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  • A bunion on the side of a foot

    Bunion

    A bony swelling at the base joint of the big toe which causes the toe to be angled inwards, towards the second toe. Read more →

  • Corns

    Corns

    Corns are areas of dry, thick skin that develop to protect areas of your foot from constant pressure and rubbing. Read more →

  • Becker's Nevus on the back

    Becker’s Nevus

    A skin condition where men have a large one-sided brown patch, sometimes over half the upper back or chest, or on the shoulder. Read more →

  • Palmar-Plantar Psoriasis

    Palmar Plantar Psoriasis

    Palmar-Plantar Psoriasis also known as hand and foot psoriasis is a particularly difficult form of the disease to treat. Read more →

  • Dupuytren's Contracture

    Dupuytren's Contracture is a condition affecting the hands and fingers, in which the finger bends in towards the palm. Read more →

    I have a patch of very itchy skin which is a series of raised bits, it is spreading and the skin is leathery and thickened to touch. I have tried a steroid cream and fucidin but with no relief.





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    my daughter has a corn on the ball of one foot - it looks like a volcano crater of thickened skin with a hard core in the center which sometimes falls out. It originally started as a verrucae some 10 or so years ago. It has been treated with various products and chiropody but nothing is permanent and she says its like walking with stone in her shoe. Any useful advice please!!!





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    I don't have IC, but my bladder wall has thickened and now will only hold 100 ml. Am at my wits end as I am basically incontinent. Could I have a hydrodistention and would it help?





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    Most of my toenails are not a normal colour and some have thickened beneath the nail. I don't know what it is but had an idea it was fungi? What can I do to treat it?





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    The nail on my little toe is quite thickened and yellow. I have tried for the past 6 months painting nail fungus solution on but it has not made much difference, I keep it cut short as directed on the instructions. What else can I do?





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    I'm currently 8 months pregnant and having heavy discharge, normal in colour and texture, and i know this is common in pregnancy. But I've started to notice small thickened clumps within the discharge that are green tinged. Ive been screened for STIs and that came back fine, i also don't have any other symptoms so I dont think it would be that anyway. Ive had this re occur in the past as well.. what could id be?





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    I have a very thickened nail bed on both of my big toes, it's so hard that it actually feels a little like nail, but is still flesh coloured. Because of this, both nails have raised very considerably and now point upwards and sideways. I have seen different chiropodists for about 5 years, since the problem began after I developed blood blisters under my toenails as a result of a trauma to my toes. They have reduced the thickness of my nails, and so these are actually very thin now, but the nail bed remains very thick. Is there anything that can be done to reduce the thickness of nail bed? I have been told that I can have my nails removed, but I actually think the toes will look worse without nails, as the nail bed is very unsightly. Please help!!!





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    I am 30 years old I have fought with obesity my whole life. I was 26 stone at my heaviest. I have worked very very hard to lose the weight with no pills or help at all, I am now down to 15 stone and I am losing more every week. However I have lots of extra skin. Its to the point that I would prolly be very close to my idea weight if the skin was removed. Is there anything I can do to tone the skin up, I already get plenty of activity and exersize. I get horible rashes and boils and other skin blisters from all the skin. and frankly I'd almost rather be fat then have this skin and the sores and problems it causes. what can be done?





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    Hi, I really feel for you. I am going through the same thing, not as bad though. I was 19.5 stone and now down to 12.5 stone. I am probably too thin it's just the excess skin keeping my weight up. I am have started doing weights for the last 5 months, 4 times a week, and have been watching my diet, eating lots of protein. I have seen some improvements, but very very slowly. I am going to keep at it til next August to give it every chance of succeeding, but it is a struggle as everyday I think I am going crazy. I have never gone to the beach my whole life, never taken my top off in front of anyone. I can't even have a girlfriend. I hope the exercise works, if not I will go for the surgery as I have to get rid of it. I hope you find a an answer. But I think it is surgery to get rid of the excess skin. keep working on it.

    Im 48 and also been fighting obesity all my life. I was 21stone 6ft tall. I got down to 12 1/2 stone and was going to the gym all the time. Going to the gym will certainly tone you up but you would have to put on loads of muscle to hide loose skin and then you have to have the right genetic build for it! I even considered illegally using steroid injections to weight train, but because I had slimmed to be healthy I thought pumping myself full off lethal crap was contradictory to what I set out to do in the first place. My view is I can either stare at my loose skin or stare at my scars from plastic surgery. What I can't stare at is a lean healthy weight body without scars or either loose skin sadly. But at least I will live to see my kids grow up.

    i have a skin tag looking little flap a bit whitish in color between the lips and beging part of the vagina some ways above my clitoris skin tag or a wart? i will be going to my doctor in two days but i am so worried and driving my self crazy i would love an opinion the skin tag looking flap sticks out and is not flush with the surrounding skin also there is only one andi am also 13 weeks pregnant and also heavy set like i said looks like a skin tag please help thank you





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    Male, 20. I had a Skin Tag located in my arm pit for a number of years before it thrombosed and fell away from the skin. However a couple of months afterwards, I recently have found a small lump under my skin, from where the skin tag used to exist. The lump is painful to touch at the moment. Should I be concerned?





