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Long term rash worsening (red bumps, severe itch...)

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  • Posted By: mjlar94
  • April 10, 2008
  • 08:05 PM

I have had this rash on my right leg for maybe two years now, one has developed on my stomach, and my arms have broken out as my leg looked when the rash first developed. Here are some pictures. I have had no diagnosis at the dermatologists and I'm looking for some advice.

Pics are worth more than what I can type:

http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x28/mjlar94/StomachRash.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x28/mjlar94/RightLegFocus.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x28/mjlar94/RightLeg.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x28/mjlar94/RightElbow.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x28/mjlar94/LeftUnderarm.jpg
http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x28/mjlar94/LeftElbow.jpg

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  • You are right, pictures are worth a lot. What has the dermatologist told you? Are you on any medications, and for what? Are there any other symptoms? Are you allergic to anything?At first glance it looks like a contact allergy. Meaning, could it be the clothes soap you use? Have you changed your soaps to see if it helps?Does anything help or relieve the itch? What have you tried?I will stop here and wait for your answer. Thanks. Beth
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • Doctor claims the stomach rash is from a nickel allergy but I think its related to this other rash due to the similar pattern around it. I have changed detergents and have no idea what makes it flare up. Funny thing is I've never had any rashes on my left leg, just right shin and arms and its spreading all over my arms now.Haven't tried any meds, reluctant it may make it worse. Only scratching relieves it but it will bleed and its awkward, the blood will bead up right at the peak of a bump just the size of the end of a thumb tack and then scab over and fall off.I've tried epsom salt baths which seems to temporarily work.
    mjlar94 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Nickel? And where would you come in contact with that? I'm searching a dermatology atlas at the moment to see if anything looks familiar. The last picture is what I am basing the rash on. Be back as soon as I can. Let's hope I see something helpful. Beth
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • This is what I think it is. Go to this link, second up from bottom: Dermatitis, Contact AllergicThe symptoms and length of time match up. Let me know what you think.sorry the link did not work, will try again
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • http://www.dermatlas.org/derm/In the search area, type in: DERMATITIS, CONTACT ALLERGICGo to second page, 6th picture down #050926Hold the arrow over the picture for a close up.
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • Could it be late signs of Lyme?
    mjlar94 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • I doubt it's Lyme. The rash does not look similar. Google Lyme rash photo. Or go to the Dermatology site I gave you.
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • Now Beth here may doubt you have Lyme, but since she doesn't have Lyme (and I do), please join Lymenet and ask the members of Lymenet to determine if your rash resembles one of the coinfection rashes. Actually, wait - scratch that. I've had similar rashes on my ankles and my forearms on two occasions. They were misdiagnosed as first scabies, then eczema, and I test positive for Lyme and babesia. My doctor also suspects bartonella (even if Beth doesn't). So yes, I still think Lyme is a very real possibility here, even if Beth doesn't.Blaze, everyone has a right to offer what they think may be of help. I personally don't think that all the afflictions on this board may be due to cell phones and microwaves. But it seems you rarely have any other advice to offer, it's very one-sided, therefore you lose credibility. I do however think your beliefs have merit though. I don't discredit your posts. Please be respectful to me as I have been to you. Thank you. Beth
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • hello,If it wasn't on your arms, I would suggest that you get a blood test for herpes 2. It could be an uncontrolled whole system outbreak. You might want to check that out, along with syphilis blood test. Have you tried cortisone creams to help with it,along with homeopathy?
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • You could also talk to your dermatologist about having a skin biopsy. This could show an infection, infestation, or organism.
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • Nickel? And where would you come in contact with that? I'm searching a dermatology atlas at the moment to see if anything looks familiar. The last picture is what I am basing the rash on. Be back as soon as I can. Let's hope I see something helpful. BethAny back side of the button on a pair of jeans, belt buckles, anything stainless, some alloy aluminums.. I find it strange that it appeared when the other rashes did. Thats why I thought it might be Lyme. It also "sweats" and itches at night.
    mjlar94 3 Replies Flag this Response
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  • I believe the rash you have is called Urticaria. There are many known things which can set it off:Foods (cheese, wheat, strawberries, milk, eggs, seafood, nuts, spices, food additives and dyes, etc.)Dust mitesPet danderPollensDetergents/soapWoolCigarette smokeDrugsTemperaturesBed bugsViralStingsBlood productsEmotionsAlcohol (ethanol intolerance)About 50% of the time, the reason is not found.I read that non sedating anti-histamines help.I have a friend who has this rash and they have never found what causes it. My friend has never seen a dermatologist either. But I have always thought it came from alcohol. He drinks a little too much beer. Instructions regarding Urticaria state to limit alcohol.I don't know if anything above helps with discovering why the rash develops, but beyond that I guess I would have a skin test done.Good luck. Beth :)
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  • I have had similar symptoms to these rashes for a few years now. They would last for about six months and then go away only to come back worse every year. Now the ones that remain seem permanent.My belly rash seemed to be made worse when I wore belts that irritated that area. Even after using more comfortable belts the itching continued. It was only after a great deal of self control in resisting the urge to scratch that it went away. I definitely believe the belly rash to be related to the others though I think It can be subdued by wearing small belt buckles and not scratching for a month. That is unless of course you have already tried that.As for the other rashes, one started on my left shoulder and slowly migrated to my elbow pit. There is no sign of it on my shoulder anymore. Another was on my neck and disappeared when I resisted scratching. Now another rash has formed on my right elbow pit.The ones on my elbow pits remain. Anti-fungal cream twice a day prevents the itch and shrinks the rashes though I think this may be due to the anti-itch meds in it and not to it actually affecting the rash itself.I have also tried surface freezing the affected areas with cans of compressed air which is very dangerous but causes the bumps to dry and turn brown and the itching to stop as if the rash is dying off. This lasts about a day and a half. I have not tried a continuous treatment of this however.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 20, 2008
