I am a moderately healthy (not on any meds, no chronic illness history) 50 year old woman (premenopausal) but recently under a lot of stress. I was laid off in January, still unemployed. We are bankrupt and on the verge of homelessness. The rash came on about two months ago, no new irritants and I haven't had allergies in the past. Same soaps, lotions as always...no food allergies, no new diet changes. I do smoke, about 1/2 pack a day when I can afford it! So - first symptom was fatigue, then hot pricky sensation behind my neck. I got the feeling I had been burned by a curling iron or something - it was that hot and afterwards became red and itchy.
I then started having these eruptions every day. Back of neck, shoulders. Just today it's also come up on the front of my neck. Also the scalp is full of these raised, sort of lumpy welts. No fluid being discharged really - only if they've been scratched (as they itch like crazy, nonstop). I am also suffering from extreme insomnia -going to bed at midnight, tossing and turning then finally falling asleep by 6am, then only sleeping about 3 hours at most....but with all the stress and uncertainty I can understand that aspect. The rash is somewhat dry on the surface. I also have a slightly hard lump that is below the right ear - in the gland that has been swollen in the past with sore throats (no sore throat now). It's about the size of a pea - and hard but not sore really.
I don't know if all this is connected, but since I can't afford to see a doctor anywhere (all the money is going to pay the weekly hotel bill) I would appreciate suggestions on what this may be and some treatment options. So far I've tried anti itch cortisone cream which is okay for making it not itch, but does nothing to make the rash lessen. I've been shampooing with tea tree shampoo and using dr bronners tea tree soap. Also tried cetaphil soap. Been having daughter put hydrogen peroxide on back at night to try and reduce chance of infection at least.
Can you please help!? Meanwhile I am trying to remain optimistic and get a job - I am praying it does not spread to any more visible parts of the body so I don't gross people out in an interview.
I am sure it's not contagious since my daughter and I am in a hotel room in very close proximity and she has no symptoms or rash.