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Have itchy red patch on arm, reappears after subsiding. Stopped wearing watch had nickel. What is it?

I developed an itchy rash on my inner left arm awhile ago. Only there and nowhere else on my body. It's an patch of red bumps that become so itchy that I have to scratch hard for relief. Then hours later it may be gone and reappear tomorrow or another day. It comes and goes during the week. I havent changed detergent or soaps or are on any new meds. I was recently wearing a new watch that might have had some nickel in the metal, and have stopped wearing it for a couple of weeks now. What can it be??
Asked On : Wed, 17 Apr 2013
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It might possibly be contact dermatitis which is an allergic reaction to something your skin is in contact with. Also possible to have a fixed drug eruption caused by taking something internally (ie: medication, birth control pill, food, or something ingested). Also possibly could be ringworm (a fungal infection). For relief, take antihistamines (Allegra, Benadryl, Zyrtec) daily and apply topical steroid (OTC cortisone too weak, stronger prescription strength steroids work better but need a doctor to prescribe) and also an antifungal cream. See a doctor or dermatologist to perform a PATCH test to see if you're allergic to nickel or other metal or other chemical or ingredient. Another possibility is atopic dermatitis or eczema which can be localized. This usually responds to topical steroids.
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