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Your Skin Dimpling May Also be Known as:
Dimpled follicles
Dimples in hair follicles
Indented follicles

Top 7 Skin Dimpling Causes

  1. 1.Normal Variation of Constipation

    Constipation is a very common condition affecting the large intestine. It is characterized by difficulty passing stool, or passing stool less often. Commonly it is linked to not eating enough dietary fiber, not drinking enough fluids, or not getting enough exercise. Some medications can cause constipation as well.

    For the short term, an over-the-counter laxative can help with your constipation. You can try to make changes at home to help prevent these symptoms. Dietary changes are typically effective: drink more fluids and eat more fiber (found in bran, root vegetables, nuts, and whole-grain flour). There are also over-the-counter fiber tablets that can help increase your dietary fiber.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, stomach bloating, constipation, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps)
    Symptoms that always occur with normal variation of constipation:
    constipation
    Symptoms that never occur with normal variation of constipation:
    vomiting
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Condition Involving Blue Skin

    Blue skin may be due to a lack of oxygen delivered to that area by the blood, which is dangerous. You should see a doctor immediately!

    There may be several explanations for this symptom and its severity, but a healthcare professional should make an assessment as soon as possible because it may be serious.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    blue skin
    Urgency:
    Emergency medical service
  3. 3.Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Ibs)

    Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is very common problem that affects the large intestine. It can cause stomach pain, cramps, bloating, constipation, or diarrhea. Doctors think that IBS is caused by the brain sending wrong messages to the bowels, such as during times of high stress, causing physical changes.

    While many people with IBS try to cope with the condition on their own, it could make a big difference if you talk to your doctor. They may be able to recommend a variety of treatments such as medication, diet counseling, or alternative therapies.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), constipation, nausea or vomiting, stool changes
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.Mucous Cyst (Mucocele)

    A mucocele (mucous cyst) is NOT a serious tumor. It's typically caused by repeated biting leading to leakage of mucous from damaged mucous ducts, which accumulates and creates a cyst. It's most commonly found in kids, and usually inside the lower lip but also possibly under the tongue or in the inner cheek.

    You should go to your primary care doctor OR an oral surgeon in the next week or so. There, the doctor can cut out the mucocele and treat it for good.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    painful mouth sore, painless mouth sore, single mouth sore, sores on the inner cheek, sores on the inner lip
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Cold Sore

    Cold sores (also called oral herpes or fever blisters), are viral infections of the mouth caused by the herpes virus type 1. You were probably infected very early in life as a child when an adult kissed you. The virus stays asleep (dormant) and causes infections every now and then after exposure to lots of sun or emotional/physical stress. It is contagious when an outbreak is happening, but treatment is limited unless you are immunocompromised.

    You can safely stay home or try some minor treatments. As a viral infection, it will go away on its own without antibiotics. Balm mint cream (1%) or topical rhubarb-sage cream may improve symptoms, but it's not standard treatment.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    mouth lesions, pain on the outside of the lips, itchy mouth, burning pain on the outside of the lips, lip numbness
    Symptoms that always occur with cold sore:
    mouth lesions
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  6. 6.Oral Herpes

    Herpetic stomatitis is a viral infection of the mouth that causes sores and ulcers. These mouth ulcers are not the same as canker sores, which are not caused by a virus.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own because it goes away on it's own. TAnti-viral treatment is reserved for those who are immunocompromised or with severe cases. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, etc) works to help with the pain. No antibiotics are useful.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    painful mouth sore, numerous mouth sores, oral ulcer, gum pain, pain inside the lips
    Symptoms that always occur with oral herpes:
    oral ulcer
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  7. 7.Hepatitis a

    Hepatitis A is inflammation of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV) and usually spreads through contact with infected blood. It can also spread through sex with an infected person and from mother to baby during childbirth.

    You do not need treatment as no specific treatment exists for Hepatitis A. You can cope with symptoms with rest, snacking for the nausea and stop drinking alcohol to give your liver a rest.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, abdominal pain (stomach ache)
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Skin Dimpling

  • Q.Do you have a rash?
  • Q.How badly is your scalp itching?
  • Q.Is your scalp itchiness constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How long ago did your scalp first start to itch?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions, check our skin dimpling symptom checker.

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Skin Dimpling Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced skin dimpling have also experienced:

    • 16% Hair Loss
    • 16% Scalp Pain
    • 16% Scalp Itchiness
  • People who have experienced skin dimpling were most often matched with:

    • 12% Normal Variation of Constipation
    • 12% Condition Involving Blue Skin
    • 12% Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Ibs)

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