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Dry patchy skin on the shoulder getting bigger. Is it ringworm infection?

hello name is paul.since the last 2 weeks i noticed a dry patch of skin appearing on my shoulder it slowely progressed into big red outraised patch now about size of a 2 euro coin.and many more seem to be appearing all over my back and upper body rapidiy,itchy at times.i went to the chemist monday and they think it could be ringworm so they gave me daktarin thinking maybe its more than ringworm because so many of these spots are appearing quickley and growing.i can count easily 50+ spots now.would be greatfull if you could help.thank you,regards paul
Asked On : Sat, 20 Apr 2013
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Hi, Paul
Thanks for your query.
As per your description of a big red out raised patch and 50+ spots on the back and chest itchy at times,I feel it could be probably what we call as pityriasis rosea.
Its exact cause is not known but it may be triggered by a viral infection. It is self limiting and may last for 4-6 weeks.

Other less probable possibilities are ringworm, tinea versicolor, eczema,or psoriasis.

You may consult a dermatologist for exact diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Hope this helps you.
Answered: Fri, 14 Jun 2013
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