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NanceLynn
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Hi, I am asking for my mom ... she's 88. I give her light duty care. Over the past 3 weeks, she developed a rash on her upper chest only. They

are very itchy. Took her to a clinic last weekend as her doc cant see her until the 23rd. The doc there was mystified, did not venture any

diagnosis. She prescribed an antibiotic cream to deal with the infection from scratching until rashy bumps are raw.


OK, here is the thing, mom has a cat that she adores. The cat's litter box is in her bathroom; the sanitation is questionable. The cat sleeps

with her, sneezes in her face, and I am sure has scratched her once in a while. I am wondering if this acute red bumpy rash, as well as a hacking

cough from chronic sinus infection could all be linked to bacterial infection from the beloved cat? (Drum roll, please) Bartonella?


Next would be to get testing from her new geriatric physician? or what type of specialist would be quickest to recognize a cat-borne infection?

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LisaK
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I had this for a while this past year. it went away.

not sure what it was. sort of like strange pimples or something. mine wasn't too itchy, but when I got sweaty i noticed they did itch some. i started rubbing tea tree oil on them and maybe that is what helped them go away. I had them for about a month or 2 total.

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Thanks so much, LisaK!
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My mother, who was also 88, used to get this type of thing on her lower legs every winter (when it was very dry in the house).

It could have been yeast related also. Possible secondary infection can come from scratching.

Anyway, what really helped tremendously was topical applications of Aloe Vera...the brand I like is Lily of the Desert...

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Hi Phoiph,
Thanks for this account ... we are in Las Vegas area, and it is dry, dry, dry! Yeah, definite secondary infection from the scratching.

Good point you have about yeast infection.

As of day 3 that secondary infection looks to be clearing up somewhat; we'll see what the geriatric physician has to say on the 23rd.

Nance

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California Baby Aloe cream or their Calendula lotion is great for irritated, itchy, dry and/or sensitive skin. Both these products contain Calendula, Aloe, Lavender and Clary Sage.

The later two in addition to having a nice fragrance, also have antibacterial, antimicrobial & antifungal properties.

So if it is yeast or bacteria related this would help. Calendula soothes and heals skin irritations, rashes, bug bites and sunburn.

Chronic sinus infection and cough plus the irritated skin in dry environment with a cat... sounds like allergies (cat dander and/or other like food) could be a likely culprit.

Besides something like herbs, tea or inhalers, do you think your mom might benefit from using a vaporizer? Just thinking since you said it's so dry.

You could add a couple of drops of Eucalyptus (or Ravinsara, like Eucalyptus but has a softer scent) and Lavender.

These essential oils would be purifying and could help with her sinus infection and/or any allergies she may be experiencing.

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Blymey919, Thanks so much for these tips.
Nance

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