple of months anyway. Babies grow soooo fast that there will outfits that baby will not even get to wear before he outgrows them! Let your friends and family lavish baby is whole outfits. Purchase one that you and your wife pick out for baby to come home in, but save your money for the diapers and wipes (and formula if your wife isn't breastfeeding. That stuff is expensive!) Speaking of formula, most pediatricians put babies on formula with iron. I hate that! Gives most babies terrible gas and constipation. Keep infant gas drops like "Mylacon" or "Little Tummies" drops. That stuff is a life saver for colicy babies (and their parents!) Most stores carry their own version of it and it will be cheaper than the actual "Mylacon" brand. It all works the same; as long as the infant drops are Simethicone, it will relieve their gas. Also, get some baby acetomeniphine drops(infant Tylenol) Little fevers can pop quickly from seemingly out of nowwhere! Aslo, have some kind of diaper cream handy. There a million brands available; however I found that petroleum bases ointments like Aquaphore(my personal favorite) or A&D are best. They offer more of a wetness barrier than regular creams. Stock up on baby wash too. Also, get a small bottle of baby oil just in case your baby gets a case of "cradle cap". It is very common in infants and can be easily treated with baby oil. Just massage a little baby oil on baby's scalp, and it will be gone before you know it.
      Q-tips are handy too. They help in keeping baby's ears dry after a bath and also help in removing pesky, gooey "boogers" out of baby's nose(the aspirtators work on the water or loose stuff, but not on all the sticky stuff!) Baby nail clippers will come in handy after a couple weeks too. Just keep in mind that for the first few weeks there is a thin layer of skin over the tip of the nail, so clipping is not ideal for the first few weeks.

      Don't waste your money on "Dreft" or other baby specific laundry detergents! They don't remove residue from spit-up, formula, or "diaper failure" stains and sour smells that inevidably end up on baby's laundry. Wash baby's things in regular detergent (Personally, I use Tide with Bleach Alternative and have never had stains or sour smelling baby laundry). If you are worried about the rinse factor, then just rinse them twice. But honestly, if you are not over loading the washer to begin with, you won't have that problem. Unless you or your wife have specific allergies, baby will be fine if you wash with regular detergent and use fabric softener. If you are still worried about it, then wash baby's stuff seperately and then rinse twice.
      I know there is more, I'll try to get back with you when it comes to me!

      Congrats and Good Luck!

  12. QUESTION:
    What are the red bumps on my child?
    Okay my child has had 2 bumps on her face since she was a month old. She got another one on he back at about 2 months. Recently a 4th one appeared behind her ear. The orange red area is about the size of a dime but the actually bump portion is very small. What could it possibly be? I took her to the doctor but the doctor did not know. She said biopsy can't be done til at least 6 months.

    • ANSWER:
      my daughter had bumps on her face and arms. I took her to a skin Dr. he said not to wash her in any soap just water. They all went away. He said in the winter the air in the house is dry . Put Vitimine E cream on her after her bath see if that helps.

  13. QUESTION:
    I can feel bumps on uterus when I insert my fingers?
    I feel 2 bumps on my uterus when I insert my fingers into my vagina. My obgyn never said anything at last pap. What could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      First your fingers can not reach uterus which is well beyond the vagina. Your finger may not even be able to touch the cervix the opening of uterus into vagina unless you are sitting in a crouching position on your feet. The 2 bumps which your are mentioning if one is on the upper in side of vagina behind the clitoris, a slightly raised spot, it may be what is called G spot which helps in reaching orgasm. If this not the case please under stand the skin and the muscle inside the vagina canal are special which are supposed to expand during sexual penetration. An average vagina is capable of taking may be up to 7 or eight inches while the normal length of vagina is far less, it is this capability of inside vagina muscle to expand that it is possible for a female to accommodate penis of various sizes and also go through child birth.In ordinary course when you feel the muscles inside the vagina you will find shrivelled up inactive mucsle mass at some points, that is normal so do not worry about it. If you can not stop worrying go to your gyno for check up..

  14. QUESTION:
    I have some bumps and spots only on my back and chest. How do I get rid of them?
    What might have caused them? Just the way my skin is?
    I am 14 and they just appeared recently. They are not large.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Lone - Since when do u have these bumps / Lumps / Spots? What is ur age? If u have this since child hood, then its a condition called "NEUROFIBROMA". In this case there is no cure - u can only have them removed (only if it causes discomfort). These are bound to increase both in size and number (ofcourse only if its neurofibroma)

      There are 2 types of NF - NF1 and NF2. U can visit www.nf.org for more details

      I am 35, and have this acute conditon. If u need any further details u can send me a mail at agnijal@yahoo.co.in

  15. QUESTION:
    What is this bump under my skin, and what should I do about it?
    So I touched the side of my neck today, and it felt bruised. I felt the urge to investigate, and found that I have a bump on my neck. It's rather small - a dime could probably cover it. It is slightly visible. It feels like it moves when it rub it, but I could be mistaken. But it really hurts, especially when I touch it, and it's making my neck and back hurt slightly when I move around. What's wrong?
    It's not a rash. I'm not dumb.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes of lumps in the neck. The most frequently seen lumps or swellings are enlarged lymph nodes. These can be caused by bacterial or viral infections, cancer (malignancy), or other rare causes.

      All neck lumps in children and adults should be checked immediately. In children, most neck lumps are caused by treatable infections. However, treatment should start quickly to prevent complications or the spread of infection.

      As adults age, the likelihood of the lump being a cancer increases, particularly for people who smoke or drink significant amounts of alcohol. Fortunately, most lumps in adults are not cancers.

  16. QUESTION:
    how do i get rid of the skin virus mulloscum? please answer if you are certain?
    i dated this girl for 9 months-turns out she dated someone who had this skin virus, and although its not an STD it is contagious. i've found tea-tree oil prevents the spreading but i have no clue as to what can cure the bumps... fortunately there isnt any symptoms except an unsightly sign of my depressing past relationship. supposedly these bumps go away by themselves but of course being a male i'm unwilling to wait ... hopefully someone has a few words of advice that are not misleading.

    • ANSWER:
      Molluscum are treated in similar ways that warts are treated. They can be frozen with liquid nitrogen, destroyed with various acids or blistering solutions, treated with an electric needle (electrocautery), scraped off with a sharp instrument (curette), treated daily with a home application of a topical retinoid cream or gel, a topical immune modifier, or other topical antiviral medications. Laser therapy has also been found to be effective in treating molluscum. Some discomfort is associated with freezing, scraping, using the electric needle, and laser therapy. If there are many growths, multiple treatment sessions may be needed every 3 to 6 weeks until the growths are gone. An option, especially with young children, is not to treat molluscum and wait for the growths to go away.
      You can read about it here-http://www.aad.org/public/Publications/pamphlets/MolluscumContagiosum.htm

  17. QUESTION:
    I have this skin condition and I don't know what its name is. What are some possible ways to get rid of it?
    My face, arms and legs all have little bumps but they're not pimples. On my face the condition is around my cheek's and it makes my skin look red,bumpy and rough. My doctor prescribed lac-hydrin lotion and i have been using it for about a year now but it hasn't worked as well as some other lotions.
    Can someone please tell me what i have and how to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      Perhaps you have Eczema....

      Eczema is term for a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated.

      The most common type of eczema is known as atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema. Atopic refers to a group of diseases with an often inherited tendency to develop other allergic conditions, such as asthma and hay fever.

      According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, the prevalence of atopic eczema is increasing and affects 9 to 30% of the U.S. population. It is particularly common in young children and infants. While many infants who develop the condition outgrow it by their second birthday, some people continue to experience symptoms on and off throughout life. With proper treatment, the disease can be controlled in the majority of sufferers.

      What Are the Symptoms of Eczema?

      No matter which part of the skin is affected, eczema is almost always itchy. Sometimes the itching will start before the rash appears, but when it does the rash most commonly occurs on the face, knees, hands, or feet. It may also affect other areas as well.

      Affected areas usually appear very dry, thickened, or scaly. In fair-skinned people, these areas may initially appear reddish and then turn brown. Among darker-skinned people, eczema can affect pigmentation, making the affected area lighter or darker.

      In infants, the itchy rash can produce an oozing, crusting condition that occurs mainly on the face and scalp, but patches may appear anywhere.

      How Is Eczema Diagnosed?

      Eczema can be diagnosed by a pediatrician, allergist, immunologist, dermatologist or your primary care provider. Since many people with eczema also suffer from allergies, your doctor may perform allergy tests to determine possible irritants or triggers. Children with eczema are especially likely to be tested for allergies.

      What Is the Treatment for Eczema?

      The goal of treatment for eczema is to relieve and prevent itching, which can lead to infection. Since the disease makes skin dry and itchy, lotions and creams are recommended to keep the skin moist. These solutions are usually applied when the skin is damp, such as after bathing, to help the skin retain moisture. Cold compresses may also be used to relieve itching.

      If you think you may have this skin disorder, talk to a dermatologist...

  18. QUESTION:
    When does your bump show with all that skin?
    I have had 2 children the last being 3 yrs ago and thinking of having another sometime. I have gobs of skin and was wondering when my tire would turn into a nice baby bump. How many weeks. I know everyone is different but your thoughts are appreciated.
    I keep seeing these pictures where these females look so cute even at 14 weeks and i never looked like that. I looked like i got fat. Now with all this skin i look chuncky and if i get preggo it will be baby number 3 and i should show faster but does that just mean fatter?

    • ANSWER:
      I had lots of excess skin also about 5 or 6 months it really rounded out. But down at the bottom of my stomach i still had some skin. Very little but it aggrivated me.

  19. QUESTION:
    What are the little bumps on my childs arm and how do I get rid of them?
    She has these little bitty reddish, almost pimple-looking bumps on her arms and cheeks, and has had them for a long time. At first i thought it was baby acne, but it hasnt gone away yet and shes 1 1/2! ...and now im getting them on my arms! Her dad has sensitive skin, so she may too. But i dont. Ive tried using different soaps, lotions and detergents but ive noticed no change. What are these bumps? What are they from? And, How do you get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Might be Keratosis Pilaris. I have it and I've had little red bumps on my arms and legs my whole life.

  20. QUESTION:
    My newborn is recovering from Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome?
    Has your child suffered from this? My son is 9 weeks old and recovering really well, he spent 4 days in the hospital and has been home for about a week, his skin is shedding a lot, as expected. He seems to be healing rapidly but he still seems to have slight rash on his face(small red bumps). Is this normal? What are the best ways to treat his peeling skin? Keep it moisturized or let it dry? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    My newborn is recovering from Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome?
    Has your child suffered from this? My son is 9 weeks old and recovering really well, he spent 4 days in the hospital and has been home for about a week, his skin is shedding a lot, as expected. He seems to be healing rapidly but he still seems to have slight rash on his face(small red bumps). Is this normal? What are the best ways to treat his peeling skin? Keep it moisturized or let it dry? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      I know nothing about your question, but I just wanted to say as another mom I'm glad he is doing better. Hope you get the answers you need. Good luck!

  22. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of molluscum contagiosum for good?
    My two preschoolers have it. I was given a wart medicine by their pediatrician but it burns them like hell and it does not get rid of them for the bumps come back again and again when it looks they disappeared. What can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      They are supposed to resolve on their own.

      "There is also a newer cream (imiquimod) that helps strengthen the skin’s immune system. The creams are applied directly to each growth. Unfortunately these creams do not always remove the bumps and they may be harmful.

      The oral medicine cimetidine has been used for treatment of molluscum in small children. This medicine is available only by prescription. As with all medications, cimetidine may cause unwanted side effects."

      Good luck

      I was just reading some newer solutions and interestly one of the recommendations was Tree Tea Oil, personally I love Tree Tea oil, it stinks badly but when I got a fungus in my toenail (from going to those cheap nail salons for my pedicure) it cleared it up, took awhile but better than taking the medication which also takes a long time to clear it and has terrible side effects.

  23. QUESTION:
    How old was your child when they developed eczema?
    My first son had eczema and I can't remember how many months old he was when he first started showing signs. My 5 week old has little red bumps and I was wondering if this was the start of eczema. I know it can start at different ages but just curious, when did your child start exhibiting signs? What did you use?
    My first son outgrew it when he was about one year old. He was chubby one too.

    • ANSWER:
      Both my children developed severe eczema all over their body when they were about a year old. They began like small patches of dry flaky skin covering about 70% of the body. We tried to keep the baths short (as water really dries out the skin) and the pediatrician suggested slathering them with a thick layer of Eucerin immediately after getting out of the bath. Other than that, keep the skin as covered as possible when they are in cold, windy whether. There is a prescription steroid cream you can use if it get's unbearable.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can a newborn baby get acne around her legs?
    Our baby has small little bumps around her legs. We don't know if it is a rash or acne. Can babies get acne around their legs?

    • ANSWER:
      "Baby acne is a problem of skin and defined as inflamed blackheads, red pimples and whiteheads. Baby acne commonly appears on the arms, legs, shoulders, face and buttocks.

      There are many types of acne associated in newborns and infants. The different form of baby acne is Neonatal acne, infantile acne and Neonata milia.

      Neonatal acne appears with typical pimples after the birth or at birth. Infantile acne can appear in baby whose age is less than 4 years. This type of acne similar to blackheads, pimples and pustules.

      Neonatal milia are look likes whiteheads and it is found in infants and newborns. Baby acne is not transmitted from one person to another person.
      Causes of Baby Acne:

      Baby acne is associated by changes in the level of hormones, bad nutrition and greasy or oily skin. But the main cause of this type of acne is changes in the production of hormones. Before the birth, pregnant lady to newborn baby transmits the hormones. Sometimes, baby acne is associated by contact with dirty clothes. In some cases, it may develop due to the over dress the baby to fight off cold.
      Symptoms of Baby Acne:

      * Cysts
      * Pustules
      * Scarring of the skin
      * Blackheads
      * Whiteheads
      * Redness and inflammation surrounding the skin eruptions

      Diagnosis

      The health care providers can diagnose it by the appearance of acne on the surface of the skin. Sometimes, the dermatologists to detect the baby acne on the body will conduct physical examination of patients. There is no need of laboratory test for determining the baby acne.
      Treatment

      There are many types of treatment available to treat the acne. The types of acne treatment depend on the form of baby acne. Before starting the treatment, wash off the affected area with mild soap and clean water. The skin of baby is very smooth and sensitive, so before using any cleaning solutions or home made remedies, consult the pediatrician. Oils or creams are not recommended by the health care providers to reduce the acne from the surface of the skin.

      The 101 E Acne Getaway is recommended by the doctors to remove the baby acne in skin. There is no possible side effect of it. Parents should make sure about ingredients such as Fructus kochiae, Herba drymaria cordata, Radix Angelicae dahuricae, Cortex mori radicis, Herba Speranskia tuberculata, Cortex dictamni radicis, Radix gentianea, Rhizoma dryopteris crassirhizomae and Radix Ledebouriellae. It can give the best result after using regularly. Application of this treatment based on the affected portion of the baby’s skin.
      Self care

      Clean affected portion of the skin with mild soap and clean water or cleanser like Aquanil Cleansing Lotion daily.

      Benzoyl Peroxide 5% lotion is very effective to remove acne from the skin. This lotion may be used in babies over 3 months old.
      Prevention

      * Child should not sleep on dirty pillows.
      * Drink fresh fruits juices and large amount of water.
      * Do not squeeze, dig, touch or pick the acne.
      * Use paper towels to pat the affected area dry and throw it away.

      We Recommended THE EARTH Block Up Baby SPF 50 Full Spectrum Protection 8oz/237ml."

  25. QUESTION:
    Why is it that Misquitoe bites make bumps and itch?
    Ive always wondered why and the question had just come up so why is it do they insert some sort of chemical I know iching means the skin is irratated. But what are the ties?

    • ANSWER:
      When the mosquito stabs her needle-like mouthparts through the skin of her victim, she injects her saliva — teeming with digestive enzymes and anticoagulants. The first time a person is bitten, there is no reaction. With subsequent bites, the person becomes sensitized to the foreign proteins, and small, itchy, red bumps appear about 24 hours later. This is the most common reaction in young children. After many more bites, a pale, swollen hive, or wheal, begins to appear within minutes after a bite — followed by the red bump 24 hours later. This is the most common reaction in older children and adolescents.

      With repeated mosquito bites, some people begin to become insensitive again, much as if they had allergy shots. Some older children and adults get no reaction to mosquito bites (unless they go for a long time without being bitten — then the process can start again). Other people become increasingly allergic with repeated stings. They can develop blistering, bruised, large inflammatory reactions. For these people, avoiding being bitten is a particularly good idea.

  26. QUESTION:
    What is this skin colored bump on my face about 2mm round and an inch below my eye?
    Should I go see a doctor? And how do I do that? Go to my primary to get referred to a dermatologist? This bump arrived several months ago and seems clear - because is the same color as the rest of my pale, freckly skin. Or maybe I shouldn't worry about it and this is just about getting older? (I'll be 30 in a few months). TIA

    • ANSWER:
      It's probably either a skin tag or a wart. Either one will go away on its own eventually. Applying witch hazel on a cotton ball twice a day will help it go away quicker...no matter what it is, witch hazel should not be harmful to it. Try not to touch it.
      Skin tags are totally harmless. Many pregnant women get them...I got them on my neck and collar bone area when I was pregnant with my second child. Some have fallen off, some I'm still waiting for them to fall off. My second son is 3 1/2 and I'm 33.
      Warts are pretty harmless too, but they can spread if you touch it. I have one on the side of my face by my jawline. I have been putting witch hazel on it and getting a bit more sunshine.

  27. QUESTION:
    What cleansers work well for people with oily skin and acne almost all the time?
    I have tried a bunch of stuff. Right now, I'm using proactiv, but I still have little red bumps on my cheeks and white ones on my forehead. My nose feels oily even only ten minutes after cleaning my face. I need something strong- I don't really have sensitive skin or anything- I just have a big acne problem. So if you know about some really good cleansers, please tell me. (By the way, if you use that Oxy stuff- maximum strength daily wash or chill factor daily wash, could you tell me what it feels like on your skin- I'm thinking about trying it out and I hear it's really good for people with bad acne). Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Swab the decks, matey. Skin-care companies have come up with nifty foil-wrapped packets of alcohol-saturated wipes for oily skin. They're similar to the larger wipes that women with children often carry for tidying up kids away from home. The smaller facial wipes are easy to tuck into your handbag or briefcase. Then, when you notice that your nose is shiny with oil, you can peel a packet apart in a bathroom and wipe the oil from your face. The alcohol cuts through the oil and dries up your skin. They smell nice and refreshing and they're very convenient. Look for Tyrosum wipes, among other brands, in major drugstores, or ask your pharmacist to order them.

      Wash with care. If you have oily skin, you may be tempted to scrub that oil away every chance you get. But washing your face too much--more than three times a day--may stimulate your skin to produce more oil. Every skin pore is a little oil factory, and your skin knows how much is produced--as if it had a little dipstick. So if you constantly remove that oil, your skin says, 'Oops! Not enough oil. Better make some more.'

      Hard scrubbing and rubbing stirs up the oil glands, too, so be gentle. And if you have oily skin, avoid superfatted soaps (intended to moisturize as they clean) like Dove and Tone--your skin doesn't need any added oil. Antibacterial soaps (like Dial and antibacterial Lever 2000) are helpful. That's because oily skin has a tendency to clog the pores and foster bacterial growth.

      Rely on witch hazel. Among dermatologists witch hazel is a popular astringent. Don't let the name fool you. Witch hazel is mild and doesn't have a lot of added ingredients. It's always best to keep skin-care products as simple as possible--use the purest products. And be wary of natural products containing essential oils (extracts of herbs used in aromatherapy and massage)--some people are allergic to them.

      Go powder your nose. Talcum powder, whether it's formulated for the body or if it's loose face powder, is oil-free. What's more, talc blots the oil on your skin. People with oily skin need a little powder after they bathe and when they apply makeup.

      Apply loose face powder after applying foundation. Pressed powder is not recommended, because it contains some oil and may make acne worse in susceptible women.

  28. QUESTION:
    What are the most common treatment methods for thyroid problems?
    My docotor is testing my blood for thyroid problems, and I would like to know what treatments they may suggest if I do have any problems. Also, what are the possible issues with my thyroid that they may be checking for? Signs and symptoms? Not sure if this makes a difference, but I am a 22 yr old female - two children/c-section.

    • ANSWER:
      FIRST THING~ If your doctor won't listen to YOU, get a new one! YOU KNOW when your body is good & when it's not! I refuse to listen to someone who won't listen to me...because they think they know it all since they "went to school for the degree". Well, they didn't go to school & study MY BODY! So, get a new doc, and don't feel bad about it. What if something bad happened to you? Would you hesitate to let that doc know at that point? DON"T LET IT GET THERE!
      I have given several links below to read & perhaps you can read through & understand the different thyroid symptoms & problems.
      Here is some information about myself, plus some symptoms since you seemed to be interested:
      I have low thyroid. I've had it for 10 years. I got it after I had my second child at about the age of 25. If you have low thyroid...here's a great question to answer: Can you see the floor of your house? That was what was asked of me at one point, and to my amazement, the answer was no!
      My signs are: messy house, no desire to do anything...go anywhere, spend time with my kids or my guy, sleep a lot, hard to keep my eyes open at times, HUGE weight gain that over the past years have not found an easy way to take off...so I give up a lot, I have terribly dry hair & don't wash it a lot so it stays strong, I have bumps on my face...not like pimples, but I think it's from dry skin, and perhaps some others that I can't remember at this time...that's another symptom--forgetfullness.
      Here are the "GENERAL" signs for most people: fatigue and lack of energy. Women suffering from underactive thyroid experience heavier menstrual periods. Sluggishness and forgetfulness are symptoms of underactive thyroid problem. Other symptoms of this thyroid disorder are dry skin and hair and constipation.
      If you have high thyroid, or an overactive one, the signs are: increased body metabolism. This is followed by weight loss and excessive warmth and sweating. Persons suffering from overactive thyroid experience trembling hands, irritability and rapid heartbeat or palpitations. Women with overactive thyroid or hyperthyroidism may experience shorter or lighter menstrual periods.
      I take medication, and sadly will have to take 1 pill everyday for the rest of my life. There's a blood check that they will do to see if you have low or high. I hope i've helped you!!

  29. QUESTION:
    Why is My skin is burning in spots ? as if i were poked with a lit cigarette?
    All day I get a burning sting on my skin as if I was touched with a cigarette.
    They hurt alot and wont go away, it just started in the last week.
    No other symptoms. I always think im being stung or burned.

    • ANSWER:
      You could be coming down with Shingles. Anybody that has ever had chicken pox as a child can get Shingles later in life. The burning/ stinging started a week before I broke out in red bumps, like tiny blisters in a line. Watch for a breakout and see a Dr. soon. If it's shingles you will need to be put on an anti-viral med to stop them from getting outta control.

  30. QUESTION:
    What could the cause be for a 9 year old child to have whitehead bumps on cheeks of face?
    My 9 year old son has fairFair skin cancer risks skin and has a lot of these white hard, small pimples on his faceFace pain. I wash his faceFace pain every morning and night. My husband and I do not have acne nor did we ever. Could this be a sign of an allergy? I do notice the bumps are worse in the summerSummers eve anti-itch months

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    How do I know if my hand warts are contagious or not?
    I have tons of hand warts, and I'm using Dr. Scholl's wart remover to get rid of them. But once they actually come off, there's still like hard skin there, is that still contagious? Or am I safe to touch others? Much help would be appreciated, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Duncanshiftsix - Many of us have had a wart somewhere on our bodies at some time. Other than being a nuisance, most warts are harmless and go away on their own. More common in kids than in adults, warts are skin infections caused by viruses of the human papillomavirus (HPV) family. They can affect any area of the body, but tend to invade warm, moist places, like small cuts or scratches on the fingers, hands, and feet. Warts are usually painless unless they're on the soles of the feet or another part of the body that gets bumped or touched all the time. Kids can pick up HPV — and get warts — from touching anything someone with a wart has used, like towels and surfaces. Kids who bite their fingernails or pick at hangnails tend to get warts more often than kids who don't because they can expose less-protected skin and create open areas for a virus to enter and cause the wart.

      Types of warts include common warts. Usually found on fingers, hands, knees, and elbows, a common wart is a small, hard bump that's dome-shaped and usually grayish-brown. It has a rough surface that may look like the head of a cauliflower, with black dots inside. Warts don't generally cause any problems, so it's not always necessary to have them removed. Without treatment, it can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years for a wart to go away. A doctor might decide to remove a wart if it's painful or interferes with activities because of the discomfort.

      Doctors have different ways of removing warts, including:
      using over-the-counter or prescription medications to put on the wart
      burning the wart off using a light electrical current)
      freezing the wart with liquid nitrogen (called cryosurgery)
      using laser treatment (with recalcitrant warts)
      Within a few days after the doctor's treatment, the wart may fall off, but several treatments might be necessary. Doctors don't usually cut off a wart because it can cause scarring and the wart may return.
      An older child with a simple wart on the finger, should ask the doctor about using an over-the-counter wart remedy that can help remove the wart. This treatment can take several weeks or months before you see results, but eventually the wart should crumble away from the healthy skin. Wart medicines contain strong chemicals and should be used with care because they can also damage the areas of healthy skin. .

      Also make sure that you soak the wart in warm water and remove dead skin on the surface of the wart with an emery board (that's never going to be used for nails) before applying the medicine. Be careful not to file into it. Keep the area of the wart covered while the medicine works. Don't pick at it to avoid spreading the virus to another part of the body or causing the wart to become infected You might also have heard that you can use duct tape to remove a wart. Talk to your doctor about whether this type of home treatment is OK for your child.

  32. QUESTION:
    What are these small faint bumps on the palm of my hand?
    I noticed last week that I have 3 very faint bumps on the palm of my hand. They are not very noticeable, they don't itch, and they do not hurt. They are somewhat white in nature...you can barely see them. They are only driving me crazy because I don't know what they are. You have to run your finger across my skin to feel them. Have no clue where they came from. Any ideas on what this could be?

    • ANSWER:
      here is everything you need to knowabout skin marks or bumps

      Skin disease Symptoms Usual area of body
      Acne Covered in small pus-filled sacs, blackheads, pimples or sore red bumps Face, chest or back
      Rosacea Flushed appearance or Redness Around cheeks, chin, forehead or nose
      Boil Painful red bump or a cluster of painful red bumps Anywhere
      Cellulitis Red, tender and swollen areas of skin Around a cut, scrape or skin breach
      Insect bite Red and/or itchy bumps on the skin Anywhere and can be sprinked randomly
      Allergic reaction Irregular, raised or flat red sores that appeared after taking medicine/drugs or eating certain foods Anywhere
      Hives Bumps formed suddenly Anywhere but usually first noticed on face
      Seborrheic dermatitis Bumps and swelling Near glands
      Cradle Cap Dry, scaly skin Cover the head of a child
      Irritant contact dermatitis Red, itchy, scaly or oily rash Eyebrows, nose, edge of the scalp, point of contact with jewellery, perfume or clothing.
      Allergic Contact Dermatitis caused by poison ivy, oak or sumac Red, itchy, scaly or oily rash; can also be weeping or leathery. Anywhere that came in contact with the irritant either directly or via transfer (eg. from contaminated clothing.)
      Allergic purpura Small red dots on the skin, or larger, bruise-like spots that appeared after taking medicine Anywhere
      Pityriasis Rosea Started with a single scaly, red and slightly itchy spot, and within a few days, did large numbers of smaller patches of the rash, some red and/or others tan Chest and abdomen
      Dermatitis herpetiformis Intensely itchy rash with red bumps and blisters Elbows, knees, back or buttocks
      Erythema nodosum Large red bumps that seem to bruise and are tender to touch Anywhere
      Psoriasis White, Scaly rash over red, irritated skin Elbows and knees
      Erythema multiforme Red, blotchy rash, with "target like" hives or sores. Anywhere
      Measles Red Rash that is raised with a fever or sore throat. Usually starts first on the forehead and face and spreads downward.
      Chickenpox Multiple blisters with a fever, cough, aches, tiredness and sore throat. Usually starts first on the face, chest and back and spreads downward.
      Shingles Red blisters that are very painful and may crust Anywhere
      Fifth Disease Started as a fever and then developed a bright red rash Cheeks
      Warts Soft bumps forming that don't itch and have no other symptoms Anywhere
      Ringworm Bald spot on the scalp or a ring of itchy red skin Anywhere
      Syphilis Rash that is red but not itchy Palms of hands or soles of feet
      Jock itch, yeast infection or diaper rash Red itchy rash Groin
      Tinea versicolor Light coloured patches Anywhere
      Impetigo Crusted, tan-colored sores Near nose or lip
      Scabies Bite-like sores that itch and spread intensely Usually start on hands or feet and spread everywhere
      Rocky Mountain spotted fever A fine rash with a fever and headache Usually start on arms and legs including the hands and feet
      Lupus erythematosus A butterfly rash with achy joints Forehead and cheeks
      Jaundice or sign of hepatitis Yellowish Skin, whites of eyes and mouth
      Bruise Blue or black area after being hit Anywhere
      Actinic keratoses Scaly, pink, gray or tan patches or bumps Face, scalp or on the backs or the hands
      Keloid or hypertrophic scar Scar that has grown larger than expected Anywhere
      Lipoma Soft or rubbery growth Anywhere
      Milia Lots of white spots On the face of a baby
      Molluscum or contagiosum Small, firm, round bumps with pits in the center that may sit on tiny stalks Anywhere
      Sebaceous cyst Bump with a white dome under the skin Scalp, nape of the neck or upper back
      Skin tag Soft, fleshy growth, lump or bump Face, neck, armpits or groin
      Xanthelasma Yellow area under the skin Under eyelids
      Melanoma Dark bump that may have started within a mole or blemish, or, a spot or mole that has changed in color, size, shape or is painful or itchy Anywhere
      Basal cell carcinoma Fleshy, growing mass Areas exposed to the sun
      Squamous cell carcinoma Unusual growth that is red, scaly or crusted Face, lip or chin
      Kaposi's sarcoma Dark or black raised spots on the skin that keep growing or have appeared recently Anywhere
      Erythema annulare centrifugum (EAC) Pink-red ring or bullseye marks Anywhere

  33. QUESTION:
    Why do people go to such extremes to disfigure themselves?
    If you've seen the e-mail circulating around now for awhile about "Why Can't I get a Job". It shows pictures of people that have gone to extremes to disfigure their appearance. Using tatoos, body piercing & inserting bumps and spikes under their skin. I'm guessing most are extremely depressed or fighting some sort of depression or maybe they were abused and neglected as a child. Thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      They're f**king stupid. I hate idiots like that. No wonder they can't get a job if they cover themselves with tattoos and horrific piercings. Who'd want to have a freak like that as an employee? I hate seeing people disfigure their bodies like that. It's not natural.

  34. QUESTION:
    How should I keep my 4 yr old daughters scalp from drying?
    (My daughter is half black and half white) I put her hair up in cornrows and I do them tight enough so they should stay in. Problem is that she scratches it and in a couple days it looks bad. I had bought this stuff that is supposed to help with the itching but it obviously doesn't since she still scratches it. I don't want to keep on doing her hair every single day because she cries. I'm also wondering about the little red bumps that pop up around her forhead and at the base of her head where the braids are at. How do I get rid of those? Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Because your daughter is bi-racial you need to make sure that you use the correct products on her hair. Because of her black heritage she has to use products that ADD moisture to the hair and scalp; not something that will strip the oils from the hair. She needs the moisture because of the natural curl pattern in black hair.

      My granddaughter is bi-racial also. I suggested Moisture-maxx to her mother. You only need to use a small amount on a daily basis to keep her hair and scalp moisturized. Make sure that you cut back on the frequency that you wash her hair also...unless she is very active an perspires alot you can wash her hair once a week. Use a shampoo like Just for Me (it is formulated for black children--it's very mild).

      While her hair is damp you can apply the Moisture maxx or a detangling spray (I think Just for Me has one of these too). Use a wide tooth comb to detangle her hair.

      When you braid her hair try not to pull the hair too tightly--that is what is causing the itching and bumps around her hairline (stress on the hair and scalp). Try not to apply anything to that area that has an astingent in it, it will dry the area out and may irritate it even more. Time will allow the irritated skin to heal. Braiding her hair while it is still damp will help it stay fresh looking longer, as well.

      Good luck...Keep trying "Lite" products on her hair that are labled to add moisture.

      Michelle'

  35. QUESTION:
    Infant has skin colored bumps all over body?
    My 6th month old has skin colored and a few pink colored small bumps all over his body. I have noticed them for about 5 days now, but they seem to be spreading. You can harldy see anything; only feel them. They are not on his back, but on his belly, face, head, arms and legs. They look like stopped up hair places. They don't seem to bother him, but they do feel rough. I was hoping someone could help me figure out what this could be! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I would take him to the doctor just to make sure the child is OK. But it may also be an allergic reaction to something. Maybe a medication, food, or material or detergeant. Esp. if he sleeps on his stomach and the bedding may be reacting to his skin. Does he have a fever? Does he eat well? I'd say a baking soda bath might help a bit. It also might be heat rash.

  36. QUESTION:
    Why do some people bruise easier than others?
    It takes a lot for me to bruise. A LOT.
    And when I do get bruises, they usually appear from something I don't remember doing.
    Someone people always have bruises on their bodies. I have a friend who bruises so easily that it's shocking!
    Why is this?
    Skin thickness?
    I don't know.

    Anyway, spasibaaaa!!!
    Izzy:
    That explains it because I am a total fat ass, haha!

    • ANSWER:
      Bruises are caused by bleeding under the skin. If you do not have enough body fat, you may get a bruise from the most minor bumps.
      Age matters. Older people and children because of their thin layers of body fat, tend to bruise more easily.

  37. QUESTION:
    Can my 10 year old child get scabies 1st time in only 1 day?
    Went to a very unclean home on Monday and Tues. she had bumps on both her thighs. I did not know what it was so used anti-itch cream and finally Sat. evening was a ER being told --SCABIES! Is it possible that it came from that house or was it from school at an earlier time.

    • ANSWER:
      Could have been from either

      "Scabies is highly contagious and can be spread by scratching, picking up the mites under the fingernails and simply touching another person's skin. They can also be spread onto other objects like keyboards, toilets, clothing, towels, bedding, furniture, and anything else that the mite may be rubbed off onto, especially if a person is heavily infested."

  38. QUESTION:
    My daughter has a rash on her upper chest that appeared 5 days after h1n1 vaccine.Is it due to the vaccine?
    My daughter got her H1N1 vaccine on the 6th of November. Five days later a rash of bumps appeared on her upper left chest. The rash is still there and she now meaning 11/12/09 is running a low grade fever. Is this possible it was due to the vaccine?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Although I think the problem is 'most-likely' long and or short term allergic reactions to 'something' COMBINED WITH a weakened lymph liver kidney and immune systems - IF the following symptoms would ever occur - I think the worst it might possibly be is deadly bacterial meningitis.

      The two quotes below are from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacterial_Meningitis

      “IF a rash is present, it may indicate a particular cause of meningitis; for instance, meningitis caused by meningococcal bacteria may be accompanied by a characteristic rash.”

      “The MOST common symptoms of meningitis are headache and neck stiffness associated with fever, confusion or altered consciousness, vomiting, and an inability to tolerate light (photophobia) or loud noises (phonophobia). SOMETIMES, especially in small children, only nonspecific symptoms may be present, such as irritability and drowsiness.”

      For further details see http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/about/faq.html

      Even so these are my thoughts of what ‘might’ be happening in almost any rash situation >>=> I have not been educated to be an M.D. - just a lifelong learner.

      My own view from my own experiences is that rashes break out in the weaker parts of one's skin, usually because of allergic reactions; OR perhaps due to fungus problems that more easily occur when one has too many carbs and fats in one's daily calories, and therefore one has inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut.

      What I have learned is that my occasional stresses have sometimes caused me to do things or to eat things or to inhale things that have more toxins in them and that have then weakened my immune system, like drinking and eating caffeine chocolate or high carb foods and sweets.

      It sounds like the malady may be a result of an allergic reaction to something that is toxic to the liver/kidneys. IF it is due to a toxin overload of the lymph system, you might then notice that when one gets hot - then a rash or itching will sometimes occur since the toxins are sweating out of one’s system ONTO an area of the skin that may be weaker and more easily irritated and inflamed.

      ALSO whenever one’s immune system has become weakened the other problem can easily become a bacteria-fungus i.e. ringworm and/or yeast infection thrush, but it is hard to tell what the root causes may be without seeing and learning the details about what one has been eating breathing and applying to the skin. SEE https://health.google.com/health/ref/Ringworm Monistat 7 will likely kill any fungus in a few days and better micro-nutrition will keep it killed and will also strengthen one’s liver lymph and kidney systems to be able to better handle both an allergic reaction AND/OR bacteria-fungus outbreaks with less suffering in the future.

      IF you think it may be an allergic reaction - although it may be a difficult process - try to identify the triggers from cosmetics meds nuts milk grains other-foods chlorine-water-in-showers smoke perfume moldy-smells laundry-cleaners etcetera by discontinuing them until the symptoms stop and then beginning them again to see how the body reacts. If one is like me one may start to see allergies to many things because the root problem for me was a severely weakened liver from too many nutritional supplements that were toxic and I never knew it until it was almost too late.

      After several months of pruritus Urticaria with blisters and skin fevers primarily at the back of my knees and thighs sometimes when I got warmer, that had begun during the colder months of November inside a gas heated low humidity home, I have identified enough of my own triggers to allow my legs to heal with only a super-minimal amount of coconut cream cut with de-chlorinated water rubbed over my skin and a minimal number of full body showers.

      After several applications my lymph glands have become severely allergic to petrolatum products that are similar to Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, and common sense has now taught me that any petroleum products should always become toxic to anyone’s kidney and liver with repeated applications. I had flare-ups immediately after I had applied organic olive oil so I eventually changed to minimal amounts of coconut oil after I had used a minimal amount of a petrolatum steroid for a few days to allow my legs to heal up. I also have flareups when I eat over 150 calories of nuts and/or milk fats and/or oils, but these usually flare up about three hours after eating them, but the olive oil always took about five to thirty minutes to begin itching.

      Skin diseases can always return again and again and again and can get much much worse over time if they are not resolved. Soo I would strongly encourage you to seek out a 'good' doctor or a ‘good’ nurse and s/he will make a knowledgeable medical diagnosis and thoroughly explain the causes preventions and solutions much better than anyone on Yahoo_Answers could do without being able to see you personally.

      Also, to know how difficult or easy it should be for a doctor to make a ‘good’ diagnosis - I encourage you to also become a ‘good’ medical diagnostician from your doctor’s advice and your own research through Yahoo_Answers and via browser searches.

