New member here. I'm a 25 year old male who has had a neck and chest rash for 4 years now. My doctor looked at it for literally 5 seconds max and dismissed it as hives immediately but that is all the more reason for concern. I don't feel like he was being professional or showed any care/concern to properly diagnose or help. The rash started on my neck only about 4 years ago. About 2 years later it spread to my chest and has (so far) stopped spreading. The rash is red, patchy, and very slightly raised. It's extremely rare that this rash itches and sometimes it may go away for a day or two but rarely. It has been almost always present in 4 years. The neck rash has never gone away but every once in a blue moon the chest will. They look similar although the neck rash is more "full". Like the patches of rash are larger then my chests. I would gladly post/send pictures if possible. Would GREATLY appreciate any insight, tips or help on this matter as I'm exhausted from research, too broke to go see another doctor and very concerned. Thank you very much to anyone who attempts to help in my issue!
Consider seeing a proper allergist, or maybe a dermatologist, and ask them to schedule you for a long appointment so that you'll have time to go over things. A good allergist will take an extremely thorough history to try to find out what causes it. In addition to soaps, certain fibers might be causing issues over delicate areas. Don't wash the area with soap unless it's really dirty, and try the hypoallergenic soaps.
Some people get urticaria (hives) from things like heat, cold, or even water. The chest and neck are pretty sensitive, so I think it's possible that you have some sort of trigger that's constantly present. A relative of mine gets mild urticaria from water. It's something to think about, at least.
Have you tried taking antihistimines? Did they help at all? Advice from Jemma and Anonymouse are right on. Also, you might try using a cup of white vinegar in your last rinse water when you wash your clothes. The vinegar will remove the soap/detergent.
Thank you all for your input by the way! It seems extremely overwhelming and hopeless after 4 years of trying to rule out what may be the cause if this is in fact hives. I've been using the same washing detergents, soaps, and shampoos since I can remember and the rash still happens to go away from time to time so I have certainly ruled those out. I currently don't have a job as of 2 weeks ago and it has been looking the best it's ever been since I've had them. Weirdly the only thing that has changed in my unemployment is that I'm less active. I was curious if maybe sweat was the cause so I went and played tennis for 3 hours till I was drenched and still the rashes have been barely visible for almost 4 days now. Very interesting situation for your relative Anonymouse88, I do sometimes take really hot showers. I'll keep that in mind. I will certainly try antihistimines on my rash areas and white vinegar in my rinse water.. thanks for the suggestions jemma and silver. I'm going to wait until my rashes decide to pop back out before I do though just in case one of these things irritate them for some reason and force an occurance. I appreciate all of your responses. You've officially all shown more care than my doctor.
If I had to guess, at this point I would honestly say it's either stress related or heat related. As soon as I'm able to go to an allergist or dermatologist I certainly will. I now have a few things to try in the future as well. Even if they don't work, the still provide a little hope and chance that they may. That is better than the feeling of having no hope. Thanks again.
I have an Aunt that is allergic to her own tears - and being allergic to ones own sweat is not unheard of. I knew a fella once who was "ordered" by his doctor not to sweat as it caused adverse reactions in him. A bit strange, but possible. As for the detergents, fabric softeners etc. you can become allergic overnite... I did. I can't use my Mom's products - they hurt my skin. If I touch Dawn my fingertips peel and I get cracks on them. Just a thought. My sister uses only Borax to wash her clothes as she's become allergic to all detergents... But hives can be caused by anxiety - in which case you might try a Kava tea or Chammomile tea to de-stress you. - So sorry your doctors let you down. They are "practicing" medicine...LOL They are only taught which meds to prescribe for whichever condition. they are not taught nutrition or herbal formulas. A chiropractor knows more about such things. Good health to you
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