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Unbearable Itchy red rashes

Hi    I've been to my GP four times now and am still awaiting a cure!!  At first i found an itchy patch under my arm and thought nothing of it till the next day, it had developed into rashes and had spread to my neck and shoulder.  
When i went to see my GP, he had to ask for a second opinion as he though they were some kind of bites but the send GP had put it down to Shaving infections, even though i had stressed that i only use tweezers, he insisted that they were the same thing!!!   And was prescribed anit-biotics both orally & cream form for 7 days.   After finishing the course, it did not help at all!  So i went back to see another GP and was diagnosed with Eczema!  Was then prescribed steroid cream and that did not work, so after another week i went back to see yet another doctor and was advised that it might be Scabies so was prescribed Lyclear cream 5%!   At the same time was advised to call back next morning if symptom's still persisted.  Nothing had changed its still there and maybe worsened!  Please help??
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It could be eczema, sweat dermatitis, allergic reactions or folliculitis.

You need to wash the areas several times with fresh water. Do not use any cosmetic products at the sites.

Apply calamine lotion at the site of the lesions and see if it helps. You could take some oral antihistamine medications like cetrizine or loratadine. You need to maintain a good personal hygiene .

Anti-itch drugs, often antihistamine, may reduce the itch during a flare up of eczema, and the reduced scratching in turn reduces damage and irritation to the skin.

For mild-moderate eczema a weak steroid may be used (e.g. hydrocortisone or desonide), whilst more severe cases require a higher-potency steroid (e.g. clobetasol propionate, fluocinonide).

Eczema can be exacerbated by dryness of the skin. Moisturizing is one of the most important self-care treatments for sufferers of eczema. Keeping the affected area moistened can promote skin healing and relief of symptoms.


Individuals who are predisposed to folliculitis should be extremely careful about personal hygiene. Application of antiseptic washes may help prevent recurrences. A topical antibiotic cream, mupirocin (Bactroban®), has been effective at reducing bacterial colonization in the nostrils. It is applied twice daily for a week and is repeated every 6 months.

If there any of the mentioned medical causes then treating those will reduce the occurence of the condition.

Some stubborn cases of folliculitis have been responsive to laser-assisted hair removal. This process uses a laser to destroy the follicle. This reduces the scarring that results from folliculitis.

Let us know if you need any further information.

It would be advisable to consult a skin specialist for your symptoms and a proper clinical examination.

Let us know if you need any other information and post us on how you are doing.


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I am totally with you!!!  SCRATCH ME!!!!  What is going on with us???  

I still dont know what is going on...  since that first outbreak that I thought was MCV (which it wasn't) I'm on my third...  I tested negative for HSV-1 & 2, thank Christ.  

Still though - My upper lip is blistering (chapped and small blisters) like a cold sore over the whole lip, (ONLY EXTREMELY ITCHY...  no pain or scabbing or anything) then once that starts getting better, it moves to my lower lip (two times now).  Upper lip starts, then eyes, ears, nose, cheeks around nose, and genitals...  man, I'm a wreck when this happens.  This tie (3rd time, no red bumps on genitals which is nice) I know it's not MCV or either HSVs.  So I'm thinking it's just a combo of some weird fungal infection combined with mild exema possibly, and just having ***** skin.  HA!

If any of this sounds familiar, please let me know.

Been to the doctors and been tested...  he thinks it's HSV-1 (which Acyclovir isn't helping any & which I tested negative for) and he "thinks" it's a fungal infection downstairs combined with allergies.

Allergy medicine isn't doing a damn thing.  Acyclovir isn't doing a damn thing.  

Lysine and Carmex are my best friends.  

This time it's not nearly as bad as the July incident...

Dont know if you'll get this.  www.***@****  I'm outta insurance and can't make it to the doc's again for a couple weeks... GAH!!

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