Post # 1
I’ve been getting what seems like a heat rash on my lower right side. It’s very itchy and only restricted to the one, strange area. What the hell is going on? I am prone to get strange rashes – for the last 2 years I’ve been getting spots, they started out on my arms, legs and torso – never my face, feet or hands (although recently I got a couple on my feet and hands). The first doctor I saw, when I was covered in these spots, said that I’ve come into contact with an allergen and put me on a short course of steroids (during which time, I felt like superwoman!). So the spots continue to come and go. My regular GP said a trip to the dermatologist would be costly and I’d probably never find out what they are. I wonder if its related to the progestin in my IUD…?
But the one strange rash has got me stumped. Is it normal to just have one weird rash like that? Does the location matter? I am prone to ovarian cysts that come and go (one ruptured and I didn’t know about it until I had a CT for upper GI pain). I also get a lot of what feels like ovulation pain on that one side only. The spots I get rarely itch, but this one rash is driving me insane! Any ideas?
Post # 3
Get allergy tested.
Have you recently changed laundry detergent? Or are the spots over places where metal from jeans, bra, etc come in contact with your skin?
I’m wildly allergic to pantene shampoo/conditioner for some reason – it could be something as random as that!
The best way to findout is to get allergy tested, though!
Post # 4
@Deejayelle: A fellow sensitive skin gal here.
Is it the shingles? Have you ever had chicken pox? I have 3 co-workers who got shingles this year and they all had it in one central area like that. You should go to your doctors and get checked out if it isn’t like your usual spots.
I get spots every year since I was 14. At 14 I had a strange rash that looked like a Christmas tree pattern on my back with one big spot on my hip and then they went all over my arms and legs. None on my face, hands or feet though. It’s called Pityriasis Rosea. They said I would never get it again but every year around spring time I get a small case of it. It even went on my face (near the hair line so I covered it) last year. Rude!
Post # 5
I am crazy paranoid, but they could be bug bites. It probably wouldn’t hurt to check your bed and bedroom furniture (and any luggage you have around) thoroughly for bed bugs or the like, especially if such occurences showed up after moving or travel of some sort. Again, I’m totally paranoid after hearing of such things, but itching clusters of spots makes it a possibility.
Post # 6
@crayfish: I asked the first doctor I saw about allergy testing, he said it wasn’t worth it. I might look into it though! I did discover something interesting though – I’ve had to have a test for H.Pylori, an apparently these bacteria burrow into your stomach, which releases histamine which can manifest as a rash! The results will take 2 weeks though.
@KittyCatToe: I have had chicken pox, and also pityriasis rosea – just on my stomach (thankfully not on my face, ouch! That IS rude!). I don’t think it’s shingles because I heard it’s very painful?
@LIKE-A-BOSS: I’ve thought about that, although my SO doesn’t have any spots or rashes at all. It seems to be just a me thing.
Post # 7
@Deejayelle: I had that before and it turned out to be shingles! Was exactly where you said and was really itchy. If it is shingles, mine ended up getting quite painful when any this brushes up against it and a few of them got a little bit infected but then went away 🙂