Itchy Rash (Babies, Children, Adults) Types of Skin Rashes

What is a Rash?

Most of us consider a rash to be any abnormal change in skin color or texture. These changes may be due to a host of disturbances in the normal anatomy and even physiology of the skin. It can be due to inflammatory processes where the area is swollen, red, painful and feels hot to touch. Alternatively there may be excessive or reduced secretion of skin oils (sebum) and sweat. Destruction of skin, as is seen with an infection,  scaling and oozing are some of the other disturbances that are collectively and sometimes incorrectly referred to as a rash.

What is an Itch?

Itching is a sensation that provokes a desire to scratch. It is not the same as pain or burning, although all of these sensations may be triggered by inflammation and similar chemicals like histamine. Itching is the body’s way of signalling that there is an irritant or potential threat on the skin surface. Specialized receptors are stimulated and this compels a person to scratch the area, thereby removing the irritant or threat. However, these itch receptors may also be stimulated by inflammatory chemicals like histamine.

Itchy vs. Non-itchy Rash

A presence of itch may help in a diagnosis of a rash. For example, bumps in keratosis pilaris usually do not itch, in acne occasionally, in folliculitis often, and in allergy (bumpy hives) regularly. Severity of itch sometimes reflects severity of the disorder, for example, mild psoriasis does not itch, but severe one does.

Here is a list of non-itchy rashes.

Itchy Rash

INFANTS and Itchy Rash

  • Greasy yellowish scales on the scalp (cradle cap) are result of the overactive oil glands on the infant scalp.
  • A red patchy rash under diapers (diaper rash, napkin dermatitis) is caused by fungal or bacterial infection, urine or feces irritation, atopic dermatistis or psoriasis.
  • Extensive skin scaling due to a toxin released from bacterium Staphylococcus aureus occurs inStaphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSSS).

CHILDHOOD Diseases with Red Itchy SPOTS (Exanthema)

Exanthem (in Greek it means eruption) is widespread spotty rash, accompanied by fever, headache and malaise. It may be a result of a skin damage by viruses or bacteria, their toxins or immune reactions.

  • Chickenpox (Varicella zostervirus) appears with raised red spots (papules), vesicles or pustules that crust over and fall off with time. The rash is mainly on the face and trunk.
  • Measles or morbilli (rubeolla virus) appear as red spots in the level of the skin (macules – up to 1 cm) on the face, trunk, limbs, and raised whitish spots in mouth (Koplik’s spots). Cough is usually present.
  • German measles (rubella virus) appear as pale red spots on the face and spreads all over the body.
  • Roseola infantum or erythema subitum (herpes virus 6) appear as mild spotty rash on the face and trunk.
  • Fifth disease or erythema infectiosum (Parvovirus B19) is characterized by ‘slapped cheeks’ rash, followed by spotty rash on trunk and limbs.
  • Hand, foot and mouth disease (Coxsackie virus A16, or Enterovirus 71): small blisters appear on the hands and feet, and painful ulcers appear in the mouth.
  • Pictures of chickenpox, measles, German measles, scarlet fever, fifth disease, and hand, foot and mouth disease.
  • Hepatitis B, Epstein Barr virus (infectious mononucleosis), coxsackie viruses, echo viruses, and respiratory syncytial virus may appear as Gianotti Crosti syndrome with prominent red spots on limbs, trunk and finally on the face. In Asymmetric Periflexural Exanthem of Childhood (APEC), a rash, supposedly of a viral origin, appears in armpits or groin and spreads mainly over one side of the body. Pictures.
  • Scarlet fever or scarlatina (Streptococcus group A or, rarely, Staphylococcus aureus) appear as tinny scarlet blotches (boiled lobster appearance) that coalesce and may cover the whole body in 24 hours. Sore throat and fever are usually present.
  • Meningococcal disease is infection of the inner brain membrane (meninge) by a bacterium Neisseria memingitidis. A red dotty rash represents small bleedings that do not disappear after applying pressure. Dots may merge to form a bruise like rash. Neck stiffness, headache, nausea, fever and sensitivity to light are main symptoms.
  • Kawasaki disease is inflammatory disease of uncertain (probably infectious) cause, resulting in red eyes, lips, tongue, hands and feet, widespread rash on the trunk, fever, malaise, and heart abnormalities.

CHILDHOOD Diseases With Red Scaly PATCHES

Itchy Rashes in PREGNANCY

  • PUPPP (Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy), also known as Polymorphous Eruption of Pregnancy or Polymorphic eruption, is an itchy bumpy reddish rash appearing in the stretch marks of the abdomen in the last 3 months of pregnancy, and clears with delivery.

Itchy Red BUMPS

  • Insect bites. Red, itchy, and often painful bump(s) appear on the site of a bite by flies, mosquitoes, ants, bees, wasps, spiders, scorpions, or snakes.
  • A foreign object in the skin, like a thorn, causes a bumpy red inflammation.
  • Acne
    • Acne vulgaris – common acne (itch only occasionally) appear mostly in adolescence as red bumps with occasional white centers (whiteheads), and regularly with tinny black caps that block the hair follicles (blackheads)
    • Acne rosacea
  • Razor bumps appear as red bumps several hours after shaving or depilation; they are caused by ingrown hair
  • Nonspecific skin rashes may be side effect of various drugs.
  • A  stye is a barley-sized red itchy bump caused by a bacterial infection of the hair follicle on the eyelid. A hordeolum is a pea-sized itchy red bump on the eyelid due to a non-infectious inflammation of the eyelid soft tissues. Itchy eyelids in detail.
  • Miliaria (sweet rash) is a bumpy red rash, resulting from obstruction of the sweat glands, appearing in hot weather, mostly on skin areas covered by clothes.
  • Milia are small (1-2 mm) cysts on the face formed from blocked hair follicles or sweat glands.
  • Staphylococcal folliculitis appears as red bumps with white centers, just like acne, usually from staph infection of the hair follicles.
  • Hot tub folliculitis appears with bumps with red haloes up to 1 cm in size, appearing under a swim-suit, after using hot tubs contaminated by a bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
  • Eosinophilic folliculitisappears as pale red bumps on the face and neck, mostly in persons with immune deficiency (like in AIDS)
  • Sea bather’s eruption are itchy red bumps appearing under a swimming suit due to a reaction on jellyfish larvae.
  • Perioral dermatitis appears as a scaly rash around the mouth and eyes, almost exclusively in women
  • Grover’s disease mostly appears in men over 50 who are unwell. Small pimple-like red bumps appear on the chest or back.
  • Bumpy hives are small pin-sized bumps with pinkish or reddish haloes around them. They are usually caused by an allergic reaction to physical stimuli like heat, cold, pressure, stress (cholinergic urticaria) or in allergy to food, medicines, cosmetics, sunscreens, hair dyes, jewelry, plants (poison ivy, poison oak) or sweat (prickly heat).
  • Disseminate and recurrent infundibulofolliculitis (DRIF)
  • Filariasis , strongyloidiasis
  • Rocky mountain spotted fever is caused by rickettsiae, appears mainly in North America, and is characterized by groups of red blotches anywhere on the body. High fever is usually present.
  • Dengue fever is a flu-like viral illness, transmitted by mosquitoes from human to human. It appears with measles-like rash, high fever and muscular pains.

Itchy BOILS, NODULES and LUMPS

  • Afuruncle is a prominent, red, often painful bump (may be over 1 cm in size), usually appearing on the back of the neck or limbs, as a result of a staph infection. Carbuncle is a collection of furuncles that have merged together.
  • In nodular prurigo several itchy red nodules with a warty surface appear mainly on the limbs. The cause is not known.
  • Erythema nodosum appears as rounded slightly elevated red patches several cm in size, mainly on the lower legs (also on the thighs or forearms). They represent inflammation of under-skin fat and may occur in tuberculosis, sarcoidosis, as side effect of drugs (sulphonamides, salycilates), contraceptive pills, or in pregnancy.
  • In hidradenitis suppurativa, itchy lumps that may ooze fluid appear in the armpits or in the groin area.

Itchy Nevuses – Birthmarks

Nevus is a chronic delimited rash appearing as macule or mole.

Itchy Red PATCHES Without Scaling or Blisters

  • Mild sunburn appears as an itchy burning patch on the skin several hours after sun exposure.
  • Hives (urticaria) , acute or chronic, physical urticaria (solar urticaria)
  • Angioedema
  • Extensive red discoloration of the face, neck and upper chest appears within 30 minutes after scombroid fish poisoning.
  • Pityriasis rosea (herpes virus 6 and 7). Pale red patch (‘Herald patch’) few cm in size is followed by other small red scaly patches, mainly on trunk.
  • Granuloma annulare mostly appear in children or young adults as a red ring with the unaffected center. The cause is not known.
  • Dermatomyositis is a muscular disease with a scaly reddish/violaceus rash, mainly on arms.
  • Amyloidosis

Itchy SCALING Patches

  • Fungal infections appear as scaly areas, mostly on the feet (athlete’s footTinea pedis), in the groin (jock itchTinea cruris), on the body (ringworm of the body – Tinea corporis), or on the scalp (ringworm of the scalpTinea capitis). Details about itchy legs.
  • Lichen sclerosus is an itchy, shiny, scaly rash, mostly appearing on the women genitalia, but occasionally also on other parts of the skin, also in children or men.
  • Psoriasis is a genetic disorder, appearing as thick silvery scales on a red skin surface with distinct borders, mainly on the knees and elbows, or other parts of the body, including the genital area or scalp. Itch appears only in severe cases.

