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Why am I getting itchy and scaly skin around my neck?

Why am I getting itchy and scaly skin around my neck?

May be acanthosis: People who are heavy get a discolored velvety discoloration on the neck caused by a thickening of the skin. Keratolytics or peeling agents may be helpful. The definitive diagnosis and treatment would be made by dermatologist ...Read more

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Ichthyosis (Definition)

A skin disorder that leads to dead skin cells accumulating in thick, dry scales on the skin's surface. This is hereditary and can range ...Read more


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My neck/collar bone is very itchy but no rash or scaly skin. I do not wear jewelry or change soaps. Nothing seems to help (lotion, cortisone cream)?

My neck/collar bone is very itchy but no rash or scaly skin. I do not wear jewelry or change soaps. Nothing seems to help (lotion, cortisone cream)?

Have you worn any: New, especially unwashed, clothing? Have you switched from cotton clothing to wool? Any new foods, medications, change in your environment? It does sound like you are reacting to something. If you haven't already tried one of the non-sedating oral antihistamines, such as fexofenadine or loratidine, you may want to try one. If the symptoms still don't help, please discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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What is itchy, scaly, discolored skin around the neck?

See a dermatologist: It is difficult to make a proper diagnosis since I am not there to see the condition. I recommend seeing a dermatologist so that they can make a proper diagnosis and give you something to get rid of the condition or relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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What could dry, scaly, itchy red skin be, around the neck?

What could dry, scaly, itchy red skin be, around the neck?

Uncertain: This lesion would likely need to be examined and more history obtained to be able to provide you with useful input about the diagnosis or possible treatment. ...Read more

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I have pubic lice and scabies the skin on my neck very scaly and itchy?

I have pubic lice and scabies the skin on my neck very scaly and itchy?

Scabies/lice: Have you sought treatment for both at a primary care doctor's office? Try treating scabies along with everyone who lives in your house. Change sheets, and wash along with clothes towels, etc Apply thin layer of cream to complete skin surface of the body from the neck down and leave on overnight. Rinse 8-12 hours later. May repeat in 2 weeks if necessary. 5% permethrin cream.
Vacuum couches, etc ...Read more

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Difference between eczema and athletes foot? Between 2 of my toes is itchy and scaly skin, I've itched so much the skin is raw and bleeding a little

Difference between eczema and athletes foot? Between 2 of my toes is itchy and scaly skin, I've itched so much the skin is raw and bleeding a little

Itching: Can be a symptom in both athletes feet and eczema. Most Podiatrists can tell the difference on first glance, however if there is a question about it a skin biopsy can be taken. Most important is to get an accurate diagnosis or the proper treatment to prevent spreading and to prevent infection. ...Read more

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Will a hysterectomy and low-dose estogen cause dry, itchy, scaly skin?

Will a hysterectomy and low-dose estogen cause dry, itchy, scaly skin?

Lack of estrogen: A hysterectomy is not known to cause dry, itchy, and scaly skin. Lack of estrogen is. The fact that estrogen has been prescribed indicates that the woman was not yet in menopause and the ovaries were removed with the uterus, or she was in menopause already. A higher dose of estrogen may alleviate the symptoms. Also, thyroid disease can cause these symptoms, which a blood test can rule out. ...Read more

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What can cause dry, itchy, scaly skin that seems to be spreading on different parts of my legs?

Diagnosing rashes: Correctly diagnosing a rash requires a good history and a physical exam. You could have dry skin, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, a dermatophyte infection or a large number of other diagnoses. To get a diagnosis of any rash, you really need to see a physician. Start with your primary care doctor, and consider a dermatologist if s/he isn't sure what to recommend.. ...Read more

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A tiny itchy spot on my scalp drives me nuts, hair is missing from it, I keep picking off the itchy scaly skin but it comes back, what could it be?

A tiny itchy spot on my scalp drives me nuts, hair is missing from it, I keep picking off the itchy scaly skin but it comes back, what could it be?

