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Buttocks Breakout
Acne breakouts can be a frustrating problem, especially when they occur on the chest, back, groin and buttocks. Victor, 24, gets breakouts on his buttocks and wants to put an end to his pimple problem.

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Acne is usually caused by bacteria due to the overproduction of and subsequent clogging of the sebaceous glands. Just like acne on the face, breakouts on the buttocks can range from mild, to moderately severe to cystic. If cystic acne is not treated, abscesses can develop into methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), an infection resistant to most antibiotics that can be fatal.

Antibacterial wipes, washes and soaps, topical benzoyl peroxide, mild exfoliation and showering after a workout can help prevent and treat mild to moderate cases of acne.

Registered nurse Jamie Sherrill explains that Victor's problem is actually folliculitis, which looks similar to acne but is an inflammation or infection of the hair follicle. The bacteria that cause folliculitis are contagious, and can be spread to other parts of the body as well as other people, especially by sharing towels or shaving tools. Folliculitis can be prevented by cleansing the skin with antibacterial soap and treated with topical and oral antibiotics or laser hair removal.

"If the follicle is dead, then you can't get folliculitis anymore," Jamie says. "It's absolutely a preventative maintenance."

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Plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon blogs about acne on the buttocks.

Dry Nostrils
Marie, 25, suffers from a dry, cracked and itchy nose, and despite trying numerous face washes and lotions, she hasn't found a cure.

Pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears explains that dry nostrils are common in the wintertime because of the cool, dry air and shares at-home remedies to treat them.


Scoliosis
Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, affects approximately 6 million people in the United States and is commonly found in children and adolescents during their growth spurt before puberty.

"A lot of times, the parents notice that there is something that is just off," chiropractor Jennifer Jara says. "Whether you're bathing your child or getting your child dressed, you start to notice [something] like one ribcage protruding out more than the other or one shoulder higher. It just looks a little bit off."

Eight-year-old Kailyn was diagnosed with scoliosis about two years ago. Jennifer shows how Kailyn's spine differs from a normal one. 

Dr. Jim demonstrates how he tests for scoliosis while Jennifer adjusts Kailyn's back and explains other treatment options.


Symptoms of scoliosis include an uneven waist, shoulders or hips, as well as back pain and difficulty breathing in more serious cases. Jennifer explains that a brace can be used to help slow down or stop the curving, but not to reverse it. Mild cases can be treated with chiropractic treatment, massage, lasers and foot orthotics. Surgery may be an option for severe cases.


Scarring
Tracey's 8-year-old daughter, Sarah, was in a sledding accident that resulted in a gash in her eyebrow that required eight stitches to repair. Tracey is concerned about scarring and asks whether the hair will grow back in her daughter's eyebrow.

"The good news is that kids, most of the time, heal great," Dr. Ordon says.

He explains that the hair follicles on the eyebrow will come back and hair should re-grow within a few months. He offers tips to treat scars:

• Use sun block to protect it from the sun and prevent pigmentation changes
• Use vitamin C and zinc topically
Apply fade creams to promote healing
Don't scratch or pick at the wound

E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork shares important tips for safe sledding.

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