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Itchy skin high in rib cage near collarbone. Red bumps on pink base?

Itchy skin high in rib cage near collarbone. Red bumps on pink base?

Many possibilities: If the rash is localized to that area, it is most likely an allergic or irritant reaction to something that came in contact with your skin. But without seeing it, we can't be more specific than that. ...Read more

Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
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Itchy Rash (Definition)

Most itchy rashes are called eczema or dermatitis. Both are due to ...Read more


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Hi!, On the right side of my rib cage, closer to my back and an inch above the bottom of my ribs, I have an itchy patch. The skin feels completely nor?

Hi!, On the right side of my rib cage, closer to my back and an inch above the bottom of my ribs, I have an itchy patch. The skin feels completely nor?

? Herald patch: Of a condition called pityriasis rosea, or may be something else as local irritation to a garment. If really bothersome, see your doctor, ...Read more

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Have rib cage pain on the left side. Skin feels warm and itchy but no rash. Pain is more of a constant irritation.

Have rib cage pain on the left side. Skin feels warm and itchy but no rash. Pain is more of a constant irritation.

Gentle massage: Sounds like muscle strain, suggest cool - warm compresses gentle massage, if skin related, moisturizing lotion will help. If persistent then see your Dr for a hands on evaluation ...Read more

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Itchy bumps or some times just really itchy. Managed to pick what looked like what I thought was small flakes of dry skin but looked closer and looked more like skin tags just super tiny. Found some on side of rib cage close to the arm pit, inner thy, an

Itchy bumps or some times just really itchy. Managed to pick what looked like what I thought was small flakes of dry skin but looked closer and looked more like skin tags just super tiny. Found some on side of rib cage close to the arm pit, inner thy, an

Dry skin?: From your description, the problem appears to be what is called keratosis pilaris. Skin tags have a stem. I would suggest that you try applying a moisturizer on your body within 3 mins after bathing and perhaps another application with or without bathing 12 hrs later and see if you can see improvement after about a week. If not, consult a dermatologist. Avoid scented or anti-bacterial soap. ...Read more

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Chest is itchy inside, burping all the time, I have a hiatal hernia woulf acid cause itchy skin or chest, and what can I do to prevent acid?

Use Antacids: There are several good antacids that you can choose from but take daily.
Zantac of Pepcid is one of the older class, cheap antacid. More modern ones are Omeprazole or Nexium (esomeprazole) which are mor epotent in controlling acid completely. ...Read more

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Sudden onset dry itchy skin on face/chest and isolated patches on arms. Recently tested for hypothyroidism, one test normal, other high. Poss cause?

Sudden onset dry itchy skin on face/chest and isolated patches on arms. Recently tested for hypothyroidism, one test normal, other high. Poss cause?

Xerosis: Xerosis or dryness of the skin can have multiple causes including vitamin deficiencies or hypothyroidism. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and take a multivitamin supplement with vitamin a, biotin and zinc. Also, follow up with an endocrinologist to make sure you don't need thyroid hormone supplement. Moisturizer with aveeno (oatmeal) or other sensitive skin moisturizer. ...Read more

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I have herpes & currently have an itchy skin rash on my neck & chest. Is it a result of herpes or something else? Been under a lot of stress lately.

I have herpes & currently have an itchy skin rash on my neck & chest. Is it a result of herpes or something else? Been under a lot of stress lately.

Herpes: No. Herpes is not a rash that is extensive. It is a small very painful cluster of blisters. Now, reactivated Chicken Pox, or SHINGLES, can be a one sided extensive rash. But, it usually includes very painful blisters. ...Read more

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6yr old dry non productive cough all the time as well as itchy skin, Dr said no asthma & no infection or anything on chest. Piriton doesn't seem 2 hel?

6yr old dry non productive cough all the time as well as itchy skin, Dr said no asthma & no infection or anything on chest. Piriton doesn't seem 2 hel?

See allergist: As you do not have asthma, infection and your chest is clear, but cough and itchy skin may be due to allergy which is not getting better with piriton. There are test to find allergy to plants, food, dust. Consult an allergist get investigated for allergy and get proper treatment. Hope you get relief. ...Read more

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Red very itchy rash dr aid she didn't know what it is all over back chest inner thigh neck arms shoulders had for two days bad itchy skin

Red very itchy rash dr aid she didn't know what it is all over back chest inner thigh neck arms shoulders had for two days bad itchy skin

Many possibilities: There are many things that could cause the skin to itch. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Very itchy skin feels like stings and they look like tiny pimples red and turn brown after itched all over my body everywhere chest stomach hands legs?

Very itchy skin feels like stings and they look like tiny pimples red and turn brown after itched all over my body everywhere chest stomach hands legs?

Need eval: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more

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Burning sensation in lower left side below rib cage and goes to the lower left back side. It sometimes stingy/itchy and I am burping alot. Cause?

Burning sensation in lower left side below rib cage and goes to the lower left back side. It sometimes stingy/itchy and I am burping alot. Cause?

