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Old 10-13-04, 04:14 PM
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Need Help: Anybody know what this is? (back rash pic)

Ok, so the morning before last when I woke up my back was sort of sore. During the day it stayed sore, and when I got home I looked in the mirror and I could just make out a reddish area.

Anyways, it hasn't gotten any better. It is still quite sore. It isn't oozing anything, but the area is somewhat swollen and raised. Overall it is in the area about the size of two quarters almost in the middle of my back.




Anybody have an idea as to what type of rash this is or what I could do to make it better?


Of course, I am somewhat hesitant to go to the doctor if it is something nonserious, as I am unfortunately not covered under the Swedish national healthcare plan, so it would cost quite a bit out of pocket.

(sorry about the back hair!)

Thanks for any input.
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I have no idea what that is but you may want to put a [better] warning in with the subject title.
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I think since it's not oozing you can just get some cream for it.
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Originally posted by dick_grayson


I have no idea what that is but you may want to put a [better] warning in with the subject title.
Sorry about that. I did mention it was a back rash picture though...


If you want the full 6.1 megapixel image, let me know!
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Originally posted by muggins
Sorry about that. I did mention it was a back rash picture though...


If you want the full 6.1 megapixel image, let me know!
good stuff
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Looks a bit like Excema- but it wouldnt appear overnight like that.
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Ill tell you exactly what that is. Nasty!
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"I loved a women who wasn't clean...." -Billy Bob in Bad Santa

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Just put some cortisone over it 2-3x per day and it should go away.

And don't return showing more pictures .
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Originally posted by pedagogue
"I loved a women who wasn't clean...." -Billy Bob in Bad Santa

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at least it wasn't a picture of that
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I see a kitty!
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Originally posted by Numanoid
I see a kitty!
He's right!
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Try some Benedryl, oatmeal, baking soda, clay or yogurt if you think it's a yeast rash.
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Just who have you been sleeping with in Sweden?
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Nobody...perhaps that's the problem....combined with the whole "Master of your own Domain" thing...maybe it is just the pressure building up in little "rage" pockets.
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see a doctor dude
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Kind of looks like poison ivy. Do you have poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac in Sweden?
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Ringworm? You can get that off a dirty floor.
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when i don't shower for a week or two i get all itchy and irritated.
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How did you manage to take a picture of the middle of your back? What are you, a contortionist?
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Originally posted by costanza
when i don't shower for a week or two i get all itchy and irritated.


eww...
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looks to me like you are growing some sort of back nipple
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now I'm no doctor, but if I HAD to guess...



i'm sure it'll burst out naturally during dinner time.

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Judging from what I'm looking at in my book of pathologies for massage therapists (that's right, we get our own special pathologies!), the closest I can see a pic to it is that it could be a boil, or a "carbuncle" as they're called when they cluster together as it seems to be on your back. Here's the info I've got in my book, you can see if it seems fairly accurate for you (in description as well as possible remedies):

Boils, also called "furuncles", and acne are closely related, with one main difference: boils do not require excess testosterone and sebum production to develop.

Like acne, boils are staphylococcus infections of sebaceous glands that are clogged by dirt, dead skin cells, or other debris. But in this case, the staph is not simply taking advantage of a stagnant pool of oil, but actively attacking living tissue.

Boils tend to be bigger and more painful than acne, but they usually occur only one at a time, instead of being spread over ageneral areas. A cluster of boils connected by channels under the skin is called a carbuncle.

As long as the infection stays localized, boils are not dangerous, although they are extremely painful. Conservative treatment begins with hot compresses, which will sometimes help them to burst and then drain, relieving the pressure and therefore the pain. If compresses don't do the trick, doctors may lance the boil for the draining effects. Antibiotics are sometimes prescribed, but they tend to be slow-acting, and have the best effect for people who are plagued with a recurring problem.

It is important never to try to squeeze or pop a boil. This could force the infection deeper into tissues. Boils also carry a risk of complications brought about by the possibility of the staph bacteria spreading to other parts of the body, or even to different bodies altogether.

Chronically repeating boils may indicate a compromised immune system. They are also warning sign for diabetes or kidney problems.

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