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I'm driving myself crazy...I have a rash all over my body. Not covering my whole body, but rather scattered tiny red bumps in no particular pattern. I first noticed it about a 5-6 weeks ago, as a few tiny itchy bumps on my right arm. Didn't think much of it at first, just thought it maybe was a viral thing, since I had a 2 day bout with sore throat and swollen glands just prior to noticing it. About 2 weeks ago, I noticed the original spots went away, but I got a really itchy patch on my right wrist, along the medial side of my wrist. I scratched so much I scabbed. When the itching got worse I stared taking Allegra and Pepcid, and hydrocortisone cream since it started showing up other places too, which only provided minor relief. Then I wondered if I had bed bugs or scabies (I'm a nurse in a busy ER), or an allergy to my detergent, so I changed to All Free and Clear Detergent/Fabric Softener and washed all my bedding and clothes in hot water and dried them in the dryer on high. Also got a mattress cover, and pillows and pillow covers. But the rash is getting worse. Saw my PMD yesterday morning, he diagnosed it as folliculitis and is concerned about CA-MRSA b/c one of the tiny bumps got red and swollen, so he took a swab. So I've been taking for the past 36 hours: Augentin BID (allergic to Bactrim), Pepcid BID, Atarax TID, Bactroban ointment to the spots I scratched open BID as well as my daily meds (Synthroid 50mcg ad omeprazole 20mg). New spots are popping up everywhere--forearms, underarms, back, stomach, buttocks..and the itching is worse! No fever, no pus drainage anywhere....I even got the doc to give me permethrin cream just in case) and used that yesterday...aaarrrggghhhhh...what else can I do besides cool showers....can I be missing something here???
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