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My chest and up my neck itches and burns so bad! What can I use to stop this?

My chest and up my neck itches and burns so bad! What can I use to stop this?

See your doctor: You may have a skin condition that needs treatment and follow up by your doctor. You may have anything from an allergy to one of many forms of dermatitis. Your doctor will get you started on a plan to feel and look better. ...Read more

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Itch (Definition)

An itch is an irritating sensation that causes one to have the urge ...Read more


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I've noticed for the past 2 weeks I have these small red patches with bumps above my chest and it itches occasionally.?

I've noticed for the past 2 weeks I have these small red patches with bumps above my chest and it itches occasionally.?

Red patches on chest: Could be eczema or a fungal infection (tinea). Could try OTC antifungal and on top if it a OTC topical steroid and see if resolves. If eczema may be primary skin issue or allergic reaction to dryness, foods,) or I have seen it with strep. F/u/ w/ doc ...Read more

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I've noticed for the past 2 weeks I have these small red patches with bumps scattered above my chest and it itches occasionally. What could this be?

I've noticed for the past 2 weeks I have these small red patches with bumps scattered above my chest and it itches occasionally. What could this be?

Needs To Be Checked: It may be an allergic type of rash as it itches too. It.But it needs to be checked visually and since it has been there for two weeks & has not cleared. If it was due to a viral infection, it would have cleared in two weeks. Also it can be. Due to some insect bites. Thrre are other causes but in those cases there will be other co existing symptoms. And you have not mentioned any. Get it checked byMD ...Read more

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I have a cough that itches n hurts slightly in my chest and I have a cough even when I'm not sick and I'm a smoker could it b phnumonia?

I have a cough that itches n hurts slightly in my chest and I have a cough even when I'm not sick and I'm a smoker could it b phnumonia?

Chest Cough - cause?: So, without a list of other associated signs & symptoms, I could not safely or professionally diagnose pneumonia in a such a setting. Ur q says ur a smoker, but profile says non-smoker. Smokers may develop cough over time, as well as, ironically, brief exacerbation of cough when they try to quit or cut back smoking. Don't be discouraged! Quitting is by far the healthiest thing you can do! D/w pcp. ...Read more

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Today started coughing now wheezing and my chest itches inside what could this mean?

Today started coughing now wheezing and my chest itches inside what could this mean?

Depends: If you have felt like this before and it passed in a few days with some rest and home care, try that again. If it is worse, see a doctor for exam and treatment. Wheezing can be serious - so can the other symptoms if they are out of the ordinary for you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have had this rash which seems to be spreading only on my chest and back. It occasionally itches as well. Any ideas?

I have had this rash which seems to be spreading only on my chest and back. It occasionally itches as well. Any ideas?

Pityriasis Rosea: Pityriasis Rosea Rash is a rash that starts on the trunk and spreads. This is one likely possibility. It is a very benign condition. The course of the rash however can be a bit prolonged 4-6 weeks. In some it can persist even longer, up to 3-4 months. A certain diagnosis would require an in person examination. ...Read more

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What causes rash on neck and chest? Itches

Many factors: Try to see what has changed - anew shirt, clothing that touches the neck area, new detergents, not rinsing off the laundry detergent properly, etc. If persists then seek help of a physician who can help control symptoms while a work up is started. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has some dark and light spots he says that it itches and is spreading someone told me it was overgrowth of yeast backan chest?

My boyfriend has some dark and light spots he says that it itches and is spreading someone told me it was overgrowth of yeast backan chest?

Tinea Versicolor: Tinea versicolor is a rash that occurs after the normal skin yeasts, pityrosporum orbiculare or pityrosporum ovale, transform to a pathogenic form and turn off melanin-producing cells in the skin. Because the yeast inhabits the top layer of the skin, topical antifungal medications are very effective. If the rash is extensive, oral antifungal medications may be needed. ...Read more

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I have a seb. Cyst on my chest that was infected 2 weeks ago. It got better but not gone. Now I have a rash that itches all around the cyst.

