I have been searching the web for over a week now as I watch this VERY ITCHY and UGLY (almost chicken pox like rash but the circle spots are flat and flaky) take over my body from the neck down. What is it????? It started differently then what I have read so far, mine started with a small dime sized spot on the top of my right thigh. It was not even really a spot but looked more like ring worm, however it grew to be the size of about a half dollar piece, got real flaky and NEVER ITCHED!!!! About 2 weeks later I was taking off my clothes to get into the shower and I started to see all these little flat red circle rash marks all over my insides of my arms from my elbow up. Since then it has taken over my entire body from on my neck down!!!! I made an appointment with my Doc, I do know it is NOT contagious and although it itches I have done my best to not knowingly itch so it is NOT spreading from itching either??? I am so scared it is going to come to my face and I do not know what to do!!! I tried all the over the counter stuff, then I started looking up my symptoms, I found 3 matches the #1 match with all symptoms met is PITYRIASIS ROSEA - the first spot is called a "HERALD PATCH" comes about 2-4 weeks before the tiny rash - which is somewhat like Excyma but real ugly, not much can be done for it to help you just got to let it run its course???, #2 is LIME DISEASE - my symptoms match somewhat and #3 SHINGLES - my rash is not pimply or bubbly but the rest adds up - my joints have been worse then normal lately and I am on nerve blocking meds that would make me not feel any pain associated with them???
Your symptoms are suggestive of pityriasis rosea. Pityriasis rosea is a common human skin disease which presents as numerous patches of pink or red oval rash. The rash may be accompanied by low-grade headache, fever, nausea and fatigue and itching. Topical and oral steroids are needed. Water, sweat, and soap may cause irritation and should be avoided in the disease. Topical zinc oxide and calamine lotion are useful for pruritus.
I would suggest you to consult a dermatologist and get this possibility evaluated. It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your dermatologist. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.
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