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Are these the same bumps you were talking about couple of days ago?
It definitely doesn't seem like allergies, especially seasonal allergies - those usually come in the form of sneezing, coughing, runny nose, stuffy nose, etc.
When was the last time you wore you new flip flops? I don't think its from flip flops because the distribution is in places where the rubber doesn't touch the foot (from what it seems on the picture). Also, if the last time you wore your flip flops was 2 weeks ago, you should be getting these spots now. If you were allergic to a product within that rubber, the spots would show up within 24 hours.
It is very possible that these are bug bites. But bites come in groups around the same area. The reason they itch so bad is because your body develops an allergic response to the bite.
I would suggest that you put Hydrocortisone cream 1% on the itchy spots (if you have another topical steroid cream that is stronger than Cortisone, tell me and I will tell you if its ok to use) and also take Benadryl before you go to bed. If you are worried that Benadryl will make you too sleepy, take over-the-counter Claritin 10 mg. Its the same thing as Benadryl but non-drowsy. Of course, change all your sheets.
Good afternoon Beth,
My intentions were to write to you the first thing this morning but my baby was super sick all night long and I didn't get to work until 9:30am and then was totally overwhelmed. So I can definitely tell you its not from the flip flops. Without touching and physically seeing the spots, it is very difficult to tell you exactly what it is but bed bugs are not always visible. As a matter of fact, they usually hide under the mattress or dressers and come out at night.
Usually bug bites come in patterns which is what it looks like on your foot. It is possible that this is also a type of eczema (inflammation of the skin) but the treatment would be about the same - steroid cream to decrease the itching and inflammation and Benadryl to decrease itching as well (especially at night).
You got to try something to treat it - see if the over-the-counter medications I recommended will work - if not, you might need something stronger which is only available by prescription.
Let me know what happens.
The only reason I thought they were bug bites is because they were in a certain of linear pattern with a few scattered closer towards your toes. But again, the picture is blurry (because it is a large mega pixel picture) so its difficult to see the details of the spots.
If you are prone to eczema, it is very possible that this is a similar process. Eczema can come in different places on the body. You may get one outbreak and never see it again or it may occur on and off without any specific triggers.
If you used an anti-itch medication which had some Cortisone in it, chances are this is more related towards eczema rather then bug bites. Put that cream on 3x a day today and see if the redness also improves by tomorrow.
The baby was 11 months old yesterday and on his birthday he got a cold :( First one ever. Babies are so sad when they are sick and I feel so useless. It just takes time to clear (2-3 days) but for us, those 2-3 days will be quite difficult. Oh well...