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Itchy red spots & blotches on hands, torso, and elsewhere -- parasitic??

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  • Posted By: smk_indistress
  • June 29, 2008
  • 03:00 PM

I am a relatively healthy 28-yr-old male; non-smoker; coffee-drinker; only medications are multivatamins and prozac, both of which I've taken for several years. Sexually active only with my long-time girlfriend, who is not affected. In general, the condition described below does not appear to be contagious.

About a month ago, I noticed small, red spots (circular) and patches (irregularly-shaped) on my hands, and a few on my torso. These areas are itchy, but not terribly so. Those on my hands are not raised, while those on my torso raised only slightly. The itching and appearance of spots/patches is worse at night and in the early morning. At this point, most of my body is affected -- wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, back, buttocks, legs, soles of my feet, top of my head. My face is not yet affected. Please see the attached picture.

Our two dogs sleep on top of our bed, so at first I was diagnosed with ringworm, and given pills to treat this. No effect. Another doctor thought it might be scabies, and prescribed treatments of Kwellada-P, which actually had some effect -- the patches subsided for a few days, but returned worse than before. All of my clothing and bedding was washed in hot water with bleach, so I'm doubtful that I've been reinfected. My theory at this point is that the condition is caused by something internal, e.g., a parasite of some type.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. If you've experienced anything similar (and particularly if the patches in the picture are familiar to you), please let me know! The physicians I've seen are clearly engaging in guesswork, while my condition worsens.

Thanks in advance,

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  • If you haven't seen a dermatologist, I would suggest it. Disorders of the skin are their specialty. Maybe this is a fungal infection.
    Beth56 272 Replies Flag this Response
  • I think it's from the dogs; do they have fleas? Ticks? Ringworm? (doesn't quite look like that) Unless they get treatment, they'll keep passing whatever it is back and forth to you. Have them looked over by a vet and see what she thinks; probably cheaper than a dermatologist. If she gives them a clean bill of health, then go to a dermatologist for a diagnosis. Be careful what you touch so as to not spread it to others, however, you say it is not contagious which would lead me to advise you to get tested for syphilis, lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and lupus which would require a visit to an Internal Medicine Doctor. http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.aafp.org/afp/20050615/2323_f1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.aafp.org/afp/20050615/2323.html&h=203&w=250&sz=19&hl=en&start=4&tbnid=jNkm5OITFaFcjM:&tbnh=90&tbnw=111&prev=/images%3Fq%3Drocky%2Bmountain%2Bspotted%2Bfever%2Brash%26gbv%3D2%26hl%3Den
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks to both of you for replying.I should have mentioned that my GP originally thought this was ringworm as well, and prescribed a ringworm medication (tablets), which I've been taking for roughly two weeks, with no apparent impact. Our dogs are up-to-date with vaccinations, and receive monthly heartworm/flea/tick treatments. Now, of course, this is not to say that my condition is not fungal or related to the dogs, just that at this point, I consider it less likely.Interesting thoughts, re. other possibilities -- I'm beginning to think a blood test may also be in order...
    smk_indistress 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • If you haven't seen a dermatologist, I would suggest it. Disorders of the skin are their specialty. Maybe this is a fungal infection.I am a Registered Dental Assistant and I created a allergies to latex and vinyl gloves. So I wear nitrile gloves but last week I put on a different brand of nitrile gloves and 2 red spots showed up on my right hand. One right were the crease of the thumb and the other right at the wrist. It itches like crazy and hurts and burns. I put benadryl gel and it soothes it but not for long. what is it?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
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