For a month now I have been breaking out in bumps that have clear liquid that itch, grow larger until they resemble dime size small pox. (however, I've always been immune to the small pox vaccine) This started on the tops of my upper legs and now are head to toe. I have not been around weed, grasses or the like. I have not changed laundry soap, bath soap or face cream. No new foods except a soy yogurt. I've been trying to clear this up on my own but it's gotten totally out of hand. I've never taken any medication except for Prempro. I tried several dermatologist to get an appointment ASAP, but the earliest was in 7 weeks. I cannot wait that long or I'm sure something bad could happen to me. Any help right now would be greatly appreciated.
I don't work away from home. I don't get in the sun and rarely do I sweat, since I live in a very mild climate near the ocean. I love everything very clean and I don't have any chemicles in my home except alcohol and bleach, and I do clean with these. The last time I was even sick was 1978. I've never had the flu and choose not to take the shots. I cannot take antihistamine as it makes my heart flutter instead of beating. Same with coffee. I shower once or twice a day and keep the skin dry. I've tried calamine lotion, HC DermaPax spray, Cortizone.10 for the itching and bacitracin ointment on the areas that get infected. I called all the dermatologist in my town and another town but the first available opening was on July 29th. The itching and spreading was not going to wait that long so I went yesterday to the emergency room. The Dr. said he did not know exactly what it was. He thought it could be either scabies or eczema and gave me a prescription for prednisone 10 mg. and permethrin cream. I used the cream last night, showering it off this morning. So far no difference except a few blisters, and to keep the itching down I still had to spray with the HC DermaPax. By the end of the week, if there is no change, I think I will break down and take the prednisone. Never had this before. Never had any medications before and I'm afraid of them.
I called my gyn Dr. and she pulled some strings for me and now I have an appointment next week with a Dermatologist. If you have any feedback that can help me right now, I would appreciate it.
The only soy I had was the tiny soy yogurt, and I ate that about a week before I started breaking out. The Dr. I saw yesterday said it definatley wasn't the soy yogurt. You should see how bad these things are from head to toe. Horrible, and I keep getting new ones every day. I just hope the next Dr. doesn't just "guess", but to run tests and do whatever it takes to find the source.
Thank you for being so thoughtful in trying to help me.
I'm so sorry your going thru. those bad symptoms. It must really be terrible for you.
I'm still itching to death and getting more new bumps daily. I have been reading up on all the skin rashes and have ruled out Scabies since it just doesn't fit, plus my husband doesn't have any breaking out at all.
I was up most of last night putting everything I had on me and nothing worked for long. It's getting worse and I can't see the dermatologist for another week. What should I do?
I'm really worried here!!!
Stop using the alcohol and bleach - Avoid Purell and other hand sanitizing products which contain alcohol. These may aggravate the condition.
At this stage, the only possible suggestion is that you go to the ER, get antiallergic and steroid injectables to give you symptomatic relief and get blood tests done to rule out any systemic involvement.
'Blisters are usually caused by injury to the skin from heat or from friction, which create a tear between the epidermis—the upper layer of the skin—and the layers beneath. When this happens, the surface of the skin remains intact, but is pushed outwards as serum seeps into the newly created space between the layers.
Short periods of intense rubbing can cause a blister, but any rubbing of the skin at all can cause a blister if it is continued for long enough. Blisters are most common on the hands and feet, as these extremities are susceptible while walking, running, or performing repetitive motions. Blisters form more easily on moist skin than on dry or soaked skin, and are more common in warm conditions.
Sometimes, the skin can blister when it comes into contact with a cosmetic, detergent, solvent or other chemical; this is known as contact dermatitis. Blisters can also develop as a result of an allergic reaction to an insect bite or sting.
There are also a number of medical conditions that cause blisters. The most common are chickenpox, herpes, impetigo, and a form of eczema called dyshidrosis. Other, much rarer conditions that cause blisters include:
* Bullous pemphigoid – a skin disease that causes large, tightly-filled blisters to develop, usually affecting people over the age of 60.
