Reoccurring Skin Rash on Arms Legs and Face

by Lisa

Reoccurring Itchy Skin Rash on Arm

Reoccurring Itchy Skin Rash on Arm

Hello. I will try to keep this skin rash submission short. I am a 39 year old female with a hypothyroid disorder. I currently have NO thyroid and take 200 mcg of thyroid medication daily. I have been taking that dose for about twenty years. I have allergies to dust, pollen, animal dander, hay, etc. I also have asthma but only when I get a chest cold. I do not carry an inhaler. Last winter I was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis of the lungs which is in remission now.

I have had this skin rash for years but it has never been this bad before. As the pictures of the rash on my arms, legs, fingers, and face depict, I have an oil on my skin which was prescribed by the doctor to put on after a shower. This rash is VERY itchy but I do not scratch it. On my forearm the skin rash seems raised around the edges but it is not the same on my face. The rash seems to be slowly getting better right now but who knows, it flares up whenever it wants to.

My face gets bright red with the rash. It is on my eyelids as well. One thing that feels good in the treatment of the rash is extremely hot water being run over the affected skin area, which I will not do anymore because I can scald myself since the water I use is so hot. Sometimes this itchy skin rash shows up on the backs of my knees or inner thighs and it seems to migrate to the skin on other parts of my body. If readers of this post have any comments with respect to identification of this skin rash or effective treatment of this rash, I would be grateful.

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Sep 11, 2021
Autoimmune Progesterone Dermatitis
by: Anonymous

I have had a similar rash on my face and hands. It had doctors stumped. I started keeping a journal and found the flare ups were worse around certain times of the month. That led me on my journey and I was finally diagnosed with APD or Autoimmune Progesterone Dermatitis.

Oct 30, 2019
by: Anonymous

Like you, I have an underactive thyroid and take Thyroxine. I also have asthma and ecezma. I too have a reoccuring rash on my face and arms, which is very itchy and hot to touch. My doctor prescribes Audavate cream (betamethasonevalerate), which does work very well and gives relief, but use sparingly. Hope this is of use to anyone who reads it.

Mar 11, 2019
Recurring Skin Rash
by: Anonymous

I would be interested to know if Lisa from Canada has gotten a diagnoses for her rash. I too have had a recurring skin rash but only on my forearms and yes the only relief is super hot water. No other creams, essential oils, prescriptions or antihistamines will alleviate it. The itch is unbearable. First time I thought I had been bitten by a mosquito and it infected and spread to my whole arm. I then got the same thing a year later starting in same spot and spreading to my whole arm and it turned into cellulitus. I have been having sporadic episodes of the same thing since. A biopsy showed that, at some point, I had been bitten by a spider? I now get some small areas on my other arm as well.

I am not on any medications. I am actualy thinking it might be Sjogrens Syndrome as I have also had dry mouth issues, but as yet, I have not been checked for it. I also live in Canada.

Feb 03, 2016
Healthy Eating to Eliminate Skin Rash
by: Anonymous

If you want to treat your rash yourself it will take a commitment. I used industrial cannabis oil that really really helped and I also made a huge change in my eating habits. That is one liter of a vegetable smoothie (kale, spinach, red cabbage and swiss chard and one huge banana to make it sweet and a little water) in the morning and evening to get a high dose of valuable nutrients.

Oh and I completely stopped eating or drinking all dairy and eggs. I noticed that my rash got worse when eating eggs. It also got worse when I exercised a lot.

So, important things are: eat as healthy as you can, try not to eat any dairy at all, use cannabis oil, make sure you have an honest happy life. Good luck.

Jan 31, 2016
Rash Treatment
by: Anonymous

I was just reading through this older thread. How has your rash developed? How did you treat it?

Oct 12, 2015
Similar Rash on my Chest
by: Anonymous

I wanted to share a little something with you. I had the same rash that started spreading on my chest and then down towards my belly. At the same time I got two small rashes, each between my legs.

At that time, I was reading how cannabis plant is extremely healthy. So I decided to test it for my self. I went to the store and bought the industrial cannabis oil (no thc). I put it on my skin, everyday before I went to bed.

To my complete surprise, the rash was completely gone in about a week. So, please try that if you want quick results.

Now, one other thing. The rash that you see on your skin is just a symptom of something else. So, what I want to say, if you want to get to the root cause of all your problems, you will probably have to dig a lot deeper.

