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A 18-year-old female asked:

I am experiencing rash on my wrists/hands. (quality: itchiness, bumpy) . the following also describe me: burning sensation and skin redness or irritation. what should i do?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Many possibilities..: Itchy spots can be from many causes, such as: hives, viral infections, medication causes, hot-tub rashes, heat rashes, reactions to creams or lotions, allergic reactions to some things (including foods), internal medical disorders, etc... That means a rash that persists or is worrisome in appearance should be examined. Hydrocortisone cream is sometimes used for a week, to decrease a rash or itch.
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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 59 years experience
Irritant?: It appears that you have an irritant reaction on your hands and wrists. This may be from excessive hand-washing, exposure to irritants (esp chemical solvents), and possible contact allergens as well. Try wearing non-latex gloves to reduce hand-washing and irritant exposure. A few days of topical cortisone may help calm down the irritation. Apply hand lotion often. See derm doc if persistent.
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Last updated Jan 16, 2018


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