PLEASE - IF ANY KIND SOUL HAS THE TIME TO HELP, IT WOULD REALLY HELP...
After a shower my partner had a bit of red skin on his arm and top of thigh, which continued to itch. Over the next few weeks it continued to itch severely, especially after baths and at night in bed. It has continued to be a bit red and very itchy since about November, but isn't raised with white bumps like my rash.
After R's rash and irritation began, I got a couple of little white raised spots on my leg that were itchy, I thought they were some kind of insect bite. Then they got more itchy and started spreading up to my thighs. The little white bumps with reddish area around them seem to move around different parts of my body, including my arms, wrists, back, waist, legs, ankles.
R saw a doctor first, and she said it could be some kind of eczema, advised that he used Dermol cream to wash with. We both used it all the time, used non bio washing powder, no improvement.
Doctor 2 - Scabies?
I went to the doctor before Christmas and he said it might be scabies but he wasn't sure as it also looked like a viral infection. He gave me the medicine for scabies to try anyway (Lyclear, Permethrin), and me and R both did the treatment - it made us itch horrifically all night, and no sign of improvement.
On the subject of scabies, we spoke to our friend M, who said that him and his girlfriend had had a similar thing and taken scabies treatment and it had worked. But he said the treatment wasn't as uncomfortable as it was for us. My friend C then got diagnosed as having scabies after staying with us, but her doctor said she had a classic case with burrows.
Doctor 3 - Viral Rash?
We went back to the doctor's together, and he examined both of us thoroughly, including R naked, and my thighs where the white lumps were raised. He said it definitely wasn't scabies, but more likely some kind of allergy, potentially to the house or the mattress.(We moved house in September before this all began.) So we changed the mattress back to my old one. Doctor prescribed strong anti-histamines and steroid cream. The steroid cream eased us both for about a week, and the antihistamines helped with itching, but then the rash persisted. Mine almost went away during this week, but came back with vengeance!
So I went to the doctor alone again, she said it might be some type of eczema or dry skin, said I might have caused it by scratching, and that it wasn't an allergy or a virus. She said if I moisturised and it didn't go away to come back and try scabies cream.
I tried moisturising and it made no difference. We thought we'd try the scabies treatment again in case we hand't done it thoroughly enough the first time. We washed all our clothes and bedding and hoovered the whole room and bed frame and kept the cream on for the right time. It still really burnt and stung and tingled. I did read that if you do have scabies the symptoms do not immediately disappear after treatment, but it still seemed particularly uncomfortable.
Doctor 5 - Hives?
We went together again. This doctor looked at photos R had taken and talked to us for a while. He seemed pretty sure it wasn't scabies. He suggested it was a viral rash or allergy of some kind, and that my raised patches resembled hives or weals. Suggested antihistamines and referred us to a private dermatologist. Or to try and get a referral from my GP, who was very unhelpful on both other occasions.
The photos of my leg are from today, I hand't had a shower yet, I scratched my leg a bit, and the white areas came up after I'd stopped. Then faded after about 5 minutes but not completely. When it fades it leaves a reddish browny residual patch, almost like a scar area. R also still has the intense itching, but not the visible risen lumps that appear on my skin. The heating or baths or being in bed seem to aggravate it.