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pinprick red dots, itchy skin, wrongly diagnosed

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  • Posted By: littlebitnumb
  • November 19, 2006
  • 03:46 AM

I'm a fairly healthy female in my early twenties. I went in to my doctors just yesterday, and I was diagnosed with Eczema. I've looked up eczema several times and my syptoms do not match the diagnosis at all.

This all started a month ago when I experienced itchy skin. Everyone get's itchy skin right? Well, Pretty soon it got really bad. It drove me crazy. It was mostly on my forearms/hands and my legs. I finally decided that after a week of suffering, I ought to see my doctor.

They told me that it was most likely a rash from an allergic reaction. But basically they said that they'd never seen this bad of itching before so they were guessing. I was handed (no joke) a bag of goodies filled with sample anti itch pills and a new inhaler suppliment (they thought I was allergic to advair).

But this is just the begining.

The pills didn't work (or the inhaler), And I was still itching all over. But now I had bumps on my arms. I thought 'hey, looks like mosquito bites, maybe that's why i'm itching.' Well, I waited 2 weeks and the itching got worse. Finally, a few days later, With scars on my legs and arms, I decided to get a closer look. Well, here's the neat part.

On the way to the doctors office, I started to inspect my hands. What do you know? There are little pin ****k red bumps everywhere! How'd they get there, i'd like to know.

So, I go to my doctors office and I see a nurse, resident, medical assistant, and the head of the office....guess what? They're all stumped too.

Nurse: could be allergies (...no...)
Medical assistant (4yrs): never seen that b4, maybe scabies(?)
Resident: scabies...hmm...maybe...some sort of internal virus (getting there)
Head of the office (the proffesional): Well...it's not a classic form of scabbies. My best guess (my diagnosis is a guess???) is Eczema.

So basically I got the impression that they didn't have a clue. That's why i'm here. Please help me out. I'm itching like crazy and I really want the right diagnosis.

