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red spots all over my feet and ankles, real red and puffy

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Just started getting red spots all over my feet and ankles, real red and puffy, feet feel swelled up. Red spots are all sizes upto 1 inch. The spots come and go. Sometimes appear on my hands, arms, legs, back or chest. Been happening for 4 weeks or so. Nothing has changed in my diet. Only thing different would be I started working out of town and staying in hotel with well water. Smells bad. Showering in it and had 1 glass of it when I first got there not knowing. I have a few pictures I can show you. My doctor thinks it allergic reaction to something, I have appointment with allergist and to get some blood work done. Can you shed some light on what it could be or what I can do to end it.

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replied March 21st, 2015
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Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out.

Res spots which appear and disappear are most likely due to hives or an allergic reaction. Hives are itchy, red raised areas which may appear and disappear usually in response to an allergen or a viral infection.

First of all keep the area clean and dry, wear loose-fitting cotton clothing and use mild soaps like Dove. You can apply calamine lotion on your feet and also some antihistaminic tablet like Benadryl or Zyrtec after consulting your doctor. These medicines may cause drowsiness and hence should be taken under medical guidance.

Once allergen is identified, avoiding it should help in quick healing.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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