Itchy Red PATCHES WITH SCALING, BLISTERS, and/or CRUSTS

  • Severe sunburn Sunburn itch – prevention and treatment
  • Actinic prurigo
  • Chronic actinic dermatitis
  • Photosensitivity is a condition in which certain drugs or ointments react with UV rays from the sun, and cause a strong skin reaction resembling a severe sunburn.
  • Dry skin (xerosis)
  • A cold sore (Herpes simplexvirus) appears as a group of tinny translucent blisters on a reddened skin, usually on the lip border, or near the nose. The same rash may appear on the genital mucosa.
  • Shingles represent reactivation of a Herpes zoster (varicella) virus that remained dormant in the roots of the spinal or cranial nerves. It may appear several years after having chickenpox as a red rash resembling chickenpox, and extends as a stripe over the course of the cranial nerve (on the face) or spinal nerve (on the trunk or limbs), from the spine to the mid-line in the front, usually only on one side of the body.
  • Poison ivy
  • Severe cellulitis is an under-skin infection, appearing as a bright red patch with large blisters, mainly on the limbs, caused by a bacterium Staphylococcus aureus or group A Streptococci.
  • Tinea versicolor is also known as Pityriasis versicolor.
  • A dermatophytide is an allergic rash caused by an inflammatory fungal infection at a distant site.
  • An id reaction is an itchy rash with blisters that often occurs on the sides of the fingers, but it can also be found on the chest or arms. It is actually caused by a fungal infection somewhere else in the body.
  • Contact with certain plants, like a nettle, usually results in a burning red patch with small translucent blisters. Contact with chrysanthenum may result in a red patchy rash.
  • Contact with certain sea animals, like jellyfish, may also result in a red patch.
  • An eczema is a reddish patch with occasional scaling or blisters as a result of allergic contact dermatitis. It most often appears on the hands.
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Erythema multiforme appears on the forearms and hands (also on the knees or feet) as a target-like rounded reddish rash with occasional blisters or crusts in the center. It occurs in certain infections or as side effect of medications.
  • Impetigo appears as a red, scaly rash, often on the face in children, but also in adults and on the other parts of the body. The cause is infection with a bacterium Staphylococcus aureus.
  • A discoid eczema (nummular dermatitis) appears as a coin-sized red rash anywhere on the skin.
  • Paronychia is a red painful swelling of a nail base due to an infection, usually by Staphylococcus aureus.
  • In pemphigus, red patches with blisters and ulcers occupy extensive areas of the skin and mouth mucosa. The cause is not known. Benign mucosal pemphigoid appears with itchy blisters.
  • Pompholyx are rough translucent blisters on the hands or feet, often appearing in excessive palmar sweating.
  • Scabies appears as red bumps, blisters and later scaling, mostly between fingers and toes, on inner sides of the wrists, in the skin folds, or anywhere on the body.
  • Ared rash with under-skin canals appears in parasitic infestations with cutaneus larva migrans, tungiasis See pictures and check other causes of itchy feet and toes, like acroangiodermatitis, sweaty sock syndrome, pitted keratolysis.
  • Dermatitis herpetiformis
  • Palmoplantar keratoderma is yellowish thickening of the skin on the palms and/or soles, appearing in small children
  • Paget disease appears as a scally itchy discoloration of the breast areola and is almost always connected with a breast cancer.

Itchy Rash With ULCERS

  • Gravitational eczema (venous eczema, stasis eczema) appears on the lower legs in persons with a venous disease (varices, vasculitis) or thrombosis.
  • Skin cancers: a basal or squamous cell carcinoma and, rarely, a melanoma may appear as an ulcer or ulcerated mass on the skin.

Itchy Rash on SCALP, BEARD, ARMPITS or GROIN

  • Dandruff appears as whitish skin flakes falling from the scalp or other hairy skin areas.
  • Seborrheic dermatitis appears as yellowish, greasy, flaky skin on the scalp, around the ears or nose or in the genital area.
  • Head lice and pubic lice cause red bumps with intense itching on the scalp (also on the forehead, neck or shoulders) or in the groin.
  • Epidermal or sebaceous cyst
  • Tinea capitis (scalp ringworm) is a fungal infection of the scalp, mostly in children.
  • Barber’s itch (ringworm of the beard)
  • Causes of itchy scalp in detail
  • Tinea cruris (jock itch) is a fungal infection of the inner thighs and groin
  • Genital warts, plaques and rashes caused by sexualy transmitted diseases (STDs) may cause itchy groin. Read about rectal and anal itch.
  • In hydradenitis suppurativa, itchy lumps that may ooze fluid appear in the armpits or in the groin.
  • Fox-Fordyce disease is a rare disease resembling hidradenitis suppurariva, occuring mainly in young women (13-35 years of age). Sweat glands become clogged and small itchy bumps appear under the arm, or/and in the groin.
  • Causes of itchy armpits in detail

Rash Around NAILS

Internal Diseases and Itchy Rash

  • Liver disease with cholestasis, Wilson’s disease, brucellosis of the liver, leptospirosis, trichinosis
  • Kidney disease with uremia
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Systemic connective tissue diseases: rheumatoid arhritis, Sjögren’s syndrome, systemic sclerosis
  • Acanthosis nigricans, malignant are dry bumpy discolored skin (and mouth) lesions that often appear in abdominal malignancies.
  • Chemochromatosis
  • Lymphomatoid granulomatosis
  • Androgen-, estrogen-, or drug-induced jaundice
  • Hypersensitivity vasculitis, polyarteritis nodosa, polymyalgia rheumatica, Henoch- Schönlein purpura
  • Schistosomiasis
  • SLE (rarely itches)

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  • List of Causes of Itchy Skin
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  • Rosemarie

    If I work for a lady that is imunosupressed and my child has chickenpox…do I pose a threat to this person?

  • Jan Modric

    Rosemarie,
    if the lady already had chickenpox (ask her), then she can’t get chickenpox again, even if she’s immunosupressed. If she had not have chickenpox, then again, it’s not likely that you will spread virus from your child to her. Varicella zoster virus is spread through direct skin-to-skin contact, or by droplet infection (sneezing). A person who him/herself is infected may spread virus through bed preparing for someone, through a liquid from a broken blister…

    She also can’t get shingles from someone’s chickenpox. But SHE CAN get shingles from reactivation of her own varicella zoster virus that regularly remain dormant in nerve roots after chickenpox, and are occasionally reactivated during immunosuppression.

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  • chris

    my son has red bumps with a small amount of pus in the middle of each red bump all over his head, what is this?

  • Jan Modric

    Chris,
    if bumps are also on the scalp (and even if they are not), then it is probably folliculitis – infection of hair follicles, usually caused by staphylococci. An antibiotic ointment containing mupirocin is available in pharmacies without prescription – it usually helps in few days of use.

    If this doesn’t help, he should visit a doctor to give him a proper diagnosis and eventually an oral antibiotic.

    I can’t give a diagnosis from here. Folliculitis looks just like acne, so I’m not sure what your son has.
    Read about folliculitis:
    http://www.healthhype.com/folliculitis-pictures.html

  • Kristin

    Hello-

    For about 6 months now I have been suffering from a red bumpy raised, EXTREMELY itchy rash from my neck, underneath my arms, crease of my elbow, wrists, stomach, under my breasts, waist line, bikini area, lower back, butt, inner thighs, and behind my knees. I’ve been to three doctors, one diagnosed me w/ scabies (misdiagnosed), and the other two said i have atopic dermititis.

    I have been using steroid creams, taking anti-histamines (Rx and OTC) in which NOTHING has even subdued the itching.

    I moved into an old brownstone in October (pretty dusty) and I have a highly stressful job. I am a 24 year old female, young professional.

    Any advice? I have an appointment with another dematologist this week and I would like to be able to express to him the important factors in my life that may be causing this life-destroying issue. Any help, advice, suggestions, etc. is greatly appreciated!

    Thank you in advance!

  • Jan Modric

    Kristin,
    for me, having itchy rash for 6 months, and moving to a dusty place in October seems highly related.

    They are mites in the dust, and they cause allergic reaction. Distribution of rash in your case speaks for mites, dermatologist should give you the proper diagnosis though.

    Besides scabies, there are other types of mites…
    http://www.healthhype.com/dust-mites-skin-mites-scabies-chiggers-itch-demodex-mites.html

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  • Kristin

    Hello –

    Would these be contagious? If so, I have not spread this rash to my boyfriend or anyone else who I have been in close contact with. I also have a roommate who has had no problems.

    Ahh!

  • Jan Modric

    Kristin,
    it depends what it is…
    Mites are usually contagious if you have them on the skin. Now, it’s not necessary everyone you touch gets them 🙂 .

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  • Jay Kat

    Hi, i’m 29 years old male and about two months ago discovered some small bumps on my forearms causing extreme itching. In the following week or so these bumps developed into more organized round rashes all over the body except for the face, again extremely itchy.
    I went to the dermatologist and she diagnosed it to be “Pityriasis Rosea” and prescribed prednisone tabs. As I completed the Prednisone course, the rash went away and the itching stopped. However, upon stopping of Prednisone the rash came back. It doesn’t itch during the day, but the evenings are hell.
    Is this condition as my derm diagnosed or is it something different?? Any suggestions as how to stop the itching?? Thanks in advance

  • Jan Modric

    To Jay Kat.

    Pityriasis rosea usually goes away on its own in 6-8 weeks…Beside steroids, sunlight helps, and antihistamines reduce itching.

    You may check some online pictures, and read some article about Pityriasis rosea to see, if they resemble your symptoms.

  • Jake D

    I have an itchy rash on my hands and forearms, which seems to fade then comes back again but is always itchy. Any help please?

  • Jan Modric

    To Jake D.

    Are your forearms exposed to sun a lot, or are they in contact with some irritating substance, oil, detergent, pets…?

    When rash apperas for how long it persists? Hours, days? How does it look: scally, white centers, or just red bumps or patches, maybe slightly raised patches?

  • Jake D

    The rash usually persists for a few hours with fairly large red patches appearing on my hands and forearms. No Im not exposed to the sun much, but maybe I have an allergy to the detergent.

  • Jake D

    Also my girlfriend was with me at my house for the day and later at night we noticed that the rash had shown up on her leg.

  • Jan Modric

    This sounds like hives – urticaria, and it’s probably an allergic response to something. The only solution is to avoid the triggering substance. When itch apears you may take an oral antihistamine medication like Benadryl. If this helps, it’s another proof for allergy.

  • medcar

    Hi, I’m a 26 yr. old male, and I’ve been having a severely itchy rash consisting of tiny, red, slightly raised-bumps on my forearms and non-palm side of my hands for over a month now. The rash seems to extend over a 4-5 days, reduce for a day or two, then return. The rash seems to be spreading up my arm also, extending now slightly beyond the elbow. I also notice that my ears and neck are also extremely itchy when the rash on my forearm occurs, but the bumps present on my forearm do not occur on my ears or neck even when they are extremely itchy. Do you have any ideas? Thank you very much –

  • Jan Modric

    To medcar.

    If the bumps on the arms are like pinkish swollen raised dots without white center, they may be what is called “bumpy hives”. They occur in allergies – in your case maybe from something you’re touching constantly: pets, chemicals, cleansing products, plants, machine oils..Ear and neck itch is probably from the same reason.

  • Bryan

    Hi, about a month ago I used someone else’s gloves at work. Within the next day I noticed some tiny raised bumps on my left wrist. Later that night, I was outside and was bitten by many mosquitoes, which made me scratch my arms. The next day, I had all the little bumps all over my forearms…apparently all over the places I’ve scratched. They itch very badly, and they will be there for a few days, and then go away. Also, the itching is usually in the evening. It’s been a whole month now, and they’re still there. Any ideas?

