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Small Red Dots On Skin Itchy

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  1. QUESTION:
    Pregnant and have small red dots on my stomach?
    I am 14w4d pregnant and noticed this morning that I have small red dots on my stomach. They don't seem to be making me itchy or anything and they aren't rising above the skin but they are all over! My skin is somewhat sensitive (I get a rash from chlorine and some detergents) but I have not changed detergents or anything so what could this be?
    I have a call into my doctors office but they have yet to call me back.

    • ANSWER:
      Do they look like little red freckles? Do they fade to brown and disappear and then reappear? Is so, then they could be petechiae (pronounced peh-TEE-kee-eye).

      These are tiny broken blood vessels. It might be b/c your skin is stretching, or it might be from your platelet count (the part of your blood that makes it clot) dropping, which sometimes happens during pregnancy (called "ITP of Pregnancy").

      Either way, it's good you called the doc. Hope all is well!

  2. QUESTION:
    How do chicken pox start, I think I may have them?
    Im 20 years old and never had the chicken pox. I've noticed small red dots on my stomach a couple days ago.. today they look like white heads. One of them is very very itchy today also. I don't know how chicken pox start... I've also got a few on my thighs. It's not acne, I don't get acne anywhere, and even if I did I know what it looks like.

    • ANSWER:
      YES...It is probably chicken pox. No matter how old you are.

      Usually symptoms of chicken pox look like pimples or misquitoe bites.
      Obviusly they start to itch horribly, and don't be fooled, cause the small red/pinkish dots can actually start to hurt when touched.
      The infection is spread when the person sneezes or coughs, or when someone touches the fluid in the blisters. It can also be spread by touching something that has touched the fluid from the blisters (eg a dressing which covered the sore).
      Chickenpox can be caught from the fluid in the blisters of someone with shingles, though this is rare.
      The person with chickenpox is contagious from the beginning of the illness (up to 2 days before the spots appear) until about 5 days after the first spots appear. So long as there are no new blisters or moist crusts on spots, the person will not be contagious even if there are still crusts on the skin.
      Chickenpox is very contagious (easy to catch). Over 90% of close contacts (such as other family members) will get chickenpox if they have not already had it or not been immunised.
      Shingles starts with pain in the area served by the nerve in which the virus had been dormant (sleeping). The pain is due to damage of the nerve by the virus. This pain can range from tingling to very severe pain.
      Within 5 days from the start of the pain a rash will develop, like the rash of chickenpox, except that the rash will only be on the area of the body that the nerve goes to. This can be a band of skin around the chest, abdomen, face or (less commonly) an arm or a leg. Spots will appear, that turn into blisters and then become crusted.
      A person cannot catch shingles from someone else with shingles or with chickenpox, however the blisters of shingles do contain active virus, so direct contact with someone who has shingles can cause chickenpox in someone who has not had chickenpox before (eg giving someone who has shingles a hug so your skin touches the blisters). The virus is not spread through the air by coughing as can happen with chickenpox.

  3. QUESTION:
    Random weird bug bites in different places?
    Ok so ive been getting these bites only really one at a time and on my arms and legs. The bites are sort of small and round and still the same color as my skin but just in the center is a small red dot that looks like blood. Its very itchy and i have no idea what its from. If anyone has any idea or thinks i should see a doctor please comment.

    • ANSWER:
      I used to have those. They gradually went away after some time. I don't think they are exactly bites, or they could be something on your bed. If it gets very serious and you can't stand it any longer, you can see a doctor, or you could put on some medicine to help it.

  4. QUESTION:
    I just got this horrible itchy rash with small red dots that look like blood under the skin?
    i just got this horrible itchy rash on my
    breast it has small red spots that look
    like blood under my skin what could
    this be.. can't be are I haven't had
    sex.

    • ANSWER:
      it could be a lot of things, like skin infection. have a doctor check it out. i am sure he/she will prescribe something to relieve the itching right away.

  5. QUESTION:
    Small red spots on left leg out of nowhere?
    Yesterday I had noticed one small red dot on my leg that was itchy and stung, and I thought nothing of it. Then more started showing up, they are very small little pimple like looking dots, with a little bit of clear puss in them. After less than 24 hours, there are now 25 little red dots on my left leg, mostly on my thigh, behind my knee and two or three on the bottom part of my leg. I can't find anything online about this, someone please help me?

    • ANSWER:
      its an allergic reaction..or irritation of the skin..stop wearing your jeans, wear some pants or short that aren't tight or rough against your skin...the first sentence you wrote..it happened to me but i immediately put alcohol on it thinking it was a cut of some sort that was infected..i dont recall whether it burned but it probably will because you said it had puss, try some rubbing alcohol and stop wearing rough clothes and take showers or clean the area regurlarly with soap..trust me..its probably getting infected and if it spreads across your whole leg then you better get to a hospital right away, don't hesitate

  6. QUESTION:
    Small painless pink bump with pinpoint red dot in the center?
    Hi. A while ago on the lower part of my left index finger I noticed a sort of raised pink bump. It is very small and doesn't effect me at all. It isn't itchy or painful. It seems to go from being more pink in the middle and go into my skin color. In the center of the slightly raised area is a tiny pinpoint sized very red dot. It isn't a pimple and its been a few months, I haven't gotten anymore but this one hasn't gone away. Any ideas at to what this is?
    I only have one though. And my boyfriend who I lshare a bed with doesnt have any. It sounds exactly how you describe but why would it stay for over 6months now.

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  7. QUESTION:
    If you have a red dot on your arm, could it be a spider bite?
    When i was in school, i noticed a small red dot on my arm. It's like the size of an eraser on a pencil; i asked my dad what it was & he said i got bit by a spider. It got itchy & bumpy the next day. Could that be it?

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible that it could be a spider bite, but it could be something else. For example it might be a fungal skin infection. It is very difficult to determine the type of bug by the bite. Generally for most spider bites you just treat them as you would any other bug bite. Here are pictures of bug bites and spider bites. You might be able to identify if from the pictures.

      http://www.webmd.com/allergies/slideshow-bad-bugs

  8. QUESTION:
    Why am I getting these red dots up and down my arms and legs?
    I am having these red dots going up and down my left arm and both of my legs. I need to know if it is an allergic reaction or not.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be urticaria....fancy word for hives. It could be a bug bite.
      I'll give you a link to some pics of hives. You can google urticaria pictures and see some more. While most of these are extreme cases, you can have a small amount in a small area.
      Allergic reactions can cause hives as well as itchy, flaky skin or eczema. If it it caused by an allergic reaction, you need to think about everything you had to eat in the 30 minutes before they showed up as well as what you were around. This will help figure out what caused the reaction. You can also put some Vanicream on the hives to help stop the itch and help the skin heal. If it is really bad, take a Beandryl (Diphenhydramine hydrochloride is the generic) before you go to bed.

  9. QUESTION:
    What could these bumps on my shoulders and back be?
    I have a few white bumps on my shoulders and back that are raised and the have red dots in the middle of them. I don't think they are bug bites, as it is very cold. They aren't itchy unless I notice them and start itching.

    Does anyone know what they could be?

    • ANSWER:
      Small pimples or ingrown hairs. Rub the areas roughly where they occur with a rough luffa in the shower and use a skin cleanser that doesn't cause breakouts.

  10. QUESTION:
    Tiny red dot on vein on wrist for as long as I remember?
    Ever since I was little, I've had this small red dot the size of a pin point on my wrist right over my vein. It has never been itchy or bothersome, I'm just curious to what it might be.

    • ANSWER:
      It's probably nothing. The only way to determine is to see a dermatologist. GP doesn't know. Sometime long ago, the skin was pinched. It's a blood blister and it will fade.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are the symptom differences between poison ivy and stinging nettles?
    This was a couple of hours ago and I can't remember exactly what I fell on, just feels like pins and needles except in my hands, with lots of little red dots, I have had this feeling for around 4 hours now, can anyone advise?

