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A couple of years ago I suddenly had a patch of skin on my lower back which became quite red and flakes of skin would come away if I scratched it, although it wasn't itchy. The doctor said I had some kind of dermatisis, he used a specific name but I can't remember what he said. He said there was no cure but he could give me a steroid cream (Daktacort) to stop it flaring up.
Not long after taking Daktacort I had another patch on my foot which was quite similar. This patch unlike the other does itch and the skin gets very dry. The doctor said I should take daktacort for that and to use moisturiser on it as well. I've stopped taking Daktacort because I'm worried about side effects and it doesn't seem very effective anyway although I do put moisturiser on it regularly. He also told me the name for it was dermatisis simplex.
My first question is, what do I have specifically? I've looked up "dermatisis simplex" and it doesn't seem to look like what I have. Atopic dermatisis is the closest match to my symptoms although when I Google it almost all the results refer to infants or children, I read that it's very rare for adults to get it. But is this what I have or is it something else?
If it is atopic dermatisis, I also read that whilst there is no cure, children grow out of it. I'm not a child, but is it possible that I could grow out of it or do I have this for life?
The doctor said that Daktacort as well as being a mild steroid cream, also contains an anti-fungal agent. I'm sure he said something about a fungus infection. But then as far as I can see atopic dermatisis isn't a fungal infection, so why should I take anti-fungal? This is another thing that makes me wonder whether it's AD or something else. Should I take Daktarin (which I believe is the same as Daktacort without the steroid element) to help reduce any fungus?
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