Root cause that gives you the rash, could have the genetical origin or it might be connected (highly likely) to your way of living, that is: what you eat, how you live, how happy are you, how stressed out are you every day.

So try it for yourself, experiment as much as you can.

Aug 28, 2014
This Helped
by: Anonymous

I have had a rash with similar symptoms for three years. After having short term success with Bactrim antibiotic, as well as others which treat anaerobic bacteria, I had to try something on my own. I am now taking MMS - 5 drops, 3 times daily. The rash disappeared after a week. However, it has slowly reappeared. I'm going to do it again for three weeks straight.

May 01, 2014
The truth revealed
by: Jeremy Stockton

It is Granuloma Annulare. Look it up. People with diabetes and thyroid issues tend to get it.

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Apr 29, 2014
by: Walee68

This rash looks very similar to what I have been experiencing, although fortunately mine is mild and located only on my face. While it is always best to go to the doctor, I do believe this is eczema. Until you are ready to go to the doctor try going to WalMart and look in the pharmacy section for Neosporin's Eczema 3 pack trial kit (for about $12). Use it for three days and see if you start showing improvement.

Make sure that you are limiting perfumes. Switch to Ivory soap and use only gentle facial cleansers designed to combat eczema. Do not use very hot or very cold water as both ends of the spectrum irritate eczema. Warm water is the best to use. Wash make-up brushes thoroughly and sanitize them regularly. Check the age of your make-up. If you have any make-up that is questionable, throw the makeup out and buy more. If you can keep away from it, just don't wear any make-up at all. Keep a journal of when you have a flare up, because after your rash finally subsides, this will help you locate your "triggers".

Feb 11, 2014
Dermatitis Herpetiformis
by: Tammy

It looks like Dermatitis Herpetiformis to me. I have struggled with rashes on and off my whole life and recently they started to get worse. I've eliminated ALL gluten/wheat from my diet, and it started to clear up. Well, this past Sunday night I ate a Lindt Dark Chocolate with a touch of sea salt bar and broke out yet again. I come to find out, it's not 100% gluten-free even though there is no identifiable ingredients listed on the package. Good luck to you!

May 19, 2013
by: Matt O'Connor

I had the same thing on my face. I had it on my face on Christmas Day. When it disappeared, the rash returned for three more times and then it finally stop. I know it is terrible.

May 11, 2013
I feel your pain.
by: Anonymous

I have a terrible rash on my hands - the second flare up. I am a custodian but I wear gloves so I don't know what's up. I feel your pain with a itchy rash and it can be unnerving. Go to your local herb store and ask for a hysta blockers. You can take as many as you want and it will not hurt you. These have been a life saver for me.

Feb 11, 2013
I have something similar
by: Brenda

Hi Lisa.
Did you ever find out what was causing the rash on your face? I have been dealing with something similar and I think it might be a yeast issue as one other poster commented. I have yet to get a doctor to prescribe something that helps. If you have, I would appreciate the help.

Jun 14, 2012
Two treatments that may help with the itching
by: Similar in CT

You are describing something that I have only recently had to deal with, ever since I got an updated MMR shot to return to college. I am older than you (late 40's). It first showed up a week after the shot. The doctor told me that it was an allergic reaction to something and that further (expensive) tests would need to be done. It went away, but has returned now nearly a year and a half later.

The hot water does feel good, but only while in it, and only if, like you said, you don't scald yourself. I have found two things that are helping me. I have gone back to taking my vitamins daily - a multi-vitamin and a low-dose B12. The second thing that helps: topically applied Zinc Oxide Ointment. This is available in tubes at most pharmacies. The one I have has Zinc Oxide as its Active Ingredient at 20%. Using both seems to keep the itchy feeling to a minimum.

Oct 22, 2011
Possibly a psoriasis skin care problem.
by: Anonymous

I have the same thing on my legs and have been told it is psoriasis. A course of antibiotics and Elocon cream will clear this up, although a longer term solution may be required, as it does flare up from time to time.

My reoccurring skin rash started when I moved to Sydney from the UK, and I am not sure if it was triggered by environmental changes, eg. water is a lot harder here with more chemicals.

I know how depressing it can be to have a condition like this and I hope you find a solution. Good luck!

Oct 06, 2011
Yeast Infection Rash
by: Anonymous

This almost looks like a yeast infection rash!

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