Brittany is self-conscious about the moles that cover her body. "They are so disgusting," she says. "They are everywhere and just nasty, ugly and unattractive. I want to get rid of them."
Moles are clusters of pigmented cells found on the skin that often vary in appearance throughout the years.
Brittany has been burning her moles with apple cider vinegar in an effort to remove them herself.
She rubs petroleum jelly around the growth, soaks a cotton ball in the vinegar, puts the cotton ball on top of the mole and holds it in place overnight with a bandage. She asks The Doctors if her mole removal remedy is safe and effective.
"What she's doing with apple cider vinegar — it contains acetic acid — it's similar to treatments that we can do to remove your warts at home," plastic surgeon Dr. Drew Ordon says. "She's done a chemical exfoliation, a chemical removal using acetic acid, of her moles. What it will do is it will flatten them out, burn the base and they crust up."
Though Brittany's at-home remedy may work in some fashion, Dr. Ordon cautions that a professional should check whether Brittany's moles reflect cancerous changes.
Most moles, freckles and beauty spots on the skin are normal and harmless. However, over time they can change and become malignant, or cancerous, so it is important to stay vigilant about your skin's health. While most changes are harmless, some may indicate that the mole is/has become a malignant melanoma, a life-threatening cancer. Early detection is the key to surviving any cancer, and skin cancer is no exception.
Get to know your skin, examine yourself once a month, and make sure to see a board-certified dermatologist once a year.
The ABCDE Warning Signs of Melanoma:
See your doctor if you notice any of the following:
• Asymmetry — A mole should be symmetrical. If you draw a line down your mole, and one side is larger than the other, see your doctor.
• Color A mole should be one color. If your mole is variegated, or if there are various shades of brown, tan, black or red in the mole, see your doctor.
• Diameter Technically, moles can be varying sizes, but if your mole is bigger than an eraser point on a pencil, see your doctor.
Excessive Sweating "Down There"
Eva Marie, 45, wants to know why she sweats excessively in her groin area and how she can prevent it.
The condition, known as hyperhidrosis, can occur anywhere on the body. For women, excessive sweating in the groin can increase the risk of yeast infections.
"What you need to do is talk your doctor about it to find out what's causing it," OB-GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson says. "It could be something like an endocrine disorder, which could be your thyroid, or it could be a hormone imbalance or a pituitary imbalance. You need to go through all that to make sure there's not some other, better way to treat it."
A common treatment for hyperhidrosis is an aluminum chloride solution that can be applied to block the glands.
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