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red bumps on the back of my neck and down my back

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Hello there. I have had these red bumps on the back of my neck and spread down to my upper back since January 2012. They are very itchy and there is no liquid oozing out or if squeezed any debris coming out like with acne. I saw my dermatologist in Febuary to discuss with her and she said it was acne even though I was put on accutane, during that time which cleared up my face nicely, but not my back. I have used stieva-A(0.025%)or an itch reliever cream like elocolm (0.1%)all given to me by my derm. I am running out of solutions. I also was diagnosed with hsv-2 in July 2011 and have been taking 1000mg a day of valtrex for the past 10 days to see if it would help. I asked my derm. if this could be herpes related and all she said is, "it could be if he was rubbing his affected area on the back of your neck". Also, I dont have bedbug (checked), dont own pets, and haven't been using any new shampoo or different detergent. Can someone please help me? Picture on profile.


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replied May 6th, 2012
Skin Answer A34628
Hello,
Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out.

These symptoms can be due to folliculitis which causes itchy small pimple like bumps on the upper trunk. Keep the area clean and apply some topical antiseptics. Also wear loose-fitting cotton clothing and use an antibacterial soap or mild soap like dove.Avoid any kind of cosmetics. Topical antibiotics such as mupirocin or neomycin containing ointment are also useful.In case the symptoms persist then oral antibiotics may be needed.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.


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