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Itchy Rash (Definition)

Most itchy rashes are called eczema or dermatitis. Both are due to ...Read more


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I have red itchy bumps slowly spreading on my arm. A few are on my stomach and back. They're not bed bug bites, and i'm not allergic to any soaps?

I have red itchy bumps slowly spreading on my arm. A few are on my stomach and back. They're not bed bug bites, and i'm not allergic to any soaps?

Many possibilities: How long this has been happening? If Benadryl and Hydrocortisone have not helped, it is time to consult a dermatologist if the problem has been going on for more than 2 weeks or becoming intolerable. ...Read more

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I have this rash of small red itchy bumps spread out. For 5 days . On upper back, arms, inner thigh, sides. 39wks preg. What should I do? What is it

I have this rash of small red itchy bumps spread out. For 5 days . On upper back, arms, inner thigh, sides. 39wks preg. What should I do? What is it

Take a medication: The rash that you describe can be due to many causes. At this point you can take an otc class b antihistamine such as Cetirizine 10mg and apply an anti-itch cream such as sarna with pramoxime (not benadryl). If no better or worsening, see you physician. ...Read more

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I have small red itchy bumps which have spread all over my stomach, back, thighs, and butt. Also may have a possible ringworm, is this an infection?

I have small red itchy bumps which have spread all over my stomach, back, thighs, and butt. Also may have a possible ringworm, is this an infection?

Rash: You have to have a doctor look at it to determine if the rash is an infection and if it is contagious. Ringworm does not cause widespread rashes like this usually. ...Read more

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What could cause itchy bumps that are spreading very fast?

Hives of rash: There are many causes, and it is best to be seen by a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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used several creams/gels to treat knee wound, may have had an allergic reaction ? ; very itchy bumps which seem to spread around knee if touched ? :(

used several creams/gels to treat knee wound, may have had an allergic reaction ? ; very itchy  bumps which seem to spread around knee if touched ? :(

Allergic Reactions: to topical creams and even bandages are not that uncommon. However, you may have a skin infection rather than a reaction. You should see your doctor for an evaluation to rule out significant problems. ...Read more

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Cleaned with bleach, now have small clear very itchy bumps, started between fingers, spread to arms, dexclorfeniramina not working. What can I do?

Cleaned with bleach, now have small clear very itchy bumps, started between fingers, spread to arms, dexclorfeniramina not working. What can I  do?

Contact dermatitis: Sounds like a contact dermatitis reaction to bleach which is a strong irritant. A topical steroid cream will help along with an antihistamine for itching. If it continues or gets worse see a doctor for stronger medicine. Wear gloves when cleaning with bleach and dilute it with water. ...Read more

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Very small white itchy bumps on half arm spreading fast around tinea versicolor patch.?

Very small white itchy bumps on half arm spreading fast around tinea versicolor patch.?

Keratosis Pilaris: It sounds like you have a condition called keratosis pilaris. This causes tiny, rough prickly bumps to form on the backs of the arms, the thighs, the buttocks and occasionally on the face. A mild exfoliating skin cream with 12% ammonium lactate used once to twice a day will smooth these areas out nicely. If you have itch, a mild cortisone cream from your doctor can help. ...Read more

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I've got bad itchy bumps on my thighs and spread onto my butt and back?

I've got bad itchy bumps on my thighs and spread onto my    butt and back?

Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. You may need a biopsy to find out what is causing this. ...Read more

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