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I have developed a number of itchy spots on various parts of my body. I have experienced small painful and sometimes itchy bumps on my right index finger that go away after awhile if I leave them alone and they kind of leave behind a callus. Recently I developed two two bumps on my heel around where I had a healing blister from wearing new boots. These bumps were the same, hard, red, itchy and sore to the touch. I developed another red bump on my opposite foot near my big toe - also red and itchy - not so much sore though. These bumps are not nearly as itchy as the ones I developed on the back of my elbows or on the middle knuckle of both hands. They are smaller bumps and very very itchy. It almost looks like I have a rash on my elbows. I have been putting hydrocortisone ointment on my elbows but it doesn't do much for the itching. I am concerned as to what this might be and these bumps do not seem to be getting any better. These bumps are not like blisters - they are not fluid filled.


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replied May 25th, 2010
Skin Answer A12474
Hi,

Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. There are 3-4 possibilities which I can think of in view of the symptoms described you. The first possibility is scabies. It is caused y a mite and the lesions are small red extrememly itchy bumps and they typically occur on the hands, feet & elbows. Permethrin & lindane are used for the treatment but this should be taken only after consulting a dermatologist.

Contact dermatitis can also present with similar symptoms. The treatment consists of avoiding the culprit irritant. Using the steroid cream does help. Psoriasis and fungal infection are 2 more possibilities which can have a similar presentation. Please do consult a dermatologist for the confirmation of the diagnosis as it is not possible to diagnose online. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.




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