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Few weeks ago I got sore swollen bumps on the back of my neck around my hairline. Soreness is now mostly gone but bumps are now scabby/itchy. Cause?

Few weeks ago I got sore swollen bumps on the back of my neck around my hairline. Soreness is now mostly gone but bumps are now scabby/itchy. Cause?

Folliculits: an inflammation with possible infection of hair follicles. This requires medical examination and both oral and topical antibiotic therapy. Without a photo, I strongly recommend immediate medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Itchy back of neck area for yr, past month got worse with rash spread to armpits and 3 swollen nodes on back neck. What could this be?

Itchy back of neck area for yr, past month got worse with rash spread to armpits and 3 swollen nodes on back neck.  What could this be?

Need for examination: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining you and your symptoms warrant evaluation by a physician. ...Read more

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Many swollen neck lymphs. itchy eyes. Hard lumps started on collarbone(was painful now isn't), more painless ones formed in 3 months, rib cage, shin, back of neck few on chest. good blood work, blood counts, crp, clean chest x-ray. no other symptoms

Many swollen neck lymphs. itchy eyes. Hard lumps started on collarbone(was painful now isn't), more painless ones formed in 3 months, rib cage, shin, back of neck few on chest. good blood work, blood counts, crp, clean chest x-ray.  no other symptoms

Lymph glands: Generalized enlargement of lymph nodes are seen in infectious mononucleosis, malignant blood dyscrasias and other infections. I'm not sure that they would be found on the rib cage itself or on the shin bone. I recommend an evaluation by a hematologist or an infectious disease specialist. A lymph node biopsy as well as other tests may be advised by the specialist. ...Read more

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It's been a while .. My eyes upper lid is itchy on and off and swollen sometime .. Some dryness and flakiness . Some dry scalp behind my neck ?

It's been a while .. My eyes upper lid is itchy on and off and swollen sometime .. Some dryness and flakiness . Some dry scalp behind my neck ?

Dermatologist: This may be seborrheic dermatitis and you could try applying a cortisone type cream but do not let it get into your eyes. A cortisone cream for eye use would be better but can't be bought without a prescription. It's best that you see a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment,however. ...Read more

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I have gotten spots (rash) on my back and neck never happened before. Symptoms spots and itchiness. Mildly swollen. Areas back, neck face arms.

I have gotten spots (rash) on my back and neck never happened before. Symptoms spots and itchiness. Mildly swollen. Areas back, neck face arms.

Sounds like urticaria.: Majority of times caused by an allergy but infections can be responsible. Also tend to occur on arms/legs.
Please see your doctor if they don't resolve or symptoms like fever arise. ...Read more

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Small cluster of spots on cleft of chin itchy and sore also glands in neck below chin are swollen and sore to touch..what is the likely cause ?

Small cluster of spots on cleft of chin itchy and sore also glands in neck below chin are swollen and sore to touch..what is the likely cause ?

Herpes: Sounds like herpetic lesions and the reaction of regional lymph glands! This would be more likely than not ORAL herpes ("cold sore") type. Check it out with your Primary Care Provider! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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7cm multiloculated cystic structure behind uterus swollen itchy lymphnode in groin and slightly swollen in neck I am also anemic could it b cancer??

7cm multiloculated cystic structure behind uterus swollen itchy lymphnode in groin and slightly swollen in neck I am also anemic could it b cancer??

Need for evaluation: The description you provided is not sufficient to diagnose or rule out cancer. It would be prudent to visit a doctor for a more detailed in-person evaluation, The evaluation will probably including imaging studies and may need surgery to remove the cystic structure for examination by a pathologist. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of swollen glands in my neck, fatigue, loss of appetite, headache, and itchy eyes?

What could be the cause of swollen glands in my neck, fatigue, loss of appetite, headache, and itchy eyes?

Possible infection: Swollen glands are almost always a sign of infection. Fatigue, appetite loss, and headache are all non-specific symptoms that can also be related to infection. This should be evaluated by a physician. ...Read more

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Scalp started to become itchy, back pain, feeling weak, tired all the time, dry skin, and swollen lymph nodes in neck. is this a vitamin def?

Scalp started to become itchy, back pain, feeling weak, tired all the time, dry skin, and swollen lymph nodes in neck. is this a vitamin def?

Need to examine: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without taking additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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4 swollen nodes (Neck and behind ears) for more than 7 months ,itchy scalp and legs ,weight loss, headaches and fatigue. Low wbc & high calcium. Help?

4 swollen nodes (Neck and behind ears) for more than 7 months ,itchy scalp and legs ,weight loss, headaches and fatigue. Low wbc & high calcium. Help?

Biopsy done?: Have you had one of the lymph nodes biopsied? I would suggest seeing an ENT specialist for further work up. Perhaps an infectious disease specialist also. ...Read more

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Sneezing, itchy eyes. I wake up with a sore throat, I have swollen lymph nodes in neck for awhile. What could be the cause? Allergies

Sneezing, itchy eyes. I wake up with a sore throat, I have swollen lymph nodes in neck for awhile. What could be the cause? Allergies

Monitoring Centers: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph nodes "taste" the lymph for anything bad like bacteria/viruses/cancers, etc. When it detects a problem, it alerts the immune system and your body reacts. They enlarge in response to the inflammation they create when they react. They shrink when all is well. ...Read more

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I have non-itchy red spots on arms and legs, a couple on belly and side of torso. No fever. Fatigue, slightly swollen neck gland, back and head ache.

I have non-itchy red spots on arms and legs, a couple on belly and side of torso. No fever. Fatigue, slightly swollen neck gland, back and head ache.

Diagnosis uncertain: These lesions need to be visualized & a history needs to be obtained in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes lab testing or biopsy is necessary. ...Read more

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I have a itchy feeling in my throat/chest. Thoat feels swollen on outside. Popping in center of chest. Ears feels full of fluid. Headaches back head. ?

I have a itchy feeling in my throat/chest. Thoat feels swollen on outside. Popping in center of chest. Ears feels full of fluid. Headaches back head. ?

Close computer: and proceed to your local ER or UC clinic for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment: you must be examined asap. ...Read more

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Can an STD in your throat cause one side to be sore, one tonsil mildly swollen, with redness on the crown of your throat, and itchy?

Can an STD in your throat cause one side to be sore, one tonsil mildly swollen, with redness on the crown of your throat, and itchy?

Sore throat: It could be especially if there is alot of pus but it is much more likely to be from another bacteria. If it is on one side it could be an abscess and that needs drainage since antibiotics are less likely to work. All and all a trip to the MD is in order. ...Read more

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My hair falls in one small area which is red and itchy, i also have one swollen node on neck. What can I do?

My hair falls in one small area which is red and itchy, i also have one swollen node on neck. What can I do?

Skin infected & Hair: You need to be on medication to treat the skin infection. Once treated the hair will most likely grow back. Please get in to see your family doctor. ...Read more

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What causes little itchy bumps on the back of the neck?

Several causes: Little itchy bumps on the nape, several forms of dermatitis (skin inflammation), folliculitis (inflammation ofthe hair follicles) , ? Psoriasis ( a scaly skin condition), or seborrhea (part of it is dandruff) u may want 2 c ur 1ry md or a referral to a dermatologist 2 sort it out. ...Read more