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Itchy skin in neck, near collar region and inner thighs that is pink and then turns brown. What is this ? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 10-Jun-2013
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Doctor:Good Afternoon
Doctor:I am Dr. XXXXXXX
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:Hi.. Good Afternoon..
Doctor:Please proceed with your query.
User:recently Iam having some skin problem... In neck near collar region and inner thighs..The region itchy and the color is initially pink which will then turn brown
User:I did some googling... came across a condition called Erythrasma .. The symptoms match.. but not sure
Doctor:I will need a little more details to guide you better.
Doctor:Is this colour change only in the neck and inner thighs?
User:in the effected region only
Doctor:Is there any scaling?
Doctor:The colour change, pattern, the sites and the characters does point towards erythrasma as you said.
Doctor:May I know your age?
Doctor:May I know your height and weight?
User:height arround 5.6 .. weigth arround 78
Doctor:Do you have a family history of Diabetes? mother have diabetes... but recently i had done a blood sugar test ... which came out ok
Doctor:Ok. Let me guide you regarding this.
Doctor:Excess pigmentation can occur due to various reasons.
Doctor:Though your symptoms points towards erythrasma, it is important to rule out the factors and other conditions such as Acanthosis Nigricans.
Doctor:Investigations to check out your hormonal levels, blood sugar etc needs to be done.
Doctor:Another important factor to be remembered is that, dermatological conditions needs to be seen by a dermatologist, to diagnose.
Doctor:Then it can be treated very efficiently by ointments and creams.
Doctor:So, do get it examined and investigated by a dermatologist.
Doctor:Meanwhile you can follow some simple steps.
Doctor:1. Completely dry the areas after shower.
Doctor:2. Do not rub or scratch in the area.
Doctor:3. Wear loose cotton clothes rather than synthetic materials.
Doctor:4. Avoid using soap over the area.
Doctor:Before using any medication, please make sure it is diagnosed.
Doctor:If it is Erythrasma, then topical erythromycin, fusidic acid and miconazole can be used.
User:ok..also doctor.. are there any test which will tell me if there is any vitamin or mineral defficiency ?
Doctor:There are blood tests to check levels of certain minerals such as Iron, calcium, phosphorus etc.
Doctor:And Vitamin D levels can be evaluated.
Doctor:Have you followed?
User:yes.. Thanks
Doctor:Hope I have been able to guide you.
Doctor:Is there anything else, I can help you on?
User:nothing else... Thank you
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me. Let me know if you have any health related queries.
Doctor:Please leave a feedback after closing the chat.
Doctor:Thank you.
Doctor:Have a nice day!!
Doctor:Bye for now.
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