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For medical people! What are these itchy white spots my gf has just picked up?

Asked by trickface (2326 points ) June 18th, 2011

We’ve just come home from a meal out and are trying to figure out what has happened to her skin. We walked out in the rain through a busy town centre to the restaurant (TGI Fridays, yum) and she had a medium-well steak with fries and mashed potato and a wild mushroom sauce and some of my ice cream cocktail with a little irish whiskey in there.

On the walk home she complained of feeling itchy and I noticed small white blotches on her face that soon grew in number and spread to her back, shoulders and chest within 20mins.

She’s a little scared because she’s never had a skin break out before and so we’re searching for the cause now.

Any clue what this is, Fluther?

http://i.imgur.com/LFKxk.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/04JkP.jpg

These look much less ugly from a normal distance but I thought close-ups were best for a fluther diagnosis! Any advice on how to deal with them? Thanks!

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9 Answers

nikipedia's avatar

Sounds like an allergic reaction. Maybe TGI Fridays could give you an ingredient list for everything you had?

everephebe's avatar

I would start taking her to the hospital and I would call TGI Fridays for the ingredient list. It does sound like an allergic reaction, as @nikipedia said.

Mariah's avatar

Definitely looks allergic. I have several contact allergies that cause a very similar looking reaction. However, mine result from things I’m allergic to touching my skin, and only occur where they touched. Your girlfriend’s reaction, being so wide-spread, probably is from what she ate, and this is more dangerous as her throat could swell up. Get her to a hospital and they will probably administer epinepherine and give her a short course of steroids.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

One more vote for it being an allergic reaction, and specifically a case of Hives.

Hives are raised, often itchy, red welts on the surface of the skin. They are usually an allergic reaction to food or medicine.

When you have an allergic reaction to a substance, your body releases histamine and other chemicals into your bloodstream. This causes itching, swelling, and other symptoms. Hives are a common reaction, especially in people with other allergies such as hay fever.

When swelling or welts occur around the face, especially the lips and eyes, it is called angioedema. Swelling from angioedema can also occur around your hands, feet, and throat.

trickface's avatar

Thanks for your great answers. They’ve just faded away of their own accord after being home for about an hour. We’re guessing its maybe partially allergy and also (she says) her body reacting to the cold and wet weather.

I don’t know, it’s all fine now anyway. Thanks again!

cheebdragon's avatar

Probably hives, just get some benadryl and it will be fine.

faye's avatar

Just hives and if it’s been long enough to walk home likely not dangerous. Hives could be from food she just ate or new laundry detergent or a bazillion other things. I finally traced a horrible EOD rash to blue colored shampoo. The hives would show up hours later.

perspicacious's avatar

You said blotches but the pictures are raised bumps. I think she should see a doctor.

seekingwolf's avatar

I’ve gotten those JUST LIKE THAT in the picture when I come into contact with something that I’m allergic with. My parents told me that it’s hives for me and yes, it’s an allergic reaction. Mine is just like your girlfriend’s.

Please take her to the hospital. It sounds like it was something she ate that caused it because it was so widespread. The doctors can do some tests on her to see what she is allergic to. It’s important that you do this because if you don’t, she can be exposed (inadvertently) to whatever she may be allergic to and the 2nd reaction is usually a LOT worse. Like throat-swelling-can’t-breath worse.

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