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Itching, bubbles filled with liquid: doctors are stumped

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  • Posted By: zkyevolved
  • March 27, 2012
  • 02:16 PM

My dad is Diabetic but the sugar level is controlled with medication. He had an open heart surgery in October 2011 for aortic valve replacement,3 days after he had 2 bags of blood, 4-5 days after surgery started to itch on his chest around the area of the surgery. After 8 days of the surgery he went home and the rash and the itching was spreading more areas on his chest, arms, legs ,back and some times in one area more than the others, he went to the dermatologist, he thought it was an allergic reaction from his new blood thinner medication, so the cardiologist changed the medication, but the itching didn’t go away, so he went back to the first medication, and went to another dermatologist, he said it was scabies, and had the course of treatment for scabies, still didn’t work, some days the itching is more than others, twice since the surgery until now the itching was almost gone for 1 week each time then came back, he went to a different dermatologist and used many corticosteroid orally and topically it helped and then the itching and the rashes come back, and antihistamine, he also had a skin biopsy, and it didn’t specify the reason, it said a reaction to pharmacological material or to an insect bite, now even the scalp is itching and has bumps that fill with liquid. Another dermatologist said it is related to stress and nervousness, so now I’m not very sure what to do about my dad. Does anyone have any ideas about what this could be because nobody here seems to know, and we’ve taken my father to multiple doctors and specialists.

Thank you.

Here are some images to show you the skin abnormalities:
Forgive me for using dropbox, but it's the easiest way to publish multiple pictures in full quality:

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205840.jpg
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205834.jpg
Here is an image of one that is near his scar from his heart surgery:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205333.jpg

and here are some more
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205319.jpg
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205109.jpg
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205059.jpg
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205049.jpg
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205012.jpg

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  • My dad is Diabetic but the sugar level is controlled with medication. He had an open heart surgery in October 2011 for aortic valve replacement,3 days after he had 2 bags of blood, 4-5 days after surgery started to itch on his chest around the area of the surgery. After 8 days of the surgery he went home and the rash and the itching was spreading more areas on his chest, arms, legs ,back and some times in one area more than the others, he went to the dermatologist, he thought it was an allergic reaction from his new blood thinner medication, so the cardiologist changed the medication, but the itching didn’t go away, so he went back to the first medication, and went to another dermatologist, he said it was scabies, and had the course of treatment for scabies, still didn’t work, some days the itching is more than others, twice since the surgery until now the itching was almost gone for 1 week each time then came back, he went to a different dermatologist and used many corticosteroid orally and topically it helped and then the itching and the rashes come back, and antihistamine, he also had a skin biopsy, and it didn’t specify the reason, it said a reaction to pharmacological material or to an insect bite, now even the scalp is itching and has bumps that fill with liquid. Another dermatologist said it is related to stress and nervousness, so now I’m not very sure what to do about my dad. Does anyone have any ideas about what this could be because nobody here seems to know, and we’ve taken my father to multiple doctors and specialists. Thank you.Here are some images to show you the skin abnormalities:Forgive me for using dropbox, but it's the easiest way to publish multiple pictures in full quality:http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205840.jpghttp://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205834.jpgHere is an image of one that is near his scar from his heart surgery:http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205333.jpg and here are some morehttp://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205319.jpghttp://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205109.jpghttp://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205059.jpghttp://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205049.jpghttp://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205012.jpg Hi there my name is Anish. And my father who just went through aortic heart valve surgery on July 11 2012. He had a st Jude mechanical vvalve put in. He has the exact symtems as ur father is having. The skin specialist and wound specialist are also confused what it could be. His surgeon has told him get a TEE done to make sure he doesn't have any infection on his valve like endocarditis or anything similar to that. I just wanted to ask u if u have had any more news or any update on ur fathers condition so this way I can get a heads up and get some peace of mind until his TEE which is on nov 28. Thanks u so much Anish
    Anish786 2 Replies
    • November 15, 2012
    • 05:19 PM
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  • My dad is Diabetic but the sugar level is controlled with medication. He had an open heart surgery in October 2011 for aortic valve replacement,3 days after he had 2 bags of blood, 4-5 days after surgery started to itch on his chest around the area of the surgery. After 8 days of the surgery he went home and the rash and the itching was spreading more areas on his chest, arms, legs ,back and some times in one area more than the others, he went to the dermatologist, he thought it was an allergic reaction from his new blood thinner medication, so the cardiologist changed the medication, but the itching didn’t go away, so he went back to the first medication, and went to another dermatologist, he said it was scabies, and had the course of treatment for scabies, still didn’t work, some days the itching is more than others, twice since the surgery until now the itching was almost gone for 1 week each time then came back, he went to a different dermatologist and used many corticosteroid orally and topically it helped and then the itching and the rashes come back, and antihistamine, he also had a skin biopsy, and it didn’t specify the reason, it said a reaction to pharmacological material or to an insect bite, now even the scalp is itching and has bumps that fill with liquid. Another dermatologist said it is related to stress and nervousness, so now I’m not very sure what to do about my dad. Does anyone have any ideas about what this could be because nobody here seems to know, and we’ve taken my father to multiple doctors and specialists. Thank you.Here are some images to show you the skin abnormalities:Forgive me for using dropbox, but it's the easiest way to publish multiple pictures in full quality:http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205840.jpghttp://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205834.jpgHere is an image of one that is near his scar from his heart surgery:http://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205333.jpg and here are some morehttp://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205319.jpghttp://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205109.jpghttp://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205059.jpghttp://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205049.jpghttp://dl.dropbox.com/u/7807278/medical-questions/20120326_205012.jpgHi there my father is going through the same thing his doc has advise to get a TEE done to rule out any infection like endocarditis. Can I please tell me if u got any further news regarding ur dad ThanksAnish
    Anish786 2 Replies
    • November 16, 2012
    • 02:04 AM
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  • What is a tee
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