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Q: why are large water bumps appearing on my stomach

It starts out itching really bad with a little bump at first then it gets bigger and bigger. Then is this big painful water bump the size of a quarter or larger. It's red going around the area of the water bump. What could this be? Could something be biting me?

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healthgal, Health Guide
12/29/08 12:38am

I doubt its a bug bite if it is just one bump - unless i misunderstood and you are describing one of many bumps - in which case bed bugs could be the source though they usually don't cause fluid filled vesicles.  Spiders can sometimes cause a problem like this, though again, hard to know for sure.  When it comes to rashes you usually need a doctor to see it in order to diagnose it, since so many things cause "rashes."

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kimmy kim, Community Member
9/26/09 3:48pm

LIKE MY DAUGHTHER IS 7 MONTHS AND SHE IS ALSO IS GET LITTLE WATER BUMPS ON HER LOWER LEGS AND FEET I DON'T KNOW WHERE THIS IS COMING FROM... I KEEP ALL OF HER BELONGINGS CLEAN ALSO MY HOUSE AND I JUST DON'T KNOW WHERE THESE LITTLE BUMPS ARE COMING FROM???

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Dr. Hema Sundaram, Health Guide
1/ 3/09 7:02am

Hi,

 

I recommend that you consult a board certified dermatologist as soon as possible for evaluation of the large water bumps that are appearing on your stomach. One cause of this type of problem is an allergy or irritation to something your skin is coming into contact with, for example, nickel in a metal belt, or fragrance or preservatives in skin care or laundry products. You could also be reacting to a medication or an over-the-counter treatment such as a vitamin, sinus medication or laxative that you are taking. Another possibility is that you have developed a blistering skin condition such as pemphigoid. Pemphigoid and related skin conditions such as pemphigus are caused by your body reacting against its own skin as if it was foreign and producing antibodies that disrupt the bonds between skin cells. This causes the skin cells to separate, allowing fluid to accumulate between them to form a blister. Pemphigoid typically starts out as itchy red bumps which then develop into tense water blisters. Pemphigus causes the development of looser, more superficial blisters that pop easily, leaving aeas of broken skin. Water blisters can also appear in certain types of lupus, which is a sun sensitivity condition due to your body developing antibodies against some of its own components.

 

The good news is that all these conditions are treatable. You will need to discuss your medical history with and be fully examined by a dermatologist. Futher investigations such as blood tests and a skin biopsy may be required, especially if your rash does not resolve with the application of prescription creams; usually, a steroid (cortisone-type) cream is the first step. The skin biopsy is a very minor procedure: a small area of your skin is numbed up and then a tiny piece of skin about the diameter of the top of a pencil is painlessly removed and sent to the lab to be exmained under the microscope.

 

Hope this helps!

 

Dr. Hema     

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BarbraJean, Community Member
5/29/10 12:10pm

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