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There are lots of comments from you on the website about rashes and as you well know rashes come in all shapes and sizes. They can be itchy; they can be due to an infection, infestation or even an allergy. The most important thing with a rash is if you are experiencing one right now my suggestion is to take a photograph of it because very often by the time you get to see the GP it’s gone and you have to explain from memory. For us, if we can see a picture of it, very often we can make the diagnosis on the spot.

If you suddenly come up with a rash then when you do see the doctor it’s very important to give them a few specific details. And one of those things that patients often forgot to tell their GP for example is they’ve taken any over the counter medication, if they’ve been taking any herbal medication or even if you’ve been taking any recreational drugs. All of these are very, very important in the context of rashes that simply emerge out of nowhere.

Some of you describe having rashes for years. One thing I would say to you is if you had something that is lingering for a long time and just you’re simply not getting on top of it even if you’ve already been to see your GP do go back. Just because something has been there for 10 years that doesn’t mean that you’re not entitled to see the GP. In fact, I would actively encourage you to see the GP and get to the bottom of it.

There’ve been some questions on the website about rosacea. Now rosacea isn’t actually, necessarily a skin rash, but rather an adult form of acne and it’s incredibly common. Much more common in people of Celtic origin and tends to occur at a later stage in life as opposed to teenage acne. So, you’re looking at the 30s, 40s, 50s. You shouldn’t be embarrassed because it’s very common and it’s particularly easy to treat. Go along and see your GP, this is a diagnosis they make day in, day out and it’s easily treated with antibiotics either taken by the mouth or rubbed onto the skin. In an event to prevent it flaring up always remember as well to wear sun block 365 days a year and avoid triggers such as spicy food, stress and alcohol.

And if you’re worried about rashes or skin problems why not check out the Embarrassing Bodies rashes and skin problems My VideoDoctor.

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Doctor Responses: Skin Rashes

Dr Pixie discusses your most commonly asked questions about a range of rashes and skin problems.

Most of the questions that Dr Pixie answers were posted in the comments section of the Embarrassing Bodies rashes condition guide.

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Hi I have theses rashes some in my arm legs and down in my vaginal area n head there bit itchy and red n blisters





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What is the best treatment for developing a shaving rash in the genital area? Waxing is extremely painful but shaving looks good for one day, then an itchy, VERY sore rash appears and doesn't fade until a week or so after. I've tried shaving foams, different gentle soaps, conditioners, aqueous cream, you name it. I've also tried many other things for after like double base gel, aveeno, cavilon, johnsons moisturiser and even leaving it to not block up pores. I feel like it's a no win situation.





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i have been suffering from rashes since 2013. I have been getting them every single day until now. I have seen so many doctors (even urticaria specialists in London) but no one is able to help. I have been on so many antihistamine tablets and steroids but nothing seems to help. The rashes usually come afternoon or evening time, and will disappear in the morning. Sometimes I get muscle pain and join ache which unable me to do my daily activities. I also sweat at night or get really chilly. I feel uncomfortable in my own body and I cant even wear short sleeves top in summer time i always have to cover my body. The rashes come on my hands legs back and belly. I can also provided pictures if necessary. I would really appreciate your help. Looking forward to hearing from you.





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I've had rash issues for 40 years. It affected my penis at first and over the years spread to my face, behind the ears, genital region, and other parts of my body. After years of suffering and getting no real answer, I got the golden ticket. A doctor recommended a topical cream called Dermatop. The generic is Prednicarbate. It comes in both cream and ointment. It immediately stops the itching of rashes in 15 minutes and the rashes are gone in 1-2 days. If I get the start of a penis rash, which if gone untreated, gets open sores, the Dermatop will stop the development in its tracks. This has been a miracle drug for me.

Hi I have had a rash on both my arms. The rash looks like red spot some are bigger than others. Is itchy at times but when I take a shower which I always take with more hot water than warm my rash comes out more. Please tell me what I have.





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Hi I am almost 52 and a couple of weeks ago I noticed a white spot that looks a bit like a blister on my left boob , this looks to be getting bigger have you any advice please





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Hi ihad a strep throat back in 2013 the dr. give me a course of cefalexin caps,they did not have my details up on computer only in a file therefore i took alergic reaction to the medication now have developed guttate psorias which i am finding how to get rid of,have got creams form dr.I also went to dr. told him to put in comp not to give me this again as alergic to this,can you help





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Hi I have a itchy stingy rash that comes up on my chest when I am in the sun. Being a 23 year old girl I want to be able to wear a bikini in the sun without a horrendous rash coming up. It makes me very self conscious and very physically uncomfortable. It also spreads onto my arms sometimes. It seems that if I have two holidays it doesn't come up on the second holiday- it's like I get used to the sun after having a week in the sun and then a week out out of the sun. Previously fexofenadine has worked but this year it didn't seem to work, even when I take it well in advance of my holiday. Gp's advice was to stay out of the sun, sit in the shade and wear white linen. This is obviously not suitable advice for me- I want to enjoy myself with my friends. I do wear sun tan lotion and apply it regularly. It comes up both with and without sun tan lotion. I'm told it's not prickly heat but uticaria. Could a dermatologist or allergy testing institution give me something to cure it, I dread getting in a bikini in fear of this rash. Plus lots of people comment on how sore it looks.





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I've got eczema I've had it since i was little but since I've become older it's got worse it's only on my legs below my knees no we're else it's scabby and if I get really hot or stressed I have to itch it and then I make it bleed the scabs fall off and it weeps it's getting me down now don't no what else to do





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hi i have a skin rash thats spread all over my body within a year and got really itchy,inflammed and sore. i have eczema but never in this way.it was just mild.I scratch everyday and every night without fail and tried everything of ruling out certain foods and detergants. i have asked my doctor to refer me to a skin specialist for allergy test but got no further. Now i have depression because of it.





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I have yellowy fluid under my skin. It's not acne because I've taken medication to get rid if my acne. The area around my chest, back and thighs are bumpy, and it feels like acne but the bumps aren't painful. I've tried to get rid of it but it is practically impossible since these bumps have no visible pore. It's been bothering me for the past 5 years and I really want it to be gone. I can't wear certain tops and shorts which is very distressing. I need help!





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