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What causes a patch of dead skin on the leg?

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Posted on Mon, 16 Apr 2018
Question: Hi Dr.

I have a skin related issue. There is a spot of dead skin on my left leg. it's been more than 10 year for that spot and sometimes it itches and leave dead skin. I am worry that why it's being fine as I have used multiple antifungal cream.
please refer the attachment for reference and share your views. There is some hard muscles in that spot too.
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Answered by Dr. Kampana (20 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Eczema/dermatitis

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thanks for your query.

I have gone through your query and looked at the images. It looks like dermatitis/eczema. Can be due to various causes such as dry skin. I would suggest you apply Halovate cream 0.03% on the affected area, twice daily for 1 month. Apply good moisturising lotion on your leg.

I hope this answers your query.

With regards,
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Follow up: Dr. Kampana (8 minutes later)
Isn't being change to a kind of skin cancer or I need surgery. i m worried
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Answered by Dr. Kampana (7 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Very unlikely to be cancer.

Detailed Answer:
Hi again,

It does look like a skin cancer as it has been for 10 years with no associated symptoms of cancer. Do not worry. It looks like an eczema. other condition to rule out is psoriasis. For which you need to go to a dermatologist and get blood test and skin biopsy. If you are very worried you can get a skin biopsy done to rule out other options.

I would suggest you try the ointment for 1 month and still it persists visit a dermatologist for a detailed examination.

I hope this answered your query.

With regards,
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Follow up: Dr. Kampana (47 hours later)
I have got halovate cream 0.05%. Is it fine or I need same Halovate cream 0.03%
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Answered by Dr. Kampana (15 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Yes you can.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Yes, Halovate 0.05% is okay. You can apply that.

I hope this answered your query.

With regards,


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What causes a patch of dead skin on the leg?

Brief Answer: Eczema/dermatitis Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for your query. I have gone through your query and looked at the images. It looks like dermatitis/eczema. Can be due to various causes such as dry skin. I would suggest you apply Halovate cream 0.03% on the affected area, twice daily for 1 month. Apply good moisturising lotion on your leg. I hope this answers your query. With regards,