Unknown Irritating Skin Rash Problem on Arm

by D. Houx
(Palm Desert, CA)

About 16 years ago, after working outside with dried grass and in the hot sun, I had my first bout with this skin rash on arm problem. I was hot and sweaty, and then, I received very stressful news. About an hour later, my forearms began to itch, and I scratched. What resulted were raised, itchy bumps, that bled when scratched. After bleeding the bump seemed to have an indented small "hole" which scabbed over. The itching remained, and I have never been able to refrain from scrathing. The bumps move around, but now, after so many years of this, I have thickening of the skin and scarring. Cortisone doesn't seem to help and pictures of eczema and other well known skin problems don't match my symptoms. I am happy that the arm rash hasn't spread much and seems to be worse on my left arm than my right. I would love to know what this irritating skin rash on arm problem is.


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Sep 26, 2013
I HAVE THIS
by: Anonymous

THANKS FOR POSTING THIS. Your symptoms match mine EXACTLY. Did you ever get a diagnosis? My indentations are painfully itchy/sore/burning and jump from my left forearm to my right shoulder. The scarring is getting terrible. I have only had this for 14 weeks and thought maybe it was a postparnum thing, from the c-section and medications while I was in the hospital. I would go to a doctor but I don't think they will know any more than I do. Any creams that I use make it WORSE and I am going nuts.

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Long Term Itchy Rashes on Arms and Legs

by Jackie

About a year ago, I broke out in a very itchy rash on my forearms. It eventually went away without any treatment. Soon afterwards, I broke out on my legs. I thought dry skin, stress, etc., were the cause. It would look like it was healing, then come right back in the same places. No one else in my family is experiencing this leg and arm rash, so it is not contagious. I have used neosporin with limited results. Just when it seems that they might be healing, the itching becomes so severe that I scratch until I get bleeding sores again. Any ideas on this legs and rash on arms? I don't have insurance so a doctor is not really feasible.

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Apr 30, 2014
I Have This Condition
by: Shelby Renae Hamilton

I have this also. My doctor told me that it was an allergic reaction, but she did not do anything about it. By the way, I am 17 years old and have had this since September 28,2013.

May 16, 2010
Lichen Planus (LP)
by: Anonymous

About 2 years ago I developed LP secondary to taking care of my husband who had Impetigo without gloves, I got it on my legs then it turned into Ezcema then into LP. I have really been feeling awful and hurting and itching all over my body. I went to the Dermatologist and he gave me Clobetesole - it was very good and cleared it up but it came back again and worse. I decided I was not going to use any more Topical Steroids and try to heal it myself. Now I use Sarna Sensitive at night and Aveeno Baby Dark Blue Cap and it seems to be helping me. If this letter could help someone I will be very glad.

God Bless all of you and there is a light at the end of the tunnel after all.

Laurie

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Reappearing Skin Rash on Arms and Legs

by Sara
(California)

Well it started yesterday for the first time. I had gotten a rash a while ago after having a viral infection. The doctor said it was normal to get a rash on a person's trunk after they had a viral infection.

I was messing around on metal bars at the high school yesterday and they were very old and the paint is chipping on them. After about 45 minutes, I was really itchy and noticed a rash on the back of my legs (behind my knees and sort of on my calves). It was also spreading on my wrists. I showed my mom and she told me to take a shower. We thought maybe it was from an exposure to lead or something. After I showered it went away only to experience a rash on arms worse that before and on my hands.

I talked to my mom this morning and the arm rash was gone and literally not long after I got off the phone with her it reappeared more on my hands and arms, worse than before and more itchy and it also appeared on the bottom of my legs like my ankles and a little on my knees. My skin was tingly and itchy. The rash keeps going away and reappearing. Does anyone have any idea what it could be? Please help. I'm not really concerned but I would like to know what this mysterious rash is.

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Small Red Rumps on Arms

by Anonymous

Small Red Bumps on Arms

Small Red Bumps on Arms

I get these small red bumps on my arms that come and go. They start with one or two and they itch and then I get loads of the red bumps all over both inner arms and sometimes the upper arms. They often disappear for a few days and return. Does anyone know what type of rash on arm or arm rash could be?



