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Pimple-like Bumps

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 1, 2009
  • 09:46 PM

As the title says, I've been having these unusual pimple-like bumps... except they never respond to any acne meds. I first got these bumps on my chest when I was about 16 (about 10 years ago). I was being treated by a dermatologist for acne at the time, and she thought those bumps were related. When they didn't respond like the ones on my face, I was encouraged to keep using the creams.

I think it's worth mentioning that I do have severe acne-- whenever I stop using any meds (prescription or over-the-counter), it returns within days. Yet the bumps on my chest don't change; I have the exact same bumps that I had in high school... or at least ones in the same spot. And I can't emphasize this enough: they do not respond to Proactive, Clearnsil, Clean&Clear, Neutrogenia, presription acne meds (can't remeber the names I tried), etc. Someone suggested that I try natural-based products, but I can't due to possible allergies.

About 3 years ago I started getting the same bumps on my back and neck. Like before I thought they were just acne since I always got some on those areas. And like before, the bumps did not respond to any acne meds. For the most part they didn't bother me. I just learned to cover the areas up since the sun seemed to bother them slightly.

Now within in the year, I've developed them on my shoulders-- first on the top part, then along the sides. Unlike the other ones, these itch a lot. I first got them after doing yard work in August or July; mom said they were from sweating and that they would go away on their own. As you can guess, the bumps are still present and actually started to spread down the sides in September or October. These bumps are more red in appearance with less disinict borders than the ones on my chest and at the moment look dry with some skin flaking off.

What if these bumps continue to spread? I wish I knew what was wrong. Most doctors I go to simply think they're acne and prescribe acne meds. When one doesn't work, they prescribe another. One doctor thought they might be related to my allergies (hives maybe) and gave me something for that. Didn't help. I already knew these were not hives. I get those often enough to know the difference.

My mom's side of the family carries lupus: her mom and 2 brothers had it or have it. Mom doesn't have lupus though, but I was concerned that I might be starting to develope it (no other symptoms). The rashes on are not the same though. Of all the pictures I saw online, only one seemed to look like what I have. Link is here: http://www.life123.com/bm.pix/lupus3.s600x600.jpg. For the most part though my bumps just look like acne.

Does anyone have an idea of what's going on? Is there a way to get rid of them or to keep them from spreading?

Background Infomation:
Gender: female
Age: 26 yrs old
Race: white
Known Allergies: pollen, dust, mold, mildew, cleaning products, shellfish
Other Conditions: asthma, allergies (see above), intersistial cystitis, depression, ADD
Medications: Pristiq (100 mg once a day), Adderall XR (20 mg once a day), Elmiron (two 100 mg tabs twice a day), VesiCARE (10 mg once a day and as needed), Prelief (as needed), Clariton (1 tab once a day), albuterol (I think that's the med for my inhaler-- my parents won't let me refill it so I'm not taking it anymore)

Thank you for reading. Feel free to ask any additional questions.

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  • :pLichen Planus http://www.aad.org/public/publications/pamphlets/common_lichen.html http://www.dermnet.com/Lichen-Planus-Drug DRUG MEANING MEDICATION!!!!!
    charmaine petzer 176 Replies
    • December 2, 2009
    • 08:30 AM
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  • It may be Keratosis Pilaris -- http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/cysts-lumps-bumps?page=3.
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