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The posts I have read have been far more useful than any of the 'medical' ones, which only seem to talk about typical presentations.
Around a week to 10 days before the rash appeared, a raised, rough looking patch of intensly itchy skin appeared on the top of my inside thigh (where the leg meets the groin). Talcum powder made it dry and flakey, whilst aqueous cream made it puff up and 'soggy looking'. Neither helped, and furthermore ALL my skin was starting to itch (but there was no visible rash anywhere other than that first patch).
A pharmacist and a GP (neither of whom looked at it) suggested it was fungal, and I was given Canisten HC. Over a week had elapsed at this point, and a similar patch had started to appear in the same place on the other side. I put the cream on both, and also on a rash of small but itchy spots that had appeared following the line of my bra under my breasts, and in both arm pits. The cream did nothing but darken all the rashes, and make them scaly. The herald patch is now much flatter (having peeled like sunburn) - but also much bigger. The skin either side of my groin is a pinky/purple colour, rough and scaly looking. Meanwhile, a highly itchy rash of small red spots (whitish before I scratch them) has appeared on my thighs, stomach, backs of knees and inside of elbows, shoulders, neck, chest, and back (all over including right down to my bottom). But my bottom cheecks and actual breasts seem to have been spared! Lucky me! Sometimes the rash is angry looking and very itchy, and at others (usually when it is cooler) it is less red and less itchy.
I have not had a formal diagnosis of PR, despite seeing two further GPs. The first tested my blood for everything and it all came back clear (although the blood count showed some sort of allergic reaction going on) and the second said it could be anything from scabies to fungal to allergic. And asked ME which option I would like him to treat! I wasn't best pleased and have now been referred to a dermatologist who I won't see until next week. CAN ANYONE SHED ANY LIGHT TO HELP ME COPE IN THE MEANTIME? I will of course give feedback once I've seen the dermatologist.
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