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    Tiny little red dots on my chest, stomach, and arms

    In the past couple days I've noticed little red dots on my body. Some of the dots are raised, some aren't, but they seem to be mainly on my chest/stomach and a few on my arms and feet. I googled it and the only thing I can think of is that it's petechiae. Kind of got me a little worried after reading some of the potential causes, but I guess I need to go to the doctor.

    Has anyone else had anything like this?
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    pics? I'm buddies with a derm if you want me to have him look. Do they itch, hurt, etc.? prob go see a doc but I'll have him take a look if you want.
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    Sure, why not. This is a cropped area of the left side of my stomach and chest.



    They don't hurt, and I wouldn't say they itch (although sometimes it feels "good" if I scratch). Thanks.
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    Small update, I see faint splotches on the bottom of my palms and feet and there's a feeling similar to the tingling you get when something falls asleep and it just waking up, though less. It's only when I run my hands together or make a fist, basically anything that puts pressure on my hands or feet.
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    Petechiae wouldn't be causing any tingling. May want to get into a dermatologist or your GP. Do you wear any gear? It could be from the pressure of really tight gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StLRPh View Post
    Petechiae wouldn't be causing any tingling. May want to get into a dermatologist or your GP. Do you wear any gear? It could be from the pressure of really tight gear.
    Nope, I don't wear anything like that.

    I'll probably try to make an appointment soon, I'm getting a little freaked out now. Some of dots on my stomach/chest are slightly raised, as are these splotches on my hands. Not like poison ivy raised, but you can tell there are little bumps. Then again some are totally flat.
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    Burst capillaries from straining? I don't get that from lifting, but if I'm sick and get the dry heaves, my face and neck get those red dots from straining trying to puke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDS View Post
    Burst capillaries from straining? I don't get that from lifting, but if I'm sick and get the dry heaves, my face and neck get those red dots from straining trying to puke.
    This is what I was getting at when I asked about gear. It happens to me occasionally.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SDS View Post
    Burst capillaries from straining? I don't get that from lifting, but if I'm sick and get the dry heaves, my face and neck get those red dots from straining trying to puke.
    I've had them on my face too after puking, that's why I thought it was petechiae, because that's burst capillaries. I wouldn't have strained the areas these things are appearing on though.
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    Change in laundry detergent? Dirty clothes? Dry, irritated skin?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZenMonkey View Post
    Change in laundry detergent? Dirty clothes? Dry, irritated skin?
    Nope to all. I also changed my sheets thinking maybe that had something to do with it, no luck yet.

    Running my hand over my chest and stomach, I feel a bunch of bumps. Seems like they're getting more bumpy as it goes on so maybe it's a rash of some sort.

    I have always had some flare up on my forearms from time to time, it's like poison ivy right around the top of the elbow joint. It never spreads and is gone in a day or two, but it itches like crazy. I've never had these damn red spots before though.
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    Do they go away when you press them? Put a tumbler glass on them to see if they disappear..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tempest View Post
    Do they go away when you press them? Put a tumbler glass on them to see if they disappear..
    Most of them do, it seems all the ones that are bumps go away. A couple don't, but I'd say 95% do. I meant to try this before and forgot.

    So that's two strikes against petechiae.

    Still no itching either, but the odd almost "tingling" feeling is still there on my feet and hands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZenMonkey View Post
    Change in laundry detergent? Dirty clothes? Dry, irritated skin?
    This would have been my first guess. My wife changed fabric softners one time and me and my daughter got areas like your pic all over our bodies. Once she re-washed everything with our old fabric softner and a couple of days of benedril everything went back to normal. Good luck, keep us posted.

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    bed bugs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZenMonkey View Post
    bed bugs?
    I doubt it, I've checked the folds in the mattress and never found any, nor is there ever any blood on the sheets or pillow.

    We haven't changed the way we wash things, so it's not fabric softener related. I also briefly thought of disgusting scabies, but after reading about the intense itch that wakes people up I ruled that out as well. Plus I have no "burrows" or "tunnels" on my skin. If that was it, given how many of the damn bumps I have, I should be itching like crazy.
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    I had mono once and my ONLY symptom was small red bumps/discolorations everywhere. Nothing else, no fever, sickness anything. There was no itch, just red thingys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZenMonkey View Post
    I had mono once and my ONLY symptom was small red bumps/discolorations everywhere. Nothing else, no fever, sickness anything. There was no itch, just red thingys.
    Hmm, I saw that as a possible source of the red bumps... not sure how I would have gotten it though. I am pretty tired at night and through my workouts but I'm not really suffering through them or losing weight or extremely tired.

    I guess that's a possibility. I generally don't share drinks or anything with people and haven't been kissing any random girls lately though. Guess I just need to get to the doctor some time.
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    The more I look at it the more I agree it could be mono. I don't really know why my lifts are going up if I've had mono all this time, but who knows. I'll probably make an appointment tomorrow.

    When they take blood, what sort of result am I going to be looking at given that I've been taking creatine so long? I don't want them freaking out if my creatinine levels are higher than usual so I'm just curious what I should be expecting in that regard.
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    I dont think it should matter but I really dont know.
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    I guess I'll find out. It's a bit too abrupt for me to have stopped using it, I'm just weary because this is the same guy who told me to stop deadlifting because it does nothing but harm... Also the same one who told me I'd never get past 160lbs until my 30s. Should be fun now that I am 225lbs and haven't seen him since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by berfles View Post
    the same one who told me I'd never get past 160lbs until my 30s. Should be fun now that I am 225lbs and haven't seen him since.
    Thats gonna be great!
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    He'll probably think I'm on something. Makes me think of that thread here where a guy went to the doctor and got lectured about steroid use because he had a stretchmark. I hope mine isn't that dumb since I'm covered in them.

    Anyway, he's not in at all this week so I'll have to set something up for Monday. I'm also worried it could be something disgusting like scabies, but they don't itch at all and it looks too symmetrical to be scabies. Makes me sick even thinking about that, yuck.

    This gives me time to drop the creatine until Monday and hopefully the blood test results won't show too much of an elevated level. I normally wouldn't care, but if he basically lectured me about deadlifting I don't feel like getting into it with him about creatine.
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    Id find a new GP.
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    Doctors really shouldn't lecture you about anything unless you ask for advice..
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