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Itchy red spots & blotches on hands, torso, and elsewhere -- parasitic??

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  • Posted By: smk_indistress
  • June 29, 2008
  • 03:00 PM

I am a relatively healthy 28-yr-old male; non-smoker; coffee-drinker; only medications are multivatamins and prozac, both of which I've taken for several years. Sexually active only with my long-time girlfriend, who is not affected. In general, the condition described below does not appear to be contagious.

About a month ago, I noticed small, red spots (circular) and patches (irregularly-shaped) on my hands, and a few on my torso. These areas are itchy, but not terribly so. Those on my hands are not raised, while those on my torso raised only slightly. The itching and appearance of spots/patches is worse at night and in the early morning. At this point, most of my body is affected -- wrists, arms, shoulders, neck, back, buttocks, legs, soles of my feet, top of my head. My face is not yet affected. Please see the attached picture.

Our two dogs sleep on top of our bed, so at first I was diagnosed with ringworm, and given pills to treat this. No effect. Another doctor thought it might be scabies, and prescribed treatments of Kwellada-P, which actually had some effect -- the patches subsided for a few days, but returned worse than before. All of my clothing and bedding was washed in hot water with bleach, so I'm doubtful that I've been reinfected. My theory at this point is that the condition is caused by something internal, e.g., a parasite of some type.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. If you've experienced anything similar (and particularly if the patches in the picture are familiar to you), please let me know! The physicians I've seen are clearly engaging in guesswork, while my condition worsens.

Thanks in advance,
SMK

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