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Suggest treatment for rash below the knee and ankles

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Posted on Mon, 11 May 2015
Question: I have a horrible major red rash below my knee and goes almost to ankle and is wrapping around my leg-been to dermatologist
gave me two does of rounds of steroids and it is still here after 6 weeks and tonight became very very red and angry looking. Ido not know what to do.
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Answered by Dr. Geetika Paul (33 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Kindly provide pictures

Detailed Answer:
Hi

I understand your concern regarding your skin problem and I hope I am able to help you in the same.

You seem to have developed a chronic skin eczema.
I would like to have a look at the exact skin condition.
Please click some close up pictures of the affected area and upload them here on this page.
I am sure I will be able to help you better once you provide me the close up pictures.

Dr Geetika Paul
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Follow up: Dr. Geetika Paul (25 minutes later)
Photos showing shin of right leg worst here.
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Answered by Dr. Geetika Paul (15 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Need for potent topical and oral steroids

Detailed Answer:
Hi again


I have seen the attached pictures .
You seem to have developed an eczematous rash bilaterally .
You should completely avoid applying any irritants over it like dettol or savlon or any other oils .
Just keep the area moisturised by application of Vaseline or coconut oil and apply a topical steroid cream like cortisone over it two to three times daily .
A more potent steroid cream like clobetasol would be surely more effective in your case ,but is a prescription drug,do you might have to see your doctor for that .
Avoid rubbing the area as much as possible .
Wear cotton clothes so as to prevent further friction.
Take some oral antihistamines like Benadryl or levocetrizine along to relieve the associated itching and allergy.

If symptoms don't resolve, you might need a short course of oral steroids to relieve the rash completely.


Hope it helps

Dr Geetika Paul
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Brief Answer: Kindly provide pictures Detailed Answer: Hi I understand your concern regarding your skin problem and I hope I am able to help you in the same. You seem to have developed a chronic skin eczema. I would like to have a look at the exact skin condition. Please click some close up pictures of the affected area and upload them here on this page. I am sure I will be able to help you better once you provide me the close up pictures. Dr Geetika Paul