    • ANSWER:
      Usually poison ivy doesn't cause a rash for at least 10-12 hours after exposure to the plant. Poison ivy is VERY itchy, and the rash can be anything from small red bumps to large "splotches" of itchy red/pink rash, to blisters filled with fluid. Ivy-Dry has always worked best for me.

      Stinging nettles tend to give a prickly or even numb feeling, but rashes seem to be pretty rare. But you feel it immediately after touching the plant. Stinging nettles feel like something is under the skin almost like small wood splinters because the needles ARE under the skin...they're just so small that you can't see them. I've had numbness from nettles that lasted for several days. Try soaking in a hot bath and scrubing the affected skin with a loofah.

  12. QUESTION:
    Does a cat get a raise itchy red area when bitten by a flea, just like a human bit by a flea?
    I am trying to figure out if the flea med I bought (Frontline Plus) is working. My cat seems to clean himself more than scratch but he does scratch occasionally during the day. Are the fleas dead and his skin is just itchy from the leftover flea bites? Because I do not physically see any fleas.
    I applied Frontline Plus about 4 days ago.

    • ANSWER:
      Like humans, every animal has differing sensitivity to flea bites. I myself get small red dots, but they don't itch. Other people get crazy itching and swellings from flea bites. Same with animals - some barely notice it, other go mad with itching and, if they're allergic, can get terrible dermatitis and alopecia.

      Cats scratch, doesn't have to mean fleas. The way to find out is to sort through your cat's fur, or use a flea comb, to look for flea dirts (little black specks in kind of spiral or comma shapes if you look close). Course, there might be flea dirts left over from dead fleas, but after 4 days probably your cat has got rid of these, unless it was a severe infestation.

      So long as you got all the Frontline Plus on the cat's SKIN (not fur) all the fleas will be long dead and will stay off her for at least a month.

      Chalice

  13. QUESTION:
    I am 33week pregnant and have non itchy red rashes which vary in size over my abdomen an back. What is this?
    I have small red rashes varying in size from the size of a pea to a 50pence coin, they are non itchy and are dotted around my abdomen and back. I am 33weeks pregnant? Anyone have any idea what this is? Any help much appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like 'PUPPP'.

      Its a common pregnancy related skin condition that first time mums get. I had it bad with our first baby, but mine was extremely itchy and I needed cream off the DR.

      You should have it seen to though, as it could be something else.
      ..

  14. QUESTION:
    How likely is it for a 16 yr old girl to have breast cancer? And general womanly advice:?
    I've found a lump on the inner edge of my left breast, doesn't hurt but tender before my period. There is a possibility that it could just be my rib?!? My right nipple is itchy and there is a small bit of discharge (generally clear, but sometimes, rarely, there were red blood dots where the pores are as well as the clear discharge. I do have a history of skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis (which could explain the nipple thing).

    • ANSWER:
      the lump in the breast could be due to hormonal changes,i always get tender breasts before my period is due and i have a few lumps too,but they are only there just before my period is due,i also have a lump that is there permanently which i had checked out and it's just gristle or something ,nothing to worry about,as for the discharge i'm not sure,why don't you try talking to a nurse or a female doctor,if it's nothing then at least your mind will be set at ease,cancer can strike at any age but i wouldn't think too much on it being that as you will only make yourself ill.

  15. QUESTION:
    What is causing this really wierd rash?
    I have a rash on a small area of my back. I recall having this same rash once before and I think it went away in just a couple days. It has no texture, and it's not itchy or otherwise uncomfortable.

    It is made up of very small light red dots. They are arranged in squares. The thing that is so wierd is this rash is perfectly symmetrical. There are even spaces between these rectangles, and there are evenly spaced rows and columns.

    what is this?

    • ANSWER:
      Ezcema can present in very symmetrical patterns. Contact dermatitis can show up in the shape of the item that's causing the reaction. Have you leaned on a chair back with this pattern? Perhaps in a public place that's cleaned/disinfected with industrial chemicals (chairs in resturants or cafes come to mind)?

      It can be any of a number of skin allergies or reactions. If it's not itchy or spreading, I wouldn't worry too much. Keep it clean and moisturized- you can try a bit of OTC cortisone cream which may help the inflammation go away faster. If it lasts longer than a few days to a week or spreads, you may want to see a doctor about it. Likely it's just an allergy or a dry skin problem.

  16. QUESTION:
    My friend has 9 red dots on her back, 5 on top and 4 below them in a straight line. What could it be?
    Its not lyme, and so far there aren't any symptoms to go along with them. She also has them on her upper thigh, just like the ones on her back. The dots are a little bit smaller than a dime.

    • ANSWER:
      http://bedbugger.com/bed-bug-bites-photos/
      these are photos of bed bug bites....
      I do know of one woman who developed lesions on her back during a holiday...she thought it was due to her backpack abrading her skin, but she went in and found that she had cancer.

      You better have your friend go to a doctor to find out what these are, because we don't have enough information to give you a good idea of what it could be. Yes, maybe it is a bug bite...if they are itchy and swell. It could be ringworm (although these usually like to hide between your fingers) It could be eczema. We don't know.

  17. QUESTION:
    Why do I have itchy red bumps and dots its not hives at all?
    About a month and a half ago I started noticing a small red bump on my penis and a week later it started growing and I noticed 2 more, then thay started itching. After 2 weeks later and applying steroids, itch cream, benedryl and other stuff it wasnt showing any signs of relief and started spreading around the pelvic and thigh region and little itch here and there around the body. So I went to the doctor to get it checked he said it was chiggers and to use nail polish, so I followed his instructions and no relief from itching if it was chiggers I'm sure they died because I drenched myself in nail polish? Still Itchy and its worse I now have it everywhere butt, armpits, under belly button, in belly button, scrotum, knees, thighs, between fingers, little dots/bumps everywhere The only time it stops itching is when I stay in the bath, but when I get out its bad again, I know its not a rash because it keeps spreading, I am not sexually active I'm only 16. What do I do? It's Been 2 Months?

    • ANSWER:
      I had the same problem and I went to the doctors and was first diagnosed with hives was told to take predisone for 5 days and it never cleared so I went again and was told this time is was Scabies you might want to ask your doctor if it is in fact scabies so that you can be treated!! Dont worry scabies are just dust mites that like your skin for there home. Look up to see some pics of scabies and compare!!GOOD LUCK!

  18. QUESTION:
    Red bumps in genital area, should i be worried?
    I am a male, 22 years old. Recently sexually active. These red marks appeared of the shaft after sexual activity. I think they are from friction but i am not sure since i dont usually get them, they dont hurt and arent very itchy, kinda rough. Smaller red dots have appeared at the base of the shaft as well, they dont itch either, nor are they raised. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    EDIT: we did not use a condom. And it was 3 days ago. They seem to be kinda similar to hair follicles forming like when i was going through puberty.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you use condoms for sex ? If so you can rule out sexual transmitted infections,? They may be tiny blood spots under the skin of your penis due to her vagina .( or his anus if your gay) being tight and gripping your penis tight. Do the red marks fade away after a few days ? See a Dr or sexual health clinic if you are concerned and the red spots dont clear up soon.

  19. QUESTION:
    Red spots on the head of penis and on fires king that covers head, help?
    Okay, I'm 17 and me and my girlfriend are both virgins, we were about to do it 3 days ago, until she decided she didn't want to, I got the the condom on, but she decided she didn't want to do it there and then, anyway, she has only given me and hand job, and not gone any further, but I have small red dots on the head of my penis, and on the skin that covers it, there is no discharge or anything from the spots, and they have only really developed today, it's not itchy or anything, I don't know what it could be? I wash it every day, so I don't know what the matter it? Is it a reaction to the condom, even though I didn't have it on for long? I don't think it could be a STD? Could it, just want to find out what it is

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  20. QUESTION:
    How can you tell the difference between chigger bites and mosquito bites?
    Me and some friends went hiking in some woods the other night and now all of us are covered in red itchy bug bites.
    They're everywhere from my ankles, to my stomach, and on my arms and shoulders.
    i know that you can just put some anti-itch cream on mosquito bites and they go away in a few days, but i heard that cream wont work on chigger bites. How can you tell the difference between the two bites?

