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  • Hidradentitis suppurativa in the armpit

    Hidradenitis Suppurativa

    A chronic and stubborn disease centred on inflammation of the large specialised sweat glands (apocrine glands) that are found mainly in the armpits and groins. These areas show a distinctive mixture of boil-like lumps, areas leaking pus, and scarring. Read more →

  • Ingrowing pubic hair

    Ingrowing Pubic Hair

    A pubic hair that grows at an abnormal angle and then turns back into the skin, leading to the formation of a pustule or papule, which then becomes infected. Read more →

  • Acne vulgaris on the back

    Acne

    A common skin condition, which can affect the face, arms, back and chest with red spots and blackheads. Read more →

  • Milia Eyes

    Milia Eyes

    Milia are small white spots that usually appear around the eyes and eyelids. Read more →

    I have always suffered from eczema (as a chld all over the body), but now it is usually only on the hands and tends to flare up in the spring/summer months. It appears as small clear raised pustules or vesicles which itch like hell and when I scratch become infected and full of pus. It is miserable as I have to wear cotton gloves most of the summer months. I have been told it is called 'cheiropompholyx' eczema and I have yet to find someone who shares the same problem. If there is anyone out there who knows what I am talking about and has a good remedy.... please let me know. At the moment I use cortisone creams/have 2 cortisone jabs per year to reduce it and take antihistamine tabs. as and when I need to to, but it is a miserable existence. The only saving grace is at least I don't get it on all of my body anymore, so maybe it is something which will reduce as I get older. I hope that is the case.....





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    Hi everyone, I am a 26 year old male and have been suffering from spots on my face since about the age of 15. I do not have severe acne, but regularly have a few spots on my face, which can be very painful and unsightly. The spots are mostly pus filled 'white heads'(pustules) with red inflammation, but I also have some blackheads. Much of the information out there is about quite severe acne, which I do not feel I suffer from. I have recently started a skin care regime of clearasil scrub, clearasil toner, salcura antiac spray and then moisturizer. This seemed to be working but I now have had a big painful breakout. I have also seen some link to consuming dairy like milk and cheese, and have tried to cut this out, but Im not sure now if this could be the cause. Does anyone have any idea how I can get to the bottom of exactly what is causing my spots and how to treat it? I know going to my GP is an option but Im aware I would only be referred to a dermatologist if my problem was more severe. It has a massive effect on my mood and confidence, and stops me from doing things, so any tips will be very welcome! Thanks





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    Over the years I have had small bout sof eczema, at the back of the knees and under my arms, but this always goes away within a few days. Since February My hands and feet only have come up with pustules which are very sore, which then dry out and become little brown flecks where the pustule was, that then peel. In looking at various skin conditions on the net I believe this could be Dishydrotic eczema (Pompholyx) but my doctor feels it could be pustular psoriasis. Either way she prescribes me Fucibet which does work but takes about 3 weeks for the hands and feet to clear up. As soon as it clears up and I wane using the cream it flares up again. This is driving me nuts as well as being very embarrassing as when my hands are covered in pustules people ask what it is. Can anyone help?





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    I came down with PPP during an auto immune breakdown from too many prescribed drugs, particularly, Beta Blockers. I went throught painful uv treatments and laser treatments for 2 years. Finally I stopped all treatment except the Meridia I was taking for hyper tention (the original use for Meridia) I got off my wheelchair in January, 2010. When Meridia was taken off the market by the FDA in November, 2010, within 3 weeks, my pustules started up again and continue to worsen. I ordered Meridia from India, and within 2 days I saw pustules dry up. There is no cure and only expensive creams that usually do not work. Even Duke University's experts know nothing about PPP!

    For the past 6 years I have suffered from a burning sensation when I urinate. I went to see a gynecologist and they gave me some cream. I left it, and it has never gone away. When I started having sex, it was burning during and after. I went to the doctors in july, and they told me I have thrush, which they sorted, then told me I had vagina pustules. They tested me for chamlydia and all other sti's and they all came back clear. The doctors decided not to believe the results and put me on tablets suitable to treat chlamydia. Even though the results were clear. They bring me into the surgery every couple of weeks to have a swab taken, and havent given me any other antibiotics saying it will go on its own. Its now december, I still have the pustules, its still painful to have sex everytime, and I still get the burning sensation. Recently, my discharge has changed colour to yellow. This problem has gone on for too long now and my doctors have told me they dont know what it is :( Im only 19 and its getting me down. Please answer back with advice.





