Medical mysteries: Patches of bumps and dry skin mask in a middle age female. What was the cause?
4 years ago, Jessica Baskin Taylor noticed a series of small, hard bumps the size of pencil erasers under the skin surrounding her elbow. A few months before this, Taylor, pregnant with her first child, had also developed very dry patches of reddened skin on her legs. In early 2007, she visited a dermatologist after bumps appeared on her torso. The dermatologist did not seem concerned and focused on three bumps that had recently appeared on Taylor’s inner arm.
She advised Taylor to use a topical cortisone cream. The spots on her torso disappeared, but those on her arm remained. She sought an opinion from a second dermatologist who gave her a new cream to us. In a few weeks, the bumps disappeared only to reappear several months later. Two years later she noticed a large, squishy nickel-size lump protruding from her right inner thigh and consulted a physician. He examined the area and told Taylor it was probably a boil, an infection caused by staphylococcus bacteria or an infected hair follicle. He prescribed an oral antibiotic and a topical cream. Neither treatment helped. She consulted another dermatologist who removed the growth and sent it for a biopsy. The results were shocking. Can you find out what was the cause?
Option 1: Spider bites
Option 2: Folliculitis
Option 3: Eczema
Option 4: Contact dermatitis
Option 5: Lymphoma