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I developed a rash on both arms this past weekend, while I was visiting the ILs on the opposite side of the country. I'm wondering if it's a reaction to something. Although it doesn't resemble any reaction I've had in the past, I have reacted to things both topically and in my diet. There are any number of things it could be - the sheets and towels at my ILs house, some ingredient in the ostrich sausage I ate shortly before the rash started creeping up, some ingredient in the grilled chicken or fake ice cream junk I ate at Sweet Tomatoes, reaction to the gluten remnants in the beer I drank (I keep pretty adamantly gf, but for an occasional beer indulgence; to date, I've had zero reaction to that), maybe something to do with the unaccustomed brands of bacon, eggs, yogurt, the list goes on and on.<br><br>
Anyway, so whilst I'm trying to figure out what the trigger was, if it was in fact an allergic-type reaction, I fear I may never know. Or not anytime soon. BUT... meanwhile, the rash itches like mad!<br><br>
It's not dermititis herpetiformis. I looked at pics of that, and it doesn't look anything like that. It also doesn't look like pictures I've seen of exzema.<br><br>
I's pretty evenly spread over almost my entire arms, not very patchy. It consists of small bumps that are not forming heads or pustules. Where my skin is tanned on top of my arms, you can barely see it; you can't see discoloration, just the bumps. Where my skin is pale under my arms, the bumps are pale red. It didn't itch for the first day, it was just bumpy. It started itching about 24 hours later, and it's spread slowly since that time. So far, the "newer" areas aren't itchy, but the older areas are very itchy. The skin feels kind of dry, so I tried putting hand lotion on it. It stung like a sonofagun - thus the OWs in the title <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Any ideas, wise mamas?
 

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No idea!<br><br>
But do you want to try my 'hot water' treatment. See whether it works for you the way it did for my poison ivy?<br><br>
Let the hot, hot, as hot as you can stand it, water run over your arms for just about 30 seconds. Then let the arms air dry. That's it.<br><br>
Do that every time you itch. Don't scratch now. It works for any and all rashes EXCEPTE eczema. Don't use this method on eczema.<br><br>
Let me know whether it works for you. Please. I so hope it does. Rashes are miserable.
 
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