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Ever since having a total knee replacement in September,

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ever since having a total knee replacement in September, 2014, I've had a stye on my eyelid, or a boil on my upper thigh (this is the 3rd time) that never quite goes away. I have not taken any antibiotics for either. The stye was treated with eye drops only, and hot compresses. The boil has only been treated with hot compresses/tea bags. I never had these problems before. Now, I have something on my hand (it's not ringworm, but does look like it) It was biopsied twice. Now, my sugar is running higher than normal (I'm considered a prediabetic. Are these things all related? What do I need to do?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for your question,
I’m Dr. Saha and I’ll try to help you.
What is the result of the biopsy?
Was it taken from hand?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The 2 biopsies were done 2 years ago, on the same hand area. Once they said it was a form of skin cancer, but the second opinion said it was not. I was given an ointment. I work in a school cafeteria and am constantly washing my hands. I also am required to wear disposable gloves (not the good latex ones). My hand gets worse, the later into the school season, but clears up in the summer.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Under these circumstances, am I contagious? Should I not get in a public pool? Can I donate blood?
Expert:  Dr. Saha replied 2 years ago.
Thank you for the information,
All these symptoms are not related to a single issue.
The changes in the hand skin can be from chronic irritation, allergy, eczema as it gets worse after wearing gloves.
It is also better in summer.
Fungal infection can be there too.
This would need regular follow up with a dermatologist.
The boil type lesion would need a culture to see the type of infection.
It can be contagious, however depending on the type.
High blood sugar predisposes to infection.
I hope this information helps.
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