      ITCHINGS & RASHES / WATER BLISTERS CAN BE CAUSED BY EITHER:

      * an allergic reaction to ‘toxins’ in one’s food or skin applications or meds or air (i.e. molds or smoke or vapors) etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urticaria

      * fungal bacterial = Meningitis Anthrax Thrush Yeast_infection Jock_itch Ringworm Impetigo Athletes_ foot etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candidiasis

      * viral = Measles Smallpox Shingles Hand_foot_and_mouth_disease Roseola etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand,_foot_and_mouth_disease

      * parasitical = Scabies_mite lice chiggers mosquitos ants etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scabies

      * inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut = Pellagra Scurvy Beriberi Rickets etc.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pellagra

      * also other treatments for various skin eruptions
      http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/womenshealth/facts/skinrash_pregnancy.htm
      http://www.healthcentral.com/sexual-health/c/80228/60290/vagina-lumps

      * either sun or hormonal or stress related or a combination of the above that make it difficult to find a definite single cause since there are multiple causes at the same time
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/formication

      FOR FURTHER HELP WITH PICTURES & INFO SEE:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yeast_infection
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/skin-rash/SN00016
      http://dermatology.about.com/cs/dermphotos/a/dermgallery.htm
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatosis_of_pregnancy
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestational_diabetes
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_disease

      I truly hope what you learn will help you to decide on the correct choices that will remedy your painful experience of pruritus-itching and rashes in the future.

      My best to you and yours,

      AI – self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

      PS - IF you are interested, I feel I have become a quasi-expert on rashes and pruritus itching after many years of off and on flare ups due to my own nutritionally related asthma and gallbladder disease that ‘continued’ to become heart disease and T2 diabetes and then non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with either PBC or PSC. So you are not alone. Many many people suffer from pruritus and I have learned very late in my own disease(s) that when it is nutritionally related most doctors do not tell their patients that inadequate micro-nutrition absorption in the gut and liver ‘might’ be the root cause and the best solution, and is also the most likely cause to the pruritus and liver diseases that are currently overwhelming our American culture. So to do my part to make a difference in the world I now take a little time each week to help others understand why better micro-nutrition absorption in the gut is so important, and I have posted much of my own story via the link at: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091025223942AAni6lC . I hope you will have learned something today from my own mistakes and would not duplicate them – please pass on what you will learn from your own malady to your family friends neighbors and acquaintances. My best to you and yours. AI - self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

  39. QUESTION:
    What could be the cause of my itchy rash?
    A few days ago I started to develop a very itchy rash. It is mostly on my arms and legs (the inside of my arms, inside of my thighs, back of calfs, back of biceps).

    It looks like little red bumps all over. And it does itch! I don't know of any different lotions or sheets or food or anything that I have done different lately.

    Is this most likely an allergic reaction to something? Or what could it be caused from? I have no other symptoms. But I am freaking out! Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have slept in a new location you may have been victim to bedbugs.

      If you have been home and nothing new it may be dry skin.

      It may be a food allergy - if this is the case try to limit yourself to bland food like sweet potatoes for a day and see if it helps.

      It may be dry skin - apply lotion over the body.

      You may have poison oak - don't take a bath.

      If you have pets you may have a reaction to them suddenly - take a shower and wash all clothing and bedding. in fact, you should just do this no matter what.

      The location of the rash makes me suspect that you may have been exposed to scabies, wash all clothing and see a doctor or nurse. Some hospitals allow you to call the advice line at 8am and request a same day appointment in the urgent care clinic - this will save you the $$ copay of the ER. for some reason scabies are found in nursing homes, and I hear rumor that you can get it from rotting oak branches. If it is scabies you need a really toxic lotion that only the doctor can give you.

      If it is fungal - a flat rash with hardened skin, no bumps or obvious breaks in the skin, - put tea tree lotion on it, and possibly get a prescription for fluconizole lotion. also try using Lotrimin.

      If it seems prickly and moves on to become a more fluid filled mass of blistering skin then most likely it's Shingles - don't go near children under 1 year old since if it is shingles you can give them chickenpox !!! It's how the virus has stayed alive for so many centuries. Shingles is treated by doctors. Valtrex is the brand name and there is alternative generic stuff out there for less $$ so if you are diagnosed with shingles I recommend asking for something covered by your insurance or a generic form.
      Heat rash makes good sense to me, but just to be safe, take some Benedryl if you are not allergic to anything you know of. If Benedryl makes your rash die down a little, you may be having an allergic reaction. Measure the circumference of your biceps and thighs, arms and calfs, and make note of the size, measure again in the morning if you have not seen a doctor yet. If it has become worse you may need Emergency treatment.

      Make a note to take to the doctor which needs to include:
      color, size, location, when did it erupt, any changes in the rash since it erupted (like spreading), if it's painful or tender, list the symptoms like fever, headache or intestinal distress you are having. Have a history of prior allergies on that list, and any history of skin disorders, infections, sexual history, or recent bites by any insect or rodent exposure. Also bring a complete drug history for at least the past 6 months.

      To be safe get tested for syphillys and HIV while at the doctors.

      It could be anything like, acne vulgaris, dermatomyositis, follicular mucinosis, fox-fordyce disease, lichen planus, mono, vasculitis, pityriasis rosea, polymorphic light eruption, psoriasis, rosacea, seborrheic keratosis, syringoma, or signs of Lupus. It could also be a reaction to antibiotics, benzodiazepines, lithium, phenylbutazone, gold salts, allopurinol, isoniazid, or salicylates. It could also be a result of Dermatitis, Erythema Multiforme, Herpes simplex or Zoster (aka; Shingles), insect bites, tinea, or ???

  40. QUESTION:
    What is the minimum time for oral herpes symptoms to show up?
    Went to a club, made out with a girl, went home to apartment, woke up and have a itchy burny bump on lip.
    less than 12 hours between kissing and discovery. Is it possible for it to incubate and show that fast???
    kinda freaked out. small red bump on border between lip and normal skin. tingly. more i touch it the more it gets noticeable.

    • ANSWER:
      Oral herpes doesn't usually show up that quickly. It takes at least a few days to a week to show symptoms, it can also take up to 3 weeks to show symptoms or longer because your body can some time suppress symptoms. Break outs can take about 1-3 weeks to heal.
      If it showed up that fast then chances are you could have had them long before you were kissing this person or some thing else could have triggered a break out. Cold sores are usually triggered when you have a lowered or stressed out immune system. Most people usually contract cold sores during child hood by being innocently kissed by some one that has cold sores. They are very common to have but they are contagious while you have a break out. So don't kiss any one while you have any signs of a beak out

  41. QUESTION:
    Can a child acquire C S P (chronic skin picking) just from watching his mother with it?
    For years I've known my sister to pick at bumps on her legs. She'd always have scabs. But now it's hard not to notice. Her legs literally have hundreds of scars and scabs. I'm curious though. Is this medical issue hereditary or is it strictly an anxiety problem, that you bring on yourself?

    • ANSWER:
      Anxiety and mental disorders can be hereditary. Both for genetic reasons and because the children see that as the solution to their anxiety.

      If you fear that child will develop this, I would get them into a therapy soon, so they can discuss what is going on in their life before their anxiety gets to that level.
      Or you can wait til you see the first signs and then begin the treatment.

      The child is more likely to also have this disorder, but it isn't a guarantee they will.

  42. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a swollen cheek?
    There's no pain, no bumps or lumps. Just swollen. Maybe it was slept on wrong? Does anyone know how to get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds like a cavity(which might be sensitive to cold water or hurts when you bite ice cubes or hard candy)or a allergic reaction to something you ate.and also you could have sensitive skin.Like a bee or wasp sting, you could just use children's benedryl or if you are an adult just a antihistamine or antibiotic will do.Hope you feel better.

  43. QUESTION:
    When did you start wearing maternity clothes?
    I'm 14 weeks pregnant with my second child. I've developed my "bump" & I have been using the rubber band trick for a couple weeks but now my jeans are feeling tight and uncomfortable even with the rubber band... Should I break out the maternity pants? When did you start showing & wearing maternity clothes. I can't remember how far along I was last time before I wore maternity clothes... Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      my mother thought it was hilarious to start buying "fat pants" the very next day.

      you dont have to wear them ever really, if your a small girl. when things start to get snug, start buying larger clothes.
      especially pants, its not good for the baby to be crammed like that,
      if your jeans are making indents on your skin they are too tight for baby.

  44. QUESTION:
    Why is my 6 year old son getting small hard bump like zits on his face?
    I wash my son's face two times a day. My husband and I have no acne or history of it. None of my other children have any facial zits or rashes. Could he have an allergy or something? He has no medical condition that I am aware of and does not take any medication. Help!

    • ANSWER:
      It might be a slight case of eczema. Washing it twice a day is probably making it worse...it is usually caused by dry skin. My nine month old has this on her arms...the doctor said all we should be doing is moisturizing it. Try just wiping it down with a washcloth, and putting some hypoallergenic face lotion on it. You should also take him to the dermotologist.

  45. QUESTION:
    What's the worst injury your child has had to date?
    I was an accident prone child (I think I had some body part in a cast for every Christmas picture) and my son is turning out that way, too. So far, he's 4 and the worst he's had is needing 12 stitches up his leg. Nothing broken....yet.
    Gee, thanks, Des.

    • ANSWER:
      When Ethan was about 18 months he got away from me at the mall(I was pregnant and not as fast as I normally am). He tripped and fell head first into those metal car-looking strollers you can rent. He had a bump on his head and I held him while he cried. When I pulled him away to look at his bump it had grown to the size of a baseball-NO JOKE. Everyone around me flipped out and started calling 911. I grabbed a soda cup and tried holding it to his head(since it had ice in it and was very cold). I remained calm during the ambulance ride, the trip to the ER where he suddenly got very sleepy and the EMT and I were trying desperately to keep him awake, through the MRI wait(I couldn't go back since I was prego). I even remained calm when they brought him back and his bump was now the size of a small grapefruit. By the time we got him calm enough to keep an ice pack on there I had almost lost it. When the ER doc came in and said "Better out then in(referring to it's better for it to bleed out into his tissue then bleed in to his brain)"-I'm assuming his crack at being funny like Shreck, I lost it and started crying. I felt like the worst mother in the world, who lets their toddler run in the mall? We have some great pictures though.

      Sophie and Ethan were playing on the couch several months ago. They were taking turns jumping off onto a cushion. I guess Ethan got mad that Sophie wasn't taking turns so he pushed her head first off-to the smallest section of the floor that didn't have the cushion. Blood went everywhere. Her lip busted open and swelled up.... she even tore off that little flap of skin that attaches the lip to the gum. I called a close friend of mine is a doctor and he said nothing we could do, just ice the lip and give her Tylenol/Motrin for the pain. Her lip is healed but that flap of skin never reconnected. :(

  46. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid of razor bumps on my penis?
    i have these bumps on my penis and everytime i shave they get worst how do i get rid of them asap please help

    • ANSWER:
      If you feel better with your equipment groomed, I suggest that you use a comb and scissors, leaving enough hair to start bending over. One to one and half inches is fine. You won't run this problem after.

      When you reach the age of being married, my concern for a shaved equipment dude is that your wife would feel like she was with a bare skin pre-puberty child.

      As in repeating my wife's take on the matter.

      Me! :- )

  47. QUESTION:
    What are some authors whose works are considered haunting?
    You know, their work sends shivers down your spine, makes your skin crawl, gives you goose bumps, and leaves you thinking about it hours after you've read it. No Edgar Allan Poe or Stephan King. No children's books(like the Goosebump's series *laughs*), and no vampires. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      H.P. Lovecraft

  48. QUESTION:
    How does a normal vagina look like?
    How does a normal vagina look like? color, is it suppose to look wrinkled? i hqve like this bump like a musquito bite but u i think its somethinq else cus a musquito wouldnt bite their right ?

    • ANSWER:
      Your vagina is inside your body, I think you mean VULVA.

      There's no such thing as a normal vulva, every single woman has a different vulva and there can be a vast difference between different women's genitals. When you go through puberty your inner labia can change in colour to get darker (they'll also get darker and swollen when aroused), longer and more wrinkled too - all this is totally normal, there is also no 'normal' colour...although obviously florescent green would be abnormal!

      Look through this page from All About My Vagina - http://myvag.net/images - it has links to various sites with images and photographs of 'real vulva's' (i.e. not photo's from porn where women may have had surgery to look abnormal or like they have more child-like labia - a whole lot of wrong about how in porn vulva's are expected to all look a certain way and like those of pre-pubescent girls).

      As for the bump...

      If on the outside of your vulva where there is pubic hair it may be an ingrown hair or a spot, if on the inside of the lips it may be a swollen sweat gland or if sexually active it may be an STD such as a genital wart. If well within your vulva it may be your clitoris or just how your skin folds. Here, look at this page that explains all about your anatomy down below, it may help you determine what this bump might be or at least explain it better so we can help you figure out what it is - http://www.scarleteen.com/article/body/anatomy_pink_parts_female_sexual_anatomy

  49. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of scabies or how can I tell?
    I have this weird bite around my buttocks area, It's just 1 red patch the size of an inch. At first when i touched it, i felt tiny bumps but its developed 7 blisters. I don't know what it is... Im afraid i might have scabies but scabies are like rash looking...and this one isn't, I've had this for about 1 week now.. It's itchy but not intensely n i can go without scratching... got any clues?? please help

    • ANSWER:
      Scabies produces a skin rash composed of small red bumps and blisters and affects specific areas of the body. Scabies may involve the webs between the fingers, the wrists and the backs of the elbows, the knees, around the waist and umbilicus, the axillary folds, the areas around the nipples, the sides and backs of the feet, the genital area, and the buttocks. The bumps (medically termed papules) may contain blood crusts. It is helpful to know that not every bump is a bug. In most cases of scabies affecting otherwise healthy adults, there are no more than 10-15 live mites even if there are hundreds of bumps and pimples.

      The scabies rash is often apparent on the head, face, neck, palms, and soles of the feet in infants and very young children but usually not in adults and older children.

      Textbook descriptions of scabies always mention "burrows" or "tunnels." These are tiny threadlike projections, ranging from 2 mm-15 mm long, which appear as thin gray, brown, or red lines in affected areas. The burrows can be very difficult to see. Often mistaken for burrows are linear scratch marks that are large and dramatic and appear in people with any itchy skin condition. Scratching actually destroys burrows.

      What does scabies feel like?

      It is important to note that symptoms may not appear for up to two months after being infested with the scabies mite. Even though symptoms do not occur, the infested person is still able to spread scabies during this time. When symptoms develop, itching is the most common symptom of scabies. The itch of scabies is insidious and relentless. The itch is typically worse at night. For the first weeks, the itch is subtle. It then gradually becomes more intense until, after a month or two, sleep becomes almost impossible.

      What makes the itch of scabies distinctive is its relentless quality, at least after several weeks. Other itchy skin conditions -- eczema, hives, and so forth -- tend to produce symptoms that wax and wane. These types of itch may keep people from falling asleep at night for a little while, but they rarely prevent sleep or awaken the sufferer in the middle of the night.


children bumps on skin

Skin Disorder Eczema

Eczema is a skin disorder characterized by redness, itchiness, irritation and watery lesions. This condition can be very unsightly and can cause severe discomfort. People with eczema often lose their self esteem and get depressed because of how other people react when they see their lesions. Eczema is not difficult to treat however, improper management of this condition can easily make your symptoms worse and make the condition a chronic skin disorder. Eczema can be triggered by almost anything. Food, cosmetics, soaps, cold air and even specific types of fabrics can cause allergic reactions which may result to Eczema.

Antihistamine is one of the most common treatment for Eczema. This medication helps reduce skin itch and inflammation. When taking any kind of medication, it's important that you understand its side effects. Antihistamine often causes drowsiness and decreases mental alertness. When taking this medication, avoid driving or operating machinery. You may need to take the day off from work if you need to take this medication. You may also take topical steroid ointments to treat your symptoms. Ointments help soothe the inflammation and itching you experience during a flare up. Taking steroids often and in large amount is never recommended. If you are taking an oral preparation of this substance or regularly applying steriod ointments, keep in mind that this medication shouldn't be used long term because of its serious side effects.

Aside from the conventional treatment for eczema, there are also natural ways to treat this skin disorder. Using herbal oils like evening primrose seed oil is very good in reducing itch and improving eczema conditions. There's chamomile flowers and chamomile oil which is also very good in alleviating skin inflammation. You can also use witch hazel extract. This is very effective in treating various skin disorders like eczema.

When it comes to treatment for eczema, there are several options you can take. There are natural and synthetic treatments for eczema. Herbal medicines offer greater advantage over synthetic drugs because they are safe and cheaper to use. Before choosing a course of action, make sure to consult your physician first.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How likely is it for a 16 yr old girl to have breast cancer? And general womanly advice:?
    I've found a lump on the inner edge of my left breast, doesn't hurt but tender before my period. There is a possibility that it could just be my rib?!? My right nipple is itchy and there is a small bit of discharge (generally clear, but sometimes, rarely, there were red blood dots where the pores are as well as the clear discharge. I do have a history of skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis (which could explain the nipple thing).

    • ANSWER:
      the lump in the breast could be due to hormonal changes,i always get tender breasts before my period is due and i have a few lumps too,but they are only there just before my period is due,i also have a lump that is there permanently which i had checked out and it's just gristle or something ,nothing to worry about,as for the discharge i'm not sure,why don't you try talking to a nurse or a female doctor,if it's nothing then at least your mind will be set at ease,cancer can strike at any age but i wouldn't think too much on it being that as you will only make yourself ill.

  2. QUESTION:
    What are any over the counter remedies for eczema effected infants?
    Ezcema is a skin disorder. My best friends' son is a solider in Iraq and he stumbled upon an Iraqi infant that was effected by the condition. They are in dire need of finding any over the counter medicines to treat this condition. The soliders currently caring for him are looking for any way to get this remedy as they are out of it in their medicine stock. Please answer to save the life of an innocent, Iraqi baby; the victim of the war in Iraq.

    Thank you dearly,
    Andy D.
    Dawn M. (mother of solider)

    • ANSWER:
      Apple Cider Vinegar applied topically helps.

  3. QUESTION:
    How to get rid from Eczema?
    Suggest some natural remedies for Eczema? I find some information about eczema here http://free-makeup-tips.com/skin-disorders/eczema.htm. Suggest some more tips like this?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there,
      I used to have pretty bad eczema(since I can remember), using unguentum merc (sp) perscription creme twice a day all over my body and once a week using hydrocortozone steroid creme. I've almost completely got rid of my eczema.

      I personally think, and the fact that I don't get it anymore probably proves, that most cremes agitate the eczema. I've found that taking less showers during winter, eating more fruit, raw foods etc and less processed crap, spending more time outdoors and turning down my central heating that my eczema has completely disappeared.

      It may not work for you though!

      But try doing that, aswell as seeing if your lactose intolerant. I used to think it was a load of hippy crap but I've actually found that when I drink a lot of milk my skin gets significantly worse the day after. I still eat cheese and occasionally drink milk, but not every morning on my cereal or in my cups of tea.

      The best cure is also sunlight, so try to get more of it in your day to day life.

      The key is to be more healthy.

      Good luck! It feels great to not be applying foul smelling creme constantly and not be worried about my appearance :)

  4. QUESTION:
    what is the best medicine for itchy skin? such as eczema?
    My father is suffering very severe itchy skin disorder in his skin, particularly in his face, what is the best medicine for it to cure the itchyness?

    • ANSWER:
      Your father should see a dermatologist. The dermatologist can prescribe some creams or lotions, and in severe cases, some pills. My doctor prescribed a cream called Locoid, and that worked.

      Your father might also want to try some over the counter products.

      I saw that Aveeno has two new things specifically made for eczema- http://www.aveeno.com/

      The line is called Aveeno Eczema Care, and they carry moisturizing cream and body wash.

      Hope that helps!

  5. QUESTION:
    What kind of allergic skin disorder is this?
    I started having a weird skin problem 4 years ago. I started getting these weird oozing pimple-like things on my forehead and back that would form into little skin ulcers that ooze and hurt. They are about the size of pimples, but they're not pussy in the way pimples are and they take a long time to heal. I rarely get pimples on my face or anywhere else. Nobody in my family has problems with acne, and that's not what I have. Although my mom was told that she had eczema. I do have problems with itching when I touch animals or grass, but the raw sores on my head don't really itch, just hurt. I started to notice they were induced by shampoo I was using. I started using natural shampoos. All the bumps and ulcers on my back disappeared. I still get some on my forehead from time to time.
    What does this sound like?

    • ANSWER:
      salicylate intolerance in diet

  6. QUESTION:
    What does drinking carrot juice do for your skin?
    I heard if you drink too much, your skin will turn orange? How much should I drink so that it will give my skin a glow?

    • ANSWER:
      CARROT JUICE
      UNIVERSAL ROOT
      Carrot is grown all over the world and is available in large quantities between October to march it is varies in colour black, pinkish, red & yellow because of its great nutritive value is used as fruit & vegetable. It is with in the reach of rich & poor alike available worldwide & is rightly called "universal root". In carrot root is the main edible part. It is taken raw as salad juice & cooked as vegetable, jam, marmalade, syrup & sweat dishes etc. etc. Carrot maintain acidic & alkaline properties in the system it is an invigorating & energizing tonic for eyes skin bones heart & muscles of the body. Carrot is blood purifier, diruretic, carminative, digestive, anti flatulent, anti pyretic and vermifuge.

      CURATIVE PROPERTIES OF CARROT: -
      AS A GENERAL TONIC: -
      Eating raw carrot or taking its juice is a veryd tonic for eyes & skin and also helps in physical & mental development.
      Giving 2 to 3 teaspoons of carrot juice to weak children makes them physically strong.
      ANAEMIA: -

      Taking slice of raw carrot and beet root with lemon juice sprinkled on it cures anaemia.
      Taking 250 grams juice of carrot with spinach juice increases red-blood corpuscles.
      BLEEDING: -
      In take of carrot stops bleeding.

      WEAK MEMORY: -
      Taking carrot juice with 2 cups of milk after eating 5 to 6 almonds early in the morning sharpens memory.

      NOSE BLEEDING: -
      Applying paste of ground fresh carrot on forehead & above the nostril stops bleeding from nose.

      HEADACHE: -
      Taking juice of carrot beet root & cucumber eliminates headache.

      INDIGESTION: -
      Taking juice of carrot & spinach after meals cures constipation & helps in easy bowl movement.
      Taking fresh carrot or its juice regularly cures indigestion chronic diarrhoea, acidity & other stomach disorders.
      RHEUMATISM: -

      Taking carrot juice regularly cures rheumatism.
      Carrot juice mixed with beet roots the equal quantity gives instant relief.
      EYE PROBLEMS: -
      Taking carrot & spinach juice in equal proportion improves eyesight.
      Taking fresh carrot or its juice daily is very good for eyes & cures even night blindness.
      Washing eyes with water in which carrot have been boiled gives relief in case eyestrain.
      ASTHMA: -
      One cup of carrot juice with ½ cup spinach juice regularly thrice a day gives relief in asthma.

      SKIN DISORDERS: -
      Aches dryness of skin itching blood impurities is cured by taking carrot juice regularly & it imparts natural glow to the skin.

      ECZEMA & RINGWORM: -
      Tying a hot poultice of greated carrot on the affected part with rock salt sprinkled on it cures ringworm.

      FOUL SMELL IN MOUTH: -
      Taking juice of carrot spinach & cucumber in equal proportion eliminates foul smell in mouth.

      URINARY PROBLEMS: -
      Taking carrot juice regularly twice a day keeps the urinary track clean & unobstructed.
      Taking carrot juice spinach juice (281 proportion) eliminates straguary.
      Taking 2-tsp. Ground seeds of carrot boiled in 1 glass eliminates stranguary & cures other kidney problems.
      STONE: -
      Taking 1 glass of juice carrot beet root cucumber (in equal proportion) helps in breaking stones & throwing them out.
      Taking one glass of carrot juice and lettuce in equal quantity eliminates stone from gall bladder.
      JAUNDICE: -
      Taking fresh carrot or soup or hot decoction of carrot twice a day gives relief in jaundice.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are these red dry skin patches on my sons cheecks?
    My son is 1 year 8 months old.

    He is very healthy and active.

    He has a small/medium patch on each side of his cheecks that are circluar, red, and hardish dry skin. It looks as if he is blushing, however, it is dry skin.

    Does anyone know what this could be? The cold? Hormones? Dry skin.

    Any remedies?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      With that age group and that description, you are most likely dealing with atopic eczema. Why not point it out to your pediatrician the next office visit. If that's what it is, it's a genetic disorder, and he may have to deal with it on and off for quite a long time. In addition, it might be a marker of asthma or hay fever in him or the family tree.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have all these skin disorders?
    I have eczema (which is a chronic condition); two years ago I had acute urticaria (I don't know what the cause was); and now the doctors says I have pityriasis rosea. Is this normal to have all these skin conditions? How do I overcome my skin problems?

    • ANSWER:
      possibly you have a bad immune system?try and eat healthier,i have eczema also,and i was on a candida diet for about 2 months and saw big improvements,basically it just clenses your system,which can help improve your excema..

      http://altmedicine.about.com/od/popularhealthdiets/a/candidadiet.htm

  9. QUESTION:
    What are dry itchy patches of skin on arms and face caused by?
    Where do these patches of red dry skin come from and what can help cure them or relieve the itch?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like a regular case of normal dry skin, nothing too serious. There are quiet some different causes for dry skin:

      For most people it is a seasonal, temporary problem. It happens mainly in winter. The temperatures and air humidity drop dramatically during this period, drying your skin or making an existing skin condition even worse

      Or the other way around if you live in the desert, the high temperatures and low air humidity can also do a trick on your skin. The sun dries out your skin, nothing new; we all know that heat takes the water from it. But the UV rays also damage your skin deep inside. This leads to wrinkles and loose, sagging skin

      Hot bath or shower. Too many hot baths or showers break down the protective lipid barrier in your skin. This barrier in your upper skin layer is meant to protect you from the sun, wind, hot and cold like the brick walls protect your house

      Frequent swimming in chlorinated pools. The chloride does exactly the same to your skin as taking too many hot showers; it breaks down the lipid barrier of your skin leaving it open to the elements

      Air conditioning, fire places & central heating. These usually very convenient appliances also dry out your skin by reducing the humidity level in your house or office

      Harsh soaps and detergents. A lot of our modern day pretty harsh soaps and detergents do a good job at cleaning everything we want. But a nasty side effect is that they also break down the lipid barrier and dehydrate your skin. Deodorants, shampoos and anti bacterial soaps are the greatest culprits

      Insufficient nutrition. When you don't get enough vitamin A, B and / or E your skin will also dry out even quicker. Generally when your diet is not in balance it will show itself also in your skin

      One of the drawbacks of getting older is, as we all probably know, that the skin gets thinner, starts to wrinkle and get dryer

      Diseases like psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema, seborrhea or thyroid disorders also cause very dry skin

      Finally genetics also plays a part in getting dry skin; you can inherit the sensitivity for it from your parents. And also fair skinned people are more likely to have dry skin, especially when they get older

      There are many remedies you can use to get rid of dry skin and those itchy red patches, check: http://www.natural-homeremedies-for-life.com/home-remedies-for-dry-skin.html

  10. QUESTION:
    How do I treat atopic eczema around the lips?
    I have had this condition for about 4 years now. I've gone to 3 different dermatologists and they all prescribed me creams which made it go away but then it just came back,

    What can I do? It just keeps itching every 3-4 days and it turns really reddish and swells up. I think the doctors called it atopic eczema.

    • ANSWER:
      Use of Mango, melon , juice for Cure for Eczema. "Seven Famous Reliefs You Can Try Today" , all you need is probably in your fridge . Very useful if someone in your family is suffering from this painful skin disorder.

      http://www.squidoo.com/Best-Seven-Eczema-Treatment-Remedies

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to get Eczema on the testicles, penis area?
    Is it possible to get Eczema on the testicles, penis area?

    What would symptoms be?
    How can you get it?
    Can it be diagnosed?

    These are mine...
    A cross between a burn and a itch (constant 2 years)
    redness
    Does not like swimming in chlorinated water
    Does not like any topical creams.
    Cleared all testable STD's and yeast fungal culture

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it is a skin disorder and anyone and everyone can get it. you need to see a dr. if it is eczema then they will give you a cream

  12. QUESTION:
    What would be a good solver for redness of my skin?
    I've had a skin condition ever since I was born called ezama and my face had always been bright red. So, I tried wearing skin makeup and it does cover it up well, although I hate wearing it so much. I've tried every skin medicine and have went to several doctors but nothing seems to help. Maybe like something I could find within my home could help?

    Please help, I'm in desperate need!

    • ANSWER:
      A popular resource for people with disorders is the website:

      www.webmd.com

      I am aware that there is such a thing as eczema cream, which I'm sure you no doubt have tried. I am not a doctor, but if you are treating it and it hasn't cleared up, there may be something triggering it, such as an allergy.

      I do know hydrocortizone cream helps with minor skin infections. It can be found at any Walgreens-like store on the first aid aisle.

  13. QUESTION:
    How do I make my skin look cleaner and smoother?
    I want my face to look soft and clean but I have troubles with oily skin and red patches (probably from eczema). I don't have a lot of acne because I've been treated for it but I also have dark circles under my eyes from a sleeping disorder. I usually put on all this make up but it looks so unnatural like my face is powdery and fake. What do I do?

    • ANSWER:
      what can help you is to keep skin moisturized all day is an all natural skin care moisturizer. this can help you make skin soft and supple all day, it proven to be safe and effective for all skin types.

      you can also help keep skin look young, healthy, and clean by having a healthy lifestyle. eat a balanced diet, have enough rest and sleep, drink adequate amount of water, get enough exercise and relaxation. know how to beat stress through knowing some stress reduction program. this will also help you solve your sleeping disorder.

      it is a good move that you will avoid unhealthy habits like smoking and alcohol drinking for it can dry the skin. for more tips on how to beat dry skin visit http://www.skinsosilky.com

  14. QUESTION:
    What are the differences between sclap psoriasis and Seborrhoeic Eczema?
    What are the differences between sclap psoriasis and Seborrhoeic Eczema?
    1) What are the differences of sclap psoriasis and Seborrhoeic Eczema (on sclap) ?
    2) Can you same treatments for both conditions ?
    3) Out of the two sclap conditions, Which is worst to have?
    4) Do they go away after teenage pubrity?

    • ANSWER:
      Seborrheic eczema, (or dermatitis) involves the scalp, eyelids, nose and lips and is associated the the presence of pityrosporum yeasts, and is common in patients with AIDs.
      Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease in which itchy scaly red patches form on the elbows, forearms, knees, legs, and scalp, and other parts of the body. Psoriasis is one of the most common skin diseases, affecting about 2% of the population, but its cause is not known. The disorder often runs in families and may be brought on by anxiety; it is rare in infants and the elderly, the most common time of onset being is childhood or adolescence. It sometimes occurs in association with arthritis (psoriatic arthritis). Occassionally, the disease may be very severe, affecting much of the skin and causing considerable disability in the patient. While psychological stress may cause an exacerbation of psoriasis, the only significant event that precipitates the disease is a preceding streptocccal infection. Drugs such as lithium or beta blockers may occasionally be responsible.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is red dots on your skin a symptom of anything?
    I keep getting little red pin sized dots on my skin, sparsely spread, mostly on my arms. What does this mean?
    They're not lumpy, they're just little red dots... Like someone's got a blood red biro and poked me with it.

    • ANSWER:
      A rash is a change of the skin which affects its color, appearance, or texture. A rash may be localized in one part of the body, or affect all the skin. Rashes may cause the skin to change color, itch, become warm, bumpy, dry, cracked or blistered, swell and may be painful. The causes, and therefore treatments for rashes, vary widely. Diagnosis must take into account such things as the appearance of the rash, other symptoms, what the patient may have been exposed to, occupation, and occurrence in family members. The diagnosis may confirm any number of conditions.

      The presence of a rash may aid associated signs and symptoms are diagnostic of certain diseases. For example, the rash in measles is an erythematous, maculopapular rash that begins a few days after the fever starts; it classically starts at the head and spreads downwards.

      Common causes of rashes include:

      anxiety
      allergies, for example to foods, dyes, medicines, insect stings, metals such as zinc or nickel; such rashes are often called hives.
      skin contact with an irritant
      bacterial or viral infection, e.g., by the viruses that cause chickenpox, smallpox, cold sores and measles
      fungal infection, such as ringworm
      reaction to vaccination
      skin diseases such as eczema or acne
      exposure to sun (sunburn) or heat
      friction due to chafing of the skin
      irritation such as caused by abrasives impregnated in clothing rubbing the skin. The cloth itself may be abrasive enough for some people
      Uncommon causes:

      autoimmune disorders such as psoriasis
      lead poisoning
      pregnancy

  16. QUESTION:
    What vitamins should I take after a chemical peel in order to speed up the healing process?
    Lysine is said to help promote healthy skin, and Vitamin C helps support the immune system. Will taking these two supplements after a chemical peel help speed up the healing process? And if not, which vitamins would be best? And how much of it should I take? Also, are there any vitamins I should avoid during this healing process? Thank You!

    • ANSWER:
      Nature care has some helpful remedies to provide immediate relief and for continuous use to make the skin prevent disorders such as peeling skin.

      Here is a compilation of some such known home remedies that one can use for curing peeling skin. It is important to note that if desirable results are not achieved it is wise to consult a physician.

      -Grated cucumber applied over the affected areas for 15-20 minutes has been found to be effective especially for the skin on the face. Regular application prevents dryness of the skin.
      -Applying the juice of fresh mint every night on affected areas of the skin can help prevent dryness. It is also a suggested remedy for eczema and dermatitis.
      -Honey, olive oil and a mixture of turmeric and sandalwood paste are very effective in rejuvenating dry, parched skin
      Diet for Peeling Skin
      Peeling Skin : Home Remedies suggested by users
      Replenish essential vitamins to deal with Peeling Skin
      Diet plays a very important part in nurturing a healthy skin. Skin disorders usually surface due to diet inconsistencies. This can be avoided by having a healthy and nutritional diet that nourishes the skin and keeps disorders at bay.

      A good diet must include important nutrients for the well-being of the body. It must include protein, carbohydrates, fats, essential fatty acids, and all essential vitamins and minerals.
      Peeling of the skin is sometimes caused due to deficiency in Vitamin A, Iron, Iodine or Vitamin B. While proteins and Vitamin C, prevent infections and accelerate healing. Replenish the skin with these basic essentials by including them as part of the regular diet.

      Here is a list of sources of these essentials vitamins:
      Vitamin Sources
      Vitamin A: Cream, butter, fish liver oils, eggs, carrots
      Vitamin B: Meat, yeast, unpolished cereal grains, liver, eggs, cheese, milk.
      Vitamin C: Citrus fruits, green peppers and tomatoes
      Proteins: Meat, fish, cereals, dairy products, nuts, lentils, pulses and some vegetables.
      Iron: Red meat, almonds, baked beans, broccoli, kidney beans, peas, raisins, rice etc

      Other Suggestions for Peeling Skin
      Dos and Donts of Peeling Skin
      Some simple situations best avoided can accelerate healing.

      Here is a compilation of the certain preferred and most avoidable situations one can note when faced with peeling skin:

      Do’s
      -One may snip loose ends of the peeling skin but avoid cutting skin bound to the skin.
      -Moisturizing peeling skin may help. Soothe dry the peeling skin and moisturize it with any good moisturizing cream or lotion.
      -For all-over peeling, a soak in an oatmeal bath is a helpful remedy.
      -Drink plenty of water about 10-12 glasses a day.
      -Use sunscreens when out in the sun.
      -Use mild soaps instead of strong and harsh soaps

      Don’ts:
      -Resist the temptation to pick or scratch the peeling skin .It may damage the skin further.
      -Avoid taking a hot water bath as it drains the skin of its natural oils. Warms baths are milder and causes less damage to the skin.
      -Stay out of the sun during Peek UV Radiation times such as: during mid day 11.00am-2.00pm.

  17. QUESTION:
    I have tiny skin colored bumps on my face and arms?
    I have tiny little skin colored bumps on my cheeks and upper arms. I'm in 7th grade and its really embarrassing when people point them out. I've had them for about two years now and they're not acne. When I scratch them just white hard stuff comes out, but its not puss. I clean my face regurally but they don't go away. Do I need to moisturizer? I don't even know what they're called. Please help. I'm tired of these stupid things. 10 points to the best answer.

    • ANSWER:
      HELP HAS ARRIVED!!!!!!!!!!!

      I had this for years, my mom told me it was eczema. Most people say eczema is a name used for tons of different dry skin conditions that doctors can’t diagnose. I used eczema creams all through Jr. High and High School, all that did was make me feel greasy and uncomfortable with zero results.

      You probably have what is called Keratosis pilaris, Keratosis pilaris is a common, genetic follicular condition that causes the appearance of rough bumps on the skin. It most often appears on arms, thighs, hands, legs, sides, buttocks, or face (which on the face are often mistaken for acne). Worldwide, Keratosis pilaris affects an estimated 40% of the adult population and approximately 50%-80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men. There are several different types of Keratosis Pilaris, including Keratosis Pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), Keratosis Pilaris Alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), Keratosis Pilaris Rubra Faceii (reddish rash on the cheeks), and related disorders.

      Keratosis Pilaris is caused by Hyperkeratosis: when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin, which is cream colored, surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore, resulting in rough clogged pores. The openings are often closed with a white plug of encrusted sebum, the oily, waxy substance produced by glands in the skin to keep it from drying out. Hyperkeratosis is most likely caused by your body having a vitamin A & E deficiency.

      I started taking vitamin A & E pills at dinner every night and 90% of my white bumps on my cheeks, arms, and legs cleared up. My boss also had white bumps on her arms and tried taking the vitamins too, it worked nicely for her. You could try taking the vitamins, but if you stop taking them, your body will go back to being deficient in them unless you start eating more foods naturally containing vitamins A & E:

      Vitamin A: Liver, Red Pepper, Cayenne, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Dried Apricots, Cantaloupe, Spinach, Squash, Dried Herbs, Papaya, Mangoes, Green Peas, Tomatoes.

      Vitamin E: Sunflower Seeds, Almonds, Pine Nuts, Peanuts, Dried Apricots, Pickled Green Olives, Cooked Taro Root, Wheat Germ/Flax Seed/Corn/Canola/Soybean Oils, Hazelnuts, Broccoli.

      Both A & E: Paprika, Red Chili Peppers or Powder, Spinach

      If the bumps (clogged dry rough crusty pores) have a red or pink ring around them, it could just be that they are inflamed, or it could be some sort of skin infection, such as yeast, which lives on the skin naturally but could become an infection, or bacterial. If they are a little pink or red I would try an antibacterial soap.

      Antibacterial soaps are full of chemicals and poisons, some are so harmful they cause muscle weakness, such as in the heart and tongue, and should not be in stores. A natural alternative is a soap or lotion containing Tea Tree oil. Tea Tree oil has natural antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities. It also has beneficial cosmetic properties. Tea Tree oil has a faint medicinal scent to it like eucalyptus, which is why I would suggest a soap instead of a lotion. Products containing Tea Tree oil can be found in abundance at health and natural and heath stores, but is also available in main stream store such as Wal-Mart for as low as around .

