7 year old daughter's skin problem

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Hi. My daughter has had a dry, red, bumpy patch of skin on the back of her thigh since October last year.

It started as a red spot and spread outwards to become about an inch across, slightly oval shape. Our doctor had tried anti fungal cream, which did not work, and currently hydrocortisone which has improved it a lot. However, I have now been told to only use the cream once a day and the improvement seems to have stopped.

She also has 3 smaller patches on her back, one which I know appeared following her scratching ( there was a scratch which healed but now looks like a bumpy raised area, similar to that on her leg).

Our doctor believes it may be a type of eczema which started through on insect bite or small skin injury but would this spread to another area by scratching?

I would appreciate your comments.

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    Hi Jac, how long has your daughter had this for?

    I have just had a look at your photo.  It doesn't look like eczema to me.  I am not a doctor but I would ask to be referred to a Dermatologist.  I can only go by my own experience and GPs [here] will try anything and everything. rather than refer to a Specialist.  In my case, a Hospital Pharmacist told me I had a rare autoimmune disease but one of the nurses in our surgery, insisted that it was an insect bite.  She was wrong, the Pharmacist was right and I wasted about 4 years before I finally saw a Dermatologist.

    It must be really awful for your poor daughter.

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      Hi. She's had it since October/ November. It has improved a lot since the photo. We have been using hydrocortisone but it never quite goes altogether. At the moment it is very much paler but very now and again looks a bit bumpy/spotty. Also, it doesn't really bother her at all. Sometimes she says it's a little itchy. 

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