    • ANSWER:
      Chigger bites are mainly around the ankles and lower calves. chigger bites are small and red. they look red dots. Mosquito bites can appear wherever on the body. The thing about chiggers are they burrow themselves under your skin. One home remedy to get rid of them is to get clear fingernail polish and put it over the bite. This will suffocate and kill them. If you go in the woods or tall grass get some sulfur around you ankles and lower legs. The sulfur repels them. Good luck!

  21. QUESTION:
    What are these small faint bumps on the palm of my hand?
    I noticed last week that I have 3 very faint bumps on the palm of my hand. They are not very noticeable, they don't itch, and they do not hurt. They are somewhat white in nature...you can barely see them. They are only driving me crazy because I don't know what they are. You have to run your finger across my skin to feel them. Have no clue where they came from. Any ideas on what this could be?

    • ANSWER:
      here is everything you need to knowabout skin marks or bumps

      Skin disease Symptoms Usual area of body
      Acne Covered in small pus-filled sacs, blackheads, pimples or sore red bumps Face, chest or back
      Rosacea Flushed appearance or Redness Around cheeks, chin, forehead or nose
      Boil Painful red bump or a cluster of painful red bumps Anywhere
      Cellulitis Red, tender and swollen areas of skin Around a cut, scrape or skin breach
      Insect bite Red and/or itchy bumps on the skin Anywhere and can be sprinked randomly
      Allergic reaction Irregular, raised or flat red sores that appeared after taking medicine/drugs or eating certain foods Anywhere
      Hives Bumps formed suddenly Anywhere but usually first noticed on face
      Seborrheic dermatitis Bumps and swelling Near glands
      Cradle Cap Dry, scaly skin Cover the head of a child
      Irritant contact dermatitis Red, itchy, scaly or oily rash Eyebrows, nose, edge of the scalp, point of contact with jewellery, perfume or clothing.
      Allergic Contact Dermatitis caused by poison ivy, oak or sumac Red, itchy, scaly or oily rash; can also be weeping or leathery. Anywhere that came in contact with the irritant either directly or via transfer (eg. from contaminated clothing.)
      Allergic purpura Small red dots on the skin, or larger, bruise-like spots that appeared after taking medicine Anywhere
      Pityriasis Rosea Started with a single scaly, red and slightly itchy spot, and within a few days, did large numbers of smaller patches of the rash, some red and/or others tan Chest and abdomen
      Dermatitis herpetiformis Intensely itchy rash with red bumps and blisters Elbows, knees, back or buttocks
      Erythema nodosum Large red bumps that seem to bruise and are tender to touch Anywhere
      Psoriasis White, Scaly rash over red, irritated skin Elbows and knees
      Erythema multiforme Red, blotchy rash, with "target like" hives or sores. Anywhere
      Measles Red Rash that is raised with a fever or sore throat. Usually starts first on the forehead and face and spreads downward.
      Chickenpox Multiple blisters with a fever, cough, aches, tiredness and sore throat. Usually starts first on the face, chest and back and spreads downward.
      Shingles Red blisters that are very painful and may crust Anywhere
      Fifth Disease Started as a fever and then developed a bright red rash Cheeks
      Warts Soft bumps forming that don't itch and have no other symptoms Anywhere
      Ringworm Bald spot on the scalp or a ring of itchy red skin Anywhere
      Syphilis Rash that is red but not itchy Palms of hands or soles of feet
      Jock itch, yeast infection or diaper rash Red itchy rash Groin
      Tinea versicolor Light coloured patches Anywhere
      Impetigo Crusted, tan-colored sores Near nose or lip
      Scabies Bite-like sores that itch and spread intensely Usually start on hands or feet and spread everywhere
      Rocky Mountain spotted fever A fine rash with a fever and headache Usually start on arms and legs including the hands and feet
      Lupus erythematosus A butterfly rash with achy joints Forehead and cheeks
      Jaundice or sign of hepatitis Yellowish Skin, whites of eyes and mouth
      Bruise Blue or black area after being hit Anywhere
      Actinic keratoses Scaly, pink, gray or tan patches or bumps Face, scalp or on the backs or the hands
      Keloid or hypertrophic scar Scar that has grown larger than expected Anywhere
      Lipoma Soft or rubbery growth Anywhere
      Milia Lots of white spots On the face of a baby
      Molluscum or contagiosum Small, firm, round bumps with pits in the center that may sit on tiny stalks Anywhere
      Sebaceous cyst Bump with a white dome under the skin Scalp, nape of the neck or upper back
      Skin tag Soft, fleshy growth, lump or bump Face, neck, armpits or groin
      Xanthelasma Yellow area under the skin Under eyelids
      Melanoma Dark bump that may have started within a mole or blemish, or, a spot or mole that has changed in color, size, shape or is painful or itchy Anywhere
      Basal cell carcinoma Fleshy, growing mass Areas exposed to the sun
      Squamous cell carcinoma Unusual growth that is red, scaly or crusted Face, lip or chin
      Kaposi's sarcoma Dark or black raised spots on the skin that keep growing or have appeared recently Anywhere
      Erythema annulare centrifugum (EAC) Pink-red ring or bullseye marks Anywhere

  22. QUESTION:
    What are these red dots all of a sudden?
    Can someone tell me what this is all of the sudden small red dots started appearing on my skin pretty much on my legs arms and chest right now and its a bit itchy
    i have some pics of my arm
    http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/3204/picture71h.jpg
    http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/2524/picture70l.jpg

    • ANSWER:
      That looks to be either eczema (a common skin rash, that causes irritation to skin and itchiness) or a heat rash. I would get it checked by a doctor, as you can get treatment for eczema if that is what it is, or it couldn't be something very serious such as herpes. It is most likely to be a heat rash or a small patch of eczema, but it will be worth getting it checked if it's serious.
      Hope I helped!!

  23. QUESTION:
    How long is a baby contagious with chicken pox?
    My son looks like he's just showing signs of chicken pox as we've got the first sight of some red spots today. His cousin, got it, and they spent time together 12 days ago (just before she came out in spots). Is he contagious now? Should we avoid contact with others? We're on holiday so I'm wondering whether we should avoid the pool or anyone..! And - if we need to avoid people - for how long?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no need to avoid contact with others, chickenpox is a normal thing with regard to humans as we all go through a life and sometime in life we get it. your child should go to a doctor and get the right medication. calamine helps to stop the itch and dries it out. first make sure it is chickenpox, first sign are bihind the hears, neck and fingers. it's better your child haave it now in the younger years than when he is older becuase it becomes increasingly dangerous as one gets older.

      How chickenpox starts ....

      may start out seeming like a cold: You might have a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, and a cough. But 1 to 2 days later, the rash begins, often in bunches of spots on the chest and face. From there it can spread out quickly over the entire body - sometimes the rash is even in a person's ears and mouth. The number of pox is different for everyone. Some people get just a few bumps; others are covered from head to toe.

      At first, the rash looks like pinkish dots that quickly develop a small blister on top (a blister is a bump on your skin that fills up with fluid). After about 24 to 48 hours, the fluid in the blisters gets cloudy and the blisters begin to crust over.

      Chickenpox blisters show up in waves, so after some begin to crust over, a new group of spots may appear. New chickenpox usually stop appearing by the seventh day, though they may stop as early as the third day. After about a week, all the blisters should get scabs on them and start to heal. Besides the rash, someone with chickenpox might also have a stomachache, a fever, and may just not feel well.