  • Jan Modric

    To Bryan.

    Scabies typically affect inner side of the wrists (and then other parts of the body) – they apear as tinny red bumps and itch badly.
    http://www.healthhype.com/dust-mites-skin-mites-scabies-chiggers-itch-demodex-mites.html

    Folliculitis affects hair follicles, red bumps may have a hair in the middle and some may have a pus-filled centre. Foliculitis would likely appear on the outer side of the wrist/forearm.
    http://www.healthhype.com/folliculitis-pictures.html

  • mytz

    Just recently,i had these itchy rash which looked very similar to mosquito bites,only that these patches become larger after some minutes and then fade off, usually also within a few minutes. The rash occurs in all parts of my body, especially the limbs. The rash also appears any time of the day. I was never allergic to anything (so far). What could this mosquito bites-liked rash be? Thank you for your enlightenment!

  • Jan Modric

    To mytz.

    Rash that starts as a bumpy hives, develope into patchy hives and fade away within minutes is probably allergic rash – urticaria.

    Rash on limbs can appear after exposure to
    – environmental agent (oil, cleansing product, pets…)
    – heat, cold, sweat or stress
    http://www.healthhype.com/itchy-legs-causes-and-treatment.html#cholinergic-urticaria
    – food, medicines, pollens (these would also likely cause runny nose, tingling lips and throat itch)

  • Rachael

    I’m a 28 year old African-American/Caucasian female who is moderately overweight. In the spring (May-ish) I noticed approximately 5 red, raised, extremely itchy bumps (that looked very similar to mosquito bites – approx. 1/4″ in diameter) on my left and right upper thighs, stomach (near navel) and on my lower left back area (might I add all the areas where I carry my weight). They were all distinct, and none were located close to each other (at least 4″ apart). I couldn’t help scratching them, and the bumps themselves got darker in color as I tore into them. They didn’t spread. The itching lasted about two weeks, finally subsided and went away. Recently I discovered two more on my left upper thigh again, but the itching was not nearly as bad nor long-lasting. I have NO other symptoms but am panicking because a friend of mine mentioned the dreaded word “herpes.” Had the bumps been in a more exposed area, my mind would’ve immediately jumped to insect bites. I have very sensitive skin, and have been known to have mosquito bites that I’ve scratched turn purple and last a month or more, resulting in scars. My logical side tells me these must be either a) insect bites or b) a simple heat rash or blocked pore. The panicky animal in me thinks I have an STD. Help!

  • Jan Modric

    To Rachael.

    A bump from herpes is small (about 1 mm) and it appears as a white translucent blister surrounded by a reddened skin. Blisters typically appear on the border between mucosa and skin (lips, nose, genitals, anus) and often in groups – so many tinny blisters together.

    Insect bites are possible. Heat rash (miliaria) often appears on sites where clothes press on the skin.
    http://www.healthhype.com/miliaria-sweat-itch-or-prickly-heat-rash.html

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  • lulu4714

    I have small red bumps on the side of my face and on my neck that are really itchy and seem to be spreading slowly.

  • Jan Modric

    Lulu4714,

    have you ever seen some picture of Herpes zoster (shingles)? Do you think it could be this?

  • paige

    Hello, my name is Paige and when i was 19 years old i began to see a rash appear all over my body that looked like red bumpy veigns and over the length of 4 days it became and itchy horrible feeling that i couldnt control i tried so many products after the third day because it got so bad, it was like my entire body itched all over and i didnt have enough hands to scratch everywhere.i went to the doctor and was soon after diagnosed with epstein-barr virus.he gave me two different pills to take and although i didnt understand the herpes//mono relation, i took the pills and it made me feel better and the rash went away as well as the itchness….does anyone know how this could have possibly occurred and what the relation is?

  • Jan Modric

    Paige,

    which exact pills were you taking? Was it acyclovir or related drug? Was is meant to treat herpes or why are you mentioning herpes?

  • marniejean

    I have groupings of small itchy bumps on my back. It started on my right shoulder blade and now is up most of my spine and across my hips. It seems to worsen & itch more, and the bumps get a little larger when I am hot or sweaty or in a hot shower. They have been there for about 45 days now and the patches seem to be spreading. The bumps are not really red, but more like small pimples, but lots of them in an area grouped together. I am under a lot of stress and noticed a similar thing last spring when I had the flu, but that went away. Any ideas?

  • Jan Modric

    To marniejean.

    Do any of those bumps have white centres?

    Are they solid bumps or look like small, raised, pinkish swelling islands – I’m talking about bumpy hives.

  • marniejean

    Jan, they don’t seem to have white centers…they are mostly quite small and sometimes are not really there at all, but is more like an area of patchy dry pinkish skin. Then when that area gets hot or irritated by rubbing clothing, the bumps seem to raise up and get itchier. Baths in baking soda, compresses of grapefruit seed extract and a chinese itch cream called 999 all seem to help (bumps go down but patchy dry skin remains).

  • Jan Modric

    Marniejean,

    in allergies, like in cholinergic urticaria, antihistamine pills, like Benadryl help.
    http://www.healthhype.com/itchy-legs-causes-and-treatment.html#cholinergic-urticaria

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  • alice tittle

    I am 74 years old. Four years ago, my scalp turned real red and itches, especially at night. I have no scaling or dandruff. I have tried every shampoo, with no relief. Now my hair is falling out. I had just started taking Omeprazole, for acid reflux, prior to getting the red scalp. Could that be the problem? Please help.

  • Jan Modric

    Alice Tittle,

    indeed, hair loss is a possible side effect of omeprazole. You can check the drug-info leaflet or search for “omeprazole hair” online. You can ask your doctor if changing the drug is an option.

  • sha

    i start having a high fever 102 degree then i saw a red bump on my wrist they are small and red,also last week i took 3 flu shots. can this be the side affect?

  • Jan Modric

    To sha.

    Side effects usually appear within the first day when you get a shot and last for 1-2 days, usually not more. Also, rash would appear exactlly on the site where a shot was given, not in the wrist.

    I recommend you to see your primary doctor.

  • I have had fever drug, now i feeling body itching, what to do?

  • swashrn

    I’m 46 Caucation female. I’ve been very itchy around the hairline into my hair about 1-2 inches, behind the ears and on my neck. No visible rash evident. I’ve tried many different shampoos to help, none have. Started T-Gel last night. I’ve had it for several months and my docs can’t seem to figure it out. The only breaks in the skin are from where I have scratched too much. Any advice?

  • Jan Modric

    Jaiprakash,

    visit your doctor, it could be a serious side effect of the drug you’ve taken.

  • Jan Modric

    Swashrn,

    if you’re sure it’s not a shampoo or eventual hair dye, then visit dermatologist to get diagnosis.

  • cooldude

    Hi! I need help for my girlfriend.

    Here are the symptoms:

    My girlfriend developed a fever and a headache for five days coupled with a stomach ache and diarrhea. On the sixth day, all of the said symptoms were gone but on the seventh day she started to develop an itchy rash on her hands and feet which spread to her arms and legs.

    Please help. Aside from the rash and intense itching there are no other symptoms.

    • Jan Modric

      To cooldude.

      Which part of the world are you living? Are you sure there were no other symptoms, like burning urination, swollen lymph nodes or other?

  • cooldude

    Thanks for your reply.

    We are from the Philippines located in Southeast Asia. There were no signs of burning urination or swollen lymph nodes.

  • LyricATR

    Me and my boyfriend both have itchy rashes all thru out our bodies, it gets so itchy at times, to the point where we break skin and start bleeding, followed by the burning sensation. The bites look like little bug bites and itch so much, we both had this for about a month hopping it’d go away on its own, we tried some itching creams but nothing works, we can’t see a doctor so we’re stuck. Can you please give us some possible rashes or what this could be? And how to treat it? Any info would help, thanks

  • LyricATR

    I forgot to mention when I scratch to much, it looks like red veins or vessels are popped on my theighs, if I itch them to when I break skin, then they turn to scabs the next day, I hope this little bit more of info helps you determine what this is or may be. Thanks again
    – Megan

    • Jan Modric

      Megan,

      itchy skin with rash is the only symptom? No headache, fever, nausea, bowel problems? Have you considered scabies mites? Where do you live?

  • Jan Modric

    Cooldude,

    it sounds as one of the infections, cought either by insect bite or food poisoning. Dengue fever, for example, is possible.

    If her symptoms will worsen in any way, she should go to the doctor *immediately*.

  • cooldude

    Thanks so much for your reply again sir.

    There has been some improvements in her condition. The rashes are slowly disappearing and she says that the itch is now bearable unlike before that she can’t stand scratching the affected area due to the unbearable itch.

    Is this a good sign? Or should we still be cautious and go to the doctor?

  • Jan Modric

    Cooldude,

    in infections, like Dengue fever, rash is a second phase of the disease. Rash disappears within 1-7 days. Sometimes, during this phase, a disease worsens, so if this happens, you should consider visiting a doctor to treat eventual complications. I hope you understand I can only assume, but can not really know, what disease your girlfriend has.

  • cooldude

    Now I understand. Thank you so much for the info.

  • LyricATR

    I posted this yesterday &got no response so I’ll repost it again.

    Me and my boyfriend both have itchy rashes all thru out our bodies, it gets so itchy at times, to the point where we break skin and start bleeding, followed by the burning sensation. The bites look like little bug bites and itch so much, we both had this for about a month hopping it’d go away on its own, we tried some itching creams but nothing works, we can’t see a doctor so we’re stuck. Can you please give us some possible rashes or what this could be? And how to treat it? Any info would help, thanks

    I forgot to mention when I scratch to much, it looks like red veins or vessels are popped on my theighs, if I itch them to when I break skin, then they turn to scabs the next day, I hope this little bit more of info helps you determine what this is or may be. Thanks again
    – Megan

  • LyricATR

    No its just itchy, I’m thinking it could be scabies. I’m from New York.

  • LyricATR

    Its just really really itchy at times, it’ll start itching then stop then come back at night. Like last night I got home from goin outside, and my thieghs just started itching like crazy so I started scratching & scratching, and I popped a lot of red blood vessel and on my legs I broke skin and it burns. Me and my boyfriend have been sleeping in the same bed, sharing clothes, mainly everything together, & we had this itching for about a month What should we do?

