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A 36-year-old female asked:

I'm waking up with random itchy red bumps on areas of my body. sometimes my stomach, sometimes my legs or arms, i had one on my face the other morning. sometimes they're very small and sometimes larger and more irritating. not bed bugs, i checked?

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Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 56 years experience
"Itchy red bumps" can be what is called a "delayed hypersensitivity" reaction to exposure to detergents, even if you have used the same detergent for years. The areas affected tend to be those of direct contact on bedclothes, and contact is often dependent on areas of perspiration during sleep. "Tide" detergent is a common cause. Try Ivory Snow, or increase rinse cycle on washing machine.
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Dr. Stanley Katz
Dermatology 49 years experience
sounds like they are hives or urticaria. If worsen or you develop diff breathing, see your doc asap. Otherwise try some antihistamine such as benadryl. If no improvement, see a dermatologist.
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Last updated Apr 16, 2021


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