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HELP! Red bumps on butt, and itchy all over body

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  • Posted By: thecsc19
  • September 16, 2009
  • 05:37 AM

5 wees ago I was diagnosed with swine flu. After day 5 i noticed an itch on my butt. the itch persisted and eventually started spreading to other parts of my body (legs, chest, arms - never genitals or face). It would get so bad at night that i would wake up just to scratch, and was cutting myself from involuntary scracthing. About 3 weeks ago the itch began presenting itself in 3 different ways on my skin:

1 - on my butt cheeks i have 6-8 dime-sized red bumps that have itched and not gone away after 3 weeks. The bumps dont seem to be puss filled, nor are they tender to touch.
2- Two hard blisters on my hands and 1 on my foot
3- seveal small red bumps (sometime solitary, sometimes in groups) that occasionally itch and seem to disappear and move to new random part of body after a day or 2. They are disimilar in size and texture from the ones on butt.

My general practitioner first treated it as an allergic reaction with anti-hystemines and hydrocortizone cream. When that didt work they skin scraped me for scabies (found none) and I underwent the scabies treatment (and sterilized my house/clohes). When that didnt seem to work I saw a dermatologist at my school's clinic and she said whatever it was seemed to be healing, and therefore she couldnt skin-scrape to test the bumps. When i saw the dermatologist my itching had subsided by about 80% and it indeed seemed it was going away. However, the itching and bumps resumed today. And i have 2 more of those dime-sized persistent bumps on my butt.

I dont know what else to do or where to go. I'm getting scared that these bumps are going to spread, could be permenant, could be contagius, or could be the expression of an underlying issue. What doctors should I see and what tests should i request??

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  • 5 wees ago I was diagnosed with swine flu. After day 5 i noticed an itch on my butt. the itch persisted and eventually started spreading to other parts of my body (legs, chest, arms - never genitals or face). It would get so bad at night that i would wake up just to scratch, and was cutting myself from involuntary scracthing. About 3 weeks ago the itch began presenting itself in 3 different ways on my skin:1 - on my butt cheeks i have 6-8 dime-sized red bumps that have itched and not gone away after 3 weeks. The bumps dont seem to be puss filled, nor are they tender to touch. 2- Two hard blisters on my hands and 1 on my foot3- seveal small red bumps (sometime solitary, sometimes in groups) that occasionally itch and seem to disappear and move to new random part of body after a day or 2. They are disimilar in size and texture from the ones on butt.My general practitioner first treated it as an allergic reaction with anti-hystemines and hydrocortizone cream. When that didt work they skin scraped me for scabies (found none) and I underwent the scabies treatment (and sterilized my house/clohes). When that didnt seem to work I saw a dermatologist at my school's clinic and she said whatever it was seemed to be healing, and therefore she couldnt skin-scrape to test the bumps. When i saw the dermatologist my itching had subsided by about 80% and it indeed seemed it was going away. However, the itching and bumps resumed today. And i have 2 more of those dime-sized persistent bumps on my butt.I dont know what else to do or where to go. I'm getting scared that these bumps are going to spread, could be permenant, could be contagius, or could be the expression of an underlying issue. What doctors should I see and what tests should i request??You are describing migratory erythema-fancy words for red spots that move around. The medical causes can be many and of different severity. As frustrating as it sounds you need to go back to doctors to get a reason for the condition. Do not allow your GP or dermatologist brush this off. Ask for a referral if you are in a managed care group. Go back to your GP. If not you might want to make an appointment with a good internal medicine MD to evaluate you and make appropriate referrals. Good luck. Trust in your instincts and keep asking questions.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 16, 2009
    • 01:15 PM
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  • syphilisshingles (no test)herpes 2 blood testor just an allergy but doesn't sound like it..
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • September 16, 2009
    • 10:12 PM
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  • I had foot surgery two month ago. Day after the surgery, I started itching on stomach side and back, then my arms and I itched so much my arms were scaly hard. Dr prescribe pregnesone (sp?) which helped but still itch. Now I itch my thighs legs back to my arms, head. I am tired of scratching. Some areas are scaly, some are little bumps that I scratch so hard I bleed. Please anyone, what do I do?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 27, 2009
    • 08:36 AM
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  • I had foot surgery two month ago. Day after the surgery, I started itching on stomach side and back, then my arms and I itched so much my arms were scaly hard. Dr prescribe pregnesone (sp?) which helped but still itch. Now I itch my thighs legs back to my arms, head. I am tired of scratching. Some areas are scaly, some are little bumps that I scratch so hard I bleed. Please anyone, what do I do? sounds like maybe they used iodine on you and you may be allergic to it. Try EFT:www.emofree.comthere are good homeopathics at your health food store that can tame an itch, too..
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • September 28, 2009
    • 02:54 AM
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