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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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Extremely itchy rash.spreading down back and now middle of chest. Dermatologist biopsy shows sbk.ointment does not help.No fungus from scrape sample.

Extremely itchy rash.spreading down back and now middle of chest. Dermatologist biopsy shows sbk.ointment does not help.No fungus from scrape sample.

Sbk?: I believe that sbk refers to the type of needle used in the biopsy, not to the biopsy-aided diagnosis. I may be wrong, but I am right about this: if the treatment that your dermatologist isn't working within the expected time frame, you need to follow up, if only with a phone call. Please contact your doctor. I hope all goes well. ...Read more

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Daughter has skin colored bumpy itchy rash spreading on body tried betaderm & aquaphor. Not working. Allergy meds don't help either. What could it be?

Daughter has skin colored bumpy itchy rash spreading on body tried betaderm & aquaphor. Not working. Allergy meds don't help either. What could it be?

Pityriasis?: There are several inflammatory rashes that appear frequently in children and a proper diagnosis is helpful in not only giving the right treatment but avoiding unnecessary treatment. In the derm word, a picture is indeed better than a thousand word. The rash could be eczema,requiring steroid cream. For the other common rash, see link. ...Read more

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I have a 6 inch high by 4 inch wide non-itchy rash evenly spread along the base of the spine. What could the be?

I have a 6 inch high by 4 inch wide non-itchy rash evenly spread along the base of the spine. What could the be?

Hard to say...: Without more information, it's really difficult to say for certain. Usually things like shingles or herpes have fluid filled bumps. Mild eczema doesn't have to be itchy, it can just tingle or feel irritated. If you're not having fever, it's not painful, and you're feeling well otherwise, its okay to wait a few days before seeing the doctor, but you should get it checked if it doesn't go away. ...Read more

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What would cause a round scaly itchy rash that spreads to other members of the home even after using antifungal which makes the itching worse. I've tried different product's. Muciprocion, anti fungal, my child was on keflex and then switched to septra thi

What would cause a round scaly itchy rash that spreads to other members of the home even after using antifungal which makes the itching worse. I've tried different product's. Muciprocion, anti fungal, my child was on keflex and then switched to septra thi

Not antifungal: Mupirocin, keflex and septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) aren't antifungals, those are antibiotics, topical and systemic. Miconazole cream though is the antifungal, it's OTC, needs at least 2 weeks of application, but you ultimately want to see your doctor, it might not be ring worm to start with, also if you have a pet at home, it needs to be taken care of, wish you all wellness. ...Read more

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Have an itchy rash that's spreading. Tried cortizone (hydrocortisone) and didn't work. Now trying olux-e and its not working either. What should I use to get rid of it?

Have an itchy rash that's spreading. Tried cortizone (hydrocortisone) and didn't work. Now trying olux-e and its not working either. What should I use to get rid of it?

Depends: If the rash is fungal, you need to use an anti fungal cream. There are some otc preparations. However, if it allergic Benadryl (diphenhydramine) orally or topically can work. Additionally the steroid cream you used may just not be strong enough. Lastly, the rash could be coming from something internal. See your physician or a dermatologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Hi fevr, sore throat,cough,8 itchy rash w heads.Spread 2 n hand 4 on ankles.Week later all crusted but last 1 itchypain 3mm fluid filled bubble! pox?

Hi fevr, sore throat,cough,8 itchy rash w heads.Spread 2 n hand 4 on ankles.Week later all crusted but last 1 itchypain 3mm fluid filled bubble! pox?

Unlikely chickenpox: A rash with fluid filled blisters is suggestive of chickenpox, but the distribution is atypical. Chickenpox usually starts with lesions on the abdomen and then spreads up and out and includes the entire body. Lesions that are limited to hands and ankles along with a sore mouth or throat are more consistent with a Coxsackie virus, often called hand foot mouth virus. An exam would confirm. ...Read more

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My husband broke out with a painful, itchy rash that keeps spreading all over his body. What is it and what should we do?

My husband broke out with a painful, itchy rash that keeps spreading all over his body. What is it and what should we do?

??Hives"": Red, raised and itchy rash that looks like mosquit-bites but can coalesce into much larger patches is characteristic of hives. But it often is not painful. It sounds like he should have a doctor take a look at this for better diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I wonder why many doctors prescribe strong corticosteroids like betamethasonum or advantan when it cant heal any inflamed itchy rash that is spreading?

I wonder why many doctors prescribe strong corticosteroids like betamethasonum or advantan when it cant heal any inflamed itchy rash that is spreading?

See a dermatologist: It sounds like you have a rash that is not going away despite repeated visits to your doctor? Ask your physician if an "autoimmune" condition could be the cause. A dermatologist or "skin doctor" may be of help. Sometimes it is necessary to get a second opinion. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

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Dr. Doanh Nguyen
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Itchy Rash (Definition)

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