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Howdy, I have a red rash/discoloration that started on my neck/throat front about a year ago,from just below my ears, under my chin, down both sides of throat to top of my chest and around to the back of my neck, it started as what looked like razor burn from shaving. Slowly its progressed to around my collar bones and upper chest, almost like rosacea with some very mild spidering, very light red color. Seems to be limited to where my skin is exposed. Now I have small wart/pox like bumps forming within the effected area, Slow forming, tender with some moderate itching, my neck and outside throat area is also sore when touched. this seems to be limited to only neck and upper chest from collar bones up. I'm too frightened to see a doctor at this time, paranoid I guess, Thanks..

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replied April 22nd, 2010
Acne and Skin Disorders Answer A11425
Hi, welcome to the ehealth forum and I am glad to help you.
You seem concerned with the rash on front of neck starting below the ears and now involving the upper chest around the collar bones for the last one year.
You seem to be suffering from rosacea. Rosacea is common in age of 30-60 years. Papulopustular rosacea is with permanent redness, red bumps (papules) with some pus filled (pustules) (which typically last 1–4 days); this subtype can be easily confused with acne.
Rosacea is considered a chronic (long-term), non-curable skin disease with periodic ups and downs. As opposed to traditional acne, most adult patients do not "outgrow" rosacea.
You must consult your dermatologist for definitive diagnosis as the same cannot be made online.
Hope this helps. Take care.
Note: This post is not to emphasise final diagnosis as the same cannot be made online and is aimed just to provide medical information and no treatment suggested above be taken without face to face consultation with health care professional.

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