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Help - no idea what these recurring rashes are

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 11, 2009
  • 11:05 PM

A rash appeared about a month ago. It started on my stomach and then moved down to my thighs and up to my chest and neck. It was very itchy. About 4/5 days later I was very ill with flu like symptoms.

Since then I have had all types of rashes appearing.

I was well for about a fortnight when the same rash as the first time came back. The following day I ended up with the same flu-like symptoms and was very ill for a few days again.

I have also had a red rash with bumps appearing and swelling, and also a 'meingitis-like' rash which will not fade under a glass. It does eventually go after a few days but then it appears in a different place a few days later.

I have been to see doctors three times now. The first one (when the rash reappeared but before I was ill) said it was the end of a virus and take anti-histamines. The next doctor I went to for the flu like symptoms and he told me I had white lumps on my throat and gave me anti-biotics but ignored the rashes I was telling him about. The next doctor seemed baffled by the rash I was showing him (at the time it was the the red bumpy rash) and said that he thought it was possibly an allergic reaction to something I had eaten (not something I had made contact with as it appears in random areas but never all over). I have been trying to figure out what it could be but it doesn't seem to be anything in particular. I have never had food allergies before, or any allergies for that matter!

I just don't know what it is now! It seems odd that I am getting three different types of rash and never appearing in the same place! The one that does not fade is the one that worries me most but only because of the connotations with meningitis, which I assume I do not have as it does always go eventually (after a few days) and I assume I would be very ill by now!!!

In general I am healthy. I have had a cold which i have found hard to shake since about last October but generally live a healthy and busy lifestyle. Can anyone please help. Everytime a rash reappears it worries me!

Much thanks!

