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Red, itching bumps and spots on base of hairs spreading up my body.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 1, 2007
  • 05:31 AM

Hi everyone,

First of all, thank you for having this board and not being required to register.
There is a skin problem that I hope someone can help me with. I will probably go to a doctor, but would like some opinions first. Firstly, I am a man and in my twenties who has never been sick and always been very hygienic.
About 4 months ago, a member of my family started getting red “pimples” on his feet that ended up slowly making their way all up his body. The doctor he went to about this had no idea what it was and simply prescribed antihistamine.
Around 2 or 3 months ago I used the (washed and rinsed in antibacterial/antifungal solution) socks from him, not worried about “catching” anything. Then, a month or so ago I noticed the same spots on my feet, which are now making their way up my legs, thigh and arms. Every single red spot is located where there is a hair coming out, and the only spots that itch (very badly, mind you) are raised. Sometimes I get an inflamed and irritated patch of skin a couple of centimetres big, which later calms down again. When I scratch, I only scratch through the clothes which (most of the time) provides me a couple to a few hours relief. After wearing rubber boots for a while, I will need to scratch, but only after pulling my legs out, which I find unusual. I only wear long pants in the boots and never had any itching/skin problems related (ingrown hairs) or unrelated to wearing boots. If I don’t scratch, the sensation can become very painful.
Also worthy of mention is my suspicion that I actually have a skin fungus on a couple of 1 inch spots in my beard. For a couple of months I noticed myself occasionally itching the same spots on my beard and on closer inspection, I noticed skin flakes coming off in those areas. I treated them for a couple of days with antifungal cream which stopped the itching and flaking, but did not continue treatment, because I still couldn’t believe that I actually had a fungus and that it may have been some other kind of irritation. Sometimes when I shower, I forget to specially shampoo my beard and after a couple of days of not shampooing it, I noticed the flaking again, as well as millimetre-sized skin-coloured football-shaped flakes at the base of the hairs. The affected hairs are quite easy to pull out. The sensation is different from the itching caused by the bumps – it feels more like something biting and digging away the skin and can also get painful.

http://upload2.net/page/download/gE9EueJP8peJ9C2/skin_troubles-sm.jpg.html
The attached image shows my problem:
1. This is where the bumps started, and they are still there, as well as on the left foot.
2. The bumps made their way up the leg and above the knee is a week or two.
3. This appeared on the right hand overnight with an unpleasant sensation, it disappeared after a week – I wash my hands with Betadine surgical scrub and use alcoholic hand sanitizer gel which may have “repaired” the problem there.
4. You can see a scratch in the skin here – after a few days it started getting the same unpleasant “biting” sensation as in my beard and I noticed tiny white flakes on and around the scab. Frequent rinsing with Betadine and alcoholic gel almost entirely fixed the problem in that area, however, I am now getting the same red, flat (non-itching) spots at the base of the hair follicles on my arms.
5. You can see the red spots making their way up my leg in this picture.

I suspect I have a fungal problem in the beard and wherever there is a scratch on the skin AND a mite problem that started on my feet. This worries me since it may be an indicator of a weakened immune system. Never have there been skin blemishes before. I have noticed that over the last couple of years I have been getting the “sniffles” more often, as well as getting tired quicker. I have also been under stress for quite some time now. There are no dietary or shampoo/laundry powder changes.
Please share your (appreciated) thoughts, and thank you for reading this long letter.

