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Pimples? Blackheads? Whiteheads? – Acne Symptoms Checker

 

Acne vulgaris is a widespread skin disorder due to blockage and/or swelling of the hair and its sebaceous gland. It is the most common skin disease in the United States, affecting up to 50 million people each year.

Acne vulgaris is described as skin lesions that involve swelling, such as pimples, pimples filled with pus, and nodules. And skin lesions without swelling (comedones), like blackheads and whiteheads. It typically affects body parts where there are larger quantities of sebaceous follicles, including the face and upper segments of the back and chest.

This condition is the most common skin disorder within the American population. During their lifetime, the estimation is that eight out of ten people would be affected at some point by acne vulgaris. Besides, approximately twenty percent of people with acne vulgaris could develop severe disease. Therefore, they are at risk of suffering from permanent skin scarring and mental health disorders (i.e., depression).

The source of acne vulgaris is multifactorial; hence, multiple factors perform a role in its development, although genetics is an essential player. People with a genetic predisposition that are subject to environmental situations develop acne vulgaris.

Importantly, to this day, there is no way to prevent acne from developing. Also, acne does not originate from not washing your face, inadequate hygiene, or sweating, as many people may think; this condition is not directly caused by a diet neither.

Although it is not possible to prevent this disease, luckily, treatment for it is readily available and for all its forms, including mild, moderate, and severe acne. These forms vary on their symptoms, which are more damaging as the classification worsens. Moreover, the severe form could involve complications in the long run as the disease progresses, like skin scarring, which is often evident.

Doctors diagnose acne vulgaris only through inspection. That is to say, by just looking at the skin blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, etc. So, there is no excuse not to diagnose and treat acne, avoiding its possible complications.

The tool is an Acne Symptoms Checker. It gathers the most important signs, symptoms, and risk factors for this skin condition.

In order to diagnose this disease, it is necessary a skin assessment by a medical doctor, more specifically, a dermatologist. As acne, most often than not, does not represent an underlying threat, doctors will usually identify and directly treat the disease.

However, it is important to also look for polycystic ovarian syndrome in female patients with acne and other symptoms (like excessive hair growth). If the patient has acne because of the latter condition, it would require additional medical consultation from a clinical endocrinologist.

Keep in mind that other illnesses resemble the skin injuries of acne; they are acneiform eruptions. These could exist because of several diseases; although looking alike, they have some differences that this tool will aim to discriminate.

This tool does not replace a doctor’s assessment. Still, the tool has questions that aim to identify the most important symptoms, signs, and risk factors for acne vulgaris. Therefore, the Acne Symptoms Checker would tell anybody who uses it the likelihood of their symptoms because of acne. Using the tool is free and will only take a few minutes.

  • Question of

    Do you have between twelve and twenty-four years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you are a male and have more than twenty-five years old?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have more than forty-five years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you are a female and use levonorgestrel devices within the uterus or under the skin implants of etonogestrel or levonorgestrel?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have been diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    If female, did you menstruate nine times or less in the last twelve months? Or do you have three months without menstruating?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have obesity? (please search in google the “BMI formula,” and with your weight and height it will calculate you that diagnosis)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have skin problems (whiteheads, blackheads, pimples) within your face, back, or upper chest?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have blackheads? (They look like a black dot either on your face, back or upper chest, refer to the photo below)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have whiteheads? (They look like a little bump without any redness or pain either on your face, back or upper chest, refer to the photo below)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have pimples? (They look like a little bump with redness and could cause you pain either on your face, back, or upper chest, refer to the photo below)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have pimples with pus on top? (They look like a little bump with redness and a white/yellow discharge on top either on your face, back, or upper chest, refer to the photo below)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have skin injuries greater than 0,5 cm (and more extensive than all other before mentioned) and painful in your face, back, or upper chest? [If they have pus discharge, you can also click yes. Also, for clicking yes, you need to have at least two from the two previous skin problems here showed (pimples with or without pus, whiteheads, blackheads]

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have something like in the photo below on your face?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have moths or years with these skin problems?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did these skin problems first appear before your twenty-five years?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do these skin problems appeared after taking a new drug? (Only click yes if it was after any of these drugs, such as corticosteroids, benzodiazepines, lithium, cyclosporin, ramipril, isoniazid, iodides, bromides, vitamin B-type complexes, serotonin uptake inhibitors, epidermal growth receptor inhibitors and progestin contraceptives)

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do cosmetic agents and hair pomades worsen your skin problems?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    If female, from two days to one week before your menstruation, do these skin problems worsen?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do these skin problems worsen due to pressure from sports helmets or gear, backpacks, tight collars, or tight sports clothes?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do these skin problems worsen with hard scrubbing of the skin?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do these skin problems worsen with stressful situations?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you have a fever? (preferably use a thermometer which needs to shows more than 101,3 °F or touch your forehead and determine if the temperature is increased)

    • Yes
    • No

Written by Dr. Esteban Kosak

Doctor of Medicine - MD Recently Graduated from Medical School and inspired to aid the global population during this situation. I think that we shall no longer be waiting to see a doctor when we feel sick. Several times we feel disease searches in Google drive us to a rabbit hole and come out thinking that we may die of cancer or something very serious, given that symptoms may seem to fit a wide variety of illnesses. Since I recently graduated from medical school. I have all the medical information fresh in my mind. My thorough experience as an expert researcher allows me to very-well known the different diseases and conditions that affect human bodies. Empowered by the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). I think that we all can provide a grain of sand to help humanity. That's why we created Symptoms.Care a place where you can come and screen your symptoms and find what different illnesses can be related to them. Armed with the right information you can instantly, discretely, secure and from the comfort of your home talk with a Doctor that can Evaluate your Symptoms and help you seek the right treatment.

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