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Thursday, September 04, 2008 Catherine Marshall, Community Member, asks

Q: arm rashes on both arms

my husband has arm rashes on both his arms that are bumpy and itchy he has had this fo two weeks his is a 40 year old male.

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9/ 5/08 12:11am

Hi Catherine,

 

You may want to phrase this as a question, so we are clearer on what you want to know. I'll take a guess, though, that you're asking if the rashes might be due to allergies. My answer is -- maybe. However, there is no way we can diagnose your husband over the Web.

 

Allergies do often cause rashes that are itchy, but they are not the only thing that can cause that. It would probably be a good idea for him to see his personal physician for an exam and evaluation of the rash.

 

Meanwhile, an over the counter cortisone cream may provide some relief from the itching. Calamine lotion is another option.

 

To your health,

Kathi

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katielouise, Community Member
5/25/10 1:38pm

Hello my name is Katie and i am 12 and i have raches on bosh of my arms and they are itchy and i have asked my mum about it and she does not know so what do you think would be best to do thanks

                                                                Katie

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5/26/10 12:49pm

Hi Katie... It's  hard to answer this, as there are so many different things that can cause an itchy rash, from allergies to exposure to poison ivy even to a childhood disease like chicken pox. Ideally, a doctor should look at it to figure out what might be going on. You might get some temporary relief from putting a cold, damp washcloth on the rash to relieve some of the itching. (Just don't rub the cloth on the rash.) Also, medicines like Benadryl or Zyrtec can be helpful in certain cases, though again, since you're a kid, it'd be better to check with a doctor first before taking medicine.

 

Calamine lotion or a think layer of hydrocortisone cream might also relieve the itching.

 

Hope this helps,

Kathi

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jean, Community Member
9/18/08 5:28am

I had rashes on both arms for the last 3 summers since I moved to this new house. It never happened to me before. I walk in state parks and everywhere and it never happens. It occurs when I go to the front yard of this house without wearing long sleeves. I took allergy pills right after I saw a few red bumps. It works.

 

First year, I got the bumps the first day I moved into this damn house. I thought they were from spiders in the garage. I took allergy pills and they went away.

 

Last year, I ignored a few red bumps and took allergy pills too late. I didn't touch any spider net and thought the bumps went away the year before by themselves. I forgot that I took allergy pills for them the year before. I also used baking soda to wash/scratch my arms. I got this stupid idea from internet. The scratch made the bumps spread and it was so so so itchy. it went so bad that red bumps covered all over my arms. I took allergy pills and applied poison oak medication to curb the itch. They went away after 6 weeks, if not 8 weeks. I bought the allergy medication pills and poison oak lotion from Wal-mart.

 

I now get into my car in the garage and let my husband water my morning glories. They grow fantastic. I can only enjoy some of them through windows. If I want to look at my flowers closer, I take one allergy pill before I go out. Maybe 2 afterwards, if I suspect any bumps occurring. :)

 

Hope this will help!

 

Care

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JoAnn, Community Member
8/26/09 9:15pm

CryHi, my name is JoAnn from NV., i have lived in my home for ten years and for the last 5 summers I have suffered from the 2 arm rash, bumps, itchy and on fire. It starts in June and ends in Sept. This year after talking so much about it someone finally suggested Benedryl, it helps but I have to take it every 4 hours or it comes back immediately, the only thing I can think is that I change plants in the yard everyyear, so I am wondering if plants, have anything to do with this, it always starts within an hour of when I come home.  The one thing I haven't tried is the poison oak lotion along with the pills, i will try it, I am so relieved to know I am not the only one with this.  Thanks for sharing...

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anne, Community Member
7/ 9/11 1:35pm
I've experienced the same thing for the past few days, an itchy annoying rash on my arms and top of hands. it gets extremely itchy. I also think it may be from some plant Other years I would only get this rash on the non-palm side of my hands in late spring or early summer. Now it has spread mostly to the inner sides of my elbows. could it be petunias? I've been pulling the dead flowers off each day. or from my tomato plant? frustrating not to know. benedril cream works to reduce the itch somewhat but not a cure Reply
jean, Community Member
9/18/08 5:36am

I forgot to mention that the bumps never got on anywhere else of my body, even I wore shorts. Only my arms. Still don't know which plants or what cause it.

