Gradually spreading, dry patch of discoloured skin??!?

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I've had this for over a year and it started off as a small patch on my neck and has gradually grown into a more and more bigger patch over time. The dermatologist told me it was just eczema and to just apply moisturiser on it everyday. However, it didn't really do anything and the patch just kept spreading...

It's really hideous and highly visible since it's on my neck and super embarassing!!

When I have moisturiser on the area and I rub my skin, it'll start itching! But, when I have no moisturiser on and I rub the area, it does not itch. 

I don't have any pictures from the earlier stages but the first picture is from 20/09/15 and the second picture is from 13/11/15 and as can be seen, the patch has grew within the 2 months. 

When I come out of the shower and dry it off, it has a kind of velvet-y feeling? It's really smooth and the skin has no elasticity?? And then after a while it'll become more dry and start flaking like the attached picture. 

What is going on? I want to get rid of this ASAP, thanks. sad

 

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    I do not know what this is.  I have had some dryness and flaking to my face lately, though, that looks somewhat similar to this.  I have not experienced the "velvetiness' you mentioned, though.  If I were you, I would seek out a specialist, a dermatologist.  Good luck and let us know what happens.  
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    You could ask the pharmacist to suggest a cream for it. Have you been using a moisturiser that is perfumed?
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      Dermeze is supposed to be a pretty good non medicated cream for eczema, however you could ask the pharmacist about an alternative which may work better for you. 
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    It is very possible that your immune system is to blame.  Quite some years ago, the corner of my mouth became very dry and cracked.  It would crack open and a clear, orange fluid would come out that would scab over again, and the the cycle would repeat itself.  I went to a dermatologist, but he had no idea what it was.  It was very painful, too, and it seemed to be getting worse.

    As luck would have it, one day it hurt so badly that my spouse drove me to the hospital where I was seen by a very nice female doctor whose specialty happened to be pediatrics.  She immediately knew what it was and prescribed a cream that began to work almost immediately.  It all healed up within a few days.  She told me what it was, but I do not recall the name.  Anyway, she said it is generally only seen in small children whose immune systems are not yet well developed.  She said the stuff is in the air all around us, but it does not affect adults because adults's immune systems are well developed.  It made perfect sense to me because I had tons of allergies (another immune system problem) and other illness that was immune system related.

    I guess the upshot is that you have to see the right doctor to get the right diagnosis.  I just lucked out that this doctor was working that day.  Maybe you should go to the hospital and/or ask for referral to another doctor.  Just try not to feel too bad, and do not give up hope that you will find out what is causing this and secure a remedy.

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    Hi, I have had something for a year behaving just like this! Did you find out what it was and how to treat it? So frustrating!
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