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Severe Itching & Burning of white blotches on skin
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Severe Itching & Burning of white blotches on skin

Location:
Any location, any time, anywhere on my body. Most common problem area is my back, soles of feet and hands.

My symptoms:
At the start, stinging red spots, very small. Turns into white blotch with red outline, swells, severe burning and itching on that location. Red outlines never develop any distinct shape. Size can be from a few small penny sized blotches to cover whole back. length can be from 30mins to whenever.

If I am not having a recurrence of the symptoms in totality, the simple act of running my finger tips along my skin will leave marks as if I was clawed by an animal. Simple red marks.

Duration:
3 months going.

Suspected activities:
I was doing dryer vent pipe/duct cleaning in a condo complex (460 units) when this started. Working from the attic. Also did a separate complex of 200 units that was cleaning pipes of lint and bird removals.

I also started smoking cigarettes again. I used to smoke Marlboro Reds, quit for 9 months then started again with Marlboro Menthol.

Diet:
I try to be as health in my diet as possible. No out of the ordinary foods, Solid food calorie intake about 700-1200 each day. Liquid intake about 200. No soda, no diet drinks, no milk. I love tea & coffee.

Notes:
I have been to the doctor and was treated for mites. No relief and I did not go back to that doctor. No anti-allergy cream or pill helps other then Claritin... I think. No stressful situation have occurred or are presented in the near future. No drugs or alcohol use past 2 years.

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Hello,
These rashes can be due to hives, scabies or dermatographism  which appear and disappear randomly. You can apply some calamine lotion at the rash as it will help in soothing the skin. You can take some OTC oral antihistamine medications like Benadryl or Claritin and see if it helps.

For mild-moderate symptoms a weak steroid may be used whilst more severe cases require a higher-potency steroid. But they are available under prescription and should be taken only after consulting a dermatologist.

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 doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.

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