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Dr. John Chiu
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Skin 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


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I have patches of an itchy rash on arms and legs. When it started i thought it was ringworm but none of the OTC meds have worked. I have pics. Ideas?

I have patches of an itchy rash on arms and legs. When it started i thought it was ringworm but none of the OTC meds have worked. I have pics. Ideas?

There are lots...: ...Of possibilities, but this time of year it is most likely to be an allergic response to something that came in contact with your arms, such as poison ivy, particularly if you've been working in the garden or camping or clearing weeds. Over-the-counter creams are too weak for such rashes, so let a dermatologist give you a precise diagnosis and treatment. Could we see the photos? ...Read more

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3yr old Raised itchy rash over back of neck arms and legs only. No fever. Just recovered from general virus. What could it be? Exclude from kindy?

3yr old Raised itchy rash over back of neck arms and legs only. No fever. Just recovered from general virus. What could it be? Exclude from kindy?

Mgt: From your description there may be an allergic reaction. I would advise letting your PCP know and a dose of over the counter children's anti histamine such as Claritin (loratadine) may be used. It may be related to the virus or an allergic trigger. Your PCP will obtain a history including whether there were new foods, medications, lotions etc. ...Read more

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Son has white spots on hands and fingers for about month. Now itchy rash on arms legs?

Itchy White Spots: This sounds like something known as dyshidrotic eczema, but without a picture or more description of the rash, it's hard to know. Would check with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Had fever for 24 hr last Fri. Rash on arms/legs/feet Tuesday. Legs/feet have itchy rash still. Headaches all week bad today. Meningitis?

Had fever for 24 hr last Fri. Rash on arms/legs/feet Tuesday. Legs/feet have itchy rash still. Headaches all week bad today. Meningitis?

Other symptoms..?: The symptoms you have described could be due to many different illnesses. In my experience, patients with meningitis most commonly present with high fever, neck stiffness, severe headaches,nausea and vomiting. There are some serious forms of meningitis associated with rashes.However, they will be associated with equally serious symptoms as listed above.If you are unsure, see your doctor right away ...Read more

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My arms and legs are a bright red but not itchy rash. I am also experiencing chills with the red skin.

My arms and legs are a bright red but not itchy rash. I am also experiencing chills with the red skin.

Urgent: Please seek urgent medical advice as this might be a serious infection that needs to be treated at once. ...Read more

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I have a non itchy rash all over body, mainly arms and legs a little on my back and stomach, should I seek medical attention?

I have a non itchy rash all over body, mainly arms and legs a little on my back and stomach, should I seek medical attention?

Drug Eruption: Drug eruptions can mimic a wide range of dermatoses. The morphologies are myriad and include morbilliform, urticarial, papulosquamous, pustular, and bullous. Medications can also cause pruritus and dysesthesia without an obvious eruption. A drug-induced reaction should be considered in any patient who is taking medications and who suddenly develops a symmetric cutaneous eruption. ...Read more

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My sister has a red, itchy rash developing on her arms and legs. It started on her feet and has now spread to hands, knees, elbows. ?

My sister has a red, itchy rash developing on her arms and legs. It started on her feet and has now spread to hands, knees, elbows.  ?

Cannot say: Your sister could have eczema and allergic eruption or psoriasis.She needs to see a dermatologist for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Sometimes a skin biopsy is necessary. ...Read more

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My granddaughter (16 mo) diagnosed roseola or fifths. I have an itchy rash on arms and neck and had fever blister. Any connection?

My granddaughter (16 mo) diagnosed roseola or fifths.  I have an itchy rash on arms and neck and had fever blister. Any connection?

No connection: Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) is the most frequent cause of roseola.?Roseola classically begins with three to five days of fever that may exceed 40ºC (104ºF); as the fever abates, a blanching macular or maculopapular rash develops, starting on the neck and trunk and spreads to the face and extremities. It is self limited and benign. I do not believe your symptoms are caused by Roseola! ...Read more

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I have itchy rashes, small pink and white bumps, only on my arms and legs. Not applying anything atm. What should I do and what cud it be?

I have itchy rashes, small pink and white bumps, only on my arms and legs. Not applying anything atm. What should I do and what cud it be?

Moisturize your skin: Rashes can be dry skin. Avoid hot too much soap baths. Moisturize with simple skin oils such as vaseline after each bath of once per day. Be nice to you skin, wear sunscreen if you are white. Do not scratch? Avoid all other chemical skin applications. ...Read more

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I have had itchy skin with no rash for weeks now. comes in waves. generally, scalp, neck, arms and legs. rarely torso and never feet/ hands. ?

I have had itchy skin with no rash for weeks now. comes in waves. generally, scalp, neck, arms and legs. rarely torso and never feet/ hands. ?

? dry skin: as it is affecting the more exposed areas, however, if symptoms are really bothersome you may want to see a dermatologist, meanwhile, try some skin care techniques: as bathing with cream soap, moisturize your skin right after, hydrate you body well, and avoid prolonged sun exposure, occasional antihistamine might help too, good luck ...Read more

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What would cause an intensely itchy rash on neck, arms, & legs?

Different causes: There are different causes of this type of rash includung allergy to foods, medications, etc. Have a physician or dermatologist evaluate the rash if still present. In the meantime if you're uncomfortable you could take Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for the itch but be aware that it can cause drowsiness. Claritin is less effective but does not cause drowsiness. ...Read more

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I have itchy skin and it's very cold out here i been experiencing itchy rash on my back legs and arms i put lotion on but what to use otc?

Cold weather : Can dry our skin and cause itching . Key is to avoid washing with hot water . Use good moisturizing creams , lotions , skin cleansers eg cetaphil, moisturel , aquaphor , eucerin, neutrogena, aveeno (oatmeal) etc. ...Read more

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I have a itchy rash for 3wks that i got from a body wrap. It started on my thighs and now has spread to my legs, lower back, and arms. Please help.

I have a itchy rash for 3wks that i got from a body wrap. It started on my thighs and now has spread to my legs, lower back, and arms. Please help.

Use steroid cream: It seems you have an acute case of contact dermatitis and may need to see your doctor asap as it is spreading meanwhile take over the counter Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to control the itching and use 1%hydrocortisone cream locally till you see your doctor you may need stronger steroid cream and/or oral or injecteble steroids. ...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


Dr. Doanh Nguyen
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Itchy Rash (Definition)

Most itchy rashes are called eczema or dermatitis. Both are due to ...Read more