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Rash, Undiagnosed. Please help!

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  • Posted By: LA1058
  • October 7, 2009
  • 08:46 AM

I am a moderately healthy (not on any meds, no chronic illness history) 50 year old woman (premenopausal) but recently under a lot of stress. I was laid off in January, still unemployed. We are bankrupt and on the verge of homelessness. The rash came on about two months ago, no new irritants and I haven't had allergies in the past. Same soaps, lotions as always...no food allergies, no new diet changes. I do smoke, about 1/2 pack a day when I can afford it! So - first symptom was fatigue, then hot pricky sensation behind my neck. I got the feeling I had been burned by a curling iron or something - it was that hot and afterwards became red and itchy.

I then started having these eruptions every day. Back of neck, shoulders. Just today it's also come up on the front of my neck. Also the scalp is full of these raised, sort of lumpy welts. No fluid being discharged really - only if they've been scratched (as they itch like crazy, nonstop). I am also suffering from extreme insomnia -going to bed at midnight, tossing and turning then finally falling asleep by 6am, then only sleeping about 3 hours at most....but with all the stress and uncertainty I can understand that aspect. The rash is somewhat dry on the surface. I also have a slightly hard lump that is below the right ear - in the gland that has been swollen in the past with sore throats (no sore throat now). It's about the size of a pea - and hard but not sore really.

I don't know if all this is connected, but since I can't afford to see a doctor anywhere (all the money is going to pay the weekly hotel bill) I would appreciate suggestions on what this may be and some treatment options. So far I've tried anti itch cortisone cream which is okay for making it not itch, but does nothing to make the rash lessen. I've been shampooing with tea tree shampoo and using dr bronners tea tree soap. Also tried cetaphil soap. Been having daughter put hydrogen peroxide on back at night to try and reduce chance of infection at least.

Can you please help!? Meanwhile I am trying to remain optimistic and get a job - I am praying it does not spread to any more visible parts of the body so I don't gross people out in an interview.

I am sure it's not contagious since my daughter and I am in a hotel room in very close proximity and she has no symptoms or rash.

