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Itchy rashes near naval, foul smelling discharge - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   good evening
Doctor :   Very Good evening
Doctor :   How can i help you ?
User :   my spouse has developed a rash near the naval whivh is itching
User :   there is a slight discharge also, which has a foul smell
Doctor :   Since when does she has this problem ?
User :   the rash is last evening..but the discharge in the naval is happening for some months now
User :   it is not regular, but specially when she is bending and there is pressure on the stomach the discharge comes out
Doctor :   Ok, May i know the color of the discharge ? Is it like pus ?
User :   kind out..whitish yellowish in color
Doctor :   ok, does she have pain in the affected area ?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok, Have you applied any medication til now ?
User :   no
Doctor :   ok, it probably is eczema due to bacterial infection application of Neosporin or Bactroban ointment will suffice
Doctor :   apply either of the above twice daily after cleaning the area well with cetrimide solution( savlon ) / tincture iodine
Doctor :   try to express the discharge out as much as possible for faster recovery
Doctor :   need not worry , its very common condition encountered
User :   but the discharge is coming from the inside of the naval
Doctor :   applying pressure on the sides will bring out the discharge
Doctor :   if there is exit for the pus then there will be entry for the ointment
Doctor :   do apply the ointment over the naval
User :   ok
Doctor :   observe it for 5 to 6 days if you see any improvement then continue the ointment for another week for complete recovery
User :   ok
User :   but the discharge is not regular
User :   it happens say for the entire day
Doctor :   if it didnt subside then she may be needing oral antibiotics after a detailed examination
User :   or might not happen for 2-3 days also'
User :   sorry, i'm worried so asking so many questions
Doctor :   Ok, it is because of long standing infection , whenever there is water entering it it may get active and discharge
Doctor :   no , problem , I am here to help you
Doctor :   clear your doubts completely
User :   how does the infection occur ?
Doctor :   naval acts like a pouch for dirt and sweat which make the skin break and susceptible for infections
Doctor :   deeper into the naval the skin has numerous folds where the bacteria harbor and grow
Doctor :   further they gain entry into deeper subcutaneous tissue and evolve into abscess
Doctor :   and discharge pus
Doctor :   whenever there is pressure applied and there is entry of water into these layers the infections discharges
Doctor :   its very common entity , mere application of antibacterial ointment will suffice in many cases
User :   ok
User :   so you suggest that the oinment be applied and results observed for a week
Doctor :   yes,
User :   but what if after a week she stops the oinment and it resurfaces?
Doctor :   which is very rare , she may be needing oral antibiotics then
User :   ok
User :   are there any side affects to this oinments
Doctor :   No , there are safe
Doctor :   They*
User :   so just clean the area with dettol after bath and apply the oinment
Doctor :   yes, right
User :   how many times in a day?
Doctor :   twice daily
Doctor :   do not forget to express the discharge as much as possible
User :   should she put cotton also over the oinment to avoid contact with clothes ?
Doctor :   thats good
Doctor :   but not a tight bandage
User :   ok
User :   thank you so muchfor your help
Doctor :   You are welcome
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
User :   how can i contact you again if i have further queries on the same.
Doctor :   I wish speedy recovery in her
Doctor :   You can ask for me after getting into chat
User :   Thank you
User :   ok
User :   thanks
Doctor :   Bye for now
Doctor :   Take care
User :   bye
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