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What causes raised red rash on stomach and upper leg/thigh area?

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Posted on Sat, 19 Jul 2014
Question: About 12 days ago I started getting a raised red rash on my stomach and upper leg/thigh area. Maybe about 15-20 spots on my stomach and same about on my legs each. At first I though it was some from of psoriasis as I have small psoriasis patch on my shins, elbows, and foot. After a couple more days I was getting red spots on my arms. 12 days later I have this red rash all over my body, stomach, breasts, chest, legs upper and lower, pubic area, back, arms, feet, hands, face and scalp...... The rash is not blistery or puss filled, they are about the size of a pencil eraser or smaller. There seems to be dry skin on top of the spot, but not scaly dry skin like psoriasis.

There has been no change in my diet, bathing habits, cleaners, or degenerates. My husband is NOT having any similar symptoms not spots on him at all, so bed bugs and scabies is out. We have a cat, so I have checked him for fleas or ticks and he is clean.

Over the last 2 weeks I have been taking epson and oatmeal baths, to try and elevate itch and redness, they rash seems to get swollen after a bath. Nothing seems to be helping this rash go away, I have been drinking only water for the last 5 days, cut sugar out of my diet as much as I can. I have also been taking Benadryl for the last 5 days as well. I've tired eczema creams, tea tree oil, white vinegar, anything to clear up and treat my rash and nothing is working.

I would just like to know what this rash is so I can take the necessary precautions to get rid of it. Thanks for any and all help!
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Answered by Dr. Geetika Paul (13 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Please provide pictures and details

Detailed Answer:
Hi

I understand your concern regarding your skin problem and I hope I am able to help you in the same .
I have seen the attached pictures .
I would like to have a close up look at any individual lesion. It would be great if you can click some close up pictures of a few skin lesions and upload them here on this page .
Also please tell if you have any larger lesions also anywhere over the body, even if only a few. Or all of these are such small coin type of lesions only.
Please mention specifically if you have any of these on the face and scalp as well?
Did you have a sore throat or cough prior to development of these skin lesions?

I am sure I will be able to help you more once you provide me the above details and the pictures .

Dr Geetika Paul
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Geetika Paul (8 minutes later)
I'll work on getting you pictures of the lesions up close. All my lesions seem to be the size of a pencil easer or smaller, the only other bigger lesions or my psoriasis. I do have rash looking marks on my face, but the are not itchy. I also have scalp itch and dry skin around the hairline. I did have a sore throat about 2 weeks ago. Please let me know if I can provide you any other information!!
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Answered by Dr. Geetika Paul (10 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Pityriasis rosea, self limiting skin condition

Detailed Answer:
Hi again

I have had a close look at the skin rash.
You seem to have developed pityriasis rosea .now this is basically a harmless skin condition.
This can lead to development of hundreds of round to oval slightly scaly reddish skin lesions over body over a period of four to six weeks. The lesions might appear in crops which means that every few days, there will be development of few new lesions.
Now the most important thing for you to understand is that this is a self limiting skin condition . This means that it will take its time to go and will heal completely by itself in four to six weeks. It is non contagious in nature . You simply need to take care of the associated itching by application of a topical steroid cream like cortisone mixed with a good moisturizer over the body two to three times a day. Keep your skin moisturized and hydrated by application of good moisturizers or oil over the body two to three times a day. You can take any oral antihistamine tablet like benadryl or tablet claritin for the associated itching .

Dr Geetika Paul
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Geetika Paul (5 minutes later)
Thank you Dr. XXXXXXX In your professional opinion, this diagnosis can be the only possible explanation? How can I prevent this from happening in the future? And how would I have contracted this?Also, being as it is itchy.... Sometime I can not help but scratch. Will this lead to scaring? For the scalp itching is there a certain shampoo you recommend to help?
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Answered by Dr. Geetika Paul (14 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Care of skin in pityriasis rosea

Detailed Answer:
Hi again

Yes, this seems to be pityriasis rosea only in my opinion.
It is basically an autoimmune skin condition . Just anybody can get it. But in most cases, it occurs only once in a lifetime.
So there is no need to worry about recurrence.
Also you should avoid itching as much as possible. You can moisturize the skin whenever there is itching. This will prevent any permanent scarring . Once the skin lesions heal up, there might be some visible scars but they all go away within a few months.

You can use any shampoo over scalp along with a moisturizer .
You can oil your scalp to decrease itching .

Dr Geetika Paul
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Geetika Paul (15 minutes later)
Thank you some much for all your help and advice!
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Answered by Dr. Geetika Paul (5 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Best of health

Detailed Answer:
You are most welcome

Wishing you speedy recovery
Dr Geetika Paul
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What causes raised red rash on stomach and upper leg/thigh area?

Brief Answer: Please provide pictures and details Detailed Answer: Hi I understand your concern regarding your skin problem and I hope I am able to help you in the same . I have seen the attached pictures . I would like to have a close up look at any individual lesion. It would be great if you can click some close up pictures of a few skin lesions and upload them here on this page . Also please tell if you have any larger lesions also anywhere over the body, even if only a few. Or all of these are such small coin type of lesions only. Please mention specifically if you have any of these on the face and scalp as well? Did you have a sore throat or cough prior to development of these skin lesions? I am sure I will be able to help you more once you provide me the above details and the pictures . Dr Geetika Paul