Thanks,

littlebitnumb

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  • Have you ever considered you might be allergic to gluten?If you are still experiencing the horrible red rash, I suggest you investigate gluten intolerance and dermatitis herpetiformis and leaky gut syndrome.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatitis_herpetiformisWhen my son and I went on a gluten free diet, the awful rash disappeared along with most of our allergies to environmental sources.Good luck!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 15, 2006
    • 02:04 AM
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  • Consider tick borne disease and co-infections, especially if you are a littlebit numb like your username says. www.lymediseaseassociation.org or lymenet.org
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 25, 2006
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  • I have something like that but its not that itchy its more like a bee sting or sunburn type of pain at first it was just a rash but now its more like loads of heat lumps or little red dots all over the front of my arm, wrists, back of my legs, feet, chest, forehead, neck ,and my back, i have used all sort for it but nothing has worked. i have done some reaserch and i have found the symptoms are mostly the same as dermatitisif you find out anything please tell me... post me please or e-mail meliam.kilcoyne@hotmail.com
    liamkilcoyne 3 Replies
    • January 5, 2007
    • 11:34 PM
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  • has anyone found the answer to this yet? because i think i might have it too. itchy mosquito bite-like spots keep popping up everywhere!
    snickers 1 Replies
    • January 16, 2007
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  • I had this same problem a couple of months ago....forget everything else you have been hearing her, and take my advice...Throw away all of you furniture away and throw your matresses away, wash all of your clothing and anything else that can be washed in the hottest water possible...You have a bed bug infestation, and I am sure of it...My name is Carlos and you can call me at 303-803-2756 and I can give you a little more info on how to get rid of these things....sometimes ist hard to get rid of them, I had to move and leave everything behind. They feast on your blood and thy can be as small as a pinpoint, you cant even see them unless they are fully matured, and at this point they are red in color, and the size of a small cockroach, full of your blood. Use alcohol on your skin, and remember that they succomb to the cold..Dont bother with pest control, they cant even rid these, you might have to leave everything behind and move if you ever want to stop itching...if you do move, be careful not to take anything that could be contaminated or you will have the same problem again in just a few days.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 7, 2007
    • 08:40 PM
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  • Bedbugs? doesn't sound like them to me - and i've just cleared an infestation of them, without pest controllers, just using insect bombs and a long-lasting surface spray that specifically deals with them - 'mortein' in the green pack if they sell it in your area. (Check the label - this says it kills bedbugs.) However, bedbugs are hard to clear, you have to be scrupulously clean, and treat over several weeks to deal with their lifestyle. I didn't have to throw out my mattresses either. To quote from a site describing them.. "Skin reactions are commonly associated with bed bugs, which result from the saliva injected during feeding. Some individuals however, do not react to their bite, whereas others note a great deal of discomfort often with loss of sleep from the persistent biting. The most commonly affected areas of the body are the arms and shoulders. Reactions to the bites may be delayed; up to 9 days before lesions appear. Common allergic reactions include the development of large wheals, often >1cm, which are accompanied by itching and inflammation. The wheals usually subside to red spots but can last for several days. Bullous eruptions have been reported in association with multiple bed bug bites and anaphylaxis may occur in patients with severe allergies. In India, iron deficiency in infants has been associated with severe infestations. It has been suggested that allergens from bed bugs may be associated with asthmatic reactions." Believe me, when they say wheals, they mean wheals - i came up in definite bumps from the start, not tiny red dots - more like mosquitoe bite size, and no tiny dots with it. Even when they began to fade, they were not tiny at all."Being a cryptic species, bed bugs shelter in a variety of dark locations, mostly close to where people sleep. These include under mattresses, floorboards, paintings and carpets, behind skirting, in various cracks and crevices of walls, within bed frames and other furniture, and behind loose wallpaper. Bed bugs tend to stay in close contact with each other and heavy infestations are accompanied by a distinctive sweet sickly smell. Blood spotting on mattresses and nearby furnishings is often a tell tale sign of an infestation." I turned my mattress, and there were bloody spots and streaks everywhere - very obvious. Picked the bugs up when i picked up a dining suite that someone had left beside the road - lesson there, i'll fumigate anything i get second hand from now on! Was awful experience, but does not sound like Littlebitnumb's experience at all. Carlos's hysteria is just that - hysteria - and doesn't sit with the scientific advice or my own real life experience. Yes, you have to be clean, thorough, and use pesticides - but i did a two bed place with four insect bombs twice, sprayed surface spray on and into mattresses, and didn't even wash in hot water - due to not having any in the laundry - but cleared the infestation. So it can be done, without panicking. Now, if i'd moved into a place that already had an infestation, maybe it would be harder/impossible - Carlos doesn't mention how he got his bedbugs. As for using alcohol on your skin? No idea why - i tried not to scratch, took antihistamines and used bite cream - they worked.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 8, 2007
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  • I am in my 50's and started an itcy rash a month ago on my front abdomen, front of lower legs, above my breast. Itches more at night. red dots poss some burrowing and between two fingers on one hand. So I see a Dr. and he gives me Stromectol 3 mg. and found my Thyroid was twice as high as it should be. (Had been on same dose for 20 yrs and no problems with blood work). It was adjusted, placed on lodine for scabies ( he did not think it was that) medrol dose pack and Allegra with Benadryl and Zanax at night. noticed shortly before rash had weakness in both legs (left over right) and weakness in left hand like No one else in house has symptoms. going nuts. Tired a need a name daily. I feel for you anyone have suggestions?.
    linda kaye 3 Replies
    • February 8, 2007
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  • Lyme disease and its co infections. The rashes don't have to itch. check out this link. www.lymenet.org
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 8, 2007
    • 02:18 PM
