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Rash on the side of face with itching. Suggest treatment

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Posted on Tue, 3 Dec 2013 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: I have a rash/ irritation on the side of my face. I'm not sure if it's dry skin from the weather change or irritation from shaving. It does itch. It has been getting worse.
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Answered by Dr. Rahul Kumar 2 hours later
Brief Answer: Details below Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for the query and photographs. It is appearing like a fungal infection. I would like to know the following things. 1. Since how long you have this lesion? 2. Have you applied any over the counter medication? Kindly answer the above, so I can help you better, Waiting for your response. Thank you
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I have had it for a week or so. It is getting worse. I have not used any over the counter medication. I have used some lotion though and it doesn't really help. Is this something I should be worried about? What is the cause of this?
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Answered by Dr. Rahul Kumar 2 hours later
Brief Answer: Details below Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for the follow up. Dont worry it is not a severe thing. It is just a fungal infection. Apply a topical anti fungal cream, (Clotrimazole + clobetasol ) twice daily for 15 days. You will get relief with this. Let me know if you have any other doubts. Thank you
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Follow up: Dr. Rahul Kumar 5 hours later
Thank you for the response. What is the cause of this fungal infection? Do you think the over the counter anti fungal cream will clear it up? Should I go see a dermatologist? Also, I have to shave everyday for work. Should I try to avoid shaving this area of my face? Also, do you think this could be ringworm?
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Answered by Dr. Rahul Kumar 1 hour later
Brief Answer: Details below Detailed Answer: Hello, Yes it is ring worm ( tinea Facie). Yes over the counter anti fungal cream would be enough. Better use a combination of anti fungal and steroid. This will help in controlling inflammation. It is better to avoid shaving in the patch area for a week, healing will be better. Let me know if you have any other doubts. Thank you
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