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Old August 22nd, 2006, 10:56 AM
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Default I Woke Up This Morning...

I woke up this morning absolutely covered with an itchy, blotchy, red rash. Thousands and thousands of splotches. What the heck is going on?! This has never happened to me, before.

AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!! This is very unpleasant.

Hey, Asher, could you use some medical pictures of this for your records? Describe to me what you need, and I'll make the pics for you.

AAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!

Mike

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Old August 22nd, 2006, 11:33 AM
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Smile Get well soon....

Get well soon Mike. Hope you don't try using the PS cloning tools to get rid of the unwanted splotches but go see a real doctor instead ;-).

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Old August 22nd, 2006, 12:37 PM
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I hope it's not poison ivy/oak, 'cause there is really no cure except for the purely symptomatic itching relief...
Been doing any bush-waking by any creeks lately?
Wish you get better soon in any case!
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Old August 22nd, 2006, 12:38 PM
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Default That's a good one, Cem!

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Get well soon Mike. Hope you don't try using the PS cloning tools to get rid of the unwanted splotches but go see a real doctor instead ;-).

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Old August 22nd, 2006, 12:42 PM
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Nikolai,

This is not poison oak. As a nature photographer in the Western US, I spend most of my life with some poison oak. I'm quite familiar with it, and this is totally different.

Mike

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Old August 22nd, 2006, 01:08 PM
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I think its an allergic reation to something, maybe an insect bite, maybe washing powder. I get hayfever antihistamine mayl help, but will not harm, but check with phamasist/doctor. My wife, a nurse, says you're a man, so yo can't be pregnant... What you describe is exactly how I was some years ago due to a reaction to penicillin.
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Old August 22nd, 2006, 01:23 PM
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I think its an allergic reation to something, maybe an insect bite, maybe washing powder. I get hayfever antihistamine mayl help, but will not harm, but check with phamasist/doctor. My wife, a nurse, says you're a man, so yo can't be pregnant... What you describe is exactly how I was some years ago due to a reaction to penicillin.
Best wishes,
My late husband, in 1953, had just such a set of symptoms with a penicillin reaction.

His physician prescribed oatmeal baths--dump a carton of rolled oats (Quaker oats, for instance) in a bathtub of warm (not hot, more like tepid) water and get in and soak.
Would relieve the itching temporarily. But was weeks before he was well of the worst of it.

My best thought to Mike: Present yourself in person at the Emergency Room. Get your personal physician to meet you there.

Concerned in Tennessee,
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Old August 22nd, 2006, 03:14 PM
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at least call your doctor's office, and talk to a nurse to see if you can start to take Benadryl, or the generic form, which is an antihistamine. - she will tell you if it is OK to take it.

She can also get you right in to see the doc, if it is possible - don't deal with the receptionist.

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Old August 22nd, 2006, 03:17 PM
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Can we take this offline guys? It's making me itchy. :-(

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Yeah... maybe he's Contagious!!!

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Old August 22nd, 2006, 05:13 PM
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We're in contact, great thoughts from a community that is considerate! Asher
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Old August 22nd, 2006, 09:32 PM
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How is he doing?
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Old August 22nd, 2006, 11:00 PM
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Well Mike, I hope you made it to the doctors today. Anyway, take care of yourself and get better.

best wishes,

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Old August 23rd, 2006, 01:45 AM
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Under control. Will keep you guys informed.

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Old August 23rd, 2006, 02:28 AM
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It looks like there is wireless available in the emergency room. I must look quite dramatic; they were afraid to let me into the emergency room, then they gave me a mask I have to wear, and directed me to what appears to be my own private quarantined area.

I am still waiting to see a doctor. I don't feel awful.

I'll keep you informed. Thanks for the good wishes, everybody, and special thanks to Asher for true friendship as well as informed help.

Mike
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Old August 23rd, 2006, 02:36 AM
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Don't worry. The two most worrysome problems are dealt with by antibiotics.

Rashes always frighten people. email me w84u at mac.com

Waiting for the call!

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Old August 23rd, 2006, 02:38 AM
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Good wishes going out to you Mike.

I hope it's nothing too serious. Allergic reactions can develop at any time throughout life eg you may eat prawns for years and be fine but one day an allergy develops.

Thinking of you cooped up in quarantine
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Old August 23rd, 2006, 03:38 AM
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Thanks, G.

It does not appear to be an allergic reaction.

More, soon.

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Old August 23rd, 2006, 07:21 AM
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Thanks, G.

It does not appear to be an allergic reaction.

More, soon.

Mike
Sincere and on-going good wishes to you.

I'm so glad you went to the ER.

When I had pneumonia last August but didn't know it, I whined around to some mailing-list friends for over a week before I finally did the sensible thing and went to a doctor. Was the advice, delivered with a light touch, of a practicing surgeon in that particular group of friends, that tipped the balance and sent me for practical help.

Get well soon, Mike!

Best wishes always,
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Old August 23rd, 2006, 08:34 AM
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Hot tub episode?
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Old August 23rd, 2006, 11:37 AM
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I've been discharged from the ER, now. By all appearances, I should be fine when I follow the two week course of antibiotics.

Thanks for good advice and warm wishes.

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Old August 23rd, 2006, 11:48 AM
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Good to hear you're back and getting better!
Get well soon! :-)
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Old August 23rd, 2006, 12:02 PM
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Good news, Mike!
Please keep on taking good care of yourself.
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Old August 23rd, 2006, 01:01 PM
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Quote:
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I've been discharged from the ER, now. By all appearances, I should be fine when I follow the two week course of antibiotics.

Thanks for good advice and warm wishes.

Mike

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Glad to hear it. I've been following your woes. Be well.

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Old August 23rd, 2006, 01:15 PM
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I'm glad I spoke to Mike and suggested the diagnosis and had him not wait.

A warning, however nature loving we are, rememeber, to protect your self.

I'm starting a new thread for this!

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