I have the same problem for about 12 years now. I finally found out what it is. It is Shingles. Shingles are virus the same as Chicken Pox. Children usually got Chicken pox, but the virus are still in the body inactive. When one grow older and their immune system is weaker. These viruses will reactive and it is known as Shingles.
These viruses will reactive by something trigger them. In my case I found out that it was the heat, chocolate and nuts that I ate. First, I felt itchy on my skin and scratch it. The next day blisters formed. I squeezed them and wiped with paper towels and washed with warm salt water to get rid of the itchiness. Follow by applying topical cream and taking Benedrly Allegry pills three times daily for 4 to 5 days till the itch is gone. The complete recovery is 3 to 4 weeks. From now on I will stay away from chocolate, nuts and heat forever.
Remember shingles will attack elderly more frequent, so please keep an eye on what trigger the inactive virus (the virus which is the same as chicken pox in your body).
Shingles is painful rather than itchy. The single spot on the back and then spreading sounds like Pityriasis Rosea ... also known as Christmas Rash Disease. Look it up on the internet ... lots of pictures to compare to .. typically it starts on the back or front and then spreads outwards from that spot sparing the face.
It's cause is unknown, but it's not thought to be contagious. Treatment is symptomatic until it runs it's course in a couple of weeks, although it may last longer
It sounds like it could be herpes. Do NOT put heat on the rash -- put cool compresses on it.
Several years ago I became very ill with several problems but the itch and rash were horrible. I had layers of skin just coming off my hands and arms by itself no itching. Finally I found a doctor that knew what it was. I saw many who told me to stop picking at my skin. It was diagnosed as an auto immune disease tatly seen in my area. After years of costly medical treatment I finally found out that if I had gone to the doctor I last saw when it first began I could have saved lots of money, pain and life long scarring so don't wait. Find A GOOD knowledgeable dermatologist and stay out of the sun til you know. Don't use hot anything because this may be damaging your skin. I don't want to scare you but it really needs to be looked at by a good doctor of P.A.
I have spreading rashes with blisters. Biopsy showed I have folliculitis (infected hair folliculs from wearing clothes too tight around my waist). My dermatologist wants to treat rash with Hydroxyzine HCL TABS and triamcinolone Aceton 0.1% cream
My allergist wants me on zyrect 10 MG and Triamcinolone Acetonide cream 0.1%
Benadryl liquid has helped relieve itiching and drowsiness is nothing to worry about if taken at bedtime.
My boyfriend has the same thing....and it has gotten worse over the summer as well. It sounds like prickly heat, or contact dermatitis....but I am not a doctor. Speaking of doctors, this sounds like something that really needs to be looked at, especially if it's spreading.
Noxema and tea tree oil come to mind, but if it's this bad, sounds like you need to see a doc!
And if you use something, be careful not to recontaminate the item by double dipping in case it's contagious.
i agree it sounds like shingles.. the heat makes the shingles worse.. you need to go to the doctor right away.. the longer you wait, the worst they get.. they make you very sick and put you on bedrest for awhile..
Kath, I find I have you on my mind a lot (being a "mom", I guess). Please let us know how you're doing :)
could be atopic dermatitis or so I was told. My daughter gets it on the back of her neck under her long hair, use Johnson & Johnson first aid cream, it eventually clears up.
I don't know what you have, but I know one way to get temporary relief from itching. Apply hot water (compress) or put itchy extremity(arm, foot, etc) in hot water for a minute or two. It has to be as hot as you can stand it, but not so hot that it burns your skin. This actually diminishes the number of pain recepters at the itchy site for about two hours. When itching returns, repeat treatment. I like the remedy because it is free and safe. However it sounds like you should see a doctor to discover the root of your problem. Good luck. LL
To save some money you could also go to your local city or county nursing office. Some church parishes also have parish nurses who see members of the church.
You have my sympathy!
shingles is very painful - rather than itchy. I think you need to go to the doctor and get a professional opinion. What you've spent in over the counter home remedies probably would have paid for an office visit.
Go to http://www.mayoclinic.com and look up "shingles" under the "diseases and conditions" heading. (This is the first thing that came to my mind when I read your post.) There is a description and even a picture you can enlarge. You can compare your symptoms with the information given. I DO think you should see a doctor. Good Luck........and don't wait around.....you may be able to keep this from getting a lot worse!!!!
Sounds like shingles. I agree you should go to a doctor. Most places will let you make payments. Good luck to you, dear.
Insurance or no insurance, I think you should see a doctor. Perhaps there are clinics in your town or close by that can help you. It's not a good idea to mess with your health. Otherwise, a doctor's office will probably allow you to make small payments each month. God bless you!!!
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