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My husband broke out with a painful, itchy rash that keeps spreading all over his body. What is it and what should we do?

My husband broke out with a painful, itchy rash that keeps spreading all over his body. What is it and what should we do?

?? Hives"": Red, raised and itchy rash that looks like mosquit-bites but can coalesce into much larger patches is characteristic of hives. But it often is not painful. It sounds like he should have a doctor take a look at this for better diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


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I am 27 weeks and 4 days pregnant and I have an itchy blotchy rash spreading all over my body. What could this be and is it harmful to my baby?

I am 27 weeks and 4 days pregnant and I have an itchy blotchy rash spreading all over my body. What could this be and is it harmful to my baby?

Maybe PUPPP: Puppp (pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy) is fairly common, and is considered harmless to the baby, usually starts on the abdomen often in stretch marks. If there are blisters, it could be herpes gestationis (not viral, contagious herpes) which has more serious implications. ...Read more

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I have a itchy rash for 3wks that I got from a body wrap. It started on my thighs and now has spread to my legs, lower back, and arms. Please help.

I have a itchy rash for 3wks that I got from a body wrap. It started on my thighs and now has spread to my legs, lower back, and arms. Please help.

Use steroid cream: It seems you have an acute case of contact dermatitis and may need to see your doctor asap as it is spreading
meanwhile take over the counter Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to control the itching and use 1%hydrocortisone cream locally till you see your doctor
you may need stronger steroid cream and/or oral or injecteble steroids. ...Read more

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I have a itchy rash which started after a body wrap. It started on my thighs and now has spread to my legs, lower back and arms. It's been 3 weeks.?

I have a itchy rash which started after a body wrap. It started on my thighs and now has spread to my legs, lower back and arms. It's been 3 weeks.?

See your doctor: You have huge rash and it is spreading, you should see your doctor or a dermatologist asap to find the diagnosis and proper treatment as it has been there for three weeks. ...Read more

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Can my child get a non-itchy rash as an allergic reaction to her body wash? I noticed since changing her wash, she now has flat red rashes on her.

Can my child get a non-itchy rash as an allergic reaction to her body wash? I noticed since changing her wash, she now has flat red rashes on her.

Yes, it is possible: Although It is not common to get an allergic rash as a reaction to the body wash, but it is possible. She should be checked by her pediatrician to be sure that it is an allergic rash and not a something else.
Changing the body wash in addition to use of a mild antihistaminic medicine would solve this problem ...Read more

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I have a body rash. That began by being rough and itchy rash now it hurts. It is not hot but keeps spreading x3 days. What could this b e?

I have a body rash. That began by being rough and itchy rash now it hurts. It is not hot but keeps spreading x3 days. What could this b e?

Many potentials: The cause ranges from simply dry skin or a viral infection to potentially drug allergy or an autoimmune disorder. If the rash starts to hurt, you need to consider seeing a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a 6 inch high by 4 inch wide non-itchy rash evenly spread along the base of the spine. What could the be?

I have a 6 inch high by 4 inch wide non-itchy rash evenly spread along the base of the spine. What could the be?

Hard to say...: Without more information, it's really difficult to say for certain. Usually things like shingles or herpes have fluid filled bumps. Mild eczema doesn't have to be itchy, it can just tingle or feel irritated. If you're not having fever, it's not painful, and you're feeling well otherwise, its okay to wait a few days before seeing the doctor, but you should get it checked if it doesn't go away. ...Read more

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Round raised at the sides and flat in the centre itchy rash that comes and goes after a few hours. Spreads pretty quick if scratched?

Round raised at the sides and flat in the centre itchy rash that comes and goes after a few hours. Spreads pretty quick if scratched?

Hives?: These appear to be hives (urticaria). Try antihistamine up to 4x daily to see if it helps. If they are intolerable or linger on beyond 6 weeks, consult an allergist. ...Read more

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Itchy rash, scabs over and bleeds when itched spreads on legs?

Itchy rash, scabs over and bleeds when itched spreads on legs?

Rash: It can be from different things, you should see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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What could cause a persistent itchy rash in only one armpit that has lasted for at least two months but hasn't spread?

What could cause a persistent itchy rash in only one armpit that has lasted for at least two months but hasn't spread?

ARMPIT RASH: WHY UNDER ONE ARM I DON'T KNOW.
IF ITS UNDER THE ARM THAT DOES ALL THE WORK, LIKE WRITING, LIFTING, EATING, ETC., IT MAY BE A CONTACT DERMATITIS FROM SOAP, DETERGENT, STUFF YOU MAY BE PUTTING ON WITH YOUR DOMINANT HAND.
BE A DETECTIVE AND IF IT DOESN'T GET BETTER, SEE DERMATOLOGIST. ...Read more

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First noticed a localized non-itchy rash or bumps in between thighs that spread. Every other day, more appeared in different parts except my face.?

First noticed a localized non-itchy rash or bumps in between thighs that spread. Every other day, more appeared in different parts except my face.?

See below: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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I have a pimple-like, non-itchy, rash on my back. Not red or visible from far. Spread to whole back over 2 weeks. No new products or other symptoms.?

I have a pimple-like, non-itchy, rash on my back. Not red or visible from far. Spread to whole back over 2 weeks. No new products or other symptoms.?

Rashes need exam for: Diagnosis. Since it is not itchy or red and located just on the back, it does not sound like allergic reaction or viral exanthema. A common cause of papules on the back is miliaria, or heat rash, which is caused by blocked sweat pores. Alternatively, dry skin can cause blockage of the hair follicle and cause small papules or keratosis pilaris. This is benign, and is commonly seen on upper arms ...Read more

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Itchy rash on my arms that spread burns when I scratch it?

