I have rash that is spreading all over my body

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On Thursday night i put a test patch on for hair dye, I have been dying my hair for 18 years and have never reacted to a dye either.  I awoke on Friday with a few spots (spots have white heads on also) no closer than 4" from the test patch (they are a little itchy but not like a insect bite itchy but more sore) what over the day spread right up and down my arm, I then awoke on Saturday and it hs spread all over my body including my stomach, arms, top of my legs and even the areola.  The area that it started has also started to get more aggressive (photo attatched).

I did consult a pharmacist and he said 1. He did not think it was related to the patch test as there was no spots where the patch actuly was and 2. to see monitor the rash and see how it is on monday.

Im asking on here as i have started to feel pretty ill now including flushness, headache and i feel achy.

One other thing to mention as i have seen it mentioned in a few posts is that for about a week i have had a really sore and itchy eye what sometimes has become bloodshot with green discharge.

Any help would be much appreciated.

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    Also i was in the in-laws spa on wednesday as i have just seen chlorine rashes where some but not all images look similar
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    Hi Emily, you probably got it right the first time, with the hair dye.  Even if it the same brand of dye as the last time you dyed your hair, the manufacturers change the ingredients often.

    Contact the manufacturer and tell them you have had an adverse effect.  They may arrange for you to see a Dermatologist.  It is in their interest to do so.

    Then, go to your GP and tell them you have had an adverse effect to a hair dye and ask to be referred to a Dermtologist.  Even if it isn't the dye, someone needs to do something.

    I had something similar several years ago and it turned out that I was allergic to formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers and it was in fact, the formaldehyde used in a new car that had triggered it.   [Japanese and Swedish cars don't use formaldehyde!]

    Go and see your GP Emily and good luck!  [And contact the hair dye manufacturer]

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    So anyone reading this it turns out its chicken pox even though I had it as a kid mildly which may have been misdiagnosed anyway. I have like 150 spot like circles with a penny sized redness and a white head they spread on my arms upper legs waist and stomach. I have flu like symptoms. Also if your an adult you need to look out for chest infection or any mucus as can be bad. Thankyou for the reply 5mrsmop it was just a case of coincidences. Also guys symtoms take 5-10 days to get the flu like symtoms 19-20 days for rash/spots you ate most contagious just before spots and after they become dry and flakey. Pharmacist has hayfever tablets that help with itching and sudocrem soothes also :-)
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      Sorry for the other post I left...I should have read the other's posts and your second post and that would have saved any time from reading what I wrote.  Sorry you have the chickenpox for a second time.  I know bathing in an oatmeal soak does relieve the itchyness.  Take care and be careful when scratching those spots because you can get a secondary infection and that would be bothersome!

      Good Luck and feel better soon,

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    Hi Emily ~

    Geesh that looks painful...it also looks like bug bites.  Have you squeezed any of them and if so, does something come out and also, what does it look like?  Could it possibly be a reaction to a bug bite? 

    Have you traveled lately, staying in a hotel/motel?  I'm asking that because it does resemble bed bug bites.  Just a thought that you may want to explore.

    I wish you well and please let us know if you find out what exactly it is.

    Frustrated

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