    • Jan Modric

      Megan,

      if it is scabies (search for some pictures online), the only treatment is with prescribed drugs (ointments). In this case you would also need to wash all bed lining and clothes as recommended here.

  • LyricATR

    Thank you, I looked at the pics already because I been researching this whole month, trying to put it together, I thought Scabies, looked at pics of the bites & told my boyfriend, he agreed, I have an appointment scuduled for me, but not for my boyfriend because he doesn’t have any health insurance, but when I go to the doctor, I’ll share whatever prescriptions the doc prescripes me with him. Thanks again for your help.

  • mrtylercat

    38 yr old female. two days ago I developed a very itchy rash all over my rear end, upper thighs and legs. Looks like fresh bug bites when you itch them…red and blotchy. Lasted for 3-4 hours and disappeared completely. Next day, half an hour out of the shower, same time, same thing…only now on arms a bit as well and uncontrollable itching for 30 min. 3-4 hours and it was gone. Now on day 3 rash appeared at same time, doesn’t itch as much. Skin has not broken and no bleeding, pus, white spots or scaly skin. I have not changed laundry detergent, soap, perfume, etc. I have not eaten any new foods or been anywhere different. I have been exposed to nothing out of the ordinary so that seems to rule out an allergy. I just got over a small cold and still have the lingering cough…I don’t take any cold medicines. Any ideas…

    • Jan Modric

      To mrtylercat.

      So, does the rash always appear after a (hot?) shower or in other occasions when your skin becomes hot?

  • LyricATR

    Me & my boyfriend still have the rash, the doctor was able to identify what was causing the rash or what it may be called.. But he prescirped me some cream, & me and my boyfriend both used it til it was gone & it didn’t work either. The cream said to use it before you went to sleep, & to cover yourself head to toe with the cream. We did that for 2 days & the itchy continued.
    As for what ‘ mrtylercat ‘ wrote, it sounds like we have the same or similar symdomes, because right after me & my boyfriend get out from taking a hot shower or bath, the itchy starts, sometimes even in the shower, but its more common after a hot shower. We bought Aveeno Body Wash & Lotion (Itch Releive) but that didn’t work either. I haven’t gone back to the doctor because the wait is so long. Another reason I haven’t been back to the doctor because the itchy is less & I thought it was going away on its own, but nope I was wrong. The problem is still here, still itchy but not as much.
    Any new surgestions?

    • Jan Modric

      LyricATR,

      if the rash looks like a bumpy hives (pink, without white centers, oozing, bleeding, scaling or crust) it could be cholinergic urticatia (read here in itchy legs). In this case Benadryl (side effect: makes you sleepy) or other OTC antihistamine drug would help, if taken before or right after a shower. It only perplexes me how you both would develop this at the same time.

      Dust mites (not necessary to have a lot of dust where you live) trigger allergic reaction in sensitive people. Sleeping somewhere else some night would tell the difference…

      If bumps are located around the skin hair, and (not necessary) some of them have white centers, it is probably folliculitis – staphylococcal infection of hair follicles. OTC antibiotic creams (mupirocin) would help. Also read about hot tub folliculitis.

      In scabies, besides red bumps, you could find tinny few mm long burrows in the skin on the wrists or around the waistline…

      It would help, if you can explain if the rash is the same all the time, I mean, does it change within hours (this would speak for cholinergic urticaria or other allergy), does it lessen after, let’s say 3-4 hours after a shower? Any additional surface feature (scaling, crust) would mean, it’s not hives.

  • LyricATR

    The rash is the same all the time, it randomly itches, especially at night, after I get out of a hot shower, it itches in the shower when the hot water hits my legs & body, little areas on my back itch, & bumps appear. I’ve had bed bugs before, not anymore (I’m sure of it) & these new bites resemble the bed bug bites I used to get; when I feel an itch, I scratch it & a bump would rise & the area would turn red. These new bites/ rash is a bit different though- like you said if I sleep in a different place I can tell for sure- when me & my boyfriend both sleep at a night at his house in Coney Island, the itching appears the same in the shower & before I go to sleep at night- as to when we spend the night at my house in the same bed & shower. Not to get too personal, but explain a little more; we sleep in the same bed, take a shower at the same time, use the same body soap, wash ragg, towels, sheets, & sometimes clothes, we are also sexually active, so we think what we’re doing is basically pass it back & forth to eachother because of the skin-to-skin contact continuely, therefore if its scabies I would think this would explain everything. But I’m still clueless as to what to do, nor what I could do. You mentioned taking oral Benadryl, we did that & that stopped the itching but for only a couple of hours. You also mentioned skin follicles, I deff. have no doubt that it could be this, because we haven’t been in a hot tub, & the rash/ bites are presistant all over our bodies.
    You wanted to know more about if the itchy changed- No, it doesnt, its been the same for about 2 months now. Except the itchiness isn’t so intense on my inner theighs & no more red veins are popping out like broken blood vessels. Yes, it does lessen 3-4 hours after a hot a shower. No, there is no crusting or scaling at all, so I guess that rules out hives. Any more questions would help me clarify & explain more detail in this.
    There is also no mm burrows on our waists or wrists, no tiny red veins, just some itchy random bumps, sometimes they appear & start itching for like 30 minutes straight, then they stop itching, go away, then return again sometime in the night. Lastly you also mentioned; cholinergic urticatia, I’m about to look more into that, I’m not sure what that is, I never heard of it. Thank you for all your help, I hope everything I stated can help yet again indentify this so I can cure it already. Thanks again

    -Megan

  • LyricATR

    I just finished reading up on cholinergic urticaria, & that doesn’t sound or look like what we have. What we have is mild compared to that or the other possiblities that were listed under “itchy legs”. I’m not sure what this is what we have. Do you have an email, so I could try to take some pictures of our bites/ rash when it acts up most so I could send them to you, maybe you’ll get a better idea of what it could be.
    Thanks again

    -Megan

    • Jan Modric

      Megan,

      more than pictures, exact description and circumstances would reveal, I think.

      1. Does rash appear in any pattern: related to pressure of clothes, three bumps in a row, small groups…palms, soles, face included?
      2. Bumps: size, raised or not, color, oozing, white center, filled with fluid (blister), scaling, crust or any surface characteristic? Do bumps completely disappear in 3-4 hours after the shower? *Important*: do (at least some) bumps have a hair in the middle; I mean are they located around the hair follicles?
      3. A scab that formed after scratching on the beginning – was it “removable”, like a crust; would you say was it dried blood (red) or dried fluid from rash (yellowish)?
      4. Which exact creme have you got from the doctor?
      5. The other commenter (mrtylercat) mentioned a possibly related cold episode. Can you recall any related stress event (including travel) in days/weeks before the rash has appeared?

  • LyricATR

    No I didn’t get none of that, no crusting, scabbing, no yellow oozing infected areas, no bliters, no pimple like bumps.

    They look like bed bug bites, & just itch, I think it may be scabies, but the doctor didn’t prescirp the rifght creme, I don’t know the name of the creme because I threw the tube away once it was finished. I don’t know what else to say, or how else to explain it. I hope that this rash/ bites go away on their own for good.
    But thanks for everything :]

    • Jan Modric

      Megan,

      you might have:
      – scabies
      – allergic reaction to dust mites
      – bedbugs
      – Demodex mites

  • lilydew

    Please help, I have these little sore red itchy spots on my toes. They are sore. They are randomly placed. Two on one toe on the right foot and one n the big toe, and two on another toe on the left foot. I have had this happen before and after a week or two they will go away but, it’s driving me crazy. Ay ideas? They are only on the toes.

    • Jan Modric

      To lilydew.

      Are sores like bumps or like ulcers? How big they are? Do they have white centers? Any burrows in the skin?

  • Ashley

    10 days ago I broke out in hives. They started out in small itchy bumps, then spread and joined together to form large red swollen patches, surrounded by white areas. They began on my ankles, then moved up to my thighs and behind my knees, with a small patch on my left hip and in my right underarm. Hives on my forearms were minimal and have disappeared. My derm prescribed 5 days of Prednisone (along with an Epi shot since I was having a hard time breathing), then after 4 days with no change he prescribed Colchecine and Fexofinadine. I have been taking benedryl every 4-6 hours for the past week, as well as applying cortisone cream regularly. I haven’t used any new products, ate any “different” foods, and have thoroughly washed my sheets and clothes, but nothing is helping. The swelling and itching in my legs has gone down somewhat, but the large blotches are still swollen, very red, and have given my legs the appearance of severe burns and bruising. It is day 10 since this all started. I was exposed to ceiling insulation on a construction site the day the hives began to appear, so I’m thinking it might have something to do with that. Help!

    • Jan Modric

      Ashley,

      I recommend you to have a skin test for allergy. Try to get a piece of that insulation and carry it with you to the doctor (allergologist).

  • lilydew

    they are bumps, about the size of a pen cap, no white centers, dark red centers. If you press on the toe, you can see the shape and the dark red center, otherwise it looks normal. No burrows that I can see.

  • Qtpie10136

    I’ve had this bump and rash for about 3 weeks now. It started out with a bump and a big red rash. The bump looked like a pimple and the rash was two quaters size on the back for my right knee. I put Cordazone on it everynight and that made most of the rach go away, but the area itches. It itchs badly, but if i itch is it hurts really bad for a while. I though it was going away but no. I’ve been putting neosporen on it with a bandaid. That seems to be helping. The redness has reduced and the resh is pretty much gone. But after i put the medicine on it, the area hurts and it feels kinda scally, like the skin drys out. I’m really confused and scared. I have had MRSA staph infection before that started through a pimple so i really want to know whats going on with my knee. Please help 🙂

    • Jan Modric

      Qtpie10136,

      it could be folliculitis – a staph (or MRSA) infection of a hair follicle. An OTC antibiotic ointment containing mupirocin is available in pharmacies. If this does not help, I recommend you to see an infectologist or dermatologist.

  • Gabrielle

    Hi!
    Recently, Ive noticed an odd rash around my inner thighs, up on my hips, and around my genitals (not in).
    They range from looking just like little red bumps here and there to bigger ones like maybe half an inch in diameter (biggest). They’re just like a sore here and there, but its noticeable. They don’t usually itch, when they do, its because I touched them or picked at them. They go away a little and come back, sometimes.
    My mom thinks they may be from the tight pants and shorts I wear almost everyday, and certain detergents do cause flair ups. Sometimes, they almost go away completely. I’m not sexually active, and Ive looked at pictures of scabies, and they don’t look like that.
    Its almost summer (here) and you would be able to see them when I wore a bikini.
    Help?