      So in short, vitamin A, vitamin E, soap, and you should be good (: I wish you luck

  18. QUESTION:
    Have you ever taken allergy shots for eczema?
    I am allergic to: pollen, various trees, dust, mites, nuts and eggs. I have atopic eczema and seborrheic eczema. It was never a big deal, but this year it has flared up on my forehead and I hate it! Thats why I am considering starting an allergy shot treatment. Have you or anyone you know taken allergy shots for these allergies to fight eczema? Can you tell me about your experiences with allergy shots? Thanks a lot.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Tesoro

      Here is a herb remedy that will work.

      1. Take 1-3 droppersful of Echinacea Plus Tincture (at herbdoc.com or another qualified site) to strengthen the immune system.

      2. Rub Garlic oil ALL over the affected area (Garlic will kill anything if you use enough of it)

      3. Give 1-3 glasses of Activated Charcoal Slurry per day (to absorb the toxins out of the blood)

      4. Mix equal parts of Aloe Vera Gel, Slippery Elm Powder and Activated Charcoal Powder together (absorbs the toxins externally)

      5. Apply a thin layer of this mixture over the AFFECTED area(s).

      6. Continue this treatment, until the desired Results are achieved.

      This is healing at it's highest point.

      Cause
      Eczema is often called Dermatitis, and may be a symptom of an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency. Eczema can be due to allergies, allergies secondary to digestive disorders such as hydrochloric acid deficiency, rashes secondary to immune diseases, genetic metabolic disorders, and/or nutritional deficiencies, especially of niacin (vitamin B3) and B6, as well as other B vitamins.

      To minimize your risk of developing eczema, avoid irritating substances, wear natural nonirritating materials, use soothing ointments, and check to see if dietary, nutritional, and/or and allergy-causing factors need to be considered.

      Other ideas that will help:

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can help speed healing: black currant and red grapes; carrot, beet, spinach, cucumber, and parsley; and wheat grass juice.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Vitamin A and GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), an omega-6 essential fatty acid found in high quantities in evening primrose oil, have both been shown to improve the symptoms of eczema. Vitamin E. Other useful supplements for preventing and reversing eczema include vitamin B complex, vitamin B6, vitamin E, magnesium, and zinc.

      Topical Treatment: Apply evening primrose oil directly to cracked and sore areas of the skin. A topical paste made from ginkgo and licorice root extract has also been shown to improve eczema symptoms.

      Best of health to you

  19. QUESTION:
    What are these white patches on my arm?
    I have eczema, which is a genetic skin disorder that I got from my dad and have since I was born. I usually break out on my arms. But never like this. It usually just itchs, gets red, then peels. Normal reaction. I don't want to go to the dermatologist because I'm broke. Should I use elidel on it? Which is the cream that "treats" it. Does anyone else have eczema? If so, have you ever gotten these?

    • ANSWER:
      if it is a patch of skin that is a little dry and has less pigmentation that the rest of your skin it could be caused by a bacteria that grows on your skin. My boyfriend gets it and it has to be treated with a special soap and a special cream. It sort of looks like white spots, but he says it doesn't itch, not sure if that is what you have, but if so...you can't treat it over the counter and the soap and meds are pretty expensive. one tube of the cream costs him and that is after insurance pays their portion.

  20. QUESTION:
    My skin peeled after using Retin-A and its really red, how do i reduce/prevent irritation?
    It seems like anything I put on it makes it sting (including lotion).

    Except if I wash it with the Axe body wash with 2% salicylic acid.

    However it makes it really dry and flaky, what can I do to not irritate the new skin? How long will it take for the color of the new skin even out?

    • ANSWER:
      Remedies for Peeling Skin
      Peeling Skin home remedies and natural cures, Questions and answers

      Home Remedies to cure peeling skin
      Nature care has some helpful remedies to provide immediate relief and for continuous use to make the skin prevent disorders such as peeling skin.

      Here is a compilation of some such known home remedies that one can use for curing peeling skin. It is important to note that if desirable results are not achieved it is wise to consult a physician.

      -Grated cucumber applied over the affected areas for 15-20 minutes has been found to be effective especially for the skin on the face. Regular application prevents dryness of the skin.
      -Applying the juice of fresh mint every night on affected areas of the skin can help prevent dryness. It is also a suggested remedy for eczema and dermatitis.
      -Honey, olive oil and a mixture of turmeric and sandalwood paste are very effective in rejuvenating dry, parched skin
      Diet for Peeling Skin
      Peeling Skin : Home Remedies suggested by users
      Replenish essential vitamins to deal with Peeling Skin
      Diet plays a very important part in nurturing a healthy skin. Skin disorders usually surface due to diet inconsistencies. This can be avoided by having a healthy and nutritional diet that nourishes the skin and keeps disorders at bay.

      A good diet must include important nutrients for the well-being of the body. It must include protein, carbohydrates, fats, essential fatty acids, and all essential vitamins and minerals.
      Peeling of the skin is sometimes caused due to deficiency in Vitamin A, Iron, Iodine or Vitamin B. While proteins and Vitamin C, prevent infections and accelerate healing. Replenish the skin with these basic essentials by including them as part of the regular diet.

      Here is a list of sources of these essentials vitamins:
      Vitamin Sources
      Vitamin A: Cream, butter, fish liver oils, eggs, carrots
      Vitamin B: Meat, yeast, unpolished cereal grains, liver, eggs, cheese, milk.
      Vitamin C: Citrus fruits, green peppers and tomatoes
      Proteins: Meat, fish, cereals, dairy products, nuts, lentils, pulses and some vegetables.
      Iron: Red meat, almonds, baked beans, broccoli, kidney beans, peas, raisins, rice etc

      Other Suggestions for Peeling Skin
      Dos and Donts of Peeling Skin
      Some simple situations best avoided can accelerate healing.

      Here is a compilation of the certain preferred and most avoidable situations one can note when faced with peeling skin:

      Do’s
      -One may snip loose ends of the peeling skin but avoid cutting skin bound to the skin.
      -Moisturizing peeling skin may help. Soothe dry the peeling skin and moisturize it with any good moisturizing cream or lotion.
      -For all-over peeling, a soak in an oatmeal bath is a helpful remedy.
      -Drink plenty of water about 10-12 glasses a day.
      -Use sunscreens when out in the sun.
      -Use mild soaps instead of strong and harsh soaps

      Don’ts:
      -Resist the temptation to pick or scratch the peeling skin .It may damage the skin further.
      -Avoid taking a hot water bath as it drains the skin of its natural oils. Warms baths are milder and causes less damage to the skin.
      -Stay out of the sun during Peek UV Radiation times such as: during mid day 11.00am-2.00pm.

  21. QUESTION:
    How do i get rid permanently of red dry bumpy skin?
    ever since i was little i have had this type of skin on the sides of my face, all over my arms, and some parts of my chest and i want it gone. ive tried everything, can someone plz recommend something to make it go away

    • ANSWER:
      You might have Keratosis Pilaris.

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris:
      1. Keratosis pilaris rubra: red, inflamed bumps
      2. Keratosis pilaris Alba: rough, white, bumpy skin
      3. Keratosis pilaris rubra faceii: reddish rash over the cheeks

      There is currently no known cure for keratosis pilaris. However, there are effective treatments available that make its symptoms less apparent. The condition often improves with age and can even disappear completely in adulthood, though some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life. Most of the available treatments are purely symptomatic; the one thing they all have in common is need for repetition and ongoing commitment. Some seeking treatment with the disorder may be prescribed Tretinoin or Triamcinolone cream, often by request.

      Triamcinolone, most commonly sold under the trade name Aristocort, is a synthetic corticosteroid medically approved as an anti-inflammatory agent in the treatment of eczema, which also reduces the amount of keratin in pores. It may be of most help to those with keratosis pilaris by reducing red, inflamed bumps. Triamcinolone is typically applied three times a day.

      Tretinoin, most commonly sold under the trade name Retin-A, is a topical retinoid medically approved in the treatment of acne. This medicine works by causing the outer layer of the skin to grow more rapidly, which decreases the amount of the protein keratin in the skin. As a result, the surface layer of the skin becomes thinner and pores are less likely to become blocked, reducing the occurrence of symptoms related to acne. As keratosis pilaris is manifested through excess keratin in the skin, Tretinoin forms a more effective and core approach to treatment than Triamcinolone, which forms a largely symptomatic approach. Tretinoin is typically applied once a day before bed.

      An alternative treatment is Adapalene, a retinoid medication that is a more stable compound, is less sunlight-sensitive, has fewer general side-effects, and may be just as effective as Retin-A. Treatment of KP with Adapalene would be considered an "off-label" use of the medication.

      As with Triamcinolone, Tretinoin or any other treatment, once therapy is discontinued, the condition reverts to its original state. However, skin treated with Tretinoin may take several weeks or more to revert to its pre-treatment condition, but may, at the same time, take several weeks or more to show optimal results, with the condition commonly worsening initially, as underlying keratin is brought to the surface of the skin. Tretinoin is considerably more expensive and dispensed in smaller quantities than Triamcinolone and other treatments. Although it may be the most effective treatment for keratosis pilaris, it is not considered the first line of treatment.

      Keratosis pilaris has not been clinically researched for treatment in an unbiased manner, with all claims of success or improvement being purely marketed or anecdotal. The condition is often dismissed outright by practitioners as being presently untreatable, giving mere moisturizing suggestions or reassurance that the condition will improve or cease with age, typically after 30. General practitioners are often unable to identify the condition. Ignorance, accompanied with the price, availability, quantity dispensed, time taken for optimal results to be achieved, more serious side-effects, adverse reactions, and worsening of the condition in the initial treatment phase - coupled with the cheaper, safer, and easier availability of other treatments - has hindered Tretinoin from showing its potential in the treatment of this condition.

      exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, creams, and lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids and urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin.

      Beta hydroxy acids may help improve the appearance and texture of the afflicted skin. Milk baths may provide some cosmetic improvement due to their containing lactic acid, a natural alpha hydroxy acid in milk. Sunlight may be helpful in moderation. Coconut oil may also be helpful if applied to afflicted areas while in the shower. Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden, and, in many cases, will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring. Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing, such as tight-fitting jeans, is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

  22. QUESTION:
    How do I reduce the effects of scars from eczema?
    I'm 19 years old and have had eczema since I was roughly 15. It started just on my stomach cause of the belts I wore, and then on my arms, but that was nothing until this past year. I have it bad on my arms, stomach, half my back, upper thighs, chest, and neck. And I am also half hispanic, so I scar very easily. They aren't raised scars or anything, but just dark marks. And they stay, for years. Lotions for dry skin don't work, I know that. But even if I do control my eczema, the scars from it will last for a long time. Can anyone relate and possibly know any way to help me with my scars, or eczema? I'm running out of options! I feel like a leper here!

    • ANSWER:
      HI Amber

      Here are some ideas to start the healing process.

      Cause
      Eczema is often called Dermatitis, and may be a symptom of an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency. Eczema can be due to allergies, allergies secondary to digestive disorders such as hydrochloric acid deficiency, rashes secondary to immune diseases, genetic metabolic disorders, and/or nutritional deficiencies, especially of niacin (vitamin B3) and B6, as well as other B vitamins.

      To minimize your risk of developing eczema, avoid irritating substances, wear natural nonirritating materials, use soothing ointments, and check to see if dietary, nutritional, and/or and allergy-causing factors need to be considered.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Natural Cures

      Aromatherapy: Bergamot, chamomile, lavender, melissa, neroli, eucalyptus, geranium, and/or juniper can help speed healing and relief of symptoms when applied topically to the affected areas.

      Diet: Eat an organic, whole foods diet and avoid potentially allergy-causing foods, especially sugar, wheat, milk, and dairy products, including yogurt. Also avoid excess consumption of fruit, especially citrus and sour, as these foods may aggravate symptoms.

      Flower Essences: Rescue Remedy® for accompanying stress, and Rescue Remedy Cream® on the affected areas.

      Herbs: Herbal remedies such as cleavers, nettle, yellowdock, or red clover tea or tinctures may be very effective. They are often combined with relaxing herbs such as chamomile, linden flowers, or skullcap. One combination would be equal parts of cleavers, nettle, and chamomile drunk as an infusion three times a day. A stronger mixture combines the tinctures of figwort, burdock, and cleavers in equal parts; take one teaspoon of this mixture three times a day.

      To alleviate itching, bathe affected areas of your body with lukewarm or cold chickweed infusion. For cracked, dry, or painful skin, use a salve made from calendula flowers and St. John`s wort leaves.

      Goldenseal applied externally may also be helpful.

      Homeopathy:Dulcamara, Rhus tox., Sulfur, Arsen alb., and Graphites, taken alone or in combination with each other can help speed healing. Petroleum and Psorinum are also effective homeopathic remedies, but must be taken alone.

      Hydrotherapy: Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment. I suggest several at-home hydrotherapy treatments.

      Juice Therapy: The following juice combinations can help speed healing: black currant and red grapes; carrot, beet, spinach, cucumber, and parsley; and wheat grass juice.

      Nutritional Supplementation: Vitamin A and GLA (gamma-linolenic acid), an omega-6 essential fatty acid found in high quantities in evening primrose oil, have both been shown to improve the symptoms of eczema. Vitamin E. Other useful supplements for preventing and reversing eczema include vitamin B complex, vitamin B6, vitamin E, magnesium, and zinc.

      Topical Treatment: Apply evening primrose oil directly to cracked and sore areas of the skin. A topical paste made from ginkgo and licorice root extract has also been shown to improve eczema symptoms.

      Alternative Professional Care
      If your symptoms persist despite the above measures, seek the help of a qualified health professional. The following professional care therapies have all been shown to be useful for treating and relieving the symptoms of eczema: Acupuncture, Ayurveda, Biofeedback Training, Bodywork (Acupressure, Shiatsu, Reflexology), Detoxification Therapy, Energy Medicine (Light Beam Generator, Ondamed, Photon Stimulator), Environmental Medicine, Hypnotherapy, Magnetic Field Therapy (North Pole Magnetic Energy Application), Mind/Body Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine, Orthomolecular Medicine, Osteopathy, and Oxygen Therapy

      Best of health to you

  23. QUESTION:
    Do HRI clear complexion tablets help eczema?
    I read that these tablets can help skin disorders, has anyone had any experience with them or information that might help?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey bebe go to earth clinic click on aliments then on ecezma they have natural remedys for this on this site...

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the best treatment for blisters?
    I've been a outdoors person my whole life, and I've gotten the occasional blister, and my rule of thumb was if it was in danger of being popped (ex: on the heel of your foot) drain it and wrap it. And if not, stick some mole skin on it and let it be. But after years of passing on my view on blisters, I've received a variety of responces, and most of them are keen on the opinion that you should not pop a blister, no matter what. So what's the best thing to do? I've never had any infections or whatnot, but are blisters more likely to heal faster one way or the other?

    • ANSWER:
      What Is It?

      A blister is a bubble of fluid under the skin. The clear, watery liquid inside a blister is called serum. It leaks in from neighboring tissues as a reaction to injured skin. If the blister remains unopened, serum can provide natural protection for the skin beneath it. Small blisters are called vesicles. Those larger than half an inch are called bullae. A blood blister is filled with blood, rather than serum.

      There are many causes of blisters, including:

      Irritation — Blisters can be caused by physical factors that irritate the skin, such as friction (rubbing the skin), irritating chemicals or extreme cold or heat. Blisters on the feet can result from shoes that are either too tight or rub the skin in one particular area. Blisters also can be caused by contact dermatitis, a skin reaction to some type of chemical irritant. Intense cold can trigger frostbite, which often leads to blisters once the skin is rewarmed. Any type of burn, even sunburn, also can cause blisters.

      Allergies — Allergic contact dermatitis, a form of dermatitis or eczema, may result in blisters. Allergic contact dermatitis is caused by an allergy to a chemical or poison, such as poison ivy, poison oak or poison sumac.

      Infections — Infections that cause blisters include bullous impetigo, an infection of the skin caused by staphylococci (staph) bacteria; viral infections of the lips and genital area due to the herpes simplex virus (types 1 and 2); chickenpox and shingles, which are caused by the varicella zoster virus; and coxsackievirus infections, which are more common in childhood.

      Skin diseases — Numerous skin diseases cause blisters. Examples include dermatitis herpetiformis, pemphigoid and pemphigus. There also are inherited forms of blistering skin conditions, such as epidermolysis bullosa (in which pressure or trauma commonly leads to blisters) and porphyria cutanea tarda (in which sun exposure provokes blisters).

      Medications — Many medications, such as nalidixic acid (NegGram) and furosemide (Lasix), can cause mild, blistering skin reactions. Others, such as the doxycycline (Vibramycin), can increase the risk of blistering sunburn by increasing the skin's sensitivity to sunlight. In more dramatic cases, medications can trigger more severe, even life-threatening, blistering disorders, such as erythema multiforme or toxic epidermal necrolysis, also known as TEN, an illness that causes severe skin damage and typically involves 30% or more of the body's surface.
      Symptoms

      In general, blisters are round or oval bubbles of fluid under the skin that may be painful or itchy, or they may not cause any symptoms. Symptoms vary depending on the cause.

      Irritation, burns and allergies — Blisters caused by friction or burns are usually painful. Blisters resulting from eczema can be accompanied by redness, severe itching and small bumps on the affected skin.

      Infections — When blisters are caused by an infection, the symptoms depend on the type of infection. Examples include:

      Bullous impetigo — The affected skin can redden, and the blisters may burst easily.

      Herpes simplex virus — When herpes simplex type 1 is the cause, the tiny blisters commonly are known as fever blisters or cold sores. They typically appear on the lips. The affected skin may itch, tingle, swell and become red before the blisters appear. When the blisters eventually break, they leak fluid, and then painful sores develop. Herpes simplex type 2 is the most common cause of genital herpes, a sexually transmitted infection (although type 1 also can cause genital herpes). Generally, small red bumps appear before blisters develop in the affected area, typically the vaginal area or penis, the buttocks and thighs, or the anus. Other symptoms can include fever, muscle aches, headache and burning with urination.

      Varicella zoster virus — When this virus causes chickenpox, the infection starts with a diffuse, itchy rash that develops quickly into itchy blisters. Varicella zoster also can cause shingles (herpes zoster). People with shingles may experience small, painful blisters that usually erupt in a linear pattern along the length of an infected nerve.

      Coxsackievirus — Coxsackievirus A16 can cause a condition commonly called hand-foot-and-mouth disease, in which painful blisters often occur on the hands, on the soles of the feet and in the mouth.

      Skin diseases — Erythema multiforme typically causes blisters on the palms of the hands, the forearms, the soles of the feet, and on the mucous membranes in the eyes, nose, mouth and genitals. Other symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough and muscle pain. The autoimmune diseases (also known as bullous diseases because of the large blisters seen) vary in appearance as well. Dermatitis herpetiformis causes itchy, red bumps or blisters. Pemphigoid, an uncommon condition that primarily affects the elderly, results in large, itchy blisters, and pemphigus, an uncommon disease that tends to strike in middle age, causes blisters inside the mouth and on the surface of the skin. The blisters of pemphigus break easily and leave painful areas.

      Medications — Reactions to medications vary. In some cases, there is only an increased sensitivity to the sun, which can lead to blistering sunburn if the skin is exposed to the sun. In more severe reactions, such as TEN, blisters can involve larger areas of tissue, including parts of the respiratory passages and gastrointestinal tract, accompanied by fever and malaise (a generally sick feeling).
      Diagnosis

      If the cause of your blisters is not obvious, your doctor will ask about your family history and your personal medical history, including any allergies you have and any medications you take, including over-the-counter medications. You also will be asked about any recent exposure to irritating chemicals or allergens.

      Your doctor often can diagnose the cause of your blisters by their appearance and your history. If your doctor suspects an allergic reaction, he or she may recommend patch tests with chemicals to identify the allergen. Some blistering diseases are diagnosed with a skin biopsy, in which a small piece of tissue is removed and examined in a laboratory.

      Expected Duration

      How long blisters last depends on their cause. For example, blisters caused by irritation generally go away on their own within a few days, and those triggered by infections and skin diseases can remain for weeks or months. With an autoimmune blistering disorder, blistering may be chronic (long-lasting) and requires ongoing treatment. In skin infections, such as herpes simplex virus infection, the blisters can come back periodically. Blistering skin diseases that result from inherited causes also are long-lasting.

      Prevention

      There are many simple strategies to prevent blisters caused by skin irritation. You can wear comfortable shoes that fit well, with socks that cushion the feet and absorb sweat. Apply sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburn. Be particularly vigilant about avoiding sun exposure if you are taking medications that are known to cause sun sensitivity, such as doxycycline (sold under many brand names). During cold months, use mittens, hats and heavy socks to protect your skin against freezing temperatures and chilling winds.

      As much as possible, avoid irritants and allergens that tend to trigger eczema, such as certain hygiene products (bubble baths, feminine hygiene sprays, detergents), certain metals in jewelry, especially nickel, and irritating plants such as poison ivy.

      To prevent blisters caused by infections, wash your hands often and never touch skin sores, cuts or any open or broken areas of skin on other people. To reduce the risk of herpes simplex, never have sex (even with a condom) with someone with active herpes. In addition, the fewer sexual partners you have, the lower your risk of herpes simplex. To avoid the spread of childhood infections, try to prevent children from sharing toys and utensils that have touched another child's mouth.

      To prevent chickenpox and to help prevent shingles later, have your child immunized with the varicella vaccine. People who have not had chickenpox should avoid people with chickenpox or shingles until all of the blisters have crusted over. Adults can be vaccinated if they have never had chickenpox, especially if they are at risk of exposure (for example, day-care workers and teachers).

      There is no known way to prevent many of the blistering diseases such as the hereditary forms and the autoimmune (bullous) diseases.

      Treatment

      Usually, it is best to leave blisters alone. Because blisters protect the underlying skin, breaking blisters open can increase the chance of infection. Protect blisters with a bandage and cover them until they heal on their own. The liquid in the blister will be re-absorbed and the skin will flatten naturally. If a blister breaks, wash the area with soap and water, then apply a bandage. If a blister is very large or painful, your doctor may drain it and apply an antibacterial cream to prevent infection.

      The treatment for blisters caused by eczema, infections and other diseases varies. Some cases of eczema can be treated with corticosteroid cream or pills. Herpes simplex infections and shingles (herpes zoster) sometimes are treated with antiviral medications. Antibiotic cream or pills may be given for impetigo. Chickenpox and coxsackievirus generally are left to go away on their own. The itching caused by chickenpox can be relieved with over-the-counter, anti-itch lotions, such as calamine. With medication-related erythema multiforme, the medication must be discontinued immediately. Corticosteroids sometimes may be prescribed.

      Pemphigoid and pemphigus are treated with corticosteroids and/or other immunosuppressive agents. Because dermatitis herpetiformis is associated with celiac sprue (a condition that develops as an immune reaction to gluten in the diet), people with dermatitis herpetiformis may benefit from a diet that does not contain any gluten (a substance found in most grains). Porphyria can be treated with regular removal of blood (phlebotomy) or with medications, including cholestyramine (Questran), chloroquine (Aralen) and beta-carotene. Some inherited skin disorders that cause blistering may respond to measures that protect the skin from trauma.

      When To Call A Professional

      Call your doctor whenever you have blisters of unknown cause, very painful blisters, or blisters accompanied by other symptoms such as fever and malaise (a generally sick feeling). Also call your doctor if a blister develops signs of infection, such as increasing redness, red streaks in nearby skin, oozing blood or pus, increased pain or swelling of the surrounding skin.

      Prognosis

      In many cases, blisters will disappear when the cause is removed or the infection has gone away, usually in a matter of days or weeks. In most herpes infections, blisters can return in the same spot (such as fever blisters on the lips or genital herpes) weeks, months or even years after the first blisters appear. Pemphigoid and pemphigus are typically chronic (long-lasting) and require long-term therapy.

  25. QUESTION:
    Why are smart kids on shows often depicted as having allergies, asthma, skin conditions and glasses?
    I guess I don't really need to elaborate on my question, but I noticed that on television, the smart children always seem to have problems with allergies, asthma, skin conditions, muscle weakness, etc. and wear thick glasses. Is there some implied correlation between auto-immune disorders and I.Q?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes auto immune disorders do include IQ. It is a stereotype, but a pretty accurate one.

      I am dyslexic, have an epi pen and am gifted. I have tested betw 147-163

      My father is asperger's and has seasonal allergies and an IQ measuring 158

      We are both mensa members, we both wear glasses. The brain is neurologically hard-wired a bit different, and some consider giftedness to be a neurological disorder. When you have one part of the brain functioning differently than most, chances are other areas will function differently as well.
      I have a toddler with eczema and low tone.
      I have a 7 yo with green eyes (1-2% of pop. has) and he is PDD
      I have a 33 month old PDD son who at 20 months was evaluated by psych and told us he has scattered abilities through 72months and never hit the ceiling (IQ range 130-170)

      I don't remember where but I have read journal articles that discuss the gifted IQ as being an autoimmune disorder. I just searched it TONS come up
      IN my experience people start getting weird upwards of 130 (self included)

  26. QUESTION:
    What causes extremely itchy skin?
    My skin itches all of the time and nothing helps. The derm ruled out eczema and any other skin disorder. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    Is ginko also good for eczema on children?
    I heard ginko is very good for skin problems on adults.But is it also good for children , and is there a ginko cream for eczema on children? Or should they drink ginko tea?

    • ANSWER:
      Medical uses

      The extract of the Ginkgo leaves contains flavonoid glycosides and terpenoids (ginkgolides, bilobalides) and has been used pharmaceutically. It has many alleged nootropic properties, and is mainly used as memory and concentration enhancer, and anti-vertigo agent. However, studies differ about its efficacy. Some controversy has arisen over the conclusions drawn by some studies that were allegedly funded by a firm which marketed Ginkgo. Slate, an Internet-based magazine owned by The Washington Post Company, reported in April 2007:

      In 2002, a long-anticipated paper appeared in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) titled "Ginkgo for memory enhancement: a randomized controlled trial." This Williams College study, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging rather than Schwabe, examined the effects of ginkgo consumption on healthy volunteers older than 60. The conclusion, now cited in the National Institutes of Health's ginkgo fact sheet, said: "When taken following the manufacturer's instructions, ginkgo provides no measurable benefit in memory or related cognitive function to adults with healthy cognitive function."

      Out of the many conflicting research results, Ginkgo extract may have three effects on the human body: it improves blood flow (including microcirculation in small capillaries) to most tissues and organs; it protects against oxidative cell damage from free radicals; and it blocks many of the effects of platelet-activating factor (platelet aggregation, blood clotting) that have been related to the development of a number of cardiovascular, renal, respiratory and CNS (Central Nervous System) disorders. Ginkgo can be used for intermittent claudication.

      According to some studies, in a few cases, Ginkgo can significantly improve attention in healthy individuals. The effect is almost immediate and reaches its peak in 2.5 hours after the intake.

      A 2004 conference paper summarizes how various trials indicate that Ginkgo shows promise in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, although further study is needed.

      Ginkgo is commonly added to energy drinks, but the amount is typically so low it does not produce a noticeable effect, except perhaps via a placebo effect from Ginkgo being listed on the label.

      Ginkgo supplements are usually taken in the range of 40–200 mg per day.

      Side effects

      Ginkgo may have some undesirable effects, especially for individuals with blood circulation disorders and those taking anti-coagulants such as aspirin and warfarin, although recent studies have found that ginkgo has little or no effect on the anticoagulant properties or pharmacodynamics of warfarin. Ginkgo should also not be used by people who are taking monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) or by pregnant women without first consulting a doctor.

      Ginkgo side effects and cautions include: possible increased risk of bleeding, gastrointestinal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, heart palpitations, and restlessness. If any side effects are experienced, consumption should be stopped immediately.

  28. QUESTION:
    What kind of skin disorder do I have?
    Well when I was a kid, I'd have eyeboogers on my face and I would just scratch it off. And didn't wash my face like other kids. And now there's this dark mark right next to my eye and I'm 100% sure its because of the boogers. Its been about 4 years I've got this terrible mark. Can anyone tell me what's it called?

    • ANSWER:
      Im not sure what skin condition this is but "Pau D' Arco bark", in bulk herb form, not in pill form, can be made with a tea, and use externally also, helps with all skin diseases, like, eczema, herpes, psoriasis, fungal infections, tumors and leukemia, it contains calcium, cobalt, crude fiber, silicon, lapachol an anti tumor nutrient, and xyloidin- a natural antibiotic.

  29. QUESTION:
    Is there a way to permanently cure Dyshidrosis?
    This is a form of eczema that causes small blisters, in my case on both hands, mainly on the palms.

    The doctor gave me triamcynolon ointment, which only temporary cures the problem. The blisters always come back very quickly.

    • ANSWER:
      Well I know someone who has had palmoplantar pustulosis-like [though not officially diagnosed by a doctor has having this] blisters on their hands with scaling of the skin and weeping at times. They had tried various creams but the one that seemed to have the best effect until now is Cuticura Dry Skin Intensive Hand & Nail Cream. This is like a cheaper version of Norwegian Formula and Wilko sell that in the UK but you might be able to buy it from most pharmacies. I don't know if it would work for you but it worked for a friend and seems to stop the blistering. Perhaps you could try that yourself.

      But if that does not work for you [everyone is different], you could try chamomile cream or licorice extract cream as these are anti-inflammatory herbs and might therefore help "calm" angry skin.You could also try turmeric paste but that is messy and might stain clothing or bed sheets so you have to make sure you rub it in well and leave it to dry and it will of course give you yellow stained hands. You could add turmeric to your diet also and that will work from within as an anti-inflammatory or alternatively take turmeric [curcumin standardised] capsules. Another herb worth trying is blackseed oil both as an internal [anti-inflammatory] remedy and external [anti-inflammatory] remedy. You might also be able to source a cream containing this oil on the Internet.

      I would certainly avoid steroid-based creams as these thin your skin with time and may not work over time anyway.

      You might benefit from reading this article [ http://www.beautyassist.com/skin-disorders/dyshidrotic-eczema.html ] on Dyshidrotic Eczema as it has various advice and treatment options you might like to consider...not sure how effective any of these are but you should perhaps weigh up all options and try to avoid what might cause flare ups and try various herbs that might help. You can try various anti-inflammatory herbs internally in the form of teas, tinctures or capsules....such as chamomile tea, fish oil, blackseed oil, ginger capsules [or fresh ginger or dried ginger in cooking], turmeric and cinnamon.

      If you are on prescribed medications just talk to your doctor or a qualified pharmacist first before taking anything herbal internally just to be sure there will be no herb-drug interactions with your medication...to be on the safe side.

      Best wishes.

  30. QUESTION:
    Can psorisis be confused with other skin disorders?

    If so, how do I tell, what it is? I have been to my docter and he thinks its psorisis.

    • ANSWER:
      Very easily. Psoriasis, in it's milder forms can present itself in the same way as some types of eczema and contact dermatitis. If you have been to a dermatologist that has diagnosed it as psoriasis and you are not entirely satisfied, go get a second opinion.

  31. QUESTION:
    I just moved up north and need some beauty advice?
    Just moved from Ft. Lauderdale to Philadelphia and am wondering if there are any helpful beauty (mainly skin and hair) hints to surviving the winter. I've got very sensitive skin, prone to blotchiness, and hair that is leaning towards the "fine" category.

    • ANSWER:
      •It is time to get out the heavy-duty moisturizers. A highly protective day-care cream with appropriate SPF is an essential barrier to protect your skin against the elements
      •Creamy, water-in-oil emulsions are best as they hydrate your skin while also protecting them from loss of moisture in the cold winds.
      •Chapped lips are most noticeable in winter. Use a moisturizing lip balm with vitamin E in it if you want to avoid looking like you have some dreadful, peeling skin disorder.Keep reapplying the balm with a chap-stick throughout the day.
      •Exfoliate! Dead Cells tend to pile up in winter and prevent the moisturizer from getting to the healthy skin. The oils in the skin are being produced at a lesser rate than in summer and due to this, skin tends to lose water that would otherwise have been retained in the lower dermis of the skin.
      •Dry skin can cause premature aging and fine lines can begin to appear in improperly cared for skin.
      •Detoxify your system with plenty of water. If you feel it difficult to gulp down room temperature water, heat your water and take it with a twist of lemon—a sort of watered-down version of lemon tea.
      •Everyone loves to cuddle up and sleep, burrowing under a pile of warm and toasty blankets while the temperature outside keeps dropping. Ensure you get your beauty sleep—7 h is decent if you cannot manage the full 8 or the luxurious 9 h in winter nights.
      •Sun protection is essential now as the outdoor weather conditions are such that moisture is invariably lost from the skin. Natural sunscreens featuring moisturizing ingredients such as aloe vera, cocoa butter and herbal oils can further protect your skin.
      •Moisturize as frequently as possible. Indoor and outdoor conditions are drier in winter and alternating a heavier emollient with a lighter emollient can have your skin feeling cared for while not having to deal with the greasy feeling.
      •Creams and lotions with Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), such as glycolic or lactic acid,can be effective in reversing dry skin and lines at deeper levels.
      •Alternate different products every few days, for example, once a week, so that your body is exposed to differing levels of support and does not settle into a fixed routine that may not be very beneficial in the longer term.
      •Dual-purpose moisturizers act by moisturizing and providing sun protection. Most of them also contain antioxidant ingredients which counter the free-radical damage caused by the winter sun.
      •It would be best to avoid clay-based masks in winter as they tend to dry skin further in winter. Opting for masks that are specially designed for winter or for dry skin are ideal for winter.
      •Natural soaps or herbal soaps with high fat content are good for the skin in winter as they care for dry skin.
      •Tub baths should be avoided as they can cause drying of the skin and showers should be taken with tepid, not hot, water.
      •Avoid vigorous and too frequent scrubbing with washcloths in winter as this can further damage and irritate dry skin.
      •Apply moisturizer onto towel-dried skin immediately after emerging from a shower as this locks more water into your skin.
      •While shaving in winter, use a moisturizing gel rather than soap and remember to moisturize your legs well immediately afterward.
      •Rubber gloves will need to be worn while washing dishes or using harsh cleaning agents to avoid further chemical damage.
      •Keep a bottle of hand lotion handy and apply after washing your hands.
      •Winter time also sees the exacerbation or outbreaks of itchy skin or Eczema. Avoid the use of soap if this happens and try to use natural emollients such as olive oil or moisturizers with herbal oils such as tea-tree oil.
      •If feet tend to be neglected in winter and need extra attention. Ensure that socks and shoes fit properly and dust your feet with non-irritating talc before enclosing them in socks and footwear for the day.

      I wouldn't be TOO worried about your hair. Thick hair is actually worse, as it gets dried out easily. But just make sure not too wash too much. Buy shampoos for dry hair.

  32. QUESTION:
    I have a rash or skin disorder of some sort on my upper lip. What should I do?
    Doctors/dermatologist say it's skin dandruff (also known as seborrheic dermatitis) because it's flaky and dry. But I've taken almost EVERYTHING! I've even washed my face with dandruff shampoo! I've had it for almost 5 years now and I don't know what to do, no one does! But It looks like a have a serious mustache... HELP ME PLEASE!

    • ANSWER:
      The main cause of Seborrheic Dermatitis is overreaction of the immune system. Identifying certain foods, chemicals, etc can be very helpful in battling this disease. I try to avoid milk products which trigger my flare-ups.
      After using number of prescription drugs I've turned to the natural treatments.
      Now I use serenaskin eczema herbal remedies , which aim at the root of the disease - the immune system, and are steroid-free.
      After about 2 weeks of using ointment and spray my skin has been cleared up and now I continue with eczema extract, which controls the immune system. My skin has been clear for months now.

  33. QUESTION:
    Are there any kosher laws regarding the health of the chef / cook?
    say if the mother of a jewish family has a skin disorder, like eczema or psoriasis - does that mean she cannot cook for her family? or is that a non-issue and she can cook for the family?

    what about the maid, if she has these skin diseases which are hard to be rid of, does that mean she has to stay out of the kitchen?

    just out of curiosity ...

    • ANSWER:
      Read the book of Leviticus it has lots of information concerning health issues.

  34. QUESTION:
    how do i get rid of these dry patches on my face?
    part of my face near my face near my nose under my cheek bone is really dry and the skin has peeled off my face a little. now the skin looks lighter right there. is there some kind of lotion or something i could use to fix it?

    • ANSWER:
      You should try organic shea, avocado, or cocoa butters these products works wonders on dry, peeling, cracked skin. If you like to try it, i will leave a link below to where i get them from. Hope this help, and good luck!

      1) Shea butter is extracted from the nut of West Africa's wild karite tree. Its high in content of essential fatty acids and natural anti-oxidant compounds provide extreme moisturizing capabilities as well as cellular restoration.

      Shea butter has proven successful in the treatment of various skin ailments including eczema and psoriasis and in some cases rosacia. Helps to restore elasticity to the skin. works wonderfully on razor bumps and rashes. It's an intensive general moisturizer, ideal for dry cracked skin, especially good for those extra dry spots: elbows, heels, knees and cuticle beds. Has natural sun protection qualities for your skin (though it should not be used in place of sunscreen).

      2) Cocoa butter is considered an occlusive emollients. This means that when applied to skin it leaves a thin layer of oil across the stratrum corneum. This layer of oils acts as a protective barrier, slowing the natural escape of moisture from the skin, resulting in less dry skin.The additional moisture also helps soften the skin, which may help prevent the irritation and inflammation of the skin disorders like eczema.

      Dry skin occurs when there is not enough moisture present in the outermost layer of the skin called the stratum corneum. Dry skin is commonly cause by dry winter air, wind evaporation, indoor heating or skin thinning due to natural aging. whatever the cause, you can treat and nourish your dry skin with cocoa butter.

      3) Avocado body butter add an excellent moisturizing attributes on dry, peeling, and cracked skin while exhibiting low comedogencity on the skin. Contains the antioxidants vitamins A, E, and D which help kill off free radicals that causes aging skin. Daily application of avocado butter will leave your skin moisturize and soft. Your skin will feel silky, smooth, and protected from the effects of aging and environmental pollution.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is this really ibs or is it celiacs disease?
    I am 18 years old and I have been diagnosed with ibs. But about a year ago I started getting this painful rash in the middle of my arms which looks like eczema. My stomach hurts about everytime I eat fast food or unhealthy and I get really bad acid reflux where I burp all the time and it leads to throwing up white foamy acid sometimes in the mornings. My mom is getting tested for celiacs soon and she has been diagnosed with ibs too she said if she has it I am immediately getting tested. Oh and I am constipated like all the time.. Not even the medicine I am prescribe helps me I can go about 2 weeks without a bowel movement is this serious? How bad is the gluten free diet?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, the constipation is an issue. If the medicine is not making you go DAILY, then you should be in touch with the doctor.

