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Skin Rash & Itchy

Trying to figure out what this is ... I've taken a few pictures in hope that it assists some of you. First time on here so I hope I'm doing this correctly (asking the question).

I've had this for about a year off and on - lately a lot more on than off. I will get rashes anywhere on my body (ranging from arms to legs, torso - everywhere). The skin will become itchy with very slight redness, or sometimes even bright redness. Interestingly enough, when I touch it - it's usually fairly hotter than my body. It's literally warm to the touch.

When I scratch it (yes, they get VERY itchy) - it usually ends up in getting bumpy which of course, make it more itchy. If I don't scratch it, it's not uncommon for the rash to go away (in that one section I didn't scratch) within an hour, maybe two.

As far as I can tell, it's not an allergic reaction. There's nothing linking these to an allergic reaction as I've modified and changed almost my entire life in terms of items, foods, etc. They seem to almost always happen when I become hot (the temp goes over 72ish degree's F), although lately it even happens at temps as low as 65. At this point I'm stumped because it's not the heat.

Two pictures (and I apologize that the second one is very blurry, but it captured it best) are below - and just to clear up the common question, the flash was off on both pictures:

http://www.shorty4u.com//6
http://www.shorty4u.com//8

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this, and I would appreciate any feedback that you all have. I hope you have a good day!

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Sounds like eczema.
Just another case of adult onset eczema. The dermatologist say it's rare, but just look on this site. Everyday more adults are afflicted with this horrible disease. There is no cure or reasonable treatment. They expect you to live in a bubble and apply steroids all over your body.
This disease is a big money maker for the pharmaceutical industry.
Don't look for a cure even though they probably have one.
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It makes sense... stress does seem to be a trigger lately. Not saying I don't believe you, because I do, but does anyone else agree?
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Hello,

You seem to be having hives (urticaria). Hives (medically known as urticaria) are red, itchy, raised areas of skin that appear in varying shapes and sizes. They have a tendency to change size rapidly and to move around, disappearing in one place and reappearing in other places, often in a matter of hours.

Many cases of hives are "idiopathic," meaning no cause is known. Others may be triggered by viral infections or medications.

Take oral antihistaminics like benadryl or Claritin and apply some mild steroid cream on the rashes.If the symptoms are severe then oral steroids may be needed.Pls consult a dermatologist then as it is available by prescription.

Hope it helps.Take care and pls do keep me posted if you have any additional doubts.

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Just wanted to keep everyone updated, I went to the doc and he's almost sure it's http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dermatographic_urticaria

Dermagraphia.
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