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Salt Water Sun Itchy Rash
My 9 year old son suffers from an itchy rash every time he is exposed to ocean water. This happens in the Atlantic & Pacific. Could he be allergic?
Rash: The rash may be from exposure to sand or something in the ocean waters that causes irritation. Apply sunscreen before exposure. Also apply a soothing body lotion after exposure. ...Read more
Itchy rash on eyelid-It's not dry, cracked. It oozes -fluid is like water but sometimes dries and forms some yellowsh junk. What's the rash, how to treat?
Rashes: Rashes are impossible to diagnose over the computer so I am afraid you will need to see the Dr or a health care provider for an exam. The eyelids especially needs special care with rashes as the skin is thin and traditional steroid creams may not be recommended. Best wishes. ...Read more
Red, itchy rash on wrists and right below onto forearms. Hands are dry from washing & cold weather. Lotion burns rash & hot water is painful.
Irritant dermatitis?: If you wash your arms and hands a lot, the skin gets dry. Once it gets irritated, anything you put on may hurt you. The itching and blister point more to a contact allergy. Try avoiding scented or antibacterial soap and too much washing. If problem persists, talk to doctor or a dermatologist to pin down what the culprit may be. Patch testing may be needed. ...Read more
How do I get rid of an unexplained and extremely itchy skin rash? I have tried bathing in lukewarm water and oats, benadryl, and using triamincolone cream, although the cream is left over from an old case of poison ivy and is out of date (i have not spent
This: This is a bit tricky to answer without a picture and more clinical information. I doubt it was from the blood draw. This time of year it could be many things including a medication reaction, eczema, a viral exanthem, psoriasis, dry skin from low humidity, and many others. Perhaps a visit to a dermatologist would be helpful for diagnosis and treatment options. I hope that helps a little! ...Read more
Some people try HC1%: Hydrocortisone cream (hc 1% cream) is over-the-counter, and many people find it helps when used 2-3 times a day for 3-4 days on mild sunburns and other mild "sun rashes". One can see a doctor if the rash area is more than just mild or moderate. Sometimes, a person can get a rash while coincidentally being in the sun, but the rash is actually due to another disorder, reason, or medication. ...Read more
Depends on cause.: 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
Rash with sun exposr: Many prescription & otc medications are photosensitizers: sun exposure while taking them can cause a sunburn-like rash. Many common plants can likewise cause a rash when exposed to sun. See a dermatologist; take list of all meds (rx & otc) & herbs/ supplements you take. Also list what sort of plants you have in garden or landscaping. ...Read more
Really itchy rash on one side of face that was in the sun. What can I do to even out color and stop itch?
Every late spring and early summer I break out in an itchy rash only where the sun hits me, why is this and what is it called?
The most common...: Cause is something called polymorphous light eruption (pmle), and it is basically your skin reacting to light in the ultraviolet and visible spectrums for unknown reasons. Other things can cause rashes in sun-exposed areas, such as certain medications, and a disease called lupus. If the problem is significant, see a dermatologist, particularly if you have other symptoms like sore joints. ...Read more
On vacation in Sri Lanka and have developed a itchy rash on back and shoulders, I'm using sun block and after sun, I have been in hotel pool and sea?
Hard to say: If the rash occurs only on sun exposed area, one needs to consider photosensitizing from lotion applied or drug taken. Some ingredients in sunscreen can also induced photoallergic reaction. Try changing sunscreen PABA-free or one with a different active ingredient. Topical cortisone may help ...Read more
My mum was taking actonel (risedronate) and now she can't go out into the sun because of red itchy rash on her face. Could this be a side effect?
Absolutely: Actonel (risedronate) can make you extremely sensitive to sun exposure, and you may easily develop sunburns. Always use sun protection when taking this med—long sleeves, pants, broad-brimmed hat, sunblock/screen of at least #30 spf applied several minutes before going out into sun. Make sure sunscreen blocks both uva & uvb. Discuss this side effect with doc who prescribed it. ...Read more
After 25 days of TB treatment and extended exposure to sun, ihave very itchy rash on most of my upper beck, chest and shoulders. Shld I stop treatment?
