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Re: Ask a nurse

Postby DoglovingJim » Sun Mar 11, 2018 1:52 am

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DoglovingJim wrote:Noticed this during the summer (Australian summer is hot...) but whenever I start sweating from physical activity and don't shower basically straight after I start developing all these red marks (and basically spots in the surrounding area) all over the surface of my skin along my spine (probably because that's where all the sweat goes) and a bit on my arms and neck.

What is causing this? And is there a way to stop it without having to take showers basically 5 times a day because it certainly doesn't seem normal and it didn't used to happen.

Maybe try searching for cholinergic urticaria to see if the red marks look similar? (They're basically hives.) I've known two people who developed CU later in life. Antihistamines helped for one of them. The other is still just showering all the time.

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I guess it looks somewhat like this, certainly not that bad though.
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Re: Ask a nurse

Postby DjiboutiDan » Thu May 03, 2018 1:54 am

As long as we're talking about red marks on the skin...

A little while back, my doctor started me on lamictal and told me that if I develop a rash I should stop taking it because it can potentially be very dangerous. I started, two days later I had a rash on my arm, I stopped. Now whether that was real or psychosomatic is debatable. And it didn't look like a normal rash so much as contact dermatitis, which is something I get sometimes because I have sensitive skin. Buuuuut, that was about 2 months ago and the red bumpy thing is still there. Hasn't gotten any bigger, but hasn't gotten much smaller either. I started using hydro-cortisone on it last week and it seemed to help a little, but not entirely. Normally, if I get some kind of contact rash it's gone after a day or two. I've never had a sustained rash-thing go on for a week let alone 8 of them.
I'm currently between doctors for reasons that could be their own post and I also just moved and haven't found a new doctor yet so I've been mostly just ignoring it hoping it would go away, but now I'm starting to get worried because it's not. Is this even something I go to a primary care doctor for or do I just skip straight to a dermatologist?
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Re: Ask a nurse

Postby jbobsully11 » Mon Oct 22, 2018 12:14 am

How accurate is this article that describes why some people’s faces get red when they drink alcohol?
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Re: Ask a nurse

Postby sunglasses » Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:15 am

I have no idea
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Re: Ask a nurse

Postby Tesseracts » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:11 am

After you get a piercing you're supposed to soak it in warm salt water twice a day. Is there any evidence this works? The claim is this will speed up healing time and keep the wound disinfected. Here are more details about the aftercare process I was told to follow.

I was reading about caring for stretched ears, and you're supposed to massage them with oil to break up scar tissue (???). Reddit also recommends an oil that is supposed to "tighten" your ears. This all sounds like bullshit to me. If I get my ears stretched I am not oiling my fucking ears.

I'm frustrated because my new piercing is a daith and it's really hard to clean since it's close to the inside of my ear. I'm tempted to just leave the encrusted blood alone and let it fall off naturally rather than struggle with a q-tip to remove this stuff twice a day. I also don't want to use soap to clean my ear at all and worry about getting soap inside my ear or whatever, so I'm not doing it at all.

I did some Googling and found this. That reminds me of another thing I'm extremely skeptical about, using distilled water to soak my ear. What's wrong with normal water? I wash normal wounds in normal water. They even recommend you mix distilled water with mouth wash to clean an oral piercing. This makes no sense to me, you drink non-distilled water all the time and probably stuff much worse than that.
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Re: Ask a nurse

Postby sunglasses » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:19 am

The idea of warm salt water is that it is hyperosmotic and would "pull out infection." I dislike the idea of putting oil on the ears. It doesn't sound right.

I would not leave encrusted blood at the site as it can be a medium for certain bacteria. I know it's a pain, but I would utilize cotton swabs to clean the areas at least once a day. it doesn't have to be a saline solution, but I'd at least use water that has been boiled and then cooled.
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