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Dry skin

I recently noticed a red spot on my upper back that looked like a bug bit.  It did not itch, but over the course of about a week, it grew larger to the size of a dime.  It then turned into a small dry patch of skin, until it flaked off and cleared away.  I used some hydrocortisone cream on it.  Then a few weeks later I noticed another spot on my torso.  I immediately used hydro cream on it and it didn't get any bigger than a pencil erasure and cleared up much more quickly.  I then got another on my chest which remained even smaller and now I think I see one beginning on my forearm.  Any insight would be greatly appreciated.  I have a doctor's appointment in the coming weeks, but if this is something worse, I'd like to have it checked out sooner rather than later.  Thanks.
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563773 tn?1374246539
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Hello,
These symptoms can be due to ringworm or pityriasis rosea. Pityriasis rosea is a common human skin disease which presents as numerous patches of pink or red oval rash. The rash may be accompanied by low-grade headache, fever, nausea and fatigue and itching. Topical and oral steroids are needed. Water, sweat, and soap may cause irritation and should be avoided in the disease. Topical zinc oxide and calamine lotion are useful for pruritus.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.


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I would try an antifungal cream instead and see how that works.
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