I haz the AIDS. Or herpes. Or Mold. Or Bore worms. Or Something. No one seems to know.
It is 10-15 small red spots on each side of my torso. They come and go on a weekly basis. They don’t itch and are very localized so I rule out bug bights and contact dermatitis. Not pimples or bumps like poison Ivey. I checked the internets to see if there was a common problem and solution.
The commonest problem: Dermatologists are quacks. Seriously. I found message boards with tens of people all describing the exact same symptoms and going to doctors who prescribe a random variety of treatments. This tell me several things:
- The human body is an amazingly complex organism and what works for some may not work for others.
- Dermatologists have a really crappy job where customers walk in and show them a bump or pimple and expect a unique and certifiable diagnosis on which of the thousands of possible maladies could possible cause it.
- Dermatologists not knowing why something is happening never stops them from trying to treat it anyway. They know that some things get better on their own. So they play the percentages. They try anti-biotics, steroid creams, costly searches for non-existent allergies, and changes in laundry soaps and deodorants, all the while just hoping the rash clears up and just goes away.
- When the patient gets tired of trying quack medicine without results, they turn to … quack medicine. Acupuncture, aromas, crystals, Keto diets, homeopathy, essential oils and whatever some total stranger on the internet tells them worked one time for some guy they knew.
Most likely suspect: Heat rash. They appear one day after I have been working on project house and spending quality time with margaritas and hot tub. And disappear over the course of a few days later.