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 How do you get rid of dark circles under your eyes?

 can lost hair come back?

 Does anyone know how to stop in-grown hairs? And why are they caused? Is it Dietry or some other factor?

 I am freaking out about skin cancer?
Today I found a spot on my back... I have no idea how long it has been there, but I am freaking out because I think its a bad sign of skin cancer... It is a light brown fleshy colored oval spot with ...

 visible scars?
i have a huge scars on my legs from a wreck i had in 2002.
its really bugging me because it is so visible and people will always ask what happened.
its very hard to talk about so i want the ...

 Burn cream?
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The dressings will be coming off shortly after C...

 ******How can I get poison ivy out of furniture???******?
I've just realized my indoor dog has been carrying poison ivy oil in its fur for weeks and now it's all over my house...........
How can I decontaminate my house???...

 what can I do about sarcoidosis ?

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Is there anything I can use(over the counter) to help with the itch and dry skin?...

 My upper chin, below my lips, has been totally red for the past year??
What can this be? At first I thought I had a shaving cream that i might be allergic to. I tried like every different shaving cream on the market and I had no change, my chin was still red. So I ...

 whats the best thing to use for eczama?

 how can i get rid of tiny blackheads once and for all?
I have them on my chin, my cheeks, my nose...they are very tiny and you can see them only up close but when I run my fingers throught them a bunch of yellow stuff comes out.

Does P...

 black heads???
I have clogged pores and black heads. I can squeeze huge "seed like things" out of the holes. They keep coming back.

I have filled a whole jelly jar full almost in the last 6 ...

 how do you get rid of acne that is really bad?
my acne is pretty bad and i really want some good tips on helping to get rid of it and keep it from coming back!...

 Does "Neutragena Acne Stress Control" work?
If it doesn't, what does?
Or any tips for acne???...

 My skin is always hot to the touch. My hands have been called by my friends "the heaters"! What's going on?
By the way, I am not sweating while my skin is hot and I am in my early thirties, so I don't think it could be menopausal....

 Are there any facial creams that actually help fine lines and wrinkles?
I am 31 and I didn't think I would have to worry about this problem so soon. I had a really stressfull year in 2006 and I am noticing my skin doesn't have as much elasticity and I have ...

 are you supposed to peel sunburn from your face?
i got really sunburn this week and my nose and cheeks are peeling like crazy. can i pick it off with my fingernails or just let it peel naturally? are there any effects if i do it myself?...

 I have vitiligo and want to bleach my skin - good idea or bad?
I am of mixed race and have vitiligo around my eyes, mouth neck and all over my hands....

 whats the secret to acne free in 3 days? !!!!?
please DETAIL and tell me .. i dont want to order anything im too poor haha..
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does it actually work???...

 Hyperhidrosis Treatment - How Do I Stop Excessive Sweating?

Is my pinky infected?
Last saturday I fell down and landed with my hand face down on the wet cement and then my friend fell on top of me and made it worse. I ripped my last three knuckles up pretty bad. Like I skinned them. Two of the cuts are healing pretty well but the biggest one is on my pinky and I`m wondering if its infected. I`ve been putting ointment on them and keeping them covered with a bandaid at night but my pinky is kind of greenish looking and pink around it. All of them are like that but my pinky is the worst. What are the symptoms of infection? I dont want to waste my time going to the dr. if I dont have to.

maagima m
if it is all fuull of puse or pus or w/e if it it ur a puss my knee was infected and i didnt do **** about it i picked it and then it got better

Kelly S
Finger Infection Treatment
Self-Care at Home
Because finger infections have the potential to become severe, home care is limited. A very minor paronychia may be managed at home if you have no other complicating medical illness, such as diabetes. All of the other infections require urgent evaluation and treatment by a doctor. Because delay in treatment may result in disability or loss of the finger, you should not hesitate to obtain medical care.
A small, simple paronychia may respond to frequent warm water soaks and elevation of the hand. However, if no improvement is noticed in 1–2 days, you should see your doctor at once.

Medical Treatment
The mainstay of treatment for finger infections is antibiotics and proper wound care. The proper wound care varies for each of the different infections. This can range from a simple incision and drainage of the wound to an extensive surgical exploration of the wound to remove as much infected material as possible.
Some of the infections can be treated as an outpatient, but several will require inpatient treatment and intravenous antibiotics. Because the organisms that cause these infections are similar, many of the same types of antibiotics may be used.

Paronychia: Often the wound may be treated with wound care alone. If a collection of pus is present, it will need to be drained. This may be done in several different ways. Commonly a scalpel is used to make a simple incision over the collection of pus to allow drainage. Or the scalpel may be inserted along the edge of the nail to allow drainage. If the infection is large, a part of the nail may be removed. If this procedure is required, the doctor will inject a local anesthetic at the base of the finger that will provide for a pain-free procedure. Most often, you will be placed on an oral antibiotic. You will then be instructed how to take care of the wound at home. (See paronychia)
Felon: Often incision and drainage is required because the infection develops within the multiple compartments of the fingertip pad. Usually an incision will be made on one or both sides of the fingertip. The doctor will then insert an instrument into the wound and break up the compartments to aid in the drainage. Sometimes a piece of rubber tubing or gauze will be placed into the wound to aid the initial drainage. The wound may also be flushed out with a sterile solution to remove as much debris as possible. These infections will require antibiotics. The wound will then require specific home care as prescribed by your doctor.
Herpetic whitlow: Antiviral drugs such as acyclovir (Zovirax) may shorten the duration of illness. Pain medication is often needed. The wound must be properly protected to prevent a secondary bacterial infection and to prevent you from infecting other sites on your body or other people. Incision and drainage are not indicated and, if done, may actually delay healing.
Cellulitis: This infection is superficial, and oral antibiotics are sufficient. If the area is extensive or your immune system is weakened, then you may be treated in the hospital with intravenous antibiotics.
Flexor tenosynovitis: This is a surgical emergency and will require rapid treatment, hospital admission, and early treatment with intravenous antibiotics. Usually the area will need to be surgically opened and all debris and infected material removed. Because of the intricate nature of the fingers and hands, a hand surgeon will usually perform this procedure. After surgery, several days of intravenous antibiotics will be required followed by a course of oral antibiotics.
Deep space infections: Much like flexor tenosynovitis, this can require emergency care. If the infection is mild, then only oral antibiotics will be needed. If more severe, a hand surgeon should evaluate the wound and intravenous antibiotics begun. Often these wounds will require incision and drainage followed by a course of antibiotics.

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