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Major skin irritation, is this a rash? Need help!

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(Taken hours ago but its worse now, spreading to my back and to groin.

Age:17 years old
Been happening for 3-4 days
Where: My stomach, arms, neck, thighs itch.
Medical history:Nothing major.

I'm going to see the doctor when they open but this just formed 3-4 days ago and I can't stop scratching. First time this has happened so it's kind of surprising. It started out at the stomach area and branched out towards my crotch area, my neck and then to both my arms. I'm not sure if it's because the things I put on my body such as sunblock, body wash, and baby oil (I only started using baby oil after swimming with sunblock to make my skin less dry and I suspect that is the culprit). However, I'm not sure how it would have spread to my crotch area.
Any at home remedies to soothe this kind of annoyance as I wait to consult my doctor?
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replied July 23rd, 2014
Hi,
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out.

I have checked the photograph and from the symptoms and photograph it looks like hives. The most likely triggers for acute urticaria (hives) are allergies, allergies to medicines,Viral infections, , dental and sinus infections, fungal infections, blood transfusions and vaccines. But sometimes hives may be idiopathic.

Wear cotton clothes and use calamine lotion on the itchy areas. Also use mild soaps like Dove or Cetaphil and consult a dermatologist as you need to get antihistaminics and a course of oral steroids prescribed. The dose of steroids may be tapered and hence taken it only under medical supervision.

I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and regards.
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