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  • I am a moderately healthy (not on any meds, no chronic illness history) 50 year old woman (premenopausal) but recently under a lot of stress. I was laid off in January, still unemployed. We are bankrupt and on the verge of homelessness. The rash came on about two months ago, no new irritants and I haven't had allergies in the past. Same soaps, lotions as always...no food allergies, no new diet changes. I do smoke, about 1/2 pack a day when I can afford it! So - first symptom was fatigue, then hot pricky sensation behind my neck. I got the feeling I had been burned by a curling iron or something - it was that hot and afterwards became red and itchy. I then started having these eruptions every day. Back of neck, shoulders. Just today it's also come up on the front of my neck. Also the scalp is full of these raised, sort of lumpy welts. No fluid being discharged really - only if they've been scratched (as they itch like crazy, nonstop). I am also suffering from extreme insomnia -going to bed at midnight, tossing and turning then finally falling asleep by 6am, then only sleeping about 3 hours at most....but with all the stress and uncertainty I can understand that aspect. The rash is somewhat dry on the surface. I also have a slightly hard lump that is below the right ear - in the gland that has been swollen in the past with sore throats (no sore throat now). It's about the size of a pea - and hard but not sore really. I don't know if all this is connected, but since I can't afford to see a doctor anywhere (all the money is going to pay the weekly hotel bill) I would appreciate suggestions on what this may be and some treatment options. So far I've tried anti itch cortisone cream which is okay for making it not itch, but does nothing to make the rash lessen. I've been shampooing with tea tree shampoo and using dr bronners tea tree soap. Also tried cetaphil soap. Been having daughter put hydrogen peroxide on back at night to try and reduce chance of infection at least. Can you please help!? Meanwhile I am trying to remain optimistic and get a job - I am praying it does not spread to any more visible parts of the body so I don't gross people out in an interview. I am sure it's not contagious since my daughter and I am in a hotel room in very close proximity and she has no symptoms or rash. HI it looks like linchen simplex chronicus .the cause can be the stress YOU DO speak about . if you rubb or scrach it will spread AND EVEN BECOME LARGE AS Your PICTUER SHOWS .YOU DO NEED A SKIN BIOPSY .DONT LEAVE IT TO THE STAGE IT STARTS MAKING YOU ILL..
    charmaine petzer 176 Replies
    • October 22, 2009
    • 07:29 AM
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  • HI it looks like linchen simplex chronicus .the cause can be the stress YOU DO speak about . if you rubb or scrach it will spread AND EVEN BECOME LARGE AS YOR PICTUER SHOWS .YOU DO NEED A SKIN BIOPSY .DONT LEAVE IT TO THE STAGE IT STARTS MAKING YOU ILL.. Thank you so much! I was able to finally get into a clinic two days ago, and am now being tested for Lupus. The doctor also did a biopsy, so at least I will know what I am dealing with. Meanwhile, I've been put on prednisone which at least relieves the itch and puffiness. In two weeks after he gets all the blood work back from the lab at least I will have a better idea. Only problem is I hear it's really difficult if it's Lupus to get a definite diagnosis. If there are any Lupus affected people reading this, please let me know what you think.
    LA1058 3 Replies
    • October 22, 2009
    • 07:40 AM
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  • Thank you so much! I was able to finally get into a clinic two days ago, and am now being tested for Lupus. The doctor also did a biopsy, so at least I will know what I am dealing with. Meanwhile, I've been put on prednisone which at least relieves the itch and puffiness. In two weeks after he gets all the blood work back from the lab at least I will have a better idea. Only problem is I hear it's really difficult if it's Lupus to get a definite diagnosis. If there are any Lupus affected people reading this, please let me know what you think. hi jess i do have linchen simplex chronicus and lupus .the worst is they say you may have all the symptoms but it is very hard to diagnose. there are many symptoms with lupus but blood tests will tell .i got lupus after linchen simplex chronicus i do belive it all was from stress. i have had it for 8 jeers now and got use to living with it .some days goog others bad.----a physician if you have one near you may be the best to go to .then let him refer you to other doctors if need be .
    charmaine petzer 176 Replies
    • October 22, 2009
    • 08:03 AM
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  • hi jess i do have linchen simplex chronicus and lupus .the worst is they say you may have all the symptoms but it is very hard to diagnose. there are many symptoms with lupus but blood tests will tell .i got lupus after linchen simplex chronicus i do belive it all was from stress. i have had it for 8 jeers now and got use to living with it .some days goog others bad.----a physician if you have one near you may be the best to go to .then let him refer you to other doctors if need be . Update: Skin biopsy is positive for Lupus...waiting for blood tests to make positive diagnosis, per the dermatologist. Lesson learned - if you feel tired and occasionally break out in rashes, get it checked out asap!
    LA1058 3 Replies
    • October 28, 2009
    • 05:09 AM
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  • Update: Skin biopsy is positive for Lupus...waiting for blood tests to make positive diagnosis, per the dermatologist. Lesson learned - if you feel tired and occasionally break out in rashes, get it checked out asap! hi sorry to hear that .i do have lupus as well .but got it after all the skin problems.i have had so many Skin biopsy Lichen Simplex Chronicus was the last Skin biopsy and lupus that now is causing all the pain in the boddy.but still the doctors cant cuer me or stop the skin break out.i have now had it for 8 jeers and learnt to cope.and on my own time still trying to find a way to stop the rash that turns into large saws.the lupus is from all the medication and hope one day i will get up in the moring and see the light.i am 51 and the older i get the more pain i seem to have .please let me know how u are take care
    charmaine petzer 176 Replies
    • October 28, 2009
    • 06:21 AM
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  • hi sorry to hear that .i do have lupus as well .but got it after all the skin problems.i have had so many Skin biopsy Lichen Simplex Chronicus was the last Skin biopsy and lupus that now is causing all the pain in the boddy.but still the doctors cant cuer me or stop the skin break out.i have now had it for 8 jeers and learnt to cope.and on my own time still trying to find a way to stop the rash that turns into large saws.the lupus is from all the medication and hope one day i will get up in the moring and see the light.i am 51 and the older i get the more pain i seem to have .please let me know how u are take carehi i just want to know if you are ok .?HAVE YOU GOT ALL YOUR TESTS BACK ?AND ARE YOU OK PLEASE LET ME KNOW WANT TO HELP IF I CAN
    charmaine petzer 176 Replies
    • November 5, 2009
    • 01:27 PM
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  • HI how are you ? I have been wondering and hoping you are ok.did all your tests come back ?and can the doctors now finaly help you .do let me know :p
    charmaine petzer 176 Replies
    • December 1, 2009
    • 00:32 PM
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