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sm, Community Member
9/12/09 3:57pm

Jean,

 

I am curious as to whether you found an answer or remedy for your arm rash. I am experiencing the same extremely annoying problem and have had this reoccur for the last 3 yrs. and it lasts for months. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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jean, Community Member
9/24/09 8:33pm

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Hello,

 

I still don’t know which plant causes it. I’m ok if I go to front yard for a short time wearing long sleeve top to cover my arms. I can wear shorts and flip-flops. The rash only occurs on my arms. I take allergy pills (Benedryl or other brands) immediately and it will go away. I've been careful and never let it get bad this year.

 

If the rashes get bad, you can take the pills and put on poison-oak lotion to curb the itch. Don’t scratch!!! It’ll spread. I get allergy pills and the poison-oak lotion from Walmart.

 

Good luck!

 

Jean

Austin, TX

 

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sm, Community Member
9/24/09 9:03pm

Thank you Jean for your reply to my question. I have since gone to the dermatologist and she did prescribe a cortisone cream which seems to at least take away the itch. She did not give me an answer as to what is was. It did however take away the severe itch in a couple of days.

I noticed that you live in TX....funny because I live in Hawaii and it just seems strange that we are experiencing the same problem. I will however buy some Benedryl (just in case) Thanks again and Aloha!!   Sandy

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Renee, Community Member
4/29/09 2:08pm

I am having a rash also on my arms, no where else on  my body. I used cortizone last year and it has left a deep brown color on my arms.  The doc is saying I am not to use it for more than two weeks due to the fact i am olive complexion. The doc also said to use sunscreen, I have done that religiously and the rash has reappeared. I need help witht his. 

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jean, Community Member
9/24/09 8:48pm

Hello,

 

I still don’t know which plant causes it. I’m ok if I go to front yard for a short time wearing long sleeve top to cover my arms. I can wear shorts and flip-flops. The rash only occurs on my arms. I take allergy pills (Benedryl or other brands) immediately and it will go away. I've been careful and never let it get bad this year.

 

If the rashes get bad, you can take the pills and put on poison-oak lotion to curb the itch. Don’t scratch!!! It’ll spread. I get allergy pills and the poison-oak lotion from Walmart. It's always a good idea not to expose any wounds to the sun. I didn't get any scars or discoloration. I'm Asian.

 

Good luck!

 

Jean

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Silly_2b_me, Community Member
10/25/09 9:19pm

I've experienced some issues with a rash as well.  It didn't start though until we purchased leather furniture.  whenever my skin touches leather, a rash forms.  almost immediately.  I suffered for 3 years, where the dermatologist just gave cordizone cream and said not to worry about it.  Then one day, I looked at the couch and threw a sheet on it and TaDah! Relief at last.  I'm allergic to leather. 

It wasn't until I mentioned it to my mom that I thought I was allegeric to leather that she told me, my dad was too.  He would break out from a leather watch band. 

I guess look for something that's changed in your life,  detergent, furniture, watch, whatever.  

It might be the key to your pain.

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lili, Community Member
12/12/09 12:42am

my daughter is 4 and she has had rash for several months we took her to the dermatologist she said she had hives to weeks later she got a new rash little red bumps on ther arms the weird thing is she also has a spot on her knuckles shes had this rash for 3 weeks.

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Cathy, Community Member
1/27/10 4:02pm

For me, it is not plant related b/c I live in Minnesota and we are in the dead of winter.  I have never had allergies before and suddenly got these itchy rash bumps only on my wrist.  I went to the doctor and she said I must have touched a chemical b/c it is only on my forearm as if I laid my arm on a table.  She gave me cortisone cream and it went away a couple weeks later.

 

It has just recurred.  I cannot figure this out.  I must be allergic to something, but cannot figure out what it is. 

 

 

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By Catherine Marshall, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/06/14, First Published: 09/04/08