      The GF diet? Really, not that bad. At first, though it's going to feel like the end of the world. All sorts of foods you can't eat, and all sorts of foods that everyone is eating around you. But at the same time? If it IS celiac disease, suddenly your pain goes away, the acid reflux goes away, the vomiting goes away, the gut feels better, so by the time you've healed up, the diet is NOTHING. You end up feeling so much better it's totally, totally worth it.

      And the best way to do it, IMO, is to remember all the awesome foods you can eat that never had gluten to begin with. Roast beef, mashed potatoes, roast turkey and chicken, steak, popcorn, and so on. You can still have all of these. And seriously, there are a LOT of people out there who miss their gluten foods, so they work hard to come up with recipes to mimic the foods you've lost. There are even recipes you can find for GF girl scout cookies! Samoas, thin mints, all of 'em. Usually, some of these are better tried after a few months on the diet, when your body and brain don't remember the taste of wheat as well. It's forgotten fairly quickly. And at that point, these taste awesome.

      One thing you may want to research with your mother. If you have a rash, there is a chance that it could be something called Dermatitis Herpetiformis. If this IS what you have, you might be better served getting this tested by the dermatologist. They do a biopsy of the area just outside the rash - you'll want to look up how they are supposed to do this. The disease is rare enough that some doctors aren't aware they need to do the biopsy different than one does most biopsies of rashes. The area to biopsy is not the same.

      The reason I mention this is that in recent studies, it's been shown that those with celiac disease where the body attacks the skin don't test as accurately on the regular blood tests. A link I put in below mentions the specific antibody that occurs with DH rashes, even though it's about neurological issues with celiacs. It's enough information if you and your mother wish to investigate further into tested for this. :-)

      http://www.celiac.com/articles/21637/1/Tg6-Antibody-Plays-a-Key-Role-in-Celiac-Disease-Related-Neurological-Disorders/Page1.html

      Good luck, and seriously, it's not so bad. A pain, yeah, but it's like getting glasses or anything else one has to do for the rest of your life. At first, it's REALLY a pain, and then you get used to it but still have to think about it all the time, and eventually you don't really even notice except every now and again. And don't forget, if your mother has it AND you have it, then you'll both be in this together. That makes a difference.

      For eating purposes, here's some of my favorite brands:
      Tinkyada rice pasta - it even has lasagna noodles
      Organicville pasta sauces - I like their pizza sauces
      Pamela's brownie mix
      Glutino wafer cookies
      organicville salad dressings, although I hear Lighthouse (usually in the fridge section near the produce) is pretty good, too.
      San-J Gluten Free soy sauce - this is actually BETTER than regular soy sauce. It's the premium type of soy sauce, the kind they made before they watered it down with wheat, only made to avoid cross contamination. It's actually the type that's called for in gourmet Asian recipes. :-)

  36. QUESTION:
    How can i keep the skin on my forehead from getting really dry and peeling off?
    its constantly peeling off and looks ugly. what can i use on it to make it stop so i can feel better about my face?

    • ANSWER:
      I actually use olive oil on my face for everything. I used to get really bad acne and olive oil is rich in vitamins that are good for your skin. I even use it to wash my face. It has made my skin so soft every single pimple and those tiny blackheads some ppl get on their nose have also completely cleared up. I also have eczema which is a dry skin disorder and unfortunately it does nothing for the tiny spot of eczema I have on my cheek. If lotion or olive oil don't work then try a cortisone cream (5-10$, CVS Walgreens) which is what I use when I have an eczema flare up. If those thing dont work then Id see a Dr. maybe they would be able to prescribe something. Tell him you've aldeady tried the cortisone cream they might prescribe that to you first.

  37. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to moisturize very dry spots of skin?
    I have dry patches around my nose and at the corners of my mouth. Is there anything I can use to help it?

    • ANSWER:
      Moisturizers probably won't help. This might be a mild medical problem, not a beauty problem,. This is going to sound weird, but it's possible you have a vitamin deficiency, specifically B vitamins. Take a one a day type vitamin and see if that helps. Also, try eating a little better with more fresh fruits, fruit juices and vegetables. Be sure to add at least one serving of lean meat once a day such as chicken, and drink milk. It could also be a mild skin infection such as eczema or a bacterial problem similar to a yeast infection. Try a mild hydrocortisone creme from the drug store or something like canestin, a mild sulpher-based creme that kills bacterial skin disorders.

  38. QUESTION:
    I have been diagnosed with recurring eczema of the ear canal?
    The doctor has suggested that I apply 2 x drops of olive oil once a week to keep the irritation at bay which doesn't work, and probably give 15 minutes of relief. Ears constantly itch and I'm dealing with olive oil which drips out of the ear. Are there any better remedies which will keep the irritation at bay?

    • ANSWER:
      I have total sympathy for you,it must be a nightmare! I 've just copied this for you and also provided the website to have a look at. Go back to your GP, Im sure there is more they can do for you.

      Copied;
      Sometimes the inflammation in the ear canal is a local area of a skin disorder, such as a small patch of eczema or psoriasis. The symptoms in the ear may be similar to an infection, but bacteria or fungal germs are not the cause. This is uncommon, but the inflammation in the ear may flare up now and then just as skin disorders flare up from time to time. The treatment which is usually advised is steroidal ear drops whenever symptoms flare up.

  39. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of acne on chin and red under nose?
    How to get rid of Perioral dermatitis?
    Perioral Dermatitis Please help?
    So I have had this since september and I just want to get rid of it it is on my chin and under my rose is all red and dry. I went to the dermo but the skin creams made my skin peal like uncontrolably I stop using it so theres no pealing but now the acne come back What should I do and advoid.
    It is mild but i want to get rid of it

    • ANSWER:
      Perioral dermatitis is a skin disorder characterized by tiny red papules (bumps) around the mouth. I never heard of it on the chin.

      However, Avoid using any topical steroids on your face, unless specifically directed by your dermatologist.

      Avoid sodium hydroxide, propylene glycol and sodium lauryl sulfate found in many soaps, toothpastes, shampoos, etc. These are a major factor in worsening eczema for a lot of people. The use of natural products will help but you should still read the labels as they will sometimes have these chemicals as well. Also, avoid using perfumes, deodorants and cosmetics that are not natural. The chemicals in these also trigger a reaction.

      Use natural laundry products that are free of dyes and perfumes and avoid fabric softeners. Vinegar is a natural fabric softener. Use 1/2 cup in the wash cycle. (But don't use bleach at the same time—mixing vinegar and bleach may create toxic fumes.) Absolutely don't use dryer sheets.

      People with allergies, asthma, eczema and other immune disorders usually have a weakened immune system. Beef it up with Echinacea capsules, L-Lysine tablets, Vit. C [along with daily vitamins] and Red Clover tablets which are blood purifiers.

      And keep the colon cleansed. Eat fiberous foods, Greens and Green Leaf Lettuce. Metamucil or Citrucel daily.

      Apple Cider Vinegar -- Take one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and honey (if sugar isn't a problem) in a glass full of water three times a day. Use raw honey if possible. You can also apply it to your skin several times daily by mixing 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into half a cup of water. If you want, you can put the mixture into a spray bottle and just spray it on your skin. There is usually a potassium deficiency in people suffering from eczema and apple cider vinegar has some potassium as well.

      Apple cider vinegar, good natural remedy for skin allergies.

      Zinc -- Chronic inflammation can place demands on the body's zinc load that may be more than what is available. A zinc deficiency can occur and may then cause inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema. A zinc deficiency can also impair the body's ability to heal efficiently.

      B- Comple vitamin supplement espicially Vitamin B-12eczema tends to occur in people with a vitamin B12 deficiency.

      Fish Oil -- Fish oil O mega 3 can lesson the inflammatory symptoms that are associated with allergies such as hay fever, asthma, eczema and other skin conditions such as PD. The fatty acids that are in fish oil are part of the Omega 3 group of fatty acids. They can boost the immune system and reduce inflammation in the body.Also great for the heart!

      Zinc -- Chronic inflammation can place demands on the body's zinc load that may be more than what is available. A zinc deficiency can occur and may then cause inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema. A zinc deficiency can also impair the body's ability to heal efficiently.
      __________________________________________________________

      Topically, Your skin condition 'could' be realted possibly to a yeast infection. You could try to put a "yogurt mask" on your face once a day and within two weeks the PD should be gone due to the ACIDOPHILUS, the good flora or good bacteria in yogurt and needed in our intestines.

      I hope I was able to help you. : D

      God Bless,

      ' J '

  40. QUESTION:
    How do you stop scratching while asleep?
    My girlfriend has been scratching in her sleep for the past few months and she has no idea why she is. This started around fall-winter of last year, but stopped around March of this year and it came back around mid fall. I am wondering if this is a seasonal allergy she is having or if there is some other reason as to why she is scratching in her sleep. She also has eczema if that answers anything...
    Thanks for the help!!
    -Scott

    • ANSWER:
      She must see health care provider as soon as possible (dermatologist). She should ruled out the most common causes: worms, hemorrhoids, fungal infections, skin fissures, sweating, irritants in food, and poor hygiene.
      One possibility that's sometimes overlooked is neurodematitis. This is not an actual nerve disorder but rather a lengthy cycle of itching and repeated scratching. It leads to gradual thickening of the skin, which than itches more than ever.
      If neurodermatitis is indeed the cause of your condition, it may gradually abate if you force yourself not to scratch the thickened skin. When you're at home, applying an ice-cold compress to the irritated area can ease the urge to scratch. Since many sufferers scratch when they're asleep, you should keep your fingernails short and even wear soft mittens to bed. A hypnotist or psychotherapist might help you stop scratching.

  41. QUESTION:
    can a 15 year old grow any taller after starting her periods?
    i am a 15 year old female and started my periods recently ... does this mean i cannot grow anymore ? Also i have eczema which might affect my growth aswell?

    • ANSWER:
      Your period has nothing to do with your growth. When you get your period it only means your body is taking a natural cycle to get you ready for having children, whether you want them or not.
      You should continue to grow unless you have already met your maximum height.
      I started my period at age 11, and I kept growing throughout school.
      Eczema is a disorder of the skin, it will also have no effect on your growth.

      Welcome to 'womenhood' and hope I helped. =)
      ~Sheydoe

  42. QUESTION:
    What is the diff in rosacea vs eczema?
    Hi, i have dry rashy like patches on my face and im wondering if this could be rosacea or eczema? whats the diff? do u develop whiteheads with either? It came up suddenly & at first i thought it may of been from cleanser.

    • ANSWER:
      For an accurate diagnosis consult a certified dermatologist. It's always easier to treat something when you actually know what it is you're dealing with.

      Your body may just be dehydrated, or it could be from an irritant or allergic reaction to something (food, environmental, etc..)

      The redness of rosacea is often aggravated by frequent, involuntary blushing, and causes small blood vessels in the face to dilate and become more visible through the skin, appearing like a red rash or tiny red lines. Over time, repeated episodes of flushing and blushing may promote inflammation, causing small red bumps or pustules that can often resemble common acne.
      Some people with rosacea find it's best to follow an alkaline diet.
      - http://www.rosacea.org/index.php
      - http://www.rosacea.net/steroid.html
      - http://www.rosacea-ltd.com/rosaceadiet.php3

      Eczema is caused by your body being out of balance because of something irritating your immune system. It is a chronic skin disorder that involves scaly and itchy rashes.
      Avoid all personal triggers or allergens that cause your eczema to flare-up.
      Examples of some allergens are food, pollen, dust, chemicals, mold and other microorganisms.
      Many people with chronic eczema find it's best to avoid dairy & wheat products.
      - http://www.nationaleczema.org/
      - http://eczema-natural-healing.com/causes-of-eczema.html
      - http://www.eczemacanada.ca/en/what/myths.php

      With either rosacea or eczema, you would need to learn what your own personal triggers are. Understand that different people have different triggers. Certain things MAY increase flare-ups and visible symptoms for some people.

      Stress can be a huge trigger for both conditions. Try to reduce excess stress in your life.

      If you actually have either rosacea or eczema, you may find it beneficial to increase your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you’re not allergic)
      Ground Fennel seeds and Flax seeds, as well as Flax seed Oil supplements (omega 3’s) also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
      Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.

      Try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.

      Some people have had success using Turmeric orally or topically. (reduce redness and acne)

      Drink more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out.

      Here are a few helpful, (and natural) hints for a better complexion for a lifetime:
      - avoid touching your face throughout the day (dirt, oils, & bacteria from your hands can clog the pores)
      - avoid any products with alcohol (internally or externally) Alcohol can actually burn & irritate sensitive or inflamed skin tissue.
      - only use gentle, fragrance-free, oil-free, alcohol-free cleansers on your face
      - avoid any scented soaps and creams (scents & fragrances can irritate sensitive or inflamed skin)
      - have a daily facial cleansing routine (2x daily, morning & night. Do not scrub as this will irritate the skin)
      - try a dairy milk face-soak during a flare-up (as long as you're not allergic) The dairy milk helps to balance the natural PH of the skin
      - try using face lotion containing certified green algae or aloe vera gel (use lotions, not creams, as lotion is more gentle on the skin and absorbs more easily)
      - try using pure tea tree oil for pimples & blemishes. Apply with a q-tip to each individual pimple or blemish.
      - avoid extended periods in direct sun (use sunblock with 15 - 30 spf)
      - drink pure green tea (matcha), rose hip tea, and fennel tea (great antioxidants)
      - eat foods high in anti-oxidants; such as blueberries, cranberries, purple grapes, broccoli, etc..
      - avoid spicy foods, greasy foods, and foods with a high refined-sugar content.
      - find out what your own personal food "triggers" are and avoid them so you can avoid flare-ups of redness and acne. (many people find food with histamines aggravate the redness)
      - avoid hot things. Hot showers & hot tubs, hot drinks (the heat will dilate blood vessels causing more redness)
      - try to get at least 7 - 8 hours of sleep each night (aids in the healing processes of the body)
      - try to cut down on stress (stress can magnify a multitude of conditions)

      Check out the sites below for possible triggers...

  43. QUESTION:
    My 3 month old baby having some sort of skin disorder on the stomach.Its look like a patch. Dr said its normal?
    Want second opinion. Is there any cream can be applied and what causes the patch.Dr said its a fungal infection.

    • ANSWER:
      My son, at the age of about 2 months had an entire body rash, that seemed patchy and sore. The doctor told us it was just a normal baby thing and to leave it, but we couldn't because it just seemed to get worse.

      We ended up applying 'Bepanthan' nappy rash ointment to the sores and the redness of them seemed to die a little.

      I don't really know what your babies sore looks like, because it could be an infection, or it could just be eczema like my son was diagnosed with at the age of 6 months.

      Take him to a second doctor, if it is getting any worse or it seems to be making the baby a little restless.

  44. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a food allergy to manifest on the skin?
    For the last few months I have been getting something that looks like a mosquito bite on the same exact spot on my forearm once a week. It appears and is very itchy but disappears within 1 hour. I think it happens after I eat Guacamole. I haven't had Avocado's in the last 3 weeks and this "Bug Bite" hasn't recurred. Is this possible?

    • ANSWER:
      The information below is often overlooked or missed by both patients and physicians.

      Being a nurse with over 25 years experience, I have seen a lot of patients with similar illnesses and disorders.

      Many Migraine, Headache, Allergy and Asthma problems are caused from common everyday chemicals and fragranced products as well as VOC's in homes, schools and workplace.

      This is a growing problem for many people and most are not even aware that it exists as more and more chemicals are being introduced and used on a daily basis.

      Many people believe that because a product smells good or cleans well and it is on a store shelf that it is tested, approved and safe for use.
      Think again !

      We are now seeing more and more children and adults with skin disorders, nausea, Allergies, Headaches, Sinusitis, Migraines, Asthma, Chronic Hives, Eczema, sinus / respiratory illnesses and Hormone related disorders.

      I can not emphasize how important it is to educate yourself about the harm you may be doing to your health by using chemicals and fragranced products.

      Most doctors will not inform you about this because patients as a whole like to walk out of a doctors office with a prescription for some magical medicine and they do not want to be told that their expensive new perfume or newly installed carpet or fresh house paint may be the culprit. Also, many patients do not want to change their lifestyle to accommodate their new illness. Infact, I have even witnessed patients who increase or take multiple medications for their allergy or asthma just so that they can continue to wear their perfume or use Bounce or Febreeze. The doctor will give patients medications even though often times these meds do not eliminate the problem or often times cause other health problems because they are an added chemical in the body.

      Chemicals and fragranced products are often the root of many disorders and illnesses when it comes to your health. Many of the below mentioned items are common triggers to sinus, asthma, itching, headaches, Migraines and allergy problems amongst other health issues. Get rid of them and your immune and respiratory system will thank you and you will breathe easier.

      And, it is not only personal body or cleaning products causing havoc on your health….many people become ill after wearing brand new clothing, dry-cleaned clothes, installing new carpet, painting, buying a new mattress or after home renovations because of the Flame Retardants, Antimony, Benzenes, Formaldehydes, etc. used in these products. So the answer is NO, you are not imagining that 2 weeks after your home, office or classroom got renovated you started to become ill, get dizzy or have headaches. This is happening more and more these days and adults as well as children are becoming sicker and sicker.

      Unfortunately, too many doctors compound the problem by prescribing chemical medications to try to alleviate the symptoms of an already chemical overloaded body and they rarely tell the patient to eliminate the chemical offenders. How many times have I seen people in the grocery store with Bounce, Glade Plug-Ins and Febreeze in their shopping cart along with a bottle of Benadryl , Migraine Excedrin and a box of Allergy Tablets ? Why don't they make the connection?

      Keep in mind that your skin is the largest organ of your body and what you put on your skin gets absorbed into your body. Then ... well... then it has to be filtered by your organs which are already working real hard.

      BIG NO-NO's ---- I would SERIOUSLY recommend removing all of the below from your living / working area.

      No Bounce or dryer sheets - these are VERY toxic
      No Febreeze - your pets will even thank you for this
      No Glade Plug-ins - VERY toxic
      No drinking of Unfiltered tap water
      No Scented candles
      No Scented Dish Detergents
      No Fragranced Products on Body, Hair or Clothing
      No Smoke
      No Newspapers and Magazines - The ink is a huge irritant.
      No Dander
      No Sprays
      No Sharpies (marker pens)

      Put a filter on your shower head to filter out the Chlorine and chemicals if you are on "city water" because Chlorine is a huge irritant. There are MANY other chemicals in "city water" so it is best to filter it so that the chemicals are not breathed in or absorbed through your skin.

      In addition, New Cartpeting, a new house, paint, sheetrock, formaldehyde, laminate floors, mattresses, ALL contain formaldehyde ans other toxins that can trigger severe respiratory disorders as well as headaches and Asthma flare-ups.

      And remember, it is NOT the smell it is the Chemicals that make up the smell. So, even if something is "Fragrance Free" these products often mask the smell with another chemical ! There are plenty of safe healthy products out there that work well and do not have added chemical fragrances.

      More and more workplaces & schools are implementing Fragrance Free policies -- this should be a clue as to how severe the problem is getting.

  45. QUESTION:
    Can drinking alcohol cause Eczema or other skin disorders?
    I know I do not have an allergy to alcohol as I've been drinking for 15 years. When I was younger I drank a LOT more then I do now that I have a family but I still have 2-3 cocktails a night, not every night but at least 4 days a week. Recently I've been getting what looks like eczema or dermatitis and it's spreading. I am going into a dermatologist within a few days bvut I was wonder could I be developing an allergy or could alcohol be causing it?

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely the two could be related. Alcohol consumption over a long period of time is very hard on the liver and the liver's health has a direct affect on the condition of your skin (which is the largest organ of the body) and all other organs inside you.
      Ask for blood tests and a liver scan to determine if it is involved!

  46. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had allergy tests done and if so what were the costs?
    I have a problem with itching of the skin all over now for about 5 months.
    I have been to a Dematologist when this first started when i had lumps on my scalp. He took a biopsy, put me on Benadryl and Prednisone.
    I am currently taking over the counter Benadryl with some results.
    I'm unaware of any food allergies, detergents, or soap as i have not changed any of them.
    I had surgery back in September of last year for Diverticulitis, and have had some strange problems such as this ever since.
    Has anyone ever had allergy tests done, to what degree, and what where the approximate costs?
    Any help will be greatly appreciated since this is driving me crazy. I want to return to my Dermatologist not just ask a question here, but want to be informed before i go.
    Thanks!
    Cindi W>>>The itch around my incision was from natural healing.
    There is no rash involved so i'm not sure about the 3 things you mentioned.
    It may be mold as i had some problem with it in the shower stall, but i thought bleach took care of that. Thanks for the info. :)

    • ANSWER:
      It does not sound like these are not allergies, it sounds more like some sort of skin disorder like Eczema,Dermatitis or Psoriasis. The Prednisone is used to reduce the inflammation and the Benadryl to ease the itching. Did the itching first start around the skin incision where you had the surgery?

      But, allergies do not usually come on so suddenly.
      Try using some cortisone-type lotions on the areas that itch..

      Allergy tests are expensive, over 0 if you do not have insurance. They are not painful. It consists of injecting or scratching your inner arm or back with items known to cause allergies (mold, dust mites, cat/dog dander, trees)

      I think you need to find a Dermatologist to treat your symptoms, not an allergist.

  47. QUESTION:
    What are these itchy spots on my head?
    I know you think its lice but its not! theres these red spots on my head they itch like hell and i scratch them and people think i have lice or dandruff but its red and its a little bloody and my hair is frizzy and thick. I also have eczema ( a skin disorder that involves itchy rashes ) does eczema have a problem with my scalp having this? and does anyone know what these are and how can i get rid of these things

    thanks in advance :P

    • ANSWER:
      The skin condition you have is very aggravating get you some t-gel shampoo I know it smells bad but it does make the itch go away

  48. QUESTION:
    Please help! My skin is getting very itchy and it is getting very annoying and i am getting annoyed?
    Everyday, certain parts of my body get really itchy and i scratch it. Then these white bumps and lines show up where i scratched. This usually happens on the stomach, back, thighs or neck.

    I have been putting itch cream on the infected areas, using expholiating gloves, and putting on lotion, but nothing seems to help. Could I have a disorder?

    10 points for best answer!
    haha in the title i meant to put "it is getting very irritating and i am getting annoyed". sorry about that.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like something like eczema(sp) which is a skin irritation but don't take my word for it. I suggest you go to our doctor and get a referral to a dermatologist (skin doctor) who can really pin point it down.

      On the other hand, it could be something as simple as you are allergic to something.

  49. QUESTION:
    What can cause genital itching in diabetics?
    Do you know of what can cause genital itching in a diabetic? Its not a yeast infection or STD.
    Can dishydrotic eczema on the hands and feet also cause problems in the genital area?
    Steroid creams not working only Vagisil to stop itching. Doctor doesn't seem to know!
    SERIOUS ANSWERS ONLY- OR REPORTED!!!
    It doesn't seem to be an allergy to soaps or anything else.
    Johnny M: hygiene is excellent and why do you assume diabetics are not as thin as "healthy" people?
    Its NOT a yeast infection. Was treating for that for months with no help!
    Those pictures are disgusting- didn't really need that!

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetes can affect every part of the body, including the skin. As many as one third of people with diabetes will have a skin disorder caused or affected by diabetes at some time in their lives. In fact, such problems are sometimes the first sign that a person has diabetes. Luckily, most skin conditions can be prevented or easily treated if caught early.

      Some of these problems are skin conditions anyone can have, but people with diabetes get more easily. These include bacterial infections, fungal infections, and itching. Other skin problems happen mostly or only to people with diabetes. These include diabetic dermopathy, necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum, diabetic blisters, and eruptive xanthomatosis.

      Fungal Infections

      The culprit in fungal infections of people with diabetes is often Candida albicans. This yeast-like fungus can create itchy rashes of moist, red areas surrounded by tiny blisters and scales. These infections often occur in warm, moist folds of the skin. Problem areas are under the breasts, around the nails, between fingers and toes, in the corners of the mouth, under the foreskin (in uncircumcised men), and in the armpits and groin.

      Common fungal infections include jock itch, athlete's foot, ringworm (a ring-shaped itchy patch), and vaginal infection that causes itching.

      If you think you have a yeast or fungal infection, call your doctor. You will need a prescription medicine to cure it.

      Itching

      Localized itching is often caused by diabetes. It can be caused by a yeast infection, dry skin, or poor circulation. When poor circulation is the cause of itching, the itchiest areas may be the lower parts of the legs.

      You may be able to treat itching yourself. Limit how often you bathe, particularly when the humidity is low. Use mild soap with moisturizer and apply skin cream after bathing.

      Diabetic Dermopathy

      Diabetes can cause changes in the small blood vessels. These changes can cause skin problems called diabetic dermopathy.

      Dermopathy often looks like light brown, scaly patches. These patches may be oval or circular. Some people mistake them for age spots. This disorder most often occurs on the front of both legs. But the legs may not be affected to the same degree. The patches do not hurt, open up, or itch.

      Dermopathy is harmless. You do not need to be treated.

      Necrobiosis Lipoidica Diabeticorum

      Another disease that may be caused by changes in the blood vessels is necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum (NLD). NLD is similar to diabetic dermopathy. The difference is that the spots are fewer, but larger and deeper.

      NLD often starts as a dull red raised area. After a while, it looks like a shiny scar with a violet border. The blood vessels under the skin may become easier to see. Sometimes NLD is itchy and painful. Sometimes the spots crack open.

      NLD is a rare condition. Adult women are the most likely to get it. As long as the sores do not break open, you do not need to have it treated. But if you get open sores, see your doctor for treatment.

      Diabetic Blisters (Bullosis Diabeticorum)

      Rarely, people with diabetes erupt in blisters. Diabetic blisters can occur on the backs of fingers, hands, toes, feet, and sometimes, on legs or forearms.

      These sores look like burn blisters. They sometimes are large. But they are painless and have no redness around them. They heal by themselves, usually without scars, in about three weeks. They often occur in people who have diabetic neuropathy. The only treatment is to bring blood sugar levels under control.

      Eruptive Xanthomatosis

      Eruptive xanthomatosis is another condition caused by diabetes that's out of control. It consists of firm, yellow, pea-like enlargements in the skin. Each bump has a red halo and may itch. This condition occurs most often on the backs of hands, feet, arms, legs, and buttocks.

      The disorder usually occurs in young men with type 1 diabetes. The person often has high levels of cholesterol and fat in the blood. Like diabetic blisters, these bumps disappear when diabetes control is restored.

      Digital Sclerosis

      Sometimes, people with diabetes develop tight, thick, waxy skin on the backs of their hands. Sometimes skin on the toes and forehead also becomes thick. The finger joints become stiff and can no longer move the way they should. Rarely, knees, ankles, or elbows also get stiff.

      This condition happens to about one third of people who have type 1 diabetes. The only treatment is to bring blood sugar levels under control.

      Acanthosis Nigricans

      Acanthosis nigricans is a condition in which tan or brown raised areas appear on the sides of the neck, armpits, and groin. Sometimes they also occur on the hands, elbows, and knees.

      Acanthosis nigricans usually strikes people who are very overweight. The best treatment is to lose weight. Some creams can help the spots look better.

      Good Skin Care

      There are several things you can do to head off skin problems:

      Keep your diabetes well managed. People with high glucose levels tend to have dry skin and less ability to fend off harmful bacteria. Both conditions increase the risk of infection.

      Keep skin clean and dry. Use talcum powder in areas where skin touches skin, such as armpits and groin.

      Avoid very hot baths and showers. If your skin is dry, don't use bubble baths. Moisturizing soaps, such as Dove or Basis, may help. Afterward, use an oil-in-water skin cream, such as Lubriderm or Alpha-Keri. But don't put lotions between toes. The extra moisture there can encourage fungus to grow.

      Prevent dry skin. Scratching dry or itchy skin can open it up and allow infection to set in. Moisturize your skin to prevent chapping, especially in cold or windy weather.

      Treat cuts right away. Wash minor cuts with soap and water. Do not use Mercurochrome antiseptic, alcohol, or iodine to clean skin because they are too harsh. Only use an antibiotic cream or ointment if your doctor says it's okay. Cover minor cuts with sterile gauze. See a doctor right away if you get a major cut, burn, or infection.

      During cold, dry months, keep your home more humid. Bathe less during this weather, if possible.

      Use mild shampoos. Do not use feminine hygiene sprays.

      See a dermatologist (skin doctor) about skin problems if you are not able to solve them yourself.

      Take good care of your feet. Check them every day for sores and cuts. Wear broad, flat shoes that fit well. Check your shoes for foreign objects before putting them on.

      Additional information: Vagisil is a medication used to treat yeast infection. You mentioned above that only Vagisil stops itching. Therefore, if Vagisil works, it would have to be a fungal infection like the one described on paragraph 3 by the American Diabetes Association.


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Actinic Keratosis Wiki

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Curaderm BEC5 for skin cancer - reliable producer?
    Does anyone have any experience or personal knowledge (that you didn't just skim off the net) on Curaderm BEC5 - its effectiveness and reliable producers?

    I've looked at one site - Bionational. Anyone know them? Is their product reliable or misleading?
    http://www.bionational.com/xcart/catalog/Curaderm-p-11.html

    Please only respond if you actually have true experience and knowledge. Don't waste my time with wiki links, unrelated crap, or unsupported bull.
    Thanks, it's not for me but my father. He has undifferentiated perineural squamous cell carcinoma - a rare form of the more common squamous cell carcinoma. It is now along the tissue of the nerve sheath. It's located in the head and neck area and has aggressive potential.

    • ANSWER:
      If you want to treat a skin cancer with a topical treatment then why not use Aldara (imiquimod) which is at least FDA approved for actinic keratosis and basal cell carcinomas. It will soon be approved for squamous cell in situ skin cancers.

      http://www.aldara.com/carcinoma.html

      There are many reasons you should not try to treat yourself for skin cancers but since this is not a debate and I do not have time to answer you fully I will just give you a simple answer.

      I have treated well over 100 squamous cell skin cancers and also some basal cell skin cancers and many pre-cancers with Aldara. It was successful about 90% of the time. This was done under the supervision of a dermatologist.

      The FDA is moving quickly against all the various "black salve" escharotic (natural corrosive) skin cancer treatments so I'd be very careful about using any of them, regardless of what their web site promised. See a good dermatologist to make sure you actually have a skin cancer and not a common harmless seborrheic keratosis that needs no treatment.

      good luck

  2. QUESTION:
    Please help me with my sunburn!?
    ok so i got a sun burn before 6 days and yesterday my skill started to peal by itself so i started to peal it to! sorry guys but i can't buy any aloe gel because i am on i island and there is no pharmacy! i am scared that i have skin cancer now . what do you think? i am 15 yr old! and my friend told me to go to his beach party so i only got 1 day to take off the skin because it looks nasty and grose!

    • ANSWER:
      You're not going to get skin cancer - right now that is. The damage is accumulative - it takes a while (years of repeated sun burn) and when you're older, you will most likely get skin cancer. Best to avoid the sun exposure in the first place.

      You'll get wrinkles first. Then AK ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Actinic_keratosis ) then sooner or later SCC ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squamous_cell_carcinoma ) if you keep staying in the sun.

      Not a thing you can do for your peeling skin now. You need moisturizer.

      Think of it this way - you wouldn't want to be around a damaged nuclear power plant that is leaking radition (in Japan), would you? Sun light is also a form of radiation.


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Kp On Arms

Looking forward to a relaxing vacation in one of Australia's many sun drenched, tropical destinations? The unique culture, tropical climate, distinctive wildlife, and sunny resorts of Australia make it a dream destination for vacationers, many of which seek different treats on the sunny island. Brisbane is the third largest city in Australia, and likewise the third most popular tourist destination. One of the most popular things that these travelers are after is Brisbane's famous spa and massage treatments. The city is dotted with numerous salons and specialty spas that specialize in specific services, and deliver them to perfection. The renowned day spa Brisbane experience is one thing you don't want to miss, because it really is a heavenly experience.

With their mix of high performance skin products, pure essential oils, natural remedies and skillful masseurs, a massage Brisbane experience can do wonders to pick you up from the near burn-out levels of stress. They put you back on the track with a refreshed and revitalized self. Not only will you feel lighter and revived, the whole exercise will make your trip that much more fun and exciting.

Not only spas and massages, a waxing appointment can also be a break in itself, since you feel renewed and revitalized after such a treatment. With the standard French or American waxing treatments, the most popular these days is the fashionable Brazilian waxing. Also referred to as the Hollywood, in a nod to its association with the luxurious high profile life, a Brazilian waxing is an experience that should be had at least once in a lifetime. And here, you are never far away from several experiences that await you, thanks to the massage Brisbane parlors and salons that are found everywhere. From the resorts to the downtown and also the suburbs, you are only a short walk away from an invigorating day spa Brisbane treatment. What's more, salons and spas here wont cost you an arm and a leg, instead you can treat yourself to some real delights at bargain prices.

While there are a lot of activities that can make Brisbane heaven on earth for many people, with the sprawling outback and the sunny, sandy beaches; the divine body and skin treatments that are offered here are simply unparalleled. With therapeutic and relaxation massage Brisbane promises a wonderful experience. Same goes for the day spa Brisbane treatments, which are accessible, affordable, and most of all, simply wonderful. And then there are the waxing salons in Brisbane, which offer the most effective waxing solutions with their techniques of American, French, and Brazilian waxing.

All in all, when in Brisbane, you can rest assured that the folks there will give your body the most effective pick-me-up when it needs it most. You can also look forward to being pampered by Brisbane's award-winning salons and spas, which will make for a unique trip: something as exciting and wonderful as Brisbane, which doesn't even tire you! Sounds fabulous, doesn't it?!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of keratosis pilaris scarring/scabbing?
    I had a problem with KP on my arms and I used to pick at it. Now I'm left with scabs and scars on my arms, so I'm self conscious about wearing tank tops and short sleeved shirts. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

    • ANSWER:
      The best way to deal with scars and scabs is to keep your skin moisturized. I use a small amount of extra virgin olive oil every day after showering because it works the best for me. But if that's too weird for you, use a gentle lotion like Lubriderm every day.

  2. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of bumps on the back of my arms?
    I have small bumps on the back of my upper arms. I used to think that they were caused by some kind of vitamin deficiency, but I take a multivitamin every day, and yet the bumps are still there. How do I get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      My sis had the same problem and used KP Duty from Dermadoctor and it worked on her. It's like a scrub that exfoliate your skin. You can buy this at Sephora.com http://www.dermadoctor.com/product.asp?productid=1576&WID=%7B46963C6C%2D1ACC%2D4E4B%2DBD6D%2DB35E908DF5CA%7D

  3. QUESTION:
    What are good treatments for keratosis pilaris?
    Hey, I have KP on my arms and a little on my face, (but not so much to really notice)..but I can't say the same for my arms,(they're pretty noticeable) soo..I was wondering if there are any GOOD TREATMENTS because unfortunately there is NO CURE!!!

    Oh and Im 13 soooo I would really like to wear a swim suit without being self-consious about my arms...

    Thanks a lot:)

    • ANSWER:
      Hi! ohmygosh, I had the exact same question about a week ago. Im 16, and Ive never really thought too much about KP, until I found out im taking a trip to california in a couple weeks, and I want to try really hard to look good in a bikini as well!

      The appearance of KP can be decreased by these main ingredients: urea, lactic acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, tretinoin, or vitamin D These are all keratosis fighting substances that rid your skin of those pesky little keratosis-clogged pores.

      the first four can be found in moisturizers. My tip to you would be to find a moisturizer high in one or several of these ingredients (that means anywhere from 5% of an ingredient to 15%). Vitamin D is found in sunlight, so being in the sun will help a lot (Just don't get sunburned, lol) When I went to taiwan a year ago, I noticed that along with my tan, my kp was completely gone! my skin was baby smooth, and it had never been that way before. I didn't know why, but after some research, I realized Vitamin D helps a lot with KP.

      I have been struggling with KP for almost my entire life, so i can understand the frustration and embarrassment you might experience from having this condition.

      Along with moisturizing day and night with lotions high in those ingredients, I also follow the advice given in this youtube video:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_5S3gmUrXk

      I've only been using her treatment for about 2 days, but my appearance of KP has already decreased tons! Im thinking that by another week, it'll be completely gone :). Oh, and in the video, the girl mentions clearasil's ultra exfoliating scrub. Unfortunately, that product was only available in Canada, so i was pretty disappointed. But then I realized that clearasil's ultra acne scrub is the same thing as the exfoliating scrub. It just has a different name I guess because of different locations.

      Anyways, good luck! I hope this helps with your KP, and that we both look good in time for bikni season :)

  4. QUESTION:
    How do I get ride of these little bumps scars on my upper arms?
    The skin on my upper arms used to be so smooth.. I have a habbit of picking at my arms when I feel they have little bumps.. The backside of my upper arms is not smooth and kinda of rough and bumpy. What can I do to get rid of the bumps.. I mean you can see the little spots on my arms. Is there some sort of herbal remedy or cream from the stores I can buy to get ride of the scars I got from picking at my arms to make them look smooth again?

    • ANSWER:
      do you have red chicken bumps like this?

      http://images.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbs=isch:1&q=keratosis+pilaris&sa=N&start=0&ndsp=21

      This condition is called keratosis pilaris.

      I would suggest using KP Derma Doctor products.
      They're pretty expensive though but really worth it.

      http://www.dermadoctor.com/article_Keratosis-Pilaris_51.html

  5. QUESTION:
    Using a self tanner for keratosis pilaris?
    I have a mild form of KP on my arm. Would using a self tanner on them make them less noticeable? Or would it just make the bumps look darker or something?

    • ANSWER:
      I also have kp and self tan ...and the answer is that it does make the bumps darker and also makes scars darker too.. but if you still want to self tan just don't use alot of self-tanner in the areas effected by the KP..

  6. QUESTION:
    How do you make the skin on your arms smoother?
    My upper arms seem normal, but they feel as though little itte-bitte pimples are covering the surface. How do you clear the skin and make it smoother?

    • ANSWER:
      i think i know what you're talking about. i have the same thing. it's little bumps, and they don't hurt, but they're sometimes dry and almost always annoying.

      Keratosis pilaris (KP, also follicular keratosis) is a very common genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin, hence referred to as chicken skin. It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (though the lower arms can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks, or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet). Less commonly, lesions appear on the face, which may be mistaken for acne.

      Classification
      Worldwide, KP affects an estimated 40% of the adult population and approximately 50%-80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men.

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris, including keratosis pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), rubra faciei (reddish rash on the cheeks), and related disorders.

      Symptoms and signs
      Keratosis pilaris occurs when the human body produces excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin. The excess keratin surrounds and entraps the hair follicles in the pore. This causes the formation of hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). The painless bumps are skin-colored, although they can become red and inflamed at times. Usually many plugs form in an area, causing patches of rough, bumpy skin. This gives the skin a sandpaper or goose flesh appearance. This may be more severe in the winter or times of low humidity, which causes the skin to become dry. It will eventually resolve on its own.

