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Inflamed, Red, Itchy, Blotchy Rash - Estero, FL

My decision is still out on laser, until my...

My decision is still out on laser, until my treatments are finished, I guess. The effect of the treatments is awesome. Only shaved once in between first two treatments. I just had my 3rd treatment to the bikini. The first one I did not use numbing cream (BLT) and it hurt like crazy!!! No reaction. The 2nd time and this time, I used BLT and I have ugly reactions. The 2nd time it was a blotchy rash but not inflamed and itchy like 3rd time. I am taking antihistamines and cortisone cream, along with ice. I am unsure whether this is a fungal infection, herpes, or just a histamine reaction. I am waiting!? Does anyone know why it would be worse in the 3rd treatment? Suggestions?

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It was a groupon. $99 for SIX treatments!!

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If you mean area of redness after the laser session on blotchy manner. This redness is called perifollicular odema which means a good dose of laser has reached the desired target. It will subside during the day.
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It's called Erythema/edema. It's just your bodies histamine kicking in. Believe it or not but this is a good reaction, it means the heat has reached the hair follicle and you'll get a great result....I'm surprised your therapist did not educate you on this! Lol definitely not herpes!
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The technician told me thats the follicles reacting to the trauma. Mine went away fairly quickly and i may be happening more because they usually raise the intensity each time you go. If it doesnt go away in a couple of days you may want to go back.
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I have had two treatments to my underarms. Both were done without numbing cream and both times I have had this same blotchy, itchy rash as a reaction.
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Oh my goodness, you poor thing. :( That looks like it would be really uncomfortable. I would encourage you to post this in the GentleLase Q&A section. Hopefully one of the board certified doctors that volunteers on RealSelf will be able to shed some light on what this is/is caused from.

Have you talked to either the person who did the treatment for you about it, or your regular doctor?

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