The good news is I don't have MRSA, bed bugs or fleas, and a rat did not crawl across my face in the night. Many thanks to those of you who took the time to respond and especially to you GTers who encouraged me to consider shingles despite my dismissal. Because of you I got to the dermatologist and she loaded me up with Valtrex, also steroids (and with my luck I'll probably end up growing a dick or something,) and I should be okay within a week. THANK YOU SKIN WIZARDS!