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Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
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Atopic Dermatitis (Definition)

A range of persistent skin conditions that include dryness and recurring skin rashes that are characterized by one or more of these symptoms: redness, skin edema (swelling), itching, crusting, flaking, blistering, cracking, or bleeding. The cause of eczema is unknown but is presumed to be a combination of ...Read more


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What is the next cream to use for cracked, crusting eczema behind the ear of a second grader if hydrocortisone is not getting rid of it?

What is the next cream to use for cracked, crusting eczema behind the ear of a second grader if hydrocortisone is not getting rid of it?

Crusting eczema: The rash may be secondarily infected. You should see your childs doctor to have the crusts cultured in case systenuc antibiotic therapy is needed. If the rash will not clear up with hydrogen peroxide cleaning, topical antibiotic such as polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment and topical Hydrocortisone it should be under a doctors care. ...Read more

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Four Doctors say brown dark bumps itchy and burn is Atopic Eczema behind and inside ears and scalp Asian female tan skin, worry skin cancer. Thoughts?

Four Doctors say brown dark bumps itchy and burn is Atopic Eczema behind and inside ears and scalp Asian female tan skin, worry skin cancer. Thoughts?

Doubt cancer: On location, it may actually be seborrhea. That's easy to manage though not curable. It may be infected / impetigenized whichight explain burning. Read up on this and ask your pharmacist what might be worth trying. ...Read more

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I've eczema n used to get d bumps behind my ears. Recently that stopped n seems to have moved to my neck. Is it possible that these flare ups actually 'move' about n change places?

I've eczema n used to get d bumps behind my ears. Recently that stopped n seems to have moved to my neck. Is it possible that these flare ups actually 'move' about n change places?

Yes: Yes eczema can affect almost any area. See your dermatologist for treatment and evaluation to make sure there is nothing else causing this problem. ...Read more

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I have had a swollen lymph node behind ear and cough for 4 weeks. Not bigger. I did have eczema on scalp but now better, should I worry?

I have had a swollen lymph node behind ear and cough for 4 weeks. Not bigger. I did have eczema on scalp but now better, should I worry?

No, watch & wait: Check the node every couple of weeks. If it doubles in size, other nodes become enlarged, the node becomes warm and painful, or if you lose weight, then see a doctor. It may take a few months for the node to shrink even after the eczema has cleared.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I have eczema and lately my hair gel has been causing a rash behind my ear but it heals when my hair is dried. What's that about and what should I do?

I have eczema and lately my hair gel has been causing a rash behind my ear but it heals when my hair is dried. What's that about and what should I do?

Irritation: People with eczema has dry skin, dry skin with minimal natural protective barriers. The hair gel you are using is causing skin irritation and redness. Either change the gel or avoid using it. ...Read more

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4 mo. Baby has rash behind ear. Raw, red and oozing sticky clear liquid. Rash on face too. What should I use on it? Eczema? Has cradle cap too.

4 mo. Baby has rash behind ear. Raw, red and oozing sticky clear liquid. Rash on face too. What should I use on it? Eczema? Has cradle cap too.

Like this?: Seborrheic dermatitis ("cradle cap") can spread to the face, eyelashes ; behind ears. It can be treated by using z-tar or other anti-dandruff shampoo. Lather up a fingertip's worth, shampoo ; rinse thoroughly. If the scalp is red for more than a few moments, discontinue use. If it looks infected or is very itchy, see her pediatrician for other treatments (miconazole or mild hc creams). ...Read more

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Asian female tan skin has Brown and black spots in area inside both ears and behind, Itchy, 1yr 4 Doctors say Eczema, Steroids only work temp, ideas?

Asian female tan skin has Brown and black spots in area inside both ears and behind, Itchy, 1yr 4 Doctors say Eczema, Steroids only work temp, ideas?

Need more history: Since the causes can be many, a detailed history and exam are needed to make a diagnosis, and a better recommendation on management, to prevent future recurrence. ...Read more

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How can you tell between seborrheic dermatitis and eczema? Pictures online make me believe it's one or the other. Effected - r. eyelid/r. behind ear.

How can you tell between seborrheic dermatitis and eczema? Pictures online make me believe it's one or the other. Effected - r. eyelid/r. behind ear.

The two: Disease are "similar": but have very DIFFERENT causes and LOCATIONS all of which allow the trained DERMATOLOGIST to distinguish the two. The "appearance" "ONLINE" is NOT helpful in making that diagnosis!!!!
Ask your PCP for a referral!!!
Hope this helps!
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What to do about ear eczema. Please help me 10 points?

What to do about ear eczema. Please help me 10 points?

Contact Dermatitis: If you have a localized red, dry, itchy rash limited to ears you could be suffering from contact dermatitis secondary to exposure to jewelry. Costume jewelry has a high content of nickel in it which is a very common allergen people can become sensitized to. Consider avoiding earings for the next few weeks and apply OTC hydrocortizone cream to area twice a day and see if lesions resolve. ...Read more

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Hi there, I'm Kate! I'm 20 years old and I live in MN. I have had problems with my ears for a year to a year and a half now. I have constant eczema in?

Hi there, I'm Kate! I'm 20 years old and I live in MN. I have had problems with my ears for a year to a year and a half now. I have constant eczema in?

In the canal?: Seborrheic dermatitis is common in the ear canals and may respond best to remedies specific for it, often a combination. You need to be seen by a specalist if a generalist's Rx for "eczema" hasn't succeeded. ...Read more

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I have in my ear eczema how to cure it so it won't itch?

I have in my ear eczema how to cure it so it won't itch?

See your PCP: There are drops that you can put in the ear to help with the eczema which in turn will help with the itching. ...Read more

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Eczema on back of right ear. Please what to do?

Eczema on back of right ear. Please what to do?

Need for examination: It would be helpful to be able to examine you in person and you should see your doctor for a proper evaluation. Zinc deficiency can produce a rash on/about the ear. While waiting to see your doctor, you may wish to try an over the counter preparation of supplement with Zinc. ...Read more

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How do you treat eczema in groin area and inside of ear?

How do you treat eczema in groin area and inside of ear?

Rashes in these: Regions are not always eczema. Please check with your doctor as there are dozens of possible causes of such rashes, each with their own specific treatments. Stay healthy. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any prescription free medication for ear eczema?

Please let me know if there is any prescription free medication for ear eczema?

OTC Steroid Cream: If you have a localized red, dry, itchy rash limited to ears you could be suffering from contact dermatitis secondary to exposure to jewelry. Costume jewelry has a high content of nickel in it which is a very common allergen people can become sensitized to. Consider avoiding earings if you wear them for the next few weeks and apply OTC hydrocortizone cream to area twice a day to see if resolve ...Read more

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I have eczema in back of my ears I went many times to the dctr they givd me creams, natural creams and I used but they didn't help what can I do?

See below.: Eczema is in the same family of conditions as allergies and asthma. It can't be cured but usually can be controlled. It is best managed by using a sensitive skin cleanser, avoiding bathing in very hot water, and using a sensitive skin lotion at least 3 times daily, even when the rash isn't there. If doing this plus the prescription steroid cream isn't enough, time to see a dermatologist! ...Read more

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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Deshidrotic Eczema (Definition)

A condition in which tiny, fluid-filled blisters appear on the palms and fingers. ...Read more