Skin

Question
Posted by: Nicole | 2014/12/16

Q.

Hives or Something Worse??

Hi doctor, Im a 25 year old Indian female. About 2 weeks ago what started of as a simple mosquito bite turned into a strange skin reaction which started to spread around my whole body. I have been doing alot of research on my signs & symptoms & the only thing as accurate to my condition is Hives.Its itchy, its red & raised, it really hurts at times because when I sleep I tend to scratch out of control. I have never in my childhood/Teenage & now adult life had this kind of reaction. My immune system is pretty strong, I hardly ever get sick & when I do I tend to fight off infection quite fast but Im just very surprised that this late in my life I seem to be having skin reactions. My GP did give me a course of Prednisone & Tantrin along with Adco-Betamethasone cream which helped get rid of the previous reactions but over the weekend I actually noticed simple mosquito bites or any insects bites are causing me to break out in Hives, the cream isnt helping me at all now & its a bit scary to me since I have never been a sickly child. I guess im not use to going through this. What steps can I take next? Allergy test? Blood test? If you could also please explain to me what causes this, is there something wrong with my body or my blood? And how can I prevent this?

Expert's Reply

A.

Skin expert
- 2014/12/17

Please see a dermatologist. Even though this may be simple transient of urticaria (hives), it may indeed be something more sinister - like the beginning of lupus erythematosis. You will most likely need a biopsy and blood investigations.

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