    • Jan Modric

      Gabrielle,

      if bumps have openings or the hair in the middle, they are probably infected hair follicles (staph folliculitis). The large bump (boil?) would be quite prominent (raised). They may are not have white pus-fill centers. Treatment is with OTC antibiotic ointments containing mupirocin. Staph bacteria often live on the skin, so autoinfection because of wearing tight pants and shorts is possible.

      If the large bump is actually more like a raised patch and bumps have no openings, it could be allergic reaction to clothes…

      If you were swimming recently in a public swimming pool, or using jacuzzi or hot tub, it can be pseudomonas folliculitis.

  • cwgurl01

    I have this itchy rash down my neck and it has now gotten to the point where I am waking up itching my neck. Is this something serious or should I just take some benadryl?

    • Jan Modric

      To cwgurl01.

      Do you dye your hair?

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  • Jonathan

    Hi. I have been getting these bumps on my forearm, where there is hair. They itch for a few days, usually last a week or two, and then go away. After a while they come back again, usually it’s only one bump at a time, and I rarely have more than 3 at once. They are never above the elbow, and never past the knuckles. They are on both forearms. I have looked at pictures and it resembles folliculitis, but it never seems to go away!

    Then more recently I have been getting really bad itching behind my ears. The area is red, and there are very small bumps here and there, of different sizes, but they are kind of hard to see, and they don’t look anything like the ones on my arm, no center, just small raised bumps. Do you think they could be two different things?

    What should I do?

    • Jan Modric

      Jonathan,

      rash on forearms, coming and going, sounds like folliculitis. Over the counter antibiotic ointments are available. Folliculitis is an infection of hair follicles, usually caused by staph bacteria and can be spread by skin to skin contact or via shared items, like sport equipment, tables, clothes, towels…

      Folliculitis bumps don’t always have centers. So, bumps behind ears can be folliculitis or something other, including head lice.

  • Andrea

    Alright, about 5 days ago i was very sick with the stomach flu, it didnt last very long but my fever was about 103. after about the 3rd day i felt back to normal but i started getting a rash along my jaw line, its now worked its way down my neck onto my chest. its just very small and verrry itchy red bumps and i was wondering if it could have anything to do with my being sick?

    • Jan Modric

      Andrea,

      have you had any respiratory symptoms? The term “stomach flu” usually means a diarhea caused by viruses, like rotavirus. Or was it food poisoning? Any lips or mouth tingling or other symptoms? The rash could be from an allergic reaction to certain food or something other…In this case, it should fade away soon, if you’re no longer in contact with eventual allergy triggers.

  • Andrea

    i thought it might have been food poisoning at first because it all start with me throwing up, but once that stopped it was followed by the very high fever and body aches. by the next day i was feeling bette and by the 3rd i felt great. that was really it no lips tingiling or anything like that. i thought about perhaps it just being something im allergic to but i’m allergic to strawberries (which i know i haven’t had any contact with) and when that happens i always get hives that start at my ankles and work their way up. this seems to be different because it’s not spreading, it’s just moving. my jaw line doesn’t itch at all anymore my neck is getting better and now my chest it getting worse.

    • Jan Modric

      Andrea,

      high fever speaks for an infection. It could be from a food poisoning, but, if you live in a tropical area, it could be some infection transmitted by insects…Dengue fever came on my mind.

  • G.O

    Hi dear.. recently i have this like mosquitoes bites on my chest, upper back and neck area, it’s very itchy too!! after 3days, small lil red dots appeared on the middle of my stomach area..today, i realised a dot on top of my binkini line… small red dots are not itchy.. only the red bumps like mosquitoes ones are itchy.. i went to see a doctor today. she said it is Pityriasis rosea. But, when i googled it, Pityriasis rosea shows that it wil not cause itchy-ness. what do u think?? Pls help!! Thank you!!

    • Jan Modric

      G.O.,

      Pityriasis rosea may itch or not, but it appears as small scaly pathes rather than bumps. I guess you’ve already checked some pictures online.

  • Katie

    I have tiny, pinhead sized, flat red marks that started on my arms and chest two weeks ago and have now moved to my back, stomach and legs (basically my entire body except for my head). They are pretty random and spread out- one every inch or so. But all of my skin is extremely itchy, to the point where I have started to scab. I have tried topical anti-histamines, oral anti-histamines and have been prescribed very strong topical steroid but none of it has had any effect whatsoever. I have not recently changed any soap, lotion, laundry detergent, shampoo, conditioner, etc. and I have not been ill or sick in any other way. My dermatologist has no idea what is causing it and has said that I have to try the steroids for two weeks and if it’s still there that she would do a biopsy- although I don’t know what of. I’m just wondering if anyone has ever had anything similar. I am extremely itchy and extremely uncomfortable and can’t seem to find any relief.

    • Jan Modric

      Katie,

      have you tried prescribed oral anti-histamines? An allergologist can say is it an allergy or not. Biopsy means taking a sample of the rash and investigationg it under the microscope. If steroids won’t help even a bit in next few days, you can ask the dermatologist to perform a biopsy sooner…Ointments, in general, are not so effective than oral drugs.

  • G.O

    hi dear… but the bumps turn into patches after it subsided. Do u think it is Pityriasis rosea?? Right now i’m having smaller mosquitoes bites looked-alike on my neck too.. whole tummy area having small lil red dots. my face is having those dry patches that doesnt itch at all.. Help!! thank u so much!!

    • Jan Modric

      G.O.,

      you can try to get an earlier appointment for skin biopsy. Intense itch is not characteristic for pityriasis rosea. You can avoid hot showers and try with cold compresses to relieve itch, or you can ask for prescribed oral antihistamines. Blood test could reveal an infection (elevated white blood cells).

  • MikeG

    I have a rash like case that develops on my forearms each year around this time.I am in construction so my arms are exposed to the sun quite a bit. This has occured for only the past few years. The rash if thats what you want to call it looks almost like sunburn blisters, however they are deeper under the skin and don’t “pop” like blisters. It does itch a bit, but mostly just looks bad. I only get them on my forearms, not my hands, face, or anywhere else.

    • Jan Modric

      MikeG,

      I don’t know. A dermatologist can check the blisters and take a sample (biopsy) if necessary.

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  • S.T.

    Dear Jan,
    I have had this for years but thought nothing of it until more started to develop. I have itchy, dime sized clusters of raised bumps with no coloring. The bumps are about 1 mm in diameter. Some of the clusters have grown and elongated. They are still dime sized in width, but they are just longer. The first ones started on my upper left arm, then my right arm and now I have a long patch on the right side of my back. Thank you in advance.

    • Jan Modric

      S.T.,

      nummular dermatitis (eczema) has oval shape.

  • SubsocialTeri

    Hi guys,
    need some advice!
    I’ve got a rash on my legs and I have no idea what it could be! I’ve had it for years now, I used to only get it in the winter months or when my legs got too hot but it went away for a bit. It’s now come back and I’ve had it severly for about 6months. It’s very itchy in thee night time especially and it stops me from sleeping. In the day it’s painful to walk as it’s on the back of my knees, inner thighs, top of leg at the back and is spreading day by day to other areas and down my legs! At night when itchy it’s red and inflamed and bumpy, but in the day it’s pale pink and dry skin- but I know it’s not eczema. One thing it could be to do with is the fact I suffer ffrom anxiety and it could be a form of stress rash? But I want to know if it’s more serious than just my body reacting to worry/ stress. I’ve been to my doctor a few times and they’ve given me various different creams but can’t work out what it is. If anyone could shed any light I would be most thankful! I’m a 20 year old healthy female with no allergies or phyical problems that I know of. Thanks for Reading please reply

    • Jan Modric

      SubsocialTeri,

      a dermatologist can say is it an allergy, fungal infection, seborrheic dermatitis, folliculitis..

  • K

    I have an extremely bad rash on my inner thighs, top of hands around the thumb, and on my stomach and lower back. It pretty much itches constantly. They are very very small red bumps, sometimes with a small white center. When my skin is hot (as if I just got out of the shower or am outside) there appears to be a white patch around the bumps. I have scratched the ones on my hands so much that they have started to peel and dry up. When i scratch the ones on my thighs stomach and back, the bumps start to swell and itch even worse. I’ve tried anti-itch creams but it doesn’t work. PLEASE help me figure this out. I’m about to scratch all my skin off!

    • Jan Modric

      K,

      bumps with white heads (and also the others without them) may be from foliculitis – a staphylococcal infection of the hair follicles. OTC antibacterial ointments exist, and if this does not help, a doctor can make a diagnosis and eventually prescribe oral antibiotics.

  • kellyk30

    i have a rash that has been on my lower shin part of my leg for like alomost a year now used to be on both legs but now its just the one. also now i have this coined shaped rashed in the crease of my arm, under my armpits and also in the crease of my bikini area???? im freakin out cause its just started to pop up in new places.. anyone might know whats going on???

    • Jan Modric

      kelly30,

      fungal infection or nummular dermatitis (eczema) are my first two thoughts. I believe a dermatologist might be needed to give you a diagnosis.

  • kellyk30

    so i went to the dermatologist and she says inverse pityriasis rosea… never heard of it.. i looked it up and it seems like mine is in not normal places.. i have to go back next week so she can check on it.. so weird cause the cause is unknown it just happens..

    • Jan Modric

      kellyk30,

      if prescribed medications you’ll get won’t work, insist in skin biopsy. Yes, some rashes have no obvious cause..

  • kellyk30

    ok well i go back to see her tuesday… alson i have been reading online about pityrisis rosea and it say somethings about herpes 6 and 7 causes it?? what is that? and should i be thinking that is what it is?? cause im freakin out..

    • Jan Modric

      kellyk30,

      the cause of pityriasis rosea is not known; a virus was a suggested cause, but as far as I know, this is not proven. This rash should heal on its own in weeks/months without consequences.

  • biggc8839

    hi for the past couple of years i have noticed that in the summer months that i get a bunch of itchy bumps on my forearm and on the back of my hands. they are red with no white middle and are extremly itchy we just recently had a cold front that lasted maybe a week or two in ny and it went away. now that the warm weather is coming back so are the bumps any help would be very appreciated.

    • Jan Modric

      biggc8839,

      it can be solar dermatitis, heat rash…A dermatologist should not have a problem to make a diagnosis.