      These tips can help you feel less itchy:

      Keep cool because heat and sweat will make you itch more. You might want to put a cool, wet washcloth on the really bad areas.
      Trim your fingernails, so if you do scratch, they won't tear your skin.
      Soak in a lukewarm bath. Adding some oatmeal (yes, oatmeal!) to your bath water can help relieve the itching.
      Have your mom or dad help you apply calamine lotion, which soothes itching.
      A pain reliever like acetaminophen (say: uh-see-tuh-mih-nuh-fun) might help you feel better, but let your parents help you with this.

  24. QUESTION:
    Red spots on head of penis and on foreskin that covers the head, help?
    Okay, I'm 17 and me and my girlfriend are both virgins, we were about to do it 3 days ago, until she decided she didn't want to, I got the the condom on, but she decided she didn't want to do it there and then, anyway, she has only given me and hand job, and not gone any further, but I have small red dots on the head of my penis, and on the skin that covers it, there is no discharge or anything from the spots, and they have only really developed today, it's not itchy or anything, I don't know what it could be? I wash it every day, so I don't know what the matter it? Is it a reaction to the condom, even though I didn't have it on for long? I don't think it could be a STD? Could it, just want to find out what it is

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  25. QUESTION:
    I recently had sex on the beach and developed a rash on my penis.?
    I am uncircumcised and when i fold back the skin the head of my penis has a bunch of small red dots on it, its kind of itchy but not too bad and it seems to become dry. maybe this is from the sand, but i did not use a condom, so do you think this could be some type of std?

    • ANSWER:
      It only takes one time of having unprotected sex (anal, vaginal or oral) to get any STD - including HIV. In my professional experience if you're concerned about one STD, you should be concerned about all of them. Because most STDs do not show symptoms, testing is the only wayt to know whether or not you have been infected. I would recommend getting an entire panel of STD tests done.

      I'd also like to remind you about safe sex. Please limit the number of sexual partners that you have. Prior to entering any new sexual relationship, it's important that you and your partner get tested for STDs and share those results with one another. And finally, it's important that you use condoms each and every time that you have sex.

      Hope this helps. For more information on STDs and testing, feel free to contact us directly. We're here to help!

  26. QUESTION:
    Small red dots on my chest, should i be worried?
    I wrestle, and i noticed that i had 10 or 12 small red dots on my chest. they sort of look like pimples but im not so sure. Ive been showering everyday after practice so idk how i would get it. Or maybe they might just be pimples?
    im kind of worried because i dont want it to spread or something.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like a rash of some sort. There are so many different causes of rashes that it is very difficult to narrow down any specific cause of one, especially without being able to see it. Common categories of rash are:

      scaly patches of skin not caused by infection,
      scaly patches of skin produced by fungal or bacterial infection,
      red, itchy bumps or patches over the body, such as on the chest and back.

      Although rashes are seldom dangerous, self-diagnosis is not usually a good idea. Proper evaluation of a skin rash requires a visit to a doctor or other health-care professional. Check this site for good information and you may be able to figure out what is going on.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/rash/article.htm

  27. QUESTION:
    My nephew who is 13 years is allergic to swimming pool water. He gets each time after swim red small rash?
    dots all over his body. He loves to swim but allergic to chlorine water. Any suggestion? I am sure there must be something out there to prevent this. He does take shower after coming home too.

    • ANSWER:
      I found an excellent article for you regarding chlorine based skin allergies at
      http://allergies.suite101.com/article.cfm/chlorine_risks_in_swimming_pools. The main point in the article recommends limiting the time that the person with the allergy is in the water. Swimming in outdoor pools is better for the person as well. This is due to the ventilation factor. I am quoting a portion of the article for you to read.
      "Chlorine and Its Effects on Skin
      The way chlorine effects an individual’s skin depends on the sensitivity of the person’s skin combined with the amount of time they are exposed to highly chlorinated water.

      The main effect chlorine has on skin is to dry it out cause it to become dry and cracked, which can lead to further irritation. Prolonged exposure to chlorine can also cause the skin to develop a red, itchy rash.

      Since chlorine is frequently used to treat swimming pools, the risk of developing a reaction or rash as a result of chlorine is increased during the summer months when individuals spend more time in water that has high amounts of chlorine. Fortunately, if a rash does develop from being in high-chlorine pools, it is not threatening to an individual’s health and will usually disappear in a few days if the skin is not irritated further."

      You should also be aware that regular tap water does contain chlorine so taking a shower when your son gets home is only serving to add more exposure to chlorine.

      I teach scuba diving (http://www.visibilityunlimited.com) and spend a lot of time in chlorinated pools. I do use products that help to neutralize the effects of exposure. These include body wash and shampoo. http://mapdistribution.american-data.net/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=MAPI&Category_Code=ultra-swim

  28. QUESTION:
    Can you develop an allergy to tea tree oil?
    I had been using tea tree oil to treat small blemishes. I would not dilute it usually and it helped a great deal for a couple months. But recently it has been causing me to break out in a rash. I tried it again, diluted, and my face is red, raised. And itchy where I used it. Is it possible to suddenly develop an allergy from it? I'm upset because it was working so well for my skin, but I definitely won't be using it again.

    • ANSWER:
      You can develop a sensitivity to any product after a while especially if you over use it.

      Using undiluted tea tree oil on pimples is usually fine, but you should make sure to dot on just the pimples themselves and not on the surrounding skin, to minimise any reaction. Try using a q tip or cotton bud to apply the oil.

      Another cause of your irritation can be the tea tree oil itself. If kept for too long or keep in the wrong conditions, tea tree oil can start to oxidise which greatly increases the likelihood that it will irritate the skin.

      Let your skin recover without using the oil for a while. If you want to try tea tree again, then get a fresh bottle and try that.

  29. QUESTION:
    How do i get my mouse better?
    I got a male mouse yesterday his name is dot.He is a feeder mouse. I have another male mouse that was getting lonely.Dot has a huge scab and smaller ones around it. how can get dot better. he is also so smaller than my other mouse.
    dot was in a very crowded cage . dot and my other mouse have not fought.
    he has the scabs bc the others picked on him.

    • ANSWER:
      Is Dot the new mouse? If he was being sold as a feeder mouse, he was probably in a very crowded cage with lots of other mice. In an environment like that, the mice tend to fight - it's possible the scab is just a leftover "war wound" from a skirmish with another mouse. If none of the injuries seem infected, they should heal fine on their own. Just make sure he has a clean cage and plenty of food and water and he'll get better quickly. However, if the area seems swollen or red, is oozing, or seems to be very painful, you should get to a vet to get him some antibiotics.

      Also, is he itchy? Sometimes, if a rat has skin problems or parasites, he'll scratch himself so hard that it breaks the skin. If he's itchy, consider a vet visit as well. Also make sure he isn't on pine or cedar bedding.

      Have you introduced the two mice yet? Male mice can be difficult to introduce, but it is possible for them to get along. Just go about it slowly, and if they start to fight, back off for a little while. At first, you might want to keep them in two separate cages right next to each other, or one cage divided in half so they can smell and see each other but not fight. You can also introduce them on neutral territory outside the cage. Another good idea is to wash out the cage very thoroughly - along with the toys, wheel, water bottle, etc. - so your older mouse's scent isn't there and the new mouse doesn't seem like an intruder.

      If the new mouse is smaller, he's probably younger, which can help - most adult mice are more willing to accept a younger companion.

      Good luck with your mice!

  30. QUESTION:
    Am i allergic to my detergent?
    Lately I've itchy on my arms legs back. It started happening after we switched to sunlight ultra detergent. I've got these small red spots on my arm, mostly by my shoulder, my back and my thigh. I also have a patch of small red dots on my upper thigh. We do however have 2 dogs, could fleas be a factor too?

