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Kevin

United States

#1 Mar 20, 2007
I have a problem that has been plagueing me for nearly five weeks now... I seem to be getting this kind of rash that I'm not sure about. From the pictures below, you can see parts of my face and how this rash looks like.

http://filexoom.com/files/2006/10/22/26512/43...
http://filexoom.com/files/2006/10/22/26512/53...
http://filexoom.com/files/2006/10/22/26512/65...

It's going in a frustrating cycle. I have noticed that it will start itching, then gets worse, and then calms down. When it does calm down, my face becomes clear, but dry. Flaking occurs, and when I use my cleanser (Neutrogena Extra Gentle cleanser), it seems to get drier. With that, I am starting to believe that my rash is caused by the dryness. Before that, I get hives, and I normally associate them as harmless. Unfortunately, that is not the case, as some of the hives started growing up into liquid filled capsules.

My doctor (I went into a children's doctor, and that might've affected what type of treatment I am getting) says that I might have contact dermatitis. With my knowledge, it is also called eczema. I am currently using the Neutrogena cleanser and this hydrocortisone lotion called "Praxoline," don't remember if it is the correct spelling. I have an over the counter cream with aloe vera that I avoided using after my rash started lichenifying, but that was four weeks ago.

My condition improved during spring break, but now it started up again, and I am running out of ideas. Can someone confirm that my rash is indeed dermatitis? Should I attempt to use the OTC hydrocortisone cream? Please note that the pictures are about a week old, and my face right now is not as serious as the pictures above.
Barbara

Isleworth, UK

#2 Apr 23, 2007
I have exactley the same rash. It came on about 3 months ago and flares up. It seems i get a tingle and i scratch and its a bump them more appear. Then its sore. I have it all across my nose cheeks and down one side of my neck. I have tried using excema lotion which seemed to work for a while. Now nothing works. I am seeing a doctor tommorow hopefully i will find out what this is. I dont believe its excema its more like some kind of reacurring small chicken pox type thing.

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Danny

Redmond, WA

#3 Apr 24, 2007
I believe that this same thing is happening to me as well, ive never had any real big problems with acne, but yesterday a red mark appeared under my lip. By the end of the day it had spread a little more. Now today it appears as if it is spreading to various spots on my face. On the red rashy areas it almost feels as if there are small bumbs. The areas also tingle and i try to keep from itching. If you know of anyhthing to help thatd be great.
Kevin

United States

#4 Apr 29, 2007
My dermatologist prescribed me Tazorac and Solidyn for my "severe acne" because she saw the scars I had. I'm not sure if it will help, but I do have some pretty bad acne. Unfortunately, where my acne is, the yellowish crap is back.

Here is what I'm experiencing now. I have hives, little raised area about 1mm-3mm high, varying diameter from 1cm - 2cm. I might've been scratching them, because when the hives died down, I get something that seems to be blisters, because the yellowish liquid is coming back out. Irritation? It's quite possible. That's why I am trying my best not to irritate my skin so much.

It's possible that I might be allergic to dairy, cheese specifically. Today after eating pizza, a hive appeared on my forehead, same spot as weeks ago! I might call up my dermatologist again, as I suspect an infection. I've read that if blisters that ooze are affecting you, an infection is occuring.

If you're touching your rash, I want to see whether not touching the rash will help, because too much irritation might be causing this rash we're having.*sigh*
Cathy

