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New laundry detergent caused me to get a skin rash on my legs and behind my knees. Now it seems behind my knees is a little swollen. What can I do?

New laundry detergent caused me to get a skin rash on my legs and behind my knees. Now it seems behind my knees is a little swollen. What can I do?

Stop: Stop using the new detergent and switch to one without harsh chemicals or fragrances. Something like ivory or similar store brands...See your family doc for a check of the symptoms to make sure that is what it actually is.... ...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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New laundry detergant gave me a skin rash on my legs and behind my knees. There is also some swelling behind my knees.?

New laundry detergant gave me a skin rash on my legs and behind my knees. There is also some swelling behind my knees.?

Hydrocortisone: First of all, all rashes are skin rashes; there is no other place to get a rash. Try otc Hydrocortisone cream for a few days. If the rash persists or worsens, a dermatologist should take a look to confirm the diagnosis and prescribe something stronger. ...Read more

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What would cause a skin rash? It does not itch, but is spreading. I don't recall using any new soaps, lotions, detergents, medicines, etc.

What would cause a skin rash? It does not itch, but is spreading. I don't recall using any new soaps, lotions, detergents, medicines, etc.

Too many things: Too many possibilities to answer here in such short space. As you said, you haven't had any contact with things that could be a cause so you should get the rash looked at by your doctor. ...Read more

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83 yr female. No new meds or detergents. Itching on outside hip area, both sides. No rash or visable dry skin. Duration 2 months.

83 yr female. No new meds or detergents. Itching on outside hip area, both sides. No rash or visable dry skin. Duration 2 months.

Itching: This is a complicated issue that cannot be dealt with online without a detailed history of the patient's previous conditions and medications, you should speak to her doctor about the symptoms, they know her best and can refer her accordingly. ...Read more

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Constant itchy skin all over with no visible rash or known allergy. Tried moisturizers, switching detergents and other remedies. Suggestions?

Constant itchy skin all over with no visible rash or known allergy. Tried moisturizers, switching detergents and other remedies. Suggestions?

Doctor can evaluate: A person with itchy skin all over, but no visible rash, can see his primary care doctor to see what the problem could be. If the skin is very dry, itching could result even without an obvious rash. Otherwise, the doctor might look for internal problems that can cause itching, such as drug side effects, liver disease, kidney disease, intestinal parasites, etc... ...Read more

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My baby has a red raised rash and dry skin on his back but no where else. We haven't changed detergents or bath wash. What could it be?

My baby has a red raised rash and dry skin on his back but no where else. We haven't changed detergents or bath wash. What could it be?

What did he lay on?: If this is localized to an area so well defined, you would want to look into what surfaces he laid on within the preceding 12-18 hrs before the rash. A baby will sweat some & may dissolve fabric softener, cleaning products or other agents were left in any concentration on a surface. Some babies will react to a wool blanket that way, etc. I can think of no illness or food item that would produce this. ...Read more

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Itchy Rash from head in hairline down back and behind ears. Nothing new being used shampoo, detergents or soap. What can I do to stop the itching.

Itchy Rash from head in hairline down back and behind ears. Nothing new being used shampoo, detergents or soap. What can I do to stop the itching.

Try: I would try selsun blue or selenium sulfide head and shoulders. Provided no new exposures or new products you could have seborrhea of the scalp. An exam in 1 week would be recommended by your doctor ...Read more

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My skin in very itchy on the top of my legs my bum and my belly. I have no rash or raised bumps. I haven't changed diet. Washing detergent.

My skin in very itchy on the top of my legs my bum and my belly. I have no rash or raised bumps. I haven't changed diet. Washing detergent.

Doctor can evaluate: Itching usually means there is histamine being released in the skin, often as part of an allergic reaction to something. A primary care doctor or a dermatologist can check to see what might be making the skin itch. Skin dryness, or reactions to foods or medications, can cause itching. Occasionally, a person with internal problems like liver or kidney disease can also get itching. ...Read more

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My friend has been off clindamycin for 2 days, breaks out in rash suddenly, hadn't made any changes in cleaners our laundry detergents. Reaction to med?

My friend has been off clindamycin for 2 days, breaks out in rash suddenly, hadn't made any changes in cleaners our laundry detergents. Reaction to med?

See a doctor: This sounds like an allergic eruption and if due to the Clindamycin the medication needs to be stopped, and something substituted if necessary. Please show this rash to a doctor asap and definitely discontinue the clindamyciin. ...Read more

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What is diabetic rash? I am 68 years old. I have had a rash on my neck and underarms off and on for about two weeks, from no apparent cause. I have not changed my diet nor medications, nor laundry detergent. I have diabetes ii, which is treated with die

What is diabetic rash? I am 68 years old. I have had a rash on my neck and underarms off and on for about two weeks, from no apparent cause. I have not changed my diet nor medications, nor laundry detergent. I have diabetes ii, which is treated with die

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

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Allergic reaction to laundry detergent. I have a terrible rash and can't sleep. I get severe akathisia from antihistamines. What else can I take?

Allergic reaction to laundry detergent. I have a terrible rash and can't sleep. I get severe akathisia from antihistamines. What else can I take?

