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I have a small rash in the pit of my elbow, about 2 inches wide. It's mostly small red dots but in the middle they kind of combine to make the very middle of the fold of my elbow completely red. I've had it for several months now and it won't go away. I believe I got it while moving some firewood outside. I am allergic to poison ivy and thought it was that but it never got itchy. I assumed my sensitive skin was just irritated from the bark of the wood but it's still here and is maybe even a little worse. Is this something I should be concerned about?


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replied April 4th, 2018
Skin Answer A63579
Based on your description, contact dermatitis is the likely cause. Apply local calamine lotion and local hydrocortisone if there isnt any evidence of superimposed bacterial infection. The lesion should therefore be examined by your GP before initiating any treatment. If there is associated itching, redness and inflammation then an oral antihistamine can also be advised in addition. Try to avoid the aforementioned probable allergens.


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