Deltona, FL

#5 May 3, 2007
Kevin,
I looked at your photos and it looks very similar to what I have but the Drs have no clue what it is. After 3 biopsies and many courses of steroids, both pills & topical creams, nothing makes it go away it calms it down for while and then it comes back fierce. It is chronic and never ever goes away.
Have you found out anything else about yours or could you reccommend anything that you tried??
Thank you,
Cathy
Kevin wrote:
I have a problem that has been plagueing me for nearly five weeks now... I seem to be getting this kind of rash that I'm not sure about. From the pictures below, you can see parts of my face and how this rash looks like.
http://filexoom.com/files/2006/10/22/26512/43...
http://filexoom.com/files/2006/10/22/26512/53...
http://filexoom.com/files/2006/10/22/26512/65...
It's going in a frustrating cycle. I have noticed that it will start itching, then gets worse, and then calms down. When it does calm down, my face becomes clear, but dry. Flaking occurs, and when I use my cleanser (Neutrogena Extra Gentle cleanser), it seems to get drier. With that, I am starting to believe that my rash is caused by the dryness. Before that, I get hives, and I normally associate them as harmless. Unfortunately, that is not the case, as some of the hives started growing up into liquid filled capsules.
My doctor (I went into a children's doctor, and that might've affected what type of treatment I am getting) says that I might have contact dermatitis. With my knowledge, it is also called eczema. I am currently using the Neutrogena cleanser and this hydrocortisone lotion called "Praxoline," don't remember if it is the correct spelling. I have an over the counter cream with aloe vera that I avoided using after my rash started lichenifying, but that was four weeks ago.
My condition improved during spring break, but now it started up again, and I am running out of ideas. Can someone confirm that my rash is indeed dermatitis? Should I attempt to use the OTC hydrocortisone cream? Please note that the pictures are about a week old, and my face right now is not as serious as the pictures above.
Mel

Denver, CO

#6 May 11, 2007
I have the same itchy rash on my face. It goes away and comes back. It has been happening to me since last nov 2006. It's very irritationg and frustrating. I seen a allergy specialist and dermatologist. They said I have atopic dermatitiis. I ahve tried every cream, antibotics, face wash. But what works is johnson and johnson diaper rash cream with zinc in it. also calamin lotion. Also in ezcema cream for babies by johnson and johnson. It take the itch away and heals it. I think I am allergic to dairy. The doctor's don't know anything, or how to help me. If you can find a cream with zinc in it use it. Also use oatmeal soap to wash your face with and body. one last thing coco butter to keep your skin moist. things that help ice on it, keeping it cold. hope this helps it cheap to try. good luck.
Valerie

AOL

#7 May 16, 2007
My daughter has a severe case of eczema. I have tried everything from steroids to topical creams. It was so bad, the doctors had her on prednlisone (one tablet EVERY day). The average person takes this medicine for no more than 2 weeks and then is off it for awhile before taking it again! I was so concerned with this that I started looking for other ways to help her without giving her all of these meds. I came across some stuff called Miracle II. You can go online at www.miracleii.com and see for yourself. If you an get past the way it was created and use the product you will be quite pleased. I bathe my daughter every day in the moisturing soap and then use the lotion afterwards. This process has helped her immensely. Although she still has break outs, they are no where near wha they use to be without the Miracle II products. We also use the Skin Zinc products. I have been able to control her condition and take her off all of the meds. Everytime I see someone with eczema, I tell them to use the Miracle II products along with the skin zinc and they too are seeing a big difference. My heart was breaking when I saw my little girl go through this, but thank God for the Miracle II skin care products (all natural ingredients). Try it for yourself and see.
Kevin

United States

#8 May 16, 2007
Here are some recent pics:

http://filexoom.com/files/2006/10/22/26512/P1...
http://filexoom.com/files/2006/10/22/26512/P1...
http://filexoom.com/files/2006/10/22/26512/P1...

I have reduced my frequency of washing to mornings only, and so far my rash seems to be doing better, but still not gone. I felt great for a short period. Right now, when I smile I could feel something come out in one area of my cheeks, and that side felt swollen. I don't understand why some areas feel swollen, but I'm thinking it's related to the inflammatory system.

Cathy, I would try not to touch the area as much, and if you're washing that area, do it as gently as possible. I'm currently debating on moisturizing my rash, because I am not sure if the lotion I was using was causing the rash. The main idea is to reduce as much irritation as possible.

