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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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I have a red itchy rash on both my shoulders/upper arm. The patches are dry and vary in size. They are not oozing but they do itch. Is it eczema?

I have a red itchy rash on both my shoulders/upper arm. The patches are dry and vary in size. They are not oozing but they do itch. Is it eczema?

Depends: What you have is a skin rash which may sometimes be loosely called eczema by some. The potential causes range from a contact allergy, fungal infection to psoriasis. If topical hydrocortisone does not help, you would need to consult your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a red, sometimes itchy rash on the palm of my hand that flakes skin sometimes. It's been there about a month. Eczema?

I have a red, sometimes itchy rash on the palm of my hand that flakes skin sometimes. It's been there about a month. Eczema?

Its possible.: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I have a non itchy rash under both of my arms, just right above my armpit. I used eczema cream, doesn't work. I tried everything, what can it be?

I have a non itchy rash under both of my arms, just right above my armpit. I used eczema cream, doesn't work. I tried everything, what can it be?

Lots of things: Rashes are nearly impossible to diagnose correctly without seeing them, especially with so little information. Is it light or dark? Raised, flat, or depressed? Fine bumps? Big welts? Does it blanch when you push on it or no? Are you sick or well? What other symptoms do you have? If it bothers you, and to get it properly diagnosed, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Scaly mildly itchy rash at side of fingers for 2-3 years (only at fingers-no irritant involv)no luck with antifungal tx. Dyshidrotic eczema or infection?

Scaly mildly itchy rash at side of fingers for 2-3 years (only at fingers-no irritant involv)no luck with antifungal tx. Dyshidrotic eczema or infection?

Contact/irritant: If you have dry skin, you will need to use a thick moisturizer after washing your hands whenever possible. Wear vinyl glove when washing dishes or anything else. Avoid scented soap of any kind. After washing hands before going to bed, apply some moisturizer on the hands and wear non-latex gloves overnight. Consider getting patch testing to find out whether contact allergen plays a role. ...Read more

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Itchy skin that's been coming on out of the blue, worse at night. Sometimes accompanied by rash/hives. Eczema runs in the family, could this be it?

Itchy skin that's been coming on out of the blue, worse at night. Sometimes accompanied by rash/hives. Eczema runs in the family, could this be it?

Possibly: This sounds like it could be eczema, especially since you have a family history. I would have it checked by your primary provider. There are multiple treatments available. ...Read more

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I have very dry itchy skin from eczema, it caused a rash like scar on my legs, will it go away?

I have very dry itchy skin from eczema, it caused a rash like scar on my legs, will it go away?

It may get better!: Very itchy and dry skin is part of eczema presentation. If the rashes are present, especially in area of irritation and scratching a rash like scar can appear. After intense treatment by a physician, the rash can go away. ...Read more

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Can eczema turn into psoriasis? I have a patch of itchy skin on my shin diagnosed as eczema. My GP prescribed Verdeso 0.05% rash came back red & bumpy

Can eczema turn into psoriasis? I have a patch of itchy skin on my shin diagnosed as eczema. My GP prescribed Verdeso 0.05% rash came back red & bumpy

No: In fact atopic eczema and psoriasis are nearly 180 degree opposite to each other in term of the immune reactions. Cortisone is a non-specific anti-inflammatory agent which however may help both conditions although better and safer alternatives may be required. The itchy rash on your chin is likely from a contact allergy with hair preparations being the most likely suspects. ...Read more

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My three year old girl has some kind of eczema (itchy skin and rash). What kind of doctor should I take her to see to save my time and money and get best result for my girl, a pediatrician, a dermatologist, a family doctor, a hospital, or someplace else?

My three year old girl has some kind of eczema (itchy skin and rash). What kind of doctor should I take her to see to save my time and money and get best result for my girl, a pediatrician, a dermatologist, a family doctor, a hospital, or someplace else?

Pediatrician: How about starting with your child's pediatrician? He or she is likely to be very experienced in treating eczema in children as this is a very common skin problem. If your pediatrician feels it is medically necessary, he/she may subsequently refer you to a dermatologist if necessary. ...Read more

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I have this red, lumpy, flakey and itchy rash on my chin for nearly 3wks. Pretty sure it is ezcema, I am using DermAid cream on it and it's not workin?

I have this red, lumpy, flakey and itchy rash on my chin for nearly 3wks. Pretty sure it is ezcema, I am using DermAid cream on it and it's not workin?

Eval: These lesions need to be visualized & a history needs to be obtained in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes lab testing or biopsy is necessary. ...Read more

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Red, flaky, itchy rash on both lower legs. I'm guessing it's eczma. Is there any effective home remedies?

Red, flaky, itchy rash on both lower legs. I'm guessing it's eczma. Is there any effective home remedies?

Yes and god one: Pure aloe gel from plant 3-4 times a day, wash with neem or turmeric water, apply paste of bitter gourd 3times a day, cut down on sugars and quit gluten. Vit e lubricates. ...Read more

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How long does a minor allergic reaction last like a minor itchy rash?? Without any medication??

How long does a minor allergic reaction last like a minor itchy rash?? Without any medication??

