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What are these itchy red spots?

Asked by generalspecific (1874points) August 10th, 2008

Last night the backs of my legs were randomly really itchy, but I didn’t think much of it. Today, I’m woken up by my arms itching, just around my elbows and under my armpits sort of. I have red welps all over the tops and backs of my legs, around my knees, and a couple on my face and hands. Me and my mom analyzed everything I ate yesterday.. nothing out of the ordinary. I’m also on medication, but have been taking it for like a month. My mom thinks it’s chiggers but I think they’re sort of weird places for that. So.. any help?

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eambos's avatar

I don’t know, and even Dr. Shilolo will have trouble diagnosing without seeing it in real life.

The best advice: See a doctor.

mamasu's avatar

I agree the best advice is to see a doctor. In the meantime, you can put some hydrocortisone cream on the areas to help reduce the itching. Good luck.

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

See the doc, but in the meantime change your sheets! It could be bed bugs, chiggers or spiders.

gailcalled's avatar

Take a look at these pictures; they look alarmingly like what you are describing. Ouch. Other possibilities are poison ivy or poison oak, but they tend to be tiny blisters that itch like the devil.

cheebdragon's avatar

could be hives…
“Urticaria (or hives) is a skin condition, commonly caused by an allergic reaction, that is characterized by raised red skin wheals (welts). It is also known as nettle rash or uredo. Wheals from urticaria can appear anywhere on the body, including the face, lips, tongue, throat, and ears. The wheals may vary in size from about 5 mm (0.2 inches) in diameter to the size of a dinner plate; they typically itch severely, sting, or burn, and often have a pale border. Urticaria is generally caused by direct contact with an allergenic substance, or an immune response to food or some other allergen, but can also appear for other reasons, notably emotional stress. The rash can be triggered by quite innocent events, such as mere rubbing or exposure to cold.” – Wikipedia

gailcalled's avatar

When you scratch hives, you raise red wheals on the skin. You can play tic-tac-toe if you use a fingernail to scratch the # on your skin. And there is no tiny central puncture or hole from a bite. (Speaking from experience here.)

Check out Dermatographia

La_chica_gomela's avatar

There’s a little quiz on that helps you identify what it might be. I would probably see a doc, as recommended before, but in the meantime, this might give you some peace of mind.

cheebdragon's avatar

I had the hives for 2 months when i was about 11 or 12 years old…
mine were just random splotches and i dont remember noticing that i could scratch and make them appear (just that scratching made the existing ones more prominent) but i see what you mean here
i guessed i missed the part about the puncture or hole from a bite….

gailcalled's avatar

@Cheeb: check this out

cheebdragon's avatar

oh thats yucky…......**send shivers down my spine**
i have a weird phobia about things like that…..

gailcalled's avatar

Make sure that you never go outside unless you live in a very urban area. Every time I come back into the house, I check myself for either crawling (good) or embedded (bad) or embedded and engorged (really bad) deer ticks. The black fly, mosquito, spider bites and poison ivy are a minor convenience compared to the ticks.

My Internist has a tick that I pulled off my wrist. Once in a container of alcohol, it will, apparently, last forever. He uses it for “Show and Tell.”

cheebdragon's avatar

omg, thats too much for me to deal with….lol
I have killed several spiders in our house in the past couple of weeks and it has me so freaked out that everytime i sit down to use the computer, i keep shaking my legs because i have convinced myself that spiders wont crawl up a rapidly moving object lol.

gailcalled's avatar

Can you wear paper scrubs with rubber bands around the ankles.? Or consider the leg motions as an aerobic exercise? Where do you live?

cheebdragon's avatar

we have tile and hardwood flooring so they might make me look like i was doing some of the moves from this

gailcalled's avatar

You could not do better than look like Tom in his youth (before he went bonkers.) I remember that film (and that scene well and remember drooling over him.

(but I assume that you are female- unless you are really deluding us.)

cheebdragon's avatar

I am a female, but when i was thinking about getting some of the paper scrubs i remembered how slippery they can be on the hospital tile, and tom cruise sliding across the floor was the first mental image i had….lol this was the 2nd

gailcalled's avatar

Wear scrubs with sneakers (and send a pic.)

I am signing off now. A lovely day is slipping away.

generalspecific's avatar

They’re not chiggers, because in some spots the welts have vanished, and then other parts that were bare before now have the red spots.
And I know that it’s probably hives, but I don’t know what from. I haven’t eaten anything different, and the washing detergent hasn’t been changed or anything.. i just don’t know what it is. but they’re sore and itchy.

gailcalled's avatar

My hives (chronic) appeared out of nowhere when I was about 40. I thought originally that I had been in some poison ivy.. I took an RX histamine for years; then after eliminating meat and 7 years of therapy, I was hive-free and able to stop the meds.

robertca81's avatar

How do you get the hives in the first place?

cheebdragon's avatar

Hives are an allergic reaction.

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