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October 21st, 2009
A possible etiology of recurring rashes
I've seen patients who have had recurring rashes whose doctors have been unable to effectively treat them. What I've found is that hyperthryoid or hypothyroid problems can sometimes cause these rashes. When the person's thyroid disease is treated effectively and their labs are within what their normal range is, the rash will go away, but when the thyroid function changes, which is common with thryoid patients, their rash will come back. Doctors often miss this diagnosis because they are looking at it only as a dermatological problem. The thyroid is the "master gland" and thyroid symptoms can present in so many different ways and can vary widely from person to person. Sometimes there is a systemic problem underlying the symptoms. Go to www.about.thyroid.com and check to see if you have any other symptoms of thyroid disease. If so, present them to your doctor so they see the whole cluster of symptoms rather than just one or two. It gives them a more complete clinical picture so they can better identify the problem as a systemic problem rather than an isolated problem.
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replied November 23rd, 2009
research first
I have a recurring rash that started about 3-4 years ago, it forms the same raised pattern and in the same spot, on my chest and neck. Over the years the spots have spread causing weird dry patches in other spots. Very frustrating! It occurs more often before my period, and more between season changes. I also have Crohns disease and a genetic marker for Hemochromotosis which means I could have iron processing difficulties and more iron in my blood than others. Basically what I'm saying is, a rash can be a lot of things, be sure to do your research on your family before trying to treat the problem. However topically, I use hydrocortizone, but it takes 3-4 days to clear up. Im also switching to dye free detergent to see if I can narrow the triggers for the rash. Be well!
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replied March 1st, 2010
Itchy clusterlike rash on chin!
I have been getting this clusterlike rash on my chin maybe twice a year for the past 3 years. Before anything is visible, it will itch extremely bad. I will wake up with this gross cluster of clear fluid filled bubbles. I went to my dermatologist 2 years ago and he said that he thought it was a fever blister. Me and all immediate family members have never had a single fever blister ever. I did however have a Hepatic Adenoma that erupted and blew out half of my liver 4 years ago. The reason I'm telling you this is because of the massive amount of blood I received before my operation. My dermatologist said that I possibly could have gotten some infected blood during my transfusion. That blew my mind...to think I have gone all my life without fever blisters and wham, all of the sudden now! Each time I get one of these on my chin, I treat it as a cold sore. I have taken Valtrex and tried every remedy out there on the web! They ooze, then crust over and shrink up. What else could they be?
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replied March 2nd, 2010
I get a recurring rash in about 5 spots on each leg...the exact same spots every time. My dermatologist believes it is a drug allergy to a antibiotic (Doryx) that I take when I have an outbreak of rosacea. In thinking back, I believe taking the drug probably did cooincide with the outbreaks. Will stop taking the drug and see if that is the end of it. Hope this helps.
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replied March 28th, 2010
Treatment
This rash typically appears in spring and may occur 1 to 3 times throughout spring and summer then it disappears during fall and winter. Not sure of the name in English so I am not going to try to mislead anyone by making one up -Smile If no treatment is taken; it will disappear by itself in 2 to 6 weeks, it may stay longer in extreme cases. The areas infected is mostly where body heat and sweat exist, for example, under arm pits, under arms, between legs, buttocks , between fingers, etc. There are three main ingredients when combined this rash emerge, Heat (body and weather related heat), Humidity (Sweat and weather related humidity), and in majority of cases Sadness, and in quit a few cases, Stress. Doctors who misdiagnose the symptoms usually prescribe anti-rash crème to stop the itching and call it a successful treatment. Which will make the patient happy and thinks the crème is curing the disease.
So how to treat it? As of now, there is no cure that will let it go away forever. However, there are prescriptions that have an immediate effect, and will cure it within three to six days.
1- Take 5 mg antihistamine tablets two times a day for 4 days. I usually recommend Zyrtec you can find it at your local pharmacy off the counter. Benedral, Claritin, and other Allergy medicines have a weak affect and may take longer period to notice a change. Please consult with your doctor if you are allergic to antihistamine and read carefully the side effects.
2- Use a good Sulphur soap to wash the infected area, three times a day at minimum.
3- Avoid exposing the infected area to water (cold or warm) for long period of time, for example, showers, swimming in a pool or sea, etc...
4- Always towel dry very well the infected area, do NOT scrub.

