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How to treat itchy painful rashes?

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Posted on Wed, 27 Dec 2017
Question: I've had this itchy painful rash this week is three_four weeks. I've tried everything from oat meal baths, antifungal cream. nothing helps. I take no meds on a daily basis and no other health issues. also.. we haven't Changed anything at home as far as soap or anything.
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Answered by Dr. Shuba Hariprasad (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Clarifications please

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Thank you for your query.
I'm Dr. Shuba Hariprasad & will be answering your query today.

Would you please clarify a few things for me?
*how long have you had these symptoms? It is not clear in your query.
*where all do you have it? Where did it start from? *is the rash on side of the body ( left/right)
*how does the rash look? Blisters or pimples? Any fluid inside or when you itch? (not very clear in the photo)
*have you had chicken pox?
*have you recently been to an area with plantation or marshes?
*have you checked for any bite marks or scabs?

Based on your query and from what I can see I would like to rule out shingles/chicken pox caused by a virus.
This will require antiviral medication.
I recommend :
- a dermatologist consult
- microscopic examination of the skin/fluid from the rash.
-blood tests (complete blood count).

Based on these we can have a diagnosis and administer appropriate treatment.
Please avoid itching and touching the rash.

Use ice packs or cool compresses with clean washcloth to relieve itching.
Avoid the sun, spicy foods, hot beverages to reduce itching.
Wear breathable fabric clothes like cotton.

Hope this helps. Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.
Wish you good health.

Regards,
Dr. Shuba Hariprasad

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Follow up: Dr. Shuba Hariprasad (8 minutes later)
it's mostly on one side. but I have random spots every where. it's been 4 weeks.
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Answered by Dr. Shuba Hariprasad (2 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Clarifications requested

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thank you for the follow up.
Could you please reply to my other questions as well so that I am in a better position to help you.
Thank you
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
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Follow up: Dr. Shuba Hariprasad (30 minutes later)
some fluid when I itch. it started on the right side of my neck.
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Answered by Dr. Shuba Hariprasad (13 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Please see a dermatologist to check for chicken pox/Molluscum contagiosum

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thank you for the follow up.
Yes it does seem like chicken pox. However, the rash for this doesn't last 4 weeks. Please get it checked by a dermatologist right away, especially of it is spreading or Increasing.
Molluscum contagious is another possible cause.
The rash need to be examined closely to determine the cause.

Hope I've been of help. Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.
Wish you good health.
Regards,
Dr. Shiba XXXXXXX
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Brief Answer: Clarifications please Detailed Answer: Hello, Thank you for your query. I'm Dr. Shuba Hariprasad & will be answering your query today. Would you please clarify a few things for me? *how long have you had these symptoms? It is not clear in your query. *where all do you have it? Where did it start from? *is the rash on side of the body ( left/right) *how does the rash look? Blisters or pimples? Any fluid inside or when you itch? (not very clear in the photo) *have you had chicken pox? *have you recently been to an area with plantation or marshes? *have you checked for any bite marks or scabs? Based on your query and from what I can see I would like to rule out shingles/chicken pox caused by a virus. This will require antiviral medication. I recommend : - a dermatologist consult - microscopic examination of the skin/fluid from the rash. -blood tests (complete blood count). Based on these we can have a diagnosis and administer appropriate treatment. Please avoid itching and touching the rash. Use ice packs or cool compresses with clean washcloth to relieve itching. Avoid the sun, spicy foods, hot beverages to reduce itching. Wear breathable fabric clothes like cotton. Hope this helps. Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with. Wish you good health. Regards, Dr. Shuba Hariprasad