So this persistant rash on leg

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    Jul 02, 2008 4:59 AM GMT
    Has been intermittent since about January 12 of this year. Its on my thigh, it kept coming and going, back in January, doctors in NJ treated and tested for staph, which came back negative. Then doctors told me it was a fungus infection gave me a creme to put on it, three weeks later rash was still there, went back to doctors, they then took a scraping, said there might be some fungus but were not sure, but said they saw hives from my body reacting to the creme. They then prescribed my lamisil pills, one of the strongest internal antifungal treatments, they prescribed two months worth. After two monthsrash was still there, over next month, rash goes away, to then just come right back. Then it went away for about a month, went to Dr in Orlando, she treated me for dermatitis, with saying that if it didnt clear up that I was going to be sent to Dermatologist. Well a week later it started coming back, so she didnt hesitate and referred me to dermatologist. I went today and they looked at it, and I told them I did research online, since I was disappointed of Drs in NJ, not doing proper procedures, and asked herif there was way to tell if it was Fungoid Mycosis, she said well lets wait to see the main doctor, he looked at it, and said I can tell you this there is no way it is or ever has been fungus infection. But he wasnt sure, so they numbed the area and punched out a cylinder piece for biopsy. Reason for post is, anyone ever hear of a persistant rash and what the results of it are... I wont have results for two weeks, and just trying to ease my mind.
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    Jul 02, 2008 11:21 AM GMT
    Have you thought of trashing all your pants and buying new ones? Maybe they're harboring the fungi (or whatever it is) and keep getting you reinfected. icon_confused.gif

    Or maybe just stop wearing pants for a while? hm... nah.
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    Jul 02, 2008 1:33 PM GMT
    Where on your thigh is the rash (inner, outter, near your balls, all over)?

    If you're wearing anything other than cotton next to your skin, change to cotton. Don't wear boxer briefs, wear boxers. Don't wear tight jeans. If you swim in a pool, especially one that's heated, be sure the ph is correct and the chlorine level is sufficient. Avoid hot tubs. Do not shave your leg hair, especially close to your crotch. Using antibacterial soap, a mild one, for a brief period of time to wash the affected area might help a little, but prolonged use is no good. Do not put creams, lotions or oils on your legs except what the doctor orders. Use very gentle laundry detergent, one that's approved for a baby's skin, no concentrated stuff.
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    Jul 02, 2008 1:52 PM GMT
    Wash the spot with hydrogen peroxide. That'll kill.
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    Jul 02, 2008 1:54 PM GMT
    It could be either an allergic reaction to a material or chemical, or it could be psoriosis.
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    Jul 02, 2008 4:52 PM GMT
    Detergents are so efin dangerous so check what you wash your jeans in?
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    Jul 02, 2008 5:02 PM GMT
    I was thinking psoriasis too. The sure way to tell is lay in the sun for 20 minutes (not long enough to burn...but just enough to get pink). If the rash clears in a week, then it was psoriasis.

    However, normally psoriasis is on the knees, elbows, knuckles or some other area where the bone is close to the surface of the skin.

    UV radiation will halt psoriasis for a week or so. I treat my psoriasis in a tanning bed every Saturday morning. It only takes 7 minutes each week to keep it in check for me.

