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Cause of bumps that look like bug bites - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Skin Hair and Nails
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User :   I have been getting (about two weeks) red itchy bumps that look like a bug bit by the second or third day. I know they are not bug bites. Here is how they begin: I start feeling a tingling on my skin and then an itch. At that point there is no sign of anything just the tingle and itch. By the second day a small red bump apprears and gets larger, more itchy and the skin around it gets all red and sore. Like it is spreading as an infection might. The bump gets worse and larger and more itchy until by several days it has formed a scab (probably from me scratching it) and stays that way for a week or two. They started under my arms - at least 6 welts under each. Then the groin area and stomach and back then to the back of my legs. I just got two more today on the stomach. The welts seem to be getting smaller, but they still itch as much. Also, all the welts still itch and cause discomfort. What in the world is happening?? Am I allergic to something or do I have something bad inside that trying to get out. Please help
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here
Doctor :   let me read what you have tyepd
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Doctor :   are you on any medication at present?
Doctor :   have you got these examined by your doctor?
Doctor :   I would recommend you to get them examined to see for the exact cause behind them, and also get an allergen patch testing done to identify if these are happening due to any allergy and the causative agent for the allergy.
Doctor :   are you there?
User :   yeyess to both
Doctor :   what did your doctor suggest after examination?
Doctor :   were you put on any medications?
Doctor :   if yes, what medications were you prescribed?
User :   She didn[t she said they were bug bites
Doctor :   if they were diagnosed to be bug bites, then applying Caladryl lotion would help
Doctor :   change bedsheets everyday
Doctor :   and get pest control to get rid of bugs.
Doctor :   put your bed and mattress out in the sun for 3-4 days daily
User :   It would I'm sure but they are not but bites. I tried to explain
Doctor :   take a second opinion and a re-examination
Doctor :   and go ahead with the tests suggested above
User :   would you suggest a demotologist
Doctor :   to try and reach to the root cause for your problem
Doctor :   yes, a dermatologist would be better than going to GP
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