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Red mark on arm. Area swollen and red. Emergency? Is she okay?

Hello my girlfriend got this small red mark on her arm yesterday morning. In the evening there were several smaller blisters in a small spot about the size of a quarter.(this formed right by the elbow ) When she woke up this morning it had formed into 2 large bubbles the whole area is red and swollen around the 2 bubbles and there is a line going away from the bubble toward her armpit went to the emergency room they didn t know what it was. They gave her antibiotics and triamcinolone cream. I looked up shingles but nothing looked like this. any ideas
Asked On : Thu, 26 Jul 2012
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It seems that your girl friend may be having phytophotodermatitis.

It may be due to contact with some plant and exposure to sun.

There is erythema with bullae in linear form.

There may be burning and itching.

Tell your girlfriend to avoid sunexposure.

Tell to apply some antibiotic cream like sisomycine cream.

Give her antibiotics and anti inflammatory drugs.

If needed, give her steroids in tappering dose.

If there is itching ,give her antihistaminics like levocetirizine.

She will feel better.

However,she should consult dermatologist.

I hope you got my answer.


Dr. Ilyas Patel MD
Answered: Fri, 11 Oct 2013
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