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My turn to seek medical advice from my internet friends

I am the opposite and avoid the dr. more than I should.  Only because I hate asking for the time off. 

Anyone know what to do about severe rashes?  Like constant burning, ithcing, bright red, huge areas completely covered rashes? 

I went to Duke Gardens last Saturday when it was SO hot and got all sweaty and that is when it first appeared.  I thought it was a heat rash.  I have been putting hydrocortizone cream on it, bought some gold bond medicated powder, tried lotrimen, alcohol to dry it up, took benedryl, you name it.  It is only getting worse!  It is solid red around the front of my rib cage and so painfully itchy, but now I have marks on my chest and even my wrist.  They start out as tiny clear blisters and then turn into bright red splotches.  I realized I just switched laundry detergent last week so I am starting to think it is an allergic reaction now.  I am going to wash all my clothes in a detergent that I know I am ok with tonight and see if that helps. 

I may go to the dr. tomorrow but I am just not sure what more they can do.

My sweet boy :)
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Re: My turn to seek medical advice from my internet friends

  • It sounds like hives. Maybe you came in contact with poison ivy or poison oak.  If the steroid cream isn't working, see your doctor to get oral steroids or sometimes a shot. Benadryl will help with the itching. Hot water will make you itch more and make the rash more prominent. Use cooler water with bathing. It's the oils in those plants that cause the reaction, so make sure you wash your shoes, belt, or anything else (clothing or not) that you had with you (stroller handles). GL and feel better!
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    Sounds exactly like when I get poison ivy. We have it in our backyard and I get it through secondary contact from my dog, usually on my arms (I'm actually dealing with it right now). I've got prescription strength steroid cream (Triamcinolone) that works pretty well, but I have had to resort to oral prednisone before. Hope you can avoid the doctor! :)

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    It sounds like hives. Maybe you came in contact with poison ivy or poison oak.  If the steroid cream isn't working, see your doctor to get oral steroids or sometimes a shot. Benadryl will help with the itching. Hot water will make you itch more and make the rash more prominent. Use cooler water with bathing. It's the oils in those plants that cause the reaction, so make sure you wash your shoes, belt, or anything else (clothing or not) that you had with you (stroller handles). GL and feel better!


    this exactly. I came in contact with something while clearing some brush that i had a reaction to. I let it go for about a week until i was miserable and went to Dr. Got a shot of prednisone then an oral taper.
    I think it's well worth a dr.visit. GL!
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