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I have a small, dime-sized red spot on my shoulder,

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Posted on Sun, 13 Jan 2019
Question: I have a small, dime-sized red spot on my shoulder, more near the top of the back of my arm. I just noticed it a few days ago. It is slightly raised, does not itch or hurt at all, and I managed to get a close up shot of it. I have no other marks or symptoms of any kind. What can this be? I am 55 year old very healthy active female with no health conditions except occasional allergic asthma.
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Fungal infection

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome to ask a doctor service. I have read your query and viewed the image.

I can see a red scaly oval patch of skin. It seems like a fungal infection. I suggest you to apply an OTC topical antifungal e.g clotrimazole 1% cream or miconazole 2% cream, twice daily for 2 weeks.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if you need any more assistance.
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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. (6 hours later)
I will get the cream and treat it accordingly, but how could I have gotten a fungal infection ( ! ) on my upper arm? Does this come from pets? Thank you!
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. (22 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Regarding fungal infection

Detailed Answer:
Hi.

Yes, pets can be a carrier for dermatophytes- the fungus which causes superficial fungal infection.

take care.
let me know if you need any more assistance
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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I have a small, dime-sized red spot on my shoulder,

Brief Answer: Fungal infection Detailed Answer: Hello and welcome to ask a doctor service. I have read your query and viewed the image. I can see a red scaly oval patch of skin. It seems like a fungal infection. I suggest you to apply an OTC topical antifungal e.g clotrimazole 1% cream or miconazole 2% cream, twice daily for 2 weeks. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if you need any more assistance.