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16 July 2007 @ 04:29 pm
Strange bodily disfigurements?  
So, apparently, on the top of my head is a red irregular spot - near as I can tell it seems about the size of a fingernail - that refuses to wash off. It hurts a bit when I apply pressure to it, but it isn't bleeding and doesn't feel like a scab. The hair around it doesn't seem as thick, but it's not a bald spot or anything like that.

Sean discovered it while we were in LA - naturally, I can't see it. I need to schedule a dermatologist appointment, I suppose, but it's very disconcerting.

I wonder what it is? I don't remember bumping my head recently - but bruises aren't bright red anyway.
brokenliich on July 17th, 2007 03:28 am (UTC)
maybe it's psoriasis (a minor case...my sister has had this and it's been gone for years now) or another type of eczema...which is really common. a lot of people end up with it on their hands and/or feet. i have had it on my hands but it disappeared a long while ago.
both often are exasorbated by stress.
Suzik00kaburra on July 17th, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)
I've had psoriasis for years so at first that's what I figured it was too, and it does have about the same shape as my other patches. But it's such a vibrant, strange blood-red, while the others are sort of a pinky color. The color is what freaks me out about it.
Nekochibi_neko on July 17th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
While its size makes me wonder, the spot might be a cherry angioma. I have a few of them, and they're a bright, bloody red just like your mystery spot, but mine are all itty bitty, roughly the size of a pinhead. Still, Wikipedia says that cherry angiomas can grow up to a centimeter across.

If the spot is raised, or is forming into a lump, it might also be a sebaceous cyst. This is a benign cyst that essentially forms when a follicle or some other small portion of your body seals itself off and fills with a miss mash of sebum and other gunk. Its not dangerous, though poking at it can be uncomfortable. If it turns out to be a cyst and you want to remove it, make sure you have a doctor do it for you. If the cyst gets infected, you might have to take antibiotics and it could complicate any further attempts at removal.
oilofjoyoilofjoy on July 17th, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
Aw well I hope you get it taken care of with out any discomfort. x
jeanniejeannietran on July 19th, 2007 07:35 am (UTC)
i have some bodily anomalies that probably should be checked out but a) i don't have time and b) i'm afraid to find out if it's serious. i'm glad you're getting it checked out but i'm sure it isn't serious.

btw, are your friends med students, nurses, derms, or what? those are some pretty detailed responses.
Suzik00kaburra on July 20th, 2007 05:44 am (UTC)
I don't think any of my friends are particularly medical. They're just really good at the Internet, or really good at having crummy skin, too.

I still haven't done anything, but I think I'll make an appointment next week because Sean says it looks purple now. Freaky.