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  • Anyone got any ideas? I have had another rash (non fading) appear on my left shoulder today.Thanks.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Are you eating artificial sweeteners?Aspartame?Sucralose?Splenda?Aspartic acid?Phenylalanine?
    founddog 188 Replies Flag this Response
  • I have been having that exact same thing! the doctor told me it was pitaryasis rosea, but i think other wise as to it keeps coming back and showing up somewhere else i have been getting those same three rashes and they do look very different sometimes, one of them usually stays around for more then a day or two. the others fade away within hours. i hope this isn't serious :(
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 13, 2010
    • 06:38 PM
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  • Our twenty-two month old daughter, Rachel, has just started exhibiting a similar 'rash'.We came home from church Sunday, fed her & laid her down for her nap. When we went to get her out of her crib, she had two semi-round patches on the front of her right thigh, one to two inches around & red. The patches weren't bumpy or swollen, & she didn't seem to even notice them.We decided that maybe she had gotten into something (like poison ivy) & stripped her to give her a bath. That's when we found two more spots on the back of her upper-right arm.We didn't know what to do, so the wife went to the nearest Wal Mart & bought some Cortizone-10 & some Calamine Lotion.By the time she got back & we had fed Rachel her supper, the patches on her thigh & arm were gone, BUT there was a baseball-sized spot on her right buttock!So, we loaded her into the car & drove the 45 minutes to the Children's Mercy Urgent-Care facility, to have her evaluated. They were all quite surprised to hear about the random moving of this 'rash' that didn't seem to itch or bother her, but said that it was probably just a skin-infection & prescribed antibiotics.That was Sunday. Since then, the spot on her buttock has disappeared & has re-appeared on her left thigh & her left arm...The antibiotics don't seem to be effective, not even slowing the appearance, much less the movement of these spots.Today, we are going to try to get her in to see her pediatrician, as the (Monday) holiday is over.Until then, we are seeking any input that we can get about this. Here is all we know: The first spots were on the front of her right thigh. The next spots (maybe simultaneous?) were seen on the back of her right upper-arm. These spots were no larger than two inches across and were red (like poison ivy but without bumps or obvious discomfort). These spots went away quickly & were replaced with a much larger spot on her right buttock that was as big as a baseball & grew almost twice that size (even on part of her outer thigh) by the time we got her to the Drs.(all within about 4-5 hours)Then, the next day (Monday), the spot on her buttock/thigh was gone, & she had spots on her left arm and left thigh. After 4-5 hours the one on her left arm faded; however the one on her left thigh grew to basically cover her entire (front) thigh.The spots do seem to generate some heat, as the larger ones feel warmer than the surrounding skin, but not 'hot'.She has NOT been a sickly baby, nor is she on any medications. She didn't get any innoculations near this time. She was not exposed to excessive heat... Anyone who has seen this type of issue properly diagnosed please help us figure out what this is!
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  • Our twenty-two month old daughter, Rachel, has just started exhibiting a similar 'rash'.We came home from church Sunday, fed her & laid her down for her nap. When we went to get her out of her crib, she had two semi-round patches on the front of her right thigh, one to two inches around & red. The patches weren't bumpy or swollen, & she didn't seem to even notice them.We decided that maybe she had gotten into something (like poison ivy) & stripped her to give her a bath. That's when we found two more spots on the back of her upper-right arm.We didn't know what to do, so the wife went to the nearest Wal Mart & bought some Cortizone-10 & some Calamine Lotion.By the time she got back & we had fed Rachel her supper, the patches on her thigh & arm were gone, BUT there was a baseball-sized spot on her right buttock!So, we loaded her into the car & drove the 45 minutes to the Children's Mercy Urgent-Care facility, to have her evaluated. They were all quite surprised to hear about the random moving of this 'rash' that didn't seem to itch or bother her, but said that it was probably just a skin-infection & prescribed antibiotics.That was Sunday. Since then, the spot on her buttock has disappeared & has re-appeared on her left thigh & her left arm...The antibiotics don't seem to be effective, not even slowing the appearance, much less the movement of these spots.Today, we are going to try to get her in to see her pediatrician, as the (Monday) holiday is over.Until then, we are seeking any input that we can get about this. Here is all we know: The first spots were on the front of her right thigh. The next spots (maybe simultaneous?) were seen on the back of her right upper-arm. These spots were no larger than two inches across and were red (like poison ivy but without bumps or obvious discomfort). These spots went away quickly & were replaced with a much larger spot on her right buttock that was as big as a baseball & grew almost twice that size (even on part of her outer thigh) by the time we got her to the Drs.(all within about 4-5 hours)Then, the next day (Monday), the spot on her buttock/thigh was gone, & she had spots on her left arm and left thigh. After 4-5 hours the one on her left arm faded; however the one on her left thigh grew to basically cover her entire (front) thigh.The spots do seem to generate some heat, as the larger ones feel warmer than the surrounding skin, but not 'hot'.She has NOT been a sickly baby, nor is she on any medications. She didn't get any innoculations near this time. She was not exposed to excessive heat... Anyone who has seen this type of issue properly diagnosed please help us figure out what this is!Remember, all issues of the body are either food, environment or medically provoked. (you said no shots or heat but what foods is she eating? Perhaps a log of foods and when the spots come and when they leave? Watch her food labels as well, even on the "medicines" READ LABELS for instance pedialyte has sucralose and acesulfame or aspartame :P that means it has artificial sweeteners in it aspartame will cause seizures, or dehydration, or brain tumors and def. headaches :( sucralose (or Splenda) will cause thyroid and spleen to shrink 45% (both organs are important for immune system) and cause headaches, brain fog, and welts or rash! (also MS and or Lupus symptoms :( These two products : aspartame: aspartic acid, Acesulfame k or acesulfame potassium; and Sucralose (Splenda) are very dangerous and are found in children's vitamins, pedylite, children's foods like lunchables, rice cakes by Quaker, in Fiber One products (yogurt), and in over 6,000 and 9,000 products (old count). Remember that food, environment or climate are reasons for illness. Antibiotics are reason for lowered immune function and more trouble (illness, disease) Locate herbal oils via www.youRno1.org and get your desk reference so you get real help when you need it.
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  • While i was looking up the reasons for my rash, I ran across an article that described a few of your symptoms as early signs of HIV. I mean know disrespect but if they havent already checked you may need to be screened. A rash appeared about a month ago. It started on my stomach and then moved down to my thighs and up to my chest and neck. It was very itchy. About 4/5 days later I was very ill with flu like symptoms. Since then I have had all types of rashes appearing. I was well for about a fortnight when the same rash as the first time came back. The following day I ended up with the same flu-like symptoms and was very ill for a few days again. I have also had a red rash with bumps appearing and swelling, and also a 'meingitis-like' rash which will not fade under a glass. It does eventually go after a few days but then it appears in a different place a few days later. I have been to see doctors three times now. The first one (when the rash reappeared but before I was ill) said it was the end of a virus and take anti-histamines. The next doctor I went to for the flu like symptoms and he told me I had white lumps on my throat and gave me anti-biotics but ignored the rashes I was telling him about. The next doctor seemed baffled by the rash I was showing him (at the time it was the the red bumpy rash) and said that he thought it was possibly an allergic reaction to something I had eaten (not something I had made contact with as it appears in random areas but never all over). I have been trying to figure out what it could be but it doesn't seem to be anything in particular. I have never had food allergies before, or any allergies for that matter!I just don't know what it is now! It seems odd that I am getting three different types of rash and never appearing in the same place! The one that does not fade is the one that worries me most but only because of the connotations with meningitis, which I assume I do not have as it does always go eventually (after a few days) and I assume I would be very ill by now!!! In general I am healthy. I have had a cold which i have found hard to shake since about last October but generally live a healthy and busy lifestyle. Can anyone please help. Everytime a rash reappears it worries me! Much thanks!
    Concerned Person 1 Replies
    • February 16, 2012
    • 05:29 PM
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