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin's "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. The hair, then, grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated. The hair can be removed, much like an ingrown hair, though removal can lead to scarring.

      Keratosis pilaris may be hereditary. It is present in babies and continues into adulthood, but is uncommon in elderly people. It is most obvious during the teenage years. KP is prevalent in those who are overweight, or have atopic dermatitis, ichthyosis, or descend from Celtic backgrounds. Keratosis pilaris occurs in otherwise healthy people.

      Treatment
      There is no cure for Keratosis pilaris, but treatment is available. One option is to use a loofa to remove the dead, dry skin. Another option is to use a dermotologist-prescribed cream or lotion that should be applied daily. The best lotions for this condition would have urea, 15% alphahydroxy acids, or Retin A in them. Over-the-counter lotions work as well and should be applied after showering, as well as several times a day. The lotions are often soothing and can help improve the appearance of the skin. Dermotologists also recommend mild peeling agents, or alpha hydroxy acids, that may open up the plugged follicles. Antibiotics may also help in some cases where the bumps are red and badly inflamed. To temporarily reduce redness but not roughness, pulse dye laser treatment or intense pulsed light (IPL) can be done.

      Although it may clear up with treatment, reccurance of KP is very likely. Therefore, treatment should be continued regularly. It may take several months to years for the condition to completely clear up.

      A dermotologist or physician can usually diagnose a patient for Keratosis pilaris by visually inspecting the patient's skin.

  7. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of razor bumps on my upper arms?
    I need to get rid of them, even though they've been on my arms for like a year. I hope they can be helped. I shaved my arms once, and I think they might've showed up then, but I can't remember if they've been there all along or not.
    I shaved my arms just one time. Like, it was with that soap razor thing. I use it on my legs and everything, and they are just fine. Maybe my arms just didn't like it. I just need to find a way to make them go away!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      On your upper arms? That may be Keritosis Pilarias....I don't remember the exact name. (don't quote me on that). But it's a condition that has no cure, but there are special creams that may help. I've done some reading on 'KP Duty'. That should help.

  8. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of these bumps on my upper arms?
    I have these bumps that i have on my upper arms and i don't know how to get rid of them! My grandma said it was because i have dry skin so i started using lotion but it didn't really help. Im so embarrassed about it i won't wear short sleeves anymore. is there anything i could do?

    • ANSWER:
      i think i might have had the same thing as you. if it is, it's called keratosis pilaris.
      http://medimages.healthopedia.com/large/keratosis-pilaris.jpg
      it is because of dry skin but most lotions aren't good enough to hydrate your skin properly. all you have to do is get a rough washcloth and scrub the area to exfoliate. then smooth in oil or cocoa butter (avoid vaseline or baby oil) on it while your skin is still very wet. after it dries rub more into your skin. do this every night (or day depending on when you shower) and if that doesn't work after a few weeks, you might have to buy something called dermadoctor kp duty.

  9. QUESTION:
    How to cover keratosis pilaris on arms with makeup for a day?
    My girlfriend wants to wear a sundress for a photo shoot but she has keratosis pilaris on her arms...google it if you don't know what it is and would like to know.

    She is mostly concerned with the redness.
    She already uses lotions etc. Doesn't help.

    Is there like a body makeup she can cover it with that will last ?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Try the Dermablend Leg Cover... You can use it on arms as well.

      I have found 'Sheer Color'. It is the best for covering redness and leaving skin looking natural. I think it is only available through mail order. It was developed by dermatologists to hide redness, scars, and birth marks. It comes with a concealer. The makeup itself is mineral and gives good coverage, but it is light and natural.

      If her arms flare up, I have found a product that contains Extra Virgin Coconut Oil helps calm the redness down.

      You can also trry Pulse Dye Laser treatment. It is a little radical but it is long-lasting and helpful.

      Palladio is NOTHING compared to bareminerals from bare escentuals. The only thing I have to say is that they have poor costumer service and organization. The makeup will cover redness in a very natural way. It will look like you have no makeup on.

      One month ago I started using the Herbal wet & dry foundation and it is great. They are not very expensive, either. Well, on Amazon.com it is dollars but I found it in Puerto Rico at . :D

      I use eucerin 10% Urea lotion on my skin twice a day.

      I also use Everyday Minerals makeup. They have a mint concealer that is great for covering redness. Also another concealer is Bisque; it is quite pink in color but it somehow manages to cover redness very well. These are used under mineral foundation. You can get free samples, although you have to pay a bit for the postage.

      I am ignorant about UO, but this makeup is great for my skin! I bought it from the Sally Beauty Shop in the U.S. I think the mildness by being talc and rice may have something to do with it and I have found that titanium dioxide makes all my KP worse, whether on my face or arms (sunscreen) or what. It even has chamomile which I suspect is an allergen for me but maybe it's so little or it's tempered by other ingredients. I have even used it on my arms and legs when needed. O:)

      Try Roc Skin Foundation.

  10. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of bumps on the back of my arms?
    I have small bumps on the back of my upper arms. I used to think that they were caused by some kind of vitamin deficiency, but I take a multivitamin every day, and yet the bumps are still there. How do I get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      You have keratosis pilaris. You can go to a regular doctor or dermatologist to get some cream or lotion to treat it or you can also get a product called KP Duty at Sephora.

  11. QUESTION:
    Does anybody know any good at home remedies for skin redness?
    I have KP on my arms. I'm treating that but would like to know of something that could reduce the redness. I have a little redness around my nose also.

    • ANSWER:
      KP? I have exama on my arms and I use a steriod cream to lessen the redness, but there is no real cure for it. Go to a doctor and they will give you something to put on it.

  12. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of the annoying red bumps on the outsides of my arms?
    I have developed these clusters of red bumps on the outside of my arms, how can I get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      it's probably keratosis pilaris if they don't hurt or itch. They are very common. alot of teens have it. Some adults too. there's no cure. Sorry, but there's not. I have it too and it sucks. Try exfoliating a few times a week and you could try oil pulling. Some people say it cures there KP.

      Do some research online to see if it's what you have or not

  13. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of Chicken Skin on arms and legs?
    I'm 15 years old, a girl, and I've had chicken skin for all of my life. It's only on my legs and arms, and it's really unattractive. I don't wear shorts or short sleeves because it's so embarrassing for me. I can't afford to go to a dermatologist, so what can I do at home? I've tried many lotions, and they never work. Any creams or anything that I can try?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      What is sometimes referred to as Chicken Skin is actually a condition known as Keratosis Pilaris. (KP) It is a chronic skin condition periodically becoming worse and/or better.
      Although KP is a skin disorder that cannot be cured, it can be made less noticeable. It is hereditary, and the severity varies from person to person.
      - http://www.medicinenet.com/keratosis_pil…
      - http://www.helpforkp.com/

      Treatment options for keratosis pilaris focus on exfoliating or softening the skin to reduce keratin clogged pores. Most commonly, lotions that contain 2% lactic acid or salicylic acid will help to break down the keratin plugs over time.
      - http://www.skintreatmentcream.com/kp-tre…
      - http://www.keratosispilaristreatments.co…

      An important first treatment step is to use a gentle cleansing agent with light abrasive properties, (often termed "scrub"), but one that keeps moisture such as an exfoliant for sensitive skin.
      Check out this site for some great, inexpensive, homemade exfoliants you can try;
      - http://www.skinway.com/skincare_articles…

      The goal is to clean and open the pores of the skin without over drying. Other measures to avoid excessive dryness include taking lukewarm, brief showers (Hot water tends to dry out the skin) and using a humidifier, particularly during the winter months when low humidity dries out the skin.

      Make sure to be drinking more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out. As well, drinking water helps to wash out the toxins in the body.

      I would also suggest you increase your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you're not allergic)
      Ground Fennel seeds and Flax seeds, as well as Flax seed Oil supplements (omega 3’s) also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
      Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.

      You could try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.
      http://www.healthy-skincare.com/vitamin-…

      Hope this helps!

  14. QUESTION:
    Do you know any way to get rid of or decrease the look of KP (chicken skin) besides the dermadoctor lotion?
    I only have it on my upper arms, and i dont have it really bad, but it embarrasses me. I'll take home remedies along with store-bought products. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Have you tried aloe vera soap? - natural ingredient.

      It's cheap and worth a try before using more harmful chemicals.

  15. QUESTION:
    Why does the skin on my arms and butt feel weird?
    Ok this might be really strange but parts of my body (especially my butt and the back of my arms) have this weird skin condition. I dont know how to describe it, it doesnt look like much but it doesnt feel as smooth as the rest of my skin. It kinda feels like I have permanent goosebumps on those places and if you look closely, it looks like theres tiny pimples there. Does anyone know what this is or how I can get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      keratosis pilaris!
      ---Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a very common skin condition often referred to as "chicken skin". If you have keratosis pilaris, you are not alone. Worldwide, keratosis pilaris affects an estimated 40 to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50 to 80% of all adolescents. Varying in degree, cases of KP can range from minimal to severe.

      Most people with keratosis pilaris don't know they have it. While KP resembles goosebumps, it is characterized by the appearance of small, rough bumps on the skin. Primarily, it appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms, but can also occur on thighs and buttocks or any body part except palms or soles. (Often confused with acne.)---
      go get more info at http://www.keratosis-pilaris.org/ :)

  16. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of Keratosis Pilaris on my arms?
    I know you can't get rid of it in a snap.
    But what are good ways to reduce it so your arms don't look so..... Bumpy, Red and gross?

    • ANSWER:
      Jonbeha,
      There is no available cure, miracle pill, or universally effective treatment for KP. It sometimes clears completely by itself without treatment. The exact cause of KP is unknown. There seems to be a problem with overproduction of the keratin part of the skin called hyperkeratinization. KP is thought to be partly inherited (genetic) in origin. Many treatment options and skin-care recipies are available for controlling the symptoms of KP. Many patients have very good temporary improvement following a regular skin-care program of lubrication. As a general rule of thumb, treatment needs to be continuous. Since there is no available cure or universally effective treatment for KP, the list of potential lotions and creams is long. It is important to keep in mind that as with any condition, no therapy is uniformly effective in all people.

      ALL ANSWERS SHOULD BE THOROUGHLY RESEARCHED, IN ANY FORUM AND ESPECIALLY IN THIS ONE. - MANY ANSWERS ARE FLAWED.

      It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

      The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

      Hope this helps
      matador 89

  17. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of spots on your arms?
    There like these little dots/spots on my arms, does anyone know how to get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      If they are tiny little red bumps, most likely KP (keratosis pilaris). They are infected hair follicles. There is a way to remedy this. 1. Exfoliate well, daily. 2. Keep moisturized 3. A healthy amount of sun will even out discoloration.

      DermaDoctor is a good cream specifically for KP. Found in places like Sephora.

      Read that this is usually something that gets better with age. It's a hormonal thing. It actually effects millions of people. Nothing scary.

  18. QUESTION:
    Does the Clarisonic skincare brush work for pilaris?
    Hi

    I have KP on my arms/thighs. I am thinking of purchasing the Clarisonic brush but am wondering if it works for clearing pilaris as well?

    Thank you =)

    • ANSWER:
      Exfoliation always helps pilaris and clarisonic also does exfoliation, so I guess it might help.

  19. QUESTION:
    I need to get rid of the litte bumps on the backs of my arms, any suggestions?
    I have used a 2%sacylic acid acne cleanser and a cream on them along with a loofa and a pumice stone. I got rid of the bumps on my right arm but the left is still bad. I want smooth, non red arms for my wedding in September. Please Help!

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same problem - have for as long as I can remember. I hate it, but I haven't been dedicated enough to keep it away. It is caused by dead skin cells building up around the hair follicles. Some people don't slough off skin as well as others. You need to do two things - exfoliate to remove the dead skin that is forming the bumps, and prevent new ones from forming by using an alpha hydroxy cream. You can use a loofah, a salt scrub, or even just a washcloth to exfoliate. I prefer the salt scrub - I use Philosophy's Amazing Grace Salt Scrub, but you can buy other brands that cost less. You can even create your own salt scrub by using regular table salt (and it's very cheap!). When you use a salt scrub, wet your arms but then blot most of the water off. If you don't do this, you lose a lot of the abrasive effect of the salt. Rub vigorously in circles for a minute or so, then rinse. You need to do this two or three times a week at first, then just once a week to maintain smooth skin.
      The second part is a moisturizing lotion with alpha hydroxy. Alpha hydroxy acid helps dissolve the bonds between dead, dry, flaky skin cells at the surface. You need to use this every day after you shower, when your skin is still moist. Read the lotion bottles - they advertise on the front if it contains alpha hydroxy. Look for lactic acid in the ingredient list.

      I originally thought the salicylic acid acne cleanser wouldn't help and would dry out your skin, but I just read that salicylic acid is a BETA hydroxy acid, and is also useful because it dissolves lipids (fats) in the pores, which alpha hydroxy acids can't do.

      The most difficult thing about treating this problem is that it is never cured. You have to keep up with the exfoliating and the moisturizing forever.

      Also, the link above is rather frightening, and is NOT the problem you're taking about. You probably have keratosis pilaris, which is VERY common. Try the one below.

      Okay, LAST edit, I promise. Neutrogena Body Smoothing Lotion with SPF 15 is supposed to be pretty good for KP. Check out the reviews at drugstore.com.

  20. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of these red bumps on my arms?
    I have these small red bumps on my outer arm. They don't itch, they don't bother me at all. I just don't know how to get rid of them. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis Pilaris - Chicken Skin - Bane of my existence!!

      Go out and buy Neostrata 10% AHA body lotion and use it every day!!

      If you have more $$ to spend, go to amazon.com and search for lactic acid peel under the brand name Skin Laboratory.

      They have both dramatically improved my KP :)

  21. QUESTION:
    In the summer my keritosis pilaris areas on my arms turn red after i've been outside?
    Even if i am only in the sun for a few minutes, my arms turn red. Does anyone know if this is normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Mine does too, so I guess it is normal. I sound like a rep for the company (which I'm not) but I just started using Eucerin Plus Intensive Care Lotion and have had great success at reducing my KP. Just be sure to wear sunscreen everyday with this stuff or it will give you the worst sunburn you can imagine.

      FYI to the previous poster..... KP is not the same as acne. Duh!

  22. QUESTION:
    Why do I have little bumps on my arm, between my elbow and my shoulder and how do I get rid of them?
    They are small un-noticeable (except to touch) bumps on my arm where the biceps are. They usually feel softer when I put moisturiser on them, except this does not get rid of them. How do I get rid of them completely?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe that you are talking about Keratosis pilaris and as far as I know its genetic. Here's what I found on the internet. Hope it answers your question:

      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a very common genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin and hence colloquially referred to as "chicken skin". It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (though the lower arms can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet). Less commonly, lesions appear on the face and may be mistaken for acne.

      Worldwide, KP affects an estimated 40 to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50 to 80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men. Varying in degree, cases of KP can range from minimal to severe.[citation needed]

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris, including keratosis pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), rubra faceii (reddish rash on the cheeks) and related disorders.

      Many people with keratosis pilaris do not know they have it (if the condition is mild). While KP resembles goose bumps, it is characterized by the appearance of small rough bumps on the skin. As a result, it is often confused with acne.

      Keratosis pilaris occurs as excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin, accumulates within the hair follicles forming hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). Bearing only cosmetic consequence, the condition most often appears as a proliferation of tiny hard bumps that are seldom sore or itchy. Though people with keratosis pilaris experience this condition year round, it’s during the colder months when moisture levels in the air are lower that the problem can become exacerbated and the “goose bumps” are apt to look and feel more pronounced in color and texture.

      [edit] Treatment

      There is currently no known cure for keratosis pilaris, however, there are effective treatments available which make its symptoms less apparent. The condition often improves with age and can even disappear completely in adulthood, though some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life. Treatments are largely symptomatic and must be repeated. Regardless, exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, Retin A and medicated lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids or urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin. Milk baths may provide some cosmetic improvement due to the lactic acid — a natural alpha hydroxy acid in milk. Sunlight may also be helpful but increases risk of skin cancer. Small amounts of vitamin A can be used orally but only with exteme caution due to potential for liver damage. Check with a Dermatologist or Family Doctor before taking extra vitamin A due to the vitamins' potential toxic effects.

      Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden (if they do not already appear red), and in many cases will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring. Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can also help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing (such as tight fitting jeans) is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. Instead, the hair grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated, and can be removed, much like an ingrown hair, though can lead to scarring.

      Food allergies may also exacerbate the condition, causing hyper-keratosis pilaris, gluten being a common culprit (source: physician's (MD) oral presentation).

  23. QUESTION:
    If I talk to my doctor about kp will she perscribe me something?
    I'm 13 and still go to a pediatrician, so will she prescribe me a cream or pill to get rid of them?
    By the way, in case you don't know, kp stands for keratosis pilaris, which are hard plugs in hair follicles that, frankly, look like pimples.

    • ANSWER:
      ya ok so im 14 and when I went to my doctor she gave me a bunch of things but in the end they didn't help at all. So i researched some more and it says its impossible to completely get rid of them but there are things that help like there're over priced creams and scrubs from the dema doctor some people said that dream cream from lush helped and others say 100% pure coconut oil worked for them but frankly non of these have worked for me .Some people even said that it was because they were allergic to certain food items or that people with kp are vitamin a deficient because r body's can't absorb it normally but we can't absorb it normally because we are missing essential oils in r body so i tried having omega supplements and vitamin a supplements but that didn't work either and i started getting really annoyed since i have it on my face arms and legs!! Also, apparently this vitamin a cream works rlly well but i haven't tried it since its 40 buck for a sample tube!! and it doesn't cure kp, it only makes it look better and after you stop using the vitamin a cream ur kp comes back after a week. i myself keep trying to find inexpensive ways to cure my kp but, it hasn't been going that well. what kinda works for me was dream cream from lush but it only made my skin smooth but the kp was still really visible and the h2o raspberry guava moisturizing body balm which has made my kp look dramatically less visible!!

      hope this helps!!

      ~Stephanie

  24. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of Keratosis pilaris on arms?
    What's a natural remedy that doesn't require lotion or cream etc. I read somewhere someone was talk about apple cider vinaigre but they didn't say how they used it. Anyone have any personal experience with getting rid of KP?

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    How you get rid of small red bumps on my upper arm?
    I've had small red bumps on my upper arm for years. I've seen other people with it too. Does anyone know how to make it go away or less visible?

    • ANSWER:
      Your bumps are known as Keratosis Pilaris. Here's a website that give a brief explanation about them.
      http://www.keratosispilaris.org/

      I've used DermaDoctor's KP Duty for a couple of years now and it works pretty well.
      www.dermadoctor.com

  26. QUESTION:
    Why do I have small bumps on my upper arms?
    I have small, hard bumps on my upper arms. I've had them for a while now. What are they?

    • ANSWER:
      You probably have keratosis pilaris or KP, which are very small bumps caused by a build up of keratin on the skin. The most common place of occurrence is the back of the arms. I have it, but it didn't show up until junior high. Unfortunately, adolescence is the worst time for KP but there are treatments that are effective. The most common treatment is prescription for a hydrocortisone cream, but it can only be used for short periods of time. Dermatologists also have a number of other treatments and can refer you to other over the counter treatments. A lot of people swear by Aqua Glycolic products, which are pretty cheap and help remove the extra keratin which causes the bumps. I no longer use anything because its barely noticeable now - I'm 32. This is common because it gets better the older you get. Check out the following sites and examine some images on Google to see if this is what you have. KP sometimes looks different on different people, so you should look at multiple examples. Other than that, just know that its not something you caught...its just an annoying genetic condition.

  27. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of kp in a week?
    So I have kp on my face, and I have the week off so I wanna get rid of these bumps on my face. How can I naturally get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      i have it too, all over my arms & legs. the only things ive found that made any difference at all is using a scrub body wash (i use Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Nourishing Smoothing Body Wash) and moisturize after you get out of the shower.

  28. QUESTION:
    Should Australia pick a left arm spinner against England in The Ashes?
    Kevin Pietersen has a noted weakness against left arm spin. He got out to another one in England's second innings against Western Australia.

    Would it be a good tactic by Australia? If so, who would you pick?

    • ANSWER:
      Picking a left-arm spinner is only a good idea if he's a good bowler.

      There's no point coming on and getting KP cheaply but getting carted around the ground by the rest of England's batsmen.

  29. QUESTION:
    How can i get these bumps off my arms without going out and buying stuff?
    on my upper arms there are these little bums. Ive had them on my arms for a whie. But there spreading to my lower arms. I know its not because im dirty. I did try moisturizing. Its not only2 or 3 its like a million small bumps. i dont want them to spread and i want to get the all away. BUT HOMECOMINGS NEXT WEEK!!! WHAT DO I NEED HELP :'(

    • ANSWER:
      can't tell for sure unless you visit a dermatologist but it could be KP (keratosis piliaris) which is a very common skin disease that can afflict the upper and lower arms as well as the upper thighs (through not necessarily both the arms and legs). A good treatment would be washing with a luffa in circular motions with Vi derm body wash with 15% glycolic acid, followed by rubbing glycolix treament pads on the afflicted area and then a apply a oil-free moisturizer. You can get the body wash and pads at a dermatologist.

  30. QUESTION:
    how do i make myself stop picking scars and how can i make them appear less obvious?
    i have KP on my arms which i constantly pick at. i now have gross blotchy red arms with scabs. they are sick! how can i get myself away from this habit? and are there any ways to make the scars heal quicker or look less drastic?

    thanks! =]

    • ANSWER:
      try some of these listed ways ,i tried couple of them for myself like the apple fast method and worked http://acnedestroyer.blogspot.com/2009/03/i-found-over-years-through-working-with.html

  31. QUESTION:
    what are these little red dots over my arms and on my body?
    Some I've notice all these little red dots over my arms and chest/stomach. In two areas on my right arm the little red dots clustered around little bit. The dots don't hurt or anything but I am wondering what they are. Any ideas?
    The dots are mainly on the underside of my right forearm btw.
    The dots are really small and they are actually more pink than red
    There are fairly spread out and only appeared recently.

    • ANSWER:
      It's called Keratosis Pilaris. It's harmless and about 50% of all people have it. One way to treat it is with T/Sal shampoo. It has a certain acid in it that helps the KP go away. Use it about once a week and it will go away. You have to keep using it though, or the KP will come back. Hope I helped! :)

  32. QUESTION:
    how do you get rid of the little red spots on arms?
    I notice that a lot of people have this on their arms...I have had the redness since I was probably 14 and now I am 18. What is this called and how can it be prevented?
    it is definitely not due to the sun.
    these reddish bumps only cover the tricep part of the arm. i have seen these on the majority of people I know.

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a very common skin condition often referred to as "chicken skin". If you have keratosis pilaris, you are not alone. Worldwide, keratosis pilaris affects an estimated 40 to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50 to 80% of all adolescents. Varying in degree, cases of KP can range from minimal to severe.

      See a dermatologist or use a lufa in the shower every day
      with a pure and natural oil (not baby oil)
      self tan

      There is no cure but it helps.

  33. QUESTION:
    Why do I have these small bumps all over my upper arms?
    Ever since I can remember I have had small bumps on my arms. Mostly light in color and only on the upper part of the arm. If I go to the tanning bed a lot, it seems like a lot of them go away, but there are always some there. What does this mean???? Do I have a vitamin deficiency? Do I need to use a certain type of cleanser?

    • ANSWER:
      That could be keratosis pilaris.

      According to one website it is described as this: Keratosis Pilaris (KP) is a common skin disorder, typified by "chicken skin" bumps on upper arms, thighs, torso, buttocks and occasionally the cheeks. Excess skin forms around individual hair follicles, creating the characteristic minute, rough, grater-like bumps.

      To me they look like a bunch of ingrown hair bumps.

  34. QUESTION:
    Keratosis Pilaris Sufferers: Should KP get in your way of wearing what you want?
    I'm a 15 year old girl with KP on my arms and legs, and I never wear dresses, shorts, skirts, or short sleeves because I'm just too embarrassed. Should I let it get in the way of wearing what I want? Do you have trouble wearing what you want because of it? Is there any ways of getting rid of the KP, or at least reduce it (esp the redness)?

    • ANSWER:
      I found that champori cream for psoriasis clears my kp better than anything else: takes just a few days and then my skin stays smooth for months on end. Try it: champori is available without prescription and comes with money back guarantee, so if it doesnt work for you - it's free.
      Best,
      Mol.

  35. QUESTION:
    What are some products for keratosis pilaris?
    i have bad kp on my upper arms, its starting to appear on my thighs and face. it makes my skin slightly dry and extremely bumpy. i have already tried Amlactin. are there any lotions, scrubs, or anything that would help get rid of it for a good price? thanks (:

    • ANSWER:
      Speak to your Dermatologist--they can prescribe special lotions that may be covered by insurance. Also the fact that it is spreading should be addressed by a medical person.

  36. QUESTION:
    What are the bumps on my skin that look like goose bumps?
    they're on my arms and tummy and they look like little white bumps (not red) and they wont go away. they're not spread out they are in groups and are small. i want to get rid of them but idk how. does anybody know what they are and how to get rid of them?plz help.

    • ANSWER:
      ?Keratosis pilaris...
      Keratosis pilaris (KP) describes a group of disorders.1 It is a very common condition in which there is hyperkeratosis around hair follicles. KP is often described in association with other dry skin conditions. the bumps can be white, pinkish brown or red.
      Treatment
      * Avoid excessive dryness of the skin but emollients and moisturisers are of limited value. That is not to say that they have no value.
      * Creams with salicylic acid, lactic acid or urea may be of value.
      * Expensive cosmetic or vitamin creams are not helpful.
      * An abrasive pad may be helpful.
      * Take tepid showers rather than hot baths.

  37. QUESTION:
    What are these small itchy red bumps on my toddler's arms?
    There the size of a pimple, but there aren't any white heads, or puss, or anything like that. They're only on his arms, no where else. He constantly scratches them so it makes them more red, could even be making them spread. What could this be? It doesn't look like chicken pox, or impetigo...could it be eczema? is it just a rash? thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Could it be KP (Keratosis Pilaris)? I have them and they sometimes itch. They are just lots of red bumps which you can get on your arms or legs. 60% of teenagers have them, but many ages can get them (45% of the population). It is not harmful, but it cant be cured. I can be treated by exfoliation with salicylic acid and moisturizing. It looks a bit like chicken skin. It happens when excess keratin is produced and surrounds the hair follicles. This means the bumps are usually where hairs are.

      It might not be this, but if it is I hope it helps!

  38. QUESTION:
    Does the Clarisonic Mia work for Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have KP on my upper arms and I was wondering if the Clarisonic Mia would help eliminate it.
    If so, how long does it take to be gone?

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  39. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of little bumps on my skin?
    I have nice skin it's mostly smooth but all over my arms there are little bumps. I know it's not a rash because they're not at all red, it's not pimples either, and they aren't goosebumps because even when i'm sweating hot I can still feel the bumps. What do I do to get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      I have the same problem. What you have is called keratosis pilaris. It is where the tiny hair follicles get clogged causing rough bumps. Don't use anything too abrasive on it as this can irritate it worse. You need to use a moisturizing cleanser with a washcloth and you need to use a lotion containing either lactic acid or alpha hydroxy acid. The lotion will exfoliate the bumps away and keep your skin moisturized. You should use it twice per day until your bumps go away, then you can revert to once a day to maintain smoothness. You can find these lotions at Walgreen's, cvs, or any other drug store. I like AmLactin it works really well for me. For more information on KP go to this website they have a lot of good info (and aren't trying to sell anything :>) http://www.keratosis-pilaris.com/types.php. You can also find a lot of info just by looking it up on yahoo.

  40. QUESTION:
    Is there a good remedy for keratosis pilaris?
    I have it on my legs, the back of my upper arms, and my rear also. I have had it for a very long time and tried a lot of things but haven't found anything to work!

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis Pilaris can NEVER be cured unfortunately...
      I have been dealing with this since highschool & for 10 years almost now...
      consuming sugar is known to make it worse..

      the only thing I have found to work is from the website www.dermadoctor.com

      the first product is called DERMAdoctor KP Duty Dermatologist Body Scrub with Chemical + Physical Medi-Exfoliation
      and here is the website direct link...
      http://www.dermadoctor.com/product.asp?p...
      the second one is called derma doctor KP lotion
      and here is the direct link
      http://www.dermadoctor.com/product.asp?p...

      Also.. *Note: If you use any prescription medication (lotions) from your dermatiologist, it will get WORSE before it gets better.. be prepared to experience that..

      If you want my opinion on the prescription lotion (ex: lachydrin, Amlactin, etc... are not succesfful)

      This skin condition sucks. I have tried almost everything out there & this works pretty well I must say! It is made especially for keratosis pilaris! Hope this helps! I know I wanted everything I could when I was first dealing with this!

  41. QUESTION:
    How can I lessen the appearance of Keratosis pilaris, also known as chicken skin?
    I've had for a long time and it has never really bothered me but I do want it to go away or at least not be too noticable. I have it on my arms (mainly my upper arms) and they has become less noticable on their own, which is nice but I also have it on my thys and legs. I want to treat it but I don't know exactly what to do. I've been searching for answers on the internet but I am wondering what wroks.
    Please help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Lac-Hydrin cream 12% (prescription in the US, OTC in Canada) has been VERY successful for this.

      If you're in the US, your doctor can write you a prescription....or if you know someone in Canada, they can mail it to you.

      You should wear a sun-screen with this though, as it makes you more susceptible to sunburn. But it works great for KP!

  42. QUESTION:
    Any way to get rid of Keratosis Pilaris?
    I have KP on my upper arms, and I'm preparing to get a tattoo there soon. Is there any way I can reduce, or get rid of it so it doesn't affect my tattoo? I've tried all those bullshit moisturizing tips and exfoliating, and scrubbing and what have you. I simply don't have the time or money to go to a dermatologist for a medical cure. Any tips?

    • ANSWER:
      you NEED to go to a dermatologist there is simply no other way kp just doesn't magically dissapear overnight and if you get a tattoo on a arm with kp all over it the tattoo will look bad and the kp will get worse just go to a dermatologist they will give you a cream which actaully HELPS and will take the kp off in less than a month, trust me i know i've had it :)

  43. QUESTION:
    I have sort of White specs in the skins of my vagina?
    They are hard specs on the inside flaps. There are loads of them. They start where the hair stops growing.I can't describe it too well sorry.. Any idea what it could be?

    Also I have kp on my arms and legs if it could be relate. And I have never had sex.
    From google I think it could be fordyce spots?

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  44. QUESTION:
    How do you cure the skin condition Keratosis Pilairs?
    I have Keratosis Pilairs, and because of it i have rough bumps all over my arms and legs and stomach. My face is really bright red all over, but smooth. Its apparently genetic, but i hate it, how can i get rid of it?

    • ANSWER:
      I found that champori cream for psoriasis clears my kp better than anything else: takes just a few days and then my skin stays smooth for months on end. Try it: champori is available without prescription and comes with money back guarantee, so if it doesnt work for you - it's free.
      Best,
      Mol.

  45. QUESTION:
    Whats happening to my skin and what should I do?
    I've been getting goose-bump like little spots all over my arms so I'm just wanting some advice on how to get rid of them, the reason for them and if they are contagious. Thanks
    Just wondering how I might have gotten them, if they are contagious and if I should see a dermatologist or just a regular doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      They could be anything from hives to an allergic reaction to a virus to Kp and on and on. I would go to a doctor and have him take a look. Moisturize till you get a conclusive diagnosis from a doctor.

  46. QUESTION:
    How to reduce sight of Keratosis Pilaris?
    I've had red bumps on my arms for years now, and after much online research, I've come to the conclusion that these bumps are Keratosis Pilaris.

    I'm wanting to know how to reduce the sight of them. I've heard using a scrub with a loofah helps, but what kind of scrub? Also, I heard lotion helps, but I'm not sure what kind...Cetaphil, Eucerin, AmLactin, etc.

    I'd appreciate any advice! Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I have had KP for a very long time and I have tried everything to get rid of it. But I have recently discovered a lotion called KP Duty. After two days, the red bumps were gone completely and the redness was reduced. It has been a week and the redness has been greatly reduced. However, the lotion is a bit pricey () but it does spread easily so you don't need a lot of it. Hope this helps. :)

  47. QUESTION:
    What the heck is wrong with my arms?
    My upper arms are constantly red, and people always ask me why, which is really uncomfortable. Even my best friend asks, and I just can't take it anymore!

    Lately I've been getting these red itchy spots all over my arms, and I know it isn't chicken pox, but I have no idea how to make them go away! Should I see a doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      You should definitely see a dermatologist, but until then...It's probably psoriasis, ezcema or a related condition called keratosis polaris (I probably spelled all of those wrong). If it's KP, you'll have a lot of little red bumps on your upper arms and probably upper legs as well. Dermadoctor.com has good articles on all of those conditions, and recommends over the counter products for each of those, most of which are moisturizers with urea, lactic acid, or glycolic acid. If those don't work, you probably need something of prescription strength, like Elidel. For the itching, hydrocortisone cream, Aveeno baths, lotion, etc. will help until you can get something stronger.

      By the way, I'm not a huge fan of dermatologists - it took me visiting 3 different ones before I got diagnosed correctly. Do some research before you go so you can ask the right questions.

  48. QUESTION:
    How do you smooth bumpy arms?
    The backs of my upper arms are bumpy, as if covered with perpetual goosebumps. It's been like this ever since I was little, and no, it's not a health concern. No itching, no scratching, just bumps. How can I make them go away without spending a lot of money on medications?

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like you have KP (keratoses pilaris) which is found on the back of arms and legs. seems to be worse in the winter. some people have it, others not. you can treat it but not get rid of it. i use an over the counter product with lactic acid in it (AM-LACTIN.) if you don't see it on the shelf, ask the pharmacist to order it for you. this will improve your arms within a couple of weeks. if you stop using the lotion, it will come back (sorry.) a dermatologist might give you retin-a to treat it.

  49. QUESTION:
    Does birth control make Keratosis Pilaris any better?
    I've heard Keratosis Pilaris gets worse with hormones, and birth control decreases hormones so... Any ideas on whether it could help decrease the sight of it?

    I'm 16, i have horrible Keratosis Pilaris, but i'm only planning on going on the pill if it will help my KP.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not sure. I'm 18 and also have keratosis pilaris, but it usually gets better as you age, or completely goes away. I've noticed that mine has gotten a lot better. It used to be really bad on my arms when I was around 14; now it's not that noticeable.


kp on arms

Kiratosis Pilaris

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    how to remove the bumps i have on my arms?
    its kiratosis pilaris , nad my doctor did give me a medical cream for it . but now i cannot use it cause im having lazer treatements, and the doctor said that i shouldnt use any medical creams.
    so any at home remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      For Keratosis Pilaris, wash with a mild soap (Clearly Natural Glycerine Soapglycerine soap, Dove Beauty Bar for Sensitive Skingentle cleanser, Dove Deep Moisture Body Washbody wash for keratosis pilaris, etc.) to not dry out the skin.

      One step in treatment is intensive moisturizing. Try Vaseline Intensive Care Total Moisture, Dry Skin Lotionvaseline lotion or Complex 15 Therapeutic Moisturizing LotionComplex 15 after bathing, and re-apply the cream again several times daily. Put this on when the skin is still damp. If one of these creams does not help, change to a cream containing urea (Nutraplus Lotion with Urea or Aqua Care Lotion for Dry SkinAqua Care) or alpha-hydroxy acids (Kiss My Face Peaches & Creme Moisturizer with 8% Alpha Hydroxy Acidsalpha hydroxy lotion) applied twice daily - it may be too irritating to use more often.

      The second step is to remove the plugged pores can be by taking long, hot soaking tub baths and then rubbing the areas with a coarse washcloth, stiff brush, or a Buf-PufBuf-Puf. Using Dove Exfoliating Body Washbody wash for keratosis pilaris with the scrubber will moisturize as it exfoliates. Rub in a circular motion.

      Take a good Multivitaminmulti-vitamin. If you already are, take extra Vitamin AVitamin A.

      Increase the humidity in the bedroom with a Humidifierhumidifier.

      Get 15 to 30 minutes of sunshine every day possible.

  2. QUESTION:
    I just want ask about my girlfriend?
    I told to my girl friend that I have a skin allergy "Kiratosis Pilaris or Chicken Skin" I just want to know if she really loves me because she said she will leave me...If that's her reason, should I broke up with her ? Im very sad now.

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  3. QUESTION:
    Any body knows whats good for a 9 month old baby to put on his cheeks due to kiratosis pilaris?
    His beeing with this little pimples on his cheeks..his dr.say is kiratosis pilaris..i've try everything they prescribed him but nothing works..and i am afraid to put lots of medication on my babys face..please anybody can tell me what can i do? I told his dr to referral to specialist and she say the specialyst is not going to do nothing..is this true? Cause i fell so sad when the people sees him and ask me if he had and allergy to something he eat..

    • ANSWER:
      I don't really know much about keratosis pilaris but I know that it looks similar to a rash/goosebumps. Maybe you could try Sudocrem? It's typically used for nappy rash, but it can be used for any type of rash, eczema or skin condition and it's an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, so it might help :)
      But I think you should go see a dermatologist, and get a second opinion. It wouldn't hurt :)

  4. QUESTION:
    Any tips for bumps on my arms? (keratosis pilaris)?
    According to my doctor, I have kiratosis pilaris..I have many little bumps on the back of my arms and my thighs and some on my buttocks....I use Aveeno lotion and Dove soap....any tips on how to get rid of them? I am only 16..I've had them ever since I was 13 or 14...It's very embarrassing. Cuz I can't wear shorts w. out my bf (of 3 years!!!) asking me wat those things are...its like if he's disgusted about it...Nd i understand cuz it doesnt look pretty at all! I've been trying to get rid of them forever!!! but nothing works! any lotions, exfoliators, actual antibiotics, or something to help me at least fade them or make them smoother.

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a chronic skin condition periodically becoming worse and/or better.
      KP is a skin disorder that cannot be cured, although it can be made less noticeable. It is hereditary, and the severity varies from person to person.
      - http://www.medicinenet.com/keratosis_pil…
      - http://www.helpforkp.com/

      Treatment options for keratosis pilaris focus on exfoliating or softening the skin to reduce keratin clogged pores. Most commonly, lotions that contain 2% lactic acid or salicylic acid will help to break down the keratin plugs over time.
      - http://www.skintreatmentcream.com/kp-tre…
      - http://www.keratosispilaristreatments.co…

      An important first treatment step is to use a gentle cleansing agent with light abrasive properties, (often termed "scrub"), but one that keeps moisture in, such as an exfoliant for sensitive skin.
      Check out this site for some great, inexpensive, homemade exfoliants you can try anywhere on your body;
      - http://www.skinway.com/

      Do not scrub the affected areas too harshly. It's not the amount of pressure you apply to the area that matters, as much as it's the consistency of exfoliating those affected areas. Also, you do not want to bruise your sensitive skin.

