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What are the possible causes for itchy bumps on head and hand?

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I have itchy bumps on my head that are sore and seem to have a blister like head. If I scratch them they burst and form a scab. It has been going on for about two weeks. Then I had what I thought was mosquito bites appear on my lower leg and then my lower forearms. These are very itchy and now one on my hand has a blister type head also. I had chicken pox when I was little, but I do not have as many spots as chicken pox. It is not a rash. I have been under a lot of stress and have anxiety and wonder if this is a result. I have had a few of the ones on my head before, but nothing like this with the other itchy spots on other parts of my body. I know now it is not a bug bite. Thank you for your insight.
Posted Sat, 30 Nov 2013 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. R.G. Joshi 1 hour later
Brief Answer: impetigo or vesicobullos disease. Detailed Answer: Hi thanks for writing here. Itchy blister like rash point towards two things.First is simple bacterial infection .This is known as bullos impetigo.A course of antibiotics and antihistaminic drugs with topical cream like t bact will work in such cases. Other possiblity is vesicobullos disease.This will require proper and early treatment under the guidance of a dermatologist. In my opinion a trial treatment with topical cream like t bact with antihistaminic like cetrizune at night for 4 to 5 days.If there is no improvement consulting a dermatologist will be better iption.Hope this will help you.Take care.
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Follow-up: What are the possible causes for itchy bumps on head and hand? 2 hours later
Thank you for your reply. Any of the itchy spots on my arms and legs only look like mosquito bites and nothing resembling a rash or the blisters of Impetigo or vesicobullos disease. I can not see the ones on the top of my head. I can only feel them. Those ones can be itchy too, but also sore. Maybe because the head is more sensitive. As I said before, I have had a few on my head before, months ago a couple of times that were the same as it is now, but they lasted only about a week, and not as many. I am still wondering if it is stress related. At first I thought the few that showed up on my legs and arms were bites but could not understand why the itch and spot took longer than usual to go away, if in fact it was a bite. I bathe regularly and noticed having a bath in warm water helps them not to be so itchy. It seems now while they are going away on my arms and legs, and the head also seems to be slowly better, a couple more have shown up on my lower arm. This is the first time to have them else where other than my head at the same time. I am a gardener, so I thought at first that the itchy spots on my legs and arms were bites. The ones on my head seemed a little different so I thought that was from the stress, maybe like hives, but it is as I said, not a rash. I live on a Island, and we have septic systems. The one garden I work in has a system where the septic system filters out water through soaker hoses into the garden beds. I aways wear gloves in this area, and there are mosquitos, so I was concerned, but some of the spots on my arms showed up after a couple of days of not being there. I hope it is not related. Thank you again.
Answered by Dr. R.G. Joshi 2 days later
Brief Answer: prurigo.calamine and antihistaminics needed. Detailed Answer: Hi thanks for follow up.Yiur all description point towards prurigo in my opinion.It is a sensitivity pattern of skin .It can occur due to mosquito bites .It will subside with thime.All you have to do is apply calamine lotion and antihistaminics.A topical steroid like fucibet will also work well.Apply it on affected area only.Hope this will help you.
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Follow-up: What are the possible causes for itchy bumps on head and hand? 12 hours later
Thank you for your reply, This makes more sense, and with further research into this I have discovered other veritable issues associated with prurigo that puts all the symptoms I have at present into perspective. I also came across this link which showed a picture of what some of my spots looked like which had welts, although not all did. WWW.WWWW.WW So I believe according to the information found, it was a combination of the bug bites from gardening, the stress and anxiety I have been experiencing, due to personal issues, and to top it off have given up alcohol (as a stress reliever-and no it does not help), because I do not want to think that I have any Liver or Kidney damage which will also exasperate the situation. If all this is related then I have my answer. The symptoms are slowly going away. Thank you again for your time and input. XXXXXXX
Answered by Dr. R.G. Joshi 8 hours later
Brief Answer: knowing the disesase reduces anxiety. Detailed Answer: Hello thanks for feedback.It really helps when one knows about his disease.This decreases anxiety and can lead to cure.You can consult me in future in case of any concerns and i will be happy to help you.Take care.
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Follow-up: What are the possible causes for itchy bumps on head and hand? 17 minutes later
Dr.R.G. XXXXXXX Thank you I appreciate that. Regards, XXXXXXX
Answered by Dr. R.G. Joshi 4 hours later
Brief Answer: Thanks. Detailed Answer: Thanks and take care.
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