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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   In the past 3-4 days I have had what would seem to be a rash on my abdomen that isn't necessarily painful, but rather sensitive, and it seems to have moved to the inside of my elbow joints. The only thing is, is that it isn't visible. There may be some pinkish coloration, but it definitely isn't something that stands out- is this common? What may cause this?
Doctor :   let me read
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have itching
User :   no, no itching, no burning
Doctor :   so you seem to notice pinkish coloration
Doctor :   which is different from your normal skin?
User :   slight, but mainly on the inside of my arms
User :   and its only barely, just because its a paler skin tone
Doctor :   Age, Gender, Location, Occupation, Marital status, Height and Weight
User :   23 male, South AAAAAAA Retail, Single, 6'5", 260
Doctor :   ever had similar compliants in the past
User :   never like this
User :   its sensitive to the touch of clothing or personal contact, not painful, but bothersome
Doctor :   Do you have allergies
Doctor :   Are you sexually active?
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help you
Doctor :   are you back
User :   yes
User :   I have been sexually active in the past week
Doctor :   ok
User :   but this did not immediately take place, it has been a solid 5-6 day delay
Doctor :   are you applying any medications for the rashes
User :   ^
User :   no, it has not been painful or dry
User :   just sensitive, almost sore feeling
Doctor :   are you using any kind of medications for any disease
User :   similar to a chaffing sort of feeling
User :   not currently
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   did you used any soap or new lotion
User :   not new within the past couple weeks, it could be entirely psycho-sematic because unlike all rashes I have had it isn't readily visible, but the sensation is very real
Doctor :   externally is there any redness
User :   Except for the inside of my right elbow, it is completely isolated to my left side, and it is only slightly (very slightly) pinkish the undersides of my arms
Doctor :   apply some calamine lotion on the area you feel
User :   what do you think this may be?
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   it may be some rashes due to some friction
User :   wouldnt that cause redness or some other form of visible irritation?
Doctor :   yes it will cause, some times only redness may appear
User :   ok, I will give it lotion and wait to see if it improves
Doctor :   Do not use cosmetic lotions or any other ointment directly on the affected area.
User :   ok, Obviously I wouldn't want to incite further irritation, but are there any possible problems I should be concerned with?
Doctor :   Always use warm or lukewarm water to clean the area and not hot water. Pat dry the rash affected area with soft towel, cotton balls or you can use soft tissue paper. Never rub or scratch the rash.
User :   to seek any further professional advice if the condition worsens, or do most serious rashes consist of sores and dry skin or jaundice
Doctor :   Jaundice usually causes itching and rashes as a result of scratching.
Doctor :   Expose the area to air but not or direct sunlight.
User :   Alright, Thank you, I will wait it out and see if it progresses
Doctor :   i will give some more suggestions to follow
Doctor :   Be careful in what you eat. An allergic reaction to some particular food may aggravate itching or spread the rash.
Doctor :   For soothing effect you can cover the area with baby oil before going to bed at night
Doctor :   i will send a feed back form, kindly fill
Doctor :   Applying ice on the rash twice daily soothes itching and lubricates the rash.
Doctor :   are you there
User :   yes
Doctor :   Keep your skin well oiled by using moisturizing lotion in the daytime and mustard or coconut oil at night.
Doctor :   As a preventive measure consume citrus fruits containing Vitamin C or an over the counter Vitamin C supplement.
User :   ok, I drink quite a large volume of Grapefruit and Orange juice daily
Doctor :   ok, it is fine
Doctor :   you can apply aloe vera gel
Doctor :   use mild soap
Doctor :   do not use deodoront soaps
User :   ok, I will treat it as I would a sunburn and watch what I use to wash my skin
Doctor :   you can use mild soap dove
User :   It seemed odd that it originated in a spot on my body that remains clothed all day, that is why I thought it prudent to ask
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   i do understand
Doctor :   it may be due to rubbing of skin with the cloth
Doctor :   avoid wearing full sleeved shirts for some time
Doctor :   do you have any query
Doctor :   i have to close the window since there is no response
Doctor :   Thanks for using healthcare magic
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