Gah, graduation is coming up... hopefully my rash won't ruin my day...=(
Nichola

London, UK

#9 May 17, 2007
I have a rash just like the one in your pictures that comes and goes (mostly comes these days). I do not seem to have many clear skin days at all. I seem to have been backward and forward to see my doctor and been misdiagnosed and given acne cream amongst other things. The hydrocortizone cream I tried did work but is only a temporary fix and it cannot be used for longer than a week at a time.
It is very frustrating to be in this situation.
Have you had any answers yet?
Kevin wrote:
I have a problem that has been plagueing me for nearly five weeks now... I seem to be getting this kind of rash that I'm not sure about. From the pictures below, you can see parts of my face and how this rash looks like.
http://filexoom.com/files/2006/10/22/26512/43...
http://filexoom.com/files/2006/10/22/26512/53...
http://filexoom.com/files/2006/10/22/26512/65...
It's going in a frustrating cycle. I have noticed that it will start itching, then gets worse, and then calms down. When it does calm down, my face becomes clear, but dry. Flaking occurs, and when I use my cleanser (Neutrogena Extra Gentle cleanser), it seems to get drier. With that, I am starting to believe that my rash is caused by the dryness. Before that, I get hives, and I normally associate them as harmless. Unfortunately, that is not the case, as some of the hives started growing up into liquid filled capsules.
My doctor (I went into a children's doctor, and that might've affected what type of treatment I am getting) says that I might have contact dermatitis. With my knowledge, it is also called eczema. I am currently using the Neutrogena cleanser and this hydrocortisone lotion called "Praxoline," don't remember if it is the correct spelling. I have an over the counter cream with aloe vera that I avoided using after my rash started lichenifying, but that was four weeks ago.
My condition improved during spring break, but now it started up again, and I am running out of ideas. Can someone confirm that my rash is indeed dermatitis? Should I attempt to use the OTC hydrocortisone cream? Please note that the pictures are about a week old, and my face right now is not as serious as the pictures above.
Kevin

United States

#10 May 17, 2007
I think I'm getting closer to finding out my problem... I did an experiment with my ear and scratched the hell out of it. It was itchy anyways. x_X My ear oozed out the same stuff, but I can't see my ears, so I don't know if it looked like the rash on my face. The liquid smelled the same as the one that's coming out of my face (I can't describe the smell, but after smelling it for a while, it kind of makes you feel sick. It probably smells like metal), and it seemed bumpy in that area.

Right now, I'm scratching my neck, and while it's not as shocking on the neck as my face, the effects are kind of similar. I'm trying my best not to scratch, but I always end up scratching it in my sleep.

Anyways, I'm treating my symptoms by taking Benadryl whenever an intense itch comes up. I get hives, and they REALLY annoy the hell out of me. In the morning, I use Actifed, because I don't get as sleepy as if I'm taking Benadryl. At night, I take a brief shower and avoid touching my face with water. Water irritates. At night, if I feel like my rash is leaking, I use the prescription corticosteroid Pramosone. It stings, but I think it helps with the swelling. If I feel brave, I put hydrocortisone Cortaid. In the morning I use Cortaid after washing my face with my cleanser Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser (I might switch to Cetaphil). During the day, I often feel good, not noticing my rash. Sometimes when I sleep though, it always seem to worsen. I don't know why, it always happen when I fall asleep.

Hopefully it's just the typical type of eczema. I believe that our skin is worsening because we aren't letting it heal. If I stop touching my face, stop scratching, and stop anything irritating, it gets a lot better. Resistance lowers when I get hives, and while I'm at school I can't take Benadryl. Because of the Virginia incident, the security of our school shot up, and now we get drug / bomb sniffing dogs everywhere.
Gregg

Barrington, IL

#11 May 22, 2007
U know i have the same type of rash on a small spot on the side of my face and it was starting to spread but ive been using that biolyanan crap and it works but the rash comes back all the time if i reduce my application of it. im trying to get to the point where i only have to put the biolanyn on once at night before i go to bed cause when i put and type of moisturizer on my face it ends up looking worse i dont know why.

