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Red itchy raised rashes on back, chest and arms after shower PLEASE HELP!!
Hello, for quite some time now after I shower I find that I am covered in these strange red rashes. I know many other people have similar symptoms, so I'm not too alarmed, but I would like to know if there is anything I can do to sooth them. I generally find these rashes disappear within an hour or so, but some on my back are still there for almost a whole 24 hours and they itch and are irritating, also unsightly. I'm in a long term relationship and self conscious enough as it is about taking off my clothes, now I have this to be embarrassed about. I went to a dermatologist a whiles back but all he did was give me a topical cream that did little to nothing for me. Please if you know anything about this information on how to cure it would be most appreciated.


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Hello,

I cannot confirm anything without examination but it can be due to contact dermatitis(to soaps or other cosmetics) or hives. Hives (medically known as urticaria) are red, itchy, raised areas of skin that appear in varying shapes and sizes.Mostly they are idiopathic but sometimes they are caused by viral infections(like bronchitis in your case) or medications.

Take some over the counter antihistaminics like Claritin or zyrtec to your husband.Nighttime itching can be controlled by benadryl.Also apply calamine lotion or a mild steroid cream on the itchy areas.If the symptoms persist then oral steroids may be needed. If the symptoms persist, then you can consult an immunologist. He may start with immunosuppressive drugs.

If the hives don’t go after 6 wks of treatment also, then it can be a case of chronic urticaria which needs further evaluation as it may be due to auto antibodies.Plsconsult a dermatologist in that case.

Hope it helps.Take care and pls do keep me posted in case of additional queries.

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