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Small, itchy, red, sparse bumps?!

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  • Posted By: calamitydown
  • June 20, 2009
  • 07:42 AM

Recently (within the past week or so), I've been getting sparse red, itchy bumps on my skin. They're not bigger than the head of a pencil eraser, and some are as small as the head of a pin. They're itchy to the point where it's just plain annoying and distracting, but I have been able to sleep. I noticed that I started getting it on the area where my bra covers, maybe 10 small bumps in all (including my front side and back), and then bumps appeared on extremely random areas like my leg and arm. I've done a little research and it doesn't look like scabies; the tell-tale zigzag pattern isn't visible. Also, like I mentioned previously, there aren't a whole lot of bumps. maybe 10-15 on my whole body maximum.

I thought it might be an allergic reaction to using too much laundry soap, using a new body wash, etc. However, my mom showed me that she started to get them too. They have to be contagious. We haven't changed any detergents for years now and both have different body washes and shampoos. We don't share a bathroom. Our dogs recently went to the vet and were flea free, and our cats are all indoor.

When scratched, these bumps of course turn more red, especially the area surrounding them. Sometimes after scratching, the skin breaks and begins to slightly bleed.

I know similiar things have been posted here, but I haven't yet seen one exactly like my condition. Maybe you could help?

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  • i had the same issue as yours but i cant find any idea on what this is called. it looks worse when scratched. my mom first had it and next was me. all they do to kill the itchy sensation is that they put mentholated creams like camphor menthol balms. havent had any cure for this and im really shy when my colleagues see this at the office. just refrain yourself from scratching and use soaps with high defense for bacteria. i hope it have some results.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 21, 2010
    • 02:43 PM
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  • i had the same issue as yours but i cant find any idea on what this is called. it looks worse when scratched. my mom first had it and next was me. all they do to kill the itchy sensation is that they put mentholated creams like camphor menthol balms. havent had any cure for this and im really shy when my colleagues see this at the office. just refrain yourself from scratching and use soaps with high defense for bacteria. i hope it have some results.I had a similar experience with the same symptoms. I tried creams and all sorts of things including Aloe vera from a health shop. I thought it might be a fungus after several weeks of creams. But I ended up using a super cream for over dry feet. Not sure about the name, but it was really thick and felt like a grease. It clear up in no time. So I suppose it was an exma or super dry sensitive patch.
    JamesSummers 3 Replies
    • September 22, 2010
    • 10:53 PM
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  • I have something nearly identical going on. I had it first, then my son. I tried an all natural laundry soap, as opposed to my usual free & clear stuff. Went back to the old stuff, adding extra rinse cycle. I use the same hygiene products I had been using prior to the itching. I began a new job around the same time it occurred, so I thought it was something environmental. When my son told me, this evening, that he was itchy on his belly, I looked online. I became concerned it might be scabies, although it didn't have the zigzagging. I consulted a friend who is a nurse; she said it's definitely not scabies, but I should see a dermatologist. I was wondering if anyone on here had found a solution? It'll be at least a week before I can get to the doctor & the itching is insane. I feel terrible for my son, who is only seven.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 2, 2010
    • 05:27 AM
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  • Did you ever get to the bottom of this? I think I have exactly what you are describing!! Any help would be appreciated.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • December 8, 2014
    • 09:46 PM
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