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Red itchey spots on lower legs?

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Dr. Christopher Scott
Dermatology

In brief: Dry skin eczema

Nummular (coin shaped) eczema is extremely common on the lower legs.
Dry skin starts the condition, and scratching (excoriation) worsens the itch and rash. Usually, a topical steroid is required, often a strong prescription steroid. If your condition worsens with steroids, ringworm (tinea corporis) must be ruled out. In general, i recommend shorter warm showers (not hot), nonscented lotion daily.

In brief: Dry skin eczema

Nummular (coin shaped) eczema is extremely common on the lower legs.
Dry skin starts the condition, and scratching (excoriation) worsens the itch and rash. Usually, a topical steroid is required, often a strong prescription steroid. If your condition worsens with steroids, ringworm (tinea corporis) must be ruled out. In general, i recommend shorter warm showers (not hot), nonscented lotion daily.
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