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Got painful and itchy red pimple kind of stuff on back. Any idea? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 29-Sep-2013
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User:hi Doctor
Doctor:How can I help you?
Doctor:Are you there?
User:ya actually I got red pimple kind of stuff on my back
User:from last few days,
User:these are on complete back , neck and below neck
User:there were very few before but one day went to beach and some sand was left on the back for entire day and after that these pimples increased very much
User:and its paining and itching too much
User:so what should I do?
Doctor:Can you I since when you have those red lesions? is it only for a few days or been there for longer duration?
User:its from last 4-5 days
User:specially when we came back from the beach
Doctor:Have you seen a doctor?
Doctor:Do you have fever, generalised weakness or pain?
User:its itching too much and on pimples its little pain
Doctor:How large was those lesions?
User:its kind of pimples size
User:not too small not too large, as normal pimple size
Doctor:Do you mean they are few millimeters in size? Pimples can vary from few millimeters and some grow to 2-3 cms too?
Doctor:Are they few millimeters in size?
User:few milimeter
Doctor:Have you had pimple problems in the past?
User:this was first time
Doctor:May I know your age and gender?
Doctor:Do you have history of diabetes?
Doctor:Are you there?
User:some times on face, very few and rare but on back and on neck its first time and too many and first time
User:age: 29
Doctor:Let me brief you.
User:no diabeties
Doctor:Your symptoms definitely suggest possible acne eruptions.
Doctor:Other possibilities are multiple hair follicle inflammation (known as impetigo).
Doctor:However if you develop fever, body ache and weakness
Doctor:the possibility of viral infections induced eruptions known as exanthem need to be excluded.
Doctor:Since you have had multiple eruptions in a short duration of time, it would be extremely useful to see a doctor and rule out infections.
Doctor:Further as the lesions are multiple, it is better to treat them with oral antibiotics like doxycycline.
User:presently I am in US
User:is there any pre caution or cream which I can apply
Doctor:You can try neosporin / bactroban cream for partial benefits. They are available over the counter in the US.
Doctor:Keep the area clean and dry.
Doctor:Never try to poke or squeeze them.
Doctor:If possible visit a low cost clinic;
Doctor:if your insurance covers visit to dermatologist
Doctor:you can visit them to get a prescription for oral antibiotics.
Doctor:If you choose not to visit a dermatologist;
Doctor:you need to keep a watch on a few symptoms.
Doctor:Those symptoms are increase in the size of lesions.
Doctor:Appearance of fever, body ache, weakness and similar red spots in the oral cavity.
Doctor:Have you followed?
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:no thanks
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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