    • ANSWER:
      U have very sensitive skin to that detergent. All tha purfumes its not for sum ppl. I cant use number of soaps myself. So switch back .

  31. QUESTION:
    What could these itchy red dots be?
    There are little red dots everywhere in random places. Feet,legs, stomach, back, arms. My head is even starting to itch. I am very miserable and itch all the time. Ive been to the dermatologist and he didnt really see anything. He gave me steroids and said come back in two weeks if the itching doesnt stop. I am going to reschedule an appt.
    Could this possibly be a bug? and if so what?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      From my own experiences - I used to be allergic to my own sweat that I was burning off during exercise - during a time in my life when I used to have considerable toxins stored within my body fat. I eventually learned that itching or rashes are symptoms of maladies that could become much worse if never healed with good choices.

      Although I have seen that most root problems for 'skin' issues for myself and others has usually always been from long and or short term allergic reactions to 'something' COMBINED WITH a weakened lymph liver kidney skin and immune systems - IF the following symptoms would ever occur - I think the worst rash one might possibly have rapidly acquired is from deadly bacterial meningitis, BUT bacterial meningitis would be VERY RARE.

      The two quotes below are from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacterial_Meningitis

      “IF a rash is present, it may indicate a particular cause of meningitis; for instance, meningitis caused by meningococcal bacteria may be accompanied by a characteristic rash.”

      “The MOST common symptoms of meningitis are headache and neck stiffness associated with fever, confusion or altered consciousness, vomiting, and an inability to tolerate light (photophobia) or loud noises (phonophobia). SOMETIMES, especially in small children, only nonspecific symptoms may be present, such as irritability and drowsiness.”

      For further details see: http://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/about/faq.html

      To help you with more information on itch rash illnesses and for long term solutions TO THEM ALL - the following link has considerable info within a ‘report’ I recently posted:

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091113104039AAbnGet

      I truly hope what you learn will help you to decide on the correct choices that will remedy your painful malady in the future.

      My best to you and yours,

      AI – self taught nutritionIsT >[(-:]

  32. QUESTION:
    what are these RED DOTS on my arms?
    i've checked webmd and still couldn't find an accurate diagnosis. whenever i get warm, after i take a shower or after i wrap myself in a blanket, very small red dots appear on the underside of my forearms and arms. they are flat, appear as though from blood rising to the surface of the skin; they are not itchy and there are literally hundreds of them. what could it be?

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    Pinpoint Red Dots On My Chest (A couple on my thigh), Not Itchy At All?
    I've had one or two of these REALLY small (like a pinpoint) red dots on my left thigh for a while, I've always wondered about them, they're not itchy at all, if I didn't look for them I wouldn't even know they were there. But today I noticed they're all over my chest. What are they?

    • ANSWER:
      There are so many different causes of rashes that it is very difficult to narrow down any specific cause of one, especially without being able to see it. Common categories of rash are:

      scaly patches of skin not caused by infection,
      scaly patches of skin produced by fungal or bacterial infection,
      red, itchy bumps or patches over the body, such as on the chest and back.

      Although rashes are seldom dangerous, self-diagnosis is not usually a good idea. Proper evaluation of a skin rash requires a visit to a doctor or other health-care professional. Check this site for good information and you may be able to figure out what is going on.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/rash/article.htm

  34. QUESTION:
    what can I use to get rid of chigger bites? Could they be in my mattress?
    It seems they start to clear up then I get more. I think I have gotten them from going fishing.

    • ANSWER:
      They are in the grass near water usually. No they can not be in your mattress.

      The most effective way of removing chiggers is by taking a hot shower and washing the affected areas with mildly hot water and soap, as soon as possible after exposure or possible exposure (an Epsom salt bath may help alleviate pruritus). Once symptoms appear, it may be too late to prevent further bites. Taking a hot bath when already covered with chigger bites may in fact be very uncomfortable and increase itching symptoms. Do not rub and scratch the skin aggressively, but instead gently but firmly rub the irritated skin with warm soapy water. A covering to reduce air exposure over the itchy area, such as calamine lotion, petroleum jelly, or baby oil, may help relieve the pain but does not cure the bites. The application of a small drop of finger nail polish (usually clear nail polish) is one of the most popular remedies and is claimed to reduce itching and dry the itchy sores in the fewest number of days; however, this practice may be based on the fact that people sometimes mistake the red dot in the middle of the bite as the chigger itself (the chigger is long gone), and the misconception that it has burrowed into the skin, and are attempting to "suffocate" the chigger by coating their bites with Vaseline or nail polish, or some other air-inhibiting seal. Rubbing alcohol is not recommended and it is very painful and no more effective than other measures.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvest_mite

  35. QUESTION:
    what are the early symptoms of chicken pox?
    My 2 year old daughter has some spots (slightly raised red dots) on her chest, maybe 10-12. She doesn't have a fever or anything else, seems active and happy. Could it be chicken pox? (i hope not, we have 4 kids 5 and under and it would be nasty if they all get it)

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms
      Most children with chickenpox act sick with vague symptoms, such as a fever, headache, tummy ache, or loss of appetite, for a day or two before breaking out in the classic pox rash. These symptoms last 2 to 4 days after breaking out.
      The average child develops 250 to 500 small, itchy, fluid-filled blisters over red spots on the skin (“dew drops on a rose petal”). The blisters often appear first on the face, trunk, or scalp and spread from there. Appearance of the small blisters on the scalp, found in 80% of cases, clinches the diagnosis. After a day or two, the blisters become cloudy and then scab. Meanwhile, new crops of blisters spring up in groups. The pox often appear in the mouth, in the vagina, and on the eyelids. Children with skin problems such as eczema may get more than 1,500 pox.
      Most pox will not leave scars unless they become contaminated with bacteria from scratching.
      Some children who have had the vaccine will still develop a mild case of chickenpox. They usually recover much quicker and only have a few pox (< 30). These often do not follow the classic descriptions of the disease. However, these mild, post-vaccine cases are contagious.

  36. QUESTION:
    There a skin rash where my bruise just left, should I seek medical attention?
    I had a bruise on my thigh from a blunt force, the bruise is gone now, but there is a skin rash that has taken the exact shape of the bruise. It is itchy and the bumps do not a appear to be pustules. The area is reddened and slightly perforated from my skin.

    • ANSWER:
      What i think you might have is Petechiae rash. Petechiae are pinpoint-sized hemorrhages of small capillaries in the skin or mucous membranes. Petechiae is the term given to the individual small red or red-blue spots about 1-5mm in diameter which make up the rash.

      Petechiae result from tiny areas of superficial bleeding into the skin. They appear as round, pinpoint-sized dots that are not raised. The color varies from red to blue or purple as they age and gradually disappear. Petechiae commonly appear on the lower legs, but may be distributed all over the body.

      Treatment is directed at the underlying cause of the petechiae. For example, someone with petechiae caused by an infection is given antibiotics. If petechiae are caused by allergy to a medication, the medication may need to be stopped. A person with petechiae due to a low platelet count may need a transfusion of platelets or other blood factors. A person with leukemia or cancer may need surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy. Petechiae caused by injury need no treatment. Applying an ice pack off and on for 24 hours after the injury may reduce further petechiae. The petechiae will fade in time.

  37. QUESTION:
    why does my hamster put her hands on her head and moves it forward rapidly, is she itchy or something?
    she does it a lot and I'm just curious.

    • ANSWER:
      that is how they bathe themselves. they do that frequently, they are very clean creatures. If you watch, she will lick her hands too, and then do what you are describing. Im sure she is fine. If you notice red skin, small dots, or loss of hair, then she may have mites and will have to be treated.

  38. QUESTION:
    I always get itchy when I don't have bed linen on my bed?
    There's times where I get lazy and I forget so I sleep with nothing on it, but I always itch like crazy when I do so and I get a ton of red dots on my shoulders and back and I mean A LOT of dots. Why does this happen?