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  • I have little red dots on my back. They are bright red and then after time turn to burgundy. I experience severe pin ****k pain when my body begins to overheat. There seems to be some relationship to hot/cold. When I went to Mexico last month and stayed within 65 to 85 degrees, I didn't experience any pain. So now I'm trying a cleanse. I believe most skin conditions are caused by toxins or viruses in the body. You can effectively deal with this by doing a cleanse. The current cleanse I'm on is 14 days and I can eat only greens and proteins. I take several supplements to purge my small and large intestine as well as homeopathic remedy to deal with the virus. All of this was tested out on a VEGA machine from Germany. See if anyone near you has one of these machines. They are also recommended in the book "Natural Cures They Don't Want You to Know About."
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 18, 2007
    • 10:54 PM
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  • hi i am in my mid teens and i have developed a pinprick rash on my wrist and top of my right hand and my left foot. it doesnt itch but it seems to be growing i need help and no one i have talked to has a clue what it is. please help
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 19, 2007
    • 03:14 AM
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  • i have a horrible skin condition on my right hand, it has affected the top of the palm of my fingers, little red blister and then the skin flakes in line with my fingerprints, no creams work and its very painful.......any suggestions??
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  • i've been having a similar problem...started a couple of weeks ago with only a couple of tiny itchy bumps on my stomach... now i there are a couple of patches of bumps on my stomach (with a few little stray ones) and a patch above my breast and a few patches on my forearms. I'm 21, have not recently gotten a new bed (or sheets), the temperature has been -40 (c) for the past 3 months (so i cant see it being a new bug infestation).the only thing i can think of is tanning, i recently started tanning to alleviate the effects of seasonal depression associated with long nights and cold cold temperatures - but this doesn't seem like it would be related.anyone have any ideas?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Some of these sound like they could be poison nettle or poison ivy maybe... might want to look it up. One of them resembles several red dots, like mosquito bites but smaller, typically clustered in a path on the body and itch more than mosquito bites with possibly some pain when they are scratched. If this sounds like what you have, it might help to at least mention the possibility to your doctor.
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  • i also have a disease that had developed similar to the one you speak of except mine blister than scab then scar they told me also that it was eczema and they itch occasionally they told me to look up neurodermatitis still it did not help me
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  • My family is going through the same thing. Ive had this since January. Ive been to the derm 5 times and they "GUESS" something different each time. So far our diagnosis has been foliculitus, staph, strep group c, an allergic reaction(to they had no idea what!), we have treated for scabies, and they have also said a "typical rash". My 5 yr old only had one big spot on her back that came in march and her Dr. said it was fungal and than dry skin, but now she woke up this morning crying that shes itchy and she has my little bumps across her shoulder and back. My husband has Quarter to dime size patches that look like sores, they said his is eczema. So weve been to 4 different Drs and the ER with at least 8 diagnosis. The only thing we can think of is something in our house. The last 2 days have been warm and it seems like there must be millions of flys and I think they are in the siding. Anyone have any ideas?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I'm a woman in my early 20's and I have 3 of these spots on my body. I have one on my arm, another one on my stomach, and a new one recently on my thigh. I don't know what I have and it's scary. I've been itching too and maybe it's bed mites, since I just got home from college. I do know that I have excema and I had that when I was a baby but I do itch really bad at night (like all over) and I think maybe I need to go to the dermatologist's office.
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  • I have pinprick dots on my left foot which seem to be working their way around my foot leaving dry peeling skin as they heal. I believe I had some on my hand originally but they disappeared months ago. Then I started getting them on my foot - sometimes forming a fairly straight line as they appear and about 3 -4mm apart. Sometimes they are a little itchy, but apart from that they don't bother me other than not knowing what they are is bugging me! My daughter suggested a parasite, but I can see no evidence of that. I favoured a virus but although I have researched on the web I have been unable to come up with any obvious reference. I have tried for a few days at a time putting Canesten, then Acyclovir, then Savlon on the foot but none of them seem to have had any effect.Around the time I got them on my hand my daughter told me that my youngest grandson who was about 3 had something similar on his foot but as they live some distance away I did not see him soon enough to be able to compare it. His appears to have gone without any lasting effect.Anyone come across this one?I have looked at the Lyme references as suggested but have not found anything that would tie in with that. The little one did have a tick on his tum as few months ago but I think that that was after the rash.
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  • I also have really really tiny red dots but so many of them and they're itchy! They're on my legs mostly and the soles of my feet! My nurse had no idea what it could be and her assistant said it might be allergies (I haven't done anything different though). I used Hydro Cortizone and it isn't working. If I scratch my skin it starts to itch in that spot. I'm thinking it might be bed bugs :(
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  • Can you tell me about your sensitive allergy prone skin?I hada terrible bout of scabes last year and now am having a similar reaction after a tick bite.Wonder if my skin is also being just highly reactionary...CheersSounds like scabies to me - i had it for seven months once and docs kept saying it was eczema or allergies - i was waking up with sheets stuck to legs with blood, from scratching while asleep. I went to a skin specialist and he took one look, said scabies, and gave me treatment which cured it. He also said that my scratching had confused the docs, made it look less like scabies, but i think that was just him making excuses for three different doctors who let me go through agony. (Scabies is really BASIC medical knowledge - is like being able to spot head-lice or a skin abrasion - doh.) It left me with sensitive allergy-prone skin for years - so try to get fixed up quickly, before damage is done. Don't take doctors fobbing you off as an answer, get to a specialist.
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  • Could it be chigger bites. Check it out.
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