Spider Bumps? Contact Dermatitis? NOPE!

by Hannah B.
(Milwaukee, WI, USA)

I was cleaning my room in May of '09 and all of a sudden a few days after, I saw a small bump between my thumb on my right hand. I thought it may have been a callus because of where my pencil is placed. But then the bumps multiplied. I thought they may have been spider bites because I'd had been cleaning in my closet. As the days progressed, the bumps had become increasingly itchy and the only thing that helped was when I put my hands under cold water. When I did this, my fingers felt swollen.

After a few days with this, my mom and I went to the local quick clinic on Mothers Day. The nurse there said it was eczema and told me just to keep putting on the "Aveno" cream. But when that didn't help, my mom took me to my pediatrician.

My Doctor said it was "Contact Dermatitis" and gave me some liquid lotion and told me to take a Benadryl twice everyday. This seemed to help and it went away a few weeks later. That first outbreak lasted until early June.

Around The 4th of July, the outbreak came back. It was not a horrible as the first time but the outbreak was still equally itchy. My mom then this time said that her uncle always gets it and called it "The Creeping Crud". I used the medicine and took the benadryl. It went away in around three to four weeks.

I am currently going through another outbreak. It started coming around my birthday/confirmation. We believe it is stress-related. I know when it is going away because my hands get really dry and my skin starts to peel on the back of my fingers. I've also gotten the bumps on the backs of my knees and on one of my ankles.

Katrina's Reply: Hi Hannah, thanks for sharing your story. Stress can definitely be a factor in an outbreak of this condition. Also, any detergents or cleaners you used when you were cleaning your room might have triggered it. Hopefully you won't have any more itchy outbreaks.

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