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Rashes on inner elbow with itching. What should be done? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 22-Oct-2013
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User:I was looking for some advice from a Dermatologist
User:My wife has developed some rashes on the inside of the elbow for soemetime
User:itching is also there
Doctor:I am a general physician
Doctor:I can help you within my expertise
Doctor:For how long does she have the lesion?
Doctor:Are you there?
User:its actually about a month and a half
Doctor:Can you describe the lesion?
Doctor:Like how it looks
Doctor:Is there some secretion from it?
User:its dry
User:can I send a picture?
Doctor:Send it at YYYY@YYYY
User:ok...give me a min
User:just sent
User:missed the attachment in first mail...sent another one with picture attached
Doctor:I will let you know whenever I receive the pics
Doctor:Till then we can talk about the details of the lesion
Doctor:Has she tried something about it
User:not really...just that she applies Boroplus at times
Doctor:Any idea about its cause?
Doctor:Does it get better with something?
User:it first happened sometime in March/April when she was in healed automatically at that time..
User:she moved to Bangalore 2 months back and then developed it again...this time it's not healing..
Doctor:And its in the flexor crease of the elbow?
User:yes, both hands
Doctor:How bad is the itching?
User:I guess you would have got the attachment now...
User:sometimes its bad...but otherwise mild only
Doctor:Not yet
User:hi Doc, have you received the attachment?
Doctor:No not yet
Doctor:Usually it takes a few min
Doctor:I have seen the reports in the query sent by you
Doctor:I think it is Lichen
Doctor:The more you itch, the worse it gets
Doctor:Thus the mainstay is to stop the itching
Doctor:It can be done with steroidal cream like betnovate
Doctor:It needs to be applied upto 2 - 3 times a day
Doctor:or only if she has itching
Doctor:Are you there?
User:1 sec
User:The more you itch, the worse it gets - yes in terms of itching
User:so shall she apply betnovate 2-3 times a day?
Doctor:So that is what it is
Doctor:She will get better
Doctor:Only she needs to avoid itching
Doctor:It may recur again
User:ok...the cream has to be applied only upon itching....or generally 2-3 times a days
Doctor:Again she will need to repeat the process
Doctor:only upon itching
Doctor:Routine use is not recommended
User:ok...what's the permanent remedy? :)
Doctor:as it may cause thinning of skin
Doctor:There is no premanent remedy
Doctor:our immunity deals with it
Doctor:Till then steroidal cream helps
User:ok, will start applying the cream then
Doctor:Just one more thing
Doctor:Do you wish to continue with the query
User:yes, it would be great if some dermatologist can also take a look :)
User:is that fine?
Doctor:Will do that
Doctor:Thanks for coming on chat
Doctor:Take care
User:thanks Doc!
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