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What causes spreading spots on the body?

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Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

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Posted on Mon, 11 Jun 2018 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: Hello. Over the past year or so i have been noticing little spots on my arms, upper back, and shoulders. Some resemble a rash but no itching or aching has been noted. I have tried cortisone and antibiotic creams and just general lotions. nothing seems to work. and the spots are spreading but very slowly.
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Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 15 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Pityriasis versicolor, oral and topical anti fungal

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for being at Healthcaremagic
I have reviewed the attached photographs and it seems to be pityriasis versicolor which is a superficial fungal infection of the skin.
I would recommend you to apply topical anti fungal cream like terbinafine cream or miconazole cream on the affected areas twice daily and take oral anti fungal like capsule itraconazole 400 mg single dose stat.
These are prescription drugs and you need to see the doctor in person to get them.
Regards
Dr Asmeet
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Follow up: Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 13 minutes later
Thank you for your reply.
How does this type of infection usually happen so I can avoid it in the future?
Is it potentially lethal?
Are there any other substitutes for treatment.
I do not have have health insurance.
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Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 0 minute later
Brief Answer:
Welcome

Detailed Answer:
This is a very common fungal infection which can occur by using infected towels, soaps or clothes.
It is common in hot humid weather, diabetics and immunosuppressed patients.
Otherwise it is very common in healthy normal population.
It is not lethal at all.
You can go for clotrimazole cream or miconazole cream.
Both should be available as over the counter drugs.
All the best.
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