  • Ree

    Hi,
    I have been doing a ton of research to figure this out and have been coming up blank…

    A few days ago I noticed a tan raised bump on the underside of my right forearm and a red(not itchy) dot in the center of my left hand(which may be completely irrelevent). A day later, the skin colored bump (small and round) turned reddish and itched. I attributed it to a bug bite. The next day my earlobe began itching a little and I noticed I had about 4 more dots going up my arm from the original dot – they were not itchy. that night, my arm bumps started itching and I’ve acrued about 7 total on my arm. About the same time I found a dot on my LEFT earlobe, behind my earlobe, right in front of my earlobe and skin colored dots on my neck and jaw. My ear and arm started itching like crazy, then the skin colored dots turned red and the dots around my ear and side of face seem to be getting more spread out and less circular (blotchy, some linish). Same thing is happening to my neck and it all itches.

    The only thing that helps the itching is a cool cloth. Last night I slept with a wet wash cloth around my Right arm and spread around my Left ear/face region. It’s worse at night, itchiness is sometimes severe sometimes mild, comes and goes. Appearance of dots change to “less dot-like” flatter and more rashy. No one else has this. I’ve never been allergic to anything, alread had chicken pox. Oh and they are not getting scabby or scaly.

    I have however, recently been put on Lamictal (which I stopped taking today due to rashy thing), but the kind of rash they tell you can be a side effect is absolutely nothing like this. they said a purplish rash that was big or something…

    • Jan Modric

      Ree,

      I strongly recommend you to speak with your doctor about the rashes and Lamictal immediately. Rashes from medications can vary a lot. A common allergic rash (urticaria – hives) looks like slightly elevated pinkish dots or patches with a smooth surface, but other types are possible. Here are some “Lamictal rash” images.

  • Angela

    Hi Jan,

    It looks like you’re still monitoring this thread – that’s great!

    About four days ago, maybe five, my boyfriend (26yrs old, otherwise healthy) developed a rash. It started on his trunk and spread to his arms and legs. The rash looked like tiny red dots, some more red and some more pink, and very itchy. Nothing on his face, neck, hands or feet – but there were TONS of other spots everywhere. Now it’s starting to fade and he has a slight sore throat.

    This exact thing happened about a year ago, and after the rash left he got a sore throat, runny nose, and cough just like a cold. The doctor said it was a viral exanthem, and sometimes viruses just cause rashes too.

    I’m a little worried because this has happened twice. Do you have any idea what virus could cause this, and is it common? Will his body react to all viruses this way from now on? Do you think his body might be harboring something that will recur every so often? It would be awful if every cold he gets from now on is preceded by days of itching. I am also worried that it might not be a simple cold virus.

    Thanks so much!

    Angela

    • Jan Modric

      Angela,

      I can’t imagine what this could be, but yes, it sounds like an infection (viral or bacterial). In allergy, for example, all dots (rash) would be likely of the same pinkish color, the nasal discharge would be clear, and both skin and throat symptoms would not likely appear days apart.

      You do not mention any fever or enlarged lymph nodes (neck, back of the head, armpits, groin) and no fatigue. All this, and rash, may occur in infectious mononucleosis (caused by Epstein-Barr virus). Childhood infections may be without fever when occuring in young adults. Actually, an infectologist could make some blood tests to find a cause. Viral exanthema is a general term for a rash occuring in non-specific viral infection, and can affect young people who are not yet immune to certain viruses.

      I dont think your boyfriend will react to all virus infections with a rash, or at least, if his immunity is fine, this problem would probably diminish with time. I also don’t think it’s a common cold – here the respiratory symptoms appear first. I’m not sure if a dormant virus (like Herpes virus in shingles) would cause such symptoms; again, an infectologist can make tests.

      Dengue fever (in tropical ares) may start with rash and continue with respiratory symptoms, headache and fever.

      When this occurs again, a picture of rash may help the doctor to find a cause.

  • Angela

    Hi Jan,

    Thank you for the reply! If this happens again I will try and get him to go to an infectologist. With regards to other symptoms, I don’t think he had any swelling of lymph nodes, and there wasn’t any fever. The other day he went and played soccer in the hot sun and afterwards felt nauseous and weak, but he recovered after a few hours and I’m pretty sure he just shouldn’t have been playing soccer while sick. This whole time I have had a slight sore throat, but no rash; it could just be a coincidence though.

    His rash looks very similar to the top left one on this site: http://www.skinsight.com/adult/viralExanthem.htm The spots on his trunk are a little more distinct, but his legs and arms are more muddled like the picture.

    Well, he seems to be on the mend so I’ll just hope this doesn’t happen again, and if it does I’ll take your advice and get him to see an infectologist.

    Thanks again! I really appreciate your time.

    Angela

    • Jan Modric

      Angela,

      if this what your boyfriend had was a viral exhantema, he should develop some immunity against viruses one by one, so in general his problems should lessen with time. A combination of certain medications and viral infections could also cause such a rash.

  • raberyleti

    Just came back from a beach in Maryland. Had horrible itching all over my body when I got there and during my stay in hotel. Now that I am home the itching is still there – especially along my jawline. I haven’t seen any visibe bumps, but some red streaks. I suffer from hives pretty badly, but usually when I take Benadryl, I’m ok. This time it didn’t seem to work. Could it be dust mites from hotel or something I could have come in contact with on the beach? Any ideas what’s wrong.

    • Jan Modric

      raberyleti,

      where did you have streaks? On limbs? Do you think strakes could be from scratching? Swimmers itch is caused by microscopic water parasites. Allergy to dust mites would be also possible. If rash does not disappear you might want to visit an allergologist.

  • dorothy

    hello
    My sister works as a nurse and lives in India. She contracted illness which had very similar symptoms to chicken pox in March 2010. She had boils all over her body started on back and neck and later spread to the rest of her body including scalp. She is 39 and had a very stressful months before these symptoms showed up. She also had meningitis when she was 17 and since then developed low immunity. She said that her boils are very itchy and had fever as well in those days. The boils ruptured and formed scabs but new boils are appearing in other places and her whole body is covered in spots in various stages, some drying off, some just started, and some very sore due to scratching. She has been suffering for the past 5 months without any relief. She has been to variou docotors but without proper diagnose. Sometimes she feels so exhausted and confines to bed.
    We all are very worried for her. Is this a skin condition? If so what. Is this going to be fatal? That’s my main concern.
    Please please help me.

    • Jan Modric

      dorothy,

      low immunity can be confirmed by certain blood tests; a doctor should know which tests to perform. Chicken pox should not last for 5 months in an otherwise healthy person. Samples of the fluid from the boils can be taken and tested in the laboratory to find out the cause of eventual infection, like staphylococcal bacteria. I can’t say how serious her condition is, but again, a low immunity can be a cause, and this can be determined by apropriate tests ordered by an infectologist.

  • jane

    I am a 28 year old woman and have recently developed a peculiar condition. My entire face (all of it) erupts in tiny pink bumps with and without white centres. These centres are usually scratchable-I just lightly scratch them out and they are gone but the redness stays. The bumps suddenly appear every night and magically vanish in the mornings-my skins clearer than ever when I look at myself in the mirror. Whats wrong with me?

    ps-I have also noticed I get these bumps on long car journeys. I thought it was the dust to blame but my house is perfectly protected. I havent even changed my soaps or creams lately! please help!!

    • Jan Modric

      jane,

      I can’t imagine any other rash than bumpy hives (urticaria from allergic reaction) that would appear and disappear in few hours. It could be a delayed allergic reaction to some food (maybe you eat different foods on journeys), your usual soap or creams…Hives may be also triggered by sun exposure, heat, psychological stress…An allergologist can make skin tests.

  • jane

    Must add, I have two dogs but they have been with me since 2000 and I have never had such a weird reaction before. The red, pink bumps are not very prominent, just tiny pink bumps with lil white centres. and I am not in contact with any irritating stuff. I am a recovering bulimic and do slip back occassionally(once a month? maybe once in two months) but the disease has been with me since I was in my early teens and nothings happened to my face ever.

  • jane

    Thanks Jan, will get cracking with the allergy tests. I am working in India on a development project and the village I am in right now has no dermatologist so this was a huge help!

  • Tim

    Hello,

    I have two problems that may or may not be related.

    First, I have had the itchiness and burning of athlete’s foot for several months now. I have been using OTC creams, first lamisil and then when that didn’t work the CVS brand. While the CVS brand provides a little relief, the symptoms have never gone away. The problem is there is no visible rash, nor has there ever been. My feet burn when they are in my shoes for a while, and if I take off my socks my feet burn. There has never been any cracking, peeling or any type of visible rash.

    My other problem is that I have had off-and-on jock itch (or what I believe is jock itch). It is red, comes in splotches (but not out of the area of my pubic hair) and itches and flakes a little. I have used the cream that I use for athlete’s foot and it has been very effective in making it go away, but it always comes back. I don’t know if I am transmitting it from my feet (if my foot problem is indeed athlete’s foot) or if I just haven’t totally cured it.

    I don’t know if the two are related, since I never have visible rashes on my feet, but I always do for the jock itch. I have had problems with dandruff since puberty (I am 22 now) as well as a bought of tinia versicolor on my shoulders in middle school and some ringworm problems in high school when I wrestled.

    Any ideas would be extremely helpful.

    Thank you and sorry for the long post!

    • Jan Modric

      Tim,

      if ointments do not help, a doctor can prescribe you an oral anti-fungal medication that should be more effective. Keeping groin area dry (airy clothes…) may prevent re-infection.

  • MarkwhitKer

    Hey
    i few days ago my lower back an buttocks was itchy. I was itching them and now i have a big red rash with dry skin that itches. Itson my lower bacl and buttocks. It really itchy and it feels like tough skin. It only keeps ittching and i think its spreading

    • Jan Modric

      MarkwhitKer,

      I recommend you to visit a dermatologist – you might need an oral medication against fungi or bacteria.

  • shakenbake

    hey my roommate and I have noticed ichy earlobe each. we both have raised red bumps on our neck. his are more numerous like 6 and painful . i only have one bump that is uncomfortable to touch.

    Any Ideas?

    Also I have on my private area I have a couple of raised pieces of skin that are maybe the size of a lead pencil lead in thickness and maybe get a mm tall.

    • Jan Modric

      shakenbake,

      folliculitis caused by staphyloccoci causes red bumps with occasional white heads. OTC antibiotic ointments exist. Head lice excretions can cause allergic reactions on the face, neck and around the private area.

  • Sara

    i have this bad rash it is on my wrist and there is a little on my hand. It is just very little red bumps and it is super itchy. Can any one tell me what it is ? thanks 🙂

    • Jan Modric

      Sara,

      is it on the palm or back of the hand? Any white heads? Were you touching some unusual things, plants..?

