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What creams i can use to treat violet patches developed due to excessive usage of hot packs! is it erythema ab igne! will it fade!

What creams i can use to treat violet patches developed due to excessive usage of hot packs! is it erythema ab igne! will it fade!

Get it seen: If this is indeed erythema ab igne, it tends to fade in a few months but may persist indefinitely. You should be seen by a dermatologist to be sure it is not cancer; biopsy may be required. Topical tretinoin has been used and possibly laser therapy could be tried. ...Read more

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What is the treatment of erythema ab igne caused by hot packs? I've violet patches?

Avoid heat : Avoid application of a heat source o the area. The discoloration should resolve with time, which will vary depending on your complexion. ...Read more

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I've used hot packs for 2 mns ago to relief cervical MS spasm recently i noticed violet patches on this skin area.Is it erythema ab igne!how to treat?

Yes: Anything which irritates the skin should be avoided. Why can't you just use a regular heating pad and perhaps even an ice pad? It this has been present for 2 months, you should consult an orthopedist specialized in the spine to make sure nothing more serious may be going on. ...Read more

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I think erythema ab igne appeared on breast after using heating pad on chest but went away. Does this mean i can't use heat on my chest any more?

I think erythema ab igne appeared on breast after using heating pad on chest but went away. Does this mean i can't use heat on my chest any more?

Not for long.: Using heating pads too long and too often can cause chronic skin changes, including darkening of skin in a reticulated (mottled) pattern for anyone. Use heating pads for 30 minutes at a time max, and wait at least an hour before using it again. ...Read more

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I'vee read that a recently developed erythema ab igni is reversible when stoppng exposure to the source of heat.. Is ths true?!

I'vee read that a recently developed erythema ab igni is reversible when stoppng exposure to the source of heat.. Is ths true?!

Yes, if early: Hello, this does depend on how early you catch it. If you notice the changes in skin very soon after using heat, your skin can recover after a period of time. However, if you have caused too much damage to the deeper layers of skin, you may always have this discoloration. The risk of developing skin cancer will also decrease over time with discontinued use if caught early. I hope this helps! ...Read more

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What's the best modality iin treating erythema ab agni on upper back which is NT markdely dark?I've recenltly developed it bec.Of hot packs.Plz help

Erythema Ab Igne: No definitive therapy is available for erythema ab igne. Reducing or eliminating exposure to the heat source early in the erythema ab igne disease process may reverse the hyperpigmentation. In cases of short duration, complete resolution occurs with removal of the offending heating device. More advanced cases may respond somewhat to tretinoin, and 5-fluorouracil cream can help clear. ...Read more

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