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I have a lump at the back of my neck , it itches what could it be?

I have a lump at the back of my neck , it itches what could it be?

Depends on the cause: 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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I have a lump on the back of my neck it's painful and itches what could it be? 

I have a lump on the back of my neck it's painful and itches what could it be? 

Cyst, abscess?: This is a common area for an ingrown hair or sweat gland which can get inflammed, swollen, and irritated. Rarely it could also be an infection. See your doctor it may be a cyst that needs to be removed or an infection that needs to be draind. In the meantime, use warm compresses and try to avoid squeezing or poking at it. ...Read more

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Back and sides of neck itches. turns red and feels kind of like a sunburn. For a couple of weeks now. Gets worse wearing my scarves and a sweatshirt ?

Back and sides of neck itches.  turns red and feels kind of like a sunburn. For a couple of weeks now. Gets worse wearing my scarves and a sweatshirt ?

This sounds like: a contact rash, possibly from your scarves. Is the rash anywhere else? How long does it last? I would recommend having it checked by your doctor. Or if you are a HealthTap Prime member, getting a consult where you can send a photo to one of us. You can also try not wearing the scarves and see if it goes away. Antihistamines may help temporarily. ...Read more

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My back itches and sometimes there's small bums. It also affects the back of my neck & scalp. I will scratch till my skin bleeds. Normal?

My back itches and sometimes there's small bums. It also affects the back of my neck & scalp. I will scratch till my skin bleeds. Normal?

Dry skin - showers?: The most common cause is dryness of the skin precipitated by showers. After each shower, rub lotion such as Cetaphil or Aveena on back and legs to moisturize skin. If this doesn't resolve the problem within two weeks, consult a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Have a rash that keeps reappearing in different locations such as my fore arm, back, and neck, it itches and burns could this br from stress?

Have a rash that keeps reappearing in different locations such as my fore arm, back, and neck, it itches and burns could this br from stress?

Possible: Possibly but without an in office exam impossible to tell if it's from stress or something that stress is making worse. ...Read more

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Live in mid-fl. In yard clearing brush when bit on back of neck. After 24 hrs, swelling as big as silver dollar, still itches. Am anaphylaxic?

Live in mid-fl. In yard clearing brush when bit on back of neck. After 24 hrs, swelling as big as silver dollar, still itches. Am anaphylaxic?

Likely not: It looks like you have local reaction to some insect bites. I don't see you mention about problems breathing, diffused rashes or hives, and abdominal pain other GI symptoms so you don't have anaphylaxis. The bite site can last for a few days. Try warm compress. If it get worse, you might have cellulitis and need to be seen by a physician. ...Read more

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How can I make the pain go away? I have developed some red bumps on the back of my neck. It never itches but i was unable to sleep last night because it felt as if little ants were constantly biting at the area on the back of my neck. Any idea what this c

How can I make the pain go away? I have developed some red bumps on the back of my neck. It never itches but i was unable to sleep last night because it felt as if little ants were constantly biting at the area on the back of my neck. Any idea what this c

It : It sounds like you could be dealing with something called herpes zoster or shingles. This is a rash that can be painful and can appear like red blisters on the skin. It is caused by a reactivation of the varicella-zoster virus, the virus that causes chickenpox. Otherwise you could be dealing with a dermatitis or infectious process. It is very difficult to say without actually seeing the lesions in question. Please see your doctor right away. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Periodic rash on stomach and back of legs that itches terribly and oozes. Sometimes on back of neck as well. What could this be?

Tough question: Tough question. The differential is broad. Contact dermatitis or eczema may be the cause. Your primary doctor or dermatologist should be able to diagnose and prescribe a trial of intervention. ...Read more

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Red pimple like blistery rash. Stings and itches horribly. Always occurs on hairline, scalp, base of neck, back/tail bone and is symmetrical on body?

Red pimple like blistery rash.  Stings and itches horribly. Always occurs on hairline, scalp, base of neck, back/tail bone and is symmetrical on body?

Rashes: Rashes are almost impossible to diagnos without seeing them. I would advise seeing your primary provider or urgent care especially with it being pimply and blistering. Concern for skin infection. Please be seen ...Read more

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My joints in my wrists, knees, feet, a bit in my neck/back, and are sorswollen. My skin itches. I have a lump behind my ear. Blood wk ok. What is it?

My joints in my wrists, knees, feet, a bit in my neck/back, and are sorswollen. My skin itches. I have a lump behind my ear. Blood wk ok. What is it?

Aches: Could be a lot of things. The itch and lump may not be related which confuses matters. Would be useful to know what labs you've had that were normal. Viral illnesses can do weird things to adults, include make your joints swell and your skin itch. I'd be concerned if you were having fevers or losing weight unexpectedly. ...Read more

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I have sinus and when the weather changes from hot to cold the back of my throat itches. Why and any solutions?

Allergies ?: You are describing a seasonal change that causes mainly throat irritation from your report. This could be seasonal allergy irritation of the throat, but could also be due to the change in temperature. The itchiness would probably respond to an otc allergy medication. For more information, you need to see md and give more details on symptoms. An exam and possibly allergy testing would be indicated. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my inner ear itches and when it does the back of my throat does too?

Eustachian tube: You may have some bacteria in the eustachian tube area. Get a rx for Peridex (chlorhexidine gluconate) from your dentist. This is a liquid that you can have soak (not swish) in you mouth to disable bacteria and assist in the healing of irritated and sore tissue. The nih results was that this solution will soak into the tissue and time release over the next 12 hours. ...Read more