I have an itchy rash that began on my thighs a week ago. The bumps started off more scattered with some space in between but have multiplied, filling in areas. I did scratch a few times. The bumps are small, with a slight raised blister center and slightly reddish and mostly the same size. It has worsened with the bumps spreading to my lower legs and upper thighs and arms. What should I do in the meantime before I can can get a dermatologist appt?
Person's Gender: Female
Person's Age: 39
Hydrocortizone 10, witch hazel, oatmeal bath
Hi. I will do my best to advise. However, please note that this does not substitute an in-person consultation with a doctor.Are you able to upload pictures of the rash? Please tell me if you cannot
I will try to provide a picture.
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Thank you. I have taken a pic and am working on getting it to you now
http://s1154.photobucket.com/albums/p537/suzannemcole437/Dr Attili, above is the link to my photobucket pictures. I have takem some with flash and some in natural light so you can get a better judgement of the rash. Thanks,Suzanne
Thanks for the pics. The history and clinical features are consistent with a viral rash (exanthem. Please see this link http://dermnetnz.org/viral/viral-exanthem.htmlThis usually is harmless and takes 2-3 weeks to go away on its own. However using calamine lotion every few hours and Benadryl tablets will help with the itch. Using a steroid like cortisone cream twice a day will help the rash fade away quicker.Please note that drugs (if you have taken anything new 7-10 days before the rash, say an antibiotic or pain killer etc) can also cause a similar rash. So if this is the case, you need to avoid it in future.
Dr Attili,It seems like it keeps spreading although I haven't scratched. Do you think it will continue to spread up to my torso and down to my feet?
Yes unfortunately, the rash can get worse for a couple of weeks before it can get better. If you are not feeling unwell, & not developing water filled blisters or any lesions in the mouth, no further intervention is usually necessary.
MRCP (London, UK), CCT-Dermatology (UK).