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Medical Professionals of DL... please help..

My neighbor has a circular crusty patch on his upper leg, about 6 inches up from the knee. It’s the size of quarter, but not perfectly round.

It’s not a boil. It’s more like a shallow, pinkish crater that has some light crusting and darker red around the edges. It’s scaly, the normal skin around it is stiff and he says it feels warm sometimes and sometimes itches but not really. It’s painless.

It’s really strange looking but he is scared to death to go into a doctors office right now. Any ideas?

by Anonymousreply 52Last Friday at 2:02 PM

The nurses on here helped me before and they perfectly diagnosed it.

So I thought I would try for him. He’s the nicest guy in the world and has done so much for others.

by Anonymousreply 109/13/2020

Hate to say this, but that sounds like it may be a melanoma/ skin cancer. He needs to get to a doctor FAST and get it sorted before it is too late. I have no medical knowledge/training though

He needs to go to a doctor NOW

by Anonymousreply 209/13/2020

You should... er, I mean, "your neighbor" should go to the doctor's, OP.

by Anonymousreply 309/13/2020

I asked him if had been a bump before it turned into what it is. He said no that it was a smaller version of the same thing, started out about a dime size and now size of the quarter.

He says it seemed to appear out of nowhere.

It doesn’t look like ringworm to me. He agreed. And it’s not a perfect ring.

by Anonymousreply 409/13/2020

Tell him to go to a pharmacy and show it and see if the pharmacist can recommend something first. Doubt it's anything serious.

by Anonymousreply 509/13/2020

It’s impetigo.

by Anonymousreply 609/13/2020

He is too scared to go to the pharmacy or really leave his house at all. But I will suggest it.

by Anonymousreply 709/13/2020

Didn’t think about skin cancer. Yeah I agree I think he’s going to have to see a doc. Thanks for the suggestions.

by Anonymousreply 809/13/2020

You’re going to have to amputate, OP.

by Anonymousreply 909/13/2020

Um, OP, your neighbor really needs to stop being scared and go to the doctor. Every single symptom is screaming melanoma skin cancer. Irregular borders and larger than a dime sizes are hallmarks of melanoma. Tell him that he doesn't have to worry if he gets removed ASAP. The longer that it's on his skin, the longer the cancer (IF it's cancer) can spread. If he gets to it early, all he would need to do is get a biopsy where the doctor uses a device to remove the patch. That's it. Tell him how simple and fast it is, but please tell him how badly he needs to go. His life may be at stake.

by Anonymousreply 1009/13/2020

It’s likely basal cell skin cancer - not really dangerous just disfiguring. The dangerous skin cancer - melanoma - is brownish, less circular and probably would have killed him already. I have had a ton of them as I am super light skinned and burn easily.

He should have it taken out sooner rather than later. It’s not deadly. Only problem is they will have to cut it all out - so the larger it grows, the more disfiguring it will be. Very common - any very light skinned person has these removed on a regular basis as we age.

by Anonymousreply 1109/13/2020

Not ringworm?

by Anonymousreply 1209/13/2020

Over the phone appointment with his doctor, or a dermatologist?

by Anonymousreply 1309/13/2020

Try sucking on it. And around it.

by Anonymousreply 1409/13/2020

It could be something simple like impetigo OP, (though more common in kids) or something serious like basal cell carcinoma, so he'd best get it at least looked at by a professional.

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by Anonymousreply 1509/13/2020

Doctors are now interacting online, so he should schedule a Zoom meeting with his doctor and upload a photograph of the lesion.

by Anonymousreply 1609/13/2020

Seconding ringworm. Can he take a photo and upload it to one of the photo sharing sites so we can see the thing? He'll need to photograph it for the zoom doctor anyway. Google ringworm under Google images. Does it look anything like that?

by Anonymousreply 1709/13/2020

Ok well he is going to be seeing a doctor now so thank you once again DL! This place can be a life saver.

he is going to urgent care today.

by Anonymousreply 1809/13/2020

It does not look like ringworm. It’s more craterish, but very shallow. Ringworm is more convex than concave, no?

by Anonymousreply 1909/13/2020

Generally speaking non uniform lesions are likely cancerous.

by Anonymousreply 2009/13/2020

A third for ringworm. Go to pharmacy. If unidentifiable, pharmacist will suggest whether doctor is needed.

by Anonymousreply 2109/13/2020

He's going to turn into a grup, just like Louise on "Starv Trek"! The sore is the first sign!

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by Anonymousreply 2209/13/2020

My mom got these little convex things, some several millimeters and the dermatologist said they were from aging and harmless (like skin tags)

Ringworm can become inflamed and then convex.

by Anonymousreply 2309/13/2020

[quote]he is scared to death to go into a doctors office right now.

