I am a 27yo female living in a climate with very humid summers and very cold, wet winters. I have been experiencing frequent welts that appear and feel like mosquito bites all over my body on and off for a few years but they have gotten much worse lately for seemingly no apparent reason. I say "bug bite like" because I have been in my home with my 4 month old baby all summer with the windows closed and AC on so its very unlikely for that many Mosquitos to get into my home to bite me 8-10 times a day. I've also ruled out fleas and other biting bugs (2 indoor cats) because my husband and baby have no bites and the baby crawls around on the floor even. What is interesting is these raised bumps are sometimes small, the size of a pimple and sometimes clustered together at that size, or also big and irregular shapes like hives, sometimes all of those types are grouped together! They common factor is they itch like crazy and sometimes disappear by the next day or if they are in a highly itchy spot I scratch them until they scab but otherwise seem like they would disappear too. They appear to have a dot in them which strikes me as a characteristic of a bug bite but it could also be a swollen pore or hair follicle, I can't really tell. It does seem to be exacerbated by sweat or extreme heat like a hot shower, but not always the cause... I've had them appear anywhere from my home to work, restaurants asleep in a clean bed etc and I feel like if it was contagious my family would have gotten it by now especially my sensitive skinned newborn.
I've seen a dermatologist and they prescribed a steroid cream but said not to use long term, but it offered no relief and long term care/maintenance or a solid solution is what I'm seeking.
More background: I have many allergies... Medications, fragrances, oral food allergies, pollen etc but have made NO changes in the years I've been suffering. I use plain dial soap, all "free" detergents, body products etc and am very aware of food allergy reactions and these are not the typical reaction. The only change in my life is giving birth 4 months ago and it was a healthy, medicine free pregnancy and childbirth.
It's gotten to the point that I'm itchy everywhere and so often that if a hair brushes against my skin I feel itchy all over because I'm so stressed about this rash. Any input would be appreciated!!!