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itchy skin and rash

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  • Posted By: mfinney
  • November 1, 2006
  • 05:11 PM

I have an on-going red skin rash that breaks out in patches on my upper body, my skin feels like it prickly all over, am taking 4 tagement and 4 claritin per day just to control. what's wrong with me?

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  • i had something similar....sounds like "psoriasis" but is something different (i forgot the name...pityrasis or something like that). tanning beds actually relieved it.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 10, 2006
    • 10:42 PM
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  • There are soooo many potential causes of skin itch, do you have any other symptoms that could serve as a hint?
    Azaral 152 Replies
    • November 10, 2006
    • 10:44 PM
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  • This is in reply to the rash and itchy skin, For 5 years i had a rash on my face,upper chest area,forearms, back and thighs. when i got in the sun it really got bad. I got to where i looked very badly sun burned all the time. Usually the rash didnot itch except after being in the sun ,it was more like stining. I went to a reumatologist and skin doctors, they believed i either had lupus of the skin or a disease called dermatomyositis. test would not show either.after five years i went to scott/white clinic in temple texas and was finally diaganoised with the latter disease. You can have lupus or dermatomyosits of just the skin or it can also affect your muscles or joints.My head itched so bad during that time i thought i would go nuts. That probably is not what you have but its a start. There are so many diseases that memick each other, but a reumatologist would probably be your best bet and a dermtologist also.i was in remission for 4 years but it has just come back. Lupus is a pretty common disease but the other one that i have is 1 out of 250,000 people get it. wasn,t i lucky? not. I hope this helps in some way and i hope you find out whats wrong. B.G.
    brendie59 1 Replies
    • November 11, 2006
    • 04:58 AM
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  • I had the same problem... it broke out into rashes all over.. prickly when your body rubs against any of your other parts and its nasty itchy. I hated the way my body felt when i walk into the shower.. all the little bumps had its own peak... nasssty!!! Eventually it slowly... like several months slowly went away.. I was so miserable, expecially at nights.. when it was going away... i had another form of rash that appeared and it looks like chicken skin.. kinda with the white bump, then it turns to a red scab and its relieved once i scratch it off. Unfortunately I still have this nasty nasty problem and its been 2 years!!!!!!!!! I am MISERABLE... all the doctors/ dermo says its dermititis and eczema... im just waiting for it to go away someday... USE CLEAN AND CLEAR astringent when it gets too itchy then apply cetaphil or gold bond lotion.. thats how i cope with it. STAY AWAY FROM ANYTHING MOLDING.. AND DUSTY.. HEAT AND DOUBLE RINSE YOUR LAUNDRY....
    sirracha 1 Replies
    • November 25, 2006
    • 11:15 AM
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  • To the two people who have the itchy skin. Is it an intense burning itch? Have you recently taken an antibiotic of any sort? You may want to consider that you have candidiasis of the skin.See http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec17/ch197/ch197d.htmlSome drugs including antibiotics (but not limited to antibiotics) can cause candida albicans. Here is my candida story. If it sounds kind of similar look into it.I took two antibiotics back in 2000 and a month later started having itchy lower legs. Nothing really bad, I just thought I had dry skin. So I started using more lotion, only it didn't help. The itching became worse so that I would wake up in the middle of the night bleeding after having scratched my legs. And then it began to spread upwards to my knees and then thighs. Eventually it covered a huge part of my body--everywhere except those areas directly and frequently exposed to the sun. This should have been a clue. Candida does not like the sun. Ultraviolet rays kill it.I went to a dermatologist and he was mystified.Anyway a year and half later my acupuncturist figured it out was candidiasis. In the meanwhile I was suffering from itching so intense that I was in pain day and night. Sometimes it was so bad I thought about suicide. Instead I threw myself into my work to distract myself from the constant pain. It was not unlike having poison oak all over my body that was how intensely it itched and burned and if I scratched it it was worse. The rash was raised and red, but sometimes I developed circular raised areas with the center being normal. This was probably a type of tinnea (a fungus) that can appear along with candida. (Athlete's foot, diaper rash, ringworm are all types of tinnea). It was worse in moist areas (around underwear lines) and in creases and folds of skin.My skin also became sensitive to mold so that it would swell and become yellow and hard as if it were calloused if I even touched anything with mold on it. I also suffered from brain fog, depression and a myriad of other symptoms. But once diagnosed my acupuncturist put me on the candida diet and an antiyeast herbal product (instead of the pharmaceutical candida killers). It was amazing the results, but to completely get rid of the rash was a long hard battle. But I did and I am much healthier for it.If your symptoms are from candida and they are severe and systemic you will have to do the diet and an antiyeast. Some doctors will put you on the diet while others will put you on the pills, but to effectively kill the yeast and keep it from growing back again you will have to do both. I've known people who did one without the other and the relief was not permanent. And you will need to introduce probiotics back into your body if you took an antibiotic.You may want to read "The Body Ecology Diet".
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 27, 2006
    • 00:53 AM
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