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I have a strange deep red rash that is isolated to my right hand and I noticed that compared to my left hand that it appears to be slightly swollen.It has been there for about 3 days now and is slowly spreading up my arms. I am not allergic to anything that I know of and have not used any new soaps, creams, cleaners, etc.. It does not itch. It does burn and very hot to the touch.

Category: Dermatologist

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Category: Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon
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Expert:  Dr. Kruti Jobanputra Banodkar replied 4 Days.


Thank you for asking your query.

There is warmth, swelling and rash over your right hand and you deny using any new soaps, cleansers or detergents. There are two possibilities here :

1. A subcutaneous infection - cellulitis. Absence of itching and warmth over the rash suggest a possibility of infection under the skin. This can happen without any wound or external injury in certain cases.

2.Irritant dermatitis. Although there is no history of any allergy, there is always a possibility of irritant dermatitis. Sometimes you might not have noticed the allergen at all. Or the allergen itself might be invisible.

The infection is most probable cause here. If the rash is spreading or not subsiding within 2 days, I recommend you to visit a Physician / Dermatologist in person. Meanwhile avoid applying any medication locally. You may apply slight warmth over the area once a day, if there is pain. Over the counter pain medications are ok to take.

Hope this helps.

Dr. Kruti Jobanputra Banodkar
Category: Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeon
Diploma in Dermatology - Royal College Of Physicians & Surgeons Of Glasgow, UK , 2010
Residency - DNB, Dermatology -  K.J Somaiya Hospital, Mumbai, 2009
Medical School & Internship - MBBS - Dr. D . Y . Patil Medical College, Mumbai, 2004
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