But before this i when i first noticed a rash on the side of my face (bout a yr ago) I told my doc bout it and he perscribed me an extremely potent steroid cream - I dont think he knew what he was doing. So not thinking anything of it i started using it and my skin looked flawless so i continued to use it. Anyway after bout a yr i researched the medicine he gave me on the internet and read how dangerous it is to use on your face especially for long peroids of time. So i wanted to stop using it immediately. So i made an appointment with a dermatologist and she told me i should definetely stop using that steroid cream. And she gave me some weaker creams, but the same type just not as potent. The creams did kinda work but they made my skin red..
So I was desperate to try anything and thats when i came across biolanyn. It takes a little while to work and u have to put it on all the time but it has cartilage in it and all these other types of oils that are supposed to be really good for the skin.. Usually when i wake up i notice how much better my skin has looked.. But like i said im tryin to reduce the application to once at night but that doesnt seem to be goin to well..
I would recommed this stuff and no im not a spokes person for this..
But im thinkin of tryin cream with zinc in it like that dude said..
Gregg

Barrington, IL

#12 May 22, 2007
I have also been using apple cider vinegar which seems to work a little cause it cleanses your system.
and Actually i just found some desitin diaper rash lotion lying around and it has zinc in it so i decided to try it i dont know if it worked cause it didnt really rub in to well and left my skin white does the johnson and johnsons do that too?

One thing i noticed though is that im not sure if i should dry out the rash or keep it moisturized if i dry it out it could keep it at bay for good.. but if it doesnt work its gonna make my skin worse.

Moisturizing seems work but it takes a while to get the rash under control and it comes back as soon as i stop moisturizing.. uh i hate this shit
sam

AOL

#13 May 24, 2007
Kevin wrote:
I have a problem that has been plagueing me for nearly five weeks now... I seem to be getting this kind of rash that I'm not sure about. From the pictures below, you can see parts of my face and how this rash looks like.
http://filexoom.com/files/2006/10/22/26512/43...
http://filexoom.com/files/2006/10/22/26512/53...
http://filexoom.com/files/2006/10/22/26512/65...
It's going in a frustrating cycle. I have noticed that it will start itching, then gets worse, and then calms down. When it does calm down, my face becomes clear, but dry. Flaking occurs, and when I use my cleanser (Neutrogena Extra Gentle cleanser), it seems to get drier. With that, I am starting to believe that my rash is caused by the dryness. Before that, I get hives, and I normally associate them as harmless. Unfortunately, that is not the case, as some of the hives started growing up into liquid filled capsules.
My doctor (I went into a children's doctor, and that might've affected what type of treatment I am getting) says that I might have contact dermatitis. With my knowledge, it is also called eczema. I am currently using the Neutrogena cleanser and this hydrocortisone lotion called "Praxoline," don't remember if it is the correct spelling. I have an over the counter cream with aloe vera that I avoided using after my rash started lichenifying, but that was four weeks ago.
My condition improved during spring break, but now it started up again, and I am running out of ideas. Can someone confirm that my rash is indeed dermatitis? Should I attempt to use the OTC hydrocortisone cream? Please note that the pictures are about a week old, and my face right now is not as serious as the pictures above.
Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a common condition that affect 1-2% of people worldwide. It is usually visible as a patch of white skin without pigment. The cells that would normally produce the skin's pigment, are destroyed by the vitiligo. There is no know cause of vitiligo, but it is more common with people who have certain autoimmune diseases. The autoimmune diseases are: hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid gland), adrenocortical insufficiency (when the adrenal gland does not produce enough of the hormone cortiscosteroid), alopecia areata (patches of baldness), and pernicious anemia (a failure to absorb vitamin B12 which is caused by a low level of red blood cells). Vitiligo is also common within families, although not completely hereditary. A doctor may diagnose vitiligo by researching one's family history, taking blood tests, and taking a small sample of the skin.

