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Mysterious Rash/Hives of Unknown Origin

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  • Posted By: lilokins
  • July 23, 2008
  • 06:01 AM

So, for the past three weeks or so, I have had this weird rash-like skin irritation, all over my body. Usually, it's on my abdomen, legs, and arms. At first, I just get really, really itchy, then I start noticing little bumps, like when you get an ant bite, but there are a ton of them. I am almost always itchy, but it gets worst at night, especially after I shower. I had been to the doctor and she is currently running some tests, but has no idea about what it is. She put me on Xyzal to help longterm, if she can't figure out what's causing the rash. It's gotten to the point to where I am scratching so much that I am causing severe cuts, up to seven or eight inches long. I have not eaten any new foods, or used new laundry detergents. No new lotions or perfumes. Nothing has changed in the past month. I do have severe allergies to grass and dust, but since those are both pretty much year round, she does not think that they are the underlying cause. Ummmm . . . any other questions that might help you, just ask!

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  • did she rule out shingles?
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies Flag this Response
  • I am almost always itchy, but it gets worst at night, especially after I shower. could you have developed an allergy to chlorine?? (if your water is chlorinated). I have not eaten any new foods, or used new laundry detergents. No new lotions or perfumes. One can develop an allergy to something at any time. It may be worthwhile using natural products only for a while to see if it helps
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies Flag this Response
  • did she rule out shingles? i don't really know what shingles is. she did some bloodwork and almost everything came back normal. could you have developed an allergy to chlorine?? as for the chlorine. there is no chlorine in our water, ( we have a water softener/purifier ) but we do have a pool, but no chlorine changes. i guess i could have developed an alleregy, but i don't really swim a lot, ( once a week, maybe. ) and even so, if that is what's causing it, why is it worse at night?
    lilokins 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • if no chlorine in your showering water obviously that isnt it. scratching more at night.. reaction to bedbugs???? maybe treat your mattress etc. (You could be reacting to several different things.. sometimes allergies will flare up at once).
    taniaaust1 2,267 Replies Flag this Response
  • you need to take more responsibility for your health and get the copies of the blood work so when you ask a question, you know what has already been done for you; most likely, they do not run shingles blood work, so you can go back and ask for it when you go back and ask for copies of your tests; keep a medical file on yourself so you can compare your tests over the years..if not shingles (and you should be looking it up online if you don't know what it is) you need to try to track down the allergen or source (oh, syphilis causes rashes, too, so you might want to ask for that test, too)
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies Flag this Response
  • you need to take more responsibility for your health and get the copies of the blood work so when you ask a question, you know what has already been done for you; most likely, they do not run shingles blood work, so you can go back and ask for it when you go back and ask for copies of your tests; keep a medical file on yourself so you can compare your tests over the years..if not shingles (and you should be looking it up online if you don't know what it is) you need to try to track down the allergen or source (oh, syphilis causes rashes, too, so you might want to ask for that test, too) first off, i have copies, of all of my blood work. i am fifteen years old. i choose not to randomly research things on line, because it just makes you go crazy, worrying about problems that probably don't exist. in the past year, i have been twice told that i had cancer, that i had diabeties, that i had an auto-immune disease ( that turned out to be true ) and so on. i find it useless to research crap, because it's just going to scare me. i just wanted someone to say, hey that happened to me, i had blah blah blah. i don't need a lecture on keeping a medical file. again, i am fifteen. i shouldn't have to deal with oncologist and hematologists and encrinologists. you name the specialist, and i am sure i have seen one. and no, i do NOT have syphilis. i am not having sex of any sort and do not have an std. im sorry to Monsterlove; i don't mean to go off on you. just the whole medical industry is killing me. i have always been sick, and i am tired of it. i didn't mean to talk it out on you. i hate how doctors are taught that when they see hoove prints, to think horse over zebras. i just think that in the past years, doctors don't really think anymore. they have all the knowledge, but they are taught not to use it. they just pass out the antibiotics and are done, or they send you to a specialist. and if anyone here is a doctor and reading this, i also don't mean to go off on you. just think outside the box. sorry again to Monsterlove. i really do appreciate your help!
    lilokins 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi,I myself have the very same itching problem except I not only itch at night, but all during the day as well. When I take zyrtec it helps alot so you might try an antihistamine(sp) until you find out what's causing the itching. I just read a post last night regarding itching and GI problems which I found surprising because I've also been having problems with a sour stomach for the past 6 weeks. I went to see a specialist who has ordered an EGD. An EGD takes a picture of your eshphogus(sp). If you can't explain why your itching and you're have any kind of upper GI problems, they could be related. I've been itching for almost a year now and I hope the meds the doctors gave me will help balance the stomach problems, which can help restore balance to my skin and stop the itching. It's amazing how things are sometimes related that you think have noting to do with eachother. Good Luck.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Lyme & other tick infections cause a lot of itchy rashes. They are carried by fleas, flies and misquitos also. Maybe ask your dr to do a Western Blot test.If you are having other strange symptoms you can go to www.lymenet.org and ask some questions there. Hope you feel better soon.~~~Jersey Lymie
