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I broke out with red like sunburn rash today all over body, took 50mg benadryl (diphenhydramine) and doesn't seem to help. Two days ago I was in bed all day because every joint in my body hurt and had no energy or strength... Not sure if it's related.

I broke out with red like sunburn rash today all over body, took 50mg benadryl (diphenhydramine) and doesn't seem to help. Two days ago I was in bed all day because every joint in my body hurt and had no energy or strength... Not sure if it's related.

Viral Illness: If your rash is red, raised, and itchy you could be suffering from acute hives (urticaria). Hives is a common manifestation during are shortly after a viral infection which it sounds like you are suffering from. Try treating with OTC nonsedating antihistamine like Zyrtec (cetirizine) 1-2 per day and symptomatic management (increased fluids, rest). If rash not responding see doctor to have evaluated.

Dr. John Chiu
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Skin Rash (Definition)

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Elderly mom has sunburn like rash all over except face. She looks like she has been on beach for a week. With psoriasis type scales on arms belly. Sev?

Elderly mom has sunburn like rash all over except face. She looks like she has been on beach for a week. With psoriasis type scales on arms belly. Sev?

She needs to be seen: By a dermatologist. In addition to psoriasis, the generalized rash could be due to many causes- underlying medical condition, allergic reaction to meds/ foods, autoimmune condition, toxic epidermal necrolysis etc let the specialist make an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment! Hope she gets better!

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Small spot on my face beneath right eye looks like skin rash/irritated skin/sunburn. Anything I can put on it?

Small spot on my face beneath right eye looks like skin rash/irritated skin/sunburn. Anything I can put on it?

Topical steroid: I would try a 1% Cortaid (hydrocortisone) like cream twice a day for a couple of days. This should help--if not---please see a dermatologist.

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Rashes and itching on body while exposing in sunlight? Can someone suggest the reasons and precautions for sunburn I am facing also the cure.

Rashes and itching on body while exposing in sunlight? Can someone suggest the reasons and precautions for sunburn I am facing also the cure.

Photosensitivity.: You may be experiencing photosensitivity to sunlight. Another possibility is that something you are applying to the skin, followed by exposure to sunlight, creates a reaction or rash. See a dermatologist for the treatment. In the interim, avoid sunlight by using protective clothing (contains an spf within clothing) and use spf 30 or higher sunscreen, preferably with a physical blocker.

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Which stds causes itchy skin hive like rash all over body?

Which stds causes itchy skin hive like rash all over body?

Probably no STD: Syphilis can cause a body-wide rash, but not hive-like and usually not itchy. If you think you're at risk for STDs, get tested. But an STD is not a likely cause of this rash. Most rashes like this are due to drug allergy -- which could include an STD drug if you're on treatment. In that case, contact the doctor treating you. Good luck!

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My niece has this goose bump like rash all over her body what could it be? Should I be woried, or is it something bad?

My niece has this goose bump like rash all over her body what could it be? Should I be woried, or is it something bad?

Might be: Only if breathing difficulty or swelling of throat associated; most goose bump rashes are viruses or allergies, if recent antibiotic within last 2 days or 1 week may have allergy reaction, usually Benadryl (diphenhydramine) is enough to calm it down but can go away on its own, have here evaluated by the pediatrician. If had sore throat and fver could be scarlatina rash, may need antibiotic.

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My niece has this goose bump like rash all over her body what could it be? Should I be woried, or is it something bad?

My niece has this goose bump like rash all over her body what could it be? Should I be woried, or is it something bad?

It: It sounds like an allergic reaction. Was she recently on antibiotics or another new medication. If so this could be the cause. Also if she has used any new soaps, lotions or detergents, this could be responsible. Lastly certain viruses can cause rashes ike this. If the rash is still present she should see the doctor. In the meantime Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be used for itching if present.

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Someone I know has a bad rash all over body. What is going on?

Someone I know has a bad rash all over body. What is going on?

BAD BODY RASH: GOOD QUESTION! I WOULD HAVE TO KNOW A FEW THINGS: HOW LONG? DOES IT ITCH? DOES THIS SOMEONE TAKE ANY MEDICATIONS? KIND OF SOAP THIS SOMEONE USES. ANY PERFUME OR COLOGNE? EXPOSED TO ANY CATS OR DOGS? WHAT KIND OF WASHING DETERGENT? WHAT KIND OF WORK DOES "SOMEONE" DO?

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Red spotted rash all over body?

Red spotted rash all over body?

Hives: This could honestly be a ton of things. .. But the most likely explanation is hives/urticaria. Try identifying what has changed since it started (new soap, laundry, food, etc), eliminating the "trigger" helps. Also, consider trying an antihistamine (ie, Benedryl / Zyrtec). If you have any problems breathing - go right to the ER. If it doesn't resolve in a few days, see your family doctor. G'luck

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What to do if I have red, bumpy rash all over body?

What to do if I have red, bumpy rash all over body?

Get eval: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed.

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Dad has a bad rash all over body. What is going on?

Dad has a bad rash all over body. What is going on?

Rash: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes.

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How can I make a herpes rash all over body go away?

How can I make a herpes rash all over body go away?

Herpes simplex: Either you have chickenpox (herpes zoster), you are profoundly immunosuppressed or this is not due to herpes simplex. This seldom if ever produces a total body eruption.

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Rash all over body apart from face after 2 weeks taking Lutera pills for 1st time, it doesn't really itch, is it normal?

Rash: Not normal---and is a rare side effect of Lutera----should stop the medicine---and check in with the doctor that prescribed the medicine----if symptoms increases or shortness of breath go to your nearest ER of evaluation

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Been on toprol (metoprolol) for 8 months. Broke out in rash all over body 2 months ago. Still comes & goes & never fully cleared up. Could it be from toprol (metoprolol)?

Been on toprol (metoprolol) for 8 months. Broke out in rash all over body 2 months ago. Still comes & goes & never fully cleared up. Could it be from toprol (metoprolol)?

Rash: It may be from toprol, (metoprolol) but also can be from over the counter medications if you take any. See an allergist or dermatologist to see if it is hives or not. It may not be related at all.

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Tightness in chest and rash all over body. What could it be?

Tightness in chest and rash all over body. What could it be?

Allergic response: When something hits your stomach that your body doesn;t exactly like, the immune system can get turned on and eventually cause and aller.

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I have a few red bumps that hurt a but on my soft pallet and goosebumps like rash all over my body. Any ideas?

There are at least: 100 different things this could be based on what you just described. No one would be able to diagnose you over the Internet. Go see a doctor if it doesn't go away soon.

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Rash all over body starts on head itchy but bearable, then spreads all over body rapidly first looks like nettle sting but then turns extremely red?

Rash all over body starts on head itchy but bearable, then spreads all over body rapidly first looks like nettle sting but then turns extremely red?

Urticaria/Hives: Rarely, a reaction to medication, food, food additives, insects, parasites or infection is identified as an underlying cause of chronic hives. But in most cases, the cause of chronic hives is never identified, even after testing and monitoring symptoms. Heat, cold, pressure, sunlight or other environmental stimuli may worsen chronic hives. Certain meds such as aspirin, Ibuprofen can cause hives.

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Rash All Over (Definition)

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