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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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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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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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I have flu like symptoms and itchy skin all over...I suffer from eczema in patches but this itching is different its all over and I am getting hives..

I have flu like symptoms and itchy skin all over...I suffer from eczema in patches but this itching is different its all over and I am getting hives..

Likely allergic: Urticaria or allergy causing itching all over with wattery nasal discharge & even feeling warm but an immunological reaction from your eczema; systemic reaction is posible.
Get an allergist to see you. ...Read more

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Is a red itchy rash inside the vagina a symptom of chlamydhia or any other std?

Is a red itchy rash inside the vagina a symptom of chlamydhia or any other std?

No: It can be from an allergic reaction from a contact agent (vaginal cream, latex, semen, Tampex etc) and sometimes a fungal infection. Need to see your GYN if the problem is persistent. ...Read more

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Can I have an itchy rash from West Nile without having the other symptoms? Is it dangerous?

Can I have an itchy rash from West Nile without having the other symptoms? Is it dangerous?

The Vile Nile Virus: First, remember that a lot of viruses can cause a rash, sometimes itchy and sometimes without many other symptoms but when it comes to West Nile, no, the usual is with other symptoms (fever, aches, swollen glands, fatigue--kinda like Mono)--yes, the rash can itch, & it's usually on the trunk. West Nile itself is usually not dangerous, but 1% or less of those infected can get encephalitis (brain burn) ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more