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Unusual circular rash - can anyone offer suggestions as to what it could be?

Posted In: I cannot get a diagnosis. 10 Replies
  • Posted By: fatgus
  • October 6, 2008
  • 09:00 PM

Hi.

Does anyone recognise this rash? It appeared on the lower leg and spread over a couple of days to both legs, arms and chest.

Thanks!

Fatgus

http://home.btconnect.com/njc/leg1.jpg

http://home.btconnect.com/njc/leg2.jpg

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  • I won't lie to you; it looks horrible. But unfortunently, the only help I can really give you, is to go to a dermatologist, or your doctor. If this is something new to you, then I would suggest you go immediately. Don't wait it out; I know I wouldn't.
    vira101 3 Replies
    • October 6, 2008
    • 11:57 PM
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  • It could be a virus, such as syphilis or other. You need a doctor.
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies
    • October 7, 2008
    • 00:32 AM
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  • This is highly suspect for a Meningococcemia rash and requires immediate attention and evaluation by your primary care physician or specialist. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • October 7, 2008
    • 02:46 AM
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  • Monsterlove, syphylis is not a virus. It is very much bacterial as is Lyme Disease. Lyme rashes have tons of different profiles this COULD be Lyme Disease, but whatever it is... you need to take plenty of pictures and go to a good doctor to document this rash stuff and see if they have ideas. If they can't lead to answers, check back in here. But I totally agree with JCOTTER, MD... go to your doctor ,.. ASAP
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 7, 2008
    • 06:08 AM
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  • It isn't my leg, it's my father's. He's been in hospital since Friday (it appeared on Thursday), but they've just given him paracetamol to lower a slightly elevated temperature. He's awaiting a dermatologist (could be today, could be thursday). He's had a number of blood tests, which haven't led to a diagnosis. Presumably, they've eliminated some possibilities, but we haven't been told what they are. He seems absolutely fine other than the rash itself.
    fatgus 2 Replies
    • October 7, 2008
    • 06:26 AM
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  • good luck to your Dad.... hope you get answers soon...glad he is being looked after
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 7, 2008
    • 06:33 AM
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  • Henoch-Schonlein purpura and vasculitis can cause rashes like those.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 8, 2008
    • 11:09 AM
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  • The current diagnosis is indeed vasculitis, although he's being tested for every ailment known to man :) Still, the rash is fading and he appears to be fine (touch wood). Thanks to all those who responded... really appreciate it.
    fatgus 2 Replies
    • October 9, 2008
    • 07:06 AM
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  • http://www.healthatoz.com/healthatoz/Atoz/common/standard/transform.jsp?requestURI=/healthatoz/Atoz/ency/meningococcemia.jsp
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies
    • October 10, 2008
    • 03:46 AM
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  • Believe it or not. THat rash actually looks like the rash my daughter was diagnosed with. HSP... GOOGLE it... .... http://mayoclinic.com/health/henoch-schonlein-purpura/DS00838/DSECTION=symptoms Hi. Does anyone recognise this rash? It appeared on the lower leg and spread over a couple of days to both legs, arms and chest. Thanks! Fatgus http://home.btconnect.com/njc/leg1.jpg http://home.btconnect.com/njc/leg2.jpg
    tftps12 3 Replies
    • October 12, 2008
    • 07:44 PM
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