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Hi, I am male, aged 54 and have discoid ecxema. I have it on

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Hi, I am male, aged 54 and have discoid ecxema. I have it on the inside of my right heel and on my right shin. What were patches about 2 inches across have spread over the last few weeks so that my heel patch is about 3 inches across and my on my shin it is about 4x7 inches which i'm finding quite alarming and depressing, I regularly use Aveeno and additive free moisturisures as advised although I do not actually have dry skin, these help stop itching but don't reduce the eczema, I have tried a low dose hydrocortizone cream which for the first 2 days was like a miracle cure in that all the flakiness stopped and my skin went just smooth and pink but the cream made the eczema patches spread rapidly so I stopped using it.
The patch on my shin is often quite red and feels hot and my leg is getting a bit swollen below the eczema over the last week. Nothing seems to stop it spreading, please help! I take Loratadine as our cat makes me sneeze and my eyes water and I am allergic to biological washing powder but nothing else that I know of. I am slim, fit and active with no other health problems so this is really getting me down
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Expert:  Dr. David replied 2 years ago.
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discoid eczema is also called Nummular dermatitis

you can read more about it here

https://www.aad.org/dermatology-a-to-z/diseases-and-treatments/m---p/nummular-dermatitis/diagnosis-treatment

you really need to see a dermatologist and get stronger prescription steroid creams such as butamethasone topical steroid cream or fluocinonide steroid creams

the over the counter low potency steroid creams are not strong enough to treat this

are you willing to see a dermatologist?
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