Dermatitis is a broad term used to describe conditions that make the skin dry, itchy, swollen, red, crust, or flake off. The types of dermatitis are atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, cradle cap, diaper rash, and seborrheic dermatitis.

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Dr. Samer S J Altawil


Answer: Hello, Welcome to The description you gave indicates the diagnosis of dermatitis, and the best treatment is antibiotics covering gram-positive and anaerobes. So I prescribe tablet Augmentin (Amoxicillin) 625 mg three times daily and tablet Metronidazole (Flagyl) 400 mg three times da...  Read Full »

What can be done about a rash on the head of the penis?

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Dr. Alexander Davis, Md

General Practitioner, Family Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the attached photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like dermatitis. You should consult a dermatologist to perform a swab test. This helps to identify the cause whether it is due to a viral infection or bacterial infection o...  Read Full »

How to treat skin rashes due to a hen scratch?

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Dr. Snehal Laul

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Use Fucidin cream twice daily in the morning and noon for seven days, Miconazole ointment/gel at night for 15 days. Take tablet Levocetirizine 5 mg at night after dinner for seven days. Avoid scratching or rubbing lesions as it may cause secondary bacterial infectio...  Read Full »

I spent a day in beach and got red marks along my shoulders, arms, and chest like sunburns. Is this vitiligo?

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Dr. Kakkar

Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You seem to have got Berloque dermatitis (those reddish-brown patches) (attachment removed to protect patient identity) due to sun exposure after some perfume or fragrance or plant contact on the skin (phytophotodermatitis) which typically causes these irregular and ...  Read Full »

How to treat dryness and itching in finger webs of both hands?

Query: Hello doctor, The webs of my fingers on both hands are dry and itchy. There is also a spot at the back of my neck, oblong in shape that is similarly dry and itchy. They have become reddish from vigorous scratching. The last time I consulted a doctor in January 2020. My follow-up consultation was ov...  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from dryness and itching of fingers of both hands. According to the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity) that is provided here, you may suffer from contact derm...  Read Full »

Why did my skin in the chin peel and is sore?

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Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Venereologist, Dermatologist

Answer: Hello Welcome to Hope you are keeping safe 1) I have seen the attached photo and read your brief history, it looks like you are having Photodermatitis/ hyper sensitivity to sunlight . Other conditions to be ruled out are - Atopic dermatitis ( skin allergy caused due to genetically lin...  Read Full »

Am I experiencing ear pain because of the infected piercing?

Query: From 4-5 i have been experiencing ear pain not outer pain inside the ear canal. It started a day after one of my piercings got infected and started bleeding. I haven’t taken any type of medication. The piercing has healed but my ear still hearts. My sleep schedule is messed and i sleep around 7 am...  Read Full »

Dr. B Vageesh Padiyar

ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hi! The most common reason to have pain is due to dermatitis which has led to an infection. Dermatitis occurs due to reaction of the metal piercing with the skin. You can start an antibiotic tab ciplox 500mg one tab two times a day after food for next 5 days. In addition, please do any analgesic ...  Read Full »

I have a cold sore on lip. Is it due to herpes?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had a bad cold sore 8 weeks ago on my top lip and a bit of the skin above it. I used Zovirax externally 2 weeks course and Acyclovir 2 weeks course to treat it. The actual sore improved, the blister stopped weeping, the scab formed and flaked off within 3 weeks but the redness is ...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Child Health Specialist, Paediatrician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to As per the current picture sent by you, it does not look like a cold sore as of now (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Also, I would advise to stop all ongoing treatment (including the Hydrocortisone) and just leave it alone for a week. Apply Dologel o...  Read Full »

I live in high altitude and I feel itching around my mouth in monsoon. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I live at high altitude 7000’ with mostly dry climate except during the monsoon, before this monsoon kicked I felt itching around and near my lips and mouth and later that day the skin darkened. Please advice.  Read Full »

Dr. Nazma Parveen

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read through your query and here is my opinion. Itching and darkening of the skin around the mouth can be due to varied reasons like allergies, dermatitis, extremely dry, and cold weather. In your case, it is likely the last reason. I would advise you to use a g...  Read Full »

Can Tacrolimus ointment be applied on lips?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from dried, itchy, chappy, dark and extremely ugly lips since I was 10 years old. I am tired of dealing with this. I have tried everything throughout the years. I am 28 years old now, and today my lips are in their worst state. At 13 years of age, I also used to have swoll...  Read Full »

Dr. Kakkar

Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have viewed the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Apart from what you have said I also noticed that you have depigmentation of lips. I suggest you to use a Tacrolimus 0.1 % ointment, twice daily and a moderately potent topical steroid, for e....  Read Full »

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