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Clusters inside elbows and neck, looking like red dots with whiteheads, sensitive to touch. Treatment?

Hi, this morning I woke up and there were clusters of about 7 on the insides of my elbows and 2 on my neck! They look like red dots with little whiteheads inside them but its not acne! They just Apeared this morning as I had none yesterday! I didn't do anything out of the usual, sleeping in my same bed and everything. They are not itchy but if are sensitive to the touch...please help!
Asked On : Sat, 27 Apr 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Dec 2013
Welcome and thanks for posting your query to HCM.
After reading your query it is too early to make a pin point diagnosis as you have not mentioned your age and side of appearance, even then we can make out two possibilities:
1.     Herpes zoster: If the lesions are on the same side then there is possibility of this problem which is actually a viral infection by herpes virus causing unilateral appearance of blisters with pain in it. If you are young adult then this is not a thing of worry but if you are post 40 years then definitely need antiviral therapy.
2.     Contact irritant/allergic dermatitis(CID):It appears due to contact with some allergic or irritant material. Though according to you have not done anything unusual so possibility is less.
For the time being keep a watch over the lesions if they increase or become large in size or painful then you must consult a dermatologist who can prescribe you the treatment accordingly. Till that time you can do cold compressions for multiple times a day and can apply very thin layer of calamine lotion. Do not apply anything having irritant potential- and no self medications.
Hope this information will be helpful.
Dr Sanjay K Kanodia
MD ( Dermatology and STD/ Venereology)
Answered: Sat, 27 Apr 2013
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