Big sores that are driving me crazy

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   Posted 9/30/2010 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   
This is a little embarrassing but I keep getting terrible sores on my back and the dr said it wasn't some kind of staff infection, my dermatologist doesn't seem too interested in them but they really hurt.  They are the worst where my bra rides in the middle of my back.  I thought for a while maybe it was due to my detergant or something but nothing is working. Any ideas?

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   Posted 9/30/2010 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Jdrea,
Just wondering where you live?  Did the sores start out by itching first?  This summer my husband started with something he thought was just allergies.   Skin itching in neck back and along the waistline and parts of legs.  He went to the doctor and they just thought he was having an allergic reaction to something, not sure, put him on a predpack and gave him some ointment.  Well, 3 days later the areas started to inflame and blister.  Come to find out he was infected with redbugs or what they call chiggers.  They are invisible and burrow into the skin and then start a major infection under the skin and then become sores. The doctor told him that he was starting to see several cases of it coming in this year.  He gave him antibiotics, a cream to put on the body just one day and also an anti-anxiety med to calm the nerves because I guess they get overstimulated during this process.  I ended up with 2 areas on my back doing the same thing, but I already had steroids and just made sure I cleaned the areas everyday and used an antibiotic cream that helps with staph infections.  It took awhile, but they eventually dried up an healed.  It should not be ignored, because it was a major staph infection by the time they figured it out.  Hope this helps in any way.
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   Posted 10/2/2010 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
OH wow, that does not sound very good at all! I am sorry and hope you can find relief from these sores and hopefullly one of yoru docs can figure out what is going on to help control them!!
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   Posted 10/3/2010 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thaks guys. I really appreciate the replies. I just found something out last night. I itch all the time and possibly so of my sores maybe started by scratching. I am allergic to coconut severely. I have known for a long time that soaps have coconut acid in them but somehow shampoo never crossed my mind. Cocamide mea is coconut fat. It is the suddsing agent in shampoo. So I am on a search for coconut free shampoo. I am familiar with chiggers. We have them here in large numbers. They are very unfriendly little bugs. My oldest son is allergic to them or at least what they cause. Again, I hope this is what is causing my skin problems. Thank you all so much for the info.

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   Posted 10/5/2010 12:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I have the same problem! I went to the doctor 3 years ago complaining of this issue - sores and 'nodules' on my upper back, and she thought it was staph and treated me for that. That didn't help, so then she thought it might be an allergy of some sort, but I've tried EVERYTHING: changing laundry detergents (even though I use hypo-allergenic, because I do have detergent allergies), shampoo, soap, perfume, etc. I had never had this problem before until that first outbreak, and I've had it since. It comes in waves... it'll go away, then flare up, go away, flare up... it was always only on my back, but for the last few months, the flares have included a small portion of my chest as well. It ITCHES like crazy... ugh. I was referred to a dermatologist and have an appointment this week, but I need to push it off because I have some more pressing issues to address (weird test results and more doctors, blah), but I'll go maybe next week or after and see what they have to say about it. Let me know what happens with your problem... I'm interested to see if the coconut has any effect.

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   Posted 10/5/2010 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I will and you pls let me know if your dermatologist gives you any ideas on how to clear this up once and for all.  Take care.
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