    Let us know when your results come back. Good Luck!
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    Jul 02, 2008 5:36 PM GMT
    thanx for the replies guys. First off the pants theory would be interesting but its not a fungus infection. I should tell you when they treated me for the dermititis, it would have cleared up psoriasis as well...and sorry, its on the front thigh and bout 5 inches below my hip bone.
    I should also say that this rash appeared first after I was on antibiotics for about 8 weeks. I had wisdom teeth removed and was put on steroids, antibiotics and painkillers, two weeks after I had my tonsils out, they gave me more pain killers and antibiotics, then ten days later had emergency surgery on the tonsil area, and again put me on antibiotics, and painkillers. 11 days later is when rash appeared with a crazy itch that went along with it.I already did the change of detergent, change of diet, change of soaps and nothing cleared it up. I dont wear tight jeans. It did the outside sun and that actually did nothing. I already did the hydrogen peroxide on surface and it would have cleared up if it was something external affecting it. But if its an internal thing the peroxide would not clear it up. Thinking caps back on :-) Thanks for the replies so far!!!
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    Jul 02, 2008 5:49 PM GMT
    Sounds like cooties.
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    Jul 02, 2008 5:52 PM GMT
    You're a conundrum.
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    Jul 03, 2008 2:44 AM GMT
    kinda hard to say anything without actually seeing it since there are lots of different types of rashes and skin lesions. could be sweat dermatitis or some kind of contact dermatitis though or even a reaction to the long term course of antibiotics. the steroids you were put on can cause it initially as well. calamine lotion and benedryl may work if you've been ruled out for everything else. stick to hypoallergenic soaps and creams, maybe try the scent and dye free detergents.
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    Jul 03, 2008 2:59 AM GMT
    This is a shot in the dark, but did the rash develop into a red bull's-eye shape after it first appeared? Have you had any other symptoms? Fatigue, sore or stiff joints and muscles, flu-like symptoms? If so, get tested for Lyme disease.
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    Jul 03, 2008 3:02 AM GMT
    gym_rat_7 saidI was thinking psoriasis too. The sure way to tell is lay in the sun for 20 minutes (not long enough to burn...but just enough to get pink). If the rash clears in a week, then it was psoriasis.

    However, normally psoriasis is on the knees, elbows, knuckles or some other area where the bone is close to the surface of the skin.

    UV radiation will halt psoriasis for a week or so. I treat my psoriasis in a tanning bed every Saturday morning. It only takes 7 minutes each week to keep it in check for me.

    Let us know when your results come back. Good Luck!


    Really? And that works? Hmmmmmm....
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    Jul 03, 2008 3:09 AM GMT
    HighVoltageGuy saidYou're a conundrum.


    For real!

    Okay, I'll take a different route then by checking the all-knowing guide that is wikipedia. It appears that you have eliminated all of the common causes except pregnancy and stress.

    So, the wisdom teeth removal must have been stressful... have you been under a lot of stress since then as well?

    And, have you taken one of these:

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    LOL
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    Jul 03, 2008 3:15 AM GMT
    AAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 03, 2008 3:23 AM GMT
    FLESH EATING BACTERIA!





    Actually, it's probably not that at all. I just never miss a change to work...

    FLESH EATING BACTERIA!!!

    into the conversation.

    K
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    Jul 03, 2008 3:23 AM GMT
    I'm with ChicGymGeek: as he indicated, perhaps it is an allergic reaction.

    icon_question.gifI'm certainly no expert but by any chance could you be having a reaction to topical vitamin E that may have been applied to your skin because it was an ingredient of a particular lotion, etc.?
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    Jul 03, 2008 3:36 AM GMT
    notsoomuch23 saidHas been intermittent since about January 12 of this year. Its on my thigh, it kept coming and going, back in January, doctors in NJ treated and tested for staph, which came back negative.


    I think you're just going to get a lot of guesses by posting here.

    I had a similar "rash" and it turned out to be a staph infection, and they treated it with Bactrim. But, then a bit of eczema cropped up in the same spot....which I treated with Clobetasol, which is a cortisone type cream. It went away.

    If it was a fungus, like ring worm, it would have had a ring like shape.

    Meanwhile, if you read all the various guesses we have, you'll get yourself into a worried tizzy.

    Hopefully, the "doctors" you consulted were dermatologists. That's who you should be seeing.

    Don't worry....it is NOT flesh eating bacteria! (Nice one, iguana!) icon_twisted.gif

    If it had been, you'd have known about it by January 13 and you'd still be hospitalized.

    Listen to your dermatologists, not us.

