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Itchy, circular, red rash on my forearm. Any ideas as to what it can be?

Itchy, circular, red rash on my forearm. Any ideas as to what it can be? Topic: Ringworm worse case seen
June 16, 2019 / By Leigh
Question: I have had this rash like spot on my left arm for about a week or so. At first it just kind of seemed like dry skin, but then it got redder and itchy and has seemed to have gotten worse in the last few days. I have googled it and haven't really found much. It is in a circular shape and raised up a little. I may go to my doctor soon to get it checked out, but I'd like to have some idea as to what's going on before I go. I have had this rash like spot on my left arm for about a week or so. At first it just kind of seemed like dry skin, but then it got redder and itchy and has seemed to have gotten worse in the last few days. I have googled it and haven't really found much. It is in a circular shape and raised up a little. I may go to my doctor soon to get it checked out, but I'd like to have some idea as to what's going on before I go. I also work at a pet store and have shown my manager the rash and she has said it is not ringworm. She has confronted ringworm many times in her life and the condition is not itchy.
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Jadon Jadon | 3 days ago
It could be several things. Honestly, the way you describe it sounds like ringworm - you need to see your doctor for anti-parasitic medication. It sounds gross, but ringworm is a fairly common condition, particularly among wrestlers and high school athletes (not sure if you fall into these categories, but if you do that's a bit of a red flag). If its a rash that alternates between puffy and sort of dried out, particularly if you note the difference in reference to temperature or humidity, it may be eczema - your doctor can prescribe cream or oral meds for this. If its red and puffy and flairs up randomly, it may be an allergic reaction (which could be from anything from laundry detergent to an environmental or food allergy). If so, benedryl (25 mg OTC) will help the rash go away quickly. In any case, you should see your primary physician or a dermatologist as soon as you can to have it looked at. In the meantime, a cold compress may help with pain and swelling, and a little with itching. You can also try a cortisone or antihistamine cream or oral antihistamine (like Benedryl). You can get these at any pharmacy. Good luck! addition: just read your added details - don't take the word of your friend/manager. Ringworm sometimes presents with itchiness and sometimes does not. It is conditional on the patient.
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Jadon Originally Answered: 15 mo old has a rash that comes and goes throughout the day? Ideas on what it could be?
Main > Toddler > Common Problems Rashes atopic dermatitis (eczema): usually has its onset between two and six months with the development of itchy red areas on the cheeks, forehead, scalp, trunk and on the extensor surfaces of the arms and legs (elbows and knees). The skin may be thickened, shiny and oozing and is usually very dry. Treatment is with daily use of moisturizers and topical steroid creams during breakouts. This is usually a chronic problem that will continue to improve and get worse for many years. See the Eczema Treatment Guide for more information. contact dermatitis: many agents can cause rashes in infants from direct irritation of the skin. These can include harsh soaps and detergents, saliva from excessive drooling, and bubble baths. This type of rash usually has mild redness and itchiness and improves with the use of a moisturizer or lubricant to protect the skin. Many agents can also cause an allergic contact dermatitis with a more intense reaction in the skin 7-10 days after being exposed to it. Common things that can cause allergic skin reactions include poison ivy, cosmetics, and metals. The rash usually is very red, itchy, with oozing, crusting and swelling and will improve with a mild potency hydrocortizone cream. impetigo: a skin infection caused by a bacteria that begins as a tiny red bump and quickly turns into a honey colored crusted plaque. It is most commonly found around the nose, but can occur on any area of skin that has been damaged. Impetigo is treated with antibiotics. For minor infections a topical antibiotic cream can be used, but more extensive cases will require an oral antibiotic. infections: rashes are commonly associated with many different types of viral infections, including roseola (causes high fever for 3-5 days and then once the fever goes away, small red bumps appear on the trunk that spread all over the body), fifth disease (causes red cheeks and then a fine lace-like red or pink rash on the arms), and chickenpox (causes small red bumps that turn into vesicles that crust over). See the Guide to Common Infections for more information on infections that can cause skin rashes. keratosis pilaris: causes small pinpoint size red bumps and rough and dry skin on the cheeks and the back of the upper arms and legs. It is a chronic condition that is difficult to treat, but may improve with lubricants or topical keratolytic creams, such as Eucerin Plus or LacHydrin. molluscum contagiosum: this is a type of wart caused by a virus. The rash consists of small flesh colored, dome shaped bumps with a crater in the center. They can be grouped on any skin surface, but are usually located on the head, neck and diaper area. Treatment is not required and this type of wart will go away on its own over several months to years. Treatment for more extensive or persistent warts can be treated with cryotherapy. An antiviral cream called Aldara is currently being tested in children to help with this common problem. ringworm (tinea corporis): a fungal infection that causes circular or annular shaped, red scaly patches with clear centers. It is usually found on non-hairy areas of the face, trunk, arms and legs and is easily treated with an OTC antifungal cream applied twice a day for two to four weeks. seborrheic dermatitis: causes yellow or salmon colored greasy scales and patchy redness on the scalp (cradle cap), face, behind the ears and in skin folds. Most children clear up without treatment in three to four weeks, but more severe or persistent forms can be treated with and anti-seborrheic shampoo with selenium sulfide or a low potency topical steroid cream. warts: appear as irregular and rough bumps, most commonly on the arms and legs, but can occur on any skin surface. Warts are caused by an infection with the human papillomavirus, and usually do not cause any symptoms unless they are on the bottom of the feet or around the nails. Warts will go away on their own, but it may take one to two years for the process to be complete. Warts can be treated with cryotherapy, which uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the wart and surrounding skin to kill the virus, or by use of topical medicines that contain salicylic acid.

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Darin Darin
For the best answers, search on this site https://shorturl.im/awiF2 Ringworm? idk about the armpit though if it does end up being Ringworm dont freak out its not a worm its a type of fungus like athlete foot they have some over the counter creams for that kind of stuff so you could just research it
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Azriel Azriel
Could be ring worm. It's a parasite that lives under the skin and I would wash yours hands after you touch it, or you might pass it to others. It's treatable, though. See a doc.
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Willa Willa
ringworm - here is a website to read more about it: the good news is that it is common and very easily treated with over the counter medications
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Willa Originally Answered: Rash under arm/my husband found a rash under his arm about the size of a half dollar, it's red, raised.
It could be staph - but it could also be something else. If the skin is scaly / flaky and the rash itches - it could be a sebborheic dermatitis - an autoimmune rash - your skin is attacking itself. This is not to suggest any for of flesh eating bacteria mind you - many people have this disorder. I would suggest seeing a Dr. - Dermatologist would be better - ASAP. Also - I would suggest you stop putting hydro-cortisone on the rash until you are seen - the steroid in it could actually make the condition worse. In the mean time - keep the area as dry as possible and keep lotions to a minimum. You could also be allergic to something either perfume based or an ingredient in something. Get it looked at by a Doc.

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