FAQ - Kaposi Varicelliform Eruption
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Is there a solution to Polymorphous light eruption?

I have Polymorphous light eruption sun allergy, and i've been taking tenovate. My allergy keeps coming back in spring and summer. The creams and sun lotions are only subsiding. Is there a solution to get rid of this allergy permenatly?

Spring and summer are the prime times for this to occur. According to the Mayo Clinic gradually increasing sun exposure times in the spring and avoiding intense sun exposure year round is the best way to treat and prevent polymorphous light eruption. Generally it goes away within 7 to 10 days if you stay out of the sun. If it starts in the spring, each exposure should decrease your light sensitivity so that the eruptions typically stop by the end of the summer. The inflammation may return the following spring, however, after new exposures to sunlight. Happens to me every year. I live in a sunny locale year-around, but the sun is not so strong in the winter and I go through it every spring.
Dr. Schienfeld wrote an interesting article about this last May. I will send you a link  (+ info)

What are the stages of Kaposi Sarcoma?

I'm trying to research for the stages of Kaposi Sarcoma (type of cancer), however I can't find and valid sites with the proper information. Help please!

You can find legitimate information for Kaposi sarcoma at the National Cancer Institute. Staging is a bit different with Kaposi which uses the TIS system. The TIS measures the size of the tumor, status of immune system, and spred of disease:

NCI: Kaposi sarcoma

You can find staging at cancer.net, which is the ASCO website:

cancer.net: Kaposi sarcoma TIS staging information
http://www.cancer.net/patient/Cancer+Types/Sarcoma+-+Kaposis?sectionTitle=Staging  (+ info)

What are some oral manifestations of Kaposi's Sarcoma and where can I get photos of this disease?

I am doing a research paper on this subject and have not been able to find some oral manifestations or photos thus far. Any ideas?

involvement of the oral cavity is seen after that of the extremities and face. the oral lesions are same as cutaneous nodules i.e. they appear as reddish or brownish red nodules which may vary in size from a few mm to a cm or more in diameter. cervical lymph node and salivary gland involvement commonly precedes cutaneous and visceral involvement in African children.

u may refer to textbook of Oral Pathology(Shafer), PubMed, http://www.hivdent.org/slides/ (for pictures)..  (+ info)

How do I stop pimple eruption without using this expensive cream?

I know that having pimples is a part of puberty. A lot of my classmates have it too. But mine was just too much. Anyway, my mom got me to try this ointment and it worked! I got fewer pimples than ever before. But it was just too expensive. Got any alternatives?

Before you go to bed, dap toothpaste on your zits. That works. The white toothpaste you get from the dollar store works good.  (+ info)

Can u explain the gross or the macroscopic features of a Kaposi's sarcoma photomicrograph?

It should be based on histopathology.

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How can I speed up tooth eruption?

I had 4 teeth pulled (my left canine, a back right molar, and the third from left and right from middle of bottom set) and the molar grew in leaving 3 gaps. But anyways I had them pulled so they could put my braces on, so the longer they take to come in the longer I wear braces. I am 15, too old to wear braces and too old to have teeth coming in. So how can I speed up this process (or at least not slow it down) if possible?

chewing hard foods (raw carrots, apple) is said to encourage the tooth to erupt by softening the gums. that's about all you can do.   (+ info)

Is there a way I can purchase dental insurance to fix super eruption?

I'm sure it's not possible but I'm asking anyway. I need a crap ton of oral surgery I think due to teeth in the back on top slightly super erupting because of missing teeth on the bottom. Sucks so bad. My fault, I know. Anyway, is there a way I could purchase insurance on my own to help cover this? Any suggestions are super welcome. Thanks.

healthplans.my-age.net - here is my health insurance plan. As I remember they can provide such a service.  (+ info)

If Diet Coke and Mentos make an eruption, what happens when you eat them together?

You eat one Mento. You take one sip of Diet Coke. What happens? Does it erupt in your mouth?

You probably just have to burp. They erupt because of the shape of the bottle  (+ info)

Can anyone help me with Polymorphic Light Eruption?

My friend has this skin complant. Which is a red and itchy rash. She has tried all the usual things creams and keeping out of the sun as much as she can. Does anyone have any home remodies that could help, it is very itchy and feels like a burn.

What is polymorphic light eruption?

Polymorphic light eruption (PLE), otherwise termed polymorphous light eruption (PMLE), is a skin complaint caused by sunlight.