    • ANSWER:
      It really sounds like bedbugs.

      "Bed Bugs Bite; Dust Mites Cause Allergies

      Bed bugs actively bite people to feed on our blood while we sleep. The bites themselves are painless, but may leave itchy, red scars the next morning. Typical symptoms indicating bed bug bites are small red spots in rows of three or more. Every person reacts differently, however, and some people may exhibit no symptoms while others can have severe skin reactions. Most people become increasingly sensitive to bed bug bites with repeated bites over time.

      Dust mites do not bite, but are the major cause of indoor allergies. The mites themselves do not produce symptoms, but a protein in their fecal pellets does cause asthma, or aggravates existing asthma symptoms. Dust mites can also cause eczema, a skin condition also known as “atopic dermatitis,” whereby the skin becomes dry, itchy, red and scaly."

  39. QUESTION:
    38 weeks pregnant and a odd rash on my boob?
    my boob has been itching for quite some time and i just looked and noticed that its blotchy and red with the little red dots alll over it kinda looks like a hicky but with more blood dots. random. i know anyting i do for it?

    • ANSWER:
      Dont worry, this isnt a rash as such. I am 36 weeks and get it all the time, when I scratch !

      When you scratch the itchy area you break very small blood vessels under the skin ( similar to how a hicky is formed!) and the red dots you see are just little bits of blood under the skin.

      This is normal because of your skin stretching and is itchy'

  40. QUESTION:
    How do you recognise a lupus rash? I know butterfly pattern but more detail please?
    Is it dry? raised? fine dots? Does it react to creams etc?

    • ANSWER:
      Although it only affects about one in three people with lupus, the skin problem most often associated with the disease is a butterfly-shaped rash (malar rash) that develops across the cheeks and bridge of the nose. A malar rash may be flat or raised and may be blotchy or completely red in the affected areas. Some people with lupus develop skin lesions (subacute cutaneous lesions) that initially resemble small pimples but that eventually turn scaly and itchy, whereas others have large, flat, itchy lesions with clear centers. Both types of lesions usually appear after exposure to sunlight. Still other people develop a crusty, red, raised rash (discoid rash) on the face, neck, chest or scalp. A discoid rash is usually thick and scaly, may last for days or years, and often leaves hypopigmented or hyperpigmented scars. This rash is the only symptom in people with the discoid form of lupus. In a small percentage of cases, people with discoid lupus may go on to develop a mild version of SLE.

  41. QUESTION:
    Why am I breaking out in a rash?
    I woke up today and noticed that I had irritation on my chest and I thought it was nothing. Later in the day I realized it was on my chest, arms, legs. It is small little red dots that are not raised and are not itchy. I feel fine aside from being very tired and I just stopped taking antibiotics for a urinary tract infection. I didn't eat anything I wouldn't normally eat. Why is this happening? My mom said it could be the rest of the infection just purging out of my skin but is that even possible? PLEASE HELP

    • ANSWER:
      Antibiotics and/or fever associated with the infection can cause a rash. Or, you could have hives. They are caused by stress sometimes. They would in most cases start to look more blotchy.

      If they look like bites in a little line, you need to have your house checked for bed bugs.

      It could also be skin irritation from a new laundry detergent, body wash, etc.

  42. QUESTION:
    What causes a small bumpy rash?
    For almost a month and a half now I've had a small itchy rash.

    It's started on my stomach and now went to places like arms and uppers thighs.

    My girlfriend has it now and we don't know what it might be.

    It looks like a heat rash but we aren't positive.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi ive done a little research and i could be one of these

      •Chickenpox (Varicella zostervirus) appears with raised red spots (papules), vesicles or pustules that crust over and fall off with time. The rash is mainly on the face and trunk.
      •Measles or morbilli (rubeolla virus) appear as red spots in the level of the skin (macules – up to 1 cm) on the face, trunk, limbs, and raised whitish spots in mouth (Koplik’s spots). Cough is usually present.
      •German measles (rubella virus) appear as pale red spots on the face and spreads all over the body.
      •Roseola infantum or erythema subitum (herpes virus 6) appear as mild spotty rash on the face and trunk.
      •Fifth disease or erythema infectiosum (Parvovirus B19) is characterized by ’slapped cheeks’ rash, followed by spotty rash on trunk and limbs.
      •Hand, foot and mouth disease (Coxsackie virus A16, or Enterovirus 71): small blisters appear on the hands and feet, and painful ulcers appear in the mouth.
      •Pictures of chickenpox, measles, German measles, scarlet fever, fifth disease, and hand, foot and mouth disease.
      •Hepatitis B, Epstein Barr virus (infectious mononucleosis), coxsackie viruses, echo viruses, and respiratory syncytial virus may appear as Gianotti Crosti syndrome with prominent red spots on limbs, trunk and finally on the face. In Asymmetric Periflexural Exanthem of Childhood (APEC), a rash, supposedly of a viral origin, appears in armpits or groin and spreads mainly over one side of the body. Pictures.
      •Scarlet fever or scarlatina (Streptococcus group A or, rarely, Staphylococcus aureus) appear as tinny scarlet blotches (boiled lobster appearance) that coalesce and may cover the whole body in 24 hours. Sore throat and fever are usually present.
      •Meningococcal disease is infection of the inner brain membrane (meninge) by a bacterium Neisseria memingitidis. A red dotty rash represents small bleedings that do not disappear after applying pressure. Dots may merge to form a bruise like rash. Neck stiffness, headache, nausea, fever and sensitivity to light are main symptoms

  43. QUESTION:
    Red spots on skin from leg to upper arm. Not itchy, just noticed them this morning, and spreading?
    Sorry that was more of a statement rather than a question but, i want to describe it, rather than ask a question.

    They are small pinkish and round. They dont itch one bit, and its from my legs to my arms in different places, not in a patch. I never had anything like this. The only thing i did different in the past was to go tennessee( first trip to another state), i dont know if that has anything to do with it or what. I have never had these wierd itchless red dots?

    Anyone know what they are?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to see a doc...in the meanwhile take Benadryl should make them clear up....sounds like allergies...have you perhaps changed washing detergent or soap? Are you drinking enough water? Try not eating processed foods for a while...see your doc, only they can tell you for sure.

  44. QUESTION:
    What would be some causes of a rash which is extremely itchy, and is spreading? soap, perfume, deodorant ruled?
    This has been over a week, and it is actually spreading worse. I put benedryl cream on it for the excessive itch, but I am starting to get concerned that it isn't something simple as I first imagined, because now it is spreading.
    ((eartha))
    ((wayne)) I'll check that course of action out. ty

    • ANSWER:
      Although I respect the advice that Eartha and Uncle Wayne gave, if, after three days there is no improvement, I feel you need to see your doctor, and consider seeing a dermatologist. There is a rash that frequently accompanies connective- tissue and rheumatic diseases, and they can be quite serious if not treated.

      I don't know what sort of meds you take (MTX here) but if you are on a biologic such as Remicade or Orencia, then you may wish to contact your doctor sooner rather than later. This really could be disease/medication related -- as in a reaction -- and it's important you keep an eye on it.

      My own disease-related rash starts on my feet with small, blister-like eruptions that are intensely itchy. Benadryl cremes and sprays offer little relief, and getting my feet wet when showering makes the itching even worse. Areas I've scratched or rubbed tend to become purplish and burned looking. They are painful in an aching sort of way. If this is what you are experiencing, you need to call someone.

      Inflammation in your blood vessels can lead to vasculitis. Most people assume the worst when they hear the term, but there is a form that causes extreme itching when the blood vessels near the skin's surface become inflamed.

      Only the best to you (((((((((((Warrior))))))))))). I understand the misery, and hope you find some relief soon.

