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Doctor insights on: Rash On The Back Of The Neck Along The Hairline

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Dr. John Chiu
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Skin Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


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Itchy rash on back of neck and in hairline also on lower back?

Itchy rash on back of neck and in hairline also on lower back?

Itchy back: You might be allergic to your shampoo or another hair care product. Without a medical exam it would be difficult to say. Consider using only a non sensitizing shampoo such as free and clear and avoid other treatments. If that doesn't work seek out a board certified allergist or dermatologist. ...Read more

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What causes bumps on the back of neck near hairline?

What causes bumps on the back of neck near hairline?

Have it evaluated.: There are many types and causes of skin rashes. 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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Lump on back of neck below hairline on the right side. Causes?

Lump on back of neck below hairline on the right side. Causes?

Different options: That area has a lot of things in it both in the skin and below it. Sweat glands, hair follicles and skin cysts as well as lymph nodes, fatty tissue, vessels, muscles and other things. Is the lump growing, inflamed, painful, painless, draining, recurrent or constant, moveable or fixed...? Each of these (and many more) will provide your doc the answers as to what it is and what needs to be done. ...Read more

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Hard immovable lump on back of neck near hairline (left side). Appeared last week and seems to change slightly in size. Should I worry?

Hard immovable lump on back of neck near hairline (left side).  Appeared last week and seems to change slightly in size.  Should I worry?

Yes, possibly!: You should see a primary care physician soon for a thorough evaluation. Your "lump" can be something common that doesn't necessarily need treatment (lipoma, sebaceous cyst) or something treatable (boil, abscess) or something potentially serious (enlarged lymph node) or something definitely serious (cancerous tumor). Since you are in Wash, DC, you can make appt to see me. ...Read more

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discovered a lymph node year ago, left side back of neck under hairline. I've been squeezing it ever since. It has gotten bigger. Should I be worried?

discovered a lymph node year ago, left side back of neck under hairline. I've been squeezing it ever since. It has gotten bigger. Should I be worried?

Can you leave it: alone?Certianly,stop squeezing it and monitor it's size.If enlarges,show your doc soon.If stays the same,point it out when you see your doc.Not to worry,unless you have more enlarged nodes,weight loss,night sweats,fever,rash,... ...Read more

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16 year old female extremly bad headache knot on bottom of the hairline back of neck moves around when I rub it ?

16 year old female extremly bad headache knot on bottom of the hairline back of neck moves around when I rub it ?

Too vague: It may be muscular (spasm or cramp) or could be a lymph node or a growth. See a doctor. Try applying heat to the area and using Excedrin advil or aleve (naproxen). But you should have it checked out if it doesn't clear up in a day or two. ...Read more

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Pls help, I have a painful, pea sized lump on LHS back of neck, 1cm below hairline. Health has been poor and glands under neck seem enlarged, esp RHS?

Pls help, I have a painful, pea sized lump on LHS back of neck, 1cm below hairline. Health has been poor and glands under neck seem enlarged, esp RHS?

Lymph nodes: enlargement of local lymph nodes may be due to local infection and may get better with the use of antibiotics. please see a physician, you may have a simple easily treatable problem like local infection ...Read more

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Hard lump in back of neck one inch from hairline in trapezius or between sternocleidomastoid. Have had for a year and I tense my shoulders, what is it?

Hard lump in back of neck one inch from hairline in trapezius or between sternocleidomastoid. Have had for a year and I tense my shoulders, what is it?

Many possibilities: How big? increasing in size? painful? history of infections? history of cancer? how deep? what does it feel like? swollen lymph nodes in the area? redness to the skin? does it move or is it fixed in position? drainage? fever? itching? fatigue? Large number of possibilities, benign cyst, fatty lump (lipoma), enlarged lymph node would be common, have a doctor check it. Most serious, but rare, cancer ...Read more

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Severe pain on back of neck on the right side stemming from hairline to the entire length. Small lump at top. No recent trauma. Any ideas what it is?

Severe pain on back of neck on the right side stemming from hairline to the entire length. Small lump at top. No recent trauma. Any ideas what it is?

Texting syndrome?: At your age, if you tend to use the smart phone or other device while looking down, most likely your muscles in the neck are in spasm which can lead to headaches at the hairline level where the muscles attach. The lump could be very likely a muscle band that is tight. Use moist heat. Avoid prolonged bending of the neck such as in texting. Texting Syndrome is a real entity and is a recent phenomeno ...Read more

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Nervous.Woke up and felt raised hard pea size lump on back of neck near hairline.Saw nurse practicioner same day.She says bug bite.Sounds wrong.Ideas?

Nervous.Woke up and felt raised hard pea size lump on back of neck near hairline.Saw nurse practicioner same day.She says bug bite.Sounds wrong.Ideas?

Keep an eye on it. : I would just keep an eye on it. If it resolves(which may take weeks to months), i would not worry. However, if it grows or multiplies i would go back to my medical provider. ...Read more

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Itchy bumps at back of neck near hairline losing hair what could this be? Could it be sebhorreic dermatitis?

Itchy bumps at back of neck near hairline losing hair what could this be? Could it be sebhorreic dermatitis?

Eczema or contact: This can be either eczema or contact dermatitis. Do you color your hair? See a dermatologist or allergist. You may need to have a patch test to rule out contact allergies. Any itchy rashes any where else can indicate eczema. ...Read more

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I have a pea sized lump behind right ear at hairline and lump on back of neck right side. What could this be?

I have a pea sized lump behind right ear at hairline and lump on back of neck right side. What could this be?

Cyst/node: The lesion behind the ear could be a sebaceous cyst (when sweat gland gets plugged & forms a cyst), the neck could also be a cyst but enlarged lymph node (may be indicative of underlying inflammation/infection) needs to be considered also. Would recommend evaluation with a Physician. ...Read more

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A sore bump on back of neck in hairline and a bump making watery yellow sticky liquid my doc said probably infected spot that I scratched off? Ideas?

A sore bump on back of neck in hairline and a bump making watery yellow sticky liquid my doc said probably infected spot that I scratched off? Ideas?

Abscess?: In general, people can get small abscesses on the back of their necks. It consists of a small collection of infected fluid under the skin. The human body can resolve it on its own if its small but if it gets bigger, then it needs to be drained. ...Read more

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Hive like bumps on ankle and hands not itchy anymore. Pea sized mass back of neck under hairline kinda movable. Leukemia or lymphoma all Im 18 scared?

Hive like bumps on ankle and hands not itchy anymore. Pea sized mass back of neck under hairline kinda movable. Leukemia or lymphoma all Im 18 scared?

Hives are generally: itchy, but may not be any longer, if you're taking an antihistamine. However, this rash may not be hives; it is difficulty knowing without seeing it. The lump at the back of your neck is most likely a lymph node and likely not cancer....however, you really should see your doctor to check both of these issues to be properly diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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Have a rash on left arm that was originally from mosquito bite now spread on arm back of neck and ears no where else .I have had similar rashes.. ?

Have a rash on left arm that was originally from mosquito bite now spread on arm back of neck and ears no where else .I have had similar rashes.. ?

Skeeter Syndrome: The skeeter syndrome is an allergic reaction to mosquito bites, and is characterized by inflammatory processes and fever. The condition develops because of allergenic polypeptides present in the saliva of the mosquito and hence, is not infectious. ...Read more

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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more