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Q. I have itchy skin rashes on my back that are now spreading. What should I do?

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Dr. Kakkar
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This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 10, 2017

Hello doctor,

There is an area on my back that started as a rash and it has now spread and it continues to itch. What should I do? This has been there for approximately two months. I have attached photos for your reference.

Dr. Kakkar

Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Venereology
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Hello,

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I have noted your concern and I have viewed the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

I can see several dark nodular lesions on the back. I would keep a possibility of nodular prurigo or hypertrophic lichen planus.

I suggest you use a topical ultrapotent steroid either Clobetasol propionate 0.05% or Betamethasone dipropionate 0.05% or Halobetasol propionate 0.05% twice daily.

In addition to that, you may take oral antihistamines like tablet Cetrizine (Cetirizine) 10 mg once daily for symptomatic relief from itching. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and with their consent take the medicines.

Regards.

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


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Thank you doctor,

Should not it have gone away by now? I have been experiencing this for over two months now.

Dr. Kakkar

Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Venereology
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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • Are you using something for it?
  • It will not go away on its own.

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


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Thank you doctor,

Yes, I have been using Betamethasone dipropionate 0.05% which an urgent care doctor prescribed approximately a month ago.

Dr. Kakkar

Dermatology HIV/AIDS Specialist Venereology
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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Yes, that is fine. I suggest you continue it.

If possible ask your doctor to give you the one with salicylic acid that is Betamethasone dipropionate 0.05% plus salicylic acid 3-6%ointment. This would be more effective.

In addition to that, I suggest you take an oral antihistamine that is Cetrizine (Cetirizine) 10 mg once daily for symptomatic relief from itching. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and with their consent take the medicines.

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


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