Not so comfortable in my skin these days!
January 3, 2011 7:55 PM Subscribe
Help me identify this weird not-quite-a-rash on my legs.
posted by WorkingMyWayHome to health & fitness (10 answers total)
Over the past several weeks, I've gradually developed a burning, stinging sensation on the front of my thighs. It feels somewhat like a rash (but there's no itching or sensation of heat), but the strange thing is that there's no redness or scaliness to the skin; it looks completely normal. Yet I have this constant stinging, as if the skin is irritated, and it gets worse when I'm out in the cold or if my pants rub against it. In fact, any contact, by my hands or anything else, makes it worse for a while. Last night, I tried using my Triamcinolone Acetonide cream on it (which I use for my contact dermatitis), and the rubbing involved in putting it on made the stinging much worse. When I woke up in the morning, the usual stinging was there; the cream had no effect, while it helps my usual rashes tremendously.
In case it's relevant, I should mention that I have very sensitive skin and have big problems with contact dermatitis; I pretty much get rashes from everything, including most soaps, lotions, toothpastes, toilet paper, laundry detergent, makeup, etc., etc. I was also recently diagnosed with rosacea, and I'm still working to control that. So I have a lot of experience with rashes, but I've never had one that didn't involve itching and redness, so I'm at a loss here. I'm wondering if maybe it's some sort of neuropathy, not a skin disorder at all.
I know you're not my doctor, but I'm just looking for some ideas I can research and discuss with my doctor. Thanks very much for your help.