Fungus or-: The first thing I would have a doctor check for is a skin fungus by looking through a woods lamp or taking some scrapings. It could be psoriasis, eczema or actinic keratosis with the loss of hair being related to you picking at it. It would need to be seen. ...Read more

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Iterrible eczema flare up, out of control dry, itchy, scaly skin. Hurts to take a shower because of open wounds & can't sleep at night. What can I use?

Iterrible eczema flare up, out of control dry, itchy, scaly skin. Hurts to take a shower because of open wounds & can't sleep at night. What can I use?

Very severe: Eczema that severe is likely to need professional and possibly systemic treatment. Please do see a dermatologist. Soothing unguents--like oatmeal-based cremes--may help a bit, but doubtfully enough. ...Read more

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Hi doctors. I have scaly eyelid and browridge, alongside red and itchy patches on my neck and ears. What can this be and how can u get rid of it?

Hi doctors. I have scaly eyelid and browridge, alongside red and itchy patches on my neck and ears. What can this be and how can u get rid of it?

Allergies: Patients with allergies can develop scaly, red and itchy skin around the eyes and on the eyelids from allergies. This skin condition is called allergic dermatitis or allergic eczema. Check your soap and shampoo and switch. You can use a hypoallergenic cream/lotion: cetaphil or lubriderm and consider contacting your medical doctor about taking allergy pills-such as Claritin (loratadine) or allegra. ...Read more

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I'm getting the same itchy spots on the back of my neck, they never have a head and the more I itch the larger they get help please?

I'm getting the same itchy spots on the back of my neck, they never have a head and the more I itch the larger they get help please?

Could be hives,: Which is an allergic reaction.See if they respond to anti-histamine. Next step would be cortisone cream. Pharmacist can recommend both. If no response or gets worse, see your Doc. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of an itchy rash with swelling on the back of my head near my neck?

How can I get rid of an itchy rash with swelling on the back of my head near my neck?

Get a diagnosis: Get a proper diagnosis. It could be fungal (tinea capitis) or bacterial (cellulitis) or allergic. These are all treated differently so it is important to know which one you have. ...Read more

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I get very dry, flakey itchy skin on my neck sometimes and it looks very red and irritated and won't go away even when I use lotion. What is this?

I get very dry, flakey itchy skin on my neck sometimes and it looks very red and irritated and won't go away even when I use lotion. What is this?

Eczema: 20 year old female gets dry, flakey itchy skin on neck sometimes and it looks very red and irritated; won't go away even when lotion applied; asks what it is. Eczema is the common name for skin conditions like this dry and flakey, sometimes itchy, and red with inflammation. Cause not very clear but associates with Allergies, Asthma, Hay fever, Family History or Stress. Many OTCs available/ see MD ...Read more

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Nwhenever I get very bad heartburn, I got itchy around my arms and neck, around my hair line, and my skin gets blotchy. Any idea why?

Nwhenever I get very bad heartburn, I got itchy around my arms and neck, around my hair line, and my skin gets blotchy. Any idea why?

May hv food allergy: The foods you're eating that's giving you heartburn, you may also be allergic to, without knowing it. So, it's best to see your doctor to have this worked up. If so, and if your body's releasing histamine in the process that can actually cause itching. So it's best to treat the cause first, so you can eliminate the heartburn, and also the itching. Go more towards an anti-inflammatory diet. ...Read more

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I get really itchy welts on my chest, forearms, neck and even my head where hair grows. I thought it could be scabies and I've used perthrim cream whi?

I get really itchy welts on my chest, forearms, neck and even my head where hair grows. I thought it could be scabies and I've used perthrim cream whi?

Scabies unlikely.: But it is a reason to have things evaluated. Mostly, reaction to a chemical exposure with/without sunlight sensitization effects. Can progress to a second degree burn or infection if the skin breaks open. But, if it is an allergic reaction to a medication, that needs to be fixed. And if it is sensitive skin, (mastocytosis) that needs to be fixed. And there's good treatment for it. ...Read more

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45 year old female. Scaly itchy sunburn like rash on both sides of the neck what is it?

