I have been trying to find a remedy for a bug bite rash that popped up a week ago but have not been successful so far. I need to do research but need pointers on what direction to go. This is not a life threatening issue but it is driving me crazy. I was bushwacking a week ago and got dozens of mosquito bites. Because it was 105 degrees, I had on a tank top and got a bite on my breast bone. A few days later I was at a social gathering at a friends house and took a soak in their hot tub. (101 degrees.) The heat made this bug bite itch and I accidently scratched it open. I put tea tree oil on it as soon as I got home but it ended up turning into a rash that is now 5 inches long and 3 inches wide. After reading the thread on Shingles at http://homesteadingtoday.com/showthread.php?t=36596&highlight=rash I am wondering if I could have some how contracted something from the hot tub water. There seemed to be plenty of Cholramine in the water... Anyway, the only difference from shingles is that I have bumps, not blisters (similar to hives) and the patch of skin is solid red, not splotchy as I have seen by doing a google image search. I had a chicken pox vaccination as a child so I don't see how I could have contracted this. What made me take notice of the Shingles thread is because my skin is extremely sensitive, itchy and my nerves feel like they are on fire. The skin "pain" or sensitivity is now radiating all the way across my chest. I have tried tinctures of tea tree and anise plus Benedryl Cream and triple antibiotic cream. Nothing seems to offer relief except vit. e oil. My skin is not broken and does not appear to be infected. Does anyone have a clue what could be contracted from hot tub water so I can research those avenues? I will go to a doctor if I don't find relief in the next few days. Thanks!