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Q: My son got contact dermatitis / kind of aczema on her palms and feet pad. It does not itch but looks like rash. We have tried several lotions, medications but in vain as it disappears for some time and shows again on same or different place Daxamathason does magic effect but again not permanent. Hydrogen paraoxide (used by cotton) helps to heal but all treatments are temporary! Any solid treatment?

Samatnha (Vancouver, Canada)

A: Yes the solid treatment is find the culprit causing the problem and get rid of it permanently!!!! It appears to be a straight case of allergic dermatitis. Alternatively you may use a BARRIER cream before handling soap/detergents/oil/grease/mud.... a steroid cream (like dexa.) will have to be used whenever you have an attack.

Dr. Vivek Jain

Q: My six year old daughter has got dry and dull skin. How can I improve her complexion?

Sunita (Jodhpur, India)

A: Skin nature is a combination of genetics, diet, atmosphere, skin care etc. Skin care as per common sense, nutritious diet, plenty of fruits and liquids, minimal exposure to the sun will help your daughter a lot.

Q: My five year old daughter has been developing an itchy rash. It started on her hand, and has spread to her face, neck and back. It red in some places, and resembles prickly heat. Also, I noticed a red rash on my legs and arms and a little rash on my hands too. I have not changed my detergent or eating habits. Could this be measles? There is no fever. I have also noticed wart-like bumps on my daughter's back. What could be the problem?

Ajita (Banglore, India)

A: If your daughter doesn't have fever, it is highly improbable that she has the measles. She could however have contracted Scabies or some parasitic infestation. But do check with your skin specialist there if scabies is commonly seen in your city. Scabies is caught from someone having this infection and is seen in those having poor personal hygiene. Else it could be some general allergy (detergents only are not culprits).

Q: My nine year old daughter has some white spots on his face and on her shoulders. These disappear after a few weeks. What could they be?

Deepshikha (Mumbai, India)

A: White patches in this age group are quite common. The condition is called P Alba and is primarily due to dry skin and aggravated by sun exposure. A mild steroid - Eumosone cream - applied twice a day for 2 weeks should suffice. Ask your daughter to bathe with a glycerine based soap and to apply oil daily after bathing.

Q: 1. My nephew has a dull white patch on his face. It started after his skin became dry in the winter. What should I do for this patch to disappear? Is there any ointment that I can apply? 2. I have lice in my hair. I shampoo my hair once in a week. I comb my hair properly too. Can you please help me get rid of the lice?

Janki (Hyderabad, India)

A: White patches in children are mainly due to dry skin and sun exposure. Use a glycerine based soap like Pears and some good moisturizer or coconut oil after bathing him. As for your problem, apply PERLICE lotion (galderma) thoroughly in your scalp an hour before bathing and then shampoo. Following this, comb your hair with a very fine comb so that all nits (lice eggs) too are removed. Repeat after 5 days and 1 month. Check if anyone else has lice in your home (maid/daughter). They should also simultaneously treat themselves.

Q: My son has a light white spot on his face. The doctor feels it may be due to worms. She has been given the de-worming treatment, but the light white spot is still there. Can you kindly help?

Nisha (Goa, India)

A: The condition is very common in children and more likely due to sun exposure and dry skin. Use Eumosone cream twice a day for 7 days and couple it up with a good moisturiser.

Q: My son has stubborn pimple marks, dandruff and dark circles under his eyes. Earlier his complexion was much fairer and of late it has become dusky and dull. He has dry hands and feet. What should he do?

Mehika (Dubai, UAE)

A: Please get in touch with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to remove the pimple marks. For very deeps scars, surgery is the only way out. Your son should use a medicated anti-dandruff shampoo like Selsun, twice a week, to get rid of the dandruff. He should leave the shampoo on for at least 4-6 minutes on the scalp before rinsing. As for the dark circles, a good nourishing diet is a must. Often dark circles are caused by lack of sleep, so make sure he gets plenty of rest. He could apply cucumber slices to the eyes, to lighten dark circles. The darkening of his complexion is probably due to sun exposure. There is no specific treatment for this. He should apply sunscreen before stepping out, and wear a cap. He should avoid stepping out in the afternoon, when the sunrays are strongest. He should also scrub himself with a loofah while bathing, to get rid of dead skin and improve circulation. He should apply a moisturiser after bathing, on his hands and feet.

Dr. Vivek Jain

Q: I would like to thank Indiaparenting for providing this facility of Doctors on Call. My daughter has this dermatitis problem in her elbow and knees, backside of the knee and sometimes slightly on the upper side of the knee (inside of the thigh). It appears as very small spots. When the ointment is applied for a few days it goes. A few days later the dermatitis reappears in the same area.

Joshna (Mumbai, India)

A: From your description, your child seems to have atopic dermatitis-which is usually allergic in origin. The commonest food allergens implicated are animal milk, milk products and nuts. Try avoiding these for a few days. Occasionally, the weather (dryness and humidity) also contributes to the development. However, a fair number of children outgrow this problem.

Dr. Gajendragadkar

Q: My nephew is seven years old. He has had dermatitis for a year now. We have been applying Dermatop cream on the advice of our doctor. However, while the dermatitis goes, it reappears after a while. Could you tell me what is dermatitis exactly? Is it curable? How?

Anamika (Johor Bahru, Malaysia )

A: One needs a little more information regarding the places where the rash occurs and its description. The dermatitis may be atopic (allergic) where avoidance of the allergen may suffice. It may be 'contact dermatitis' where minimizing contact with the offending stuff e.g. gold, soap etc may be required. There are many types of dermatitis and we would need more information to help you better.

Dr. Gajendragadkar

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