Monday, November 21, 2011

Red surface rash on skin?

When I get sick like a cold, over tired, stressed to the max from physical or mental exersion, or even food poisoning, I break out in a rash mainly on my torsso but also on my arms and legs. It's a little itchy but not much and if it's severe I'll peel after.

What is that all about??

Red surface rash on skin?
Hives probably

Hives are caused by an allergic reaction within the body. Histamine is released under the skin and causes areas of swelling.


They appear as red or white, raised welts on the skin. They can appear suddenly out of nowhere, and can spread rapidly. They are most common on the chest, tummy, and back, but can also be on the extremities, and rarely on the face. A very distinct characteristic of hives is that each welt will often come and go over a period of 10 to 15 minutes or as long as a few hours. You will see some welts on the tummy, and then look again an hour later and find them gone, only to see new ones on the back. The welts can be small or very large, round or irregularly shaped, single or clustered together and over-lapping. They usually itch, but not always.


There are many possible causes of hives:

Illness – illnesses are the most common cause of hives in children. The body can have an allergic reaction to the illness. These illnesses are usually viruses, but can be any cause. So, if your child is sick, and breaks out in hives, it is probably due to the illness. A note – don't worry about what illness might be causing the hives. If there is no fever or symptoms of any illness, then the hives probably are not due to illness. If there is a fever, but no other symptoms, then it is probably a harmless virus. Click on Fever for help on what to do.

Foods – foods that most commonly cause hives include shellfish, nuts, berries, and fish. Think about any new foods your child might have eaten in the past 24 hours.

Medications – any medicine can potentially cause hives. Think back through the past 24 hours. Have you given your child any medication (it doesn't have to be a new medicine)? If your child is sick, have you been using any cold medicine or new kind of pain or fever medication? If so, it may be hard to tell if the hives are from the illness or the medicine.

External irritant – there are a variety of substances that children come into contact with each day that they can be allergic too. The list includes new soap or shampoo, new laundry detergent or fabric softener, new suntan or other lotion, new clothes, blankets, or bed sheets, and playing outside among grass and bushes. Try to think of anything new that could have come into contact with your child's skin.

Despite all these possible causes, most of the time a parent or doctor is unable to pinpoint the definite cause of the hives. It is not necessary to determine the cause of the hives unless your child continues to have a problem with recurrent hives.
Reply:eczma or psoariasis of the skin-comes up when body is stressed.see you doctor.
Reply:infections can cause welts not hives to form welts are large areas instead of small rashlike spots. as for when being stressed the body can react with an itchy rash from your nerves this is normal but the peeling isn't. are you scratching alot? if so don't it can cause an infection and make it worse. try benadryl when this happens it makes the itching stop and makes the hives/welts go away faster and also has a calming effect at the same time Good Luck
Reply:I chose this question because I thought I could answer it. But, I'm at a loss. I apologize for not being able to help you. I do however, feel for you. That must be miserable. And forgive me but I can't stop thinking about that movie "Something About Mary". What was that guys name? Weeble or something.?
Reply:Stress can cause excema reactions that vary in severity. I get the excema rash on my legs, arms, face and neck when I'm stressing about something, or boxed in a corner over something.
Reply:See a dermatologist. Pure speculation on my part, but since the rash occurs in such a variety of way, I might be inclined to believe it's your nerves. Everyone has a weakness with some type of body organ, or symptoms when under stress. Could be yours is a rash. But just to be on the safe side, please make an appointment with a dermatologist. Thanks for the opportunity of address your most interesting question.
Reply:You've probably got hives. Or bedbugs (but probably not). It's an allergic reaction. Take an antihistamine. Benadryl might knock you out. Try Zantac, Claritin, or Allegra. I think I got mine from sleeping on a bare mattress. It can also come from the saturation of laundry detergent in the skin.

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