Tom

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  • An update of sorts:http://upload2.net/page/download/4mjoFB5e3OqeePT/skin_troubles-sm2.jpg.htmlThis has appeared on my upper leg, but there is no pain or itching.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 7, 2007
    • 03:51 AM
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  • Another update – I now have an appointment with a dermatologist, but it is 2 weeks from now. Could someone *PLEASE* look at these extra pics and give me their opinion. My family doctor could not help and the problem is worsening. Please note – I am very hygienic but for the purposes of showing the problem in my beard, did not wash the beard for 2 days. http://thumbnails.imagebam.com/22/40e38c217620.gif http://thumbnails.imagebam.com/22/1a794f217622.gif http://thumbnails.imagebam.com/22/21c81e217623.gif http://thumbnails.imagebam.com/22/c4c56d217624.gif
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 23, 2007
    • 04:56 PM
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  • I think you'll need to shave to clear up the problem. ..I don't think the problem is very serious and a good dermatologist can clear it up for you. Like you said, probably a fungus that you picked up from the relative...or some type of bug bites, fleas or something...?? Who knows...there are some over the counter fungus medicines that you can try while you are waiting for your appointment. I don't think you can obtain a diagnosis online.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • September 30, 2007
    • 07:46 AM
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  • did you ever find out what it is? I think I have the same thing, except it started on my scalp-a long time ago-was a fungus, got shampoo and antifungal pills it went away-however it reappeared last Thanksgiving-and my new doc told me I had ezema and static electricity-because I had told him it felt like my hair was moving. I am sure he thought I was crazy-sent me to a derm who didnt do a real exam..just took a look and told me nothing was wrong. Last summer I got bit by a spider ? or something and had a horrible hive on my foot-surrounded by tiny blisters-went to a different doc who was concerened about my hair/scalp issue and now I am going back to a new derm 10/13-I have lost alot of hair. it sticks to my scalp like glue and sticks together at the base of the scalp like glue-now I notice at the base of almost all the hair follicles on my entire body have soemthing that looks like dirt-I shower and its still there...very weird. I hope they figured out what is wrong with you and you report back.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 6, 2007
    • 03:51 PM
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  • Well, for the spider bite guy, I think you are still dealing with the impact from the spider bite. I would see a good internist. They can kill off tissue and create all kinds of problems. With these funguses, they can come back, according to my dermatologist. They can go away and then flare up, that's why you get extra shampoo, to use once in awhile to keep it in check.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • October 9, 2007
    • 07:42 AM
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  • well I got back from the new derm - he was actually very nice and didnt think I was nuts (my PCM told me I had static electricity-so I was very nervous about going to see another doc) anyways, he took some samples and is sending them to a pathology lab to find out what it is. He didnt think the spider/bug bites had anything to do with it, he didnt give me a dx but I came home with some serious steriods, he must think its going to be a chronic condition as I have 50 refills?????
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 14, 2007
    • 02:09 PM
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  • Hi everyone,Thank you for the replies so far. My appointment was accidentally made for me at the wrong clinic and was cancelled. Now I have to wait until late December to see a dermatologist. In the meantime, I will make an update, and again ask for advice:Shortly after my last update, I put on some latex gloves like every day to do some cleaning around the house but this time it was very hot that day and I left them on for an hour, or so. This allowed whatever it is I have to spread because the next day, the whole top of my right hand was itching. The left hand, which did not have any unusual marks remained unaffected. A couple of days later the entire top of my right hand was covered in tiny itching bumps – every hair had a bump. They eventually calmed down (but still remain, ever so slightly) but now the area on my right hand that I photographed before has quadrupled in size and is itchy and flaky. For a couple of weeks there was also a dried, thickened “sandpapery” area of skin between my index and middle finger but this eventually went away with constant application of fungus cream – the itchy and flaky area remained.A clue to what may be happening is that some weeks before my family member was affected, we saw a completely furless, mangy poor fox skulking around our property. My family member was rolling around under the car, in the dry soil shortly after we saw the fox, and perhaps he caught a fungal/mite problem from the soil…. BUT WHAT DID HE CATCH??? Fox mange? Could it last this long and spread so viciously?This is frustrating because I remember looking for mange cures on the net right after I saw the fox, in hope of helping it (I never saw it again) and I came across a post by someone talking about fungal mange, saying that if one finds red spots on their own skin, they should go to a doctor immediately. Well, so far 3 doctors had no idea.Another thing I should mention is that my short-hair dog, who I take around the property on a leash, lost his fur on every area that the leash (which often falls onto the dry soil) had come into contact with. This happened shortly after my family member got problems, but long before I got them. He got it between his legs and on the scrotum, as well as 2 neat lines on the sides of his body where the leash made contact when he pulled. The skin on his scrotum looked very dry, wrinkly and crusty, like the skin on my right hand, between the fingers. He had to endure 3 weeks of getting large amounts of fungal cream smeared on his family jewels and ticklish sides, but it completely cured him. I washed the leash and everything else in strong bleach and now make sure it doesn’t come into contact with the soil, or him.But where does that leave me and the other member of my family? Our whole bodies are covered with these itching spots.Three days ago I noticed my palms itching, but saw nothing, then at night I saw raised red areas of skin appear. Sometimes the itching gets so bad, it hurts. I have been rubbing in fungal cream and it seems to have improved a little, but what could cause this? Thank you for your time.More pics:http://thumbnails.imagebam.com/61/fb1f55605216.gif http://thumbnails.imagebam.com/61/47b690605217.gif
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 28, 2007
    • 00:56 PM