      The goal is to clean and open the pores of the skin without over drying. Other measures to avoid excessive dryness include taking lukewarm, brief showers (Hot water tends to dry out the skin) and using a humidifier, particularly during the winter months when the lower humidity tends to dry out the skin.

      Vaseline and other such petroleum-based products are not generally recommended as a moisturizer, because petroleum-based products actually suffocate the skin. Skin needs to breathe to heal. As well, if there's any bacteria on your skin when the Vaseline is applied, it makes a perfect breeding ground for the bacteria to grow.

      Make sure to be drinking more water and avoid all alcohol & caffeine products (coffee, tea, pop, etc..) Alcohol & caffeine will actually dehydrate your skin. Water re-hydrates from the inside out. As well, drinking water helps to wash out the toxins in the body.

      I would also suggest you increase your omega 3 fatty acids by taking supplements such as Evening Primrose Oil, fish oils, etc… And by eating walnuts, hazelnuts, or pecan nuts (if you're not allergic)
      Ground Fennel seeds and Flax seeds, as well as Flax seed Oil supplements (omega 3’s) also act as anti-inflammatories. (reduce redness)
      Omega 3’s aid in proper digestion and healthier skin.

      You could try increasing your intake of vitamin D through supplements (1000 – 4000 IU/day) and B-complex to aid in healthier skin and maintaining a healthier immune system.
      http://www.healthy-skincare.com/vitamin-…

  5. QUESTION:
    skin condition?
    does anyone have any information on the skin condition kiratosis pilaris? what exactly is it? i know i have it because thats what the doctor said and i have special lotion for it and stuff but i dont understand exactly how it happens and how the bumps form from it. will anyone who knows please explain?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I have a moderate to severe case of keratosis pilaris, and have spent years with it. Your skin doesn't shed it's dead skin cells properly, and they start to grow over the hair follicles. It's pretty common in varying degrees of severity.

      The kind of cream you want to get is something like Amlactin, with lactic acid in it. It's a moisturizer, but also helps to exfoliate off that rough surface. Your skin doesn't exfoliate itself the way normal skin does, so help it along with a loofa while you're cleansing, before you use the cream. There is also a cream by DermaDoctor called KP Duty, but I find the Amlactin to work much better.

  6. QUESTION:
    A couple of makeup questions?
    My birthday is coming up and basically most of the stuff I want is makeup. But I'm not sure if the stuff I want is worth it, first I want the Mac studio fix plus foundation powder because I have kiratosis Pilaris on my cheeks and I want to cover that up, and I also want to cover up a couple of little pimples. Should I get it? I have oily skin around the t zone and my chin. I also want the naked 2 palette, but I don't know if I should get it or not because it's really expensive. And I also want to buy something for my eyebrows like to fill them in, any ideas on what I should get? And is there any face wash that's good for black heads and little pimples? I need a face wash that can help with that.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Don't wear too much ^.^ just enough. Such as eyeliner mascara and also eyeshadow a lil foundation and I suggest bare minerals n as for pimples wash ur face daily and put ntn on it also put achohol with some aveno. And thats it alssooo. ! U can use conceiler.!

      Answer mine :
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ApiPQRsmoWDuxP6k8wRPMBoM_dw4;_ylv=3?qid=20120725172535AAsJByV

  7. QUESTION:
    Strange bumps on skin?
    Mostly on my thighs and Some on my upper arm. I have these bumps all over. Some are light red and barely noticible and some have a lot more red. None look dangerous or anything but it is embaresing. Sometimes they are very visible, sometimes they seem to kind of hide and go away. But around these bumps there seems to be a small mix of pimpils. Also my face seems to get very red even when I'm not hot or cold. I looked at kiratosis pilaris on google. I think that might be it. What do you think? one more thing, my penis has had a red ring on it since I was a little boy.

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  8. QUESTION:
    do you have small dots on your upper arms?
    well im just curios what is it actually and why do i have it... it won't go away

    • ANSWER:
      If they are very small bumps (not flat with your skin, but rise slightly above the skin
      (almost like a blackwhead without coloring) -- this would be excluding most freckles, lentignes, or other hyperpigmentation -- that would lead me to believe it is likely to be "keratosis pilaris". They can be colord a reddish pink if they are irritated or exposed to the sun. These are harmless unless they become infected; then, they can be removed. Some people consider these unsightly enough to justify a cosmetic procedure to remove them. Results vary with these types of procedures. The least expensive option is to control the condition with treatment by topicals: lactic acid, 20% urea, and glycolic acid. These are some of the most common substances used to treat kiratosis pilaris You would need to ask a dermatologist on how to prepare these for you, , or a pharmacist might be able to help you if you knew enough about your condition to explain it adequately.

  9. QUESTION:
    white patches of bumps on arms? help?
    there white patches on my arms..and theres like goosebump looking things. there located on the part that is lower than my shoulder...but higher than my elbow bends
    they itch really bad, and there on both of my arms in the same spots

    whats going on?

    • ANSWER:
      might me kiratosis pilaris.

      go to www.helpforkp.org and take a look at the pictures, and find out if thats what you have.

      its a very common skin condition, something like 20% of the population has it.

  10. QUESTION:
    Gross bumps on arm?
    What can i do to get this away? It's on both of my arms!

    http://s279.photobucket.com/albums/kk147/AznDDRHero/?action=view&current=Picture2.jpg
    No. No proavtiv on arm. I do use it on my face though.

    Keratosis may be it..

    • ANSWER:
      Kiratosis Pilaris. Very common skin disease and very treatable but doesn't have a stable cure. Mainly women have it but it's genetic. Use a loofah sponge and scrub it hard in the shower, but since you're a guy go a bit easier on the scrubbing haha. With the loofah sponge, make sure you're using a moisturizing body wash. After the shower when your skin dries, use a moisturizer. Don't expect results right away, wait a week or so.

      EDIT: I have the same problem and what I did worked wonders. Tanning during the summer helps clear it up too.


kiratosis pilaris

How To Treat Seborrheic Keratosis

Seborrheic eczema is usually a greasy style of eczema and so it occurs generally inside the ears and even on your scalp. People also refer to it as cradle cap if it shows up on babies and it is known as dandruff whenever it shows up on older people.

You will find yourself vulnerable to this kind of eczema when you've got oily skin and also a fragile body's defence mechanism. Tension, diet regime and additionally polluting of the environment in the environment can result in a weaken body's defence mechanism, that ultimately allow you to become in danger of eczema breakouts.

Standard remedy for eczema contains employing steroid creams. On the other hand, it's not a long-term alternative as utilizing steroid ointments over the long haul might cause undesirable uncomfortable side effects. Normal application of steroid lotions and creams cause thinning of skin that can cause your skin to come to be more vulnerable to the surroundings elements. Consuming steroid orally may perhaps also contribute to a great deal of problems along the lines of the inability to conceive or going bald.

Medical practitioners depend on steroids as it can certainly produce really fast pain relief however I won't select it if I examine the outcomes in the long run. To provide quickly pain alleviation I propose that you simply select emu oil preferably. It has anti inflammation and anti bacterial components. It is usually easily absorbed into the skin, which implies it will help to produce quickly respite.

Additionally using emu oil is only a short-term relief. To get rid of seborrheic eczema, you'd need to begin from the foods you eat. You can only heal your eczema once you begin to get rid of food items that you will be persistantly allergic to. Some people are not aware of the foodstuffs they're allergic to and you could determine by carrying out an elimination eating plan, which would be to do away with only one food type out of your diet as well as check the respond of your body.

Some typical kinds of food items individuals are allergic to includes nuts, milk, cheese products, dairy food, wheat also processed food products that will include chemicals and chemical preservatives. Make an attempt to eliminate these foods, a particular variety each time, from the diet program and you could see how much your epidermis issue greatly improve.

Even though health professionals informed me that I couldn't get rid of my eczema, I prove these people entirely wrong by using the alternative way of curing eczema. Ultimately, I prevailed and I also prefer to support other people to heal their eczema too using the the right methods that I employ. It is time to fight in opposition to standard ideas and learn how to get rid of eczema right now.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to remove skin tags?
    I'm trying to get rid of one by tying a string around it, (well about to) and i was wondering how long it would take to remove it. Thanks if you help any.

    • ANSWER:
      Skin Tag
      http://www.medicinenet.com/skin_tag/page2.htm How are skin tags treated?

      There are several effective medical ways to remove a skin tag, including removing with scissors, freezing (using liquid nitrogen), and burning (using medical electric cautery at the physician's office).

      Usually small tags may be removed easily without anesthesia while larger growths may require some local anesthesia (injected lidocaine) prior to removal. Application of a topical anesthesia cream prior to the procedure may be desirable in areas where there are a large number of tags.

      Dermatologists (skin doctors), family physicians, and internal medicine physicians are the doctors who treat tags most often. Occasionally, an eye specialist (ophthalmologist) is needed to remove tags very close to the eyelid margin.

      There are also home remedies and self-treatments, including tying off the small tag stalk with a piece of thread or dental floss and allowing the tag to fall off over several days.

      The advantage of scissor removal is that the growth is immediately removed and there are instant results. The potential disadvantage of any kind of scissor or minor surgical procedure to remove tags is minor bleeding.

      Possible risks with freezing or burning include temporary skin discoloration, need for repeat treatment(s), and failure for the tag to fall off.

      There is no evidence that removing tags causes more tags to grow. Rather, there are some people that may be more prone to developing skin tags and may have new growths periodically. Some patients even require periodic removal of tags at annual or quarterly intervals. Do skin tags need to be sent for pathology?

      Most typical small skin tags may be removed without sending tissue for microscopic examination. However, there are some larger or atypical growths that may be removed and sent to a pathologist for examination under a microscope to make sure that the tissue is really a tag and nothing more. Additionally, skin bumps that have bled or rapidly changed may also need pathologic examination. While extremely rare, there are a few reports of skin cancers found in skin tags.
      What else could it be?

      While classic skin tags are typically very characteristic in appearance and occur in specific locations such as the underarms, necks, under breasts, eyelids and groin folds, there are tags that may occur in less obvious locations.

      Other skin growths that may look similar to a skin tag but are not tags include moles (dermal nevus), nerve and fiber-type moles (neurofibromas), warts, and "barnacles" or "Rice Krispies" (seborrheic keratosis).

      Warts tend to be rougher, with a "warty" irregular surface whereas skin tags are usually smooth. Warts tend to be flat whereas tags are more like bumps hanging from thin stalk. While warts are almost entirely caused by human papilloma virus (HPV), tags are only sometimes associated with HPV.

      Groin and genital lesions resembling skin tags may actually be genital warts or condyloma. A biopsy would help diagnose which of these growths are not skin tags. Very rarely, a basal cell skin or squamous cancer or melanoma may mimic a skin tag, but this is very uncommon.

      Is there another medical name for a skin tag?

      Medical terms your physician or dermatologist may use to describe a skin tag include fibroepithelial polyp, acrochordon, cutaneous papilloma, and soft fibroma. All of these terms describe skin tags and are benign (noncancerous), painless skin growths. Some people refer to these as "skin tabs" or warts. However, a skin tag is best known as a skin tag.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/skin_tag/page2.htm

  2. QUESTION:
    What could be the cause of my itchy rash?
    A few days ago I started to develop a very itchy rash. It is mostly on my arms and legs (the inside of my arms, inside of my thighs, back of calfs, back of biceps).

    It looks like little red bumps all over. And it does itch! I don't know of any different lotions or sheets or food or anything that I have done different lately.

    Is this most likely an allergic reaction to something? Or what could it be caused from? I have no other symptoms. But I am freaking out! Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      If you have slept in a new location you may have been victim to bedbugs.

      If you have been home and nothing new it may be dry skin.

      It may be a food allergy - if this is the case try to limit yourself to bland food like sweet potatoes for a day and see if it helps.

      It may be dry skin - apply lotion over the body.

      You may have poison oak - don't take a bath.

      If you have pets you may have a reaction to them suddenly - take a shower and wash all clothing and bedding. in fact, you should just do this no matter what.

      The location of the rash makes me suspect that you may have been exposed to scabies, wash all clothing and see a doctor or nurse. Some hospitals allow you to call the advice line at 8am and request a same day appointment in the urgent care clinic - this will save you the $$ copay of the ER. for some reason scabies are found in nursing homes, and I hear rumor that you can get it from rotting oak branches. If it is scabies you need a really toxic lotion that only the doctor can give you.

      If it is fungal - a flat rash with hardened skin, no bumps or obvious breaks in the skin, - put tea tree lotion on it, and possibly get a prescription for fluconizole lotion. also try using Lotrimin.

      If it seems prickly and moves on to become a more fluid filled mass of blistering skin then most likely it's Shingles - don't go near children under 1 year old since if it is shingles you can give them chickenpox !!! It's how the virus has stayed alive for so many centuries. Shingles is treated by doctors. Valtrex is the brand name and there is alternative generic stuff out there for less $$ so if you are diagnosed with shingles I recommend asking for something covered by your insurance or a generic form.
      Heat rash makes good sense to me, but just to be safe, take some Benedryl if you are not allergic to anything you know of. If Benedryl makes your rash die down a little, you may be having an allergic reaction. Measure the circumference of your biceps and thighs, arms and calfs, and make note of the size, measure again in the morning if you have not seen a doctor yet. If it has become worse you may need Emergency treatment.

      Make a note to take to the doctor which needs to include:
      color, size, location, when did it erupt, any changes in the rash since it erupted (like spreading), if it's painful or tender, list the symptoms like fever, headache or intestinal distress you are having. Have a history of prior allergies on that list, and any history of skin disorders, infections, sexual history, or recent bites by any insect or rodent exposure. Also bring a complete drug history for at least the past 6 months.

      To be safe get tested for syphillys and HIV while at the doctors.

      It could be anything like, acne vulgaris, dermatomyositis, follicular mucinosis, fox-fordyce disease, lichen planus, mono, vasculitis, pityriasis rosea, polymorphic light eruption, psoriasis, rosacea, seborrheic keratosis, syringoma, or signs of Lupus. It could also be a reaction to antibiotics, benzodiazepines, lithium, phenylbutazone, gold salts, allopurinol, isoniazid, or salicylates. It could also be a result of Dermatitis, Erythema Multiforme, Herpes simplex or Zoster (aka; Shingles), insect bites, tinea, or ???

  3. QUESTION:
    do u know seborrheic keratoses remover?
    I have so meny keratoses in my neck, so I need help to remove them

    • ANSWER:
      It is not something you can do yourself, check with your doctor.

      Because the keratoses are superficial, their removal shouldn't result in much scarring. Local anesthetics can be used to make the treatment painless. There may be a little discomfort as the treated area heals. Most often liquid nitrogen (cryosurgery) is sprayed on the spots, and produces blisters that lift up the seborrheic keratosis. These form into scab-like crusts that fall off within a few weeks. Occasionally there may be a small dark or light spot or a scar. These will fade over time. Sometimes part of the growth will eventually return.

  4. QUESTION:
    What sort of disease makes your skin turn yellow?

    • ANSWER:
      Yellow Skin Causes
      Skin Lesions Yellow Fever Keratosis .tweet0PrintFlag Close One of the top causes of yellow skin is jaundice. When a person is jaundiced, this means that there is something going on within the bile ducts of the liver which can be hepatitis, most commonly. Viral hepatitis, early on, doesn't;t cause jaundice necessarily;y, but in the later stages it would. Early on, it causes a headache with slight fever, vomiting, no appetite, and diarrhea. As time moves on along with yellowing skin, there is a lot of abdominal pain, dark urine, and pale feces.
      Cirrhosis of the liver can definitely cause you to have skin that is turning yellow. It also causes things such as hemorrhoids, indigestion problems, nausea with vomiting, spider-like vessels on the skin, and a lot of body swelling. It is also not uncommon for the abdomen to be very distended since there is a fluid accumulation in the body.

      Sickle cell anemia can cause jaundiced appearing skin too. This is a disease where the blood cells are a very abnormal half moon shape, and they have trouble getting through the blood vessels as a result of that. It is also symptomatic of a lot of bone pains, tiredness, and fever, rapid heart rate, and ulcers. Children that have sickle cell anemia have trouble growing and a late puberty pattern.

      If you are having a bile duct obstruction in the body, this would definitely cause yellow skin along with many other problems. People that are having a bile duct obstruction usually run a fever, have an upset stomach and no appetite. It is also not uncommon to notice very darkened urine. This is usually treated through surgery, or using an instrument such as endoscopy to undo the blockage.

      Liver cancer can cause yellow skin. Just to go off on a little story here, my cousin had liver cancer, and I recall her skin turning a very yellow color along with her eyes becoming yellow as well. Her other symptoms which were typical involved no appetite, a lot of pain since she had a very large tumor, and she couldn't keep food down. From the time of diagnosis, she had 7 months to live just barely. They tried chemotherapy, but in her case since she had a number of other medical conditions, couldn't do much with it. There are cases where a transplant of the liver may work.

      If you have Seborrheic Keratosis, (a skin condition,) that can cause yellow skin. Other symptoms that go along with this condition are skin lesions, scaling skin, and skin plaques. These lesions that are developed are not cancerous.

  5. QUESTION:
    does someone help me with info ref to Seborrheic Keratosis ?

    • ANSWER:
      "Seborrheic keratosis is one of the most common types of noncancerous (benign) skin growths in older adults. In fact, most people develop at least one seborrheic keratosis at some point in their lives.

      A seborrheic keratosis usually appears as a brown, black or pale growth on the face, chest, shoulders and back. The growth has a waxy, scaly, slightly elevated appearance. Occasionally, it appears singly, but multiple growths are more common. Typically, seborrheic keratoses don't become cancerous, but they can look like skin cancer.

      These skin growths are normally painless and require no treatment. You may decide, however, to have them removed if they become irritated by clothing or for cosmetic reasons.

      A seborrheic keratosis usually has the appearance of a waxy or wart-like growth. It typically appears on the head, neck or trunk of the body. A seborrheic keratosis:

      * Ranges in color from light tan to black
      * Is round- to oval-shaped
      * Has a characteristic "pasted on" look
      * Is flat or slightly elevated with a scaly surface
      * Ranges in size from very small to more than 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) across
      * May itch

      You may develop a single growth or cluster of growths. Though not painful, seborrheic keratoses may prove bothersome depending on their size and location. Be careful not to rub, scratch or pick them. This can lead to inflammation, bleeding and infection.

      Causes

      The exact cause of seborrheic keratoses is unclear. They tend to run in some families, so genetics may play a role. Ultraviolet (UV) light may also play a role in their development since they are common on sun-exposed areas, such as the back, arms, face and neck.

      See your doctor if:

      * Many growths develop over a short time. Normally, seborrheic keratoses appear one or two at a time over many years.
      * The growths get irritated or bleed when your clothing rubs against them. You may want the growths removed.
      * You notice suspicious changes in your skin, such as sores or growths that grow rapidly, bleed and don't heal. These could be signs of skin cancer.

      Screening and diagnosis

      Your doctor can diagnose seborrheic keratosis by inspecting the growth. To confirm the diagnosis or to rule out other skin conditions, your doctor may recommend removal for examination under a microscope.

      Typically, seborrheic keratosis doesn't become cancerous, but it can resemble skin cancer. If your doctor suspects skin cancer, he or she will take a small sample of your skin (biopsy) for analysis in a lab. A biopsy can usually be done in a doctor's office using local anesthesia.

      Treatment of seborrheic keratoses usually isn't necessary. However, you may want them removed if they become irritated, if they bleed because your clothing rubs against them, or if you simply don't like how they look or feel.

      This type of growth is never deeply rooted, so removal is usually simple and not likely to leave scars. Your doctor can remove seborrheic keratoses using several methods, including:

      * Freezing with liquid nitrogen (cryosurgery). Cryosurgery can be an effective way to remove seborrheic keratosis. However, it may not work on large, thick growths, and it may lighten the treated skin (hypopigmentation).
      * Scraping the skin's surface with a special instrument (curettage). Sometimes curettage is used along with cryosurgery to treat thinner or flat growths. It may be used with electrocautery.
      * Burning with an electric current (electrocautery). Used alone or with curettage, electrocautery can be effective in removing seborrheic keratosis. This procedure can leave scars if it's not done properly, and it may take longer than other removal methods.

      Keep in mind that most insurance companies and Medicare won't pay for the removal of seborrheic keratoses if done only for cosmetic reasons. Medical reasons for seborrheic keratosis treatment include intense itching, pain, inflammation, bleeding and infection."

      "Characteristics of Seborrheic Keratosis
      The wicked witch with a wart on her nose probably had a Seb K not a wart. So how can you tell if that bump on your face or chest is actually a Seb K? They do have some defining characteristics.

      * Stuck on - They are classically described as looking like someone took clay or a blob of dirt and "stuck" it on the skin. The edge of the seborrheic keratosis is not attached to the underlying skin making it appear that it could be removed by picking it off with your fingernail. This is because seborrheic keratoses arise from the epidermis, or top layer of skin. They don't extend deep into the skin like warts. What you see is what you get.
      * Warty surface - Seborrheic keratoses may look like warts but they don't contain human papilloma viruses that cause warts. As they develop some can have a very rough surface with deep pits and fissures almost like cauliflower being pulled apart.
      * Smooth surface with horn pearls - Some seborrheic keratoses don't have a rough surface. If they are smooth, they contain tiny bumps that look like seeds that are lighter or darker than the surrounding tissue. These are called horn pearls and they are actually bits of keratin that develop in a whirling, circular pattern. Sometimes these horn pearls are best seen with a magnifying glass.
      * Itching - For some reason seborrheic keratoses tend to itch especially the older we get. Some people will unintentionally manipulate or "pick at" a seborrheic keratosis and cause it to be further irritated. If irritated enough, the skin around it can become red and the seborrheic keratosis itself can bleed. This can be alarming to savvy skin-watchers who know that a doctor should see any lesion that bleeds.

      What can be done about Seborrheic Keratosis?
      The first and usually the best choice is to leave them alone. They may get larger, but they are not precancerous so leaving them there for the life of your skin is not a problem. Seborrheic keratoses are usually removed because they itch, they interfere with clothing or jewelry, or they are cosmetically unacceptable. That last option is a judgment call. The warty thing on an 80-year-old man's nose may not be as big of a deal as the one on a 40-year-old woman's nose.

      Removing Seborrheic Keratosis
      If you decide to have a seborrheic keratosis removed, there are several ways to do this.

      * Liquid Nitrogen - A small seborrheic keratosis can be frozen with liquid nitrogen. Liquid nitrogen works by freezing and destroying the cells but leaving the connective tissue foundation intact. The lesion frozen forms a blister as the water is released from the now-dead cells then crusts over as that water dries. When the crust falls off after several days, the skin underneath has begun to repair itself. Liquid nitrogen can leave a scar as the repaired skin may have more or less pigment producing cells. The scar is usually flat though unless you have a tendency to form keloids.
      * Shave - Another way seborrheic keratoses can be removed is to shave them off. Because their attachment to the underlying skin covers less area than the lesion itself, shaving can be a viable option. Seborrheic Keratoses are shaved off with a flexible razor blade going just deep enough to get only the seborrheic keratosis cells and leave normal skin. Shaving too much normal skin off can leave a divot in the skin as a scar. After the lesion is shaved, a chemical agent such as aluminum chloride or silver nitrate is applied to the wound to stop any small surface bleeding. Silver nitrate is a dark brown color and the resulting wound after the shave is dark brown. This color will usually go away after the skin repairs but some of that pigment can remain. For this reason, silver nitrate is usually not used on the face.

      Unusual-Looking Growths
      Sometimes seborrheic keratoses can be very difficult to distinguish from melanoma. Especially when they first appear, they can have several of the characteristics of atypical growths. They can have an irregular border and color variation throughout the lesion. You should not hesitate to see your doctor about any skin rashes or bumps that concern you."

  6. QUESTION:
    If a keratosis needs to be removed, how far down do they need to cut?

    • ANSWER:
      Because seborrheic keratoses grow above the skin (but not down into the skin) they can be easily scraped off, and the treated areas heal up nicely within a few weeks.

  7. QUESTION:
    Best treatment for scarring/dark spots?
    Hi! Can someone please give suggestions for dark marks on the skin left from acne? Make up suggestions, cleanser, etc. Also if you could give your personal experience with products youve used that were and arent affective. Thankyou and 10 points for best answer and no teasing please!!

    • ANSWER:
      Believe it or not there are a small number of products out there that can really help you in your case. Trouble is finding the right one. I myself experimented for years before I found the right product.

      Salicylic Acid 20% Gel Peel is the best product that I have found and would recommend to anyone.

      What it treats: Acne, Acne Scars, Blackheads/Whiteheads, Dry Skin, Sun-damaged Skin, Blotchy Pigmentation, Fine Wrinkles, Loss of Elasticity, Large Pores, Bumps, Age Spots, Eczema, Seborrheic Keratosis, Hyperkeratosis, Actinic keratosis, and Rosacea.

      How to use: Apply twice a week for six weeks, and then pause for one month. Leave on face 3 to 5 minutes depending on your skin's sensitivity.

      The main thing to keep in mind is that "IT TAKES TIME" with any product or procedure that you decide to try. But make sure to hang in there and be persistent. Use this product just as directed and you will see results.

      Also keep in mind that you are beautiful no matter what, don't forget that!!! ;-)

  8. QUESTION:
    Best treatment for scarring/dark spots?
    Hi! Can someone please give suggestions for dark marks on the skin left from acne? Make up suggestions, cleanser, etc. Also if you could give your personal experience with products youve used that were and arent affective. Thankyou and 10 points for best answer and no teasing please!!

    • ANSWER:
      Believe it or not there are a small number of products out there that can really help you in your case. Trouble is finding the right one. I myself experimented for years before I found the right product.

      Salicylic Acid 20% Gel Peel is the best product that I have found and would recommend to anyone.

      What it treats: Acne, Acne Scars, Blackheads/Whiteheads, Dry Skin, Sun-damaged Skin, Blotchy Pigmentation, Fine Wrinkles, Loss of Elasticity, Large Pores, Bumps, Age Spots, Eczema, Seborrheic Keratosis, Hyperkeratosis, Actinic keratosis, and Rosacea.

      How to use: Apply twice a week for six weeks, and then pause for one month. Leave on face 3 to 5 minutes depending on your skin's sensitivity.

      The main thing to keep in mind is that "IT TAKES TIME" with any product or procedure that you decide to try. But make sure to hang in there and be persistent. Use this product just as directed and you will see results.

      Also keep in mind that you are beautiful no matter what, don't forget that!!! ;-)

  9. QUESTION:
    Should I see a dermatologist?
    I've had a very small mole located under my chin for years now (it's roughly the size of the tip of a sharpened pencil). It hasn't grown, hasn't changed in color, isn't painful/crusty/anything really. However, I recently noticed that the skin just below it has become very dry and rough. Is this a sign of something? Should I see a dermatologist? I'm only 20 and I never go in the sun.

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn't sound like it is anything worrisome. It sounds to me like it is an irritated seborrheic keratosis, which is just fancy talk for a small mole/freckle that got irritated. If it is bothersome, you can go to your dermatologist and have it treated with liquid nitrogen. Try putting some aquaphor on it and leave it alone for a while. I would advise that you take a picture with a digital camera and monitor it though for changes, every 3 months or so. Google ABCD's of melanoma and it'll show you the warnings of what to look for (asymmetry, borders, color variegation and diameter).

  10. QUESTION:
    remove seborrheic heratoses how to?
    remove seborrheic keratoses

    • ANSWER:
      Most of Caucasian people are effected by Seborrheic Keratosis sooner or later, women and men alike. The degree of impact vary. It seems does not impact people with darker skin colors with exception of African Americans.

      I had spots of Seborrheic Keratosis and went to Kaiser Permanente dermatologist. The derm looked me into eyes and said: "It is yours for life..." I found her being mean, not knowledgeable, and:
      1) Got determined to find effective Seborrheic Keratosis cure that I can easily do at home myself
      2) Dump Kaiser Permanente insurance.

      I have been doing research on Seborrheic Keratosis treatments, and all the advice was very discouraging: do not treat at all, liquid nitrogen at doctor's office, mechanical removal by scraping off at doctor's office, laser. All actual treatments are in doctors office and can leave scarring, do not offer prevention.

      In the past I used brief acids application to Seborrheic Keratosis spots with some success, but it was taking time, and I was not getting dramatic results. This time I decided to use really high glycolic acid concentration and do not wash it off, but rather leave it on the skin to do its work.

      Treatment
      Day 1, Day 2
      Prepared 30-35% glycolic acid solution
      Poured it into a sprayer bottle
      Sprayed acid solution on my back
      Did not wipe, it did sting quite a bit, but I was able to tolerate it. Went to bed without rinsing off the solution

      Day 3, Day 4
      (I think it might be optional)
      Sprayed Greater Celandine (Chelidonium majus, aka. 'Tetterwort') extract
      Did not wipe. Went to bed without rinsing off the solution

      Touchups and Maintenance
      If some stubborn spots are staying there, spot / touch up application is needed. Maintenance treatments are possible on as needed basis.

      Outcome
      Skin got reddish-pink, Seborrheic Keratosis sports were destroyed. Crust appeared on same of the sports, and some spots were disappearing unveiling skin. Seborrheic Keratosis was killed!!!

      Now skin is still healing, but I can see that I was able to achieve my goal, e.g. at home Seborrheic Keratosis treatment. Just in case to prevent any possible discoloration of the skin I am applying Reviva Lightening cream on the entire surface area.

      Recommendations
      Be careful, do patch test before proceeding with the treatment. Start with lower concentrations to see if it will be sufficient. I used spray to deliver the treatment solution, and think it provides less solution then when applied directly.
      Based on the Seborrheic Keratosis sports location it might be preferable to perform treatments in winter when you are wearing more cloths. So that people around do not see the irritated skin.

      Alternative Treatment
      After I done my own treatment regimen I found info on similar approach with high concentrations of H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide) supported by clinical studies. The recommended concentration between 23% - 80%. And in the majority of cases 35% food grade H2O2 could be used.

      For preventive maintenance they recommend taking periodically baths with H2O2 added.

      When I need a treatment next time I am thinking of trying H2O2, and looking into having baths with it for maintenance.

  11. QUESTION:
    i had a keratin on my shoulder 2 year ago it was burnt off but it has come back under and around the scar and?
    my son was also 21 when he had a radical neck dissection from scamous cell will mine become the same

    • ANSWER:
      If your lesion was truly a keratosis, it will not trun into anything malignant, as a keratosis (seborrheic keratosis) is always a benign lesion. On the other hand, if you had an "actinic keratosis", this is a premalignant lesion, which can evolve into a squamous cell carcinoma. The fact that yours has come back after having been treated makes me think that you might have had an actinic keratosis, or possibly even a true squamous cell carcinoma at the time of the original surgery. Was a biopsy performed at the time of the original treatment?

  12. QUESTION:
    I have some scaly brown marks on hands!!?
    They have been appearing and spreading too I tried to scratch them off and it looks like a scar do I have thrush they are on the back of my hands and a few on my arms the first time I saw them was the day after I got in a pool do I have cancer or something

    • ANSWER:
      There are several possible causes.

      Age or Liver Spots
      Age and liver spots are a type of hyperpigmentation that cause brown to black spots on the face and other areas of the body. The brown spots are caused by an increase in melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color. Genetics plays a part in developing age or liver spots, but ultraviolet rays or sun exposure is the most common cause of age spots. Age increases the chances of developing brown spots as most individuals produce more melanin as they get older.

      Keratosis
      Actinic and seborrheic are types of keratosis that cause spots or discoloration on the skin. Actinic keratosis symptoms include rough or scaly patches or bumps with a red to brown appearance and may be painful or easily irritated. Actinic keratosis is caused by sun exposure and is often a precursor to skin cancer, but can be treated effectively when caught early. Seborrheic keratosis is common in adults and has a brown mole or wart-like appearance. Other than genetics, the exact cause of seborrheic keratosis is unknown, but the spots are considered harmless and may be removed for cosmetic reasons.

      Melasma
      Melasma causes brown or grey skin discoloration on the skin. The spots may show up individually or cover large areas. Melasma is more common in women than men. Hormonal changes, certain medications and genetics are factors in developing melasma and sun exposure may exacerbate the problem. Melasma caused by hormonal changes such as pregnancy, birth control or hormone therapy often resolves itself after pregnancy or when medication is stopped.

      Phototoxic Medication
      Phototoxic medications may cause skin to become sensitive to sunlight. Initially, the symptoms of phototoxic light sensitivity appear much like a sunburn or rash. The results of this "sunburn" may include hyperpigmentation or brown spots on the skin. Some drugs associated with phototoxic reaction include tetracycline, sulfonamides, acne medications, some antihistamines and certain arthritis medications such as quinine.

      Brown spots are often treatable via medication, dermatology treatments or excision. Age spots and melasma and other hyperpigmentation conditions may be treated with oral or topical medications, laser therapy, chemical peels or dermabrasion. Raised lesions such as moles or keratosis spots are usually removed by freezing, excising or laser treatments.

      Most brown spots are preventable. Sun exposure is the most common culprit in skin discoloration. Sun damage may not show up until later in life, but too much sun even as a child can significantly increase the chances of developing hyperpigmentation. The best defense against brown spots or more serious skin conditions is covering the skin as much as possible when outdoors. This includes longer sleeves, hats and sunglasses. Sunscreen should be applied as a part of a daily regime, especially on the face where sun exposure is most prevalent.

  13. QUESTION:
    Small reddish-brown dot on face?
    I just noticed that I have a small, pin-sized dot right next to my left cheek bone.
    It's been hurting.. & kind of has a tingly feeling.
    it's not itchy, and it's pretty flat... like its a stain on my skin.
    anyone know what this could be?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be just a broken blood vessel or some sort of temporary blemish, but it could also be a cancerous or pre-cancerous lesion (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, actinic keratosis, seborrheic keratosis). These are usually very easily treated. I recommend you show it to a good dermatologist.

  14. QUESTION:
    WHAT ARE SOME Skin Diseases?
    What are some skin diseases and illnesses
    ANSWER QUICK WITHIN 1HR

    • ANSWER:
      •Acne
      Acne is the most common skin disease treated by physicians. It is a chronic condition that affects over 85% of adolescents and young adults. There are different types of acne that respond to different types of treatment.
      •Seborrheic Keratosis
      Seborrheic keratoses are benign lesions that don't necessarily look benign. They can have various colors, grow quickly, itch, and sometimes bleed. Fortunately, they are fairly easy to distinguish from skin cancers
      •Dermatitis
      The term dermatitis describes many classifications of rashes. The most common dermatitis is atopic dermatitis or eczema.
      •Herpes
      Oral and genital herpes are caused by the herpes simplex virus. An infection with this virus is life-long, however the rash can be controlled with medication. Herpes infections in pregnant women can cause serious infections for the baby.
      •Hives
      Hives are caused by an allergic reaction in the skin releasing the chemical histamine. Acute hives can usually be treated with medications but chronic hives, lasting longer than 6 months, require an investigation into the cause.
      •Infections
      Infections are caused when an outside organism gets into the skin. They are classified by the type of organism causing the infection - bacterial, fungal, or viral.
      •Psoriasis
      Psoriasis is a lifelong skin condition caused by changes in the immune system. The rash of psoriasis is very distinctive. In the last couple of years there have been many strides in the use of biologic medications that make psoriasis less of a "heartbreak".
      •Rosacea
      Rosacea is a common skin condition characterized by redness of the face and acne. We don't know exactly what causes rosacea, but there are effective medications and treatments to keep it under control.
      •Warts
      Warts are a common skin condition caused by the human papillomavirus. There are many effective treatments, and yes, duct tape is one of them.
      •Seborrheic Dermatitis
      Seborrheic dermatitis causes a characteristic rash on the hair-bearing areas of the face. Sometimes it can be controlled with dandruff shampoo.
      •Skin Cancer
      There are several types of skin cancer from the slow-growing basal cell carcinoma to the potentially fatal melanoma.

      Hope this helps

  15. QUESTION:
    does anyone know anything about hyperkeratosis?
    symptoms, diagnosis, progosis, treatment...

    • ANSWER:
      Hyperkeratosis is a thickening of the outer layer of the skin, which contains a tough, protective protein called keratin. This thickening is often part of the skin's normal protection against rubbing, pressure and other forms of local irritation, and causes calluses and corns on hands and feet or whitish areas inside the mouth. Other forms of hyperkeratosis can occur as part of the skin's defense against chronic (long-lasting) inflammation, infection, the radiation of sunlight or irritating chemicals. Less often, hyperkeratosis develops on skin that has not been irritated. These types of hyperkeratosis may be part of an inherited condition, may begin soon after birth and can affect skin on large areas of the body.
      Symptoms-
      Many forms of hyperkeratosis are painless. However, corns, calluses and plantar warts can cause a great deal of discomfort.
      Diagnosis
      Depending on your specific pattern of skin symptoms, your doctor will ask whether you have a family history of skin problems, and whether you have a personal history of allergies, frequent sun exposure, use of dentures or orthodontic dental appliances, unconscious chewing on your cheek or tongue or use of smokeless tobacco.
      Sometimes, your doctor can diagnose the cause of your hyperkeratosis by reviewing your history and symptoms and by examining your skin. This often is the case with corns, calluses, warts and chronic eczema. If you have chronic eczema that could be allergy-related, the doctor may suggest that you have allergy testing.
      If your doctor suspects that you have seborrheic keratoses, he or she may use a handheld magnifying lens to examine the affected skin for horn pearls. These are very tiny white or black balls of keratin that can usually be seen on the skin in areas of seborrheic keratoses. In some cases, a biopsy may be taken to confirm the diagnosis. In a biopsy, a small piece of tissue is removed to be examined in a laboratory. If your doctor suspects that you have actinic keratoses, you may need to have a skin biopsy to confirm the diagnosis and rule out skin cancer.
      If your child develops hyperkeratosis in many areas of his or her body, your doctor may review your family history and skin symptoms to determine if your child has an inherited disorder.
      Prognosis
      Most forms of hyperkeratosis are local skin problems that have a good prognosis. Actinic keratoses can develop into squamous cell skin cancer.
      Treatment-
      The treatment of hyperkeratosis depends on the type and possible cause:
      Corns and calluses — Using moleskin or padding next to the affected area can help to relieve pain. Avoid further irritation that stimulates growth of the corn or callus. Never try to shave away or cut a corn or callus by yourself. Consult with your health care professional or a podiatrist.
      Warts — Your health care professional or dermatologist can remove warts by freezing them with liquid nitrogen (cryosurgery), vaporizing them with a laser or trimming them away surgically. If the treatment does not reach the layer of skin infected with the virus, the wart can come back in the same place. Repeat treatments may be necessary. Although warts can be treated at home with nonprescription remedies, self-treatment may take longer than treatments in a medical setting. Self-treatment may be more effective after you have been treated by a health care professional, especially if a wart appears to be large or deep. If you have diabetes or poor circulation, you should always be treated by a health care professional to avoid injury and infection.
      Chronic eczema — Your doctor usually will treat eczema by prescribing a corticosteroid ointment or cream for you to rub into the affected area. Moisturizing the skin is also very important.
      Lichen planus — Like chronic eczema, lichen planus usually is treated with corticosteroid ointment or creams.
      Actinic keratoses — Your doctor may use cryosurgery to remove a single actinic keratosis. Multiple keratoses can be treated with skin peels, laser therapy or dermabrasion.
      Seborrheic keratoses — These growths can be removed with cryosurgery with a scalpel.
      Inherited conditions — There is no cure for these conditions. To treat large areas of scaly skin, your doctor may suggest bathing with bath oil or rubbing special emollients into the skin.

