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Suggest remedies for itchy red pimples on the arm and armpit

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Posted on Fri, 29 Jul 2016
Question: Hi! I started having itchy red pimples on my arm and armpit, and I thought at first they were mosquito bites. Then they started appearing closer together, and there were LOTS of them...so I thought maybe I had ringworm again (I have a cat, so I get this from time to time). Then tonight, I realized that all the pimples were in long straight lines. They start at my armpits and go halfway down my side. the pimples start small, and really itchy, then they burst with a clear liquid and get bigger. I tried putting triamcinolone acetonide cream on them, but I think it made it worse. It has been approximately 7-10 days since I saw the first few of the pimples. I am unable to get to my doctor for a few more days.


I have had chicken pox before, and a mild case of shingles, but these didn't burn...just really itchy.

my right armpit and chest area is much worse than my left side. I am starting to see the same pimples on my right upper thigh too. I work in a nursery/daycare, so I need to figure out if this is contagious or not.


will scratching or physical contact spread this rash?

when the pimples first appear, and when they burst the first time, they are bright red. The second time they burst, they turn a dark, purple-red and scab.
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Answered by Dr. Ashwini Kolur (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
might be contact dermatitis, upload the pictures

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Welcome
I have gone through your query

It is difficult to comment on skin lesions without examination , so kindly upload the pictures for better understanding of the situation.

I would like to know few more information
Since when you are facing this problem?
Have recently changed detergent, body soap, ?
Have you changed the deodorant or perfume?

I would also suggest you not to take any medicines without consulting doctor. It might be contact dermatitis.
Presently I would suggest you to wash the area with cool water, wash it with mild soap like dermadew soap. You can take oral antihistamine agent like levocetirizine at night for itching.

Hope this helps
Take care
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Suggest remedies for itchy red pimples on the arm and armpit

Brief Answer: might be contact dermatitis, upload the pictures Detailed Answer: Hi Welcome I have gone through your query It is difficult to comment on skin lesions without examination , so kindly upload the pictures for better understanding of the situation. I would like to know few more information Since when you are facing this problem? Have recently changed detergent, body soap, ? Have you changed the deodorant or perfume? I would also suggest you not to take any medicines without consulting doctor. It might be contact dermatitis. Presently I would suggest you to wash the area with cool water, wash it with mild soap like dermadew soap. You can take oral antihistamine agent like levocetirizine at night for itching. Hope this helps Take care