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Kalptaru posted:
I have always used Eucerin creme for my hands and it works wonders. I have excessively dry pacthes on my legs so I thought I'd try it on them. I put the Eucerin on just the patches before I went to bed and the very next day, the whole side of my left thigh was swollen, red, hot to the touch and very itchy. I'm using a cortizone product to try to reduce the itching but why in the world would this cause a problem when I have used it on my hands for years? I can feel the heat of the rash through my jeans, it's a little frightening. Maybe you guys have some answers to this?
Thank you and have a good day,
Angel
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Mohiba K Tareen, MD responded:
Dear Kalptaru

When a patient has a rash that may be eczema (what it sounds like the patches on your legs were), there are many cracks and tiny openings in the skin. The Eucerin was able to penetrate into these cracks and likely cause an acute contact dermatitis.

You are doing the right thing in applying the anti-inflammatory cortisone cream. Is it helping?

In the meantime, do not use Eucerin until your skin is healed and just slowly reintroduce it and make sure you do not have an allergy.

I hope that helps
Dr. Mohiba Tareen
Tareen Dermatology, Roseville, Minn
Castle Connoly's America's Top Cosmetic Dermatologists
Adjunct Assistant Professor Univ of MN Dept of Dermatology
www.TareenDermatology.com


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