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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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I have red itchy bumps/welts on body. Suggest me remedy

My ex-boyfriend had develop red itchy welts on in body (mainly arms & on the top of his back) he said it first started a little over a year ago & disappeared now in the past 4 months he says it got worse. When he would put witch hazel on the red itch welts bumps it would calm down & then reappear shortly after (like a few minutes). He s got alot of allergies & allergic to alot of things (like ivory soap, cats, grass, coachroaches, dust..etc). He went to a asmtha & allergy dr this past week to determine what could be causing these itchy red bumps, welts. She did a number of skin tests the next day she did some blood work. Is this blood work for some more allergies or something more serious like skin cancer? I m very worried. He wont get the test back until a couple of weeks now a week & a half.
Mon, 2 May 2011
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Dermatologist 's  Response
dont worry he has allergy
its known as urticaria
take tab cetrizine at night
he has no chance of cancer
blood test will find out nature of allergy
drink more water and avoid allergic substance
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Dermatologist Dr. Bharat Chawda's  Response
Welcome To HealthcareMagic forum,

It seems to be urticaria according to the description.It manifests as red patches above the skin level associated with itching.The most common reason for this is allergy to any kind of food stuff or to pollens or any contacts(dust & dander). It can also be triggered by any sort of infection in body like tooth decay ,stomach infection or any fungal infection in the body.So,its important to rule out any infection too.
The best test would be immunological testing giving a blood sample ,which would test for all the food items ,pollens ,contacts etc.It is better than a prick test.
treatment consists of avoidance of the suspected allergen ,anti histaminics ,immunotherapy injections & desensitization.
So,please don't panic ,its not a cancer.But usually its a long term treatment.
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