Itchy Red Bumps -- what's eating me?
December 23, 2005 11:25 AM Subscribe
What's eating me? Much, much,
posted by daver to Health & Fitness (41 answers total)
So me and my family have been getting itchy red bumps for about 6 weeks. After consulting many doctors, the dermatologist said that she couldn't prove it but that her best bet was scabies. We've treated for that (about 4 days ago) and are still getting new itchy red bumps.
Given the lack of evidence (no mites ever seen under the microscope, meds ineffective, bumps don't present like typical scabies) I'm looking for alternative explanations and treatments.
I know scabies symptoms can persist after treatment, but my understanding is that existing burrows can continue to itch, not that new sites appear.
I'm suspecting we have fleas, or other biters. We haven't investigated this yet because we're bad candidates for fleas: no pets, hardwood floors throughout, hard freezes recently.
Here are my questions:
* What kind of doc should I go see to get a real explanation about contagious itchy red bumps
* What can I do to determine what kind of pests are in my house
* assuming they're fleas, what can I do to treat without bombing my house?
A bit more about our bites:
bumps are 1/4 to 1/2 inch across or less. They itch. They've appeared on the wife, the kid, and mostly on me. Typically torso, (waste), arms, some on the legs. They seem to start, then persist for 2-3 days and then go away. although they do leave small red marks.
We live in western washington state. The only possible source of animal interaction we know of is our native 'urban wild life' -- squirrels, possibly rats/mice (we live near a resturant), possums.
Thanks in advance for the help!