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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

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I have an itchy rash on my face and neck. I haven't ate or used any new products. And there are no other symptoms. What could this be?

Doctor visit: Unfortunately the next step is not via computer, but to have a doctor actually view your skin. By seeing the lesions and pressing upon the skin the doctor (like myself in the emergency department) can get the context of the rash. Your description is good, so remember to tell the doctor about your symptoms just as you have written.
Good luck to you. .. Feel better. .. ...Read more

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I have a pimple-like, non-itchy, rash on my back. Not red or visible from far. Spread to whole back over 2 weeks. No new products or other symptoms.?

I have a pimple-like, non-itchy, rash on my back. Not red or visible from far. Spread to whole back over 2 weeks. No new products or other symptoms.?

Rashes need exam for: Diagnosis. Since it is not itchy or red and located just on the back, it does not sound like allergic reaction or viral exanthema. A common cause of papules on the back is miliaria, or heat rash, which is caused by blocked sweat pores. Alternatively, dry skin can cause blockage of the hair follicle and cause small papules or keratosis pilaris. This is benign, and is commonly seen on upper arms ...Read more

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Had flu symptoms for five days now have itchy rash on the tops of thighs?

Had flu symptoms for five days now have itchy rash on the tops of thighs?

Infection related: It is not uncommon to develop hive-like rashes in association with viral illness and even strep infections. As the infection resolves or is treated, so will the rash. These rashes are more common in children. The location being the tops of the thighs in curious. Take a photo to show your doctor. Follow the progression and if not better, see dermatologist. ...Read more

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I'm 49 with a low grade fever and now a non itchy rash. Should I be concerned or just treat symptoms?

I'm 49 with a low grade fever and now a non itchy rash. Should I be concerned or just treat symptoms?

Depends: If the problem has been present for more than 10 days or is getting worse by the day, see your doctor. Be sure that this is not from a new drug introduced within a couple of weeks prior to the onset of your symptoms. ...Read more

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My boyfriend enjoys anal sex frequently. Now he has a itchy rash on his shaft. I have no symptoms. Could it be from anal sex?

My boyfriend enjoys anal sex frequently. Now he has a itchy rash on his shaft. I have no symptoms. Could it be from anal sex?

Yes: Any rash on the skin of the penis should be examined by a doctor. This could be anything from a yeast infection to a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Non itchy rash flare up 3 times in 24 hours despite antihistamines. Is there a chance that I m allergic to my cat? (9 months old). No prior symptoms.

Non itchy rash flare up 3 times in 24 hours despite antihistamines. Is there a chance that I m allergic to my cat? (9 months old). No prior symptoms.

Rash not cat allergy: If it doesn't itch it's not an allergic rash. The other possibility is that the antihistamines are strong enough to suppress itching but not the rash. Try stopping the antihistamine. If the rash continues to appear and becomes itchy, then yes, it could be the cat. You will want to see a health care professional at that point. ...Read more

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8cm brown-red itchy rash on middle upper back right on spine. No other symptoms. 2nd occurrence this year. Fungal infection?

8cm brown-red itchy rash on middle upper back right on spine. No other symptoms. 2nd occurrence this year. Fungal infection?

It is really: Difficult to guess at correct diagnosis without visualizing a lesion. This would be best handled by an in-person dermatological evaluation. ...Read more

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Red Itchy rash that turned dark no other symptoms but fatigue have been on him for 2 weeks now WBC was high could this be mold realted?

Red Itchy rash that turned dark no other symptoms but fatigue have been on him for 2 weeks now WBC was high could this be mold realted?

Tick-Born Illness?: I will presume that 'on him' should read 'on abx' for 2 weeks. It sounds as though the treating clinician may have suspected a tick-born source of your rash in the setting of fatigue and prescribed a prolonged course of antibiotics to treat. Mold allergy (any allergy) can cause a variety of symptoms, including rash, but treatment for mold would not require antibiotics. ...Read more

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