Bumpy, itchy breaking-out on my left forearm

Posted by Z @zeiracorp, Dec 31, 2019

I've been having trouble for months with lumpy , itchy breaking out on my left forearm. It is spreading. The whole forearm is lumpy. This stuff is spreading, which really concerns me.
When I scratch it,even lightly, it bleeds. I will try clobetasol on it. Tea tree oil soap does seem to relieve the itching and swelling, temporarily. This stuff on my arm does not in any way resemble the eczema on my hands which is blistery-looking. btw, the tea tree soaps really seem to help my hands a lot.

As a side note, my brother died of complications (bacterial blood infection, and a viral infection that only dogs get [corvins?]) from amyloidosis in 2017. He had lesions on his skin which he said itched terribly and they would bleed if rubbed or scratched. I doubt there is any correlation between what he had and what is on my arm, but there is some similarity in appearance with what I have (wondering if we might both have been exposed to some toxin at some time).

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Hi @zeiracorp that must be confusing and also very nerve-wracking with the knowledge of how your brother died.

@gardeningjunkie @wellness3070 and @mynameizj have experience with unidentified rashes or other skin conditions and may be able to offer you support.

Have you been able to go to a doctor to get this checked out?

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@ethanmcconkey

Hi @zeiracorp that must be confusing and also very nerve-wracking with the knowledge of how your brother died.

@gardeningjunkie @wellness3070 and @mynameizj have experience with unidentified rashes or other skin conditions and may be able to offer you support.

Have you been able to go to a doctor to get this checked out?

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Thanks for responding. I'm not confused. It is concerning having seen my brother's skin and the similarity to what I had. I doubt it is related, but that thought is in the back of my mind. He would get dark blotches like broken blood vessels in his skin, and if I remember correctly they told him it was due to organ failure. So, what I have is *probably* not related.

I went to a prompt care doctor several months ago when this stuff started and he dismissed it. I was concerned when this started that it might be an antibiotic-resistant infection because I thought I might have abraded my arm on a door or something. The doctor thought that was funny. I asked the PA when I came in if it might be MRSA or something like that. She told the doctor, and he came in laughing, saying, "Who's got MRSA?" Seemed to think it was funny that I might be concerned and treated me like I had the IQ of an onion. Well, since I'm still breathing several months later, I feel safe to say it's not that. He seemed to think it was the same eczema that is on my hands. No real answers. No cure.

I recently showed it to my regular PA and she just said to put the clobetasol on it. No diagnosis, etc.. This does not look or feel like what I get on my hands. What concerns me most is 1.) it won't heal, and 2.) it is spreading.

I appreciate the considerate responses I've gotten on this forum on my other posts. Thanks everyone.

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If anyone's interested, I contacted the dermatologist and sent her the same photos. I am treating it with tea tree oil soap and then clobetasol twice a day for the next 5-7 days and sending her an update.

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Update photos, using tea tree soap and clobetasol for past 6-7 days. Very good improvement, but the thing that gets me is it's not cured. I would like it GONE. I feel if I stop using these products (and clobetasol is NOT meant to be used long-term) it will just flare right back up again.

As an aside note the tea tree soaps seem to supress the exzema on my hands (which is different than this stuff on my arm). One of very few OTC products I've encountered that seem to actually do something.

ZEIRACORP

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