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Can someone tell what this rash is, mainly comes out in shower or outdoors

This just started recently, after being outdoors for about 8 minutes I get a burning and itchy feeling (like someone throwing acid on my)  I look down and my arms get covered in this rash, and I can feel it on my back and chest. I'll try to post image below  It's not limited to just the outdoors, several times in the shower now I develop the same rash if I turn the water anywhere past luke warm.

The bumps go away whithin 20 minutes of retreating indoors.  It seems to be heat related as if I go outdoors when it's cooled off (dusk, dawn) I haven't had it happen, but I would like to be able to go out in the daylight.

I'm not on any meds, I don't drink, I don't consume dairy, and maintain a natural healthy food diet. I don't wear any man made materials, just 100% cotton. The only vitamin I take is natural beta carotene 25,000 IU
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I cannot confirm anything without examination but it can be due to contact dermatitis,heat rash or hives. You can take antihistaminics like Zyrtec which is available over the counter or Claritin which is available on prescription. Sedating antihistamines such as Chlorphenamine(Benadryl)is used at night to get urticaria control. Short courses of oral cortisone or steroids are taken for short periods (one to three days) to settle more severe symptoms.You can also apply calamine lotion or mild steroids like Dermacort on the itchy areas.
You may take Vitamin C along with the prescribed treatment. Vitamin C is a general anti-allergy supplement. It helps stabilize mast cells so they are less likely to release histamine.
In case the symptoms persist then oral steroids may be needed.Pls consult a dermatologist in that case.

I hope that helps.Take care and pls do keep me posted on how you are doing or if you have any additional queries.Kind regards.
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Thank you for the reply

I'm not sure if it could be heat rash, but I don't sweat very much if at all, so maybe, just strange all of a sudden to have this problem. I'm not in contact with anything, I'll just be walking outside or sitting in my car and I feel them coming and I have to head indoors. I am allergic to everything I can not use anything scented, be around anything scented etc..

Also for what it's worth I've had a slew of medical oddities over the last 2 years, I dropped 155 pounds in a year and a half becuase of IBS like symptoms, I'm currently not working so I don't have health insurance, I saw a Gastro last year and a regular doctor, had numerous blood tests etc...other then a low pulse rate (30's) and my blood pressure being on the low side they can not find anything wrong with me. I'm constantly run down, I always hurt, I'm still dropping weight I'm 5'9" 152 pounds now.

Also I forgot to mention I'm always cold, my hands, my feet, ears etc.. I can never get warm.
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One of the important possibilities that needs to be ruled out is thyroid disorder esp hypothyroidism.It can present with cold peripheries and can cause itchy rashes on the body also.

The other possibilities that need evaluation are Diabetes and vascular disorders like Raynaud’s disease.I would suggest your blood sugar levels and thyroid hormone levels estimation and consultation of a physician.

I hope that helps.Take care and pls do keep me posted on how you are doing or if you have any additional queries.Kind regards.

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Thank you again,

Yea I worry about thyroid, my mother has Hashimoto's and her thyroid doesn't function at all.

My TSH was ok last year when the local MD here checked it, but my doctor back home was concerned a couple years ago because one test came back high, when she tested again a while later it was low and the last test she ran it was normal. That was back in 2005/2006, she warned me down the road I may be facing Thyroid disorders and to get my thyroid tested regularly to catch it early.

Also Diabetes runs strong in my family, my grandmother just passed from complications from a diabetic coma, my brother has it as well as mom. My tests last year ruled it out for now. Even though I show some symptoms, thirsty all the time, always drinking water, dizzy/black outish if i don't eat something every few hours..

I really wish I could get some answers from the doctors here as something has to be going on, but I'm out of money so it will have to wait till I get back working lol.
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There is a great liklihood that the problem is sensitivity to ultraviolet light, a flag for autoimmune disease, particuliarly lupis. You should not be taking the over-the-counter antihistimanes prescribed by "doctor" sing without an in-person consultation with an M.D. Nor should you be fooling around with calamine lotion.

It is unlikely that it is contact dermatitis.

I believe it is an absolute must that you recieve an in-person evaluation by a physician licensed in the United States.

There is another possible co-factor in the fact you may have an insulin utilization disorder. Psoriasis often goes hand-in-hand with skin problems.

The rapidity in the development of the rash and the rapidity with which it disappears suggest strongly you are having a systemic allergic response.

The problem is with these situations is that you can never tell that the "next time" an event takes place you will "fall off the cliff" and you end up in anaphalactic shock.

