Hey I'm a 17 year old male and about 3 days ago the skin around my eyes and cheeks started feeling really dry. It got worse and spread to most of my face, especially the softer skin areas; but not so much on areas like my forehead or chin. It spread down my neck and then randomly appeared on the soft part of my elbow, and a small bit on my stomache. There are also tiny bumps that look like small warts on my fingers. Most places aren't itchy, just very dry. However my neck and stomache area are itchy. As far as I know I'm not allergic to anything. The rash isn't blistering, it's red and barely swelling. It seems like where I scratch a rash appears shortly after, but I have washed my hands several times, so it cant be poison ivy, oak or sumac.
It could be eczema, dermatitis, allergic reactions or acne.
You need to wash the areas several times with fresh water. Do not use any cosmetic products at the sites.
Apply calamine lotion at the site of the lesions and see if it helps. You could take some oral antihistamine medications like cetrizine or loratadine. You need to maintain a good personal hygiene . Use a medicated sunscreen and avoid sun exposure.
Anti-itch drugs, often antihistamine, may reduce the itch during a flare up of eczema, and the reduced scratching in turn reduces damage and irritation to the skin.
For mild-moderate eczema a weak steroid may be used (e.g. hydrocortisone or desonide), whilst more severe cases require a higher-potency steroid (e.g. clobetasol propionate, fluocinonide).
Eczema can be exacerbated by dryness of the skin. Moisturizing is one of the most important self-care treatments for sufferers of eczema. Keeping the affected area moistened can promote skin healing and relief of symptoms.
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It would be advisable to consult a skin specialist for your symptoms and a proper clinical examination.
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