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Dr. Candace Spann
Board Certified, Dermatology
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Hello, I need help to differentiate a skin allergy or infection from herpes. I have itchy pustules with red base on the thighs and belly button?

Dr. Candace Spann
Board Certified, Dermatology
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Hello, I need help to differentiate a skin allergy or infection from herpes. I have itchy pustules with red base on the thighs and belly button?

Folliculitis?: Herpes typically presents as a cluster of vesicles (filled with clear fluid that eventually scab over). A first episode can be more extensive and sore, but thighs and belly button sounds more like folliculitis. Folliculitis is a bacterial infection of the follicles. See your dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Anthony
Board Certified, Dermatology
16 years in practice
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Itchy red pustules on scalp after going to hair salon 6 yrs ago.Now all over body except face.Allergy or follicultis.Allergy meds & prednisone no help?

Dr. Alan Anthony
Board Certified, Dermatology
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Itchy red pustules on scalp after going to hair salon 6 yrs ago.Now all over body except face.Allergy or follicultis.Allergy meds & prednisone no help?

Need to be seen: I recommend seeing a physician soon. The possibilities are many and include everything from atopy to neuroexcoriations to scabies. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Killian
Board Certified, General Practice
23 years in practice
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Got bit.1st looked like a flea bite then got itchy & bright red.It formed a pustule &now has spread & bigger- it has a white ring around it-what is it?

Dr. Robert Killian
Board Certified, General Practice
23 years in practice
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Got bit.1st looked like a flea bite then got itchy & bright red.It formed a pustule &now has spread & bigger- it has a white ring around it-what is it?

Staph infection: You have a very serious bacterial infection called MRSA. Please go see your physician urgently. This can be very serious. ...Read more

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Dr. James Lin
Board Certified, Urology
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I get tiny pustules(1 to 4) ,not itchy ,painless ,on sole of one foot only, occasionaly after my long runs for the past year .I am a regular runner.

Dr. James Lin
Board Certified, Urology
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I get tiny pustules(1 to 4) ,not itchy ,painless ,on sole of one foot only, occasionaly after my long runs for the past year .I am a regular runner.

Here are some...: Have these pustules happened to the same location or uncertain? If same along long run, clearly they are pressure- or friction-related. If so, think about improving padding to that area or /and shortening running distance. Of course, having a podiatrist take a look is a reasonable thing to do. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Zimon
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
54 years in practice
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I get tiny pustules ,not itchy ,painless ,on one foot only after my long runs for the past year .I am a regular runner.Dermatolgist clueless .

Dr. Richard Zimon
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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I get tiny pustules ,not itchy ,painless ,on one foot only after my long runs for the past year .I am a regular runner.Dermatolgist clueless .

Your Dermatologist: may be "clueless" but a PODIATRIST may not be! Sounds like one of your feet is getting irritated by your running shoe! This can be ONE FOOT ONLY!!!!!! Check it out with a good Podiatrist! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Dr. Susan Rhoads
Board Certified, Family Medicine
33 years in practice
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Itchy bites on legs. red surrounding area, perfectly round pustule in the center. doesnt really hurt but is firm when i push on the red area. warm.

Dr. Susan Rhoads
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Itchy bites on legs. red surrounding area, perfectly round pustule in the center. doesnt really hurt but is firm when i push on the red area. warm.

Age?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Put your country or state, too. Ages and locations can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, and we expect it of you, too! ...Read more

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Dr. Joram Seggev
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Red, itchy rash on thigh-2 months. 2 different prescribed steroids failed. Now it's painful w/pustules. Thoughts?

Dr. Joram Seggev
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Red, itchy rash on thigh-2 months. 2 different prescribed steroids failed. Now it's painful w/pustules. Thoughts?

See a specialist: Painful pustules that are painful need to be taken seriously. There are several diseases that can present with pustules. Actually, any rash that stays in one place for more than 24 hours needs to be addressed. See a dermatologist first, the sooner the better. ...Read more

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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
24 years in practice
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I've had a red, itchy rash (thigh) for two months. 2 prescribed steroids-no relief. It's now painful and red with little pustules. Thoughts?

Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology
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I've had a red, itchy rash (thigh) for two months. 2 prescribed steroids-no relief. It's now painful and red with little pustules. Thoughts?

Folliculitis: This can be from inflammation around the hair follicles and may need a combination of antibiotics and topical medications to treat, see a dermatologist ...Read more

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Dr. Darryl Blinski
Board Certified, Plastic Surgery
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Dr. Michael Ein
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
43 years in practice
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Rash starts with white pustule, evolves into itchy cigarette burn style rash. Had it for years on back and legs?

Dr. Michael Ein
Board Certified, Infectious Disease
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Rash starts with white pustule, evolves into itchy cigarette burn style rash. Had it for years on back and legs?

Sounds like Impetigo: This sounds like impetigo, a bacterial infection of the skin caused by staphylococcus aureus or streptococcus pyogenes. Have your doctor culture a lesion and inside your nose. If a culture is positive topical treatment and decolonization would be indicated. ...Read more

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