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itchy bumps/blisters are surrounded by a red ring?

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About a week ago I woke up with small red ITCHY bumps on my right hand & forearm. Of course I scratched them and as I did the bump turned into a tiny blood filled blister and once popped released a clear fluid as well as a small amount of blood. Some of these tiny bumps/blisters appear two by two almost like a fang bite or spider bite the others are random "bites". These bumps/blister have since appeared on my Left hand, left arm, right leg and both feet, my neck, my ear, & my forehead. First thought, Bed Bugs, however there is NO trace whatsoever of such a creature, 2nd thought Fleas, however NOONE else in my house has been biten, including the animals. Some of the bumps/blisters dont seem to have a penetration mark yet others clearly do, all the bumps/blisters are surrounded by a red ring. I am so confused and have researched myself into craziness. PLEASE help. I have since stopped scratching in hopes this will clear up on its own, but the itch is driving me MAD!! PLEASE HELP!!!

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replied January 7th, 2012
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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 by 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. Viral infection is another possibility 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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