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Skin Fungus On Arms
I have a white splotchy rash/ skin fungus on my arms and am not sure how to treat it. Is there a good resource to look at options of what it cld be?
Can fungus be the cause for itchiness all over body especially arms and head with no signs of hive redness or dandruff tingly feeling and itch tests?
Generalized pruritus: Pruritus, or itch, is defined as an unpleasant sensation that provokes the desire to scratch. Certain systemic diseases have long been known to cause pruritus that ranges in intensity from a mild annoyance to an intractable, disabling condition. Generalized pruritus:renal pruritus, cholestatic pruritus, hematologic pruritus, endocrine pruritus, pruritus related to malignancy, and idiopathic. ...Read more
Tinea corporis, etc.: Because HIV infects a person's white blood cells, HIV prevents the person's immune system from properly stopping fungal and yeast infections (hiv patients get other types of infections too). Fungi such as tinea corporis grow on the skin (tinea versicolor, candida albicans, and other more serious ones probably do it too, in an HIV patient). ...Read more
I have fungus attack on my body. In my under arms, near my breasts and also the pelvic area. Please help.
Get medicine: You can use an over the counter yeast medication until you can be seen by your doctor. Since it is in multiple body areas you should be seen very soon. Oral prescription treatment is likely necessary. You should request to be tested for immune system uppression issues and diabetes. ...Read more
What should I do about this fungus? I'm using a colloidal oatmeal bath and an anti-fungal liquid spray to treat what I believe is athletes foot that I may have spread, by itching, to my arms, legs, hands, and a few other places. How can I tell if this is
Dermatologist: You should consult a dermatologist to ensure that you have the right diagnosis and after his/her diagnosis, the appropriate treatment can be prescribed. I don't feel that someone who isn't skilled in dermatological problems can help you. ...Read more
I have ringworm on my arm and I've been putting Anti fungus cream on it. It's getting smaller but it's so itchy is there anything to help with that?
Try antihistamine: You can take an over-the-counter antihistamine pill to help reduce the itching. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) treats itching very well, but can cause significant drowsiness when taken orally. A nonsedating anti-histamine, such as Zytrec (cetirizine) can also be very helpful for itching. Steroid cream, such as hydrocortisone, should not be used, as can make ringworm worse. ...Read more
Doctors decision: By going to the doctor and letting him make the diagnosis and institute therapy. ...Read more
Sores under my arms. Like my sweat is acid to my skin. No matter what I do it smells like rotten flesh. Been to many Dr. S but never helps?
Can't be sure what you have with such limited info given, but u may have keratosis pilaris: thickened hair follicles. It is genetically inherited, common skin disorder which cannot be cured, but treated with topical emolients etc...Severe cases may benefit from retinoid compounds-- a type of acne med.
Keeping the skin moist helps, thus is often softer in summer time due to sweating...Good luck. ...Read more
It's possible: We do not do edermologie in my clinic, however it seems to be used for fat reduction. I would recommend smart lipo instead. ...Read more
Happy Skin: Skin is the major protection of our delicate internal tissues from a harsh environment, it is susceptible to injury itself. Sun, shaving and many chemicals are very irritating as well as constant exposure to moisture reduces protective skin oils and sets the skin up for injury. The trick is to apply good protective skin cream frequently and minimize ongoing damage. Clean it using gentle means. ...Read more
Of the skin can be from a number of fungal species. The treatment is usually either Topical anti-fungus medications both OTC and by Prescriptions but in many cases ORAL anti-fungal medications by Prescription are necessary! In short...get an exact diagnosis....get an exact Treatment!
Hope this helps!
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Antifungal cream: Assuming your diagnosis is correct. (available at pharmacy without rx.). ...Read more
Antifungal: Any potential side effects could occur without any medicinal effect. ...Read more
Don't use the water temperature hot - lukewarm is good. Use a mild gentle cleanser - maybe white dove.
If it persists see a Dermatologist ...Read more
Skin fungus (ringworm) is best treated with over the counter antifungal lotions containing agents such as miconazole, terbinafine, clotrimazole, ketoconazole, or tolnaftate. These can be applied twice a day for about 10 days.
A 2% iodine solution applied three times a day with a swab for three weeks may work if antifungals are not available. ...Read more