I have a seb. Cyst on my chest that was infected 2 weeks ago. It got better but not gone. Now I have a rash that itches all around the cyst.

Need more info: The rash could be an allergy to a topical medicine you used, or to a bandage. Sebaceous cysts recur if not fully removed. Could it be infected again? ...Read more

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Woke up with a slight rash&a few bumps on chest. Keeps getting worse, itches horribly&burns. No new exposures. What could have caused this? HELP??

Woke up with a slight rash&a few bumps on chest. Keeps getting worse, itches horribly&burns. No new exposures. What could have caused this? HELP??

Many possible causes: Itchy spots can be from many causes, such as: hives, viral infections, other infections, medication causes, hot-tub rashes, heat rashes, reactions to creams / lotions, allergic reactions to various things (including foods), internal disorders (such as kidney disease, auto-immune disease), etc... That means a rash that persists or is worrisome in appearance should be checked by a doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I have red acne on chest that itches?

What to do if I have red acne on chest that itches?

Manage it: Acne on the trunk usually requires both a topical such as benzoyl peroxide and systemic Rx suc has an antibiotic for at least a while. If it itches, you may be allergic to the bacteria -- or it may be someting other than acne. Dermatitis herpetiformis can do this. Your physician is your best guide. ...Read more

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14 yr old bro has a thew spots on back and he always finds them itchy he even saids his chest itches abit

14 yr old bro has a thew spots on back and he always finds them itchy he even saids his chest itches abit

Need photo or exam: Skin lesions that itch suggest atopic dermatitis, contact allergic rash, fungal infection such as tinea versicolor or pityriasis, so I suggest an exam by you doctor or dermatologist if these persist. ...Read more

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I have to big dark brown moles in between my chest every so often the one really itches and leave a red mark what could it be?

I have to big dark brown moles in between my chest every so often the one really itches and leave a red mark what could it be?

Moles: Dark areas on the body that itch and appear red should be evaluated by a dermatologist. At times moles or seborrheic keratoses may appear dark brown. A dermatologist can make sure they are not cancerous and can offer treatment options. ...Read more

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I have a blood red colored spot in the center of my chest, two inches above my nipples about 3/8 of an inch round the area itches

I have a blood red colored spot in the center of my chest, two inches above my nipples about 3/8 of an inch round the area itches

This: This could be a cherry angioma, irritated nevus, psoriatic patch, etc. There are multiple possibilities. The only way to be sure is to have it checked out by your doctor or dermatologist.
You may even need a biopsy if the doctor deems it necessary. If the itching bothers you try over the counter Hydrocortisone cream or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as directed.
Best of luck. ...Read more

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When I get hot, my body stings and it itches. I tend to get black marks. I don't think it's heat hives. I get these marks on my back and chest. Help?

When I get hot, my body stings and it itches. I tend to get black marks. I don't think it's heat hives. I get these marks on my back and chest. Help?

More details.: How long have you had this problem? Are the marks black and not red at all? How long does each of the mark stay with you? Do these marks appear when you are exercising or taking a hot shower or only during the cooling down period? ...Read more

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When I run I get intense stinging itches randomly around my body but mosly in the chest area and also my scalp, then when I swear a lot more it fades.

When I run I get intense stinging itches randomly around my body but mosly in the chest area and also my scalp, then when I swear a lot more it fades.

May be miliaria: May be a form of miliara (heat rash). A primary care doctor or dermatologist may help prevent and treat the symptoms. Keeping the skin surface intact and healthy is important, so try to avoid over-scratching. What happens during exercise (presuming you sweat and not swear, to stop the itch) is that the sweat glands are blocked at first (causing symptoms), but once sweating freely, it feels better. ...Read more

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I have a keloid in my upper chest and back shoulder which itches and at times irritate what can I do to get rid of it?

I have a keloid in my upper chest and back shoulder which itches and at times irritate what can I do to get rid of it?

