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Q. I have a red patch on my elbow that turned white. What could it be?

Answered by
Dr. Shanza Ikram
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 03, 2018

Hello doctor,

I have a red patch on my elbow that turned to white. It used to itch but it stopped itching and it turned white after about three to four days (I have it for about a week now) and it got a little bit smaller.

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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through your files (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

It is a type of eczema or LSC (lichen simplex chronicus). It has many causes which sometimes occur due to friction or chronic rubbing against the table as we sit and in most cases, it is spontaneous which means it has no obvious cause.

Please try to apply Vaseline or petroleum jelly two to three time a day. Keep it in your pocket and apply as you go. I also suggest applying Clobetasol ointment two times for ten days only. Do not use it for a long period. Consult a specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and start taking the medicines with their consent.

Try to avoid itching or rubbing as it will worsen. In case you cannot control it I suggest tablet Cetirizine 10 mg at night for ten days only. Remember to take it when you have pronounced itching only. It will take some time to heal.

For more information consult a dermatologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dermatologist


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