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What causes dark discolouration with itchy red spots in elbow pits?

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Dr. Kakkar S.

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Posted on Tue, 17 May 2016 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: I have a dark discolouration in both elbow pits. More on one hand. Started with reddish spots and itching. Now turned dark. What could it be?


Acute in onset


Sir I was your student at Rmmch.
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 47 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Lichen simplex chronicus; Use topical mometasone furoate % cream

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you for writing to us

I am Dr.Kakkar (Dermatologist). I have gone through your query and I have also reviewed the Images. I can see pigmented patches with prominent skin markings on cubital fossa, in these images.

I would keep a possibility of Lichen Simplex Chronicus which presents as itchy, dry, hyperpigmented plaques with prominent skin markings.

I suggest you to apply a topical moderately potent steroid cream e.g mometasone furoate % cream (Elocon cream), twice daily for 2 weeks.

You may also take a tablet of cetrizine 10 mg once daily in evening for symptomatic relief from itching.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 21 minutes later
Sir could it be t.versicolor? I don't have any itching. It's just the discoloured macule
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 12 minutes later
Brief Answer:
P versicolor is a possibility

Detailed Answer:
Hi.

Yes, it could be P versicolor.
You earlier mentioned itching!! Anyways, if it is not itchy then P. versicolor is a very likely possibility. You may apply a topical antifungal cream e.g Nizral 2% cream, twice daily.

Regards
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