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GOOD QUESTION-debate: VEGF and other chemicals can be involved in skin and blood vessel change. 1) A debate over treatments. Some are utterly sure what works, and I have looked over treatment failures--not so simple. At times a rash may get worse with treatment and over time go away. Some are exploring direct treatment in the skin, like can be done to help Bartonella gum trouble. Most docs feel trivial and cured easy. ...Read more
I have a striae like rash on my thighs, sides, & butt, swollen & tender lymph nodes in my neck, headaches, myalgia, & fatigue. Could it be Bartonella?
Rash: So many things cause rash. Skin is the largest organ in/on the body. To get the best diagnosis for a rash of any kind, it is recommended to have a doctor look at the rash to confirm and provide appropriate treatment based on the evaluation. Infections, irritation, allergy, medications, etc can all contribute to rash. ...Read more
They May Itch: Herpes is mostly painful (a sensation felt prior to its outbreak). It is possible that there is also an itching sensation with this transmissible viral infection. See your physician to make sure that you have herpes and that it is not some other comorbid condition. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes, but : The last case of smallpox that was naturally occurring was in 1977. It had several unique properties that allowed vaccination to completely wipe it out except in labs. It would be unusual for a currently practicing doctor in the United States to have ever seen a case. The rash is painful. There are fears, there may be existing viruses left over that can be used as a weapon. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Sometimes: If there is a clear relationship between experiencing a stressful situation and the onset of the rash, and it keeps happening this way, then the rash is clearly stress-induced. But rashes come and go for many reasons, and your doctor can help you evaluate what is going on. Rashes, and other illnesses, worsen with stress, though stress may not be the primary problem. ...Read more
Why the rash?: First step would be to try and identify why you have the rah, that is what is the cause. Eliminate that cause and you are on the road to recovery. Next step might be to try a hydrocortisone cream or ointment, available over the counter. Heat, (sweating, hot shower) will make it worse, and cool, (cool shower or cool compress) will make it better. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer