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Could this be anthrax???

Posted In: Skin conditions 5 Replies
  • Posted By: Confuzzled
  • August 3, 2008
  • 00:09 AM

A few days ago, I first noticed a few bumps on my ankles and behind my knees. They were very itchy, and my biggest challenge seemed to be not to scratch them. But over time, several of them started increasing in size, became large pea sized water blisters, and would almost constantly ooze. Add to that the fact that I was still accidentally scratching them, and they have become quite nasty. The biggest change has been in the last 36 hours however, as I started applying tea tree oil and trying to air the areas out. (Before I was covering them with bandaids so I could protect the areas when dressed). Now they are scabbing over with large black scabs. Two are still leaky, one of them appears to be drying up but it's the largest and strangest looking of them all.
In total, I have 6 of these things. The first probably appeared 2 weeks ago, but it was behind my knee and I didn't pay much attention to it, and scratched the dickens out of it. It got nasty after awhile, but again out of sight, out of mind. It now has a small, thick, hard scab. Then there are 2 others that aside from getting itchy still on occasion, seem to be rather benign and don't give me much trouble. Neither of them ever progressed, and they look just like mosquito bites on the mend.
I have been on the internet scouring for information. At first I thought they were cysts, then spider bites, but now the only description that seems to fit is cutaneous anthrax. Has anyone had any experience with this??? I would have loved to see a doctor by now, but it was impossible to get in with one on such short notice, so the earliest I can be seen is this monday.
Thanks in advance for any feedback!


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