I noticed a strange bright red rash on my torso, covering nearly my entire abdomen and reaching around my sides to my back. The rash is BRIGHT red (looks a lot like sun burn), warm to the touch, and itchy. When I scratch it it starts to burn terribly, unless I scratch it very gently. I've been taking OTC antihistamines, using cortisone cream, taking a shower but nothing seems to be making a difference. originally I thought it was hives but am now having doubts because my rash hasn't really changed at all over the past 24 hours (except maybe it has become more itchy and a bit more scaly). The rash appears more fluid than blotchy, generally flat but red areas are clearly raised above unaffected areas and you can feel small raised bumps but can't really see them just by looking at it. I haven't eaten anything new, and haven't recently started taking any new medications/ vitamins/ soap/ lotion/ etc.
I noticed my rash yesterday when I went to the bathroom and saw how red my skin was. I've only had hives one over time in my life and that was at least 15 years ago (I'm only 22 and female) and they occurred in the middle of the night and were gone by morning. I don't have any swelling or other symptoms that popped up with the rash. Has anyone else had something similar? I'm not sure if this is something I need to have checked out or if the doctor will more than likely tell me to give it more time and come back if it doesn't improve or worsens. I'm a college student and all the doctors seem to think everyone is a hypochondriac. Should I wait and go after the weekend if nothing gets better, or do I need to go in tomorrow.
UPDATE: I just got back from the doctor (spent 3 hours there) and they had absolutely no idea what the rash was or why I have it. The doctor didn't even ask me if I had any other symptoms, but took my vitals about 30 times in all different positions, and concluded that I was very dehydrated and may need to get fluids through an IV, only to tell me a little later that my urine showed I wasn't very dehydrated after all. She got a second opinion on my rash, and again the other doctor had absolutely no idea. My pulse rate was elevated, and I had some red blood cells in my urine, so naturally she prescribed me antibiotics for a UTI she hasn't confirmed I have yet (I have no symptoms, and have never had a UTI before). When I asked her about my blood test she said it "showed elevated levels" that were above normal but not excessive??? I didn't even know what to say to that....When I asked her if there could be another cause for blood cells in my urine, she dodged the question. I have to go back tomorrow so they can check my vitals AGAIN. The only questions she asked me were about anything that could have caused an allergic reactions, even though I told her repeatedly I didn't eat/wear/apply anything new recently (so instead of asking me if I was having headaches, dizzy spells, loss of appetite, etc. she kept probing me to come up with anything that could have caused an allergic reaction). She couldn't tell me anything about what was going on, and said she needed to think about it. Definitely not going back to student health again.
I am very understanding of your plight, my daughter has had a rash twice that sounds exactly like yours. It came on very sudden and docs have no answers we even did allergy testing on the last rash. She just started with the 2nd one today and has no other symptoms and I can't figure it out. they also tested her for strep last time and it was negative as were all the allegy test. I am at a loss and she is miserable and nothing is helping and docs seem to blow it off as if it is nothing. I am wondering if you have had the rash again since you wrote this and if maybe you had a fever in the weeks before the rash. Both times she had a fever in which they had no answer for and then 2 weeks later she got a rash. Your entry is the first that I have read that describes what my 6 year old has. Please let me know if you have any info. Thanks Mama Bear T
I don't know how you ended up getting rid of the problem and if you ever figured it out, but your description sounds identical to what I have right now. I tried all kinds of home remedies for about 10 days and the rash kept spreading to the point that it got all the way up to my neck and would have started covering my face had I not found a solution. I had stayed at a hotel and had gotten bitten and wondered if it might be a bedbug bite and that maybe I was having an allergic reaction to it. So I finally went to see a doctor when I could take the itching no more and she immediately reassured me that the bite I had was not from a bedbug, nor was the rash an allergic reaction to whatever it was that bit me, but rather that I was experiencing a staph infection. She said that scratching a bite could have easily caused it and prescribed me some antibiotics. I remained skeptical since all she did was look at the rash and when I looked up staph infection on the Internet, what I found written on the subject all seemed very different. Good news is that after taking the antibiotics for 1 day I felt a marked difference and after the 2nd day the itching practically disappeared. And from all I'm reading the bright red skin is definitely one of the signs of staph.
So anyway, anyone with similar symptoms might want to look into that. I'm assuming my infection was mild as it didn't get into my blood, but once it does it can get a lot more severe, so you definitely want to get that taken care of sooner rather than later.
Thank you for posting. Thought I'd chime in. I had unexplained fevers for almost two months. They went away for a week and then I caught a bad cold. Now I've got this sunburn like rash (most noticeable on my face). Some raised lumps in the crook of my arm, and fever,nausea, sweating and cold symptoms
I need help, I have red bumbps all over my torso and it has spread to my back and around the ears now is going to my face. They start off little than get scabby and bigger. last years I had the same thing the lasted for 6 weeks and than turned white ( now I can not tan in those spots)This year its alot worse and is kinda painful. This has been going on for over 3 months. If anyone can help, write me.I can send pictures.
i've had tinea versicolor twice when i was 15 and 17. the dermatologist took a skin sample and told me what it was. It was all over my torso, red, patchy, kinda dry, and itchy. It's an overgrowth of a natural bacteria and went away with either "Head and Shoulders" shampoo or a prescribed pill.
Have the same thing - red circles, bumps and large blotches!!!!!
12/19/11 - I woke up this morning with the same thing. Very itchy and either small red circles, small red bumps or just plain light red (almost pink) blotches from my neck down to my belly button and on my back. Took benadryl and that stopped the itching for about 1/2 hour. I had tons of crab legs two days ago at a Chinese buffet (more than I usually eat) so I thought this was an allergic reaction (one I never had before). I'll wait until tomorrow to see if this improves. If note, I'll go to my doctor.
to rachelshirer... sounds like you've lost pigmentation in that area that the rash occurred... it sounds like vitaligo... my dad has it... you should ask your dr. about that.... I've had sudden red rashes appear on my arms, legs, stomach, and very little on my face... they itch terribly and burn (kind of like someone sticking warm sewing needles on me) and the rashes have a little heat to them.. I recently found out that my daughter's school had an outbreak of "fifth disease" and adults can get that too... you may want to ask your dr. about that... I went to the dr. 3 weeks ago and all they did was prescribe Rx strength itch medication.... i'll be going back tomorrow
I'm no doctor but what you guys are describing sounds like fifth and sixth disease, more common in young children my daughter had it at 14 months, started as a fever for a few days then a rash over her torso and then spread to her limbs, then her face.....
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I have had ongoing eczema and contact dermatitis for many years, using steroid creams, but in the last few months have developed a burning neck rash and some dry skin and flushing around my face, ears etc, totally different from previous symptoms - after months of fruitless searching on the internet this article seems to hit the nail on the head for me ..