Understanding Fordyce Spots

Fordyce Spot Home Remedies

The most common cause of fordyce spots are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). There are different types of STDs.

Some of them are: chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes simplex virus 2 (HSV-2), hepatitis B and C, human papillomavirus (HPV) and HIV. If you think that you or your partner might have one of these diseases, you should get tested. If you have been diagnosed with an STD, you should take proper treatment to avoid passing it on to your partner. If you have been diagnosed with an STD but aren’t taking proper treatment, you can still help prevent fordyce spots by abstaining from sexual activity during the treatment and for two weeks after the symptoms are gone.

The next most common cause of fordyce spots are drugs and toxins. If you are using drugs or taking medication, it’s possible that the medication is causing a change in your skin’s oil production.

Certain drugs like steroids, chemotherapeutic agents and non-prescription drugs have been known to cause this problem. Another common cause of fordyce spots are skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and atopic dermatitis. This is especially true if the skin condition isn’t properly treated. If you suspect that your fordyce spots are due to a medication, change the medication and if that doesn’t work, see a doctor. It is possible that these conditions are causing an itchy rash that looks like fordyce spots. If you suspect that your fordyce spots are due to a skin condition, see a doctor.

The third most common cause of fordyce spots are other people. If you think that this could be the situation, ask your doctor about a different medication that doesn’t contain the drug or condition that is causing the spots.

If you have a partner with an STD, or if you yourself have an STD, that person can transfer the STD to you during sexual activity. Avoid people who have a fordyce spots and never touch another person’s skin that has fordyce spots. Abstain from sexual activity until the fordyce spots are gone. If you have a partner with a skin condition, see a doctor before engaging in sexual activity. If you were in a group that suffered a drug or toxin exposure, and you have an STD, you can get the disease from other group members.

These are some of the most common causes of fordyce spots. The causes can be prevented or treated.

The types of treatments will vary depending on the type of fordyce spots a person has. Do not have sexual activity with other group members until you have seen a doctor to be tested.

Depends on the report-card. Some people with fordyce spots may only experience mild scaling on the skin.

In this case, washing the skin with a specialized soap may help. Someone who would get a pimple on their nose might not be able to get a zit on their chest, for example. If you have sensitive skin, you may wish to stay away from harsh soaps. As far as fordyce spots are concerned, there is no magic soap. In some cases, the spots may be itchy, causing an extreme reaction. In such cases, wash the spots with a strong bleach solution, and apply hydrocortisone cream to the area. The areas in question will need to be washed with a mild soap that doesn’t irritate the skin. See a doctor if the spots do not improve within two weeks.

A person with fordyce spots should avoid direct sunlight. Spending time in the sun can lead to a speedier development of the spots, as well as an increased risk of skin cancer.

Treatment of the condition will be different depending on the cause. If the fordyce spots are from an allergic reaction, the areas may be treated with antihistamines and hydrocortisone cream.

Medication to decrease oil production in the skin may be necessary if the primary cause of the spots has been identified and treated. A doctor may also help. If the fordyce spots are from a reaction to medication, the medication may need to be changed. A doctor will be able to assess the situation and recommend a course of action. If the cause of the condition can be identified and treated, the spots should eventually disappear with no treatment at all.

The treatment for the other most common cause of fordyce spots, medication, will often be successful in eliminating the condition.

There are no routine tests to determine whether a person has fordyce spots. A doctor may request a medical history, a physical examination, and possibly skin biopsies or blood tests.

If a person experiences severe itching or rashes due to medication, they should not continue taking the medication. A doctor may suggest a different medication or an alternative method of therapy.

For people with fordyce spots, the appearance of the skin is not a reliable indicator of health. A person with fordyce spots might have no medical problems other than the spots.

Skin tests may also be used to identify the cause of the fordyce spots, and treatment will be provided.

In most cases, fordyce spots are benign.

A person with fordyce spots should not worry excessively about the spots. Most people do not get itchy or rashy all over their bodies.

For people with fordyce spots, there is no way to know whether they have a heightened risk of developing skin cancer. A person with fordyce spots should limit sun exposure.

There is no known cause of the condition. There is limited evidence that this skin condition is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. As of 2015, the genetics of fordyce spots are poorly understood.

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