Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is the inflammation of the skin either due to an irritant or an allergen. Common skin irritants include sawdust, sanitizers, shampoo, soaps, detergents, chemicals present in daily use products like nail paint removers, floor cleaners, etc. Irritant contact dermatitis presents with ulceration and blistering, dry and crusty skin, etc. Allergic dermatitis is due to an altered immune response towards successive trigger exposure. The triggers can be latex, leather, citrus fruit peel, cosmetic products, nickel jewelry, etc. It is characterized by an itchy rash, burning sensation, redness, swelling of eyes or face, etc.

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My son has had skin rashes on his face for the past three weeks. It appears like ringworm and has spread to the cheeks with discoloration. How to manage?

Query: Hi doctor,My son has had skin rashes on his face for the past three weeks. It appears like ringworm and has spread to the cheeks with discoloration. I have attached the images. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From the images attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), it does not look like ringworm. It seems like dermatitis. I suggest (consult with a specialist doctor, talk with him or her and take medicines with their consent) your child syrup Allegra (Fe...  Read Full »

Could a hair mask be the reason for vulvar dermatitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I think I have dermatitis in the vulva, and my gynecologist advised me to get a dermatologist's opinion. I used a hair mask one month ago. While rinsing the hair mask, it came in contact with my genitals, causing redness, itchiness, burning sensation, and a watery discharge. I took a...  Read Full »

Dr. Pathave Hari Shivaram

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for providing the information. From your statement, it looks like contact dermatitis with superimposed infection. It is normal to have candida in genital areas, but if it causes curdy white discharge and itching, it is a matter of concern. For the time being...  Read Full »

I have a painful mark on my finger skin on which I wore a ring, and it is itchy. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,There was a mark on my finger skin due to wearing a ring. It has been seven days since that mark is being spread, and a little painful as well. Initially, it was a small mark, but now it is getting wider on that finger. I feel itching on that place sometimes. I find little water also comin...  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. It looks like allergic contact dermatitis to the ring (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Also, there can be a secondary component of candidal fungal infection. I suggest you the following treatment: 1) Candid-B crea...  Read Full »

Will rashes due to contact dermatitis spread despite taking antihistamine?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a rash. It started ten days ago, first on my neck, which was red and itchy, then on to the back of my neck. The chemist advised antihistamine and mild derma cream, but it then continued to spread to my face, top of my back, and chest. The itching went away but more like spots now,...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It looks like you have developed allergic contact dermatitis (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The important thing to reduce the lesions is to identify the trigger and avoid it. It can be anything under the sun like grass, chemicals, insects, ce...  Read Full »

What are the different types of skin pigmentations?

Query: Hi doctor, I have some red dots around my ankles, feet, and legs. They are permanent because they tend to fade but show up more red after showers or during the night. I recently saw them like two to three months ago, and they may be present for a long time, but I did not know. I saw four doctors at...  Read Full »

Dr. Mubashir Razzaq Khan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I hope you are doing well and safe in the pandemic. I am a hematologist, and I have been treating blood diseases for the last couple of decades. I closely inspected your images (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). A few of the spots were pigmentati...  Read Full »

What causes itching and irritation in the vaginal area?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having a lot of itching and irritation in the vaginal area. I observed a slight itching sensation in the vagina starting from the last week. Day by day, it irritates me a lot. Please help me to prevent this. I am not under any medication.  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Itching and irritation around the vaginal area could be due to vaginal yeast infection, bacterial infection or urinary infection or poor hygiene, or contact dermatitis (to clothes or panties). You could try the following methods to reduce these symptoms: 1) Do not ...  Read Full »

How to get rid of itchy red rashes over my face and chest?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had this scaled red rash for about five weeks. It started on my forehead but has spread to my nose, chest, and my back. I live in the bush with no doctors nearby. I treated it first with Miconazole (fungicide) for a week and noticed no change, following with Quadriderm for a week ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The areas affected are sun-exposed. So there is a possibility of photodermatosis. It will help if you avoid direct sun exposure. And you should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher daily even if you are at home. There are...  Read Full »

Can keloid develop on a cartilage ear piercing?

Query: Hi doctor, Do I need to consult a doctor for having a keloid on my cartilage due to over-piercing? Before few days, my ears got swollen by piercing them. It hurts a lot.   Read Full »

Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to A keloid develops due to overpiercing of the cartilaginous area of the ear. It takes around two months to form in the pierced region and they are painless. You have developed swelling due to contact dermatitis and so your area is inflamed and tender. You can follow ...  Read Full »

What is causing white patches on the skin under my foreskin?

Query: Hello doctor,I have white patches on the skin under my foreskin.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for contacting us. I read your query and understand your concerns. As per the available details in the form of a query and attached picture (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), it seems that you are suffering from balanoposthitis. This i...  Read Full »

Why is it itching on the back of the hands and on the face?

Query: Hello doctor, This is regarding my cousin, who is 28 years old and has itching on the back of the hands and also on the face. She often has small water-filled pimples for one year, which burst out and are painless (flaccid and tense). There is no involvement of lips, inside the mouth, or any other ...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is pemphigus foliaceus. In the attached picture (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), crusted papules and plaques with occasional flaccid bullae are seen. Any mucosal involvement? Any systemic disorder? Any dermatological disorder in the past...  Read Full »

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