  16. QUESTION:
    Sun affected Skin, Curiosity.?
    Tuesday i found a freckle like patch of skin. It has now grown to 2mm (W) x 5mm (L), looks like a scab, feels like a burn.

    Additional info:
    I spend alot of time outside toppless in the sun. No sun cream. Different colloured moles have appeared since, Shoulders are burnt.

    • ANSWER:
      James - What you describe is likely known as seborrheic keratosis (SK). SK are the most common benign tumor in older individuals. They have a variety of clinical appearances. Although no specific causes have been identified, they occur more frequently in sunlight-exposed areas. The frequency appears to increase with age. Seborrheic keratoses are benign but secondary tumors, and Bowen disease (squamous cell carcinoma in situ) or malignant melanoma may occasionally arise within the lesion. Seborrheic keratoses can also catch on clothing and become irritated. They can itch, grow, and bleed. Scratching seborrheic keratoses or trying to pick them off the skin can result in a secondary infection. People sometimes have many seborrheic keratoses, and they may obscure the detection of a dysplastic nevus or malignant melanoma. A variety of techniques may be used to treat SK. They include cryotherapy with carbon dioxide (dry ice) or liquid nitrogen, electrodesiccation, electrodesiccation and curettage, curettage alone, shave biopsy or excision using a scalpel, or a laser or dermabrasion surgery.
      Next, schedule a visit to a dermatologist MD for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. My SKs have successfully been removed with carbon dioxide cryotherapy. Good luck!

  17. QUESTION:
    I have Keratosis Pilaris on my legs for the past 2 years. How can I treat this?

    • ANSWER:
      Do you mean keratosis follicularis, also called Darier's Disease? Pilar means hair, so I assume this is similiar, if not the same thing altogether. Characterized by black or brown, crusted, wartlike patches that can spread rapidly? Treatment usually includes large doses of topical or oral retinoids and oral or topical corticosteroids. Other forms of keratosis include actinic keratosis, keratosis senilis, and seborrheic keratosis.

  18. QUESTION:
    i been noticing...?
    I notice that i have little red bumps in my arm like acne ive tried everything to get rid off it but i just cant can anyone please help me!

    • ANSWER:
      First you need to provide further information, where in your arm? Does it hurt? Does it itch? What have you tried to get rid of it? How long have you been having it? When did it start showing up? All these are important information to provide when seeing a doctor or asking a health care provider which you should do to truly determine what is causing your condition as well as learn ways to prevent/treat... but here is my best answer...

      People often describe localized swollen areas on, or under, the skin as lumps or bumps. While bumps on, or under, the skin may result from conditions that give rise to a skin rash, many other conditions can result in solitary raised lumps on the skin. Infections, tumors, and the body’s response to trauma or injury can all lead to lumps or bumps that appear to be located on or underneath the skin.

      Depending upon the cause of skin lumps or bumps, they may vary in size and be firm or soft to the touch. The overlying skin may be reddened or ulcerated. Skin bumps may or may not be painful or tender, depending upon the cause of the lesions.

      Causes of Bumps on Skin

      Acne (Pimples)
      Actinic Keratosis
      Boils
      Cysts
      Erythema Nodosum
      Gout
      Insect Sting Allergies
      Keloid
      Melanoma
      Melanoma 101 Introduction to a Deadly Skin Cancer
      Skin Tag

      Other Causes of Bumps on Skin

      Basal cell carcinoma (skin cancer)
      Dermatofibroma
      Enlarged lymph nodes
      Granuloma annulare
      Hemangioma
      Infections/abscesses
      Intradermal cyst
      Keratoacanthoma
      Lipoma
      Metastatic carcinoma
      Neurofibromatosis
      Nevi (moles)
      Pyogenic granuloma
      Polymorphic light eruption
      Rheumatoid nodules
      Sebaceous gland hyperplasia
      Sebaceous (epidermoid) cysts
      Seborrheic keratosis
      Splinters or other foreign bodies
      Squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer)
      Skin rash
      Soft tissue sarcomas
      Xanthomas

      So next time provide further information...

      I'm not a Doctor...I'm just a Corpsman...

  19. QUESTION:
    help sun burn!!!!?
    i went yesturday to school for my little sister it was hot outside the sun was so hot but before i went outside i put on sunscreen and i took an umbrella but today when i woke up i went to the mirror and i saw that i have this brown spots on my face douse any 1 know what i can do to get rid of this brown spots maybe itz a sunburn ??
    no people i am not on the uk

    • ANSWER:
      Small freckle-like spots (lentigines) often occur on sun-exposed areas of the skin during a person almost close to adults ages. These are commonly referred to as age spots or liver spots. These spots are more common in fair-skinned individuals, but may occur in many skin types. The tendency to develop lentigines is inherited. Another type of brown spot is a seborrheic keratosis. These rough, raised spots often flake off only to reappear. Seborrheic keratoses are often mistaken for moles because they can be quite dark or irregular in shape, even though they are benign. They typically occur after age 30 as an inherited trait. Sometimes it has nothing to do with sunscreens or other creams you may have used. Sometimes it can occur from the medications. The medications caused the skin reacts to the sun exposures.
      I suggest you to go to Dermatology doctor and treating your brown spots without you trying anything else on your own. Dermatologist will carefully screen them and check them to see if its moles even melanomas and will tell you how to have them disappeared and treat them properly. If you try anything else you don't know about on your face. It can might more problems on your face. Don't panic.. Just call and make an appointment. It will be worth it without second guessing of what your brown spots are or how they came on your face.

  20. QUESTION:
    itching body?
    Why do itches in general occur? I am talking about random areas in the body. I always get this problem, it's really annoying. Can stress be related to this in any way?

    • ANSWER:
      You could have sensitive skin and prone to itch from almost anything. You could have tiny out breaks of eczema or allergies. Here is a website below that focuses on skin conditions.

      Diagnosis/Symptoms
      Skin Rashes and Other Changes(American Academy of Family Physicians)
      Treatment
      Dermatologic Surgery(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Dermatology Procedures(American Osteopathic College of Dermatology)
      Laser Surgery Information(American Society for Dermatologic Surgery)
      Prevention/Screening
      Skin Care: Top 5 Habits for Healthy Skin(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Nutrition
      Your Meal Ticket to Healthy Skin(Cleveland Clinic Foundation)
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      Disease Management
      About Ichthyosis: Skin Care Tips(Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types)
      Skin Emergencies(National Center for Farmworker Health)
      Also available in Spanish
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      Specific Conditions
      Acanthosis Nigricans(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Boils and Carbuncles(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Bullous Disease(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Common Growths(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Common Rashes: Granuloma Annulare, Lichen Planus, and Pityriasis Rosea(Cleveland Clinic Foundation)
      Corns and Calluses(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Dandruff(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Dermatographia(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Dermatomyositis(National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) - Short Summary
      Dry Skin(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Erythema Nodosum(American Osteopathic College of Dermatology)
      Granuloma Annulare(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Graves' Dermopathy: What Causes It?(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Henoch-Schönlein Purpura(National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse)
      Ichthyosis Vulgaris(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Intertrigo(American Academy of Family Physicians)
      Also available in Spanish
      Keratosis Pilaris(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Lichen Nitidus(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Lichen Planus(American Academy of Family Physicians)
      Also available in Spanish
      Lichen Striatus(American Osteopathic College of Dermatology)
      Mastocytosis(National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
      Molluscum (Molluscum Contagiosum)(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
      Neurodermatitis (Lichen Simplex Chronicus)(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Pityriasis Rosea(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Questions and Answers about Epidermolysis Bullosa(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
      Questions and Answers about Lichen Sclerosus(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
      Scalp Psoriasis vs. Seborrheic Dermatitis: How Are They Different?(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Seborrheic Dermatitis: What It Is and How to Treat It(American Academy of Family Physicians)
      Also available in Spanish
      Seborrheic Keratoses(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Stevens-Johnson Syndrome(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Sweet's Syndrome(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Unexplained Dermopathy (Morgellons)(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
      What Is Epidermolysis Bullosa?(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
      What Is Lichen Sclerosus?(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
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      Related Issues
      Skin of Color(American Academy of Dermatology)
      Skin Problems in Construction(Center to Protect Workers' Rights) - Links to PDF
      Also available in Spanish
      Under-Eye Puffiness: How to Reduce It(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)
      Warnings for Makers of Compounded Pain Products(Food and Drug Administration)
      Your Dermatologist(American Academy of Dermatology)
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      Pictures & Photographs
      Capillaritis(Logical Images)
      Cutaneous Horn(Logical Images)
      Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra(Logical Images)
      Dry Skin (Xerosis)(Logical Images)
      Epidermoid Cyst(Logical Images)
      Erythema Nodosum(Logical Images)
      Erythrasma(Logical Images)
      Fordyce Spots(Logical Images)
      Granuloma Annulare(Logical Images)
      Intertrigo(Logical Images)
      Keratoacanthoma(Logical Images)
      Keratosis Pilaris(Logical Images)
      Lichen Planus(Logical Images)
      Milia(Logical Images)
      Molluscum Contagiosum(Logical Images)
      Notalgia Paresthetica(Logical Images)
      Poikiloderma of Civatte(Logical Images)
      Pyogenic Granuloma(Logical Images)
      Razor Bumps (Pseudofolliculitis Barbae)(Logical Images)
      Scaly Skin (Ichthyosis Vulgaris)(Logical Images)
      Sebaceous Hyperplasia(Logical Images)
      Seborrheic Dermatitis/Dandruff(Logical Images)
      Seborrheic Keratoses(Logical Images)
      Skin Tag (Acrochordon)(Logical Images)
      Stasis Dermatitis(Logical Images)
      Stretch Marks (Striae)(Logical Images)
      Syringoma(Logical Images)
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      Anatomy/Physiology
      Atlas of the Body: The Skin(American Medical Association)
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      Clinical Trials
      ClinicalTrials.gov: Skin Diseases(National Institutes of Health)
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      Genetics
      Genetic Findings Lead to Prenatal Testing and Counseling for Blistering Skin Disease(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
      Genetics Home Reference: Birt-Hogg-Dubé syndrome(National Library of Medicine)
      Genetics Home Reference: Cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome(National Library of Medicine)
      Genetics Home Reference: Darier disease(National Library of Medicine)
      Genetics Home Reference: Dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa(National Library of Medicine)
      Genetics Home Reference: Epidermolysis bullosa simplex(National Library of Medicine)
      Genetics Home Reference: Harlequin ichthyosis(National Library of Medicine)
      Genetics Home Reference: Hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia(National Library of Medicine)
      Genetics Home Reference: Rothmund-Thomson Syndrome(National Library of Medicine)
      Mutations in Gene Cause Ichthyosis Vulgaris(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
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      Research
      Researchers Test New Ways to Assess Burden of Skin Disease(National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)
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      Journal Articles
      References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)

      Article: Biobrane: a versatile tool in the armamentarium of the reconstructive...
      Article: Recent updates on genetics: teaching old dogmas new tricks.
      Article: Nephrogenic systemic fibrosis/nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy: a primer for radiologists.
      Skin Conditions -- see more articles
      Erythema -- see more articles
      Ichthyosis -- see more articles
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      Dictionaries/Glossaries
      Dermatologic Surgical Procedures: Glossary of Terms(American Society for Dermatologic Surgery)
      Dermatology Terms(American Osteopathic College of Dermatology)
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      Directories
      Find a Dermatologist(American Academy of Dermatology)
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      Organizations
      American Academy of Dermatology
      American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
      National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
      Also available in Spanish
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      Statistics
      FASTATS: Dermatological Conditions(National Center for Health Statistics)
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      Children
      Cradle Cap (Pediatric Seborrheic Dermatitis)(Logical Images)
      Erythema Toxicum(Nemours Foundation)
      Taking Care of Your Skin(Nemours Foundation)
      Also available in Spanish
      Whole Story on Skin(Nemours Foundation)
      Also available in Spanish
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      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/skinconditions.html

  21. QUESTION:
    FLAT skin moles, is it safe to remove with a sharp needle?
    I've been growing skin moles that are flat rapidly now-a-days. I've removed some in my hands and one on my foot. it's like old skin. do you think it's safe and nothing wrong will happen? Some on my hands are sensitive other not. So give all the advise/facts you have. My moles are flat like a tattoo, so I think it's like peeling old skin. Also can you guys give me info about moles; how they produce, why and will it ever stop! lol help! thx.
    well. Tina D I find like safety pin easier. the thought of using tweezers feels like a red mark or something will result in pulling a mole w/ tweezers, but thx for the advise
    I saw pics on google, L R and they are HUGE! my are like small polka dots. I have one that is pretty dark, and i got some stuff out. They say (Wiki) that they are common in 40 year olds. I am no way near 40!

    • ANSWER:
      Of course without seeing them, it would be hard to diagnose and it's probably best that a dermatologist was seen to make sure, but I'm guessing that what you might have is seborrheic keratosis.

      keratosis, seborrheic (basal cell papilloma, verruca senilis)
      (seb´rē´ik pap´lōm vroo´k sē´nilis),
      n benign, pigmented, superficial epithelial tumors that clinically appear to be pasted on the skin of the trunk, arms, or face. Characterized histologically by marked hyperkeratosis, with keratin cyst formation, acanthosis of basal cells, and melanin pigmentation, all above the level of the adjacent epidermis.
      http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/keratosis

      If, this is indeed what you have, you're not going to do any harm. They will grow back in most cases, however, and you run the risk of scarring.

      These are the most common form of non-cancerous growths in adults and are not benign although they often look like they are. For that reason, an annual check should be done to make sure that any serious lesions are not overlooked.

      It is considered by some to be genetic as well as a possible result of exposure to UV rays.

      The following are all methods of removal:

      * Freezing with liquid nitrogen (cryosurgery). Cryosurgery can be an effective way to remove seborrheic keratosis. However, it may not work on large, thick growths, and it may lighten the treated skin (hypopigmentation).
      * Scraping the skin's surface with a special instrument (curettage). Sometimes curettage is used along with cryosurgery to treat thinner or flat growths. It may be used with electrocautery.
      * Burning with an electric current (electrocautery). Used alone or with curettage, electrocautery can be effective in removing seborrheic keratosis. This procedure can leave scars if it's not done properly, and it may take longer than other removal methods.

      As I mentioned at the top of my post, this is, by no means, a diagnosis - just the most common form of moles, why they pop up, their treatment, etc.

      I'm afraid it's fairly certain to say that IF you do, indeed, have seborrheic keratosis, they won't go away or stop. They just increase in number each year. Sorry! The good news is that they ARE removeable and that they are not cancerous.
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/seborrheic-keratosis/DS00846/DSECTION=1

      Hope you found this helpful,
      LR

      Figure Skater, SK starts out very small and it's very flat almost blending with the skin. As I mentioned above, it's difficult without seeing your skin, to diagnose but this is one of the most common benign skin growths that occur. It was just the best educated guess I could give based on the info I had. If you have any more symptoms or "characteristics" I might be able to narrow it down for you. My best advice would be to see a dermatologist to make sure none of them are of suspicious nature. Try using the following guidelines to help you decipher the benign spots from those that are more suspicious in nature:

      The majority of malignant melanomas are brown to black pigmented lesions.

      * Warning signs include change in size, shape, color, or elevation of a mole.

      * The appearance of a new mole during adulthood, or new pain, itching, ulceration, or bleeding of an existing mole should all be checked by a health-care provider.

      The following easy-to-remember guideline, "ABCD," is useful for identifying malignant melanoma:

      * Asymmetry—One side of the lesion does not look like the other.

      * Border irregularity—Margins may be notched or irregular.

      * Color—Melanomas are often a mixture of black, tan, brown, blue, red, or white.

      * Diameter—Cancerous lesions are usually larger than 6 mm across (about the size of a pencil eraser), but any change in size may be significant.
      http://www.emedicinehealth.com/skin_canc...

  22. QUESTION:
    Curaderm BEC5 for skin cancer - reliable producer?
    Does anyone have any experience or personal knowledge (that you didn't just skim off the net) on Curaderm BEC5 - its effectiveness and reliable producers?

    I've looked at one site - Bionational. Anyone know them? Is their product reliable or misleading?
    http://www.bionational.com/xcart/catalog/Curaderm-p-11.html

    Please only respond if you actually have true experience and knowledge. Don't waste my time with wiki links, unrelated crap, or unsupported bull.
    Thanks, it's not for me but my father. He has undifferentiated perineural squamous cell carcinoma - a rare form of the more common squamous cell carcinoma. It is now along the tissue of the nerve sheath. It's located in the head and neck area and has aggressive potential.

    • ANSWER:
      If you want to treat a skin cancer with a topical treatment then why not use Aldara (imiquimod) which is at least FDA approved for actinic keratosis and basal cell carcinomas. It will soon be approved for squamous cell in situ skin cancers.

      http://www.aldara.com/carcinoma.html

      There are many reasons you should not try to treat yourself for skin cancers but since this is not a debate and I do not have time to answer you fully I will just give you a simple answer.

      I have treated well over 100 squamous cell skin cancers and also some basal cell skin cancers and many pre-cancers with Aldara. It was successful about 90% of the time. This was done under the supervision of a dermatologist.

      The FDA is moving quickly against all the various "black salve" escharotic (natural corrosive) skin cancer treatments so I'd be very careful about using any of them, regardless of what their web site promised. See a good dermatologist to make sure you actually have a skin cancer and not a common harmless seborrheic keratosis that needs no treatment.

      good luck

  23. QUESTION:
    Is a growing mole normal?
    My mom has a lot of moles as she inherited this from his father (who also had a lot of colorful moles but never had any sort of cancer and lived up to 92 years). I haven't seen her in 6 years because she moved to another country to work. But when I saw her again this year, I saw a 2 centimeter mole that grew on her neck. It's black. I've never seen it before and she said that it just grew over the period of 6 years. I also remember such large moles on my grandfather.

    Is it normal?

    • ANSWER:
      You can not be sure it is a mole until a dermatologist tells you that it is a mole. It might be a seborrhea keratosis which is a common benign skin lesion that looks similar to a mole and can range in size from a small brown bump to a 2-3cm dark brownish lesion. Here are a few images.

      http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://courses.washington.edu/hubio567/melanoma/large/mel13.jpg&imgrefurl=http://courses.washington.edu/hubio567/melanoma/dx1.htm&h=512&w=602&sz=55&hl=en&start=6&um=1&tbnid=C0Aas2JuEw5hkM:&tbnh=115&tbnw=135&prev=/images%3Fq%3DSeborrheic%2BKeratosis%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26rls%3DGGLJ,GGLJ:2006-32,GGLJ:en%26sa%3DN

      http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.crutchfielddermatology.com/images/SeborrheicKeratosis/001.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.crutchfielddermatology.com/treatments/Seborrheickeratosis/&h=304&w=211&sz=14&hl=en&start=64&um=1&tbnid=rW89ppZAgRSGnM:&tbnh=116&tbnw=81&prev=/images%3Fq%3DSeborrheic%2BKeratosis%26start%3D60%26ndsp%3D20%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26rls%3DGGLJ,GGLJ:2006-32,GGLJ:en%26sa%3DN

      A seborrheic keratosis is often caused by UV exposure and grows slowly over a period of years. You can often see huge ones on some elderly people. They can be removed by excision or treated with a laser.

      Unfortunately they also often look very similar to a basal cell carcinoma so your mom's best bet is to see a dermatologist and have him take a look at it. good luck

  24. QUESTION:
    15 mo old has a rash that comes and goes throughout the day? Ideas on what it could be?
    For the past 2 days he has had a rash that appears in the afternoon so, by bedtime it is at it's worst, which is just a few patches on his face and sometimes on his arm or leg, too. Then in the morning it is gone. Since it was gone this morning I didn't take him to the dr., but it is back again! Last night we gave him benydryl, which really upset his stomach so, I don't want to do that again. Any ideas about what could be breaking him out?
    By the way, he isn't eating anything new and nothing has changed in the past two days either. We are at home and still using same detergent and whatnot.
    He is actually on an antibiotic for an ear infection so, he doesnt need one! And no, that can't be what is causing it.

    • ANSWER:
      Main > Toddler > Common Problems
      Rashes
      atopic dermatitis (eczema): usually has its onset between two and six months with the development of itchy red areas on the cheeks, forehead, scalp, trunk and on the extensor surfaces of the arms and legs (elbows and knees). The skin may be thickened, shiny and oozing and is usually very dry. Treatment is with daily use of moisturizers and topical steroid creams during breakouts. This is usually a chronic problem that will continue to improve and get worse for many years. See the Eczema Treatment Guide for more information.
      contact dermatitis: many agents can cause rashes in infants from direct irritation of the skin. These can include harsh soaps and detergents, saliva from excessive drooling, and bubble baths. This type of rash usually has mild redness and itchiness and improves with the use of a moisturizer or lubricant to protect the skin. Many agents can also cause an allergic contact dermatitis with a more intense reaction in the skin 7-10 days after being exposed to it. Common things that can cause allergic skin reactions include poison ivy, cosmetics, and metals. The rash usually is very red, itchy, with oozing, crusting and swelling and will improve with a mild potency hydrocortizone cream.
      impetigo: a skin infection caused by a bacteria that begins as a tiny red bump and quickly turns into a honey colored crusted plaque. It is most commonly found around the nose, but can occur on any area of skin that has been damaged. Impetigo is treated with antibiotics. For minor infections a topical antibiotic cream can be used, but more extensive cases will require an oral antibiotic.
      infections: rashes are commonly associated with many different types of viral infections, including roseola (causes high fever for 3-5 days and then once the fever goes away, small red bumps appear on the trunk that spread all over the body), fifth disease (causes red cheeks and then a fine lace-like red or pink rash on the arms), and chickenpox (causes small red bumps that turn into vesicles that crust over). See the Guide to Common Infections for more information on infections that can cause skin rashes.
      keratosis pilaris: causes small pinpoint size red bumps and rough and dry skin on the cheeks and the back of the upper arms and legs. It is a chronic condition that is difficult to treat, but may improve with lubricants or topical keratolytic creams, such as Eucerin Plus or LacHydrin.
      molluscum contagiosum: this is a type of wart caused by a virus. The rash consists of small flesh colored, dome shaped bumps with a crater in the center. They can be grouped on any skin surface, but are usually located on the head, neck and diaper area. Treatment is not required and this type of wart will go away on its own over several months to years. Treatment for more extensive or persistent warts can be treated with cryotherapy. An antiviral cream called Aldara is currently being tested in children to help with this common problem.
      ringworm (tinea corporis): a fungal infection that causes circular or annular shaped, red scaly patches with clear centers. It is usually found on non-hairy areas of the face, trunk, arms and legs and is easily treated with an OTC antifungal cream applied twice a day for two to four weeks.
      seborrheic dermatitis: causes yellow or salmon colored greasy scales and patchy redness on the scalp (cradle cap), face, behind the ears and in skin folds. Most children clear up without treatment in three to four weeks, but more severe or persistent forms can be treated with and anti-seborrheic shampoo with selenium sulfide or a low potency topical steroid cream.
      warts: appear as irregular and rough bumps, most commonly on the arms and legs, but can occur on any skin surface. Warts are caused by an infection with the human papillomavirus, and usually do not cause any symptoms unless they are on the bottom of the feet or around the nails. Warts will go away on their own, but it may take one to two years for the process to be complete. Warts can be treated with cryotherapy, which uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart and surrounding skin to kill the virus, or by use of topical medicines that contain salicylic acid.


how to treat seborrheic keratosis

Spots On Top Of Arms

The skin fungus white spots and the yeast will easily flourish if not given immediate attention. Not only are they unsightly causing you embarrassment, but they are also capable of delaying the functions of body organs. The liver is the first organ that will be affected by the yeast. It you notice white spots appearing on your skin, do not delay any further treatment, act on it immediately!

Pityrosporum orbiculare, the yeast that causes tinea versicolor, is present in small numbers on normal skin; regular washing rids the skin of dead skin cells as well as excess yeast. But it can grow in great amounts - during the summer months when humidity sky-rockets or when a person's immune system is weakened - and interfere with the normal pigmentation of the skin; resulting in unsightly spots in both light and dark colors.

Melanin is the source of your skin's colour. Some people come to this world with extra melanin cells than other people and as a result, have a greater occurrence of problematic pigmentation. The more melanin cells you have, the more pigmentation you will encounter. Exposure to the sun, heat, wounds and hormonal shifts contribute to the production of melanin.

Suction blister grafting - Separates the top skin layers from the dermis with a suction device that causes blisters. The epidermis is then placed on an abraded vitiligo area. This transplant is only for the top layer of the skin which is taken from another place in the body.

Because the most vulnerable stage is when they are free swimming, it will be necessary to treat the entire tank, because once a parasite has started to replicate, the tank is already contaminated. You can however, remove severely infected fish to a hospital tank for some extra, topical treatments to try and help it recover, and to prevent secondary infections.

Melasma produces irregular, pale brown blotches that usually appear on the nose, cheeks, forehead, and upper chest. On darker skin, the blotches show up lighter than the surrounding skin. Melasma is common during pregnancy, menopause and in woman taking oral contraceptives. Sun exposure will make the brown spots worse.

Age spots are another mild type of pigmentation and are identified as a darkened area of skin that is usually located where the area has been exposed to sun over time, and is caused by an increase in pigment and can be reduced with bleaching cream .As people age, their skin becomes less supple and elastic, and fragile.

More tomites are reproduced by fission within the cyst and the cycle starts again when it splits open. The life cycle is temperature dependent and the warmer the water, the shorter the cycle. Treatment aimed at the free swimming stage may need to be repeated three times to ensure effective control.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are the red spots on the tops of my arms?
    I have small red spots on the tops of both arms that have been there for years now and don't seem to change. Does anybody know what they are and how I might get rid of them??

    • ANSWER:
      One of my cousins she get them little red spots top of her arms. i told her to drink water. she started drinking water and it finally went. so i think you should drink alot of water then usual. and eat food with a lot of vitamins or take vitemin tablets . hope i helped

  2. QUESTION:
    Can somebody help me diagnose the red goosebump like spots on the tops of my arms?
    I have had these dry little spots at the top of my arms for years now.. and they never seem to go away apart from being in the sun! Do you know what it could be... and is there anything i can take or put on it to help it dissappear?

    • ANSWER:
      google keratosis pilaris and see if they look like that.. if so they are autosomal dominatnt genetic and never go away but there are things u can do to lessen it

  3. QUESTION:
    Tiny white spots at the top of both arms which I am unable to get rid of?
    I have had lots of little white spots at the top of my arms for the last couple of years, they are not painful but they don't look that great and sometimes they have more of a 'head' on them than others. I have tried different creams, exfoliators and cleaning mits and nothing seems to get rid of them. I am able to remove the heads of some of them with tweezers and the contents are difficulty to remove and when released are minute white lumps. Does anybody know what this is and how to get rid of them? Many Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It is extremely dry skin that needs to be exfoliated. There is a name for it, but it escapes me at the moment. My daughter had a patch of it on her cheek - her Dr. recommended buying some "Carmol 20" cream. It is quite expensive and can be hard to find! She said that it should soften it up enough so that you will be able to exfoliate it properly. We only just started the treatment, but it does seem to be helping.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to use a foundation for your face on your chest and arms?
    I apply foundation, Studio Fix by MAC to be exact, on my chest and arms and I wash it off in the shower before I go to bed. I have mild spots on the top of my arms and chest so concealing it makes me feel confident but I am scared if they’ll go worse. Help?

    • ANSWER:
      I'd think the skin on your chest and arms is more tough than on your face, so I think they'd be better able to handle foundaiton.
      With that said, foundation/makeup will ALWAYS be bad for your skin versus just leaving it alone and letting it heal on their own; however, do what you must, it is summer =

  5. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of spots on your body?
    i get spots on the top of my arms & top of my thighs. it's like small ones but you can notice them, had them for ages.. tried all sorts of creams :( none of them really work. anyone know any tips?

    • ANSWER:
      Try all natural shea butter or cocoa butter.Vitamin E oil,bio oil,extra virgin olive oil might help.You can exfoliate the skin and use lemon juice on the scars to lighten them.If all else fails buy Mederma or a fading cream Ambi makes a good 1.

  6. QUESTION:
    How can you get rid of body pimple things?
    I have these pimply almost under the skin spots on the top of my arms, top of my legs and some other places and theuve been there for a hell of a while. been to the doctor and nothing helped. should i exfoiliate? sos!

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of shaving spots?
    Whenever I shave my top arm I get little shaving spots. How can I get rid of them but still continue to shave?

    • ANSWER:
      http://www.getluckytiger.com/premiumProd.html sells a few products that will help rehydrate the skin and reduce acne and blemishes. Maybe they will help you

  8. QUESTION:
    Ive got red/purple spot things on the top of my arms. Any one have any ideas of what it is?
    On the top of my arms ive got like purpely/red spots on the tops of my arms, Its not itchy very often and ive had it for ages its really imbarresing does anyone have any ideas what it could be?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be petechiae, or it could be crest syndrome, if you dont know what either of these looks like, you could have a look on google images. x hope it helps x

  9. QUESTION:
    I have these really weird marks on my arms and legs?
    It is a little darker than my skin. It's spotted across the tops of my arms and legs. It's basically in big blotches but the pores stay my normal skin color. Like, it looks like I have goose bumps but my goose bumps are lighter. It's not flaking off, and it doesn't appear to be a substance. It looks like my skin was re-colored. It doesn't itch, or anything. It's been bugging me for some time and it's starting to get annoying. Any particular reason why it's there?

    • ANSWER:
      Well. .don't worry. .it wont stay 4 long...this happens due to some changes in ur sorrounding...My friend olso got it 1nc...

  10. QUESTION:
    I have red pimpley spots on my legs and arms what are they?
    Hello.

    Well I have these red spots on the top of my arms and my legs.
    I was wondering does anyone know what they are and how to get rid of them?

    They arent itchy they just look ugly.
    And they arent spots that you would have on your face.

    Has anyone else got this?
    Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, The condition you are explaining is called Keratosis Pilaris, which is a very common skin condition, the small red spots are primarily around the hair follicles, if its any consolation 50-80% of adolescents are effected by this, and approximately 40% of adults, and the condition can decrease of even subside later in life.I have heard that applying Cetaphil or Lubriderm lotion can help a little, but there are also many other creams on the market that can help also. There are many websites that you can get some information regarding this skin condition.

  11. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of spots on my arms?
    On the top of my arm I have these weird spots, they are not like a pimple or something there just bumps. They make my skin look red and horrible, and so i hate showing my arms. What cream/creams shall i use on them?

    • ANSWER:
      hhmmm u might have keratosis pilaris, visit this site for some help: http://www.acneguide.ca/basics/like_acne/keratosis_pilaris.html

  12. QUESTION:
    what's the difference between freckles and sun spots?
    I'm either dark blonde or dark strawberry blonde, and I tan easy, but i have little brown spots on the top of my checks, under my eyes, and on my shoulders and arms. I'm not old, but I'm not really fair skinned either. What are they?

    • ANSWER:
      freckles are natural born with it. sun spots is from the sunlight.

  13. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of spots in my arms and back?
    I have a pool of spots in my upper arms and my back skin. I can't wear a lot of backless shirts because of this. It's itchy sometimes. I don't know what it is. it's not bulky. they are just spots. Does anyone know any treatment to this? I'm thinking body peel?

    • ANSWER:
      Select an appropriate sunscreen.
      Check your sunscreens SPF. The SPF, or "sun protection factor" number, contrary to popular belief, does not signify how strong the SPF is. It tells you how long it will keep you protected (theoretically). For example: it is in how many minutes you burn x the number that tells you how long it should last (even though you should reapply often, say every few hours, or more often if you burn easily). So if you burn in 10 minutes of sun exposure without any protection, SPF 30 will keep you protected for 300 minutes (in theory!).
      Keep in mind that SPF is not cumulative. Applying one SPF 15 sunscreen and another SPF 20 sunscreen may give you slightly better coverage, but it does not add up to SPF 35.
      Look for both UVA and UVB coverage. This means that the sunscreen will block both kinds of damaging ultraviolet light.
      Look for a PABA-free sunscreen. Para-aminobenzoic acid, or PABA, was used in sunscreens for a long time, but it can stain clothing and cause an allergic reaction in some people.

      Waterproof?Choose a water-resistant sunscreen, if you will be swimming or sweating. No sunscreen is truly waterproof, so you should reapply the sunscreen frequently, according to package instructions.
      Choose a sunscreen that suits you. Some daily sunscreens aren't as gooey or smelly as some of the heavy-duty outdoor sport formulations. Some sunscreens come in spray-on, roll-on, and stick formats. Some sunscreens come with built-in insect repellent. Some even temporarily turn your skin a different color! If you dislike wearing it so much that you don't, it will do you no good. Wearing sunscreen need not be unpleasant, so smell and try different sunscreen brands and styles to find the one(s) that are best suited for you.
      The word "sunblock" is a misnomer. Sunscreen slows the effects of the sun on skin by absorbing, reflecting, and scattering UV rays, but it doesn't stop them.

      Apply plenty of sunscreen.Apply the sunscreen generously. If you're using a cream, the amount of sunscreen you should use is about the size of a regular golf-ball, or 1 oz.
      Start ahead of time. Ideally, begin applying sunscreen at least a half hour before you go out.
      It takes approximately 20 minutes for sunscreen to become effective after it has been applied.
      Use more than you think you need. Most people do not use enough sunscreen, stopping at somewhere between one fourth and one half the quantity applied to test sunscreens.
      Don't just grease it on. Put a little on and rub it in. Then do it again and again, until you have a deep, penetrating layer of sunscreen. Do it right and you won't notice it at all and it will truly protect.

      Don't miss a spot!Be thorough. Put it on the most vulnerable areas: the entire face and forehead, especially the nose and tips of ears, back of the neck, backs of knees, and arms. Make sure to cover all skin that will be exposed. Don't forget the tops of feet, if you're wearing sandals - sunburned feet can be very sore! Have a friend help with hard-to-reach spots like backs and shoulders.
      Keep your sunscreen relatively fresh. Expired sunscreen may not be as effective as recently-purchased sunscreen, but in general, any sunscreen is better than no sunscreen. If there's no expiration date, try it and see if it still works, or replace anything older than about three years.

      A wide-brimmed hat.Cover up. Light layers of clothing work best, in light colors which reflect heat, rather than dark ones, which absorb it. Try a shell or tank top, and then wear a light camp shirt open over that. Natural fibers like cotton are coolest.
      Wear the right hat. Choose a hat with at least a 3-inch (8 cm) brim all around. A hat will also help to keep you cool. Baseball caps leave the ears and neck exposed, so they're not the best choice for sun protection. A hat will also help to protect your eyes from glare.
      Wear light-colored, loose fitting clothing. It will keep you cooler and help prevent sunburn by reflecting the sunlight. Be aware, though, that clothing may not block sunlight completely. In fact, an ordinary t-shirt may only be the equivalent of SPF 5. Look for clothing designed to block sun, even up to SPF 50, if you spend a lot of time outdoors.

      They do more than look cool.Wear sunglasses. Choose sunglasses that block UV light and wrap around to block light from the side, too. If you're not sure whether your old sunglasses adequately block UV, ask an optometrist to have them checked. Long term exposure to UV light can lead to cataracts. Wear sunglasses in conjunction with a hat.

  14. QUESTION:
    I have spots on my back and on my arms. What is a cheap way of getting rid of them?
    I have spots on my back and on the top part of my arms. They are small and red. what can I do to get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Keep drinking plenty of water. Also apply vitamin E skin oil (you can get it at Rite Aide for like 4 bucks) twice a day. This helps the skin regenerate and heal. :) hope this helped!

  15. QUESTION:
    Where are the most effective places to apply a nicotine patch?
    I've applied to left and right top of arms and today on top underside of left arm but seems not to work as well (on 3rd day of quitting smoking).

    • ANSWER:
      My friend put it places that she could rub it when she had a craving, it made her feel as though she was pushing the nicotine into her system. Also applying medical bandage tape helped keep it on all day even in the shower or in bed.
      I had tried putting the patches on my legs, but it left big red spots that lasted weeks so I was never able to put it in the same location twice. I wasn't able to quit using the patch I used Chantix and it worked alot easier and better.

  16. QUESTION:
    How can you get rid of acne scars on your arms?
    I have little marks on my arms from acne. They aren't red. I've tried everything and I can't seem to get rid of them. Any help?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Anna,

      So you popped a zit, it starts to bleed, and then it turns into a wee scratch. To top it off, a few days later you have this little dry scab. Well, here are some ways to prevent the rupturing of Acne, and a bit of aid in the healing scars.

      1. 'Stop popping!' It's tempting, but honestly, it make things worse. If you absolutely must pop, make sure that the area (and your fingers) are clean and disinfected. Best method of dealing with acne scars and cuts is just to let your body do the works. Keep the irritated area clean and use as little make-up on the area as possible.

      2. Use a Scar Treatment. For post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation (brown or red marks on the skin) try something like "Zenmed's Scar Treatment Kit", Neutrogena Advanced Solutions Acne Mark Fading Peel. Mederma is also a good "spot" treatment. For "ice picks" or "crater-like" scars, which are actual dents in the skin, often the most effective treatment is seeing a doctor.

      3. Moisturize and protect. Always use an oil-free moisturizer that has SPF. Try Body Guard Exquisitely Light SPF 30 For Face & Body.

      4. Triple Antibiotic ointment If you put this on overnight, it will fade your scars and get rid of them. Don't put too much on in one spot, it can cause your skin to get overly oily

      for more detailed assistance, refer the source reference below.

  17. QUESTION:
    What do you recommend for dark brown spots on your arm for a woman of color?
    What do you recommend for dark brown spots on your arm for a woman of color? Some of the dark brown spots on my arm are from acne, insects bites & burns. I would like to wear sleeveless tops this summer without being embarrass by my arm. I want something that will work really fast. So my marks will be gone by the beginning of summer.

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to a dermatologist about a skin bleaching cream, something that will lighten the spots. I have used the Aveda Skin Brightening Essence paired along with the Brightening Moisturizer and I love them. You won't get immediate results besides your skin feeling great, but over time it will fade any dark spots from scarring. It has worked for me wonderfully, but like I said, you have to give it time.

