Burning Bright Red Rash
Burning bright red skin rash on chest.
I am really hoping someone can help me out. I had knee surgery in November of 2011 and about a week after the surgery I came down with this bright red burning rash. Doctors claimed I was allergic to the antibiotic they had me on during the surgery. I was on Prednisone for two months, Benadryl, and Cetirizine(allergy medication). After about two months, the red burning rash subsided.
I had to have knee surgery again two weeks ago and they did not use antibiotic this time around since they thought that's what caused the bright red burning rash on my skin the last time. So here I am two weeks later with this same skin rash again. It starts off like a feeling of little stabbing pins then starts to burn causing huge hives that last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour and some of the hives leave marks similar to purple scars. The hives are hot to touch and are on my arms, legs, face, chest and sometimes back. I am so uncomfortable and frustrated. My doctor just says take Benadryl and Prednisone to treat the condition. Something is just not right with my body. Any opinions or suggestions as to what this could be and how to remedy my skin problem would be greatly appreciated. I have never experienced this before and I have had several other surgeries without problems. Someone please help.
I have included some pictures of the burning skin rash on my chest and arms.