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Hello this is Dr. Stan and I will assist you with your question today. I am board certified and I have 40 years of patient experience. I am happy to help you. I'm sorry you have a rash and itching.
Can you send pictures and describe where you have the itching?
Several possibilities causing this:
Because these are treated differently, may I suggest you schedule an appointment with a Dermatologist or a visit to an Urgent Care Center to determine an exact cause and provide appropriate treatment. You can also try an over the counter antibiotic cream (Bacitracin) and Benadryl cream applied twice daily. This will treat folliculitis. If bed bugs, fleas then an exterminator and replacement of your mattress. There are also over the counter treatments for lice, but I doubt that's the cause due to the wide area that is affected.
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Did you try Bacitracin and Benadryl? Did it help?
Scabies was in my list of possibilities as well as bed bugs. Either could be the cause. Do yourself a favor and see a doctor to get the prescription medication you need. I will opt out, as you requested.
It seems to be bedbug bites. Pruritic bites can be managed symptomatically with topical corticosteroids and/or systemic antihistamines. Management of bedbug infestations starts with identification of the bug. Control of bedbug infestations requires an experienced pest management professional. Affected individuals should not attempt control measures themselves.
The sites of skin reactions are frequently pruritic. The suspicion of bedbug bites may arise based upon clinical findings, but the diagnosis must be confirmed by detection of bedbugs in the patient's residence or place of work. Detection requires careful visual inspection of typical harborages, placement of passive (physical or adhesive) or active (heat- or carbon dioxide-emitting) traps, or deployment of trained bedbug-detection dogs. Small infestations of bedbugs are difficult to detect and an infestation may be suspected if specks of feces or blood are found on linens, mattresses, or behind wallpaper. You should hire the specialist to detect them.