Typically, those affected by it will have been exposed to the sun for two to three days while on holiday, although the complaint does occur between the spring and autumn months in the UK, and sometimes as little as 15 minutes' exposure to sunshine can induce the condition. It can even be brought on by sunlight penetrating through a window or thin clothing.

A delayed-onset, spotty, itchy eruption appears on the skin, and may take between 5 to 10 days to clear.

The rash usually consists of small red spots or blisters and can appear on any part of the body that has been exposed to sunshine, although commonly the face and the backs of the hands will be spared. It tends to heal without scarring.

Who suffers from PLE?

About 10 to 20 per cent of the northern European population is affected by PLE, which is more common in females than in males.

The condition can affect all ethnic groups, and research suggests that 20 per cent of patients have a family history of the complaint. Those suffering from PLE usually do so by the age of 30.

Is it the same as prickly heat?

No, prickly heat, which occurs during warm weather, generally affects the trunk (ie, not the head, neck or limbs) and is related to overheating, particularly in areas where there is friction due to clothing.

What is the cause of PLE?

This is not completely understood. It's thought by some experts that PLE may be an allergic reaction following the interaction of sunlight with proteins in the skin.

Is it serious?

No, but it has a nuisance value and may restrict lifestyle in the summer months, particularly during holidays. If severe, it may cause significant problems that require more active therapy than simply keeping the affected area out of the sun. Most patients learn to know their skin and can judge how much sunlight exposure they can tolerate.

How can I tell if I have the condition?

PLE can normally be diagnosed from a patient's story. Investigations are frequently performed to rule out other causes of abnormal skin sensitivity to light (photosensitivity). These include blood tests and phototesting.

Phototesting is a procedure conducted with light test equipment in which small areas of the skin are given different doses of ultraviolet and visible light in order to try and reproduce the problem.

How can PLE be prevented?

Many patients find that they can prevent the condition by wearing protective clothing, avoiding the sun between 11am and 3pm, and frequently applying broad-spectrum, high-protective-factor sun barrier preparations - a line of action that, although effective, restricts one's lifestyle during the summer months.

Another way to prevent PLE is to undergo a course of desensitisation treatment. The patient goes into a phototherapy cubicle where those parts of the body that are normally kept covered become exposed to ultraviolet light. The ultraviolet exposure is gradually increased, thereby increasing the skin's natural sunlight protection. Desensitisation is normally conducted early in springtime and the effect is usually completely lost during the subsequent winter, so it needs to be repeated annually.

Can I treat the eruption when it occurs?

Anti-itch preparations, such as calamine lotion, may produce some temporary improvement. Moderate or potent topical steroid creams may help suppress the condition when it arises. Occasionally, a doctor may prescribe a course of steroid tablets, although this is usually avoided because of possible side effects.

Can it go away of its own accord?

Yes, many patients find that the complaint clears up spontaneously.

Is it infectious?

There is no risk of other people catching the condition from you, or vice versa.

If I get an eruption, does that increase my chances of getting skin cancer?

No - getting an eruption does not increase your chances of getting skin cancer.

If I suffer from PLE, should I avoid going to hot countries?

This depends upon the severity of the state of your skin. Many sufferers can manage well with simple precautions such as controlled sunlight exposure, wearing photoprotective clothing and using a high-factor, broad-spectrum sun barrier. Others may require desensitisation treatment.

If I have a desensitisation course are there points worth bearing in mind?

When you have completed a desensitisation course, the outer layer of your skin will have thickened and gone darker. These changes increase your natural sunlight protection, but a tan is not essential for that protection.

It is important during the summertime to keep your artificial protection topped up. So, far from carefully avoiding sunlight, it is sensible for you to spend increasing amounts of time in spring/summer sunlight, carefully avoiding the amount of sunlight that would induce your rash, but having enough to maintain your enhanced protection against sunlight.

When going outside for long periods, remember to limit your sunlight exposure by using clothing and high-protection, broad-spectrum sun barrier creams.

It's worth keeping a record of the degree of your problem so that when your doctor next sees you, you can report any change in your condition.  (+ info)

Is it possible to have the pain of Shingles without any skin eruption?

I have been stressed out lately and have suffered sudden flashes of painful "pins & needles" similar to the discomfort I had a few years ago when I had a line of sores on my thigh that were diagnosed as Shingles and cleared up with Betnovate. Now I have no skin sores only an occasional tingling, moving "electrical" stimulus, which is short-lived but painful.

If the symptom is in the same area as the shingles it would tend to indicate that the original infection may have damaged the nerve root, which I am afraid does happen sometimes. If there are no lesions it is unlikely to represent a recurrence.  (+ info)

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