This is a follow-up inquiry. My 78 yr old mother has had burning below neckline for several months - took her to internist and derm. They bvld that it might be some sort of dermatitits however there is NO ITCHING. Rx'd Clobetasol which didnt help much. Also Pred. which helped somewhat. However im wondering can it be shingles? Or some mild form of fibromylagia? Recently, she developed a quarter sized area of red splotches [ small ecah about 1/8 inch in diameter] . Im not even sure which specialty can figure this out. The burning is signifant intereferes with sleep. Yet if shingles would it last so long?? Thanks
Person's Gender: Female
Person's Age: 78
explained in inquiry - one other thing- she is currently on "baby" Aspirin - no other meds [she also has somewhat elevated Cholesterol but not ableto take statins].
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that will aid me in better diagnosis of your condition.
If you cannot post a photo, please let me know.
i will like to have a look at the red splotches.
Im trying to copy and paste
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no i am sorry
I dont have the tree icon on my pc. Im trying the paper clip but not working Ill try again
or photobucket would be a good choice
im not sure where i would upload the photo to using photobucket
I can email somewhere-
once you open an account in photobucket, there is an option saying upload photos.
you just need to copy the link and paste it here
emailing me directly is not an option as just answer prevents direct communication between customers and experts.
Ive been trying to cut and paste -I will try to have my IT person help me.
have you uploaded the photo/
ok its in photo bucket
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no i am not.
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ok had to have our computer ppl help.
i saw the photos, thank you for it, it was useful.
these red lesions are benign.
they look like age related changes in the skin.
nothing to worry about that.
it is not the cause for the burning.
ok but they popped up suddenly all together so I was wondering if its an indication of a blood disorder. I would appreciate any ideas /suggestions.
they look like cherry angiomas on the photo.
cherry angiomas are age related changes , not related to any blood disorder.
ok and the burning which has gone on for months and is unrelenting?
is she a diabetic?
any other medical history?
this cant be shingles
shingles wont last so long.
since she is getting this kind of burning it makes more sense to start her on gabapentine or carbamazepine
it depends on her medical history and it has to be taken under her doctor's supervision.
ok thank you.
she can use the sarna lotion just to soothe the burning.
but taking the medications would help her better.
nothing needs to be done for the cherry angiomas
they can be left alone.
next time you go to the doctor's, you could request him to run a few basic blood tests to check her coagulation just to relieve your anxiety.
please let me know your queries.
MBBS, DNB DERMATOLOGY