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What do red rashes on arms indicate? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 26-Mar-2014
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Very Good Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
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Practicing since : 2002
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User:My wife has had these spots on her arm for nearly a year now. The hand gets very itchy. They have begun to appear little more reddish recently.
Let me read your query for few minutes to be able to have a good discussion here.
Doctor:Give me couple of minutes while I look at the pictures.
User:Okay Dr
Doctor:Are these waxing and weaning kind of rashes or have they been there constantly for the last one year?
User:They have been constantly there for the past one year
Doctor:Does she have similar rashes else where on the body?
Doctor:Has she used any medicines over these spots?
User:Hi Dr, no she has them only on her arm. She was given a cream by a Dr here to use but it was no avail. I do not have the name of that medicine on hand.
Doctor:Is it progressing in size and number since its appearance?
User:Yes Dr more rashes over time and more reddish in nature and lot more itchy
Doctor:Did a doctor perform any tests on the skin?
User:No tests were done on the skin
Doctor:Let me brief you.
Doctor:The pictures reveal reddish papules that look similar to eczematous lesion.
Doctor:It would have been good if i had an opportunity to examine these lesion under broad light.
User:Do you need any more photos Dr?
Doctor:Examination under light and skin biopsy tests would have helped me to confirm the possibility.
Doctor:I would appreciate if you can send more pictures of those spots.
Doctor:I shall share them with my fellow dermatologist and get an opinion about it.
Doctor:A steroid containing cream would help in treating this rash.
User:How do i send you pictures now Dr?
Doctor:Since this chat only lasts for next 10 minutes, I shall send you a reply via email.
User:Okay Dr i have emailed them to you already thank you
Doctor:Are these rashes on the under surface (palmar aspect) of the skin. It seems to be on the dorsum of the forearm on these picture?
User:On the top of the arm Dr
Doctor:I shall get back to you at the earliest as I review the XXXXXXX
Doctor:Or I shall give you free chat session to discuss about it.
Doctor:Thanks for visiting me.
User:Okay Dr thank you.
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