Detergent reaction: You can try OTC topical hydrocortisone 1% cream. Akathesia, although very rare, may occur with first generation antihistamines as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), hopefully not the case with the newer less sedating as loratadine or desloratadine, as for your akathesia vs RLS, I believe you need to see an experienced neurologist for assessment, best wishes ...Read more

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Hello, I've been feeling more exhausted than usual and I've had a rash on my knees, ankles, armpits and inner thighs for over a month. Any suggestions for clearing it up? I haven't changed my diet, shampoo/body wash or laundry detergent yet, but I'm alre

Hello, I've been feeling more exhausted than usual and I've had a rash on my knees, ankles, armpits and inner thighs for over a month. Any suggestions for clearing it up? I haven't changed my diet, shampoo/body wash or laundry detergent yet, but I'm alre

Exam needed: I strongly recommend that a dermatologist examine you for diagnosis and treatment. We have recently been hearing about a lot of scabies cases. Other possibilities include eczematoid dermatitis, allergic reaction. I think it's quite important that you be examined soon. Appropriate tests will be ordered. ...Read more

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Should I use a different detergent if my baby keeps getting rashes on her leg?

Should I use a different detergent if my baby keeps getting rashes on her leg?

Usually won't matter: Recurrent rashes on the arms and legs of babies are often eczema, which appears as reddened, rough, dry skin areas. On severe eczema areas, the skin will get tiny cracks that ooze moisture. Changing the laundry detergent usually doesn't make a difference in the rash, but parents can try using no detergent for 2-3 weeks and see if the rash resolves (just wash the laundry with hot or warm water). ...Read more

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If my baby is getting rashes everywhere except his diaper area, could it be the detergent I'm using?

If my baby is getting rashes everywhere except his diaper area, could it be the detergent I'm using?

Yes: Yes. You should use a detergent that is dye-free and scent-free. The detergent may be causing contact dermatitis. ...Read more

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My friend has a skin rash, he said it started out small and just it started to spread. Red areas and is itchy. What kind of rashes could it be?

My friend has a skin rash, he said it started out small and just it started to spread. Red areas and is itchy. What kind of rashes could it be?

Multiple causes: If could be related to bites/scabies or may have started from something his skin came in contact with. Have your doctor examine it to make the diagnosis and begin proper treatment. All the best ...Read more

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Is it possible to develop a skin rash just from dry skin or are skin rashes caused by allergies?

Is it possible to develop a skin rash just from dry skin or are skin rashes caused by allergies?

Yes: And in the case of dry skin, one may see small raised bumps especially at the extremities. These will often be prevented by using a moisturizer with 3 minutes after bathing. A rash can also be induced by scratching as well. Some skin rashes are caused by allergies (often contact, drug etc) while many are not. ...Read more

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I have allergy, probably to Ponstan 500. The skin rash is nearly gone after 5 days, but now I start to have really bad rashes. What should I do?

I have allergy, probably to Ponstan 500. The skin rash is nearly gone after 5 days, but now I start to have really bad rashes. What should I do?

Something else?: If the rash improved without treatment only to return a few days after (your dates were not defined), then the problem may be from something other than the drug implicated. If the rash was treated and returned after the treatment was stopped, then the rash (if due to the drug) may last for 2-3 weeks. ...Read more

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I have an allergic skin rash. Can hay fever give rashes?

I have an allergic skin rash. Can hay fever give rashes?

Usually not: "hay fever" refers to the sneezing, itching and nasal congestion of allergic reactions to pollens, most commonly to the weed pollens and molds that are common during the time of year that hay is being harvested. Only in the most exquisitely allergic do these reactions cause rashes. Allergic rashes are very difficult to diagnose; see an allergist or dermatologist for help with this. ...Read more

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Allergist dx constant flat rashes neck, arms, are from choligenic urticaria, the heat from exercise and a mix of detergent reaction. Says try zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Allergist dx constant flat rashes neck, arms, are from choligenic urticaria, the heat from exercise and a mix of detergent reaction. Says try zyrtec (cetirizine)?

Urticaria: It's difficult to tell if you truly have cholinergic urticaria from your description. Usually urticaria is raised. But some people have what is called dermatographia which causes flat red hot skin especially when stressed, touched or hot. In either condition Zyrtec (cetirizine) should help ...Read more

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Horrible skin rash all over my body. What could this be?

Hard to tell: Without looking at the rash, and taking a full history of what you have taken or eaten or used on your skin recently, it is hard to tell what it could be. See a doctor for proper work up and diagnosis. ...Read more

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Itching without rash all over my body, no reddness of my skin. Pls what can I do.

Itch without Rash: May be do to a LARGE # medical conditions and you need to consult with a Medical Professional for some testing...the very first thing to do is ask yourself if you have been taking anything or eating anything "unusual" Have you used a new DETERGENT to wash your clothes.
Any PETS in the house....
In the meantime an OTC anti-histamine may be useful BENADRYL (Diphenhydramine) may help. ...Read more

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I have a rash all over if you rub on it you can feel a bumps under the skin. It itches what can this be?

I have a rash all over if you rub on it you can feel a bumps under the skin. It itches what can this be?

?? Hives??: Sounds like hives with possibly some angioedema (swelling within the dermis). Also known as urticaria. Try a simple antihistamine to see if this helps, if not, you should have someone look at the rash since this isn't the place to diagnose a rash. Needs to be visualized. ...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