Why doesn't he make an online appointment and just use video to show it to the nurse or doc and find out whether it's something that needs urgent attention? Does he not have internet access?

by Anonymousreply 2409/13/2020

It’s concave, like craters. But very shallow.

by Anonymousreply 2509/13/2020

OP, do you promise you will come back and let us know what the doctor says?

by Anonymousreply 2609/13/2020

R16 - I second this comment. I had swelling and redness that developed suddenly on my face after a medical treatment the doc was able to diagnose it from pictures I sent. Supplied me a scrip for 7 days of antibiotics. Issue was resolved thoroughly. Have him make an Zoom appt, or have him arrange to send photos of the skin marking to the doctor.

by Anonymousreply 2709/13/2020

It’s a tumor.

by Anonymousreply 2809/13/2020

I have something similar on my leg. But it's convex so probably a hypertrophic scar. Which can form after a pimple. If it's pitted it can sometimes be cancerous.

by Anonymousreply 2909/13/2020

R28 it's naht a tumah!!

by Anonymousreply 3009/13/2020

Does it look like this?

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by Anonymousreply 3109/13/2020

Can you please report back to update us?

Where do you live that he's so afraid to go out? Is the virus still bad there?

by Anonymousreply 3209/13/2020

Ok we got him to the urgent care. Only a PA on duty. She shays she is pretty sure it is fungal because it has a clear center and crusty edges.

She gave him Rx and instructed him to follow up with derm. Will update but it might be a week or so. Does the fungal thing sound right to the DL med crew?

by Anonymousreply 3309/13/2020

Is telemedicine an option?

by Anonymousreply 3409/13/2020

I think he assumed they needed to scrape something off and test it. Considering that did not happen, in hindsight, he could have used the online service afterall.

But as for the derm they will probably need to be in person to get a sample, I assume. He is taking it from here but I’m sure he will tell be the final outcome.

by Anonymousreply 3509/13/2020

Is ring worm fungal? That's what we all thought it was.

by Anonymousreply 3609/13/2020

No, it did not look like r31. I didn’t want to ask to take a pic but the cancer word was enough of a scare to get him motivated so thank you for that suggestion because that got him moving, if nothing else.

I will update after the derm not sure when that will be.

by Anonymousreply 3709/13/2020

Want to add one last thing that I really don’t think it was ringworm. It didn’t really have a ring shape to it. If I were to bet right now, I think was something else.

by Anonymousreply 3809/13/2020

OP, you are a wonderful friend. You are also a dependable DLer, and your efforts to update us are appreciated.

by Anonymousreply 3909/13/2020

Another vote for ringworm.

by Anonymousreply 4009/13/2020

Granuloma annulare

by Anonymousreply 4109/13/2020

The good news is that if it fungal OP, the med will likely clear it up very quickly. If not then he should go back and get it checked again. I'm so glad he went and had it looked at, you're a good friend.

by Anonymousreply 4209/13/2020

My learned diagnosis is that the man has erysipelas.

by Anonymousreply 43Last Monday at 4:12 AM

As my grandmother famously said: "If that's not gone by Wednesday, I'm going to call the doctor."

by Anonymousreply 44Last Monday at 4:15 AM

Any updates OP? Can we have his stuff?

by Anonymousreply 45Last Monday at 3:40 PM

yes, ringworm is fungal.

by Anonymousreply 46Last Tuesday at 8:20 AM

Op, can I have your neighbor's stuff?? Sounds like he won't need it much longer.

by Anonymousreply 47Last Tuesday at 9:27 AM

And Team Ringworm wins again! Suck it, OP and OPs neighbor for not listening to us, and getting freaked out over fucking RINGWORM. So, what are our fabulous prizes?

I believe Team Ringworm (aka Team Fungus), are now only second behind Team Hemorrhoid for correct guesses about what ails ye.

by Anonymousreply 48Last Tuesday at 4:19 PM

It's Leprosy.

by Anonymousreply 49Last Tuesday at 4:53 PM

R41 for the win!!!

by Anonymousreply 50Last Tuesday at 5:04 PM

OK, here is a sort of update... neighbor could not get into derm until the end of the month. Soonest available (He Is on a cancelation list, though, so fingers crossed.)

In the meantime, the fungal rx is not making it go away after 5 days of treatment. Maybe it is fungal, and the rx needs longer to work. Or maybe it’s not fungal, and the PA was wrong.

Will update after the derm and final diagnosis.

Hopefully he will get in sooner but, if not, I will update at the end of the month when he is scheduled.

by Anonymousreply 51Last Friday at 1:44 PM

He should take a photo of it now, because the symptom might go away, but the disease might get worse,

My doctor thought this is a spider bite.

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