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Reddish itchy bumps in the hands and on the breast. Turning into scabs. Contagious or is it an allergy?

I repeatedly find myself scratching my hands mostly but I ve also noticed it spreading to the breast area...I find little red bumps that are insanely itchy but will go down within about an hour unless I scratch them, then they turn into a scab. I ve looked into scabies but it its supposed to be contagious and none of the three people I live with have shown any symptoms so I am curious to know what could be causing this. Possibly an allergy? But I have no known allergies and I am not in contact with any one thing enough for it to be this frequent.
Asked On : Mon, 27 Aug 2012
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Hi there.

Thanks for writing in.

Even dryness of the skin can sometimes present with persistent itching. Other possibilities are scabies, fungal diseases and allergic conditions.

Probably you could be allergic to latex gloves, detergents,etc, in which case just avoid those and you will be fine. In the meantime, try an over the counter anti- histamine drug. If the itching comes down, it might be due to an allergy .

If it does not get better, please visit a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment. If the lesions are in the grooves in between fingers and under the breast, scabies might be a possibility.

Dr. Divya Kuttikrishnan

Answered: Mon, 27 Aug 2012
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