Not necessarily: What medications are you taking? Some can cause sun sensitivity. Is any other sun exposed skin, like the face, involved? ...Read more
Mysterious non-itchy rash on shin area and ankle swelling after sun exposure? It came up after a day on the beach, mostly standing, for several hours.
Is there a specific test to check for lupus? My mom has it. I get very swollen joints when I go in the sun also itchy rash/hives. I feel horrible!
Yes: But as with all illnesses, the test results need be interpreted along with the symptoms and physical findings. ...Read more
Red itchy rash under breast and groin area it looks like sun burn with bumps. I'm itchy all over but no rash other then those areas. What can this be?
Yeast infection?: If you are overweight, the areas under the breasts, the love handle, and the groin are more susceptible to candida infection. If this applies to you, try to keep these areas dry by using antiperspirant. In the meanwhile try some anti-fungal cream on the areas for a few days. If still not improved after a week, see you doctor. For overweight people, losing some weight should be a long-term goal. ...Read more
I have these bumps and sores appearing on my skin after swimming in my aunt's salt water pool. They are red and itchy. What's happening?
Sounds like it could be folliculitis, an inflammation/infection of your hair follicles.
This happens sometimes from swimming in pools or spas where there is an increased amount of bacteria,
Showering with antibacterial soap daily and applying hydrocortisone cream can help. Use of an antihistamine such as benadryl (diphenhydramine) can help the itching
See your doctor if there are many open sores as it may need rx ...Read more
I picked dry skin around my earpiercing (had for15yrs), now it's red, swollen, hot, itchy&draining. Salt water sol helps with draining but neosp doesnt?
Am concerned about: Possible infection. Recommend medical eval at this point. Take care. ...Read more
Is there a OTC or holistic approach to helping ease the annoyance of itchy gums under an abscessed tooth? (besides salt water or listerine)
Need a dentist: Holistic medicine is a wonderful approach for many health problems, but sometimes you need to turn to traditional medicine for treatment. Abcessed teeth are one of those conditions that need conventional treatment. See a dentist and get this infection treated. Otc will not heal this. ...Read more
Is it safe to wash your vagina with warm salt water if u have uti. Sex while I had UTI and lower abd&backpain aftr itchy & white stuff in vagina ok?
Not the best idea.: The problem with this has to do with the concentration of salt in the water. Too much salt could cause burning. It is however a good idea to pour warm water over the vaginal area while you urinate. It also sounds like you have a vaginal infection which could be either yeast or bacterial based on your description. ...Read more
Navel pierced 6 days ago, been doing sea salt water washes, but its red around the hole & really itchy. Why? & how can I clean it & prevent infection?
I have had a puffy red inner eye, haven't been able to get to a doctor. Sore dry when blinking and pain. Salt water help, also very itchy. Contagious?
Conjunctivitis: Pinkeye or conjunctivitis can be very contagious, but isn't always due to infection. It may also be allergic, especially if dry and itchy and in *both* eyes. Keep your hands clean and away from your eyes; it is possible to acquire an infectious conjunctivitis on top of an allergic one. ...Read more
Rashes: Most allergic rashes are itchy however, not all itchy rashes are allergic. A good example is scabies that is cause by an arthroppod (insect) that tunnels beneath the skin. Ask your primary care provider to evaluate the rash first, seek a dermatologists opinion if the pcp can not determine the cause. ...Read more
I keep getting rashes everytime I go to the country (my whole family does)! This itchy rash also prevents me from sleep at night! What to do?
If this happens when you are in the countryside, you are likely allergic to something outdoors or even to the sun.
I would suggest that you consult a dermatologist to find out the cause. Certainly poison oak/poison ivy is a factor to be considered especially since its resin on contaminated articles may remain potent for months. ...Read more
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
Hi there! I have an itchy rash on my chest, it keeps spreading to shoulders and breast. I usually use Fluticasone Propionate 0.005% ointment for rashes but it doesn't help in this case. Also, I moved from EU to the US a year ago. Please help.
Depends on the cause: 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
Get checked to know: Hese 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
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