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Question: Non-itching red abdominal and chest rash
|DC1970 - Tue Jan 01, 2008 7:37 pm||
I have a red irregular rash spread across my abdomen and chest (but no further). I have had it for at least 2 weeks. It started as tiny widely separated red bumps, but now some groups of tiny red bumps with red patchiness between them have formed. It does not itch or hurt, but the skin is slightly sensitive to the touch, perhaps (but not enough to notice if I don't think about it). It resembles a heat rash a bit, or some kind of contact dermatitis (like you might get from handling fiberglass insulation), except that I can't think of anything I am doing or wearing that is only touching my abdomen and chest. The only thing I have been in physical contact with lately that is out of my ordinary life are some puppies that one of my adult dogs had. I do remember one night a few weeks ago (pre-rash) having a sensation that my "skin was crawling." I fell asleep and the sensation didn't recur. I haven't yet tried any medications or creams.
I have posted a photo of the rash at http://snipurl.com/1wbai
Thanks for your help.
|Debbie Miller, RN - Tue Jan 08, 2008 9:51 am||
Rashes can be very difficult to diagnose and sometimes they occur for no identifiable reason. If it was an allergic rash, most likely you would have itching and/or burning. If it doesn't go away on its own (and you may never know why you got it), you should see a dermatologist. There are many skin conditions that result in rashes, most of which are not serious. Contact dermatitis, psoriasis, or other causes can be treated with over-the-counter topical corticosteroids. Apply a thin layer and this is not for prolonged use. If you see no improvement in a few days, discontinue use.
Best wishes to you.
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