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Skin Rash on Palms and Soles

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I get this random rash, starting on the inside sole of my feet and my palms. They look like red pin pricks under the skin, very red always extremly itchy and sometimes slightly burning. My palms get the same way but sometimes turn blistering red, hot and itchy. sometimes it goes farther and I'm completly covered in red spots that grow into welps and my eyes and lips slightly swell. It happens randomly anywhere at any time. I've even woken up with little circles of red spots on my legs that itch. I've tried benadryl, antihistamins, cortizone creams nothing really seems to help. I do have a history of anxiety and have been taking effexor for about a year but this started just a few months ago. What kind of questions can I ask my doctor so that he won't just send me away telling me to take antihistamins. I have never experienced this problem before.


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replied June 14th, 2006
Anxiety & Stress Answer A1079
You may be experiencing a kind of allergic rash. In treating allergies, the most important piece of information is to identify and avoid the reason (allergen) that causes the allergy/allerigc reaction. Allergens are found in food, drugs, air, clothes, work/home environment, cosmetic, etc. . There are few tests (skin tests) that can identify allergens. Antihistamines and corticosteroids are used for treating allergies; discovering and avoiding the allergen are more useful. You can seek expert help from a dermatologist.
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