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What do spots on the inner forearm suggest?

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Posted on Thu, 14 May 2015
Question: I have six red spots on my right inner forearm - four are about the size of a dime, two the size of a pencil eraser. Four form a linear pattern - two other are parallel
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Ali Rauf (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
need some details to guide you better

Detailed Answer:
Hello

My name is Dr Muhammad Ali Rauf & i will look into your problem.

I have gone through your query and would try to help you in the best possible way. There could be a number of causes for your complaint. I would be in a better position to guide you anything if you answer following questions please:

1. since when are you having this problem?
2. are they on any other part of the body as well?
3. is there any history of itching over it ?
4. anyone else in the family also having this problem?
5. any other symptom that you would like to share?
6. are you diabetic, hypertensive or having any other illness?
7. are you on any kind of medication?
8. any family history of diabetes, hypertension or any other illness?

I will be looking forward for the answers to conclude the discussion in the best interest of yours.
Thank You
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Muhammad Ali Rauf (9 hours later)
1. since when are you having this problem? 3-4 months
2. are they on any other part of the body as well? no
3. is there any history of itching over it ? no
4. anyone else in the family also having this problem? no
5. any other symptom that you would like to share?
6. are you diabetic, hypertensive or having any other illness? I take 5 milligrams of Lisinopril twice a day for blood pressure
7. are you on any kind of medication? Just that
8. any family history of diabetes, hypertension or any other illness? Aunt was diabetic

did the photo images come through?
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Ali Rauf (12 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Most probably Eczema

Detailed Answer:
Hello

Thank you for getting back with the answers & i apologise for the delay. I have gone through them as well as the image. Most probable differential in this case would be Eczema & tinea (fungal infection). As there is no history of itching so Eczema would be on top of the list. Your primary doctor was right in referring you to a dermatologist for confirmation. I would recommend same because some of the medicines given for eczema are prescription only meds and only he can prescribe them. Following measures will help to resolve it:

- hydrocortisone 1% cream - apply in small quantity over the patch.
- cetirizine one at night for 5 days
- If there is a secondary bacterial infection, appropriate antibiotics would be required to tackle the same.
- Long duration hyper-pigmented and thickened lesions, application of steroid with Salicylic acid preparations.
- Application of moisturizing agents or emollients like vaseline.

These steps will help to reduce the symptoms. Meanwhile visit hospital to get an appointment for a "Consultant Dermatologist"

Hope I have answered your query. If you have any further questions I will be happy to help if not then don't forget to close the discussion and rate it.
Wishing you good health !!
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What do spots on the inner forearm suggest?

Brief Answer: need some details to guide you better Detailed Answer: Hello My name is Dr Muhammad Ali Rauf & i will look into your problem. I have gone through your query and would try to help you in the best possible way. There could be a number of causes for your complaint. I would be in a better position to guide you anything if you answer following questions please: 1. since when are you having this problem? 2. are they on any other part of the body as well? 3. is there any history of itching over it ? 4. anyone else in the family also having this problem? 5. any other symptom that you would like to share? 6. are you diabetic, hypertensive or having any other illness? 7. are you on any kind of medication? 8. any family history of diabetes, hypertension or any other illness? I will be looking forward for the answers to conclude the discussion in the best interest of yours. Thank You