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Question:
ABOUT 4 WEEKS AGO I HAD STARTED TO NOTICE LITTLE SORES SURROUNDING MY BELLYBUTTON AND ON DOWN BUT ONLY STAYING UNDERNEATH THE BELLY BUTTON AND NO FURTHER THAN MY WAIST LINE. EVERYTIME I SCRATCH THE SORES BECAUSE THEY ITCH BADLY THEY SPREAD. I HAVE TRIED MEDICINE SUCH AS ELIMITE 5% CREAM AND A TRIPLE ANTIBIOTIC CREAM TO HEAL THE WOUNDS BUT NONE WORK I PUT THE ELIMITE LOTION ON AND IT BURNS ME AND MAKES ME SCRATCH IT AND NOW THE CONDITION OF THE SORES IS SPREADING AND I CANT GET RID OF IT. DO MY SYMPTOMS SOUND LIKE A RASH GONE OUT OF CONTROL OR A SERIOUS FUNGIS INFECTION?
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Answer:
Thank you for your inquiry. This problem requires a consultation with your doctor as soon as you can arrange it. It's not possible to say from your question whether the cause is likely to be bacterial or fungal, although on first principles a bacterial, possibly staphylococcal, infection is perhaps more likely. However such diagnoses as scabies need to be considered and eliminated; this is important because the treatments for these various conditions differ widely and what may cure one condition may not only be ineffective for another but may actually make the problem worse. These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.
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