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I'm experiencing itchy rashes on my arms, legs and back.

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I'm experiencing itchy rashes on my arms, legs and back. Small, red, irregular shaped, scaly spots 5mm in diameter. Original guess was an allergic reaction to new laundry detergent but they are persisting after 2 weeks of using my original detergent on all clothes. Might it be a reaction to nicotine? I use (too much) nicotine gum, ~40mg \ day.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,

This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.

I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

These spots do suggest eczema.

Immunogenic reaction against something.

Can be nicotine or some other environmental pathogens.

The diagnosis should be confirmed by a skin biopsy if possible.

Allergy testing is also on the cards.

Potent topical steroid ointment like triamcinolone acetonide can be used twice daily till the rash subsides.

Best wishes,

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