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Rash at the moment

Rash at the moment

Can I ask for thoughts on this rash on my arm at the minute?

It's the same, but less severe, on my side and my thigh where they took the biopsy from in July.

I have a dermatology review on 25th September but no contact from rheumatology yet, despite the consultant being back from holiday for 2 weeks now and having had my results sitting for 3 weeks and having been copied in to the dermatologist's letter 10 days ago and despite calling his secretary 3 times.

This rash and the itch is driving me insane but I'm wishing it was time to see the dermatologist at least!

Antihistamines are doing nothing and steroid creams minimal relief. I have Dermacool, but can't use it on broken skin.

I'm demented and embarrassed - I wear a short-sleeved uniform at work and I'm going to have to start wearing my cardigan. It's a hospital, so I'll also roast alive 🙁

I'm almost at my wits' end!

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Have you tried Telfast antihistamines ( they are only available on prescription )?

Might be worthwhile asking if your GP is willing to prescribe a short course of prednisolone tablets ( even 7 days ) to see if that makes a difference.


Yep, that's Fexofenadine and I already had that ( I also use it for hay fever). I even had it prescribed at an off-licence dose. Made zero difference 🙁

They wanted me to use the steroid creams rather than meds. However in 2015, I felt like a million dollars after 3 months of Prednisolone. It was the most 'well' I'd felt for years.

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Try Dermol 500, You can buy it, or get it on prescription, Use it as topical, or instead of soap.

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I have both Dermol and QV products on prescription. I've been using them for months xx


How's it going?

Any improvement?

Don't suppose staff health could help at all? Do they prescribe. Would your Dermatologist prescribe the prednisone for a week see if that helps?

If still the same then all I can think of is topical Local Anaesthetic (Lidocaine, Germolene if not using the steroid cream as u/s) and cardigan ??



Hi Kazmac45, Have you been tested for Shingles? I have had it 2 times, and it is itchy and painful. Best of luck!!


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