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Rash but no ill-feeling

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 17, 2007
  • 04:16 PM

Hi, On Friday a rash appeared on the inside of my wrist. It was red and a bit raised but not very angry looking. Somewhere between then and Saturday night it had spread from my wrists up the inside of my arms, into my arm pits, a bit down my sides and in my groinal area and between my thighs.

The spots vary between being raised red bumps and some being flat and red pin *****s that I think seem to be like what I have read of petichea, although I could very well be wrong. Since Saturday the rash has stayed pretty much in the same places. Bits of it are itchy but not really anything to complain about. I'm in the UK and Sunday night I rang NHS Direct and was asked a number of questions such as:

Is light causing me problems - NO
Do I have a headache - NO
Do I feel unwell - NO
Can I touch my chin on my chest - YES
Do I have abdominal pains - NO
Trouble breathing - NO

This pretty much ruled out Meningitis as far as I know. Last Wednesday I helped to put up a Christmas tree, something I've not done before, and over the phone the nurse suspected that it could be an allergic reaction to that. She said that I should go to see a pharmacist who may be able to identify the rash.

Monday I went to see the Pharmacist and she said she hadn't seen a rash like mine before but didn't think it was an allergic reaction. I only showed her my wrists. She said that she guessed it could be a viral infection and I should go to see my doctor.

I've made an appointment to go to see the doctor tomorrow but in the meantime this rash has started to worry me. I've been running all over the internet looking at symptoms and can't really find anything that matches but I keep seeing all of the illnesses it could be and although I don't seem to match up with the other symptoms it is beginning to worry me. However, I also get the feeling I could be over worrying myself.

Basically I have this rash but in all other sense feel perfectly ok. I took my temperature and it was normal. I'm sitting in the light, playing my XBox, watching TV, feel fine.

Does anyone have any ideas what this could be?

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