I would suiggest a consultation with an allergist and an endochonologist, as well as a Lupis panel. Your presentation for Lupis is not typical.

Your thirstiness and brain fog related to eating certainly suggest diabetes. There are many clinics that will perform a glucose tolerance test for nothing or a small fee.

You should look up on the net for Hill-Burton Hospitals, and find one nearest you and fill out the forms for treatment. Alternatively, find a local clinic that will treat for a small sum per visit.
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Thank you for the reply

Lupis, I wouldn't be surprised, mom was diagnosed with it, then they said she had CREST syndrome, then some kind of autoimmune disorder. So this runs in the family as well.

As for medical, were I currently reside is a joke at best, the county "did" send me to an MD last year for the gasto issues, then to the gastro. The doctors I saw were not competent and just kept looking at me and saying nothing is wrong, even when I got up to leave and almost passed out, they just told me to drink more water! When I told the county what happened they told me that they only use those doctors and if I'm not happy to pay out of my own pocket. I still have very bad pain in my right side and abdomen since the colonoscopy last year, I went to the ER they did an ultrasound, then sent me home saying it's probably gastritis.

The other pain (had since I was a teen, now 33)  I hurt everywhere (back, feet, elbow, neck, arms, joints) about 10 years ago I was sent to a specialist who said I "possibly" have Spondylolysis do to a misshapen disk (L11) that looks like a scotty dog?  As for the feet they say I have planar fascia, I've declined the surgery, as the cortizone shots and therapy didn't correct, neither did the orthodics. I would just like to know what's wrong, one doctor asked if I was just wanting pain pills, I don't want them or any other pills for that matter. I can live with the pain I have all these years but would be nice to know why I have it.

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There are a variety of inherited autoimmune disorders having the common factor "sensitivity to ultraviolet light".  Lupis often defines itself by a characteristic pattern on the face, but not always. Sunblock (use the heaviest grade), a cap with a bill, dark glasses (UV will not penetrate glass) help. Interestingly enough, there has been experimental investigation into the use of the substance medical grade DSMO to relieve the kind of problems you have. DSMO, a solvent, is an extremely powerful anti-inflammatory and scrounges free radical. One drop anywhere on the body and you taste garlic on your tongue seconds later. It is used for transdermal transport of medications. They tried it for insulin, but the molecules were too large. The problem is anything on the skin becomes absorbed, so the skin has to be washed and rinsed, and the DSMO must be medical grade. DSMO has been used as an alternative to corticosteroids, but the protocol is not FDA approved. Ask your doctor or local nurse about DSMO.

You might want to go to one of the larger cities, such as New York, where there are clinics such as the Judson that will treat people for a flat $10 a visit. You have an interesting case and teaching hospitals always like such cases to assign students to.

I don't want you to worry excessively, but the difficulty in these autoimmune responses is that they can worsen - and suddenly there is a cascade of events that makes things go down hill very rapidly. If you feel this happening, don't hesitate to call an ambulance.

The "pain all over" is characteristic of systemic inflammation.

I don't have any easy answers for you. These disorders are not clearly understood.

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Thank you again for your help, I've herd of DMSO in the past, but I'm leery trying anything, I suffer side effects from everything it seems. The worst was w/ Eucalyptus about a hear and a half ago, I read some info saying it's good for asthma and I had bronchitis at the time as well. Everything i read said just add a couple drops to simmering water, they didn't warn not to use a pan you would never use again, needless to say I washed the pan but not good enough as I tingled everywhere for months :/  But besides that any med I been put on in the past I always got side effects (antihistamines, anti depressants, you name it)

Heh yes things can go real bad, real quick I learned that in December. My wisdom tooth cracked and I had to get it pulled (no anesthesia). They pulled it, left me for a second and I passed out, my blood pressure dropped to 60 over something, I turned white as a ghost and they put me on oxygen, I was rushed me off in an ambulance. They did a CT and all kinds of tests, I was given 3 bags of IV fluids, and potassium as they said my potassium level was way to low and sent me home with no answers, they just said I simply passed out (vassovaggel). I still have other dental work I need to do but am to scared at this point.

Sorry to derail my original post, just so many things going on at once.

Living somewhere else would be great if I had to funds to up and leave, nothing is keeping me where I live, other then I have a roof over my head.

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Err In my post above, I meant to say I added it to the water to inhale the steam to help with both my asthma and bronchitis.
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