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A.net Medical Help: Are These Hives?  
User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5426 times:

Hello folks,

Just a quick question for the doctors/nurses amongst us if any are online...the following two pictures are closeups of the top of my right foot taken right now...you can clearly see the cluster of "bumps" in the center of the pic...those appeared about half an hour ago, accompanied by my foot being real itchy...the rest of my body is a little itchy but I havent found any other similar clustered bumps anywhere else, so Im assuming that what is on my foot is an outbreak of hives?





Thanks,
Greg


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User currently offlineMD80fanatic From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 2661 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5416 times:

No, not hives.

Perhaps an ant got into your shoe. They look like ant bites to me, or maybe even poison ivy or oak.


User currently offlineFutureSDPDcop From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1293 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5407 times:

How about plain old athletes foot? Go to Walmart, buy some spray/creme, gone in a week or 2.

User currently offlineFlightShadow From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1042 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5407 times:

The foot doesn't look too hot, but nice book Big grin


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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5407 times:

These are hives:





User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5385 times:

Do they look like little tiny round blisters filled with clear fluid? And do they itch like a son of a gun and get bigger when you scratch them?


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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5380 times:

Looks like dyshidrotic eczema. Often show up during times of stress. Use a little hydrocortisone cream.

Mark

[Edited 2006-08-01 03:16:47]

User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5376 times:

Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 5):
Do they look like little tiny round blisters filled with clear fluid? And do they itch like a son of a gun and get bigger when you scratch them?

Nope, they aren't getting bigger but they do itch like the dickens and are getting redder and redder...

Greg



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User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5376 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 6):
Looks like eczema or contact dermatitis.

Exactly where I was going - looks much like what I get. Whatever you do, don't scratch them. That'll only make them worse.



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User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5364 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 6):
dyshidrotic eczema

Ah, the good Chief has made his diagnosis even more specific and that would be my exact diagnosis as well. I am trying to find a picture online. I cut my blisters out this morning - sorry, that's gross, but you are experiencing the itch and you know how bad it is. When it gets bad enough I have to clip the little blisters with the side of nail clippers to get them to drain and the itch to go away. I get them on my fingers - particularly the middle finger of my left hand.

So here's what you can do to help clear them up:

First, don't scratch. Eczema has an itch-scratch cycle where you itch, so you scratch, which makes you itch worse. Another reason not to scratch is because eczema sufferers tend to have high levels of staph bacteria on our skins, so if you break the skin, you are not unlikely to get an infection.

Don't take long, hot showers. Just quick, lukewarm showers. Avoid soaping up the itchy areas, and immediately follow the shower by patting off the affected areas and then applying a very mild lotion within three minutes of getting out of the shower.

Wear cotton socks or go barefoot if you can - don't have anything rubbing that area though. Did you wear sandals with a metal buckle there or something?

If you develop widespread ezcema you may have to make lifestyle changes. I've had to change a lot of things since developing eczema five or so years ago.

Out of curiosity do you also have hay fever or asthma?

[Edited 2006-08-01 03:29:59]


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User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5355 times:

Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 9):
Wear cotton socks or go barefoot if you can - don't have anything rubbing that area though. Did you wear sandals with a metal buckle there or something?

No...I was barefoot for much of yesterday at a water park though...perhaps I got a reaction to something in the water?

Quoting ScarletHarlot (Reply 9):
Out of curiosity do you also have hay fever or asthma?

That's no to both...

Greg



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User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (8 years 4 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 5355 times:

Could be. If you haven't had anything like this before, keep it well moisturized or get some hydrocortisone cream and keep it covered with cotton socks. Nothing to worry about unless you keep getting it.


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