  • rm0928

    I have a rash on my lower arm near my wrist. It started out a week ago as several scattered and itchy red dots, very small. When I woke up the next morning, a much larger portion of skin was raised and bumpy. Overnight, that area doubled. Now, it is still spreading, but much slower and the older patches that used to be bumpy are kind of scaling over. The new areas are bumpy though. When it spreads it starts as dots and then turns into just a large, raised, red, swollen, itchy area. I’ve been using hydrocortizone to help the itch.
    A picture: http://img843.imageshack.us/img843/1091/photo86.jpg
    Please help! I went to the campus nurse and she was baffled.

    • Jan Modric

      rm0928,

      two possibilities are allergic or contact dermatitis, and cellulitis (bacterial underskin infection). I recommend you to see a dermatologist.

  • Resty

    I had a itchiness and sting feeling redness bump only in my palms hand and side of my fingers and under my feet and also having a sore mouth at the same time, It look like a canker sores but all over under my lips and my tongue is also sore, can you please help me what’s going on?

    • Jan Modric

      Resty,

      I encourage you to visit a derrmatologist, who can give you the exact diagnosis.

  • jack

    erm…i had fever and stomach flu for about 5 days or so? and after i recovered i had a rash starting from my hands to my feet…Help~ i stay in Malaysia 🙂

    • Jan Modric

      jack,

      one possibility is a yellow fever or related infection, but blood tests would be needed for diagnosis.

  • Tigerlily

    I currently have lots of very itchy spots on my feet, legs, shoulders and upper arms. This started five days ago with 3 red hard spots next to each other on my right foot. These spots were sore and I had to cover them with a plaster to wear socks comfortably. The original spots are no longer sore – just itchy.
    The next day I had about 9 or 10 new spots on the same foot and on each toe (none on soles of feet) but these were more like hives. White centres, red around the outside. Made worse by heat but they didn’t disappear after a few hours. They do not disappear if you press them. They are hard and red when “calm” but if they get hot they itch like crazy & go white in the centre.
    Over the course of the last 5 days I have got more spots – up my right leg, on my right arm, then down my left leg and my left arm. None on my torso. I’ve been taking Benadryl and applying hydrocortisone cream to the spots.

    No one else in the family has these spots, my husband who sleeps in the same bed has no bites. Neither do my children. I started with the spots at my home but I work away from home during the week and the spots are still coming out now even though I’m away from home working. Do I need to see my DR or will this run its course (I’m thinking the original spots may have been a spider bite or similar and the subsequent spots an allegic reaction to it).

    • Jan Modric

      Tigerlily,

      in allergy, Benadrly and corticosteroids should help at least a bit. In folliculitis, white heads are contantly present (not in all bumps, though). Rash distribution is not typical for bug bites. I recommend you to visit your doctor.

  • Limelight

    Hello,

    4-5 days ago I noticed tiny patches of bumps (2-3 patches) on my thighs (mainly on the back.) Each day I notice a few more of these patches and they’re slowly spreading. The bumps are skin colored and vary in size, although they are usually tiny. There are also a few isolated bumps that do not appear in clusters. Some of the clusters don’t itch and some of them do only slightly. Today I noticed that the bumps have spread down to my knees (backs) and up to my hip. I noticed some of the bumps along one side of my bikini line exactly where my underwear had been. What could this be? I’m terrified of scabies but don’t see any “burrow” lines and don’t have any bumps along my wrists. Since the bumps started on my mid thighs I’m confused.

    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!!

    • Jan Modric

      Limelight,

      one possible cause are shingles, a reactivation of an old infection with Herpes zoster (which we pretty all have had). In this case rash appears along the course of a certain nerve…A dermatologist can give you a diagnosis, and in case of shingles, appropriate ointment. In folliculitis, red bumps with occassional white heads appear around the hair follicles.

  • Limelight

    Forgot to say that the patches are small (about the size of a quarter) and I’m not having any other symptoms.

    Thank you!!

  • kaye

    My daughter is 10, non-verbal with autism. For the past month, she will go outside to play and within 30 minutes will break out in a blistery red rash on her arms and hands only. This is not a sunburn. It does not appear anywhere else on her body. It usually resolves overnight. She does take prozac and risperdol. Sometimes we use sunscreen before she goes outside (sometimes we forget). The rash shows up with or without it.

    • Jan Modric

      kaye,

      it sounds like a contact dermatitis or allergy. A dermatologist could tell, but it would be good if he/she could see the rash.

  • kaye

    Thanks. This is happening both at home and school. Our psychiatrist said she didn’t think it was related to her medication. We’re going to try to take a picture of it and see our dermatologist. Thank you for your answer.

  • Hiskid

    Hello, nice web site..I am a 60 yr old male with hashimoto’s thyroid and fibromyalgia.I read where a symtom of thyroid problems are dry spots which I have on the inside of my elbows and the center of my lower back. I also have itchy/flaky horizontal rows on the back of my neck..I also have like indentations on my scalp that I can scrap out clumps of dead skin.Then I have these bumps near the dry spots on my lower back that feel like small bumps underneath the skin but the top is exposed and I can scrap like salt off them…Everything is DX’ed as psoriasis, but it seems to me there is more that one thing going on…The raised rows on my neck almost cleared up over the summer but seems to be returning now I am not out as much…I was just given a ream which is just a temporary fix…I’m trying to find some natural help..Thanks for any comment..God bless….K

  • susan

    Hey, About 6 months ago my neck started itching and it slowly moved to my face and lips..went to the doc and he gave me tagament for allergy….after bout a week it went away although my lips remain dry and tingly, now its back with itchy neck and itchy blotchy rash around mouth. im at a loss..

  • Tattanooga

    Hello,

    Every two years I get an itchy, red rash around my eyes that swells up to the point that it’s hard to keep my eyes open. Thursday the 4th, I had a reddish-purple line underneath my left eye, and immediately knew what was going to happen. I went to school as normal, and within those 7 hours it had spread to the entire left half of my face. I put a Benadryl itch ointment on it, but it didn’t help much.

    While I slept Thursday night the rash had spread over my whole face, leaving small, close together bums on my forehead and spreading down to my neck. It itched so bad, that it woke me up at 2 am Friday morning. I went to the doctors, and he thinks it’s Prickly Heat. But in November that didn’t sound right, so I’ve been watching it closer.

    Now I have tiny red bumps on my wrists and hands that look like they formed over my pores. On my right hand, I’m losing feeling in my index finger. The rash is now on my groin, my wrists and hands, my back, the right half of my neck, and my entire face that I can see, and it’s still noticeably spreading.

    I’m a fit, 17 year old male, and I want to find out what it is this time and if there’s a way to prevent it. The doctor had mentioned it could restrict my breathing, and this is the worst it’s ever been. Any advice/tips/information or anything?

    • Jan Modric

      Tattanooga,

      rash “formed over the pores” could be some form of folliculitis (an inflammation/infection of the hair follicles). “Loosing feeling in the index finger” could mean nerves are affected from, for example shingles (reactivation of an old Herpes zoster infection). It is a dermatologist who can probably give you a diagnosis.

  • tarynlee

    Hello, a little over a week ago, I started with what I thought was a boil on my spine, [between my shoulder blades] it progressed to an extremely itchy rash, and spread to the surrounding area, [about 4 to 5 patches] and then another patch [of rash] on my chest. i also have been feeling low grade ill, for the same amount of time, no temp. but headachy, and a bit disoriented. today, over a week after it all began, the rash has turned red, seems to be shrinking, and still itches, but last week I had stabbing pain in the rash area alternating with extreme itching. does this sound like anything in particular? I have been alternating anti fungal creme with steroid creme [and started with calamine], I can’t tell which is helping, but since I still don’t feel very good, I’d love to hear your thoughts. thank you,

    • Jan Modric

      tarynlee,

      is the rash limited to the left or right side of your body, running like a stripe from the spine to the breastbone? In this case it could be shingles, which may last for few weeks and heal on its own. Red bumps with occasional white heads appearing in no particular order can be from staphylococcal folliculitis. In this case OTC antibiotic ointment containing mupirocin could help, but prescribed oral antibiotics are more effective.

      I can’t exclude fungal infection, eczema or other skin disorders from your description, though.

  • tarynlee

    Hello again, thanks for the info. while it is confined to my right side, I would’nt say it’s a straigt line, the original one is on the spine right between my shoulder blades, the second one is a little higher up on my right shoulder, and the one on the front is near the top inside of my right breast. there are a couple of smaller ones in the same vicinity on my right upper back. so you could loosely draw a line through them, but it would’nt be a straight stripe. this morning they seem to have gotten bigger again, and are pretty itchy. but I’m feeling pretty much normal, healthwise. i did forget to mention, there was an attack of diahhrea a day or so before all this started. not sure if that was related to this. thanks for any further insight.

    • Jan Modric

      tarynlee,

      with a “stripe” I meant a band running along one ore more of spinal nerves, usually only on one side. These images of shingles can show you the actual appearance may be much more vague as I described before. Bumps, blisters filled with translucent fluid and crusts in various stages may be present at the same time. Diarrhea and mild malaise with symptoms you’ve described may all be symptoms of shingles. I recommend you to read some article about shingles.

      Bumpy rash due to a staphylococcal infection may be in the form of big hard reddened bumps (furuncles) or small red bumps with occasional white heads (filled with pus). Staph infection is usually contracted by direct skin-to-skin contact or sharing towels, clothes…with an infected person. Headache and diarrhea are much less likely in skin staph infection…

  • Stacyy

    Well i have a number of things wrong with me i’m just too scared to talk about :/
    i have lumps in my breasts, not sure wether they’re just milk glands or not but i also have ‘wierd’ nipples :/ i’ve got nausea,high temperature and a red itchy rash allover my body, almost like chickenpox but some are more like lumps i suppose :/
    and i heard that bieng bloated easy can link to cancer or ibs? i’m to scared to talk to anyone about these things, i just wanna know what to do and wether i should be worried? ://
    Thanks x

    • Jan Modric

      Stacyy,

      please go to the doctor soon. If it is a cancer, it can be treated better the sooner it is discovered.

  • werne220

    Hi,
    I have a rash that is very very itchy. The rash started on my arms and legs near my elbows and knees. Those areas have since cleared up and now the rash has moved to my hands, feet, shins, and calfs. The rash starts out looking like mosquito bites and always appears in clusters of at least 3. After about a day they get tiny clear blisters in the center, about 2 or 3 on each “bite”. They clear up after about 3 days but as soon as one cluster clears up another one forms somewhere else. Hydrocortizone gives relief for about 10 minutes. There doesn’t seem to be any pattern to when they appear. I do have an ant problem in my apartment but I do not know if this is related, though I have found multiple ants crawling on me. Please help!

