Friday, July 23, 2010

I have "itchy-redish-burning bumps" on my face, arms, and legs and it's still growing.?

Could this be Shingles or some internal infection manifesting on skin? Thanks

I have "itchy-redish-burning bumps" on my face, arms, and legs and it's still growing.?
Sounds like hives.

Have you eaten anything in the past half an hour?

I get hives if I have anything with chamomile in it, or too much MSG.

My friend gets hives if she has anything with dairy in it.
Reply:measles=chicken pox=hives
Reply:Could this be poison ivy or some other plant related rash? If not, it sounds like some kind of contact dermatitis. It doesn't sound like shingles, they rarely erupt on the face. Try to calm the itching with some topical anti-itch creme like Lanacort. If there is no improvement in a day or so, have it checked by your doctor.
Reply:You might have poison ivy or oak ... But just in case maybe you should go to the doctor. If you havent ever had chicken pox it could be that also. Hope I helped -- Chels%26lt;3
Reply:I have known people with shingles on the face. Here is an excerpt from the Merck Manual Home Edition:

Symptoms and Complications

(Note: on the web site there is a very clear photo of what shingles look like.)

During the 2 or 3 days before shingles develops, some people feel ill and have chills, a fever, nausea, diarrhea, or difficulty urinating. Others experience pain, a tingling sensation, or itching in a strip of skin on one side of the body. Clusters of small, fluid-filled blisters surrounded by a small red area then develop on this strip of skin. The blisters occur only on the limited area of skin supplied by the infected nerve fibers. Most often, blisters appear on the trunk, usually on only one side. However, a few blisters may also appear elsewhere. The affected area is usually sensitive to any stimulus, including light touch, and may be very painful. Symptoms are usually less severe in children than in adults.


The blisters begin to dry and form a scab about 5 days after they appear. Until scabs appear, the blisters contain varicella-zoster virus, which, if spread to susceptible people, can cause chickenpox. Blisters that cover large areas of skin or persist for more than 2 weeks usually indicate that the immune system is not functioning normally.

The affected skin, especially in older people and in people with a weakened immune system, may become infected by bacteria. Scratching the blisters increases this risk. Bacterial infections increase the risk of scarring.

One episode of shingles gives most people lifelong immunity from further attacks. Fewer than 4% of people have more than one episode. Scarring or hyperpigmentation of the skin, which can be extensive, may occur, but most people recover without lasting effects. A few people, more commonly older people, continue to have chronic pain in the area (postherpetic neuralgia).

Involvement of the part of the facial nerve leading to the eye can be serious, and if it is not treated adequately, vision may be affected. The part of the facial nerve leading to the ear may also be affected, sometimes leading to pain, partial paralysis of the face, and hearing loss."

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