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    I would have it checked into regardless of what was there previously or not...

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    Hi, I am 49 and for the past 18 months I have noticed an area of thickened skin to one side of my anus. It is about 1 1/2 inches long, it doesn't itch but I do not know why it has appeared.





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    I am the same age and have the same problem, i know exactly how embarasing it is. I couldn't tell my friends so just shy away from every getting undressed or in a bakini or anything. The doctor suggested going on the pill, but to be honest i think it has just got worse. I have gained weight rappidly, my skin has become worse, and my hair has thickened. NIGHTMARE

    Have had a bad reaction to using Nivea moisturiser. Developed a rash all over my back and neck and the skin has thickened and it looks like eczema. I have been prescribed cetrizine, now piriton and Eurax Lotion as I have been itching alot which is affecting my sleep. If any doctors are reading this, I would appreciate some advice as to what to continue to use. Thanks





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    Dear Doctor I have a problem since last couple of years which is stressing my life as I have been to see my GP who has not been helpful at all and I have seen the sexual health centre who also have not helped this is why I am turning to you for help in order to get this problem sorted which I am suffering with and everyday it is getting me down where I feel like not living - I have a dry fore skin on my penis that does not moisturise and I also have a problem with sex due to this constant problem. I have tried the creams which in fact made the situation worse and also thinned my fore skin on the penis. I would greatly appreciate your advise on how I can improve my problem and also how the skin can be thickened on the penis. My GP I just dread to see they did not tell me what the medication would do to the skin. Please Doctor urgently help me in this matter. Also can you please put me in right direction to see a specialist in this field. Thank you





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    I have , what I have been told is pompholyx eczema on my feet. it is a nightmare to get rid of, its itchy, thickened, yellowy/red skin which is particularly hot. the GPs seem to know little or nothing and having now had it for over 10 years I am losing all hope. It is spreading up my feet and wondered if anyone had any suggestions at all ? I hvae had it on my hands(palms)but not in last 12mths. Any clues ?? Thanks.





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    Hi Aidy - generally speaking when considering any operation like this, the GP would refer you to a urologist. The urologist would be best placed to give an expert view on what surgical approach is likely to be beneficial for you - for some people, due to the way the skin has grown, scarred, fused or thickened, slit procedures are not always technically possible. Unfortunately this is often the case for adult phimosis, as fibrosis and scarring of the skin has often occurred. It would be worth discussing with the NHS specialist, however, if in your case this would be an option. These procedures are carried out in NHS services, when appropriate.

    hi, I am 52 years old and have suffered with severe eczema all my life, the skin on my hands are so thickened and scarred that my hands appear to belong to a much older person. I have suffered a lifetime of embarrassment and prejudice, hide them and cannot even bring myself to look at them. my dermatologist told me that there is nothing cosmetically they can do for me. is there anything that can be done to lesson the aged appearance of my hands.





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    I don't know if it is a boil or not but I've been having this itch for sometime now on my groins it wakes me up in the middle of the night with a sharp pinch that you wont feel comfortable without scratching it. It went to a point that my skin there get so hard and sore cos of the scratches. I went to my GP to complain about it and also show him my toe nails which were all turning black and thickened and he prescribe some Terbinafine saying it's nail fungus, I've been taking it for a month now and still there is no improvement. Please help my girlfriend cant stand it.





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    I suffer quite servere Lichen Sclorosus and have had several needed operations to have tightened and thickened skin removed. I have had so much of my vagina (externally)removed i feel so un-sexy and freaky. If ever you do a future program could you bring this conditon to light as it is very un-heard of. I am under a vulva specialist and have had many biopsies taken for vulva cancer. I feel so alone with this condition. I am 46 and was diagnosed 16 yrs ago.





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    my toe nails have discolour and thickened i cut them short but i like to wear flip flops how can i treat this please help i am going on holiday in 4 months





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    Hi there. I have been told I have traces of PCOS. I have the hormonal imbalance but after an ultrasound, discovered that I don't have any cysts. I am overweight, and trying to lose weight at the moment and I know this will help but one of the biggest symptoms I seem to have is thinning hair. This is something I don't really see being talking about much on this site or on most other sites but according to my GP it is a symptom of PCOS. I was on the pill for over a year for this which cleared up my acne (which was the other major symptom) and my hair seems to have thickened a little bit. However, I would love to know if there is anything I can do, or any products I can take to improve it further? I am taking perfectil vitamins for hair, skin and nails which seems to help a little bit. Thanks





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    I have had psoriasis on the soles of my feet since a bad athlete's foot infection when I was 11. I'm now 63 and have learned to live with it. My palms are OK. I use loads of moisturiser and sometimes treat my feet to vaseline inside polybags to get my feet soft. It's nice but the results don't last long. My husband sandpapers my feet for me about once a month and they look human again. My toenails are thickened and I have to saw them off very short and varnish them to hide their discolouration. They grow clawlike as well if I leave them too long. I understand that damaged skin invites psoriasis if you are prone to it and I must say that the skin round my fingernails has become quite dry since I went to a nail bar and the girl snipped my cuticles. I think that damaged them so I file my own nails now as I don't want to get psoriasis on my hands as well. My grandson has inherited it on his palms but not his feet.





