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Dry, itchy skin on left hand. Is it skin allergy? How to treat it? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 18-Jun-2013
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User:hi Doctor
Doctor:How can I help you today?
User:on the left hand i got some skin allergy sort of thing
User:not able to understand what it is
User:and how it came
User:if i want to send a pic, how to send?
User:so that you can understand
User:some what itchy
Doctor:What do they look like?
User:i am sending the pic right away
User:its lokks like a dried skin
User:I sent the pic
Doctor:Did you come in contact with a chemical?
User:i dont remember
User:it is there since 1 month
User:did you get the pic doctor?
Doctor:Have you noticed dry skin on other parts of body?
Doctor:I am still waiting
Doctor:ok got the pic
Doctor:Give me a min to review them
Doctor:It seems like lichen
Doctor:Does it itch?
Doctor:How bad is the itch?
Doctor:Does that mean that you will be able to control the itch?
Doctor:Do you have similar patches on other parts?
User:i dont see any patches
Doctor:It usually happens in the background of stress
Doctor:and when the stress is relieved, it gets better
Doctor:It usually goes away if not itched
Doctor:It gets worse with itching
Doctor:Do you have a history of dry skin?
User:it itches , but i am controlling that
User:yes i have a dry skin
Doctor:You may also try local steroid cream to control the itch
Doctor:It works like wonder
Doctor:I will make a few recommendations for dry skin
Doctor:Avoid using scrubs and medicated soaps on dry skin
Doctor:Usually anti-bacterial medicines make it worse
User:i am using cutiefresh soaps
Doctor:Is that a medicated soap?
User:its a general soap suggested by skin specalist
Doctor:Also avoid wetting the dry skin repeatedly
Doctor:It may make it worse
Doctor:Take hygienic food and clean drinking water to avoid stomach infections, for which you may need antibiotics and it will make dry skin worse
User:i didnt get you doctor.
Doctor:These recommendation will help you in long run
User:are you sugessting me to take the antibiotics or no?
Doctor:Which part you did not understand?
Doctor:No donot take antibiotics
Doctor:May use non-medicated lotions to help with the dry skin
User:what about the dry skin on the left hand? any recommendations
Doctor:It will go away in some time
Doctor:Try local steroid cream to control itch
Doctor:Controlling itch is the most important part
User:any cream names?
Doctor:You will need a written prescription for it
Doctor:I will not be able to provide a prescription on a chat
Doctor:But I do visit XXXXXXX bangalore
User:can you send to my email id
Doctor:That time I can provide you
User:oh is it?? ok sure
Doctor:On tuesdays and thursdays 11 to 12 am
User:ok sure doctor this tuesday will XXXXXXX
Doctor:So see you then
User:sure doctor
Doctor:Happy to help
Doctor:ok then
Doctor:bye for now
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