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Would a photograph(s) of the affected areas be possible at your convenience?
Thank you for the photographs. How long have you had these red bumps?
Do they become dry and scaly?
Or do they ooze sticky watery material?
Any other medical problems? If so what medications are you on and since when?
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Okay so this looks most like 'Guttate Psoriasis'. 'Small Plaque Psoriasis' would be a second possibility but both are very similar conditions. Guttate Psoriasis is often triggered by a cough/cold or stomach flu two weeks prior to the rash appearing but can occur without this as well. Atypical Pityriasis Rosea would be a third possibility but is least likely. All three conditions are harmless so don't worry on that account.
Guttate Psoriasis responds very well to a 14 day course of Tablet Erythromycin taken as 500 mg three to four times day along with a mid-potent steroid cream such as Mometasone or Fluticasone applied twice a day.Your doctor would need to prescribe these for you. If you cannot see a doctor then you can try mixing 1% Cortizone ointment with Bacitracin ointment in a 1:1 ratio and applying twice a day on the skin lesions and taking Capsule Beta Carotene 30 mg twice a day (after meals). These are available over the counter and can sometimes help.
NOTE: If you have any of these lesions on the palms or soles then you need to see your doctor to have a blood test called VDRL done.
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