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how do i get rid of contact dermatitis

By December 5, 2009 - 9:09pm
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Two weeks ago,

I started iching like crazy under my arms and on my outside my private parts. I can not figure out what the problem is all of a sudden. The dermatologist thinks it is contact dermatitis. He prescribed clotrimazole and betamethasone dipropionare cream usp 1%/0.05% base. Two days and no relief! I stopped the perfumes, soaps and deodorants and no fix. I even put new clothes and underwear on today to eliminate chance of laundry detergent and fabric softeners. What should I do? I am up all night scratching and all day. I am so uncomfortable.

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The meds kind of calm it down for a few hours and then i have to keep reapplying it more than the twice a day recommendation. The itch comes right back a strong.

December 5, 2009 - 10:02pm

Thank you so much for responding as I sit here and itch. The skin is unmarked other than being red from scratching. There are no bumps. The skin on my underarms just feels thinker and drier. I tried moisturizing thinking that was the problem but no relief. There is nothing other than itchy skin that is bothered by my constant scratching. The sweat does not seem to becoming out like it used to. I have no smell under the arms eventhough I have not been wearing deo during this ordeal. There is a little mositure on the armpits but not the normal flow. The vagainal irriation is on the sides where inner thighs meet vaginal skin. Also on the skin that is all over the outside of my vaginal. I do not understand what is going on here. I suspected it was yeast since I finished heavy antibiotis about one month ago, but doc did not lean in that direction when I mentioned it.

December 5, 2009 - 9:57pm

Hi and thanks for you question,

The medication your dermatologist prescribed is a combination drug that has anti-fungal actions as wells as immune suppressing actions. What this means is that it would theoretically clear up a rash that was either fungal in nature or a dermatitis.

If the medication is not relieving the symptoms of the rash then you have likely been misdiagnosed. If you describe your rash in detail I may be able to give you some other ideas of what it could be. Here is what I would like to know.

Exact locations
Pattern - shape or scattered etc.
Are there raised bumps or is it flat
Is it dry and scaly or does it weep
Are there blisters
Has the medication made any difference in the quality or severity of the rash

December 5, 2009 - 9:29pm
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