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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 30, 2007
  • 11:33 AM

I am a 44 yo male, reasonably fit (walks), who also drinks, smokes and has a reasonable diet. No previous problems, though I apparently have a kidney stone (though I believe it is probably unrelated).

My symptoms are persistent 'itchy bites'. Not unlike mosquito bites. I regularly have 5 or more at a time, though I tend to 'break out'. Only one other person (besides my immediate family) has noticed and mentioned it. They occur anywhere on my body though thankfully, and strangely, not around the genitals. Ofter around the hairline on my forehead, the sides of my neck, the front of my shoulders/chest, generally down the backs of my arms, and anywhere on my legs, but not the bottom of my feet. I regularly get them around the edges of my ears. It's not debilitating, just bloody annoying. They do get very itchy, and go from a small slightly itchy bump into a larger, redder, more itchy bump (still mosquito bite sized) about a minute after being itched. Just writing this down makes me think I'm getting bitten by something, or having an allergic reaction to something, but could there be something else? Perhaps something someone else has experienced that is very similar?

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  • sounds like shingles kiddo...get a new doctor pdq..
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • December 31, 2007
    • 03:20 AM
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  • I don't think you should look first to shingles. Shingles is herpes zoster, which gives a painful to the touch rash that should maintains dermatomal distributions and does not split the midline. Basically what that means is you wont get a random rash all over that makes you think of an allergic reaction. It can be associated with some itching after the rash crusts over, but the main feature is really pain and band like distributions.With regard to your rash, can you describe more about what the rash looks like? Are the lesions collections or single punctate dots, how large? What color? Do they blanch if you touch them? Do you have them on your palms or soles of your feet? Do you remeber when they started? Can you think of anything that changed around the same time that they started? What did your doctor say about the rash? I figure the more info you put out here, the better chance someone will be able to give you some insight into what is going on. Itching is no way to bring in the new year!
    fewd4thought 126 Replies
    • December 31, 2007
    • 05:30 AM
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  • bedbugs? there's an epidemic of them now esp nyc area, but they're all over
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 31, 2007
    • 10:15 AM
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  • Please get assessed for shingles. It still sounds like it to me, especially since it is on and around your ears..
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • December 31, 2007
    • 09:59 PM
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  • I don't think you should look first to shingles. Shingles is herpes zoster, which gives a painful to the touch rash that should maintains dermatomal distributions and does not split the midline. Basically what that means is you wont get a random rash all over that makes you think of an allergic reaction. It can be associated with some itching after the rash crusts over, but the main feature is really pain and band like distributions.With regard to your rash, can you describe more about what the rash looks like? Are the lesions collections or single punctate dots, how large? What color? Do they blanch if you touch them? Do you have them on your palms or soles of your feet? Do you remeber when they started? Can you think of anything that changed around the same time that they started? What did your doctor say about the rash? I figure the more info you put out here, the better chance someone will be able to give you some insight into what is going on. Itching is no way to bring in the new year!I'm with you. There is no pain, only an annoying itch. The lesions are generally random, though they seem to collect a little bit around my (admittedly receding lol) hairline, and on the forward side of my elbows (of all places) when putting hands down with palms at thighs. The lesions themselves are very itchy. So much so I almost HAVE to itch them. When I do I invariably take the top off them (yeah, ick, sorry) but there is no pus, only a clear liquid. They are immediately relieved. They also tend to heal quickly. As far as distribution goes, apart from that mentioned, they are random, but they do not occur on the soles of my feet or on my palms. Nor in the genital area. As far as size goes, they rarely exceed 3mm across and are typically 2mm. They are quite small. Hope that helps, cause I'm pretty baffled.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 3, 2008
    • 08:57 AM
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  • Hi there, If you are still checking this thread- I really don't have much to offer... Unfortunately like so much in medicine, derm really demands a physical exam to make a definitive diagnosis. I know you have had frustrating interactions with your physician, but your symptoms are clearly bothersome (to say the least!), so if you haven't already, I would urge to return to your physician during an outbreak. If it isn't during the peak of your symptoms, then describe the pattern just as you have here, you were very descriptive. I hope this points you in the right direction.
    fewd4thought 126 Replies
    • January 3, 2008
    • 10:54 PM
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  • Sounds like something akin to scabies.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 4, 2008
    • 00:05 AM
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  • Hi there, If you are still checking this thread- I really don't have much to offer... Unfortunately like so much in medicine, derm really demands a physical exam to make a definitive diagnosis. I know you have had frustrating interactions with your physician, but your symptoms are clearly bothersome (to say the least!), so if you haven't already, I would urge to return to your physician during an outbreak. If it isn't during the peak of your symptoms, then describe the pattern just as you have here, you were very descriptive. I hope this points you in the right direction.Okay, thanks. I think I might try a different doctor. In Australia, you are in and out of the doctor's office so quick... I might just print this out and hand it to him/her lol
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 4, 2008
    • 03:02 AM
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  • There are many web sites that will give you dermatology pictures (usually the worst cases you ever saw) but you might find yours there. Look up "itchy rash pictures" and derm.net etc. They can also give you the lingo to describe your bumps, lesions whatever. Can you post a picture?
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • January 4, 2008
    • 11:53 AM
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  • You could have a form of psoriasis. It manifests itself in very different ways. Most people believe it just includes a flaking of the skin due to abnormal skin regeneration, but the itching can be so bad that sometime you will scratch out a little bit of fluid. And there are many different forms and symptoms.For example, I have guttate psoriasis. It only flares after a strep throat infection or due to high stress. Sometimes, though, it can be triggered by a new food, shampoo, etc. Some things for you to do: try to keep a journal, and find out if anything you eat, touch, etc. is triggering an outbreak or worsening of your sypmtoms. Try to stop scratching; it can be hard, but there are many lotions and corticosteroids that won't harm you if used to repress itching on an unknown rash. And lastly, see a dermatologist. Many family physicians are uneducated in rashes. Something they might deem fungal or just acute dermatitis can be found to be a specific type of rash by a dermatologist. (I also agree that it doesn't sound like shingles at all.)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 4, 2008
    • 06:48 PM
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  • I am a 44 yo male, reasonably fit (walks), who also drinks, smokes and has a reasonable diet. No previous problems, though I apparently have a kidney stone (though I believe it is probably unrelated). My symptoms are persistent 'itchy bites'. Not unlike mosquito bites. I regularly have 5 or more at a time, though I tend to 'break out'. Only one other person (besides my immediate family) has noticed and mentioned it. They occur anywhere on my body though thankfully, and strangely, not around the genitals. Ofter around the hairline on my forehead, the sides of my neck, the front of my shoulders/chest, generally down the backs of my arms, and anywhere on my legs, but not the bottom of my feet. I regularly get them around the edges of my ears. It's not debilitating, just bloody annoying. They do get very itchy, and go from a small slightly itchy bump into a larger, redder, more itchy bump (still mosquito bite sized) about a minute after being itched. Just writing this down makes me think I'm getting bitten by something, or having an allergic reaction to something, but could there be something else? Perhaps something someone else has experienced that is very similar?Sounds like Bed Bugs. Could be exzema, my husband has it just like you stated. I have the shingles on my right leg. Try to put vaseline or tach ointment on it. Consists of 1% cortisone ointment. Whatever you do, DON'T SCRATCH! Hope this helps.
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