It does not sound to me like any sort of contagious disease. I'm not sure what your partner had--it may have been at least in part from the kind of trauma he claimed--but your spots sound most like inflamed follicles that you are aggravating by picking and squeezing. Needless to say, for definitive diagnosis, you need to see a doctor. To make the diagnosis more certain, you should be sure to leave any lesions entirely alone before you go.
Latenightsurfer or Dr. Rockoff,
Have you had any luck finding the cause or obtaining a diagnosis for this condition? I ask because I have experienced the same exact signs and symptoms: a number of relatively painless, perfectly circular sores that take a long time to heal and leave circular--as Latenight said, "cigarette-sized," scars. They originally appear to be simple pimples or ingrown hairs, and they form mostly on the distal portions of my limbs (forearms and calf areas) but occasionally appear on my chest or neck. After about 2-3 days, they seem to ulcerate, leaving about a 2-mm deep hole in the skin which occasionally oozes. The oozing stops after about 6 hrs and the sore scabs over. If left untouched, the scab usually heals within 10-14 days. I had originally attributed those sores to my travels to Iraq and Africa with the military; however, I am not so certain now. I've seen two military dermatologists and one tropical disease specialist, and no one seems to come up with anything. I've tried cycles of antibiotics and topical creams; however, nothing really works ... eventually the sores just heal on their own and go away (although the scarring is fairly noticeable). Due to the lack of medical help, I've turned to the internet to search for similar cases around the world; this site seems to be the only match I've found. The only additional piece of information I have noticed is that UV radiation from the sun or a tanning booth seems to cause the sores to heal more quickly. Any thoughts or suggestions as to how I should proceed? Thank you.
I too have been going crazy for a few years with this same thing and have found no one till now going thru this, my dermatologist took a biopsy and said I had Lichen Simplex Chronicus which she says stems from allergies, basically coming out of my skin, creating sores which I in turn scratch which make healing harder, I was given an exspenive antibiotic tape which doesnt do anything, used steroid creams, everything and its embarrassing I look like a junkie.
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Ditto..same problem here I believe. I first was afflicted with this problem last summer when I was doing some "trimming" prior to putting on a bathing suit. I nicked myself, definitely not the first time for that, but it seemed to grow into a cyst that eventually seemed to break through the skin and created this raw little crater in my skin. I finally tried Bactrin (?) (over the counter antibiotic) in liberal amounts which finally healed it but now 2 weeks after that one finally healed an new one has formed about 1 cm away from it. Does anybody really know what causes this or how to get it to stop happening? I was also wondering since I am borderline diabetic if this may be why these are not healing easily.
What you guys are describing sound like it may be either eczema or dermatitis related. However the puss is uncharacteristic. Have either of you found a diagnosis?
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