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • that i had an auto-immune disease ( that turned out to be true )Was your autoimmune condition thyroid disease? If so, you can have itching with that. Try a regimen of showering before bed and putting lotion on your body. See if that makes a difference.I recently became HYPERthyroid after suffering from severe under treated HYPOthyroid for years. My first and foremost symptom was itching (I also had itching with hypothyroidism). Of course it worsened at night because the body relaxes and you notice things more. I saw a dermatologist and she gave me a book meant for children on dermatitis/eczema and other skin conditions. After reading the book, I started the above regimen and experienced a huge relief. Also as my TSH came to a more normal level, I had further relief.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Sorry, we are pretty kind to kids if we know you're a kid. We missed out on a lot of information with your first post. If you are on any medication for your conditions, you might want to look up side effects. You are correct that you shouldn't have to deal with this, but you must and you must process the information you are given, probably in your dreams..that will point to some type of path for you to take. Rashes come from all types of things: meds, grass, food, ticks, viruses and flea bites (do you have any pets?)...maybe walking around poison oak??? Did you do radiation?
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies Flag this Response
  • did u consume alcohol??? i belives u r drug allergy~:)
    Int3gra 1 Replies Flag this Response
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  • did u consume alcohol??? i belives u r drug allergy~:) this guy is a ***k.:mad:
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies Flag this Response
  • Please look into finding a holistic doc to help you with this problem. Rashes have many causes, including parasites or candida overload. A good holistic doc may help point you in the right direction. I highly recommend a treatment called NAET. NAET is an allergy elimination technique - it is fantastic. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Two things come to mind. One is scabies, which sounds awful and is often thought of as transmitted through sexual contact, but I caught it from doing laundry for my husband's cousin. You could have caught it in a PE class or some similar way. With medication it went away quickly.The other thing is dermatitis herpetiformis, see:http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/d/dermatitis_herpetiformis/intro.htmwhich is related to a severe food intolerance of wheat, rye, & barley. It's more complicated than that, but read what is on this same site about it.Good luck!
    nancyh 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'm having the same problem with this too, my doctor thinks I may have severe Exzema, but another doctor doesn't think so, hmm
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi do you have tests or exsames comming up some thing you worring about?
    charmaine petzer 176 Replies Flag this Response
  • Another idea, take pictures every time a rash or the hives appear. I did this with some skin issues of mine to make things easier for the Doctor to pick up the problem. Some times they just don't pop up when you need them too (doctor's appointments :rolleyes: ) so best to get a decent shot.Samanthahttp://www.undiagnosedillness.org
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I am in Austin, TX. Absolutely no STD as one of the readers speculated on your case. I have these mysterious rashes just like yours since yesterday. Now the rashes are all over my body. I can't stop scratching! No new lotion/soap/food/clothes whatsoever. My Mom used to have these rashes in the past and she can't pin point what the cause might be. I have not done any blood test (I am in the medical field and sadly I lost faith in my own field!). Just blame it on genetics and environment (Austin is the allergy capital of the world, one said!). I use Benadryl and Zyrtec to tame the rash and the itching. Unfortunately, I am currently at work and can't take Benadryl. I am typing this and scatching like crazy. Did you find out exactly what is the cause of your case?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi, this is the one from Austin, TX again. I finally brought myself to the ER because the itching drove me crazy. It's concluded that I have Erythema Multiforme! Medrol Dosepack (Medrolprednisolone) + Zyrtec + Pepcid+Vistaril work wonder. However, those meds are "bandage treatment". They are immune suppressor and antihistamine meds. The underlying cause (etiology) is unknown for this diagnosis! Hope the rash and itching go away for you, Liloskins.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • first off, i have copies, of all of my blood work. i am fifteen years old. i choose not to randomly research things on line, because it just makes you go crazy, worrying about problems that probably don't exist. in the past year, i have been twice told that i had cancer, that i had diabeties, that i had an auto-immune disease ( that turned out to be true ) and so on. i find it useless to research crap, because it's just going to scare me. i just wanted someone to say, hey that happened to me, i had blah blah blah. i don't need a lecture on keeping a medical file. again, i am fifteen. i shouldn't have to deal with oncologist and hematologists and encrinologists. you name the specialist, and i am sure i have seen one. and no, i do NOT have syphilis. i am not having sex of any sort and do not have an std. im sorry to Monsterlove; i don't mean to go off on you. just the whole medical industry is killing me. i have always been sick, and i am tired of it. i didn't mean to talk it out on you. i hate how doctors are taught that when they see hoove prints, to think horse over zebras. i just think that in the past years, doctors don't really think anymore. they have all the knowledge, but they are taught not to use it. they just pass out the antibiotics and are done, or they send you to a specialist. and if anyone here is a doctor and reading this, i also don't mean to go off on you. just think outside the box. sorry again to Monsterlove. i really do appreciate your help!This happened to my husband, in the end, a dermotologist diagnosed chronic psoriasis.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
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