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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   hello, 24 year old female. i have asthma and use an albuterol inhaler everyday. I have taken loestrin 24fe for 2 yrs and have stopped about one month agao. I have these small reddish brown spots on my body. They are mostly concentrated on my upper back. One on my shoulder and a few on my arms. I have 3 on my lower abdomen and 3 on my legs. I am a light brown african american (tan colored) Some of the spots are very light brown and almost fade into my skin tone, others are a darker reddish brown. The ones on my back all have pale centers(which could have been caused from me scratching them as most of them itch) They only itch when the spot first appers and then the itching subsides. the ones on my arms started off boack and than that part fell of and left a pale center with a brown halo. A few had a very small bump in the center that itched and bled upon intense scratching. When the scab fell off, the center was pale. Do ypu ahve any idea what this could be? i dont have a derm in my network right it worth spending the monet out of pocket? thanx
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   give me a min please
Doctor :   let me read your query
User :   ok
Doctor :   when did you first noticed these spots ?
User :   about last summer
Doctor :   have they been constantly appearing ?
Doctor :   or they subside ?
User :   slow, but constant
User :   no new ones in about a month
Doctor :   ok
User :   i have pictures if u have a way of viewing them
Doctor :   yes you can email me on
User :   the email address is:
Doctor :   yes thats correct
User :   i just sent them
User :   my email is
Doctor :   well from the history you have given me it looks like you have a skin infection of a fungal origin
User :   wow really? where or how could i have picked this up
Doctor :   i am waiting for the pics
Doctor :   dont worry i will discuss it ver the phone if your time runs out
User :   o great
Doctor :   since you are having them over all parts of your body thats typical of a fungal infection
Doctor :   now number one DONT itch
Doctor :   do apply calamine lotion to help with the itch
User :   o ok, do you think thin tinea versicolor? i am a biochem major and was trying to investigate some possibilities at follows the same symptom pattern, but it look sdifferent in the pics that i have seen of other cases, almost like larg epatches where mine are individual blotches
User :   lol, thanks, i know i shouldnt scratch, but....its sooo hard not to
Doctor :   i am seeing the pics
Doctor :   yes it is a fungal infection
Doctor :   and you do need to see a dermatologist for it
User :   do have any idea where i could have picked this up from?
User :   or is it an overgrowth of the fungus that already lives on skin?
Doctor :   it can be from anywhere , make sure you wash your bedsheets in warm water
User :   is it contagious
Doctor :   but you do need to see a dermatologist as you will be on anti fungal medcations
Doctor :   but i can assure you that its completely curable
User :   should i try to not touch anyone?
User :   can i pass it along?
Doctor :   it depends on what TYPE it is
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