GERD a Possibility: GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease) could be causing your symptoms. This is when acid in the stomach goes up into the esophagus and causes pain. It's also possible you have a hiatal hernia, which can cause similar symptoms. I recommend you see your family doctor when possible. ...Read more

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What are some causes for symptoms of itchy lungs/rib cage sensation on the inside?? Not external : (I noticed that it only happens when I have the flu

What are some causes for symptoms of itchy lungs/rib cage sensation on the inside?? Not external : (I noticed that it only happens when I have the flu

Allergies/reaction: This sensation of itchiness can be caused by allergies. If it is only happening when you have the flu then it is probably caused by your bodies reaction to the infection. When we get infected our immune system sends out cells that release substances to rid us of the infection. Sometimes these substances cause inflammation and itchiness as part of the healing process. ...Read more

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Hi about a week ago ive been getting an itchy/ tingling sensation I would say on my sides where my rib cage is located. It only happens when I sneeze. Help?

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Hi about a week ago ive been getting an itchy/ tingling sensation I would say on my sides where my rib cage is located. It only happens when I sneeze. Help?

Unusual: Some people with allergies experience itching under the chin prior to onset of nasal symptoms. However it is possible although unusual for the itching to start at the rib cage area. Have you tried an antihistamine? ...Read more

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Numb tingling itchy feeling on left rib cage with a small lump?

Numb tingling itchy feeling on left rib cage with a small lump?

Well: The best thing to do would be to see your doctor for exam. The lump has to be examined and the can see if the itching and numbness are related to the lump ...Read more

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I have a firm lump in middle of rib cage above belly and below chest and its become itchy on outside what could this be?

I have a firm lump in middle of rib cage above belly and below chest and its become itchy on outside what could this be?

Xyphoid bone: The location you describe is at the end of your sternum. Occasionally the xyphoid, (small bone/cartilage) at the end of sternum will dislocate and form a bump/lump. It is benign condition. A lateral chest x-ray should be able to show this condition. Okay to ask your doc at next visit. ...Read more

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Does itchy, uncomfortable pinch on my upper right side near rib cage correlates to stomach acid problem? Especially laying with stomach down

Does itchy, uncomfortable pinch on my upper right side near rib cage correlates to stomach acid problem? Especially laying with stomach down

Stomach acid: If the pain is in the upper right abdomen, it's not likely due to stomach acid. The upper right abdomen is where your gall bladder is. Your stomach is more central in your upper abdomen, and off to the left a bit. Stomach acid tends to cause heartburn, or burning behind your breast bone. ...Read more

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I have a small bump on the right side of the stomach (right under my rib cage) that looks similar to a mosquito bite but isn't itchy and isn't hard.

I have a small bump on the right side of the stomach (right under my rib cage) that looks similar to a mosquito bite but isn't itchy and isn't hard.

Rash: Sounds like you have a rash of some sort. This isn't much information to go by, TBH. You might have an ingrown hair or plugged follicle or it might simply have been a small irritation. Simply put, if it is an inconvenience or an issue, have a doctor look at it ...Read more

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Thin blue veins showing up under my armpit. Down my rib cage. And chest. Also itchy arm pit. I am a male. Please help!

Thin blue veins showing up under my armpit. Down my rib cage. And chest. Also itchy arm pit. I am a male. Please help!

Collateral veins: Non specific and would need an exam but could be related to central vein blockage. Bodybuilder can get them. Would follow up with md. ...Read more

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Symptoms: left axillary mass for 5 months, itchy arms, pain in right should blade/between should blades, aching in right rib cage, fatigue, body aches?

Symptoms: left axillary mass for 5 months, itchy arms, pain in right should blade/between should blades, aching in right rib cage, fatigue, body aches?

See physician: Axillary mass present for 5 months is not normal, no matter what the other symptoms. The mass could represent chronic infection or tumor. Should have physical examination by physician and then usually imaging studies which may include ct, mr, and possibly bone scan or pet. ...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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What could cause red itchy skin everywhere?

Allergy: This could represent allergic reaction to food, medication, infection or external reaction. A careful history and exam are necessary to offer approriate treatment. ...Read more

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Can hormones cause itchy skin?

Can hormones cause itchy skin?

Yes: Itchy skin is a common problem for women who are perimenopausal or menopausal. Hormones do help but are usually not used unless you have more severe symptoms. Ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Infection can cause itchy skin?

Infection can cause itchy skin?

Not usually alone: Skin infections typically cause painful red swollen skin. Itching of the skin is usually caused by dermatitis and allergies. ...Read more

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What mind be the causes of itchy skin spots?

What mind be the causes of itchy skin spots?

Itchy Spots: If the spots appear on a person's face, neck, or trunk the culprit may be acne. Itchy spots that show up on someone's hands or feet may indicate either eczema or psoriasis, or allergy. If itchy spots occur on skin in the genital area, they may be caused by molluscum, lichen planus, scabies, or pubic hair lice. On the scalp, itchy spots may be seborrheic dermatitis or allergy. Medications can itch. ...Read more

Itchy Skin (Definition)

Often pertains to skin that is dry and ...Read more