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Definition An ear (preauricular) tag is a small skin tag or pit in front of the outside part of the ear. Alternative Names Preauricular tag; Preauricular pit Considerations Skin tags and pits just in front of the opening of the outside (external) ear are commonly seen in newborn infants. In most cases, these are normal. However, both preauricular tags and pits can be associated with other medical conditions. It is important to point out skin tags or pits to your child's health care provider during the routine well-child examination. Common Causes An inherited tendency to have this facial feature A genetic syndrome that has preauricular pits or tags as one feature A sinus tract problem (an abnormal connection between the skin and tissue underneath)
A common concern of women are bumps that they discover on the vulva. Before you panic, know that there are a several causes of bumps or pimples on the female genitalia and most of them are NOT contagious, NOT life threatening, and NOT STDs.
Here's what you need to know:
Cysts are common and can occur anywhere on the body. In the vulva (the area near the vagina) they often arise from a blocked skin gland. They often look like pimples or lumps under the skin. If fairly large or uncomfortable, it can be incised and drained by a doctor. Squeezing them on your own is NOT a good idea as it can cause the introduction of bacteria and cause infection. A few common genital cysts in women include:
1. Skene's duct cysts. These occur on either side of the urethra (where you urinate). You can self treat these with warm compresses, or if large, it can be opened up by your doctor.
2. Bartholin cysts occur on either side of the lower part of the labia majora, the outside of the v...
Shortly after a child is diagnosed with diabetes, parents often invest in a few medical ID tags in case of emergency. Ideally, these tags alert medical practitioners or others first on the scene to a child's medical condition and help with proper treatment until the parent or regular doctor can be contacted. Yet what if a child or teenager is on a trip for either school or a sports team or away at camp and has a medical emergency or accident requiring hospitalization and the parent cannot get to them quickly? A medical ID tag will alert emergency workers that the child has diabetes, but what then? What if the child has multiple medical issues that could play a role in determining next steps, but the child's regular doctor or parent cannot be reached for consult? There's little doubt that at long last the revolutionary technology that we've seen in telecommunications and entertainment finally is coming to healthcare. Medical records quickly are moving from paper to paperless and are be...
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