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Dr. S. Attili
Dr. S. Attili, Dermatologist & Dermatopathologist
Category: Dermatology
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Experience:  MRCP (Dermatology), Int. Board Certification in Dermatopathology
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I have this rash that goes away but comes back on my feet.

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I have this rash that goes away but comes back on my feet. Mostly on the heel . It starts as little red or pink bumps then the skin breaks and peels . I assumed it was a fungus but I have used fungus sprays on it for a year now and it keeps coming back. Please help me.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dermatology
Expert:  Dr. S. Attili replied 1 year ago.

Hello. I am Dr. Venkat Attili, Dermatologist and Dermatopathologist with over 10 years of experience in this field. I am here to assist you and will answer your questions to your complete satisfaction. Can you please upload a picture at your convenience?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Please let me know if you can see well enough to diagnose ...
Expert:  Dr. S. Attili replied 1 year ago.

This picture is a bit out of focus. Can you try zooming out and take the picture in brighter lighting please?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. S. Attili replied 1 year ago.
Thanks. This is much better. Is the rash present on both feet or just one? Is it related to any particular footwear that you may be using?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Just my left foot .. not sure if the footwearmatters starts as dots then goes away and comes back in other areas ..
Expert:  Dr. S. Attili replied 1 year ago.
Ok, your pictures and history are suggestive of a condition called pompholyx. You can read all about it here- is usually a reaction to something coming in contact with the skin. But not always do we manage to identify the cause. The best way to treat this is to use a moisturiser like flexitol heel balm 3-4 times a day along with a steroid ointment like Clobetasol propionate once daily (you will need to ask your doctor for a prescription). It should clear up in a few weeks. Unfortunately recurrence is not uncommon unless we manage to identify the triggering factor. This doesn't look fungal. If you are experiencing recurrences frequently seeing a dermatologist and getting patch testing done can help identify possible triggering factors.Hope this helps. Do keep me posted & get back if you have any further questions or feel that I have missed out anything. I will be here to provide ongoing advice as necessary. Best wishes.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Dr. S. Attili replied 1 year ago.
Sure will do. Thank you. Best wishes