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Rash for 6 months

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 21, 2007
  • 08:48 PM

I've had this rash about 6 months and I'll give the full details and a picture on it in hope that someone can help get a diagnosis. I have already been to the doctor once, diagnosed, and treated for scabies 3 times now and it's still there.

The rash started around March just under my arm, on my armpit. I pretty much ignored it hoping it would go away. The opposite happened, it spread to the middle of my arms on both sides in the creases and on the elbow, my groin which was the worst, and also my thighs and buttocks had the rash. It was a red rash with small bumps and very itchy. It even spread to my fingers, small bumps would pop up on them and be itchy, although these were not red.
I went to the doctor, he diagnosed me with Scabies, gave me the medicine for it which was Permethrin cream 5% w/w. I covered my body in it that night, waited 14 days like it said, covered most of my body again, waited several months and covered my entire body. The rash changes a lot, even before the scabies medication started. It would sometimes disappear on its own, and sometimes come back worse, sometimes come back more mild. The scabies medicine really didn't effect it much more than what it had already been doing. I just used the last of the Scabies medicine last night because it started to spread on my lower stomache (picture). Also there's a patch on the inner-back of my thigh that's about the same. Any ideas?


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  • Pityriasis doesn't usually last 6 months, but look up the pix anyway.
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies
    • August 22, 2007
    • 08:48 AM
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  • your rash looks a lot like a rash i got from working at a lake that had high bacteria levels. my rash was first diagnosed as "duck itch" and i was prescribed sulfa medications and corticosteroids on two occasions neither of which seemed to work in clearing it up completely. now my rash (and yours) seems to resemble eczema which can be caused by an allergic reaction to a trigger such as bacteria in a lake. eczema can start out as a rash from some allergen and turn into the dry scaly and itchy skin that you may now have. look up some treatments for eczema or ask your doctor if there may be a possibility of this skin disorder.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 22, 2007
    • 01:31 PM
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  • Alright, so 3 years later... The rash has been persistently off and on. It will heal fully and sometimes not come back for months.Currently I'm in a breakout which is spreading from my groin to my lower stomach on my left side, with a 2nd rash on my right arm pit, and a rash on my elbows that stopped last month.Symptoms:Recurring (varies, almost went 1 year without a serious breakout)ItchesRed BumpsSpreads (spreading can last a month, and the old spots will heal while the new spots, right next to it, start to break out)Heals completely after a couple weeks after the spreading stopsHealed area will be darker for a week or two, and peels slightlyUsually located:Arm PitsGroinLower StomachElbowsUpper thighs rarelyHands and Fingers (first time only, 3 years ago)Treatments I've tried:Scabies treatmentEczema treatment( just Mimyx and Cortizone cream )HydrationFungal treatmentResults:nothing has cured it obviously, Cortizone has seemed to help the most but that's only by my assumption, it definitely cures the itching.I also used Cortizone persistently the year that I had almost no breakout.History:I've taken accutane, but the rash was occurring before I took it, It cured my acne but I doubt it did anything positive for my rash.I've had blood work, but can't remember what all was tested, it came back as good results though.I'm 25 years old, and it seems the rash isn't very seasonal, I've had breakouts in every season.I'll probably edit this post when I think of new information
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 11, 2010
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