Depends: On the stimulus (allergen), the route, and the exposure duration, if ingested might take some time till eliminated, at any rate if it is minor as you described it should be only hours at the most ...Read more

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I have a patchy itchy skin that sometimes feels rashy what is it? Eczema? Ring worm?

I have a patchy itchy skin that sometimes feels rashy what is it? Eczema? Ring worm?

Difficult to diagnos: Rashes are very difficult to diagnose without any photos. From the description it sounds like eczema, but it should really been seen by a physician. You can always make a consult appointment with a HealthTap doc to show pictures and for further evaluation. ...Read more

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How long does an itchy rash from Amox-Clav typically last after stopping taking the drug?

How long does an itchy rash from Amox-Clav typically last after stopping taking the drug?

A few days: Allergic reactions to antibiotics are not common but it may happen. An IgE mediated reaction to a medication may usually present early and with hives and may need interventions such as medications. A late reaction to a medication (a few days later) that is non-IgE mediated will typically go away on its own once medication is stopped, but it may take another 24-72 hrs to resolve. ...Read more

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I have an itchy patch, like a spot, on my ear. I scratched and it's dry and red and hot. I do have eczema. Can this be serious? How long to heal?

I have an itchy patch, like a spot, on my ear. I scratched and it's dry and red and hot. I do have eczema. Can this be serious? How long to heal?

Hard to say: But suggest that you try hydrocortisone cream on it for about a week. If it does not improve, then see your doctor to make sure that it is not a skin cancer (yes, even at your age). ...Read more

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Pain in both hips r>l for about 2 months, itchy rash that comes and goes sometimes covers a large portion of my body and can last quite awhile.?

Pain in both hips r>l for about 2 months, itchy rash that comes and goes sometimes covers a large portion of my body and can last quite awhile.?

Hip pain rash: Concerning symptoms needs a physicians attention. History physical examination and appropriate blood work indicated. ...Read more

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How long does it take for antihistamines to work on your itchy rash?

How long does it take for antihistamines to work on your itchy rash?

IF they work. Fast.: Oral and especially topical antihistamines may have a slight- if any- effect on itching and will be noticeable quite soon after use. ...Read more

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Is eczema cause of itchy skin all over the body or just the affected (infected) area?

Eczema and itch: Eczema usually starts on dry skin. Patches of eczema usually itch more intensely but dry skin over the body can be itchy as well. ...Read more

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Could you please help me! I've had an itchy rash that has lasted four months. Lupus rash?

Could you please help me! I've had an itchy rash that has lasted four months. Lupus rash?

Unlikely: Itching is generally not a major component of lupus rashes. See a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What could cause a persistent itchy rash in only one armpit that has lasted for at least two months but hasn't spread?

What could cause a persistent itchy rash in only one armpit that has lasted for at least two months but hasn't spread?

ARMPIT RASH: WHY UNDER ONE ARM I DON'T KNOW.
IF ITS UNDER THE ARM THAT DOES ALL THE WORK, LIKE WRITING, LIFTING, EATING, ETC., IT MAY BE A CONTACT DERMATITIS FROM SOAP, DETERGENT, STUFF YOU MAY BE PUTTING ON WITH YOUR DOMINANT HAND.
BE A DETECTIVE AND IF IT DOESN'T GET BETTER, SEE DERMATOLOGIST. ...Read more

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I took the 500 mg one pill and now I have a itchy rash how long will it take to clear up?

I took the 500 mg one pill and now I have a itchy rash how long will it take to clear up?

Probably about 1 wk.: But it also depends on how long the drug is supposed to stay in your body. The longer acting the drug the longer the rash. ...Read more

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Have a non itchy rash that started on my chest last wk, now on abdomen and back. I feel great. What cld it be?

Have a non itchy rash that started on my chest last wk, now on abdomen and back. I feel great. What cld it be?

Non-itchy rash: Many possibilities: might be sensitivity to bath soap, laundry detergent, fabric softener, dyes/ chemicals in new (unwashed) shirt, cologne or body spray; if u sweat a lot, might be prickly heat; might be viral infection like measles/ rubella. Cool compresses & oral antihistamine (claritin/zyrtec/benadryl) may help. See doc for close exam of rash for more exact possibilities. ...Read more

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Itchy rash that comes and goes all day long. Different spots all the time. They look like goosebumps. What is it? My dr. Said sand mites.

Itchy rash that comes and goes all day long. Different spots all the time. They look like goosebumps. What is it? My dr. Said sand mites.

Uncertain: These lesions need to be visualized & a history needs to be obtained in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes lab testing or biopsy is necessary. ...Read more

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Itchy rash over entire body. Red/pink spots, surrounded by a white ring. At least 5/7 days/week for last month. No contact w/ known allergies.

Itchy rash over entire body. Red/pink spots, surrounded by a white ring. At least 5/7 days/week for last month. No contact w/ known allergies.

Seek eval: These lesions need to be visualized & a history needs to be obtained in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes lab testing or biopsy is necessary. ...Read more

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I had sudden diarrhea and itchy rash all over my body 3 weeks ago. It lasted for 2 hours and dissappeared. Today it occured again. What could it be?

Food reaction?: Keep a diary on your food intake and symptoms since the episodic nature of your symptoms and the skin rash point to a food allergy. See an allergist if the cause cannot be pinpointed. ...Read more

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