Hope you all find this helpful.
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replied February 11th, 2012
My problem is similar like yours..my affected area neck,inner elbows,arm pits. I taking Zyrtec n atarax 25mg, I can't eat chicken, shell seafood n heaty food..mostly on vegetarian n fish.
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replied August 16th, 2010
recurring rash in same spot on lower leg
This is incredible. I thought I was the only one who suffered from this mystery illness, but clearly not. This recurring rash, perhaps a single circular-shaped rash, typically appearing on the lower body and recurring with the seasons (typically spring/summer) is clearly something that doctors know NOTHING about. I've had the same symptoms as the ones described above for about 10-15 years now and what I do I get prescribed? Anti-fungal cream - it does exactly NOTHING. And my rash just keeps on appearing and disappearing year on year on year. It's about time medical science figured this one out, so we can all get some kind of relief from this very frustrating disorder!
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replied September 16th, 2010
I have the same as sunrisegirl, but mine is right between the nose & upper lip. No itching, area of bumps, and eventually goes away. I have begun using SeaBreeze, and it takes the bumps down immediately. Rather than waiting a couple weeks for it to go away, SeaBreeze gets rid of it within a couple days. It also leaves no scab which is what usually happens after a couple weeks.
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replied March 29th, 2011
For those women out there that have recurrent rashes in connection with their menstrual cycles, I have come across some articles regarding a very unusual and rare condition related to women being allergic to progesterone, estrogen, and seminal fluid that cause allergic dermatitis. Ask you dermatologist to perform an intradermal skin test with progesterone or intradermal progestin. If you react strongly, they can offer treatment to alleviate your symptoms.
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replied May 18th, 2011
Reoccurring rash
I have had a reoccuring rash since I was 16 years old on my chest area. A dr told me back than it was a allergy to the sun. I am now 49 it has been coming and going for 33 years I have had many different creams prescribed didn't work. My rash has only disappeared with the use of Selsun. I don't even go to the dr anymore I use Selsun Blue shampoo for 2 or 3 days and it's gone for another 5 to 6 months. My rash does not have white bumps or liquid involved and itches just a little. Maybe the Selsun will help you.
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replied October 17th, 2011
recurrent facial rash
My daughter has a reoccurrent small rash just outside and below one eye that just shows up about twice a year. I've taken her to the dermatologist and an eye Dr since it all started w a mis-diagnosed pink eye that got horribly worse w eye drops. She responded to acyclovir tx for the eye infection but she still gets this rash under the eye. It's been about 3 years of this and we have treated as if it us a herpetic strain but I really don't think anyone knows what it really is. It shows up like a small buckle size cluster of reddish spots like tiny pimples. They might have a little fluid but would have to be to rough to culture and could permanently scar so we have been going w the viral need which do seem to keep it controlled a little but why the reoccurrent rash. This time nothing stressed her it just showed up again. I really have searched to try to find and answer, I saw mention of checking thyroid. Hypothyroid does run in our family so I will look at that also. Since its on her face its not a moist area or place that would have had contact w moisture typically. I'm at a loss and would love to get this figured out. Thanks for any help.
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replied October 17th, 2011
My daughter has a reoccurrent small rash just outside and below one eye that just shows up about twice a year. I've taken her to the dermatologist and an eye Dr since it all started w a mis-diagnosed pink eye that got horribly worse w eye drops. She responded to acyclovir tx for the eye infection but she still gets this rash under the eye. It's been about 3 years of this and we have treated as if it us a herpetic strain but I really don't think anyone knows what it really is. It shows up like a small buckle size cluster of reddish spots like tiny pimples. They might have a little fluid but would have to be to rough to culture and could permanently scar so we have been going w the viral need which do seem to keep it controlled a little but why the reoccurrent rash. This time nothing stressed her it just showed up again. I really have searched to try to find and answer, I saw mention of checking thyroid. Hypothyroid does run in our family so I will look at that also. Since its on her face its not a moist area or place that would have had contact w moisture typically. I'm at a loss and would love to get this figured out. Thanks for any help.
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replied January 2nd, 2012
Skin Rash recurring
I've had the same itchy rash recurring every spring and lasting till fall. Either starts on my forearm or last year it started on my calf and moved up to my hip. The first time I got rid of it after 6 months by applying Benedryl creme. However, last year it didn't work. It finally went away when I used a Bayer product called Buro-sol which you mix with water, put on a kleenex and wash it or leave it on all night if you can. It got rid of it but now I got it again on my forearm and Benedryl isn't working so will try the Buro-sol again. It's unbareably itchy especially in the middle of the night.
