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Old 05-20-2006, 01:18 PM   #1
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Hi everyone -

I am a 41-year-old female. I have a reddish (maybe it's purplish?), crusty rash in my armpit. The main rash is approximately 1 inch by 1 1/2 inches and is irregular. There are also a few spots that are much smaller. All of these spots are slightly raised, crusty and they burn when rubbed or scratched. Shaving is murder! Occasionally they will itch; however it does not bleed or secrete any fluid or pus.

The rash developed about a month and a half ago out of the blue. It has so far remained localized in my left armpit. It does not appear to be spreading to any other part of my body. A couple of weeks ago it looked like it was finally starting to go away - the discoloration was fading, the crustiness was diminishing - but earlier this week it started coming back.

I do not think it is an allergy because I have not switched brands of deodorant, soap, etc. since long before this rash popped up. I have not been using any new products, either. I have not been sick or had an insect bite or changed my diet. This rash just literally popped up out of nowhere. Initially I thought it might be a new bra rubbing my skin and irritating it, but I stopped wearing that bra and the rash did not go away.

I was reading some articles on the internet and was wondering if it could be plaque psoriasis...anyone have any ideas??


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Old 05-21-2006, 11:14 AM   #2
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Post Re: Psoriasis?

I sounds like some sort of dermatitis. I think you should cleanse the area with hypoallergenic soap and make sure you rinse well with water. You might try applying a 1 percent hydrocortisone cream and avoid shaving the area. You are just irritating the skin every time you shave and not giving the skin an opportunity to heal.

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