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Old 07-21-2011, 03:17 PM   #1
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Bumpy red rash, itchy at night...?

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I've got a bumpy red rash on my left and right upper arms. It appeared on Saturday night and has gotten worse this week. It's only really itchy at night time but can be a little itchy sometimes during the day. I woke up in the middle of the night last night to find I'd actually been scratching away in my sleep and have managed to even cut myself where I'd been scratching so hard. I used to get rashes a lot when I worked in a really dusty environment and I've always had very sensitive skin but I no longer work around that much dust and haven't used any new products or changed washing powder etc. I have been under a lot of stress lately at work and with illness in the family so wonder if it could be something to do with that? Either way, I've been applying Eurax every night to try and sooth the itching but it's not helping much. It doesn't seem to be spreading, although one day I'll wake up and it'll look a little better and then the next I'll wake up and it'll look a little worse. Any advice? I'm not good at dealing with things like rashes - starting to go a little

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Old 07-21-2011, 03:38 PM   #2
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Re: Bumpy red rash, itchy at night...?

Huh. That REALLY looks like contact dermatitis. In fact, if you lived in North America, I'd guess poison ivy, but it's not normally found in Europe.

You might do better with a hydrocortisone (steroid) based cream, rather than Eurax. Eurax is good for scabies, but the medicine that treats scabies can actually make some other rashes worse, if your skin is very sensitive.

Believe it or not, it could be caused by contact with outdoor pollens, although it's more likely from something else.

 
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:47 PM   #3
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Re: Bumpy red rash, itchy at night...?

I did wonder about it being a simple case of contact dermatitis but couldn't think of anything that I'd been around that could have caused such a reaction. Although, I've just considered the fact I wore my boyfriends t-shirt at the weekend so perhaps it was that?? Though I've had no problems until now, as far as I'm aware he hasn't changed his washing powder and it's only on my upper arms....
Would Diprobase be better in a case like this?? I seem to remember being given a big tub of that when I last had an allergic reaction to dust.
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Old 07-21-2011, 03:55 PM   #4
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Re: Bumpy red rash, itchy at night...?

Also, not sure if this is related in any way whatsoever but just thought I'd ask. There's a possibility I could be pregnant - just have to wait another week or so to do a test - so was wondering if that could have something to do with it. Like, if I was pregnant could that increase my sensitivity to allergens or anything like that??
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