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    hi i have discharge daily and sometimes smells unpleasant..also every now and then i have small white pustules on the inside 'lips' of my vagina which are quite hard..what is this?





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    i have this too i think, i don't know what it is? have you figured out?

    I have a recurring red rash with tiny pustules all over my trunk. All test negative. It was flaring monthly and now really never goes away. Doxycycline clears however as soon as I stop taking its back. All bloodwork normal.





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    They sound like cysts or pustules to me but see a gynecologist because it could be herpes or genital warts. Make sure you have a pap test and herpes culture done.

    My HS was misdiagnosed for years. (One doctor said it was strep throat but in my groin!) It's a challenge and incredibly embarrassing. Sometimes I lose feeling to my thighs when the pustules get to a certain size. It'll get better. Hopefully someone will realize this disease needs more attention than it's been getting in the medical realm.





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    I am 24 years old, and have had eczema since a baby. Through my childhood it was very sore and itchy, present in the creases of my arms and legs. I thought that I had grown out of it during secondary school. However during the years at university, it slowly and slighlty returned. This was manageable and went through flare-ups and periods of calm. Although, this year it has worsened and spread down my legs amd forearms, again peaks and troughs, managable with steroid cream and moisturiser. However, during a recent holiday to Turkey, the heat helped and it all cleared up...but after a couple days it was replaced by other itchy red patches in areas i had not had eczema. This was intesnly itchy and quickly was accompanied by small pustules and crusting. At first I thought it was impetigo. But it spread very rapidly and after my week in Turkey I was covered in red patches and pustules. It was a shock to my partner who picked me up from the airport, who barely recognised me!! As soon as I was in England I was in so much pain, that I went to 2 different minor injury departments and 3 diagnoses later was admitted to Hosiptal! After 4 days spent in hospital, most doctors were confused and surpirsed and were not too sure at what this was. But I was diagnosed by a dermatologist with a very bad flare up of eczema accompanied by folliculitis!! I had not heard of follicultis before and shock at how this so rapidly happened. Antibiotics, antivirals, strong antihistamines later, it had died down and for 2 days completely went. But is still so incredibly and unbearably itchy it is slowly returning - red patches and pustules, again slowly covering my whole body. I need help! I am affraid to show my arms, and work with the general public and am required to wear a short sleeved top. Ived tried alovera, and have recenlty heard about propylene gycol. Am i going to be stuck with this forever?! I am feeling very down and depressed about my skin and hope that it just settles down.





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    My dad is 83 and he has developed severe acne on his head and face. Hard red lumps and pustules. Various treatments have failed. He's at his wits end. It's making him "mentally stressed". This is the first time he's had acne! Is he a one off? Where do go from here?





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    I'm 17 and have had a boyfriend now for over a year, we have sex quite frequently something with and sometimes without a condom. The past few months now I've noticed I have small gritty like tiny bumps around my vaginal opening. They're not pustules but bleed when I scratch them off. They're not irritating or itchy but I'm worried. Any ideas what they could be?





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    Did you ever find out what it was, Emma?

    You might want to get checked for genital warts. I had the same symptoms and was diagnosed with warts that were (eventually) treated effectively.

    Hi,I have pustules on my scalp and red bumps which pains a lot and some times they bleed. it smells and i get some white flakes with yellow dust which is hardened puss i don't know what exactly i am suffering from and its from over 6+ years. used isoterin, doxcyclin and plenty of other topical creams but it goes for time being and as soon as i stop it comes back..Somebody help me :(





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    I have this group of small rashes(pustules) over my shoulder, thought it was pimples, I scratched it and the rash spread. Been there almost 2 weeks. Just used a cream, Saerogenta-A cream, seem recovering. Is this a Syphilis rash?