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replied November 18th, 2012
I have been getting this rash with bumps for many many years. It first appeared on my left chest. Itches like mad. Doctor prescribed a foam in a can called OLUX. It getts rid of itch almost immediatly and rash goes away. It is not a cure as the rash comes at random times. Usually months in between. The strange thing is it stopped appearing on my chest and moved to to my right forearm. It covered about half the forearm. Sometimes on the back of my right hand also. The last few years it has moved to the right foreankle area only. However today it appeared on my left forearm. As I have said above the OLUX will stop the itch and clear the rash in about 2 to 3 days but is not a cure. When it moves to a new area it will appear there and there only for years then move to a new area. Dang annoying I have to say. Mine are not small areas usually an inch or so wide and several inches long.
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replied February 3rd, 2012
I have this recurring rash on my thigh. Always in the same spot, always the same pattern. It starts out as itchy red spots, forms white pustules, then scabs over. I have had it for over ten years. It first appeared as a perfectly round, red, dime-sized spot. My first thought was ringworm, so I tried anti-fungal cream. It did nothing. The spot continued to grow, and it was about the size of a quarter when I traveled from the florida keys, where I was living at the time, to pennsylvania, to visit family. It was a this time the red spot became itchy and swollen. Prior to this, it was nothing more than a discolored spot. Soon the spot became oozy, and would scab over somewhat, but never healed. I tried every over-the counter topical cream I could find. Nothing worked at all. Anti-fungal, antibacterial, anything that trapped moisture in would make it worse. Showering or swimming would turn it red and swollen and caused it to itch terribly. Hydrogen peroxide would cause intense burning and cause the skin to peel off. I spent the summer in pennsylvania, and the condition never improved. Upon returning to florida, I made an appointment with my doctor, but within days it was completely healed, and it disappeared. I explained to my doctor what had happened, and although he could not explain why it had cleared up on it's own, he suggested it was probably fungal, and prescribed anti-fungal cream. I slathered it on an area roughly 8 inches in diameter where the spot had been to make sure I got it, and that it wouldn't spread. I never had another outbreak until 2 years later, when I traveled to pennsylvania again. This is when it took it's current form. The affected area is now the entire area I had applied the cream my doctor prescribed, with a small unaffected area in the middle where the origional red spot had been. I have never had an outbreak while in florida. For the last 4 years I have lived in florida without getting the rash once. I have traveled up north, but only during summer, and have not had an outbreak. I moved back to pennsylvania last summer, and up until I began wearing long pants every day, all day, I was fine. But now it's back. I have given up on doctors. The rash always disappears before the appointment, and I have had more than one doctor, after arriving for an appointment with no rash, suggest the problem was 'psychological"
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replied March 16th, 2012
I have this same thing! And guess what? I live in Pennsylvania! After many years of searching for this online, I have finally found a similar case. I only get it in the winter/spring months, and usually only once a year. It typically takes 3-4 weeks to heal completely. It often seems to be gone during the day and then right around bed time it flares up and becomes raised, red, and really itchy. By morning, it will be just a flat red spot. Always on my upper thighs. I've tried the doctors as well, but they usually say it's nummular eczema and prescribe a strong hydrocortizone, which seems to make it worse. Please let me know if you've found out anything more about this. Thanks.
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replied April 23rd, 2012
help
Have you had any luck figuring out problem? I have had rash on my neck for 2 years. Given steroid cream and it might improve for one day, then is back again. I am desperate to figure out what is wrong. Went to dr but that day it was gone. Back very next day
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replied February 27th, 2012
My wife gets a rash that looks like sunburn on her right shoulder.She also gets a fever with it,and sometimes vomits.The rash lasts about three or four days and clears up and her skin peels as if she were sunburnt.We have no clue as to what it is or what's causing it.Any clues?
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replied March 2nd, 2012
Mine always starts as blisters by my left ear (which get infections inner ear due ti allergies at season changes times. The blisters are full of clear ozzy they burst are red & raw for up to 2 days and scab over looking like impetigo but it's a form of exzema...here's a helpful link0ALL I USE ON IT IS A TRIPLE ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT AND NEVER TOUCH IT!
http://dermnetnz.org/viral/eczema-herpetic um.html
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replied March 14th, 2012
I have both kinds of rashes
I think people on this post are talking about 2 different things here. Unfortunately I get both of them.