Improve, yes...: But get rid of, no (this applies to all scars.) true keloids can be very difficult to deal with. They are more common in people with darkly pigmented skin and are characterized by scarring that exceeds the boundaries of the original wound. Numerous options exist including pressure, steroid injection, low dose radiation, and others. See a plastic surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read more

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For a couple years now I have had extreme itches on my chest, arms, calfs, and back just after I break a sweat, please help me. Thanks?

"heat rash? ": When you get this rash, get an appt so the dr can see it, and then the diagnosis would be made and the best treatment could start. If only when sweating, possibly it is a type of minor heat rash that itches. Stress can also cause itching, called stress urticaria, and meds such as Hydroxyzine hcl, which are fda approved for both anxiety and itching can help. Good luck. ...Read more

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All over body pain and unexplained bruising. All tests come back normal. The bruises on my chest itches and is painful. What could be wrong?

All over body pain and unexplained bruising. All tests come back normal. The bruises on my chest itches and is painful. What could be wrong?

We Can Not Guess: We can not guess what could be wrong with you without more detailed history, pysical exam and what tests you have had. And what if any treatment has been recommended by your treating doctor who ordered the tests you state. I will follow up with the doctor or consult a dermatologist for secong opinion ...Read more

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The rash on my chest is red and it goes to skin colored as it heads to my right and itches whether I put neo or lotion. I need to know. Please help?

The rash on my chest is red and it goes to skin colored as it heads to my right and itches whether I put neo or lotion. I need to know. Please help?

Dr. Can look at it: Red spots can be from many causes, such as: viral infections, other infections, medication causes, strep throat, hot-tub rashes, heat rashes, reactions to creams / lotions, allergic reactions to various things (including foods), internal disorders (such as kidney disease, auto-immune disease), etc... That means any rash that persists or is worrisome in appearance needs to be checked by a doctor. ...Read more

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I'm having severe pain in my right side-- chest, under my armpit, my shoulder blade. Not only is it painful, but it itches (especially on my right?

I'm having severe pain in my right side-- chest, under my armpit, my shoulder blade. Not only is it painful, but it itches (especially on my right?

Consider shingles?: The earliest symptom of 'shingles' or reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (previously caused chickenpox) ---is severe pain along a nerve path (dermatome) before the typical rash is apparent. The shingles can affect a nerve path stretching from one side of the chest wall through the armpit and back to shoulder blade. But, there are many other causes of chest/shoulder pain -see a doctor soon! ...Read more

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My 6 years old has symmetrical rash on his low part of chest /abdomen it is small sized red rash that not itches or doesn't induce pain what can it be?

My 6 years old has symmetrical rash on his low part of chest /abdomen it is small sized red rash that not itches or doesn't induce pain what can it be?

Call pediatrician: This could be lots of things including viral, bacterial, allergic, immune related, contact rash, other. Call doc, needs to be seen to be diagnosed. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of the rash on my chest from my allergic reaction to icy hot? It burns and itches

Irritant Dermatitis: Otc Hydrocortisone and/or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream can help unless you have any open sores. I would also recommend using an otc oral antihistamine to decrease the itch associated with this. If it spreads or worsens, then it could also be infected. Be vigilant and keep a diary if it persists so you can tell your doctor about this. Also, a picture is worth a 1, 000 words to a doctor. ...Read more

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When ringworm on chest will go away? It has been on the skin for 6 days and still itches even if I put clotrimazole on it.

Get the cavalry.: Resistant fungal infections might require stronger antifungals or even oral antifungals to make them go away. Some creams are combo steroids/antifungals which attack the inflammation problem and the fungal problem. Your doctor can help you with this. Keep area dry. ...Read more

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My chest area itches when I sneeze & (sometimes) cough. Sometimes I don't & it itches. Rarely happens any other season but spring. Allergies? Help!

Allergic Rhinitis: The symptoms of itching, sneezing, coughing during the spring season is suggestive for seasonal allergic rhinitis with tree pollen trigger. It is best to confirm this diagnosis with an Allergist who can perform skin or blood testing to confirm. Treatment includes avoidance measures, OTC antihistamines, and daily intranasal steroid spray like fluticasone. ...Read more