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Itchy rash for 3 weeks

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  • Posted By: lee380
  • February 21, 2010
  • 06:42 AM

For the past 3 weeks I've had a very itchy rash that started on my left arm, then spread to the tops of my legs and right arm. I have a few on my stomach and on my back. When I scratch one bump, more bumps occur.

I went to my doctor the first time and he gave me a cortisteroid cream and told me to take benydryl. He said that if it didn't get better in 10 days to come back to him and perhaps it could be scabies. Although, looked at my finger webs and asked if it was between my toes, etc. There is nothing there.

I waited 6 days and went back as the itching is unbearable. By this time the corticosteroid has caused some patches to dry out. He gave me another cream, a prescription for an antihistamine and told me to get NIX and treat myself in case.

Truly, he doesn't know what it is. I went to the pharmacy and had a talk with the pharmacist who looked at my hands and arms and said it does not look like scabies.

Because he put that thought in my head, I went to another doctor. He said it looks more like an ezcema rash.

I've explained to both doctors a few things.

For the last two prior February's I gained a cough that didn't stop for 3 months. Last year I had the cough and a little patch on my right forearm that would get bumps and itch. (Doctor presumed last year that it was asthma/allergies and that little patch was eczema.) They ended up scheduling me in for a breathing test to determine allergies or emphysemia but by the time I went in the cough was long gone so nothing was found.

This February I gained an itchy rash all over my arms and legs. I have no cough. This second doctor says he gets eczema every year the end of February. Says it could be the pollen.

Also, just before getting the rash, I used a soap that was in a gift my neighbor gave me. 100 g Savon. I used it twice and then this rash started. Also, I realized I was using double the amount of Sunlight ultra concentrate in our laundry. Started doing that about the time the rash started.

However, because my normal doctor doesn't know what it is and says possible scabies without looking at all areas affected by this rash, it bothers me so much. My mind keeps going back to that because he's put it into my head. I hate when doctors put something into your head without knowing what it is.

The rash is starting to subside a bit but still quite itchy in areas. It is not in the classic areas that scabies are. Also, my 3 kids and my hubby does not have this.

What is this?

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  • Part of the effort in making a diagnosis is doing a physical exam. Although you give a decent history, there's no way for anyone to answer your question as no one can see you. You state that people have considered scabies, eczema, etc., but nothing you have written are adequate treatments for these. You need to find someone who will take you seriously, and treat you seriously. Yes, it's true that scabies on adults is most commonly seen on the hands/wrists, it does not have to be there. The individual mites have not read the derm textbook, so they don't always know to congregate at the places we expect to see them at. If someone tells you they think you have scabies, then get them to treat you (seriously) with Elimite, Kwell, or even Ivermectin. If you have eczema, then you need topical steroids at the least, and even oral steroids might well be indicated, depending on your actual presentation. Lots of other things can be used too, but steroids of some type form the backbone of initial eczema treatment for an adult. Other things that can cause itchy bumps is folliculitis, neutrophilic folliculitis, generalized granuloma annulare, psoriasis, pityriasis, and a lot more others. As you can see, there's a lot of possibilities, and no one can answer your question just by reading your post. Find a competent dermatologist. They are out there.
    Caladan 87 Replies
    • February 26, 2010
    • 02:05 AM
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  • It must have been an allergic reaction to the soap or laundry detergent as it is now going away and I haven't itched for days now. Thank goodness is all I can say.Yet I feel like going back to my doctor to say, guess what, it wasn't what you were possibly saying it was. Thank you for your response.
    lee380 1 Replies
    • February 26, 2010
    • 02:23 AM
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