I am on day 4 of a really terrible allergic rash. It is all over my arms, a little on my chest and neck. Red spots that are extremely itchy and in places have all run together into what looks almost like a burn and is very sore.
I have had this type of reaction to two things before - neither of them food. Two different cscetions - the bandage used over scar in one and the surgical drape adhesive in another. Really severe reactions just like this (but on abdomen). The other thing I have reacted to is the sun - I have been allergic to that for years, getting worse each summer. That rash is confined to the tops of my forearms.
The reason I think this is a food related rash is that I have not been in the sun. And also, this started the day I went to a meeting last week where they provided a sandwhich lunch. So I thought it might be something in the sandwhiches.
Is this rash likely to be a reaction to food? If not, what on earth could it be?
I am a very allergic type person anyway, and the older i get, the more reactions to things I seem to get in general.
not sure what to suggest but if you have any antihistamine in the house I would suggest you take it now and then regularly until you can get to your GP on Monday.... it certainly sounds from your history as though you should be referred for allergy testing`. HTH
They were mostly cheese (I am intolerant to dairy - it does cause upset stomach, but I still give in to the cravings for it sometimes). I also had some beef ones with horseradish in them. I wondered if it was that as horseradish is something I have not had for years.
My son has this. He has had it for weeks now. The doc said anti histamines but they've done no good whatsoever. I've tried a couple of other things like a homeopathic remedy and taking him off dairy but no joy. Am taking him back to doc tomorrow.
Why not google images urgticaria and see if the rash looks like yours. It means, literally, nettle rash.
Hope you are feeling better. I am 30 weeks pregnant and have bad case of hives (fancy word: urticaria) since week 23/24. They come and go, worse at night. They were unbearable the first 2-3 weeks and the only comfort i had was in freezing cold shower. I tried calamine, aloe, moisturiser, E45 anti ithch, homeopathic meds and creams...everything. went to GP and he suggested anti histamines. they worked for less than a day and then made things mildly better so that i wasnt crying/ wanting to rip my skin off. But then the effects wore off. It changes daily: sometimes they're mildly annoying and sometimes i just cant stop crying from the pain. I'm going to see GP tomorrow again, but he probably wont be able to do much. i had similar case three years ago that lasted for 3.5 months and we never figured out the root cause. and in this case, we have no idea idea. pregnancy can trigger it tho, so i asumme i will be like this for, at least, another two months. Hope you are feeling better! moisturise, anti histamines and cold showers...
Thanks musicmama - I really appreciate your answer. It is getting a little better now slowly. Very depressing to realise that it can be triggered by something unknown as that means you can't really avoid it. I totally understand the crying thing - it is such a painful condition to be in.