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  • Wow, that is the strangest story about the dog, too...I wonder what a vet would have said....can't really call the dog crazy. Well, what about a latex allergy for part of it? Wouldn't explain everyone else. What about someone sprayed some really bad posion outside (or sprinkle some weed killer), more likely, rather than a fox running by. The poison lays on the ground. You need to leave your shoes by the door. Do not touch the bottom of your shoes. Tell your relatives, too. Poor doggy may always be exposed. Maybe you can bring in some clean dirt for a little area. Does this make sense? A poison. There is that new virus, mrsa, which is a mean thing, but I don't think this follows that pattern.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • October 29, 2007
    • 10:08 AM
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  • Thank you, Monsterlove for the reply.The poison theory crossed (and still lingers in) my mind, but I own acreage and only walk the dog on my land where not even the weakest weed killer is allowed. Perhaps poison from a nearby field? I do have a nutty neighbour who I suspect of throwing poison over the fence that our dog ingested, but that was years ago - he was saved by our vet, thankfully. I am not allergic to latex either. My dog is fine now, but it spread very quickly and was only contained after "religiously" applying fungal cream. We never bring shoes into the home. Your "clean dirt" idea is interesting and we may have to spread some around our home. Our dog has a clean, warm bed and kennel, so he's alright now because I'm always careful with the leash.Someone who visited our place for a few weeks has the problem now too with the exact symptoms and progression, so I am quite worried now. Even my scalp sometimes itches.Perhaps some people could ask around for me??If no-one can help, I will take *myself* to the vet.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 29, 2007
    • 05:13 PM
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  • Tom, I've been thinking about this and what tipped me off was the dog's fur falling out where the leash touched the ground. I have now added the fact that when you leave your shoes at the door, you will need to wash your floors in very hot water (with non latex gloves) and clean your rugs. Likewise, your relatives need to do it, too. So who sprayed the poison?
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • October 29, 2007
    • 07:01 PM
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  • Sorry to hear about your skin issue. I don't know about your dog or your beard, but I have had weird, random bumps pop up around on my skin before too. Mine weren't as red as yours, but they looked a lot like the ones on your hand on the second of your photo updates. This has happened to me a few times around the winter and fall and my doctor gave me some kind of cream. It worked the first two times, but the third time, I just used some hydrocortisone and it cleared up in a couple of weeks. Hope that helps; good luck to ya.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
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  • hi, im sorry to hear about this problem crazy because i decided to type in keywords of my worries and problems about my skin condition that i think i have and now i am noticing that you gave a very good desciption of the same thing im going through right now pls help me now i still have no clue on what to do or what this is i have alays had very good health too and im not allergic to anything pls seend me an email back if you can so that i can seek some type of help may god bless all who are going through problems like these thanks so much llyricallyric@yahoo.comHi everyone,First of all, thank you for having this board and not being required to register.There is a skin problem that I hope someone can help me with. I will probably go to a doctor, but would like some opinions first. Firstly, I am a man and in my twenties who has never been sick and always been very hygienic. About 4 months ago, a member of my family started getting red “pimples” on his feet that ended up slowly making their way all up his body. The doctor he went to about this had no idea what it was and simply prescribed antihistamine. Around 2 or 3 months ago I used the (washed and rinsed in antibacterial/antifungal solution) socks from him, not worried about “catching” anything. Then, a month or so ago I noticed the same spots on my feet, which are now making their way up my legs, thigh and arms. Every single red spot is located where there is a hair coming out, and the only spots that itch (very badly, mind you) are raised. Sometimes I get an inflamed and irritated patch of skin a couple of centimetres big, which later calms down again. When I scratch, I only scratch through the clothes which (most of the time) provides me a couple to a few hours relief. After wearing rubber boots for a while, I will need to scratch, but only after pulling my legs out, which I find unusual. I only wear long pants in the boots and never had any itching/skin problems related (ingrown hairs) or unrelated to wearing boots. If I don’t scratch, the sensation can become very painful. Also worthy of mention is my suspicion that I actually have a skin fungus on a couple of 1 inch spots in my beard. For a couple of months I noticed myself occasionally itching the same spots on my beard and on closer inspection, I noticed skin flakes coming off in those areas. I treated them for a couple of days with antifungal cream which stopped the itching and flaking, but did not continue treatment, because I still couldn’t believe that I actually had a fungus and that it may have been some other kind of irritation. Sometimes when I shower, I forget to specially shampoo my beard and after a couple of days of not shampooing it, I noticed the flaking again, as well as millimetre-sized skin-coloured football-shaped flakes at the base of the hairs. The affected hairs are quite easy to pull out. The sensation is different from the itching caused by the bumps – it feels more like something biting and digging away the skin and can also get painful.http://upload2.net/page/download/gE9EueJP8peJ9C2/skin_troubles-sm.jpg.htmlThe attached image shows my problem:1. This is where the bumps started, and they are still there, as well as on the left foot.2. The bumps made their way up the leg and above the knee is a week or two.3. This appeared on the right hand overnight with an unpleasant sensation, it disappeared after a week – I wash my hands with Betadine surgical scrub and use alcoholic hand sanitizer gel which may have “repaired” the problem there.4. You can see a scratch in the skin here – after a few days it started getting the same unpleasant “biting” sensation as in my beard and I noticed tiny white flakes on and around the scab. Frequent rinsing with Betadine and alcoholic gel almost entirely fixed the problem in that area, however, I am now getting the same red, flat (non-itching) spots at the base of the hair follicles on my arms. 5. You can see the red spots making their way up my leg in this picture. I suspect I have a fungal problem in the beard and wherever there is a scratch on the skin AND a mite problem that started on my feet. This worries me since it may be an indicator of a weakened immune system. Never have there been skin blemishes before. I have noticed that over the last couple of years I have been getting the “sniffles” more often, as well as getting tired quicker. I have also been under stress for quite some time now. There are no dietary or shampoo/laundry powder changes.Please share your (appreciated) thoughts, and thank you for reading this long letter.Tom
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
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