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SaraMiko posted:
I have sensitive skin, and the past few years I've noticed when the weather gets hot and humid where I live my skin gets really itchy and red. Not everywhere, just in certain spots. Right now, it's on my legs and in front and behind of my knees. I've been to a dermatologist, but she hasn't been able to help my situation. I was thinking of making another appointment very soon to address my skin issues. In cooler weather my skin heals, but when the weather is hot and humid, it gets really bad - itchy, red, sore from where I try not to scratch (and fail). I take Benadryl at night, but that doesn't seem to help much. My mother has similar problems, and usually she'll go to get a cortizone shot, does anyone have any ideas that could help before I get to the dermatologist?
Mohiba K Tareen, MD responded:
Dear Sara,

I would suggest using a cooling lotion with camphor and menthol such as Sarna Sensitive skin cream (or its generic equivalent). These soothing ingredients may at least give you some temporarily relief before you go to your derm. You may want to ask your dermatologist about a procedure called "patch testing." This may help to elucidate if the reaction is due to contact dermatitis.

I hope that helps Please keep us posted.
Dr. Mohiba Tareen
Tareen Dermatology, Roseville, Minn
Castle Connoly's America's Top Cosmetic Dermatologists
Adjunct Assistant Professor Univ of MN Dept of Dermatology
SaraMiko replied to Mohiba K Tareen, MD's response:
I've already been to the derm and had patch testing. Nothing I found out I'm allergic to is associated with this. She said it's dermatitis/ezcema, but she couldn't find anything that causes this rash, even though I told her of my mother's history and mine, especially with this weather - that's the only time it really flares up. She basically told me she'd have to refer me to a specialist to find out more, but I'm debating on that. Right now, it's covering my lower right leg and around both knees, and on the top of my right foot. I try to put Vaseline on it to keep it moist (it seems to dry out, which causes more itching).

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