Worried About Rash Behind Left Knee What Is It???

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I've had this one oval shaped rash behind my left knee now since at least August last year, or when it started to show up. I went to the Doctors in November about it, and he gave me Daktacort 2%/1% w/w/ cream, and I used that for about 2 to 3 weeks, and it got really scaly and then got very light and seemed to be disappearing, so stopped using it. Then, in late December, and beginning of this year it started to flare up again, coming back quite reddish/pink to, its not scaly or anything, but sometimes it can itch quite bad.

(Btw, I'm 32, female, I have Hypothyroid and PCOS. Little overweight but not by much. I suffer with health anxiety and depression, don't drink or smoke).

Anyway, went doctors today, and he had a look at it again, took a measurement of it, and said about it possibly being a fungal rash, and I told him it was only behind this one knee, which has me all stressed about it being something serious.

He gave me Dakterin 2% w/w cream for fungal infections, and said to take it for 4 weeks, then take a photo of it once I've taken it for 4 weeks, if theirs no imrovement, to come back to him a couple weeks after that (see how it is) and then he'll get me seen by a dermatologist. He said he didn't think it was anything sinister.

But now I'm feeling a little panicky regardless. I'm thinking all sorts of things. I did ask him, because I was worried about Lymphoma and Leukemia that I heard they sometimes show rashes as a sign, he said that was very rare. Anyway, I'm feeling anxious about it, even just mentioning about having to possibly see a dermatologist makes me start thinking of other serious things it could etc etc. I can't settle now, and am worrying a lot about what this could be.

Here is a photo of the rash on the back of my left knee. It's as close to the color it is in real life. I'm not sure what to make of it anymore, but just to give you a better perspective of what kind of rash I'm talking about, and I have no other rashes anywhere else.

(It's exactly where the bend is behind your knee, thats where the redder parts are as well.

I've worried about skin cancers and other things, disorders and it is stressing me out. I'm starting the fungal cream today, so don't know how to feel.

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  • Posted

    sounds like some kind of eczema thats were my daughter used to get hers usually fungal infections and other skin issued develop on the folds of the skin its not any form of cancer as they usually appear as a lump or mass below the skin unless it was a mole etc so i would not worry in that respect lymphoma is usually a mass and leukemia has many symptoms ones being bruising so i think that u dont need to be over worrying about those it sounds more like a skin issue some can be quite persistent

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      try the cream and then take things from there it will most likely get better within 4 weeks if not u will need to see the skin specialist so they can give u a treatment that works

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      Sorry for late reply, yeah? I'm using the fungal cream daily, its causing it to be extremely itchy but I'm avoiding contact if it is fungal so I don't infect it worse.

      Thanks for replying!!

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      Brigid,if the anti fungal cream is making it more itchy,then it is most probably not a fungal infection but just eczema. You need a steroid cream.

      If it is still itchy and you are still using the antifungal,then I would stop.

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    Kims advice is spot on. It sounds like eczema which has possibly got infected with either fungal or bacterial agents. Your doctor is doing absolutely the right things,so go along with it. Dont worry,it doesnt sound like cancer.

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