45 year old female. Scaly itchy sunburn like rash on both sides of the neck what is it?

Poikiloderma: There are certain limitations imposed by this format which include the lack of a photograph of the skin lesions about which you requested information, So it's impossible to tell you the exact diagnosis and/or therapy, My Best advice would be to call and make an appointment with the dermatologist. There are many conditions which make neck rashes, so you need to have a dermatologist see the rash. ...Read more

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I have itchy red, scaly spots on my neck, back and shoulders and white blotchy spots on my back also?

I have itchy red, scaly spots on my neck, back and shoulders and white blotchy spots on my back also?

Itchy red spot dz: There is no way to diagnose you on the internet. You need eyeballs attached to a dermatologist, who will be better able to evaluate and treat you. ...Read more

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I think I have ringworm but I'm not sure. It's on the front of my neck. It looks like pictures I've seen but isn't itchy and not very scaly.

I think I have ringworm but I'm not sure. It's on the front of my neck. It looks like pictures I've seen but isn't itchy and not very scaly.

Still possible.: Could still be it. Could be something else as well. Unless you are immunocompromised a topical anti fungal such as terbinafine or miconazole should work well. Talk with your local pharmacist and use as directed. ...Read more

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What is this red round itchy scaly patch on the neck and nape. Tried clotrimazole. It subsides but then goes back. What causes it? How to cure it?

What is this red round itchy scaly patch on the neck and nape. Tried clotrimazole. It subsides but then goes back. What causes it? How to cure it?

Steroid cream?: The only way of diagnosing a skin lesion is to have a doctor look at it. But an itchy scaly patch sounds like it could be eczema or psoriasis. Using a steroid cream would help if it was. ...Read more

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I have a dry, itchy throat and ears. I scratch my throat till it hurts, and sometimes when I do this ill get a tiny white spot. Looks like dead skin?

I have a dry, itchy throat and ears. I scratch my throat till it hurts, and sometimes when I do this ill get a tiny white spot. Looks like dead skin?

See your doctor: You need to be examined, you may need prescription drugs, OTC antihistaminic and salt water gargles would help till you see your doctor, good luck ...Read more

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I have developed a rash on my neck. Red and blotchy in that not well defined edges. Gets worse with sun exposure. Not scaly, itchy or painful. Just red. Also have a lesion/sore in mouth on palate show up at same time. Unsure if related.?

I have developed a rash on my neck. Red and blotchy in that not well defined edges. Gets worse with sun exposure. Not scaly, itchy or painful. Just red. Also have a lesion/sore in mouth on palate show up at same time. Unsure if related.?

Unfortunately it: Will be impossible to diagnose you over the internet since we cannot see your rash or your oral lesion. These findings could easily be related to an autoimmune process or your medications. You need to make an appointment with your health care provider to discuss these new findings. Don't delay. ...Read more

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I have severe allergies &, in addition to headache/throat, sometimes skin around eyes itches & I get small, itchy bumps that last weeks. Causes? Cures?

I have severe allergies &, in addition to headache/throat, sometimes skin around eyes itches & I get small, itchy bumps that last weeks. Causes? Cures?

Cause:allergies: Cures:you symptoms points to allergies thus you need to see your primarymd to evaluate if you do have allergies and or irritants; what you are allergic to for avoidance, preventive measures, treatment and if you need further work up or a referral to an allergist. ...Read more

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Red itchy (scaly, dray skin) patches on my chest appearing, what is this?

Red itchy (scaly, dray skin) patches on my chest appearing, what is this?

Possibly eczema: There are many skin trashes that can match your description and it would be wise to see a doctor and get a diagnosis and treatment. Psoriasis or allergic dermatitis may also mimic what you have described. ...Read more

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I'v had itchy spots on my head and neck for more than a month, what to do? What is it?

I'v had itchy spots on my head and neck for more than a month, what to do? What is it?

New soap?: If you have started using a new soap, shampoo, hair spray, perfume or lotion, etc., that could be causing irritation. If that does not explain it and stopping it then cures your itching, see a doc. ...Read more