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contagious itchy skin rash

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 16, 2007
  • 00:30 AM

I work in an assisted living facility. Over the past 5 months quite a few of our residents have developed a very itchy skin rash. These people have their own physicians and as a result, we've seen different diagnoses! One said "scabies" , another said "contact dermatitis", another said "allergic food reaction"...etc! This rash starts as small pink, slightly raised bumps and seems to spread quickly. The itching is so intense it hinders sleeping, and seems to become worse at night. New cases seem to crop up without a pattern--ie: residents from opposite areas of the building who rarely socialize.
We use safety precautions, but not knowing what we are dealing with and seeing new cases on a weekly basis has obviously caused much concern!
Help!

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