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What else can I try to get rid or even just lessen the red

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What else can I try to get rid or even just lessen the red itchy spots appearing more and more here and there! Sometimes the itching keeps me awake and just HAVE to scratch til the area eventually bleeds then the spot manifests and stays there for good! Have tried recently putting ICE on the area when it becomes itchy...which does help but it's hard keeping the ice attached whatever area! I have only spoken to my own GP and been prescribed Eumovate to begin with.. then a few months ago it was changed to Betamethasone Valerate 0.1%.
I've had spots for years but they are definately getting worse..
We go on Holiday every year and now starting to think I'll be embarrased to 'Flash the flesh' so to speak! .I have taken some pictures that hopefuly I can send..Thanks in advance and fingers crossed! Dave
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dermatology
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Expert:  Dr. Hasan replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Hasan replied 2 years ago.

Thanks a lot for your input. I am sorry to hear about your problem. I am going to address your primary concern but later you can ask anything you want. As per symptoms and pictures there can be few causes like fungal skin infection, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis etc. Don't worry I will address your question in two aspects; what you can do yourself and what your doctor can do for you. As far as what you can do yourself is concerned in such situations one can mix over the counter available 1% hydrocortisone cream with over the counter available clotrimazole cream and then apply them twice daily on the lesions. Moreover apply over the counter available (OTC) calamine lotion over the affected areas twice daily. Lastly take OTC tab claritin once daily. All these measures will help you a lot in getting rid of severe itching and the lesions might get better as well. If symptoms persist, see your dermatologist but hopefully you will feel better soon. I wish you good luck and that you get well soon. My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done. You can come back here to ask anything even after you have rated the answer. I will be glad to help you always. Regards.

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


I don't think you should do any home treatment, or any treatment not prescribed by your doctor.

In fact, NO treatment until these spots are biopsied for the lab.

You have had them for years.

They are no psoriasis, they do not look like eczema, and certainly not fungal.

They are probably autoimmune, but from what condition.

A simply punch biopsy will show if these are


rare skin condition




That is what you should do next.

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