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    Unhappy Scratches turn into itchy welts - what is this???

    Here's a problem I've had for a few weeks, and I have absolutely no idea what this is or what causes it. At first I thought they were mosquito bites, though I thought December was a little late to get those, and it was odd they weren't round. But the skin was itching, raised, and some were round.
    It took me weeks to find out it starts with what looks like a scratch, long or short, though I don't ever remember scraping against anything or scratching myself (and my nails aren't THAT long...). The scratch then starts to raise into a welt and starts itching. I put mosquito bite gel or lotion on, and it'll stop and go away.

    Does anyone have any idea what the heck this is and how to make it stop??? Any ideas, suggestions, and directions are welcome.

    ETA: Except for one occasion when I had welts on my shoulder, this always happens on my forearms...

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    At first I kind of thought that it could be ringworm, (then again I think everything is ringworm...lol) but they start out as like scratches...I don't think I have seen that before. But I did som research for some resources you can use...

    www.webmd.com
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    I hope you feel better soon, and if they bother you, don't hesitate to see the doc. I wish I was more help, maybe the other cysters know what these are. Keep us posted..
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    I get this all the time.
    Normally it's because of allergies but lately it's been aggrevated by dry skin.
    I normally take an antihistamine and it goes away.
    Hope you find what's causing it soon.

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    I also get this, it's always on the same spot on my thigh... I think that it was initally triggered by some chemical in a pair of pants that bought and wore before I washed them (won't be doing that again!) It's been coming and going for about a year and seems to flare up a bit when my exczema does. I put cortizone on them and it seems to help.



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    Sounds like it might be hives to me...

    I agree...take an antihistamine. You might also want to see an allergy specialist to see what's going on.

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    Wink Benadryl is a lovely thing!

    I also agree that you should try an anti-histamine! Your bumps sound suspiciously like the hives I get.

    I get an urge to scratch and they just pop up. Mine usually occur on my face!:o As if I didn't feel unattractive enough!

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    Thanks all. I really dont' think it's hives, b/c I get maybe one welt a day, if that. I looked at pictures of hives, and that is not what I look like. And if plain lotion makes the itch go away and the welt disappear, I doubt it's an allergic reaction. I am just at a total loss.

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    I have had hives at one level or another since being Dx with PCOS.

    It is related to your insulin. Have you noticed them more after a shower or sweating?

    You can have as few as 1-3 to as many that covers your body.

    I just had another round of them the last few months.
    For the first time they went away when I stopped the Dove shampoo,conditioner and under arm deoderant.

    I used to get them if I eat too much of certain foods.
    My other triggers are OtisSpunkmeyer(sp?)choc chip cookies, minuite maid lemonaide pops or drinks and certain candies.
    I now avoid those triggers.

    That is why I was so surprised by the reaction to the shampoos.

    At the min I would take Allegra in the morning.
    If it progressed I would add Zyrtec at bedtime. Then when things got really bad I would have to add Predizone to control the swelling.

    All you have to do is fnd your trigger.
    (easier said than done)

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    Heck yeah, "easier said than done"! :p

    I have hives, too. As I type this, I've got a great big one on my wrist, one on my neck, and I think there's one on my scalp!

    I figured it was PCOS related; they started showing up about a year ago when I got off the pill, same as all my other symptoms.

    So far, I've figured out that stress, dry skin, and the feel of wool brings them on. When I have one, the feel of any light fabric will bring more on! I'm working on the food triggers, and making an appt. with the allergist too.

    Claritin: Hives Formula worked for a while. Maybe I'll try Zyrtec now.

    Good luck!

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    The first time I ever got a scratch with a welt, was when we were camping. I was off-loading wood for the fire and got a scratch. It immediately swelled, but only around the scratch and it itched like the dickens. I showed to to my sil and her mom, both RNs. They said it was just a common reaction to having a scratch exposed to an allergin or dirt. It went away with some cortizone, but I had to remember not to scratch the itch in it. LOL. Both said not to worry unless it doesn't go away within the day.

    Anyway, the other day, I got ready for bed and as I undressed I noticed my belly was scratched and welts on each one. I don't remember scratching during the day, but it is very possible since it has been so dry here and I am itching all day now.

    I do get the "hive" type itchies on my hads, mostly on the right one. It isn't the same at the scratches. But, I believe that they are related, but only because they are both an irritation of the skin. It is possible that when you scratched, even if you don't remember, there was something that irritated you on your hand or whatever gave you the scratch. Or it could be that the scratch itself is the irritation. Dry skin is already irritated and adding a scratch to it only will worsen it. In any case, unless it sticks around for too long, or gets really red and yucky, it isn't something to worry too much over.

    I get scratches and even bruises in strange places sometimes, that I have no memory of getting and can't figure out how I got them. Mostly I am a clutz and I run into things all day long, like coffee tables and the such. So when an injury happens, I am so used to it, I just don't feel it at the time.

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    I've got the same thing right now. I have them on my feet and I'm dying to scratch them to death. I've been told its eczema sp?. My skin has been drying out really bad lately. Go to a dermatologist. I've been putting elidel on mine and still not working. Even neosporin is not helping.
    If you find out exactly what it is let me know.

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    I have dry skin, and have had hives once. I get itchy welts over scratches, too, and it's totally different. I notice them when the cat scratches me, when I scratch my arm on something, and every year putting the stupid Christmas tree up. I usually don't notice that I've scratched myself on something until I have been digging at my arm for 10 minutes. But if something breaks my skin, I'll nearly itch myself to death. Is this a PCOS thing, or are we al just dry and scaly?

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    I am so glad I'm not the only one experiencing this. I do have very dry skin though I put lotion on myself every day. The one time I developed welts on my shoulder it was really bad. Something was itching like crazy, and I scratched it with all five nails. You should have seen my shoulder five minutes later - ouweeee!!!
    Thankfully I don't get a lot of them, and very simple lotion makes them disappear within an hour.

    I get scratches and even bruises in strange places sometimes, that I have no memory of getting and can't figure out how I got them. Mostly I am a clutz and I run into things all day long, like coffee tables and the such. So when an injury happens, I am so used to it, I just don't feel it at the time.+
    That is SO me, lol!!! So it's quite likely I scratch myself and don't notice it until it starts itching. I also have bruises I have no idea how I got them.

    Is this a PCOS thing, or are we al just dry and scaly?
    I wonder? But I've never heard of it being related, maybe it's also seasonal. My skin is a lot more dry over the winter...

    ETA: Catherine, I LOVE the quote in your sig line. I think I'll send that to my DH...

    But, I believe that they are related, but only because they are both an irritation of the skin. It is possible that when you scratched, even if you don't remember, there was something that irritated you on your hand or whatever gave you the scratch. Or it could be that the scratch itself is the irritation. Dry skin is already irritated and adding a scratch to it only will worsen it. In any case, unless it sticks around for too long, or gets really red and yucky, it isn't something to worry too much over.
    Okay, I won't worry then. It's just weird that I've never had these before, and now I get them all the time, and I wonder what brought them on???

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    Hey I just wanted to say that one possibility that it could be is herpes, people often mistake it for rashes and bug bites, most of the time people dont even know they have it in there bodies.

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    hi, i had a similar experience with hives/welts. the only thing i could identify was welbutrin. i had taken welbutrin a few years back without any side effect at all. then a few days after starting welbutrin again, i started having these symptoms. i stopped the welbutrin and it seemed to go away. i have no idea if it was a coincidence or related, but just thought i would share.

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