Tinea Versicolor
This fungus infection of the skin commonly affects young people and is visible on the chest, back, upper arms, and legs. The fungus produces spots which are either lighter than the skin surrounding it, or a reddish brown color. The fungus may become more visible because of high humidity and immune or hormone abnormalities. I guess "high humidity" is where New Jersey fits in. Tinea Versicolor is very common and is not contagious. It can be treated using anti fungal agents, shampoo, or pills prescribed by a doctor. Over the counter anti fungal medications include clotrimazole and miconazole, which should be applied twice a day for 10-15 days. Unfortunately these anti fungal remedies often come in small tubes and are hard to apply to large areas. An easier, more common treatment is shampoo containing selenium sulfide. Selsun Blue contains 1%. I checked out the store brands, and they contained a bit more. These should be applied to the scalp and also the skin. The easiest solution is obviously prescription medication provided by your doctor. Unfortunately some of us still survive without medical insurance.
Michele

Richlandtown, PA

#14 Jun 1, 2007
I had the same rash. Doctors had no clue what it was. I had a blood test for thyroid levels TSH and T4 they came back normal. But, then I had a thyroid ultrasound and 2 thyroid nodules were found. I think this is connected to the rash. I'd suggest having a thyriod ultrasound or thyroid scan.
Michele

Richlandtown, PA

#15 Jun 1, 2007
I had the same rash. Doctors had no clue what it was. I had a blood test for thyroid levels TSH and T4 they came back normal. But, then I had a thyroid ultrasound and 2 thyroid nodules were found. I think this is connected to the rash. I'd suggest having a thyriod ultrasound or thyroid scan.
Pravin

India

#16 Jun 25, 2007
I have suffered with similar problem for more than 4 years. I tried topical as well as oral steroids but the results were temporary. The rashes would appear after stopping their use. Then I was told by one dermatologist that it may be due to sun exposure as the rashes were only on the sun exposed areas. Then I tried a strong sunscreen (SPF-26) and it helped. My doctor told me that this photosensitivity (Photodermatitis) can be caused by consuming herbal medicines or even by use of antihistamines or antibiotics. I used to take antihitamines to get relief from itching and I have also tried herbal medicines. Now for last two months I am using sunscreen and I have completely stopped taking antihistamines and herbal medicines and the rashes on the face have dissappeared and there is no itching.

Are you getting the rashes on the sun exposed areas only ? If so then I would suggest you to talk to your doctor for the possibility of photodermatitis. Good luck.
Canaan

Overland Park, KS

#17 Jun 25, 2007
I have been getting a rash or something on my face,back,arms and stomach.It is itchy,red and hot.I've been using Cortizone but it made it worse.I think i`m allergic to it, so I am going to stop using it.
Jan

North Little Rock, AR

#18 Jun 27, 2007
This rash started exactly 3 months ago when visiting a friend out of town, I thought it was the detergent she used but my face was on fire and swollen and had millions of little red bumps on one side of my face. I had to be put on steroids which made the rash go away only until after the last dose it started to come back but never as bad as the first time, but enough to completly kill my self esteem. I have always had a wonderful complexion and now I am always crying to my husband. I have been to a dermatologist, an allergist, and they seem to look at me like "I have no idea what that is". It is frustrating and like I said, killing my self esteem. Not sure how much more I can take, I don't even want to leave my house and I am a people person, very outgoing and love life and now I feel like a recluse. I am going to my allergist again today I guess just to pay my co-pay b/c I know she doesn't have any answers for me. If there is any info you can share with me let me know.
just passin by

New Britain, CT

#19 Jul 21, 2007
Has anyone thought of Herpes?
Cathy

San Antonio, TX

#21 Jul 24, 2007
I cannot believe so many of us have this. I want to try both the apple cider vinegar and the zinc cream (not together of course) because in the last 2 yrs I've wasted so much time & money at the Drs. office and the dermatologist has NO clue, just as most of you have found out. Has anyone besides Michele have their thyroid checked out? Are there any other symptoms with the thryoid hormone imbalance and does anyone know how they treat the thyroid? I'm chicken of all those blood tests & scans but this sounds possible. I've also put on a few extra pounds since this outbreak, could be the depression & anxiety over the rash. I am still using steroid creams on my face which I know is a no-no but it's the ONLY thing that I've tried that actually controls it, but when I try to taper off it comes back even worse. I just want to know what starts these things - I just turned 40 - thanks everyone

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