Itchy rash on my arms that spread burns when I scratch it?

Many possibilities: There are many things that could cause the skin to itch. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Hives-like itchy rash on tummy. I don't want it to spread all over. What to do?

Depends on the cause: There are many types and causes of skin rashes that could cause itching. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I keep getting red weepy itchy rash on tops of hands that spread. If I scratch. Goes away and comes back.

I keep getting red weepy itchy rash on tops of hands that spread. If I scratch. Goes away and comes back.

See a dermatologist: Hand eczema may be related to allergy or irritation. A dermatologist will be interested in your work + other activities. Bring every product you have applied to your hands. You will respond to a prescription cortisone. ...Read more

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I have a non itchy rash on my left arm and chest that spread to my neck and back over night. What could it be?

I have a non itchy rash on my left arm and chest that spread to my neck and back over night. What could it be?

Many causes: If it lasts for less than a couple of weeks, then I won't pay much attention to it. But if it gets painful, it may be from shingles and you need to see your doctor ASAP to get started on an anti-viral drug to reduce potential complications. Suspect shingles if the rash does not extend beyond the mid-line of the body. ...Read more

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I have a red blotchy, non-itchy rash that started on my abdomen and has spread up onto my chest, is not painful, does not itch.?

I have a red blotchy, non-itchy rash that started on my abdomen and has spread up onto my chest, is not painful, does not itch.?

Derm eval.: These lesions need to be visualized & a history needs to be obtained in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes lab testing or biopsy is necessary. ...Read more

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How to treat contact dermatitis itchy rash that seem to spread although I avoid the cause of irritation? What to put on it except corticosperoid cream?

How to treat contact dermatitis itchy rash that seem to spread although I avoid the cause of irritation? What to put on it except corticosperoid cream?

Stronger cortisone.: Sometimes over-the-counter cortisone is not strong enough to calm down the reaction.
Contact dermatitis would not spread: it just keeps on showing up on the areas being contacted with the offender (s). ...Read more

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I had surgery on my foot a week ago. Today I woke up with a painful, itchy rash that started on palms but has spread all over. What could it be?

I had surgery on my foot a week ago. Today I woke up with a painful, itchy rash that started on palms but has spread all over. What could it be?

Ck your post op meds: If you have palmer rash from post-op, and were placed on antibiotics, or other meds, you must consider if this could be a possibility or not. In either case, contact your foot doctor, or surgeon, and let her/him know about it, so they can advise you further. This is best done in person. You don't want this getting out of hand, and compromising your health. ...Read more

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Daughter has skin colored bumpy itchy rash spreading on body tried betaderm & aquaphor. Not working. Allergy meds don't help either. What could it be?

Pityriasis?: There are several inflammatory rashes that appear frequently in children and a proper diagnosis is helpful in not only giving the right treatment but avoiding unnecessary treatment. In the derm word, a picture is indeed better than a thousand word. The rash could be eczema, requiring steroid cream.
For the other common rash, see link. ...Read more

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I have an itchy rash all over my torso neck back and now has spread to my legs?

Need a picture: Rashes are tough to diagnose with just limited description. Often even with pictures and biopsies rashes can go undiagnosed. It is important to see the rash and get a thorough history including new contacts, foods and medications taken as well as pattern of spread to get an accurate diagnosis. I would get seen if this rash is spreading and causing discomfort. ...Read more

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My husband has developed really bad itchy rash all over his skin. It first started on the legs, spread to the sides of his groin n is spreading evrywhr?

My husband has developed really bad itchy rash all over his skin. It first started on the legs, spread to the sides of his groin n is spreading evrywhr?

Scabies?: Really bad itchy rash all over the body is common in a few conditions. If the intensity of itching is high with this distribution, I would suspect scabies. Chiggers is another condition that can start with the legs and then spread. Poison ivy also can start at the legs and could be very itchy. Any of these conditions could be responsible; he needs to be seen by his doctor to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Itchy rash spread over most of trunk over 3 mo period, derm. Says allergic--doesn't know if contact or food allergy. Could tomatoes cause this?

Probably not: If the dermatologist can clear up the rash with cortisone creams you should send have patch testingdone. If the rash cannot be cleared up then you need to have a biopsy. ...Read more

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What would cause a round scaly itchy rash that spreads to other members of the home even after using antifungal which makes the itching worse. I've tried different product's. Muciprocion, anti fungal, my child was on keflex and then switched to septra thi

What would cause a round scaly itchy rash that spreads to other members of the home even after using antifungal which makes the itching worse. I've tried different product's. Muciprocion, anti fungal, my child was on keflex and then switched to septra thi

Not antifungal: Mupirocin, keflex and septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) aren't antifungals, those are antibiotics, topical and systemic. Miconazole cream though is the antifungal, it's OTC, needs at least 2 weeks of application, but you ultimately want to see your doctor, it might not be ring worm to start with, also if you have a pet at home, it needs to be taken care of, wish you all wellness. ...Read more

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Itchy rash on breast started off as one pink raised blotch/patch above right nipples, spread to other breast w/medium sized spots now spread everywhere?

Itchy rash on breast started off as one pink raised blotch/patch above right nipples, spread to other breast w/medium sized spots now spread everywhere?

You need eval.: These lesions would need to be examined, a history obtained & other tests may be necessary in order to diagnose them. Usually the lesions needs to be identified to determine the solution. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more


Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
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Itchy Rash (Definition)

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