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Jul 25, 2015
Hive Like Bumps on Legs, Arms, and Face
by: Judie

For the past two weeks I've been with bumps on my legs, arms, back, and face. It feels like I have the bumps in my throat and they come and go. They look like hives and no doctor really knows what it is. I've been taking steroids and other medicines and nothing helps. The only thing that helps is when I bathe for two hours in extremely hot water but sometimes my heart races so much it hurts. I get the bumps on my head which feel like scabs and after an hour or so they go away. Am I dying? I'm so scared.

Aug 03, 2014
Zyrtec for Bumps on Arms
by: Anonymous

My daughter started getting these itchy bumps that looked like bug bites but ended up having over 35 on her arm and about 20 on her upper back and a few on her lower back. A few days later I started getting the itchy bumps on my arm also so I thought maybe she had chicken pox and I was starting to get shingles. The diagnosis from our doctor was an allergic reaction to something which is odd since we both had it! The doctor told her to take Zyrtec and use topical creams and the day after she started taking the Zyrtec the itching stopped and the bumps seem to be healing up. As for me, mine are still multiplying and very itchy. I am on an antibiotic and not sure if I can take the Zyrtec but I am going to find out today.

Jul 11, 2011
Small Red Bumps on Arms
by: The Same

I am also in the same dilemma, trying to find a diagnosis for what seems to be like an allergy on my left arm. It starts with dime size red patches, then the skin patches itch really bad. I also started seeing them above my two knees. I cannot figure out why but I have noticed that the itch and redness intensifies after being in the hot and going into a cold room.

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Painful Rash on Upper Arms and Back

by Anonymous

I noticed a few small rashes on my right arm and thinking it was mosquito bites, I ignored it. A few days later I woke up to find both upper arms full of a small acne-like rash. My doctor thought it was a form of allergic reaction and prescribed Hydrocortisone and an antihistamine and this seemed to reduce the symptoms. Two weeks later, the rash returned with a vengence and this time quite painful causing my lymph nodes to become enlarged. This time he diagnosed shingles and prescribed Acyclovir. The rash leaves dark spots even if I don't scratch and it does not blister and does not seem to be responding to treatment. The rash is quite painful and slightly itchy. Any ideas? I am really worried now.

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Nov 09, 2012
Mine is Catchy
by: Anonymous

I developed a rash on both arms. It has spread pretty much all over. It can be quite sticky when I apply hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer does help. One of my family members had the same type of rash and used antifungal ointment. Sometimes I feel something moving under my skin. It might be a parasite or the fungus messing with the nerves under my skin. I have had this for ten years and it is catchy. Sometimes I notice what looks like little grains of sand in my bed. I think that is part of it too. I think these things come out of my skin at night and get on the bed.

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Deodorant Underarm Skin Rash

by Linda
(Harrisburg, PA)

I have tried many types of deodorants, some with aluminum and some herbal ones and not one of them work without developing an underarm skin rash. It may stop my skin from perspiring, but my skin burns from the deodorant. Does anybody have a solution? I am tired of throwing money away from buying deoderants, receiving many rashes, and feeling perspirey and sticky!

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Jul 08, 2010
Simple Roll on Deodorant
by: Anonymous

Hi. I too had a problem with this. You could try Simple roll on deodorant, it has helped me and I do not get any itching with it.

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Diabetic Skin Rash on Arms and Wrists

by Nancy
(Tennessee)

I have often had a rash on the bottom of each arm right before the elbow and on each wrist. This skin rash on my arms and wrists does not itch and I have been using a steroid cream to treat the rash with no change in the skin rash at all. The bumps are round and rise off the skin surface just a little bit. The skin bumps also feel kind of hard when you touch them. There are about four or five bumps in a cluster.

When I saw a dermatologist, who gave me the steroid cream, he advised me that sometimes they see this type of diabetic skin rash on arms and wrists on diabetics. I was completely unaware that I may have a diabetes health issue. I then saw my doctor at the same time the rash appeared and I discovered that I am a type 2 diabetic. I take oral medication and keep the diabetic problem under control. I am wondering if anyone has heard of this type of skin rash being associated with diabetes and if so what is the cure for this skin rash? It is an embarrassing skin rash and the steroid cream simply is not an effective treatment at all.

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Oct 15, 2016
Arm and Leg Sores
by: Waymon

I have had sores on my body for a lot of years. I am 57 years old and I have been dealing with sores for 25 years but when you see a doctor they give you the same drugs. It does not work. I HAVE TO wrap my arms and my leg in bandages every night but its hard to live like this. You go to stores and people look at you and wonder what I have and don't want to come near me.

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