Eczema or atopic dermatitis is a skin condition where the skin becomes red and itchy. It is usually accompanied by asthma or hay fever and is long lasting. The skin becomes dry, itchy, cracked, and sensitive, and red patches can be seen.

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I have a small red rash on my chest. How can it be treated?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a rash on my right chest for five months. I asked many doctors but no one can say excatly what it is. It is a red small rash without symptoms. I did try some stuff like Hydrocortisone 1% cream for two weeks and an antifungal medicine for two weeks but nothing happened. Then ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed the clinical photographs attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There is an asymptomatic rash. The probable diagnosis can be miliaria with eczematization or fungal infection or pityriasis rosea. Since you have applied antifungal a...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing chronic eczema and itchiness starting from my neck to the ankle. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I suffer from severe and chronic eczema, starting from my neck and going down to my ankles. My skin scales every day and itches every minute. I am suffering because no pills, steroids, or prescription has helped me in the last 10 years. Please help me.  Read Full »

Dr. V. Srikanth Reddy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. It is called erythroderma, when the eczematous patches involve more than 80 % of the body's surface area. In these cases, a first biopsy has to be done to confirm the diagnosis. It would help if you had proper investigations and were put on i...  Read Full »

I have recurrent skin rashes and itching all over my right hand, and using soap aggravates it. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor,I have rashes and itching all over my right hand. I can hardly eat. I consulted many dermatologists. They have prescribed me medications. In the beginning, it just gets fine, it seems like it is getting cured, but it returns. When using soap, the irritation is higher, so I hardly use so...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. You have eczema. The ointment does not cause itching. Dryness, crack, and fissuring easily absorbs multiple chemicals, making the process chronic. Chemicals could be soap, detergents, and perfumes. The best way is to...  Read Full »

Is it safe to use Corticosteroid cream on cheeks for eczema?

Query: Hi doctor, I have eczema. There is redness in my cheeks. I have used Corticosteroid cream for six days. Are there any side effects in using it?  Read Full »

Dr. Meha Malhotra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Corticosteroids should never be applied without a doctor's advise. Also, there are certain steroids which should never be applied on the face. If you could send me photos and details, I will be able to give you proper suggestions. Till then, do not use anything on your...  Read Full »

I have had a rash around my anus for ten days, and I do not know what it is. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a rash around my anus for ten days. It started around ten days ago. And one week before that, I shaved my buttocks using a cream for hair removal. It started as an itchy burning, a single small lesion that grew up and became more. Sometimes it is painful, especially when I w...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Hope you are doing well. Having gone through the history and the images provided from your end (attachment hidden to protect patient's identity), they are eczema, or dermatitis lesions formed post insect bite reaction. Eczema occurs due to long-term insect bite reac...  Read Full »

Kindly give me suggestions to manage dry skin.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a very dry skin to the point that it is stinging and very uncomfortable. Kindly give me recommendations for managing very dry skin. I am taking Iron supplements now. Previously, used to take Hydrocortisone.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini. V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Extreme dry skin can be because of cold weather or part of eczema or low thyroid hormones or ichthyosis (fish like scales). Do you have a history of eczema? Let me give you a few skin care tips for dry skin in general. Avoid a hot shower, use warm water instead. Use mil...  Read Full »

Why am I having red spots with dry, irritated skin on the arms, shoulders, and legs?

Query: Hi doctor, I have red spots of dry and irritated skin on the arms, shoulders, and leg, just below the¬†waistline. Minor itchiness comes and goes. I am using Neosporin for about a week, but they are still there. I am attaching a picture of these red spots.  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I need more information. From when do you have this problem? How many lesions do you have in total? How many episodes per year? Do you have flaky scalp? Any history of fever? A month back, did you have similar lesions? The images (attachment removed to protect...  Read Full »

My 1-year-old son has eczema with a tendency for scratching. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, My 1-year-old son has eczema from head to toe, and he recently scratched all the skin off his knee, and now it looks like a carpet burn. We have tried multiple moisturizers and Hydrocortisone creams. Those creams only worked for about three days, and that is it. I had to bandage his k...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Eczema may have frequent exacerbations, but slowly, he will overcome it as 50 percent will be reduced by the age of 10 to 12. All he needs is very strict care. I suggest the following. 1. Do not rub the towel on the bab...  Read Full »

My skin is dry with many wounds. Will i get herpes if i touch anything?

Query: Hello doctor, Because of my work, I have to use a lot of disinfection gel. Due to that, my skin is dry, and there are also some tiny wounds on it. However, the injuries are not bleeding, but the skin appears damaged. Is it possible to get herpes through this damaged skin through sexual activities a...  Read Full »

Dr. Nidhin Varghese

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes. If your skin is eczematous (inflammed,reddish skin with blisters) and damaged, acquiring infection is higher. What I would suggest you do for hand care are - 1) Avoid direct contact with detergents - cloth washing and dishwashing (use dishwashing gloves if you ha...  Read Full »

I had eczema on my lower body, neck, face, and scalp, which I suspect to be a yeast infection. What is your opinion?

Query: Hello doctor, I had eczema on my lower body, rising to the neck and spreading to the face and scalp. I suspect it may be some yeast infection, as I have seen improvement after using 1% Hydrocortisone and Betnovate cream. Kindly suggest to me your opinion.   Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello,Welcome to read your query and can understand your concern. Try to attach a clinical picture to assess lesions and guide you accordingly.Do you have inflammation, itching, burning, pain, or scaling?  Read Full »

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