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Why Does My Arm Itch So Bad
Hives? Rash? It keeps spreading it starts as a red area then a welt appears and it itches and burns/stings on legs arms lower back and lower abdomen
Hive & rash: You have urticaria or allergic dermatitis, it is best if you see your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment, at the mean time try an antihistamine such as Zyrtec or Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) hydrocortisone cream, but you need to find out what you are allergic to. Good luck ...Read more
My arm pit started itching really bad a few weeks ago, now it still itches but is swollen and hurts.
Allergic reaction?: It sounds like your armpit (axilla) has been in contact with something it is sensitive or allergic to. Any new deodorants or powders or soaps, new razor or shaving cream? If any pustules or pimples are forming, then you may have an infection in the hair follicles or sweat glands, in which u need an antibiotic. For now, put on some mild (0.5%) Hydrocortisone cream. If persists, pcp or dermatologis. ...Read more
Bite on left arm by insect. Not sure what, arm is swollen and itches real bad. Swollen in 2 different places, what could it be?
My son has small non colored bumps all down his arms mainly but visible on entire body? Only really bad now and then and itches them some?
Keratosis pilaris: Is likely. It is caused by a thicker layer of the skin that is crunchier(keratinized). It is a skin type rather than a disease. 60% of people have it. Exfoliation and emollients can help with the itching. ...Read more
Starting to get these flat round bumps in my inner elbow, shoulder, under arm areas it itches really bad I don't know what it is?
See your doctor: You describe symptoms that can only be honestly assessed by your doctor in his or her office. Only after a thorough evauation will he/she be able to come up with what's wrong and what to do to get you better. ...Read more
I think I got bit by a spider. My arm is swollen and red and hurts and itches bad. I'm pregnant. Could the bite harm the baby?
Not likely: The spider bite is not likely to harm the baby. Usually the reaction is local and doesn't spread to the baby. Best wishes! ...Read more
I'm around insulation in attics all the time, I hav a pretty bad rash that itches constantly on my arms. Is there any over-the-counter remedies?
Hydrocortisone, but: Otc anti-itch creams such as cortizone-10 and calamide lotion etc. Can help relief your symptoms, but without know what is causing it, I can't say that this will do the trick for you. Try them for a few days, if not better than you should consult doc for an evaluation to find out what it is that is causing your trouble. Good luck. ...Read more
I was in Peru and got an insect bite on my arm. It's been over a month and it still itches badly and I now have 3-4 blisters. OTC cream not helping?
Maybe not insect: Skin irritation can have many causes, it may be that it was actually something else, like oil from a plant that got on your skin. You want to make sure it isn't infected. Your doctor or a dermatologist would be able to help you narrow down the cause and prescribe stronger medicine to help with itching. Hope it gets better soon! ...Read more
I have a rash under armpits, down arm, and inside thigh. It itches really bad. Could this be shingles, any home remedies? I'm 33
Not shingles: Shingles is almost exclusively only on one side of the body and it tends to be painful. More likely is an allergy to something that is coming in contact with the areas you mentioned e.g. Soap, body creams or lotions. ...Read more
My daughter has been suffering with a thick rash under her ares and it itches very bad. Yesterday she appeared with red bumps under her arms and chest?
See your doctor: It is difficult to diagnose rashes without seeing them. Since it s thick and now spreading, she would be helped with a visit. Cannot tell if it is a contact irritation or a food sensitivity or eczema or other allergic type rash without seeing it. ...Read more
I've broken out with small red/white itchy balls throughout my body, its on my face, chest, arms and legs. Please help me out it hurts n itches so bad?
Balls?: This description is fairly bizarre. I wish I could give you a better shot at diagnosis but with your description I cannot. I'm sorry I can't solve your problem here. You need to see a dermatologist. ...Read more
Hi, I have plaque psiorsis on my face, arms, back, scalp and behind the ears. Scalp itches so bad and my hair is falling out and breaking, causes scalp to be super sore?
Have been treating entire body for fungal infection with coconut oil rash gone skin dry and flaky now still itches really bad possible Id reaction? Symmetrical rash started on torso spread to arms and legs has reached ankles still extremely itchy on breas
Sounds fungal: Would need more background information as there are several potential causes for rash such as this. However, ruling out fungal infection is at top of list. Coconut oil has good antimicrobial properties and may have helped calm an inflammatory reaction to the infection, but does not seem to have completed the task. Would see a physician to confirm and take antifungal medication. ...Read more
Hit my elbow and it bruised. Bruise is now gone but there is a lump on the inside of my elbow. It still hurts, but it itches really bad. Is that normal?
Not exactly: Sound like you have developed a condition called "Olecranon bursitis," commonly known as "baker's elbow." This is due to increase synovial fluid collection in the Olecranon bursa as result of the initial injury to the area. It is body's response to injury and/or inflammation to the region. However, other possibilities, include: hematoma and infection, which needs to be evaluated by your doctor. ...Read more
I am having white pimple type rashes on my hands as well as extreme swelling. It itches and is spreading up my forearm. Is this bad?
I have a small molehill like area that came up on my arm it itches and it's starting to turn brown had it 5 months?
Possibly: Discuss this with your pcp and they might send you to an allergist for a more detailed evaluation. Questions that will be important relate to whether the reaction is localized to one arm and possible contacts to that area that are unique to it. You might also have eczema and a history and physical will help determine whether you need any testing or not. ...Read more
I have a red mark on my arm it's been there 3 days an itch I try not to scratch but its still there?
Itchy skin area: Itchy skin lesions can be caused by an infection, dermatitis or eczema, solar injury, psoriasis, allergic reaction and many other skin disorders. A trial of over-the-counter medication like Cortaid (hydrocortisone) and lotrimin can actually help in treatment and in diagnosis. If the area does mot clear within few days, see your pcp or dermatologist. ...Read more
It first started with a small itches on my arm then it started to grow in circle. Slowly it spreaded all over the body(especially in butt and groin)?
Need more info: As you might imagine it is hard to make a diagnosis without visualizing the problem. Your symptoms are significant and should be addressed promptly by seeing your family physician or a dermatologist who can be recommended by your family physician. ...Read more
That's OK: Every vaccine is intended to get your immune system's undivided attention. When it does, you get a little inflammation at the site (a sign the vaccine is doing its job), and sometimes that inflammation can precicipitate an itch. If there is a little redness, that's ok, a lot of redness, or a spreading rash, should probably get you to see your doctor. ...Read more
I have a lump on my upper arm, it's hot and itches sometimes I didn't have it yesterday but I woke up with it?
We won't be able: To tell you what this lump is without examination. ...Read more
I have one red raised lesion on my left arm that itches severely but not all the time. It's the size of dime.
Itchy lesion arm: Best to have a dermatologist see and possible biopsy with diagnosis for appropriate treatment. ...Read more
I have a 7-year old who woke up with a bite on his arm. It's very swollen, red and has a little hole in the middle, it itches Should I be worried?
I lived in Israel for 4 years and now I came back to the USA, and im starting to get red dots all over my arm it itches, is it a food change rash?
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