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Why does my skin on my chest and shoulders itch when I get hot or sweat?

Why does my skin on my chest and shoulders itch when I get hot or sweat?

? Prickly heat: It is possible that what you are describing is also called "prickly heat". It is also known as miliaria rubra. This is when the pores in the skin become blocked and sweat cannot come out easily. This can cause itching and sometimes red bumps. The problem usually gets better when you have cooled off. Based on your brief description this would be my first thought. ...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 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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Why do I feel slight burning sensations and itching at legs, chest and head when they are exposed to sun, heat or sweat or when I'm anxious?

Why do I feel slight burning sensations and itching at legs, chest and head when they are exposed to sun, heat or sweat or when I'm anxious?

See a dr.: You may have sensitivity to heat or sunlight that is exacerbated by anxiety or stress. Try to wear a hat and sunscreen when you are outdoors and stay well-hydrated. Make sure you see a physician to get assessed for any other causes of your symptoms. You may have neuropathy to do other reasons. ...Read more

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Earlier I was crying and started itching my skin, Now I noticed petechia on my breast/shoulder, Is that odd? Does that happen? How long does it last?

Common: It is not unusual to develop petechia as a result of scratching the skin - the duration of the petechia depends on how vigorously you scratch. It can last a few minutes, a few hours, or a few days. ...Read more

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Small dot red rash between my breast that itches. I get pimples there when I sweat but never anything like this. It also got a lil crust after itching?

Small dot red rash between my breast that itches. I get pimples there when I sweat but never anything like this. It also got a lil crust after itching?

Yeast infection?: Yeast loves to grow in warm, dark, moist places on your body. It could be a yeast infection. A staph infection is another possibility. You could try treating it with a yeast-cream. If it doesn't go away, you might need an antibacterial ointment such as Mupirocin (Need a prescription). Ultimately, if it doesn't go away, its best to have a doc look at it and recommend treatment. ...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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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?

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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Red rash in between pecs for 2 days. I wear tight fitting vest and my chest sweats at work. No pain, only itches. Tiny blisters. Defined borders.

See Your Doctor Now: The info you give suggests Folliculitis, a bacterial skin infection due to friction trauma to your skin from wearing tight clothing; now infected with bacteria. Itching is common. To prevent in future: wash with soap/water daily after work, dry & air-dry well, apply powder before work. Visual inspection is needed to correctly diagnose your rash; antibiotic may also be needed. See your doctor now. ...Read more

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Sometimes my skin (back, shoulders, chest) feels like it is being pricked with needles and then itches really bad. Should I see a doctor?

Sometimes my skin (back, shoulders, chest) feels like it is being pricked with needles and then itches really bad. Should I see a doctor?

Itching: Do you have a rash? If so probably seeing a provider would help. Is you skin dry? You want to try some moisturizing cream and see if that alleviates the itching. Medicines and medical problems can cause itching. For example people with liver problems can itch. ...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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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 skin itches all the time at night and it feels like something is crawling on me I don't see any bugs could it be from sweat or the detergent I use?

My skin itches all the time at night and it feels like something is crawling on me I don't see any bugs could it be from sweat or the detergent I use?

See your physician: While itching may just be a sign of skin dryness it can also be a sign of internal disease. You should see your doctor who can draw blood work and get a chest x ray. ...Read more

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Why does my sweat irritates and itches my skin?

Why does my sweat irritates and itches my skin?

Mostly from drying: There is that histamine release in people who exercise for the first time after prolonged time of not doing it. This opens up the blood vessels to allow evaporation and get rid of the heat. The histamine is an allergy component that allows other same chemicals to be released and cause itching but the drying and evaporation also causes the itching effect. ...Read more

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My son continuously itches his hair and head especially when he sweats. He has no lice and no dandruff. What might be causing it?

My son continuously itches his hair and head especially when he sweats. He has no lice and no dandruff. What might be causing it?

Possible Fungus: Of the 5 common causes for itchy scalp (Seborrhea (dandruf), Psoriasis (inflammation), Fungus (ring worm), Head Lice, and Allergy), Fungal seems most likely. Try using an Anti-fungal shampoo or scalp cream. The pharmacist should be able to point out one that is safe for your son's age. Follow the directions on the shampoo. If this does not help, you should have his scalp examined. Hope this helps! ...Read more