  • Jul 03, 2008 3:54 AM GMT
    I have had the same thing now for over 15 months. First told it was an insect bite and to leave it alone. Then it was a spider bite and I had necrosis. All of this with an incredible keep-you-up-at-night itching. Then it became a staph infection. Then told it was a fungus. Am now allergic to any cream at all: neosporin, bacitracin, benadryl. . . name any over the counter cream and I develop red welts and itching up and down my left leg.

    Treatment for staph helped clear up the very deep wound. Fungal ointment treated the itching. Still left with a very large brown spot on leg. used Vitamin E oil, it caused the area to peel, heal, peal, heal, peal, heal until now it is no longer elevated, seldom itches and looks to finally be on the road to healing. Although it is still red, looks more like a birth mark raspberry or road rash than an infection.

    Have to mention I did have Lyme disease 4 years ago. Treated with catheter and heavy dose of antibiotics.

    This infection/injury never traveled anywhere else on my body. No one seems to know what it is. How to treat it. Nor take it very seriously.

    I have not won shorts at all -- outside, in the gym, anywhere because it looked so ugly. Only now have I started going in the pool and to the gym in shorts. People notice but they don't stare. . . like they would have previously when it all looked so heinous.

    If anyone else knows what this is. . . how to treat it effectively. . . and what to do about my allergies to over the counter meds, I'd be happy to have you share it.

    Thanks.
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    Jul 03, 2008 4:18 AM GMT
    Just a quick note. My roommate gets a reaction from some supplements he takes (the NO2 variety and sometimes tribulus, or fat burners) I get have a similar thing sometimes. If you are taking any supplements you might want to lay off for a while and see if they go away.
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    Jul 03, 2008 4:42 AM GMT
    Wow thanx for all the replies.
    I can disprove or have already done everything you guys mentioned. I forgot but they did test for lyme disease at same time they tested for staph. The sweat dermatitis would have been covered over the treatment for regular dermatitis and plus I havent been sweating, and been wearing loose boxers and basketball shorts. Fungus is out of question, even doctor said it didnt look fungal and also the fact they gave me treatment over three months with different anti fungal and no change. And also dont take any "fat burner/energy supplements" au natural vitamins here. Pretty basic diet, chicken, tuna, salmon, brocolli, spinach, carrots. NO fried foods or sugars. Use natural non scented arm and hammer laundy detergent.

    HAHA I know its not a flesh eating bacteria, cuz lets face it my leg would be gone. I will try to get pic on here for your entertainment of it.
    I guess the only thing to do is wait, just wanted to see if others had same problem.
    I have researched, researched and researched..so I know everything so far you guys are saying...waiting for that one epiphanistic(is that a word) reply.
    Anyone know of anyone that had fungoid mycosis, its a form of cancer that starts with persistant rash, and after years is when the cancer is confirmed..
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    Jul 03, 2008 5:33 AM GMT
    Yikes. Now I'm paranoid. I've has something similar for several years and it tends to come and go. It's been treated like a fungal infection a couple times, but to no effect. Steroid creams sometimes help, but it always comes back. I have a spot on my arm, one on my shin and a spot on one palm that the doctors have only described as "doesn't really look like eczema, but we'll treat it like it is." Sometimes the one on my palm will split. I call it my stigmata. icon_biggrin.gif I'm going to see my doctor and ask about fungoid mycosis. I hope your biopsy comes back negative notsoomuch.icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 03, 2008 8:45 AM GMT
    Keep us posted. I had a rash on my upper thigh once yrs ago. Went to 3 dermatologist before I found one that cured it. The second idiot said he knew a guy that had a similar bright red rash, but no one knew what it was or how to get rid of it. It was bright red painful no itch. I still remember what got rid of it-Oxistat was gone in less than a week. This was before the days of the internet. Good luck. Try not to get frustrated!
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    Jul 03, 2008 9:28 PM GMT
    uremy kidney inadequacy may cause skin rash. google this: uremic syndrome rash
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    Jul 04, 2008 1:08 AM GMT
    not uremic syndrome