      Added: Warrior, you probably just have an innocent yet extremely itchy rash, but with our diseases, strange things sometimes happen. Always keep it in the back of your mind that any new or worsening symptom or complaint is possibly disease related.

      Just keep an eye on things. *hugs*

      http://www.mold-survivor.com/Vasculitis-2.html

      Skin: Red or purple dots ("petechiae"), usually most numerous on the legs. When the spots are larger, about the size of the end of a finger, they are called "purpura." Some look like large bruises. These are the most common vasculitis skin lesions, but hives, itchy lumpy rash, and painful or tender lumps can occur. Areas of dead skin can appear as ulcers (especially around the ankles), small black spots at the ends of the fingers or around the fingernails and toes ("nail fold infarcts"), or gangrene of fingers or toes.

      Embarrassingly, my feet look a bit like this when I am having a flare-up. If your own rash is similar, call your rheumy. The pic is of hypersensitivity-vasculitis, which is the type that occasionally affects me. But hypersensitivity to what? Could be your meds, something you've eaten ... Good luck.

      http://dermatlas.med.jhmi.edu/derm/IndexDisplay.cfm?ImageID=1424381769

  45. QUESTION:
    what's the difference between shingles and chickenpox, which is wose?

    • ANSWER:
      Office of Disease Prevention

      SHINGLES (herpes zoster)

      (This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical care. Direct specific questions to your medical provider.)

      What is shingles?
      Shingles is a localized infection due to the varicella-zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox. It occurs only in people who have had chickenpox in the past and represents a reactivation of the dormant varicella virus. Why the virus reactivates in some individuals and not in others is unknown.

      Who gets shingles?
      The disease is primarily seen in the elderly, but occasionally occurs in younger individuals. It affects both sexes and all races with equal frequency and occurs sporadically throughout the year.

      How is shingles spread?
      A person must have already had chickenpox in the past to develop shingles. Contact with an infected individual does not cause another person's dormant virus to reactivate. However, the virus from a shingles patient may cause chickenpox in someone who has not had it before.

      What are the symptoms of shingles?
      The first sign is often a tingling feeling on the skin, itchiness or a stabbing pain. After several days, a rash appears beginning as a band or patch of raised dots on the side of the trunk or face. It then develops into small, fluid-filled blisters which begin to dry out and crust over within a few days. When the rash is at its peak, symptoms can range from mild itching to extreme and intense pain. The rash and pain usually disappear within three to five weeks.

      How soon after infection do symptoms appear?
      The virus lies dormant in someone who has had chickenpox in the past. It can reactivate many years later.

      When and for how long is a person able to spread shingles?
      A person exposed to a patient with shingles will not get shingles but may get chickenpox. The virus is present at the site of the rash and is contagious for a week after the appearance of lesions (blisters).

      What are the complications associated with shingles?
      Shingles is not usually dangerous to healthy individuals although it can cause great misery during an attack. Anyone with shingles on the upper half of their face, no matter how mild, should seek medical care at once. There is some danger that the virus could cause damage to the eye resulting in blindness. Complications are rare but may include partial facial paralysis (usually temporary), ear damage or encephalitis (inflammation of the brain).

      What is the treatment for shingles?
      Most cases of shingles resolve on their own without specific treatment. Two medications available for use by physicians in treating immunocompromised patients are vidarabine and acyclovir.

      What can be done to prevent the spread of shingles?
      Chickenpox must be prevented in order to prevent shingles. A live attenuated viral vaccine against chickenpox was licensed in the U.S. in 1995 and is very effective (95% efficacy).

      Chickenpox is an infection with a blistering rash, which is caused by the Varicella virus. This virus also causes shingles.

      Course and Symptoms
      The incubation period, the length of time from exposure to the virus to developing the condition, is two to three weeks. If someone in the house has chickenpox, the likelihood of someone else in the house catching it, who has not already had it, is as much as 90% ie 9 out of 10.

      Chickenpox usually affects children and starts with a slightly raised temperature, and feeling under the weather, along with the development of red spots, mainly on the body and face.

      The spots appear over a few days and progress from being red spots to forming blisters, which eventually burst, dry, and crust, ultimately to heal. The spots are very itchy, and if the child scratches and infects them they will leave scars.

      By the time the spots have stopped forming and are dried over and the temperature has fallen back to normal, the child is no longer infectious. Usually this takes about a week, until then they should remain off playgroup or school.

      Chickenpox does not usually make children very ill, and for most the main problem is the itchiness. Your doctor will not normally need to see the child, but you should let him know that the child has had it. Occasionally more serious complications can occur, and if a child does not appear to be following the above course it is worth speaking to your doctor.

      Having had chickenpox most people are immune, and can not catch it again. However the virus particles remain dormant in your nervous system and can, at a later stage, cause shingles. As a result of the large numbers of people who catch chickenpox as children, 90% of adults are immune.

      Treatment
      Many people find that calamine lotion helps to soothe the itch, and paracetamol liquid helps to ease any aches and pains and also keep down the temperature.

      Prevention
      People with chickenpox or shingles should stay away from others who have not had chickenpox until their rashes have dried up. This especially applies to staying away from people who have depleted immune systems (eg people: on steroids; on cancer drugs; on immunosuppressant drugs for transplants; with AIDS; etc.). These people are said to be "immunocompromised" and cannot fight off an infection as well as the rest of us. Another group who are at higher risk is pregnant women and newborn babies.

      There is now a chickenpox (varicella) vaccine. This is not used in all countries. It can be given as a protective measure to immunocompromised people, especially children with leukaemia or organ transplants.

      If people at high risk are exposed
      For people who are not immune and who are exposed to the virus, there is a way of using the antibodies that someone else has made against an infection. This is called passive immunisation.

      An injection is made up from the protein in people's blood which fight off infections (immunoglobulin). In the case of chickenpox, it is made from pooled serum from blood donors who have recently had chickenpox or shingles. In the UK it is standard practice for all blood donors to be tested for, and be clear of HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.

      make your own mind up.

  46. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for chickenpox to go away?

    • ANSWER:
      You haven't been feeling so great for the last few days, and you've had a runny nose and a cough. Then one morning you wake up and stumble into the bathroom. You look in the mirror with blurry eyes and - yikes! You have chickenpox!

      What Is Chickenpox?
      Chickenpox is caused by a virus called varicella zoster (say: var-uh-seh-luh zas-tur). People who get the virus often develop a rash of spots that look like blisters all over their bodies. The blisters are small and sit on an area of red skin that can be anywhere from the size of a pencil eraser to the size of a dime.

      You've probably heard that chickenpox are itchy. It's true. The illness also may come along with a runny nose and cough. But the good news is that chickenpox is a common illness for kids and most people get better by just resting like you do with a cold or the flu. And the really good news is that, thanks to the chickenpox vaccine (say: vak-seen), lots of kids don't get chickenpox at all. Kids who do get it, if they got the shot, often get less severe cases, which means they get better quicker.

      What Happens When You Have Chickenpox?
      Chickenpox may start out seeming like a cold: You might have a runny or stuffy nose, sneezing, and a cough. But 1 to 2 days later, the rash begins, often in bunches of spots on the chest and face. From there it can spread out quickly over the entire body - sometimes the rash is even in a person's ears and mouth. The number of pox is different for everyone. Some people get just a few bumps; others are covered from head to toe.

      At first, the rash looks like pinkish dots that quickly develop a small blister on top (a blister is a bump on your skin that fills up with fluid). After about 24 to 48 hours, the fluid in the blisters gets cloudy and the blisters begin to crust over.

      Chickenpox blisters show up in waves, so after some begin to crust over, a new group of spots may appear. New chickenpox usually stop appearing by the seventh day, though they may stop as early as the third day. After about a week, all the blisters should get scabs on them and start to heal. Besides the rash, someone with chickenpox might also have a stomachache, a fever, and may just not feel well.

