This rash started in mid-January as what I thought might be an insect bite. It was a small bump just inside my hairline on the back of my neck. It itched insanely. I took a shower and it did feel better. The next morning, when I woke up the spot was still itching but it seemed to have spread down the back of my neck and the itching was horrible. The kept on for about 2 weeks. The spot in my hair turned into more bumps (more like welts or bugbites), and the welts on my neck just moved on down to cover my neck. I went to the Doc and he just half-**s glanced at it proclaiming to be folleculitis (sp?). I had been searching for rashes that matched what I had for over a week and folleculitis didn't match but hey, I don't get paid the big bucks so I went with Doc's opinion.
He prescribed a selnium sulfide shampoo and 2 ointmints. Money well wasted because nothing has touched this rash. At this point, my rash has totally covered my scalp, down my neck, moving around both sides of my neck, on the backs of my ears, along the tops of my shoulders, and seems to be trying to move down my back.
Heat really seems to affect my rash. It will itch when not hot, but just sporadically here and there. If it gets hots, it goes off the deep end and everywhere it effects itches horribly.
Showers seem to keep the itching at bay while I am in them but about 20 minutes once I get out, itching I go. Lol! Also, it is NOT contagious. My husband, nor 4 year old daughter, has been phased by it. Well, my DH talks about it being annoyed whenever I go on an itching rampage. I have tried a Benadryl anti-itch gel, Cortizone 10, Lamisil (at Mom's insistance that it CURES EVERYTHING!), and no dice. Going to bed at night is a chore as I have to just wear myself up and once I get up, my rash is 3x as angry as it was when I went to bed.
At this point I have thought about shaving my head to see if it will help. But seeing as nothing is helping on the rash that is on open skin, I don't think that would help what is in my hair. I have scratched myself so horribly on some occasions that a few of the spots in my hair line and on my neck and shoulders have developed scabs.
Does anyone have any ideas? Nothing I have seen on the net seems to match it. If I can think about it while it is acting up, I will get some photos. It turns red as hellfire and welts up all over the place. At the rate it is going, it is going to slowly engulf my body and I don't know if I can take that. Lol!