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    hi i am 17 years old and get ingrown hair on my vaginal area and tend to get pustules which sometimes really hurt and then scab. I went to my GP and he assured me of it being ingrown hair, and gave me an ointment. i use it and it goes, but seems to keep coming back mainly around the time of my menstrual cycle...can u help on how this can stop?





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    I am a 45 yr old male and my blushing came as a result as mentioned above. I would go red at the slightest thing but I taker it in my stride as it is something I cannot control. However, a few years ago I started getting pustules on my face and much more redness affecting my cheeks and nose so I went to the doctor who prescribed a course of tablets which have cleared it up - it was rosacea. I still blush but no longer have the constant redness. great!





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    I have a skin condition that affects only one foot and i don't know what it is. It starts as aclump of small pustules which are very painful when pressed or when i walk. After a day or two they hard inside and look like old blood blisters. After a few more days, they begin to dry up and the skin on my foot becomes flaky and dry around the area. Theyeventually go only for the cycle to start again on another part of the same foot.Any ideas????





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    I'm 32 and have had really bad problems with my skin over the years!! I get really big pustules on my chin which is the imbalance of hormones! I find benzol peroxide helps and tea tree oil. My main thing was I wanted to prevent it in the first place! I have cut out dairy as much as I can, although I'm not too fussy when I'm out and about. I never have cows milk anymore, I have the alpro almond unsweetened milk,which is much nicer than soya milk! And eat more healthily. It definitely has made a difference and has helped a lot so wanted to share it with you guys as you should definitely try the same! You are what you eat!!!

    I've had palmar-plantar pustular psoriasis since 1997. I developed psoriatic arthritis affecting my knees 2 years ago. I've been treated with just about everything... Grenz Ray therapy, topicals, steroids and now with Enbrel injections. I'm just now recovering from my latest outbreak. My feet are still peeling and itching from all the pustules that I had. The Enbrel helps with my inflamed knees except this latest flare up it stopped working. Wish there was a cure. I'm 56 and will be retiring in a few more years.





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    Hi, to all the HS sufferers out there. I have also suffered from this conditions for about thirteen years. However, I have learned to some what control mine with the following steps: 1)always use mild soap (preferably Dove). 2)always keep affected areas shaved (I have found that when I keep my underarms clean shaven I get no breakouts). 3)never ever use moisturizers on the affected area (it is essentially acne, and like acne pores clog--in our case tremendously).4) lastly the most important thing for pustules under the arms after cleaning and shaving use a non-scented crystal deodorant. Hope this helps.





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    I am a 37yr old female and suffer with Roseacea which, in it's worst state leaves my nose very red, sore and bleeding with pustules and papules. My GP is exhausting the options left to keep the condition under control. I am now on Oxytetracycline 250mg, Ketopine anti-fungicidal shampoo and a Daktarin topical cream. I watched your programme last week and a girl had IPL Laser surgery to remove excess hair on her back and bottom area. Why are some patients allowed IPL on the NHS when others are not. I cannot get IPL on the NHS. Any Suggestions?? Please help, the condition cannot be underestimated with regard to low self esteem and depression.





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    I'm 37 and have rosacea, went to the GP when I began to be so embarrassed by the "you look hot" or "how much (booze)have you had already?" comments that I was turning my collar up as far over my face as possible. I am trying an antibiotic gel- GP says it may take months to work, but also have started using mineral make-up and concealers. I got professional advice from a salon; at least I know when I feel hot it doesn't really show and so I feel much more confident. Not a cure, but it really has helped me deal with it. Sudden temperature change, especially cold to warm in winter or exposure to cold winds are my worst triggers.

    Hi, I have suffered with acne since the age of 12. The majority on my face starting on my forehead and chin then spreading to both facial cheeks. I was prescribed creams and antibiotics, but it was not until I was given Roaccutane (as Sophy stated) by an NHS Consultant when I was in my 40s, that stopped the majority of the outbreaks. Although this does have side effects, as it dries out all of your body areas!! However, I still suffer with grease and small pustules as having suffered for 40 years, my skin has large pitting/pores on my cheeks. I would like to know if Pixel lazering would assist me now at my age and having olive skin. If so, I would like to know a consultant who carries out this procedure. Thanks





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