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    I too have this awful condition and at 64 I feel really devastated as never had bad skin till this came about 3 years ago. I think my doctor thinks because I'm old it doesn't matter but it Is so painful and very unsightly at times that I don't want to go out.I always seem to get a very bad outbreak if something special is approaching like a party to go to,or I want to look my best. I also have thickening of the nose which I hope will not get too bad( it's bad enough as it is) iv been looking for laser treatment were I live but so far only found a doctor in Norfolk who removes thickened skin. I don't drive so that's out! Iv been given Rolex which works for a time but as soon as I put makeup on to cover nose I get a flare up,I have pustules all over nose & very red & sore.one spot is constantly on end of nose. Iv no confidence now & feel very ugly. Saving up for laser treatment which I think il only find in Norfolk unless anyone knows different. I watched the show where the man had his nose re shaped & it was said women don't get it well they DO.





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    Plse see my comment above .. Plse Dont carry on suffering .. Insist on surgery it really is a walk in the park compared to living with the disease. Best of luck

    My granddaughter came into our care at 3 weeks old. She was covered in eczema from her head to below her shoulders. We took her to many doctors and skin specialists over the years. By the time she was 4, the skin on her hands and feet, in particular, was cracked and thickened from the hydrocortisone creams we had been applying. Listening to the radio I heard a father praising the effects of Flax Oil on his young sons' eczema. "We don't have to wash their sheets every day any more" This struck a chord with me because I had been washing my granddaughters sheets to remove the blood from her scratching during her sleep. It was the closest thing to a miracle I have ever seen. Yes, she has 'flare ups' occasionally when she's hot or stressed but, her skin is mostly smooth and no longer crusty. We give her 3000mgs night and morning (in capsules that she chews! ugh) She's now 10 years old and we have tried to reduce the dosage twice but within 3 days the eczema is back. I have never gone public with this before but after watching a programme about a young woman with eczema on 'Embarrassing Bodies', I had to contact other sufferers!!





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    hello can you advise,my vulva and vagina area has thickened and i seemed to have lost my clitoris,i know it sounds funny but,would like to know why it has changed,i am 74 yrs old i know our bodies dont stay the same forever, thank you .





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    Hi Rose, you may have a condition called lichen sclerosis, you need to be treated by your doctor or a dermatologist. If it is this then you can treat with high strength steroid cream but you should be properly diagnosed first

    im 15 and for along as i can remember my penis has always and a downwards curve to it, especially near the end of the shaft, i also have a thickened area in the middle which is the widest part. I am extremely worries about this please can someone reply to me, as this is really embarrassing for me and my girlfriend. Thanks.





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    My feet are very sore to walk on after a day at work , and the nails on both feet have thickened and gone white. I have tried creams but this has made no difference





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    I have thin hair is there any way that hair can be thickened, as I want to get thick layers?





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    I've had two toes nails on my left foot that have thickened Over the past two years whitish yellow colour. I thought they would Originally grow out but they haven't and they hurt quite a bit When cutting, sometimes causing them to bleed





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    Hi I have two big toe nails that are discoloured,slightly thickened and coming away from the bed half way up. My GP said the lab results said there was no infection. I have tried over the counter products and now at my wits end. I can not wear closed toe shoes. Any ideas would be appreciated, even a private consultation. Thanks KIm





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    My toe nails on my feet are really. Ugly and they black and hard. Also my finger . Nails. Are ugly. I dont have no finger Nail. They hurt i dont like showing my hands so i keep them balled. Up so people. Won't. See how ugly my finge . Nails. Are thete is nothing. I can do about my feet and finger. Nails can someone help me get rid of this its been 5 years. And i been to the dermatologis . And i dont think what he giving. Me is working

    I also have nail bed separation of both big toes (for 20 years or more). All other nails are fine/healthy. Both nails were separately injured many years ago. Both nails tested negative for fungal infection. Eventually consultants decided it was "probably" psoriasis. The only permanent solution they offered was complete nail removal. Both big toe nails can be painful with blood under the nails if I let them grow longer or if they get much more than gentle touch pressure. No drugs (topical or oral) have helped in the slightest. I tried several ways to trim the nails. The solution, that works for me, is to keep the nails VERY short (about half normal lenth or less!). I found I could not easily cut them this short. It was difficult as there was significant thickening under the nail. So I use a mains powered pedicure set of this type: http://www.dhgate.com/product/pen-shape-electric-nail-art-file-drill-kit/108725588.html . The important features (for me) are that it has a mains adapter (batteries would be expensive for regular use) AND it is cheap (£5 ish) AND I have found one particular bit and speed that is effective for me AND it isn't painful. So, sorry, no real cure but at least a way to manage the problem. Hope that helps.

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