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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My eczema in my hands got worse recently. How to manage it?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 21-year-old female, my height is 160 cm, and I weigh 65 kg. I have eczema, and recently, it has got awful. It used to be only on a fingertip, and now it has spread across my hands. Eczema has gotten red, flaky, and painful recently. It is the worst on my right index finger, and it l...  Read Full »

Dr. Nidhin Varghese

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, eczema is bad. I would suggest a few hand care tips, 1) Avoid direct contact with detergents and dishwashing agents (use dishwashing gloves if you have one). 2) Keep hands well moisturized. 3) Avoid sanitizers and other allergens as much as possible. 4) Use a m...  Read Full »

How do I get rid of brown spots on my leg?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 66 years old, and I have brown spots all down my leg. I take the following medications Lisinopril hctz, Gemfibrozil, Atorvastatin, Venlafaxine, and 81 mg Aspirin. I am 5 feet 7 inches, and I weigh 285 pounds. I have a picture of brown spots on my leg. They do itch sometimes. Please a...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I suggest you do the following, 1) Apply Aziderm (Azelaic acid) 20 percent cream in the daytime for 20 days. 2) Apply Kojic cream (Kojic acid) at night for 20 days. 3) Use Kojic soap for the bath for two months. 4) Tablet Limcee (Vitamin C) 500 mg once a day after breakfa...  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 »

Can the red spots appearing on both legs be due to infection?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 21-year-old male. A week ago, I started getting red spots on both my legs. I have had this before, but it was a few years ago. It appears on the skin over the peroneus longus and the shin area, which begins as a red spot with mild pain, and hours or maybe days later, it develops ...  Read Full »

Dr. Radha. P. H

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand it. These are skin infections that can be prevented and treated by following the instructions I have mentioned below, 1) If your legs are frequently exposed to irritants like dust, plants, or grass, y...  Read Full »

What are the small flesh-colored bumps on my fingers?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had eczema on the inside of my right hand for about ten years now. It seems like it has slowly started to heal. But now I have a new problem popping up. There are small flesh-colored bumps on my fingers that are multiplying in clusters. They look and feel like small clauses. Aft...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashwini V. Swamy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I saw your clinical picture (attachments removed to protect patient identity). You have rough raised slots on your fingers. These are palmar warts. Wart is a viral infection caused by the human papillomavirus. This is a contagious condition. It will spread to other ...  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 »

Why do I have multiple painful cracks on my palm which get bruised easily?

Query: Hi doctor, There are multiple cracks in the palm with pain. If I touch anything, I get a wound. I can see that the wound surface is hard and blackish. What is this?  Read Full »

Dr. Kalpana Pathak

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From the description provided, it seems that you could be having eczema or psoriasis. Right now, just use a good emollient like Cetaphil Dam over hands multiple times a day and apply Cosvate G cream (combination of Clobetasol propionate and Gentamicin sulfate) two to t...  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 patient ide...  Read Full »

What causes recurrent boils in children?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is around 2.9 years old. She was fine until four months back. Three months back, she got a small boil near her buttocks, so we went to our pediatrician. The doctor gave some tablets, and the boil got healed well. Again last month, she got another small boil on her buttock, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Preeti Puranik

Answer: Hi,Welcome to skin infection (boil) in a span of four months is a matter of concern.The first possibility is that of an allergic rash due to an allergy to some substance or a mosquito bite getting infected due to repeated scratching. This needs to be treated by anti-allergic med...  Read Full »

I have an issue with the skin texture on my cheek, and it is sensitive to touch. What is it?

Query: Hi doctor,I have been having skin texture issues on my cheek for a while. When I looked closely at my skin, I could feel something more profound. The area is sensitive to touch or stretch. Can you help me know what it is?Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Laul

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Kindly answer me the following to help you better; 1) Do you have any history of photosensitivity? 2) Is there a burning sensation on exposure to sun? 3) Any history of atopy or allergies? 4) What is your skin type? 5) Did you use harsh soaps or cosmetic...  Read Full »

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