    • 06:52 AM
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  • Shouldn't it not matter, since say a suit & tie the shirt is tucked in with an undershirt? That is what I don't understand.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 21, 2008
    • 00:58 AM
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  • I get the same exact thing from Nickel. I cannot wear sterling silver, or cheap watches, etc. Ever since I started gaining weight, and my stomach kinda rolls over onto my belt buckle a little, i get a rash in the same spot that burns and itches like crazy. It forces me to not wear my belt, and tucking in my shirt doesnt even help. If i dont wear the belt, i dont get the rash. I get the same from watches. Nothing has bothered me more than my current belt though, which leads me to believe it has something to do with the nickel content that is used. After looking into it, nickel is in pretty much everything out there - so avoid all metals for 3-4 days and if it goes away - its probably the same thing I have. I read 5% of the population have this allergy.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 24, 2008
    • 05:43 AM
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  • Classic yeast. The reason the salt baths help is your drying out the rash. Wich is a good thing. On your front stomach. where the boxers meet your skin often will rash this way because of moisture. get some topical help. I'd recommend for future using some talk powder. helps with moisture. I can't believe your doctor didn't notice this. Only 4% of the population even develope a bulls eye from lyme so yeah. Get a new doctor although it isn't lyme thats not the point. Good luck
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 24, 2008
    • 07:59 AM
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  • I had something similar and at first thought it was psoriasis. It started on my foot and over several months times moved to my legs, arms, back and stomach. I looked at your pictures and there are similarities. I tried every cream and remedy but nothing really helped. I eventually gave in and went to see a dermatologist. I was put on Prednisone, which did wonders to relieve the rash. Of course I was grateful for a while, but the side effects of Prednisone can be pretty severe and I seemed to get quite a few of them, even after only being on the Prednisone for a month.One dermatologist thought it looked like Lichen Planus. I asked to have a skin biopsy performed. They didn't think it was necessary, but I insisted, as I wanted to at least rule out some possibilities. Sure enough, the biopsy came back as Lichen Planus. I really didn't even know what Lichen Planus was, but knowing now what is is has helped immensely.You might want to ask about getting a skin biopsy. Information can be so helpful.Good Luck!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 25, 2008
    • 08:11 AM
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  • Your stomach looks like an allergic contact dermatitis (eczema). Did the stomach rash start 1st? Sometimes, in response to allergic contact dermatitis on one part of the body, you can start breaking out all over (an "id" reaction). Nickel in belt buckles or in the snaps in jeans, etc., or elastic in underwear would be 2 considerations for a cause of allergic contact dermatitis on the stomach area. http://www.vitamina.orghttp://www.ebamultivitamin.com I have had this rash on my right leg for maybe two years now, one has developed on my stomach, and my arms have broken out as my leg looked when the rash first developed. Here are some pictures. I have had no diagnosis at the dermatologists and I'm looking for some advice. Pics are worth more than what I can type: http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x28/mjlar94/StomachRash.jpghttp://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x28/mjlar94/RightLegFocus.jpghttp://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x28/mjlar94/RightLeg.jpghttp://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x28/mjlar94/RightElbow.jpghttp://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x28/mjlar94/LeftUnderarm.jpghttp://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x28/mjlar94/LeftElbow.jpg
    Brooks123 2 Replies
    • December 29, 2008
    • 00:50 AM
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  • I got similar rashes to yours on your stomach and arm and I went to the doctor and he said the same thing about nickel allergy. The buckles of most cheap belts have nickel in them, possibly coated with something. Anyways, with time the coating comes off and you're stuck with nickel touching your skin directly, which causes the rash. I switched to brass-buckle belts (a little more expensive, but totally worth it) and just used a basic antibiotic/ anti-itch cream and it cleared right up within about a month. Again I recieved almost identical rashes on my leg and arm and while I don't know where they came from, the antibiotic/anti-itch combined with a non-fragrant moisturizer really helped out a lot. Hope this helps!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 25, 2009
    • 04:29 PM
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  • After reading this thread I thought I would write...I was wondering does your rash ever go away and then reapper later? I have been dealing with something similar...Mine started on my stomach as well...I had just changed my diet and started eating whole or 100% wheat.. I was on vacation and had a lot of sugar...I broke out on my stomach and went to the dermatiolist and he also said it was contact dermatitis...well after a round of antibodics it went away...almost a year later it came back but this time it was on my arms and it would make its way up my face...sometimes it would be on my legs as well..I am a female so I would also get yeast infections, I would go to the doc be put on antibodic and also be given yeast infection meds..It would go away but come back within a month or two...I have been to serveral doc even an Internest and the all say the it must be something that I am eating...I even ask one doc could this be an all over body yeast infection? They looked at me as if I were so stupid, they would say that in not possible, but everytime I would get the rash on my body I woud get a yeast infection. I have tried everything from changing laundry soap to no fabric softner to all different meds.. nothing helps...I am now currently looking into Gluten..I also used Black Walnut(herb) in my water, and that seem to help..I hope this helps
    genesaberi 2 Replies Flag this Response
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