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Flu syptoms and itchy abdominal rash

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 18, 2007
  • 06:36 PM

Around 2-3weeks ago, a friend had flu symptoms - runny nose, cough, and sore throat. Around 2weeks ago, he developed a light red itchy rash all over his chest and abdomin.
He has already had chickenpox, and is vaccinated against mumps recently. Please help!!

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  • It might be mononucleosis or glandular fever.
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  • I have done some seaching and Ibuprofen causes rashes to develop.. If he did take Ibuprofen. He should see his doctor about the rash and tell him all the medications he has taken. Even some herbal supplements can cause rashes, especially when drugs interact. Aspirin can also cause a rash to form, and if taken with the flu and there is an associated risk of Reye's Syndrome, a serious disease of the liver and nervous system that can lead to coma.
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  • Unless your friend was taking medication for the fever and developed the rash as an allergic reaction, it doesn't sound like mono, it sounds more like an HIV infection. Mono typically causes FAR more than just a mild flu, lasts for about 3 weeks, and has no rashes. Has your friend had any kind of risky sexual encounters in the past month?
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  • Or richettsia (tick fever) or shingles, which is a reactivation of chickenpox. Beware, with some of these it's very important to get to a doctor early on.
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  • Look up pityriasis. This is a common viral rash which usually starts with a feeling of malaise and progresses to a "herald" spot usually on the abdomen. The rash develops in about 6 weeks and is very itchy but is not contagious. Young adults usuallly get this, but I'm 58 and I thought it was shingles.
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  • well a few years ago I had flu-like symptoms very badly and then I developed a rash on my hands and chest after a while. The doctor tested for mono and sure enough it was the last thing I was tested for and that is what it was. Sadly the only thing I could do was take the antibiotic and aveeno anti-itch cream and let the rest take its course. It lasted about two months with the flu and the rash went away in a week or so. good luck, feel better. *m*
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    • December 29, 2007
    • 09:37 PM
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