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Date : 30-May-2014
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Very Good Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
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User:hi
Doctor:
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User:Hello doctor...
User:In the last few days i have been having irration on my skin all over my body...it feels like prickly heat... but the itching sensation is much more...
User:i did have this kind of issue about a year back...
User:and i visited a skin specialist...
Doctor:Ok
User:Dr prabhavathy in chennai...
Doctor:Ok
User:she had provided some tablets and an intense moisturizing cream...
User:a course of tablets that had to be followed for about 20 days...
User:and another course a bit milder for another 20 days after that...
User:and it went away...
User:the sypmtoms are exactly the same this time as well... unfortunately she is not in down...
User:not in town..
Doctor:Did you discuss about the cause of those itching then?
User:no... she is not reachable unfortunately
Doctor:Besides this itching and the irritation what other symptoms do you have?
User:she had mentioned that it had to do with the season ... and there was no specific cause or food type associated with it
User:thats all... no other symptom..
Doctor:Ok
User:if i scratch where it itches... it turns red...
User:thats all
User:there is no change in food habit in the last 1 month for sure...
User:and no new places that i have visited...
Doctor:Based on the details provided, I guess the doctor used a course of steroids along with those moisturizer
Doctor:that leads me to believe the symptoms had to do with some form of systemic allergy.
User:hmm could be ...
User:yes she did mention that it could be something which could be systemic...
Doctor:Steroids are good drugs to treat such problems, however they are to be used with care and caution. A physician check up to rule out infection is a must before starting the dose.
User:hmmm
User:what do you recommend...
Doctor:Since your previous doctor is currently unavailable, I don't want to start a steroid without examination
Doctor:I shall start you on topical skin soothening agents.
User:the itching has started only a few days ago... and i dont want to it to increase
Doctor:You can try caladryl lotion twice or thrice a day
Doctor:and visit a doctor nearby.
User:ok... btw.. what is systemic allergy?
Doctor:Along with caladryl, you might also take oral antihistamines.
User:ok... what is atihistamines? Also any specific tablet name?
Doctor:I prescribe tab allegra 180mg once a day for such cases.
Doctor:You can try these and visit another dermatologist to understand the cause.
Doctor:and to start other treatment.
Doctor:Have you followed?
User:ok... I will get the caladryl lotion and allegra 180 mg tabs...
Doctor:Do you have any other questions?
User:and will visit a doctor soon...
Doctor:Do you have any more questions?
User:yes... what is defined as systemic allergy?
Doctor:Systemic is a general term. In medical science it refers to the whole body.
User:oh ok
Doctor:When allergic manifestation is spread across the whole body, we call it systemic allergy.
Doctor:Do you have any more questions?
User:no thats it
User:thank you
Doctor:Thanks for visiting me here. Bye for now.
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