  18. QUESTION:
    What kinda swim suit top is flattering on someone with broad shoulders and a broad back, but small chest?
    My chest is pretty small, but I have muscular shoulders and arms and they're pretty broad, so how can I make them look smaller while flattering my chest?

    • ANSWER:
      You should go for a suit with wide straps, as thinner ones would accentuate your shoulders.
      You should go for something perhaps with quite a loud pattern, i.e spots or stripes, to detract away from your shoulders.
      Hope this helps
      x

  19. QUESTION:
    What is the best method of exercise to get rid of love handles/ a muffin top?
    I'm an 18 year old female, who weighs roughly 120 lbs. I have an excellent body, except for the love handles/muffin top. They are VERY large. I have trouble finding jeans because of them. I currently wear a size 5, but could easily fit into a 1 if it wasn't for them. What is the best diet & exercise plan to get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:

      Everyone has a trouble spot. It can be around the stomach, thighs, arms or chest. No matter where your trouble spot is, the solution is exactly the same. You need to eat less and exercise more. The reason why there's only one solution for all of these problems is because it's impossible to tell your body where to burn the excess fat from.

      When you eat too many calories, your body stores the excess energy as fat in different areas around the body. To lose this fat, you need to create a calorie deficit (eat less than you burn) to force your body to start burning that fat for energy. There is absolutely no way to control where your body goes to find this extra fat.

      The larger your calorie deficit (a bigger calorie deficit means a bigger difference between what you eat and what you burn) the faster your body will burn excess fat and the quicker your body fat percentage will start to decrease. You can increase your calorie deficit by cutting your daily intake and exercising more. Sit ups will do nothing to target the fat around your abs just like squats will do nothing to target the fat around your thighs. You can read more about fixing your trouble spots at the Guide to Reducing Body Fat - http://straighthealth.com/pages/guides/reducebodyfat.html

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the tattoo on the left arm of Juqua Parker of the Philadelphia Eagles?
    I am trying to figure out what is the tattoo on the left arm of DE Juqua Parker of the Philadelphia Eageles. Does anyone know? Or even where I could possibly find out. I have already checked his bio page. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      It's of his father

      http://www.nflplayers.com/USER/content.aspx?fmid=178&lmid=443&pid=2339

      At first glance, it appeared as if the Philadelphia Eagles had signed a new player in the offseason.

      Instead, it was a case of same player, new name.

      Defensive end Juqua Thomas legally changed his name to Juqua Parker after the 2007 season. It was a tribute to his late father, Willie, who had made the request before he passed away in 2005.

      “My dad’s last name was Parker and he asked me to do it a while ago,” he said. “I took some time to get it done, but I decided the offseason was the time to do it. It was for my dad. I had to honor his request. I feel at peace since I made the change.”

      Parker also sports a tattoo on his left forearm of his father.

      “I look at my arm for strength and I see him,” Parker said. “When I need a reminder to work harder or if I just need a reminder of anything, I’ll look at my arm and it gives me the peace and the inner strength that I need.”

      The peace and inner strength are obvious when Parker talks about his NFL career. After all, he was originally signed as a rookie free agent out of Oklahoma State by the Tennessee Titans in 2001. He played four seasons for the Titans before signing with the Eagles during training camp in 2005.

      Parker has blossomed under defensive coordinator Jim Johnson. He earned a starting position for the final seven games last season, and maintained his spot to start the 2008 campaign.

      Over the last two seasons, Parker has found a welcome spot on the Eagles’ defensive front.

      “It’s just been about hard work for me,” said Parker, who was rewarded with a five-year contract extension last year. “It’s always been about hard work for me. I was undrafted out of college. I had to work extra hard to prove myself. I still do. I’ve gotten as far as I have because of my time in the gym and the time to keep in shape. The Eagles’ scheme is good for my skills. I feel like I’ve found a home here.”

      Parker, 30, has started all seven games for the Eagles this year and has been one of the top performers on a talented defensive unit. In a Week 6 matchup at San Francisco, he recorded his first career interception which he returned for a touchdown, and added five tackles and a sack to help the Eagles secure a 40-26 victory. Parker’s 4.5 sacks this season tie him with Darren Howard for the team lead.

      Parker may be on the verge of having a career year, but his success didn’t come easy. After the Eagles wrapped up their 8-8 season of a year ago, Parker immediately had to get back to work so that he could be ready for a big 2008 season as soon as possible.

      “My shoulder was kind of nicked up and my weightlifting was behind,” Parker said. “I wanted to start working out and getting stronger. My shoulder feels great and by getting a jump-start on my lifting and conditioning, I feel great.”

      The Eagles appear to have a lot of depth at defensive end and defensive tackle, and Parker is glad to be in the mix.

      “The way Jim Johnson rotates guys, we stay fresh and we all play a lot,” Parker said. “I like it. We all want to be on the field, but this way, we get to have fresh legs. I think it’s a great situation to be in. I think we were all a little disappointed in ourselves last season. We feel like we have a lot more to prove to straighten things out and show the rest of the league what type of defense we have now.”

      In addition to enjoying success on the field, Parker has found a home in Medford, N.J., just outside of Philadelphia. Parker met his wife, Beth, in Nashville while he was playing for the Titans.

      “I like to spend time at home with my wife and daughter,” Parker said. “It’s relaxing for me. I’m really a family guy. There’s a lot of work that goes into being a professional football player. When I have down time, I like to spend it at home with my family. It really relaxes me.”

      If Parker really needs to unwind, he relies on a collection of more than 500 movies.

      “Sometimes, I’ll like a thriller,” Parker said. “Other times, I’ll want a comedy, something that just makes me laugh. I just like hanging out and watching movies. Actors are pretty amazing with what they do. They make their job look easy. It’s fun for me to watch.”

      Does he have a favorite?

      “Ask me on a certain day,” Parker said, laughing. “It just depends on the day. I really like Al Pacino, so I guess you can take it from there.”

  21. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of spotty arms?
    The tops of my arms are quite spotty and they hurt a bit. Any home methods or creams or exfoliators that you recommend can I get nice, smooth arms? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      I had bumpy spots on my arms but not proper spots and I used Lush Rub, Rub, Rub which is a salt scrub and it has made my skin sooo soft. I would recommend it to everyone, plus it's easy to use.

  22. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of spots?
    I have these REALLY noticeable blotchy,red spots on the top of my arms and I can't wear tank tops because it's all blotchy and I hate people seeing it. I've tried some creams but they don't seem to work. I've had these spots for as long as I can remember. Maybe since I was 7 or 8? Please help, if you can.

    • ANSWER:
      I have the exact same problem. you must be fair skinned. it is prob because when you go from really cold to hot in a sort period of time. When i get the spots i just go into the cold (even if i dont want to) and it usually goes away lol

  23. QUESTION:
    How do i remove spots from my skin?
    Its the mosquito bite spots on my upper arms and below knee to feet. They are not that dark but if i remove my hair through wax, they will be easily seen. Is there some solution? Please help.. Thankies

    • ANSWER:
      i have finally found someone like me, hehe well try a cream with vitamins and cover the spots specifcally try also buying a box of green tea of splot a cloth coverd in the water from the tea on the bites witch will reduce the colour. good luck.. my arms are covered and when ive tried this it really reduce the colour. i can wear tank tops now!

  24. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of the fat between your arm and like boob area?
    Like the fat when you wear tank tops. The little blob right there. Hahaha.
    I know, I workout everyday, but I haven't been doing much arm work, and sooooo I was wondering how I would go about that.

    • ANSWER:
      you can't lose weight in one spot. its an overall thing. you can work out the areas. chest exercises for that area.

      EDIT: do chest flies and chest press. that might help. of course i've always had that annoying bit there! don't worry about it though. no one is looking at it. :)

  25. QUESTION:
    How can I tone my arms quickly without using weights?
    I have 3 weeks until school, and since it's still going to be so hot out I'd like to be able to wear tank tops and stuff more comfortably. I've lost weight and I'm still losing, but I really haven't done any strength stuff. I won't have any kind of weights until school since I can use the campus gym.

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone has a problem spot. It can be around the stomach, thighs, arms or chest. No matter where your trouble spot is, the solution is exactly the same. You need to eat less and exercise more. The reason why there's only one solution for all of these problems is because it's impossible to tell your body where to burn the excess fat from.

      When you eat too many calories, your body stores the excess energy as fat in different areas around the body. To lose this fat, you need to create a calorie deficit (eat less than you burn) to force your body to start burning that fat for energy. There is absolutely no way to control where your body goes to find this extra fat.

      The larger your calorie deficit (a bigger calorie deficit means a bigger difference between what you eat and what you burn) the faster your body will burn excess fat and the quicker your body fat percentage will start to decrease. You can increase your calorie deficit by cutting your daily intake and exercising more. Sit ups will do nothing to target the fat around your abs just like squats will do nothing to target the fat around your thighs. You can find some more information at the Straight Health Forums - http://forums.straighthealth.com

  26. QUESTION:
    Best way to spot a beginning back handspring?
    I am teaching a tumbling class this year. I have some who can do back handsprings but are rusty, and some who may never have done one before. This age group is 10 and up. I'm a bit concerned about spotting taller kids...

    What is the proper and confident way to spot a person on a back handspring?

    Note: I am only working with folding mats and a cheese mat. No spring floor.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      I don't like spotting taller kids either, which is why I am glad mine are pretty small. :^)

      I prefer the hug method because I am not very strong. I _can_ do the standard back of the thighs and between the shoulder blades, but I do better with the hug, where I put my left arm under their thighs and my right arm all the way across their back and neck and around the top of their far arm.

      If the hug method doesn't work with the larger kids, I say get one of them to be a second spot across from you. Here is a spotting video, but for me I can't hold the kids that far out from my body: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_h4AG5gQ84

      To be honest, if the kids don't have a great handstand and bridge you are going to be doing a lot of the work. So maybe the two person spot will be best in terms of saving your back? :^)

  27. QUESTION:
    What are the spots on your body where a doctor can take blood from?
    I have a major phobia of needles and I recently passed out at the doctors the other day from one in my arm. Can someone name all the places they can take blood from?

    • ANSWER:
      any place a vein is close to the surface.
      I have seen it taken from crook of elbow, back of the hand, top of the foot and on small babies, their little heads.
      FYI it all involves a needle though.
      I much prefer the needle stick to that stab in the finger they do for a small amount of blood. That hurts worse than the needle in the arm.

  28. QUESTION:
    How can I get rid of the small spots on my arms and legs??
    My skin is slightly purple and lots of tiny spots...it's very annoying as I dont feel confident enough to wear slevless tops ans cropped trousers or skirts...What can I do to get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a doctor to find out what is causing it, purple is not a common colour for spots so it's not sun spots or anything like that.

  29. QUESTION:
    Why is food sicking to my dishes and glasses after I run the dishwasher?
    Little particles of food and spots on my glasses are an irritating problem I have been having with my dishwasher. Why is this happening and what can I do? Do I have to call a repair person or is this a problem I can fix myself?

    • ANSWER:
      I rinse all my dishes before loading the dishwasher. Also make sure you have jet dry in the dispenser. Try running it on a different cycle, try scrub or pots and pans. Do not overload your dishwasher...if the dishes are on top of each other or resting on one another particles will stick. DO NOT use powdered dish soap if you have a septic system! It will clog it (experience)!
      Worse case you will have to take it apart and clean out the filter. It's usually under the wash arm at the bottom of the machine. It's only one bolt (I did it myself more than once).
      After you have tried all this if it still leaves particles then you may have to call the repair man. According to how old the machine is you may want to replace it instead. They say 5-8 years depending on usage is normal replacement time for a dishwasher.

  30. QUESTION:
    Where is the best spot in my fridge to place my baking soda for odor absorption?
    Since colder air has the tendency to flow to the bottom of the fridge bringing the warmer (odor carrying?) air to the top wouldn't this be the logical place (top shelf?) to position the box?
    I am using Arm and Hammer Fridge-n-Freezer baking soda with the box that has the removable front and back panels.
    My freezer is separate and isolated from the main refrigerator compartment.
    Does it really have to be replaced every 30 days?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't put at the top.The cold air from the freezer section (I assume you have a top freezer) is coming out at the top, so that's actually the coldest part of your 'refer. . Don't put at bottom, either. A midpoint is best, towards the back so it won't get tipped.

      30 days? I do. It really depends on how much fresh food you go through. Like, fruit will go bad and smell fast, but not sealed leftovers. It's on sale at Walgreen's two for a dollar every so often--can't beat that sale price.

  31. QUESTION:
    What are these Spots on my arms and chest?
    I've been getting these spots that look alot like Zits on my arms so I'm always wearing long sleeve tops to cover them because there are so many of them! Just recently some have appeared on my chest in my cleavage, what are they and how can I treat them? My self esteem has really gone down, whats going on?

    • ANSWER:
      This is a common reaction to the dry winter air...and people with fair skin seem to have this more than people with darker skin. Normal. Use a heavy moisturizer like Nivea to keep your skin hydrated. Works best right out of the bath or shower. As the weather warms up, these little bumps should be fewer in numbers. If they are truly too bothersome, then contact your doctor for better advice. Be well.

  32. QUESTION:
    Why do I have spots on my arms and legs?
    I have sort of pink goosebump-like spots on my arms and legs, which I've always had. They are on the tops of my arms and the front of my thighs and on my calves. They really annoy me because they are quite ugly and all red and it just looks weird. Does anyone know what they are, why I have them and how I can get rid of them? Thanks xxx

    • ANSWER:
      Are you in the puberty? Than it might be just normal and they will be gone when you're through, but what you can do is getting a good washing lotion like Clearasil for it and wash your skin at least twice a day with it. And if the redness won't go you might use some cream on it and if nothing seems to help you should make an appointment with an dermatologist. He should be able to help you to get rid of these bumps..

  33. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of spots on my legs?
    I think i might have Keratosis Pilaris, which are rough, bumpy goose bump like spots that cover my legs, bum, backs of my arms and slightly over my stomach. It makes me feel really self conscious about wearing things like shorts or vest tops or clothes that show these areas. Does anyone know how i can make them go away or at least make them less noticeable?

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    Where is the best spot in my fridge to place my baking soda for odor absorption?
    Since colder air has the tendency to flow to the bottom of the fridge bringing the warmer (odor carrying?) air to the top wouldn't this be the logical place (top shelf?) to position the box?
    I am using Arm and Hammer Fridge-n-Freezer baking soda with the box that has the removable front and back panels.
    My freezer is separate and isolated from the main refrigerator compartment.
    Does it really have to be replaced every 30 days?

    • ANSWER:
      On the contrary, cold air freezes the odor and warm air dilutes the smell. A more suitable spot for deodorant would be a center point catering to both the upper and lower compartments of the refrigerator.

  35. QUESTION:
    How is the Statue of Liberty maintenanced and mended?
    I assume the Statue of Liberty crumbles without maintenance because of deterioration .
    Is there a passage inside to the top of the torch and the crown?I have never visited. So I don't know about the inside of the statue.
    Do repairers climb up the torch and the crown? Or do they use the helicopter?
    Have you ever seen them or watched them on TV?
    Thank you very much for the excellent answers!

    • ANSWER:
      .
      Before the major restoration work done for her 100th birthday in 1986, the statue of liberty was quite neglected. Though she had had maintainence on her before that time, it was quite limited.

      in 1980, they realized she was in a bit of trouble, so they researched and surveyed every last bit of her, to see what needed attention.
      One of the most major parts needing attention, besides the torch, was her inner support framework, which consists of about 1800 bars called armature bars, making up a 'web' which is attached to the outer skin of copper with saddles- peices of metal which wrap over the armature bar, and riveted 3 times on either side to the copper
      these were made of iron origionally. iron rusts over time, and this is what happened to these armature bars. They had realized when building her that this would happen, so as a measure to prevent it, put asbestos in the gap between the saddles and the copper where it is rivetted. Only over time, this too had deteriorated, causing the statue potentially a real problem!
      In 1984/5 one by one, all these armature bars and saddles were taken off- in different places to ensure the statues skin was still supported at all times- they made new stainless steel bars to replicate the iron ones, and reattached them to her
      They also replaced the iron rods going to the armature bars from the main central pilon - as these were iron aswell.
      The main pilon is still iron, and original

      Is there a passage inside to the crown and torch? Yes there is!
      There is a double helix spiral staircase that runs inside the main pilon from the top of the pedestal (thing she stands on) up to her crown.

      At the top stop off point (there are 5 along they way of the staircase to allow visitors to admire the inner structure, whilst having a much needed break, there is a platform- this is at shoulder height, in where her sleeve is- and a locked door. Behind the door is a 54 rung ladder, which leads to the torch.

      People do maintain the interior of the statue, checking on a regular basis that everything is as it should be.
      The torch has visitors now and then - the maintainence crew, who will change the torch light bulbs when necessary, and check the flame for lightning damage. Being copper, she attracts quite a bit of lightning, which can leave scorch marks on the gold flame.

      The outside of the statue needs little maintainence.There was some done in the 80s restoration, which included replacing the entire torch, the end of her nose, the side of her eye, a bit under her chin, the end of one of the ringlets of hair, and repositioning one of the spikes on her crown so it didn't continue to dig a hole in her arm, and repairing that hole.
      Thats why if you notice on a picture of todays Lady Liberty, one of the spikes is in an uneven position on her crown (2nd on the left)

      In many ways the interior structure is just as interesting as the outside. People come to see the outside and often neglect to properly look at the inside.but really it is mavellous.
      Take a look at these pictures!

      the staircase to the crown
      http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/files/storyphotos/stli_spiral_staircase.jpg

      Stairs again, with a better view of the main pilon
      http://z.about.com/d/gonyc/1/0/M/C/IMG_0217.jpg

      Interior of her face, before attachment
      http://www.endex.com/gf/buildings/liberty/solpix/construction/SOL%20face3a.cx.jpg

      Drawing of the crown space an how it is accessed
      http://www.dkimages.com/discover/previews/1060/10121177.JPG

      The 'web' of armature bars, saddles, and supports going to the main pilon
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01407/Inside-Statue-Libe_1407750i.jpg

      Can you spot that uneven spike?
      http://www.empire.state.ny.us/nyviews/newyorkcity/images/Statue%20of%20Liberty.jpg

      Old torch with maintainence crew checking the flame
      http://www.bdonline.co.uk/Pictures/468xAny/i/e/r/Statue_of_Liberty_to_16B054.jpg

      Old torch now in the museum for all to see
      http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/fe/NYC_old_torch.jpg

  36. QUESTION:
    How to lose fat in the thighs and calves?
    The top of my body is fine but I can't stand the fact that I have huge legs. (Sorry, no pic, just take my word for it.) The goal is to make them smaller, not bigger~toning not same as losing fat.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone has a problem spot. It can be around the stomach, thighs, arms or chest. No matter where your trouble spot is, the solution is exactly the same. You need to eat less and exercise more. The reason why there's only one solution for all of these problems is because it's impossible to tell your body where to burn the excess fat from.

      When you eat too many calories, your body stores the excess energy as fat in different areas around the body. To lose this fat, you need to create a calorie deficit (eat less than you burn) to force your body to start burning that fat for energy. There is absolutely no way to control where your body goes to find this extra fat.

      The larger your calorie deficit (a bigger calorie deficit means a bigger difference between what you eat and what you burn) the faster your body will burn excess fat and the quicker your body fat percentage will start to decrease. You can increase your calorie deficit by cutting your daily intake and exercising more. Sit ups will do nothing to target the fat around your abs just like squats will do nothing to target the fat around your thighs. You can find some more information at the Straight Health Forums - http://forums.straighthealth.com

  37. QUESTION:
    How can I loose weight and NOT gain muscle on bottom half?
    My top half is smaller than my bottom. I read other responses like this, and people said to run and walk. I feel like if i do that though, i will bulk up my leg muscles even more. I am a dancer, and have huge legs. I want to just slim them down to match my top half, without gaining more muscle.

    • ANSWER:
      Cardio is one of the best ways to burn boy fat, sorry. You won't build too much muscle by waking and running if you're already a dancer.

      Everyone has a problem spot. It can be around the stomach, thighs, arms or chest. No matter where your trouble spot is, the solution is exactly the same. You need to eat less and exercise more. The reason why there's only one solution for all of these problems is because it's impossible to tell your body where to burn the excess fat from.

      When you eat too many calories, your body stores the excess energy as fat in different areas around the body. To lose this fat, you need to create a calorie deficit (eat less than you burn) to force your body to start burning that fat for energy. There is absolutely no way to control where your body goes to find this extra fat.

      The larger your calorie deficit (a bigger calorie deficit means a bigger difference between what you eat and what you burn) the faster your body will burn excess fat and the quicker your body fat percentage will start to decrease. You can increase your calorie deficit by cutting your daily intake and exercising more. Sit ups will do nothing to target the fat around your abs just like squats will do nothing to target the fat around your thighs. You can read more about fixing your trouble spots at the Guide to Reducing Body Fat - http://straighthealth.com/pages/guides/reducebodyfat.html

  38. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to lose fat around my waist?
    I am having the hardest time losing fat where i need to lose it most! I have a bit of a pudge and a mad muffin top going on. I have been eating less starchy foods and more fruits and vegetables and am trying to swim for an hour at least 5 times a day. Does anyone know some good love handle work outs? And any other suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone has a problem spot. It can be around the stomach, thighs, arms or chest. No matter where your trouble spot is, the solution is exactly the same. You need to eat less and exercise more. The reason why there's only one solution for all of these problems is because it's impossible to tell your body where to burn the excess fat from.

      When you eat too many calories, your body stores the excess energy as fat in different areas around the body. To lose this fat, you need to create a calorie deficit (eat less than you burn) to force your body to start burning that fat for energy. There is absolutely no way to control where your body goes to find this extra fat.

      The larger your calorie deficit (a bigger calorie deficit means a bigger difference between what you eat and what you burn) the faster your body will burn excess fat and the quicker your body fat percentage will start to decrease. You can increase your calorie deficit by cutting your daily intake and exercising more. Sit ups will do nothing to target the fat around your abs just like squats will do nothing to target the fat around your thighs. You can read more about fixing your trouble spots at the Guide to Reducing Body Fat - http://straighthealth.com/pages/guides/reducebodyfat.html

  39. QUESTION:
    What are these white spots i get from tanning?
    I have been tanning for my wedding i'm getting spots on the front of my arms. They are not bumpy or itchy they look like pressure spots but they are on the front of my arms an,d I don't lay face down. I cant figure out anything about them. I just want to know what they are and how to get rid of them.

    • ANSWER:
      you have to options:
      it could be sun spots,
      or lack of pigment in that area if it is
      PIGMENT LOSS HYDRATE IT THE SPOTS
      AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
      by putting lotion or moisture it is a llong
      process don't be hoping to loose them before your
      wedding i have them. :[

      Here are some simple tips on how to get rid of those persistent dark spots:

      1. Use sunscreen daily with SPF 15 or higher. It is always wise to block the sun that darkens our skin. This will also minimize our risk of acquiring skin cancers.

      2. Do not pick your pimples or zits since this will lead to scarring.

      3. Use a skin lightener product. Below are some of the top rated skin lightener products that are effective and safe at treating dark spots, aging spots, skin discolorations.

      For more info on the best product to use, go to http://www.amazingacnecure.com/dark_spot...

  40. QUESTION:
    What are some skin clearing products that can get rid of scars?
    Not for my face but for my arms because I had lots of pimples in my arms and I kept popping them and my arms look terrible so I was wondering if there's any product that can get rid of scars. I would really like to wear regular shirts without feeling insecure about my arms and its not just a small amount that I want to get rid of scars, it's my whole two forearms. Thank you so much and I will really appreciate any helpful answers. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are some tips that might be helpful:
      1) Tea Tree Oil
      2) Lemon juice
      3) Apple cider vinegar
      4) Bamboo extract

      Tea tree oil is a popular home remedy for acne. It is an essential oil that is diluted and applied topically to acne lesions.

      How is tea tree oil believed to work? Tea tree oil contains a constituent called terpinen-4-ol that's thought to be responsible for most of tea tree oil's anti-bacterial activity. Because tea tree oil can kill bacteria, applying topical tea tree oil to acne lesions is believed to kill Propionibacterium acnes, the skin-dwelling bacteria involved in acne.

      Applied lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to face or you can drink it through using it in water a few drops a day. Will help with both acne, and scars as well.Also another way you can get rid of acne is by taking bamboo extract something I started when I had the problem really does work. Hope this works for you.

      OR: Here are seven best methods to clear up blemishes.

      Tea-Tree Oil
      To treat mild, occasional breakouts.
      How it works: Distilled from the leaves of an Australian shrub, tea-tree oil contains antibacterial and anti-microbial compounds called terpenoids that help kill the bacteria that, when trapped behind oil in a plugged pore, lead to acne breakouts. Try Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick (, burtsbees.com). A roller-ball tube makes for easy application.

      Studies testing tea-tree oil against the gold-standard acne treatment, benzoyl peroxide, have shown that while the latter works more quickly, tea-tree oil is equally effective over time. And it results in fewer annoying side effects—namely, dryness and redness.

      Sulfur
      If you have sensitive skin.
      How it works: A time-tested, gentle acne fighter, sulfur “acts like a sponge to draw oil out of blocked pores,”. This dries up pimples and keeps sebum production in check, helping to prevent future blemishes.

      Sulfur has a distinct smell—think rotten eggs. Most preparations that use it contain a masking fragrance. However, to play it safe (and avoid scaring off coworkers), apply these products at night.

      Salicylic Acid
      To treat and soothe red, inflamed blemishes.
      Salicylic acid can have a calming, anti-inflammatory effect on pimples. “It also breaks down the ‘cement’ between cells in clogged pores to help unplug them,”

      Salicylic acid is less irritating than more potent treatments, so it may be better for those with dry skin. It also tends to work well on stubborn blackheads.

      Benzoyl Peroxide
      To spot-treat a blemish fast.
      How it works: This top acne treatment is an antibacterial agent, killing the bacteria that cause pimples to form, says Gross. Because benzoyl peroxide is so powerful, it helps blemishes go down quickly; just make sure to use a non-comedogenic moisturizer first to minimize dryness. Initially, it can cause dryness and redness. Also, “it bleaches towels and clothes,”.

      Retinoids
      Nightly to prevent breakouts.
      How they work: Retinoids, which include over-the-counter retinol and prescription-strength Retin-A, reduce acne by altering the oil chemistry on the skin. “They help stop dense sebum from getting stuck within the pores,” says Gross. Without oil deposits, bacteria can’t grow and cause blemishes. Since retinoids can make skin sensitive to the sun, doctors recommend using them at night (and being diligent about wearing sunscreen during the day). To avoid irritation, apply every other evening to start, gradually working up to nightly use. Bonus benefit: Retinoids have been shown to increase collagen production and plump fine lines, making them a good choice if you’re dealing with acne and wrinkles.

      Blue-Light Therapy
      If you want the latest preventive treatment—and don’t mind plunking down some cash for it.
      How it works: Once or twice a week, you use a handheld device to aim a beam of blue light onto your skin. “Its wavelength hits and kills acne-causing bacteria,” so any brewing pimples never come to the surface.

      This method will not address existing blemishes. Doctors typically suggest combining blue-light therapy with other remedies, such as topical treatments. To make things easy, consider a blue-light device that comes in a kit. At-home devices are smart alternatives to multiple costly treatments at a doctor’s office.

      Oral Antibiotics
      If you experience painful bumps below the skin surface and your pimples leave lasting marks. “Oral antibiotics act from the inside to kill the bacteria that cause acne,” says Keri. They also reduce the inflammation associated with pimples, so deep-seated blemishes hurt less and leave fewer scars.

      Doctors usually prescribe them to get a severe condition under control and may then switch to topical treatments. Some antibiotics must be taken on an empty stomach, so read the label carefully.
      http://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/skincare/face/ways-to-treat-acne-00000000038296/page9.html

  41. QUESTION:
    What is the best type of dishwasher soap to use?
    Ok I'm going grocery shopping tomorrow and I need to get a new dishwasher soap (either liquid or gel packs, doesn't matter) and I need to know what the best kind is, because everytime I wash my dishes in the dishwasher the dishes (mostly glasses/cups) on the top rack never get clean, they usually have a dirty film on the outside or dirt (like from the other dishes below) stuck on the inside of them! How can I get ALL my dishes clean? And do dishwasher cleaners (the cleaner you can buy and run in your dishwasher to clean your dishwasher not dishes) really work or are they pointless?
    Oh yeah, I use jet dry, so it's not from hard water stains.
    It's not water spots I have a problem with, I have a problem with food and other "mush" from the dishes on the bottom rack coming up and getting on the dishes above....I could care less about water spots or water film....

    • ANSWER:
      There's only one thing to look at when it comes to buying dishwasher detergent... On the back of every box or bottle you will see number with a % sign... This is an indicator of what the phosphate level is in the detergent... The higher the level, the better the soap... I would recommend a powder soap, cause liquid soaps are diluted, and have a lower phosphate percentage... Buy a soap that is 7% or higher... If you have problems with spotting, you can also buy a product called Glass Magic... This soap has a phosphate level of around 21%, but you don't want to use it directly, cause it might etch your glassware.. I recommend you mix it with a powder detergent, thus increasing the phosphate levels, but not enough that it will etch your glassware...As for your problem with your dishes not getting clean on the upper rack, That's a classic indicator that your not getting enough water in the dishwasher.. Here's a simple way to check that... After the dishwasher is done filling, open the door and see where the water level is in the tub... It should be no less than a 1/4'' below the heating element that's at the bottom of the tub... Also make sure that your upper and lower wash arms are spinning and that the holes in the wash arms are free of obstructions...

  42. QUESTION:
    Where is the most painful spot to get a Tattoo?
    I have 5 of them and none were painful but i want more and i need to know what spots to watch out for..i have one on the back of my neck, one on my lower left leg, one on my right shoulder blade and one on my inner hip and one on my left shoulder..so where do you think is the most painful spot?

    • ANSWER:
      ok don't lol at me... this is real...

      lizard on the bottom of my foot, hurt like going to hell, but i am actually getting it touched up in june, it will be a year and half old may 23rd and i LOVE it...

      actually i LOVE all my ink, and am planning more...

      i'm an addict... and LOVING it... INK on...

      oh, the ribz were ok, tops of feet were ok, top of hand didn't hurt at all, stomach a bit tender wearing cloths while healing, ankles ok, wrists ok, arms varied, legs varied

      depends on where, like on bone, etc. i can't wait to get my lower back peice done

      actually i like the ones that hurt, lol...

  43. QUESTION:
    is it a painful place to get a tattoo on the top of your arm?
    Im 18 & getting my first tattooo done next week. Im having "Love Kills Slowly" on the top of my arm. I know a tattoo is painful and i have low pain tolerance so how much does a tattoo hurt on that area, is it a painful place to get a tattoo and can they numb it before they do it?
    this is not something i will regret when i am old! it means something too me.

    • ANSWER:
      You know, it feels like you are being scratched just a little too hard. That area shouldn't hurt to badly either. I have two. I really didn't have much of an issue with pain, actually they didn't really hurt at all except one spot on my shoulder where it was over my bone. And even that wasn't unbearable.

      They will not numb you before they do it, but you'll be able to put up with the pain, it's really not that bad!

      Happy tattooing!

  44. QUESTION:
    How to come pretty an liked by boys?
    How to become attractive, pretty sexy?

    I'm 5'2 (yes I'm a short ****) have past shoulder length golden blonde hair and blue/green eyes.

    I don't like how I look.. I have a mole on my chin and I know this puts boys of me and I personally think I have a big nose haha.
    I selfharm so I have cuts in my arms and some faint scars but I'm not afraid to show the scars and I have eczema but I manage to keep that under control.
    I want to be liked by boys. I want to be found attractive I want people to to think I'm pretty and this all matters to me because when I go to selfharm all this gets to me and makes me hate my body and how I look more leading to more scars. But I'm confident some days and other days I'm not?

    I wanna show everyone who has ever put me down what they are missing out I want to look different I don't want to be me I know that I should want to be me cause I'm unique or what ever bullshit you're planning on feeding but tbh that hasn't worked and people still go eww when they walk past me .. I'm being serious.

    Don't give me all this bullshit about how I've gotta learn to love my body for other people to love me like me or whatever cause we are in the real world and the real world is not like that. society is a *****.
    Oh I know swearing isn't attractive but atm I couldn't give a shit:P

    I know the type of girl I want to be. I just don't know how to become her?

    Just give me a couple if websites or YouTube videos for hair styles make up tips ways to change how you look and ect etc

    I've got two weeks till I break up from college I want to change then.

    Please don't give me a big lecture just give me some tips and help me out:(

    • ANSWER:
      Aw. Don't self harm yourself :'( , Ok, You might wanna try dying your hair, i recommend a really light blonde or strawberry blonde, my friend has a beauty-spot/mole under her eye and she is strawberry blonde, and she is so dam pretty, i think kinda sparkly sort of makeup will look nice, i have died my hair blonde, and I always wear light pink blusher, light pink lipstick, i curl my hair and have it down or i straighten it so its really straight and i do a really high pony tail, maybe you should try that:) xxx and i also just wear eyeliner on my waterline but not on the top and mascara xxxx :) I bet you are beautiful!:) ~ Also I'm 5'2 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  45. QUESTION:
    How can I get my bowling accuracy spot on?
    I mean how do I get the ball go in the certain area of the pitch so it doesn't go wide. I bowl right arm leg-spin (if that helps your answer). Any drills or just any advice would be greatly appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      Glenn McGrath is the greatest example of line and length bowling in modern cricket. As one said above, practice, practice, practice. It is hard work and perseverance that wins. Warne may have been a natural, but he could still spray it all over the place, McGrath struggled early, but his application and dedication got him to the top.

  46. QUESTION:
    My friend has a large light blue bruise on her neck and top of her arm with red specks in it?
    Mr Friend has a large light blue bruise with red specks in it on the top of her arm and on her neck, are theses love bites or has someone hit her?

    • ANSWER:
      IF she is your friend, you could ask her how she got them. If they aren't from love bites or trauma, you might consider telling her to go get checked out. If you have bruises or red spots on the surface of your skin and there is no history of injury, there may be a blood clotting problem. Usually, there are more than one bruise or multiple areas of red dots all over the body. This could be life threatening.

  47. QUESTION:
    how to install wall lights on a wall with no sockets, just a plain wall?
    i want to install three spot lights on the wall of my stairs. Basically as i walk up the stairs, ill hang up three pictures and i wanted a spot light for each one of them. How do i do this? the wall is just a plain wall with no sockets of holes or anthing?

    • ANSWER:
      You need power!

      If you have access to the attic over the staircase, you may be able to.

      Is there a light overhead with a switch at the bottom and/or at the top, in the upper hall?

      If so, or if not, you will have to run wiring from a power source near the stairs or from a source in the ceiling of the second floor.

      If you can access that, then you'll have to open a hole in the stair wall and fish a wire down to it from the attic.

      If successful, it may be too difficult to install a wall switch at the bottom, but you can at the location on the same wall.

      Spots can then be used with arms over the pictures, above the height of ones head..

      This is all conjecture unless you can access the attic and power.

      If you don't understand electricity, you may need an electrician. Any lights controlled by switches may be confusing in tapping the correct hot wire.

  48. QUESTION:
    How to workout a certain spot above the bicep?
    I have been working out a little and I was wondering what excersises would work out the part of your arm that is right in between your bicep and tricep and your shoulder.

    • ANSWER:
      Do standing curls with an easy-curl bar for your brachialis. Instead of having your hands palms up, have your hands with the palms down (hands on top of the bar).

      That works the muscle that is deep to your bicep.

  49. QUESTION:
    How to prepare fully for a virus or bacteria breakout, attack, etc?
    Medications, house protection, top line gas masks, anything else I would need or a site or person who would know.

    • ANSWER:
      No amount of preparation will fully guarantee you're protected. You could be already infected and not know it if the virus has an incubation period where symptoms doesn't show right away. Or even the best gas mask in the world becomes useless if you're infected before you could actually use it. Or you might even drop dead on the spot. Your best bet would be to keep your body and immune system healthy, or if there's a pandemic it hasn't gotten to your street yet and you have time to get ready. What to do to ensure the greatest chance of surviving a pandemic:

      Isolate yourself. Pandemics spread easily in densely crowded and populated areas. Major cities are a no-go zone. There'll be dead and dying everywhere, unrest, lawlessness, and quarantine lockdowns. Dig in inside your house or bug out to places where there are few to no people. If you hole up inside your house, keep all doors and windows and vents closed and sealed with duct tape. Because of the likelihood of civil breakdown, there's a possibility bad guys could raid your hideout. You want to make your place look like it's already been hit or a no-go zone by leaving something like a dead animal out front. Or be armed, or maybe both.

      Keep all skin covered. Avoid corpses, those who look sickly, those who are infected or suspect to be infected. Avoid (unnecessary) contact, especially on potentially contaminated surfaces (like public doorknobs). Don't touch your eyes or face. Practice good sanitation, use sanitizers, antibacterial or antiviral soaps, wash your hands and use whatever protective clothing you have or find. Even latex gloves is better than nothing. Get rid of anything that could be contaminated.

      Get a gas mask. Not those dust and surgical masks or escape hood, a gas mask is far better. Generally even military surplus gas masks will work just as well as a brand new one if the seal is good, in fair-good-excellent condition with no tears or holes, and valves are working. Get new filters that are unexpired and rated for biowarfare (NBC or CBRN, P100 or European P3 filtration). A gas mask is only as good as its filter. If you have to get surplus filters be sure they are unopened and sealed in airtight canisters. The US C2A1s in gray metal cans or brown/black plastic cans and Swiss filters in the green pods are the good ones. Don't get Cold War filters, 60mm or cheek filters, or anything that's older than 40-50 years. Most are either opened, stored improperly, unreliable, faulty and no longer pass P100/P3 protection, or is leaking toxicities or even just too old and rusty and such. Theoretically a sealed unopened filter even past its shelf life will last almost indefinitely because of its airtight seal and the charcoal won't adsorb anything. Look at the serial number if there's one and get one as current as possible. If you have the money and want the better sense of security, get a new mask and filters. From companies like MSA, Scott, Avon, North, Sperian. A lot of these good masks have a drinking tube to attach to an airtight water canteen.

      Have colloidal silver, silver is highly antibacterial and antiviral. Some come in nasal sprays too. Also get enough Vitamin C and D. And eat garlic.

      Sorry, innoculations are the last thing I'd trust. Look up the company Baxter who knowingly laced the vaccines with the Avian flu virus. Or how the 2009 Swine Flu scare was blown out of proportion by the CDC, WHO, and drug companies salivating at thinking about pushing their vaccines or Tamiflu or whatever. While the Swine Flu shot causes narcolepsy or something, if I remember right. The CDC and FEMA won't save you.


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