Every Spring, so right now, I get a bubbly rash in random places. Last spring it was on my left inner wrist, fingers and somewhere else that I can't remember. This spring it is in between two of my fingers, my inner bicep and on the corner of my mouth. Gross. Last year I put some cortizone cream on it that my mom uses for her eczema and it seemed to go away pretty quickly. I will try that again this year.

I also get rashes on my calves every winter. They are larger in area, they don't itch and there is minimal swelling. It seems like once the weather warms up, the rashes go away. I've been telling myself that the sun cures the rash, but who knows it that's true. This has been going on for about 5 years.

I haven't seen a doctor about any of these rashes. It seems like no one on this forum has a definite solution for either kind of rash. If it's so common, why can't doctors figure it out? I would love to figure out how to quickly get rid of both kinds of rashes!
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replied March 14th, 2012
Yearly occurring blister, spots, raised bumps or spots or lumps.
It might be chicken pox virus or fungus. Unfortunately these lie dormant in the skin and react to the change of weather. So if you feel your skin itching like october time... then it is either fungus or virus waking up from sleep. Drink Bitter Melon which is very bitter - or aciclovir that will put it back to sleep or deactivate it until next year. Its a bit like animals waking up in the cold and going to sleep during the spring, autumn and summer months. Or you will need to have surgery to remove that spot, may be a half a quarter of an inch or so.

You may also need to change your clothes as even washing in the washing machine may not get rid of the spores or virus juice embedded on the cloth
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replied March 14th, 2012
Yearly occurring blister, spots, raised bumps or spots or lumps.
It might be chicken pox virus or fungus. Or a combination of both in the spot ie. chicken pox virus coupled with fungus. Unfortunately these lie dormant in the skin and react to the change of weather. So if you feel your skin itching like october time... then it is either fungus or virus waking up from sleep. Drink Bitter Melon which is very bitter - or aciclovir that will put it back to sleep or deactivate it until next year. Its a bit like animals waking up in the cold and going to sleep during the spring, autumn and summer months. Or you will need to have surgery to remove that spot, may be a half a quarter of an inch or so. Or it could be due to when it becomes a winter month, you may eat more sugar which could trigger activity of the spot.
You may also need to change your clothes as even washing in the washing machine may not get rid of the spores or virus juice embedded on the cloth.

I really do feel that you should get that spot removed surgically.
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replied August 29th, 2012
stress.

I have the same issue with a recurring rash. It always flares up in the same exact spot. It actually leaves permanent discoloration when it goes away too. It's right on the side of my neck and the corner of my lip. It resembles a giant flaming red hicky (insert jokes).

The first time it ever appears was my very first college finals the month after my father had passed away. I was very stressed out over them and upset over my dad. it just appeared after a shower the night of my last final. Since then it comes back whenever i'm under a great deal of stress. I've found that taking measures to reduce my stress levels (easier said then done) does help alot and lessens the healing time.

Does anyone else get a mark left over when it goes away?

I've also found that ice and cool compresses help reduce the swelling and overall healing time too. Takes the edge of the redness.
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