Can't remember when this started, but I occasionally get these red bumps, slightly painful, on my hands and fingers. They eventually go away after a couple of days with no problems and without treatment. I recently saw a GP regarding this problem, but he couldn't diagnose exactly and said it shouldn't be contagious to my infant. A few days ago, I got a fever and flu-like sx w/sore throat - recovered the next day except for the sore throat, but noticed the bumps, this time an increased number on my hands (mostly on palms), and I believe for the first time on the soles of my feet. Some are flat, some raised, and mildly uncomfortable especially when I walk. The bumps/rash on my hands hurt when I squeeze or wash in hot water. I read that it could be hand-foot-mouth disease, but the bumps don't ooze/blister and I don't have any near or in my mouth. Also, I've had these "rashes" before without being ill otherwise. I would love to see a dermatologist, but usually the rash is gone before I can ever get an appt! They seem to be under the surface of my skin (if that makes sense?), so I'm praying that whatever this is, I don't pass it to my daughter or husband. Any advice??? Thank you.
It sounds like a form of eczema called dyshidrosis. cause unknown. Not contagious. A virus wouldn't come and go as you describe. For proper diagnosis, you'll need to see a skin doctor. If at all possible, photograph the rash as best you can in case it isn't there when you go. meantime, however, I don't think you need to worry about passing it to you family.
Did you ever figure out a diagnosis? I have the same symptoms, along with others that you did not list, which may or may not be attributed (perhaps I have a couple things happening at the same time?). But I do also have the recurring red spots on my palms, which take about a day to go away. Sometimes they itch, especially at night, but are never raised. Accompanyed with those is also the same red fingertips with extreme sensitivity to hot water, holding a coffee cup, etc., and general numbness and tingling in the tips.
I went to a dermatoligst and took pictures along, b/c I too could not get in fast enough, and he immediately attributed it to Erythema Multiforme, which when I got home and looked at pics/symptoms online, was assured that he was wrong. He was a total wack to begin with anyway and I wasted my time with him (his first response after seeing the pictures was: "You're the type of patient I would give $20 to go somewhere else," which I should have done immediately after he said that. I then went to my GP and he was baffled (b/c of other sysmtpoms too),and immediately scheduled blood tests. I'm now waiting for results, but still concerned and researching just in case they come back negative - I want to get to the bottom of this.
Some of my other sysmptoms include:
Rash on trunk (mainly hips and left/right of stomach)
Flush face, but white around the eyes
Joint pain and soreness, mainly upper body
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