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What is diabetic rash? I am 68 years old. I have had a rash on my neck and underarms off and on for about two weeks, from no apparent cause. I have not changed my diet nor medications, nor laundry detergent. I have diabetes ii, which is treated with die

What is diabetic rash? I am 68 years old. I have had a rash on my neck and underarms off and on for about two weeks, from no apparent cause.  I have not changed my diet nor medications, nor laundry detergent.  I have diabetes ii, which is treated with die

Many possibilities: There are many things that could cause a skin rash. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, sun exposure, insect bites, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more


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My friend has been off clindamycin for 2 days, breaks out in rash suddenly, hadn't made any changes in cleaners our laundry detergents.Reaction to med?

My friend has been off clindamycin for 2 days, breaks out in rash suddenly, hadn't made any changes in cleaners our laundry detergents.Reaction to med?

See a doctor: This sounds like an allergic eruption and if due to the Clindamycin the medication needs to be stopped, and something substituted if necessary. Please show this rash to a doctor asap and definitely discontinue the clindamyciin. ...Read more

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New laundry detergent caused me to get a skin rash on my legs and behind my knees. Now it seems behind my knees is a little swollen. What can I do?

Stop: Stop using the new detergent and switch to one without harsh chemicals or fragrances..Something like ivory or similar store brands...See your family doc for a check of the symptoms to make sure that is what it actually is.... ...Read more

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New laundry detergant gave me a skin rash on my legs and behind my knees. There is also some swelling behind my knees.?

New laundry detergant gave me a skin rash on my legs and behind my knees. There is also some swelling behind my knees.?

Hydrocortisone: First of all, all rashes are skin rashes; there is no other place to get a rash. Try otc Hydrocortisone cream for a few days. If the rash persists or worsens, a dermatologist should take a look to confirm the diagnosis and prescribe something stronger. ...Read more

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Should I use a different detergent if my baby keeps getting rashes on her leg?

Should I use a different detergent if my baby keeps getting rashes on her leg?

Usually won't matter: Recurrent rashes on the arms and legs of babies are often eczema, which appears as reddened, rough, dry skin areas. On severe eczema areas, the skin will get tiny cracks that ooze moisture. Changing the laundry detergent usually doesn't make a difference in the rash, but parents can try using no detergent for 2-3 weeks and see if the rash resolves (just wash the laundry with hot or warm water). ...Read more

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If my baby is getting rashes everywhere except his diaper area, could it be the detergent i'm using?

Yes: Since it doesn't involve the diaper area unless you have cloth diapers that have been washed in the same detergent it could be a contact dermatitis related to the laundry detergent. It is more likely an atopic dermatitis (eczema) which is an excessive dryness of the skin. The reason it is not in the diaper area is because the diaper area is usually moist. ...Read more

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My kids get irritated rash when changing to recently washed clothes. Use tide detergent. What else could be cause?

Allergy to product: If your kids are getting a rash when they put on freshly laundered clothes, then they are most likely allergic to something in the laundry. Most common culprits are detergents and dryer sheets, especially if you use scented products. If you always use tide and they never had a problem before, what else has changed? New dryer sheets? Other products to clean machines? Water treatments? ...Read more

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Skin Rash (Definition)

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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