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Red irritating rash on my chest

Good evening Doctor
I am a 35 year old male from Ireland and for the past 5 or 6 years i have had a pink to red rash across my chest above my nipples and on parts of my back.
Sometimes it can get quite itchy and then it will flair up to a red color . I also have noticed that when I am on a sun holiday it wont tan like the rest of my body I have sallow skin and tan very quickly on the rest of my body .
The appearance of it is more like blotchy skin very slightly pronounced when it is itchy

I look forward to hearing from you Doctor,
Kindest regards   Adrian
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1178499 tn?1264035764

What you have sounds a lot like what I have, check out my photos and see for yourself. Hope that helps mate.

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Hey Daniel !

Thanks for the post ! Thats exactly the same as what i have , Does it flair up after a hard weekend on the beer???
Do you work in construction ? I do and i was thinkin it might have something to do with it ???
Did you find out what exactly it is???

1178499 tn?1264035764
Dear Adrian,

It flares up whenever my temperature rises, especially outside working in the yard/anything atheletic.  I could see the same happening with you, b/c you are probably wearing heavy protective clothing that doesn't breathe well.  It also itches pretty well when it gets hot.  I am pretty sure it is Tinea Versicolor, I came to this forum just to make sure though. Here is a short description of it from mayoclinic:

Tinea versicolor, also called pityriasis versicolor, is a common fungal infection of the skin. The fungus interferes with the normal pigmentation of the skin, resulting in small, discolored patches.

Antifungal creams, lotions or shampoos can help treat tinea versicolor. But even after successful treatment, skin color may remain uneven for several weeks until repigmentation occurs, and tinea versicolor may return, especially in warm, humid weather.

Hope that helps out.  I went to the local store and bought some Lamisil AT, I put it on after I dry off from the shower and it seems to be working.  Get the continuous spray can, it is much easier to get to the harder to reach areas, on the back and such.

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hey Dan your diagnosis is correct just back from the doctor and its confirmed !
because its so cold over here we wear lots of lairs of clothing whilst working and the skin cant breath so thanks a mill for the posts my mind is now at rest

as we say here in Ireland " Maith an fearr  tussa " = good man yourself  !
and if you want the american way of saying it = mah on far tusa !

Keep well Dan and thanks again !

Regards Adrian ...
1178499 tn?1264035764
Hey Adrian!  Thanks for the compliments!  I will keep that saying in mind.  Is that an old dialect or something?  Oh btw, I am intrigued by the economic success Ireland has been involved with the last decades.  Aspiring to one of the world's economic powerhouses from a mere 5 million people is something to tip your hat to.  I will visit Ireland one day.  One last thing, I have a soccer shirt that is made by Drako and sponsored by Eircom, I was wondering what FA Ireland team this is?  It also has an orange symbol in the middle of the chest.
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Hey dan thats the republic of ireland national soccer shirt you have
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From your symptoms it looks like pityraisis versicolor which is caused by an overgrowth of a yeast fungus and are found mainly on sun exposed areas. Treatment involves topical and oral antifungal medicines. Most of the topical antifungals are available over the counter and you can consult a pharmacist for this.

I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.

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