Breaking out in a rash/welts... Can nebody tell me what I have?

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   Posted 2/21/2009 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
 Hello everybody, and thank you for taking a look at my post. I am a 20 year old male. about 5 days ago, My skin started to feel itchy. It flares up periodically throughout the entire day, and only in certain spots at once. its not everywhere all at once though. Now, the rash doesnt appear until after I rub or itch the area. I can scratch it like once it the area turns red and welts or hives appear. The area continues to itch, and feel hot for another 10-20 minutes before the redness and swelling subside. The areas that frequently itch the most are my neck, jawline, around the eyes, armpits, palms of the hands, area around nipples, groin, genitals, waistline, and buttocks. However hives do not appear on actual genitals. If anybody has an idea of what it could be, or some things that I could try to relieve it please let me know. Thanks very much.

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   Posted 2/21/2009 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like you may be experiencing dermographism. You need to be seen by an allergist to see what it is that you are allergic to. It can be anything from foods, lotions, medicines to environmental. Only an allergist can tell you for sure what you are reacting to. Sometimes a antihistamine can work such as Benedry (this can cause intense drowsiness though) or a more milder one such as Clariten. You can also try taking a bath with Oatmeal - this is something you can find at your local pharmacy.

Have you started any new medicines? Used new soap - laundry or body? Lotion? Cologne?
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   Posted 2/22/2009 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I conquer with seeing an allergist. You could be reacting to many allergies, however, tests need to be done. I get the rash and welt hives when I hold a dog that haas been outside...I'm allergic to dogs and pollen, seperate I'm mildly irrated, together I get the welts and rash hives. Really should get yyourself in for testing to find out whats your allergic to.
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