Hello everyone! I've browsed the forum a bit and I want to share what is going on with me to get your expert feedback
I'm in Southern Ohio. Live in a subdivision (so not in the woods). I stumbled across some info which leads me to believe I may have been misdiagnosed back in March.
On March 23rd, had my mom over for dinner and I walk her to car after dark. I had just had a new tree planted in our flower bed and I walked over to check the leaves (we had just had a frost the night before). I go back inside. Fast forward an hour and as I was laying in bed, my right leg started itching like crazy. Then my elbows. Then just below my waistline. I take a look and they appear to be swelling white bug bites. Then suddenly my right middle finger between the 2nd and 3rd knuckle starts to swell on the palm side. At this point I freak out, strip my bed and jump in the shower. I get out, search the bed with a flashlight (thinking bed bugs - son is in daycare -- it's possible I guess). I find nothing. I go to sleep.
Wake up the next day and the spots on my leg/waistline are better. Elbows are still badly swollen where the "bites" were the night before. Almost like knots. Throughout the day a total of 7 of 10 fingers swell. Including a spot on the top of my left hand. All of these are now red. I take Benadryl all day. It seems to help.
Saturday, things are getting better. By end of the day, my hands are back to normal. As well as the swelling on my elbows. At this point, I'm thinking I got bit by a bug/spider while I was outside touching the tree maybe.
I wake up Sunday morning and my top lip is swollen and I have a huge raised red oval spot on my left thigh (picture below). It's hot to the touch and tender. I go to Urgent Care and they diagnose me with hives and angioedema. Put me on a steroid. I take it and Benadryl all day Sunday and Monday.
By Tuesday, my lip and left thigh are back to normal. However, I now have what appears to be a bullseye type of rash on the outside of my upper right arm (picture below). It was red, hot to the touch and about
the size of a quarter. It did not expand or get bigger in any way. I continue taking the steroid and benadryl. It eventually goes away, but over the next couple weeks into April, as soon as one spot on my arm goes away, another pops up. Within a couple weeks they are gone completely. They would go from red to brown as they faded away. I never get another "bullseye" spot.
Fast forward to May 29th, I get a bright red "streaking" type of rash on the right side of my torso, above the hip (picture below). Doesn't get any larger and is gone in less than a week with Benadryl.
June 1st - red solid bug bite, again on outside of upper right arm (no bullseye this time). Goes away on it's own. (picture below)
Nothing at all since June 1st.
So, I start thinking back to before the "hives" night of terror. about
two weeks before that, I had two bullseye type of bites (didn't get larger either and went away on their own). One on outside of my upper right arm and one on the back of my right shoulder. They faded to brown as well and were itchy/scaly once brown.
So, my question....does any of this sound like Lyme Disease? Or just an allergic reaction to something? Do bullseye "rashes" necessarily mean Lyme? I never saw or found a tick (and I searched my bed with a flashlight). Also, my bullseyes never got larger. They stayed the same size.
I've also not experienced any other symptoms. No fatigue, headaches, neck stiffness, muscle/join swelling/aching...nothing.
Thank you all for reading and for any info you can provide!
Below are pictures of all of this:
Leg RashVIEW IMAGE
Arm biteVIEW IMAGE
Right torso rashVIEW IMAGE
Post Edited (doowain) : 6/29/2017 8:59:16 PM (GMT-6)