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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   my wife keeps getting these pancake like swellings in her legs and arms. they are red, big, itchy and they hurt. what can this be???
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   I am
User :   hi doc
Doctor :   May I ask you a few more questions pertaining to her problem ?
User :   ok
Doctor :   May I know her age ?
User :   25
Doctor :   since how long is this problem ?
User :   since december. they come and go
Doctor :   and can you tell me the actual dimensions on legs and arms and where exactly on the limbs /
User :   like the size of pancakes n they look lke them too
Doctor :   Are they permanent or do they show up intermittently ?
User :   intermittenly
Doctor :   Do they have any warmth , any itching , redness, any bleeding ?
User :   everything except bleeding
Doctor :   Does she have any swellings in the groin and the axilla at the time of this reddish swellings ?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok, Any fever associated or any sneezings or any other systemic symptom if you can recollect ?
User :   no
Doctor :   Has she been tested fr her eosinophil count ?
Doctor :   Has her CBC been done ?
User :   what is that n what is that for
User :   she went to a dermotologist and they did bloodwork and found nothing
Doctor :   If she has some Allergic origin or hypersensitivity to anything, it may cause rise in blood eosinophils.
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Can she correlarte this with any sunlight or rain or dust or anything else ?
User :   y did u ask about the groin n axilla
Doctor :   Any inflammation can lead to swelling of lymph nodes in these areas .
User :   ok
User :   correlate???
Doctor :   Because these reddish swellings are not seen on trunk or anywhere else , i feel there must be an environmental or allergic origin.
User :   when u say trunk do u mean the abdomen?
Doctor :   yes, abdomen and chest /breast ?
User :   so nothing serious
Doctor :   It is not serious but i feel she has to go to an allergist.
Doctor :   let me give you a few examples.
Doctor :   I had a patient who use to get reddish swellings if he contacted the cushion of a chair and if it were dirty or had sweat.
Doctor :   Another one would get if he would get wet in rain .
Doctor :   so a lot depends on allergens and environment.
User :   pancake like swellings???
User :   call me? is there anyway u can
Doctor :   Yes, depends on how the patient's antigens react.
Doctor :   Do you see the swellings in both hands and legs , bilaterally.
User :   sometimes shell get them on both
User :  
User :   please call me
Doctor :   I might require more time to help you better.
User :   please
Doctor :   Please do vist an allergist who tests with different allergens.
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