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Contact Dermatitis Rash Spreading
Remove the irritant: Contact dermatitis is a straight forward issue of stopping the exposure. You also want to protect the skin with a good moisturizing lotion. Eczema is something that comes from an internal exposure like a food allergy that alters the immune system. You still want to stop the exposure, but it can be hard to find. Both conditions can be moderated with steroid creams and good lotions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
DERMATITIS: Nummular eczema are round inflammatory pruritis skin lesions treated with oral antibiotics and local steroid cream whereas contact dermatitis is caused by irritants or allergens also very itchy treated with antipruritic agents and steroid cream and avoidance of causative factors. ...Read more
Poison ivy: You cannot spread poison ivy rash by scratching. Poison ivy is a haptin meaning a small molecule. It must bind skin tissue to form an allergic reaction. Once it binds to skin, poison ivy does not come off so it can not be transferred to you or another person. Poison ivy rash is contracted by contact with the oil, urushiol. ...Read more
Some thoughts...: Without a picture it's very difficult to diagnose a skin condition, and what you're describing can have many different causes. It could be a mild eczema, a fungal infection, a viral exanthem, a reaction to something you've come in contact with (a new perfume, lotion, soap), bug bites... It's a long list. If otc Hydrocortisone or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) isn't helping, make sure to check in with your doc! ...Read more
A little: Shingles always stop at the midline of the body and usually only mildly itchy but can be very painful. Allergic contact dermatitis can occur anywhere after contact with the allergen and is itchy. The blister with contact dermatitis are very small but can be huge with shingles. ...Read more
Contact dermatitis: if the contactant is not identified , it can recur . there are barrier creams available from your dermatologist as well as anti inflammatory medications and patch tests to help determine what is causing this. ...Read more
Keep cooler: Heat rash usually resolves in a few days unless you continue to sweat too much. So dress in cooler clothes or remove a layer of clothes, blankets, etc. Try not to use any topical creams or ointments that can also hold in heat. Keep cooler and the rash should go away on its own. Cool water will feel good on the rash. Solarcaine gel would help with comfort also. ...Read more
Cleaning: Poison ivy is not contagious but you may be getting them repeatedly from contaminated clothing and gear. Be sure to use detergents on these items otherwise it will come back like freddy. If the problem is severe, you will need to see a doctor who may prescribe some Prednisone pills or a cortisone injection for you. In the meanwhile, try apply some otc Hydrocortisone cream 3 to 4 times daily. ...Read more
Folliculitis: Folliculitis is often seen in otherwise healthy people, it's easily curable in most cases and frequently clears on its own without treatment, though it may require ongoing maintenance therapy. Antibacterial washes such as benzoyl peroxide are often used to treat folliculitis, and resistant cases may need antibiotic pills to clear the skin. ...Read more
Reaction: Contact dermatitis is where something is touching the skin and causing a reaction or rash to the skin. The contact can be some type of lotion, cream, etc; can be food (like when tomato sauce is around the mouth causing redness). Even poison ivy is a contact dermatitis. Steroid creams usually are needed to reduce the inflammation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Herpes: It is still contagious even after the lesions have healed and they don't look like they are there, although when there are vesicles with fluid in them it is more contagious any kind of skin to skin contact can spread herpes. Asymptomatic people infected with hsv1 or hsv2 can still transmit the virus. The virus replicates on mucocutaneous surfaces and infects sensory nerve terminals and nucl. ...Read more
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