    • Jan Modric

      werne220,

      one possibility would be an allergy to ants or some sort of mites or their saliva or secretions. A skin test performed by an allergist may reveal the cause.

  • werne220

    I should also mention that I live with my boyfriend and we share a bed and he has no rash at all.

  • werne220

    Thanks for the advice, I’ll have to check into that.

  • ADean

    I was reading about the different types of rashes/skin conditions out there. I have had a red rash that started on my bikini line on one side that looked identical to Pityriasis rosea. It has spread out over my hip in a smaller blotchier form and a bit lower on the same leg. This has been going on over a year and I cannot get rid of it. Went to dermatologist and he gave me some creams. They help a bit with the itching and seem to calm the rash down after a few days but it NEVER goes away. It is very itchy and is driving me crazy. I was given an oral pred. pack and that made it almost go away but then it came right back. Help!!!!! Any suggestions?

    • Jan Modric

      ADean,

      do you remember how did the rash start? Which diagnosis has a dermatologist give you? Has he/she excluded the possibility of fungi?

  • tlc91970

    My husband has a reoccurring rash on his arms, neck & other sun exposed areas. He has had this problem for almost 25yrs. It only occurrs when he is exposed to the sun. He gets raised red bumps almost like tiny blisters, they itch and are sometimes painful. Sun screen does not help, it intensifies it. He works outdoors and is exposed frequently, and the rash seems to multiply day after day. It goes away in the cooler months, when the suns intensity is lower. What could this be? Is there a treatment? I appreciate any answers as we’ve been dealing with this a very long time.

    • Jan Modric

      tlc91970,

      a dermatologist may give him a diagnosis after examining a sample of the rash obtained by a biopsy of the skin. However, a dermatologist can help make a diagnosis only when he/she can see the rash. Your husband should write down, how exactly the rash looks (colr, size, any oozing, scaling, crusts), where exactly does it appear and where not, for how long a certain bump persists, does he take any medications (sunlight may react with certain substances [in medications or supplements] when these substances are present in the skin), does anyone of the relatives has any skin disease.

      Examples:
      – in solar dermatitis rash would appear after several minutes or few hours after exposure to sun. A sunscreen with a high sun protective factor (15 or more) could prevent this type of rash. But if sunscreen intensifies the rash, he could be allergic to certain substance.
      – in solar urticaria, bumps would appear within seconds or minutes after exposure to sunlight and persist only for some hours and new ones would appear after the next exposure to sun. In this case antihistaminic pills might help.
      – certain types of psoriasis can be aggravated by sun (unlike other types which get better after sun exposure)
      – in photoallergic dermatitis, sunlight reacts with certain substances (soap, cosmetics..) on the skin
      – in drug induced photosensitivity, sunlight reacts with substances that appear in the skin after taking certain medication or supplement

      An experienced dermatologist could have more ideas.

  • lilamy2195

    I have been getting bites or something on my face, ears(in&out),my back, and I’ve even had one on my knee, and I’ve been dealing with this for 3yrs. now. I have been to two dermatologist and my regular doctor and none of them were of any help, they don’t want to listen, some would partially but still they are clueless and seem to not really care. So I’m here hoping that someone on here might know what I’m dealing with. It starts out this way, I will get an itch and of course I go to scratch or rub it and then I look at it, it looks sort of like a pimple at first (a fresh pimple that hasn’t even got a head to it yet, just red, raised and swollen), it’s painful and so I mess with it and it only gets bigger (just to note: I have left them alone before as hard as it was, just to see if it would go away, get better or what but no they only get worse cause it digs such a deep whole into the face to where it almost looks like you’ve been stabbed), so I squeeze on them and only clear liquid comes out but then hours to a day later depending on the size, it keeps itching and hurting and so I continue to mess with it, sometimes I get like a puss or infection out of some of them, but everyone I have ever had has a white stretchy center and I pull it with a tweezer but it always breaks off. That same spot remains for months some have for up to a yr. and the white thing in the center( it resembles a piece of rice,or a larva)anyway it keeps the bite or whatever it is there for a long time because there will be a scab where I’ve picked it but the white center makes the scab raised in the center. So, I have took and scratched up around the whole scab and the scab will be lifted but still connected in the center of the bite and it’s always hooked to the white thing in the middle. Then once I do that I take the tweezer and pull it and you can see the nasty white thing in the center stretch and then it snaps off and it’s like it goes back in but then by the next day or two it’s back the same way, its a never ending battle. Can someone please help because I would love to get to the bottom of this because this is scarring my face and my body and right now it has one of my ear lobes split and all the dermatologist can tell me is that my face is so scarred that it’s gonna cost me $3000 to $5000 to fix it because now I need microdebration. I would be happy with just figuring out with this is and being able to putting a stop to it cause if I can get it to stop, over time the scars will fade. Thanks to all for reading this, I know it’s very long but I just want to make sure that I had all the detail in.

    Thanks, Amy!

    • Jan Modric

      lilamy2195,

      an experienced dermatologist should be able to give you a diagnosis. Sometimes a sample of the rash needs to be investigated under the microscope.

      If red bumps have openings on the top it means they are inflamed hair follicles due to: acne, staphylococcal folliculitis or some other type of folliculitis. Folliculitis does not appear on the palms and soles since there is no hair follicles.

  • loveacjmajor

    For about two years now, I’ve had a cluster of very very small bumps at the base of my left hand just above my wrist on the non palm side. The bumps are the same color as my skin, close together for the most part, and are barely raised. They are smooth like the rest of my skin, but the area hardens/becomes coarse soon after I scratch it. At its smallest, the cluster is maybe a half inch in diameter. It is only occasionally itchy, but when it DOES itch and I scratch it, the cluster spreads up my hand toward my pointer finger to become about 2-3 inches long, and 1-2 inches wide. I’ve noticed that the rash seems to be worse (more itchy and therefore spreads) in the winter months, but I’m not sure that the dry weather is the culprit, maybe just an irritator. I am always drinking plenty of water, and the rest of my body is well moisturized. I have tried both eucerin and aquaphor, and other intense moisturizers to no avail. Itching it is mainly what seems to make it spread, but its like a vicious cycle. Once it starts itching, it itches REALLY bad. I try to avoid scratching it, but sometimes it happens. The rash will basically go away for maybe 3-4 months (usually in warmer months) but always come back.

    • Jan Modric

      loveacjmajor,

      it could be a localized viral skin infection. I believe, I myself got this few times, but it was so mild and transitional I didn’t take much care about it. A dermatologist can give you the exact diagnosis and recommend some ointment.

  • ItchingLikeMad

    Hi there! Great website! I have a rash for the last couple of months that is very itchy. It began mostly on my jawline and neck and has recently affected my face, chest, scalp, upper arms, back, and now a few spots on my torso. The spots are more scattered and individual rather than collective or grouped. They also are skin toned except when irritated by constant itching. It only remains fairly constant to my jawline and neck and I constantly itch. For the most part it comes and goes, or perhaps only appears to. I have searched the web but have not found anything similar. I have also switched to Aveeno bath products to help but have no real relief. Please help! Any insight is greatly appreciated! Btw, I am 40yo female with no medical problems and not on any medication.

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi ItchingLikeMad

      A skin rash is a broad term and you need to see a dermatologist who can examine the are and diagnose the condition. It could be related to an allergy or infection (localized or systemic), or possibly even the skin care products you were using. Given the distribution, I would advise that you look into your hair care products. Take note of what aggravates the condition, foods, seasons, situations and this may help you identify a possible cause. Ideally a dermatologist should be consulted with for further advice.

  • helpme!!!!

    Hi I just recently started working at a housekeeping job where I wear gloves after that I noticed my hands got extremely red and burned and in three days I developed little bumps and they are very itchy is this because I’m allergic to the gloves some please help me I just got the job and I don’t know what to do!! I’m 15 years old and so concerned!!

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi helpme

      Yes, this could be a reaction to the material in the gloves but may also be seen with exposure to certain chemicals like those in detergents. Even though you are wearing gloves, it is not possible to avoid some contact with chemicals even for a short period. Another possibility, if you have sweaty palms, is that heat and excessive perspiration when you are hands are in the gloves may be causing these skin symptoms. Speak to a doctor about it. If it is just related to the gloves or detergents then using petroleum jelly on your hands before putting on the gloves and thoroughly washing your hands regularly may help. However, it could be a skin disease and your doctor will need to treat it accordingly.

  • Louise

    Hi there, i couldn’t find description matching my kind of rash. I got a spray tan a few days ago for the first time however everyone around me said it couldn’t have a direct connection. It started on my inner elbow two days ago, a red moist and swollen rash with purple lines across (both arms), my neck is now very red and itchy and my face is drying out so quick and burning. I don’t know what to do! I have to heal asap before i go back to work.
    If someone can tell me what it is i would be so grateful
    Thanks.

    • Dr. Chris

      Hi Louise

      Given that you recently had a spray tan, this could very likely be contact dermatitis. This type of skin rash is associated with exposure to chemicals from skin care products, detergents and other chemical applications. Spray tans are usually safe, provided that you went to a reputable establishment, but individual sensitivity to these products may occur. It is more likely in a person with an allergic predisposition, especially those with atopic dermatitis (eczema). However, the spray tan on its own may not have been the culprit and other skin care applications could also be responsible especially if there was a chemical interaction with the spray tan. Of course there are other skin diseases that me also be existing but your doctor will first consider excluding teh spray tan as the cause if you did not have any pre-existing skin complaints prior to the tan. Speak to your doctor who can then assess your skin and prescribe the appropriate medication or topical applications to reduce your symptoms.

  • Shauna

    My body is itchy all over and when i scratch them little spots/lumps appear, it is all over my body except for my face and private area. They are so itchy that i am bleeding and scabbing from scratching so much. Has anybody any idea as to what i could be or any remedies to cool these hots itchy spots?

  • Ange

    I have been getting itchy inflammed little bumps on my left cheek under my eye and over time it spreads so fast that my whole face begans to actually leak out puss and when I don’t or put lotion on, it begans to flake yellow crusty substances. I’m in need of help is it because of my allergy ? Thanks.

    • Hi Ange. It is difficult to say if this is really an allergy or it may instead be another skin condition like seborrheic dermatitis which tends to present with flaky yellow crusts. You should see a dermatologist who can assess your condition and prescribe the appropriate treatment.