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Itch and rash on Bumpy surfaces

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Had this happen for a while now after a couple of laps of the local pumptrack (dirt) and attributed it to dust, blood flow or whatever, I never actually have it much thought.

But the day before yesterday I actually got a pretty bad itch again on the inside of my under-, elbow and upper-arm when riding a roadbike over a gravel track for a few km, so not really utilising the muscles in the region a lot.

First time I noticed that I actually get slightly blotchy skin, though it's gone in 2mins when I take a break. Itches like hell though whilst it's there.

 

Not anything that concerns me a lot, but I do wonder why it's happening? Anyone getting anything similar?

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if it looks like after being stung by nettles, it's probably urticaria, an allergic reaction to something. probably much more likely caused by clothing or vegetation pollen, but i guess sweating is a possibility too or a combination of sweating and some kind of cosmetic product.

the rash can be treated easily with medication, but finding out the cause might be trickier (it involves a bit of boring though not hurtful testing).

(i'm not a doctor, only have had allergies all my life. so do get it checked out if it bothers you or if it gets worse)

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Maybe 'rash' was a bit a strong word, it doesn't stay nearly as long as any regular rash, it also doesn't get as bad as nettles (though they never really got that bad as much as I remember).

Happens with long or short sleeves, so I doubt it's clothing. Pollen/sweating could be, but why would it only affect that area?

I once figured it must be something to do with vibrations but I can't quite see how that makes sense.

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On a normal ride the other day the wife and me had this the track was gravely and I was riding with a bout 70psi in the tyres I thought it was just the vibration kinda like what happens with vibration white finger the vibration shakes the blood out of your capelarys I'm speculating a bit though 

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