* Pemphigus – a serious skin disease in which blisters develop if pressure is applied to the skin; the blisters burst easily, leaving raw areas that can become infected.
* Dermatitis herpetiformis – a skin disease that causes intensely itchy blisters, usually on the elbows, knees, back and buttocks. The blisters usually develop in patches of the same shape and size on both sides of the body.
* Chronic bullous dermatosis – a disease that causes clusters of blisters on the face, mouth or genitals.
'Dyshidrosis, also termed Dyshidrotic Eczema, Pompholyx and Dyshidrotic Dermatitis, is a skin condition that is characterized by small blisters on the hands or feet. It is an acute, chronic, or recurrent dermatosis of the fingers, palms, and soles, characterized by a sudden onset of many deep-seated pruritic, clear vesicles; later, scaling, fissures and lichenification occur. Recurrence is common and for many can be chronic. '
'There are many treatments available for dyshidrosis, however, few of them have been developed or tested specifically on the condition.
* Topical steroids
* Nutritional deficiencies may be related, so addressing diet and vitamin intake is helpful
* Hydrogen Peroxide - posted as a key alleviating treatment (not a cure) on a popular website, it is used in dilutions between 3% and 27% strength, but side-effects of its use include burning and itching, and there is argument as to whether it only attacks the 'sick cells'.
* Potassium permanganate dilute solution soaks - also popular, and used to 'dry out' the vesicles, but can also be very painful and cause significant burning.
* Domeboro (OTC) helps alleviate itching in the short term.
* Emollients during the drying/scaling phase of the condition, to prevent cracking and itching. While petroleum jelly may work well as a barrier cream, it does not absorb into the skin and or allow it to breathe, so may actually be less helpful.
* Salt soaks - maintaining palms for 40 minutes to an hour immersed in a salt solution of 1/4 salt dissolved in water. Repeating treatment for 3-4 days or additionally if required. It is best to soak only the palm and avoid exposing the top of the hand to the saline solution as salt can severely dry and irritate the skin on the top of the hand.
* White vinegar soaks
* Avoidance of known triggers - dyshidrosis sufferers may need to abstain from washing their own hair or bodies, or wearing gloves when they do so, however waterproof gloves are often potential irritants.
* Zinc oxide ointment
* Nickel-free diets
* When in the scaling phase of the condition, the scales may cause deep cracks and fissures in the skin. Filing (as with an emery board) may help to minimize this.
* Stress management counseling
* Light treatment: UVA-1, PUVA, Grenz rays, Low Level Light Therapy using a Red + NIR (LED) combination
* Ciclosporin a strong immunosuppressant drug used to combat dyshidrosis caused by ulcerative colitis
* Efalizumab (Raptiva) a medication used to treat psoriasis
* Tacrolimus and Pimecrolimus, potent immunomodulators often used to prevent organ rejection in topical, ointment form, may be used in severe cases.
* Unbleached cotton gloves may be used to cover the hands to prevent scratching and vulnerability of the skin to bacteria
* Plantain (Plantago major) infused in olive or other oil can be soothing.
* Band-Aid brand liquid bandage regularly applied during the (often painful) peeling stage allows the skin to breathe while protecting it from further irritation. Some suffers have found that with regular application the skin will close and reform within 1 to 2 days. Protection is sufficient that the user can (gently) wash their hands with no irritation, however additional application after each hand wash is suggested. It does not cure the condition and only aids healing during the peeling stage. Other spray-on or brush-on liquid topical coatings can contain irritating ingredients and have not been found to be helpful, some will aggravate the condition significantly.
* Avoid metal computer keyboards and track pads which contain nickel.'
Thank you so much for taking the time to write such an informative and lenghthly post. It is greatly appreciated. I will apply what fits my condition and hopefully get some relief till I see the dermatologist in a few days. The blistering was probably due from scratching, and I have not had any new ones since I stoped scratching. The palms of my hands are broken out and that definately itches.
I will let you know the prognosis next week.
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