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Itchy Rash on naval area with history of allergic rash - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I currently have a few bumps around my naval area. The furthest being about 5 inches away and the closest directly in my naval. The entire area around my naval is itching. The bumps could possibly be infected, as they are scabbing and have a clear pus. I also have small bumps forming around my wrists that are not quite as bad as the stomach area. What could be causing this?
Doctor :   hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here. let me read what you have typed
Doctor :   since when is this happening?
User :   My stomach started itching about three weeks ago starting from the naval. It has been spreading since then.
Doctor :   please provide your age, gender, location, occupation, height, weight, details of past medical illness if any.
User :   The bumps have progressively getting slightly worse
User :   24, male, ..but when it started and have since been to .... and drove to San XXXXXXXX just recently and have recently gotten off of a 8 month deployment () all over 6'1", 175lbs
Doctor :   i recommend you to get these examined and get a possible swab culture done from the pus draining out to see which organism is responsible for it, and start on the appropriate antibiotic to treat it.
Doctor :   is there redness around them?
User :   yes
Doctor :   do they itch?
User :   yes
Doctor :   have you tried to use any medication there?
User :   just over the counter items, benadryl pills, benadryl cream, cortaid, and neosporin
Doctor :   ok
User :   they have relieved the itching slightly and at one point it was going away, but I had to stop taking the benadryl for my drive from houston to San AAAAAAA
Doctor :   you need to get them examined to see what is the probable cause
Doctor :   and treat it to get rid of it effectively
User :   do you think it is an allergy or something else?
Doctor :   it could be depending upon what could be the cause, if there is something that is acting as irritant and coming in contact with hands and belly region regularly
Doctor :   allergy can be suspected
Doctor :   and o rule it out or confirm it, you will require to do something called as 'allergen patch test'
User :   what could be other suspects?
Doctor :   which tests the environmental and your immediate surrounding things upon you
Doctor :   to see what you are alergic to
Doctor :   such that the future contact with them can be avided
User :   I have had many of those before
Doctor :   *avoided
User :   I forgot to mention that I have had a swelling issue on my limbs
Doctor :   what did the result show?
User :   and was treated for a lot of allergies as to the possible cause
Doctor :   ok
User :   and there was nothing they could find
Doctor :   could you explain in detail about swelling in limbs
User :   the first case occurred on my left forearm starting as a small quarter size bump, red and itchy. It then continued to grow making my entire arm swell.
User :   The swelling was pretty immense.
Doctor :   did you consult any dermatologist at that time?
User :   the wrinkles in my knuckles were not visible
User :   yes, many specialists
Doctor :   was blood test and allergen patch test done at that time?
User :   yes
Doctor :   what did the results show?
User :   those tests did not showed that I had a histomenes (sp) that caused the swelling?
Doctor :   was anytime a blood test called 'AEC (absolute eiosinophil count) done for you? if yes what was the value?
User :   I do not remember off hand
User :   I would have to look at my medical records
User :   this all occurred about 4 years ago
User :   and I have not had many issues with it since
Doctor :   ok. could you send me a copy of your medical reports at
User :   allegra and zantac suppressed it
Doctor :   could you send a picture of the skin lesion at
Doctor :   in that case the previous episode was due to some allergic reaction which got controlled with allegra
User :   I can send a picture right now, but my records I cannot get for a few days
Doctor :   Benadryl does act as mild anti histamine, and as you said that it was controlled with its use, so the possibility of an allergic cause cannot be ruled out.
Doctor :   ok.
Doctor :   are you sending the picture right away? shall i wait to receive it?
User :   I just took it. I need to put it on my computer.
User :   should be there shortly
Doctor :   your reports you can send me later when you have them in hand while you come to discuss with me again
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   inform me when you send it
User :   the picture is sent
Doctor :   ok, let me see if i received it
Doctor :   its taking time to download
User :   ok
Doctor :   i just saw it, it suggests a maculopaular rash
Doctor :   like appearance and should be examined
Doctor :   to look for the cause
Doctor :   continue to apply Caladryl lotion to soothe it
Doctor :   and get the AEC counts done again
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