      How Does Chickenpox Spread?
      Chickenpox is contagious (say: kon-tay-jus), meaning that someone who has it can easily spread it to someone else. Someone who has chickenpox is most contagious during the first 2 to 5 days that he or she is sick. That's usually about 1 to 2 days before the rash shows up. So you could be spreading around chickenpox without even knowing it!

      A person who has chickenpox can pass it to someone else by coughing or sneezing. When he or she coughs, sneezes, laughs, and even talks, tiny drops come out of the mouth and nose. These drops are full of the chickenpox virus. It's easy for someone else to breathe in these drops or get them on his or her hands. Before you know it, the chickenpox virus has infected someone new.

      Itchy Itchy, Scratchy Scratchy
      If you are that unlucky person, how do you keep your chickenpox from driving you crazy? They itch, but you're not supposed to scratch them. Scratching the blisters can tear your skin and leave scars. Scratching can also let germs in, and the blisters could get infected.

      These tips can help you feel less itchy:

      Keep cool because heat and sweat will make you itch more. You might want to put a cool, wet washcloth on the really bad areas.
      Trim your fingernails, so if you do scratch, they won't tear your skin.
      Soak in a lukewarm bath. Adding some oatmeal (yes, oatmeal!) to your bath water can help relieve the itching.
      Have your mom or dad help you apply calamine lotion, which soothes itching.
      A pain reliever like acetaminophen (say: uh-see-tuh-mih-nuh-fun) might help you feel better, but let your parents help you with this.

      Do not take aspirin because it can cause a rare but serious illness in kids called Reye syndrome (say: rye sin-drome). Medicines and creams that may stop the itch can also be helpful.

      It doesn't usually happen, but let your parents know if you feel especially bad. Sometimes, chickenpox leads to other, more serious illnesses. Or one of your blisters could get infected.

      Usually, you won't have any major problems and you'll get better in about a week. And when all the blisters have scabs, you're not contagious anymore and you can go back to school! In a few days, the scabs will fall off. And once you've had chickenpox, it's unlikely you'll ever get it again.

      Get a Shot, Avoid the Dots!
      Not long ago, 3 million people got chickenpox each year in the United States. But now that kids receive the shot, fewer and fewer people get chickenpox. Have you had the chickenpox vaccine? You might not remember because it's often given at age 1. But you can get it when you're older, too. Ask your mom or dad if you've had yours. You'll be glad that you did if chickenpox starts making its way around your school!

      Updated and reviewed by: Barbara P. Homeier, MD
      Date reviewed: October 2004
      Originally reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD, and Catherine L. Lamprecht, MD

  47. QUESTION:
    Itchy red spots on skin (stomach) not raised up like a bite tho?
    Idk what it is. Its not raised up like a bug bite or any kind but its red, itchy, and hurts to scratch. I have two spots right by each other but ones a small oval and the other is an even smaller circle, then there are 3 red dots leading away from the both of them

    • ANSWER:
      I used to have something like that but a bit more like hives, and believe me i know the feeling of wanting to scratch but being afraid you'll hurt yourself. I made myself bleed once by accident. I suggest just going off certain foods you eat daily a good way of doing that is on the day that you get the rash think about what you ate, or what type of detergent you are using. Mine have gone away but it used to be REALLY bad. The weird things is, as soon as i left my school to go into a new one with higher grades, it went away....Haha, well if those suggestions dont work for you if they continue and they start getting worse, I would probably go see a doctor and maybe get a prescription cream, it might be because your skin is really dry too.
      Hope i helped!!

  48. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms of chicken pox?
    my husband has the shingles and now my 2 1/2 year old daughter has a fever and a sore throat. i was wondering if this can be the start of chicken pox. no dots or bumps yet just on her face but more like a rash from the fever

    • ANSWER:
      Chickenpox causes a red, itchy rash on the skin that usually appears first on the abdomen or back and face, and then spreads to almost everywhere else on the body, including the scalp, mouth, nose, ears, and genitals.

      chickenpox_illustrationThe rash begins as multiple small, red bumps that look like pimples or insect bites. They develop into thin-walled blisters filled with clear fluid, which becomes cloudy. The blister wall breaks, leaving open sores, which finally crust over to become dry, brown scabs.

      Chickenpox blisters are usually less than a quarter of an inch wide, have a reddish base, and appear in bouts over 2 to 4 days. The rash may be more extensive or severe in kids who have skin disorders such as eczema.

  49. QUESTION:
    24 weeks pregnant and got a rash?
    It started on my arms and is now on my back and down my buttocks. I called the midwife and she said it sounds like an allergic reaction. It is really small red dots which are a little bit raised and getting really itchy. I have heard of something called PUPPS. Does this sound like it?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes I think that you desrcibe the symptons,

      It's not uncommon to feel itchy, particularly around your growing belly and breasts as your skin stretches to accommodate them. Hormonal changes may also be partly to blame.

      Some pregnant women find that their palms and the soles of their feet get red and sometimes itchy. This common condition may be caused by an increase in estrogen. It usually disappears right after delivery.

      You may also find that things that normally make you itchy — dry skin, eczema, food allergies — make you even itchier when you're pregnant. Finally, there are certain conditions that occur during pregnancy that may cause you to feel itchy

      Avoid hot showers and baths, which can dry out your skin and make the itching worse. Use mild soap and be sure to rinse it off well and towel off lightly. Then slather on an unscented moisturizer — some scents can cause irritation.

      Try an occasional warm oatmeal bath. (You can buy oatmeal bath preparations in drugstores.) Wear loose cotton clothing and avoid going out in the heat of the day, since heat can intensify the itching.

      Up to 1 percent of pregnant women develop a condition characterized by itchy, red bumps and larger patches of a hive-like rash on their bellies. This is called pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP) or polymorphic eruption of pregnancy.

      PUPPP usually begins in the third trimester and is more common among women carrying twins and those having their first baby. The eruptions usually show up first on the abdomen around or in stretch marks (if you have any) and may spread to your thighs, buttocks, and arms. PUPPP is harmless for you and your baby, but it can itch like crazy!

      Your doctor or midwife will want to see you for a diagnosis and will probably prescribe a topical ointment to give you some relief. She may also recommend an antihistamine. In severe cases, you may need a course of oral steroids.

      PUPPP usually disappears within a few days after delivery, although it sometimes persists for several weeks. (In rare cases, it may even begin after you give birth.) Fortunately, it seldom appears again in subsequent pregnancies.

      Even more rare than PUPPP is a skin condition called prurigo of pregnancy (or papular eruptions of pregnancy), which is characterized by many tiny bumps that may look like bug bites. These eruptions can occur anywhere on your body, but you're most likely to get them on your hands, feet, arms, and legs.

      Although the eruptions can be itchy and annoying, prurigo of pregnancy appears to pose no risk to your baby. This condition generally starts around the beginning of the third trimester and may last for up to three months after you give birth.

      In very rare cases, a pregnant woman will develop very itchy eruptions that start out like hives and then turn into large blistering lesions. This rash is called pemphigoid gestationis (or herpes gestationis, although it has nothing to do with herpes virus). The eruptions often start on the abdomen and spread to the arms and legs.

      This condition is considered more serious than PUPPP because it may be associated with an increased risk for preterm delivery and fetal growth problems. It usually begins in the second or third trimester, but it can start anytime — even in the first week or two after you have your baby.

      Pemphigoid gestationis can come and go throughout pregnancy, and it often flares up after delivery as well. It usually happens again in subsequent pregnancies and tends to be more severe.

      Let your caregiver know if you develop any kind of rash during pregnancy. Whether or not the rash is related to your pregnancy, it's a good idea to have your caregiver evaluate it and recommend appropriate treatment or refer you to a dermatologist.

      I hope that I've helped and best of luck with your pregnancy.
      Thank you :) xx


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