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small itchy pimpels or bumps on my chest, throat and neck

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I am exposed to sun and heat every day. I tan easily, but I have begin to have small itchy "pimpels or bumps on my chest, arms and scalp. Although my throat and neck don't beak out, they itch also. Can prespiration or swimming pool chlorine cause this? It has only happened about once a year but the itching lasts for days. I have not changed to a new shampoo. The only prescription I take is Soma 350 mg. and I take ibuprofen often. Can you tell me what I can use to stop the itching until this runs it's course. I have tried benadryl, gold bond lotion, and also have used prescription Elocon lotion and a week on 10 mg. prednisone. Thank you
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Kerry replied 11 years ago.


You could very well have a photosensitivity (allergy) either to the sun, or the products you use. Here is a web site that explains four different types of photosensitivity and recommended treatments.

Summer activities increase the chance of developing skin rashes. Skin rashes may appear with too much sun or heat exposure, contact with certain plants, or insect bites. Keep in mind, rashes are not always the result of an allergic reaction.

This web site will give you other possibilities:

Hope that helps! Please come back if you have more questions.


Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Kerry's Post: After reading your imfo, I think I may have prickly heat reaction. It seems that the little pimples follow the outline of my swimsuit top and around my neck when I wear a tee-shirt. I can feel the bumps under my skin before thet actually appear. As I said, this occurs only on my chest neck, arms and now my scalp. Would you please suggest a product to relieve the itching until it goes away? The bumps do not produce any fluid and seem to occur when I have been prespiring or when I am in extremely high temperature. Other than that, I never have a problem and I never burn.
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
small pimples or prickly heat and heavy prespiration possibly?
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Sun and heat breakouts
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Help please
Expert:  Kerry replied 11 years ago.

Hi Again,

Here is what I found:

  • Wear light, loose-fitting soft clothes. Avoid clothing that traps heat and moisture. Natural fabrics such as cotton are best.
  • Stay in cool or air-conditioned, or well-ventilated environments. Use a fan if necessary.
  • Take frequent cool baths or showers. Dry yourself thoroughly and dust bland types of powder (such as unperfumed talcum powder) on body creases and affected areas.
  • Apply calamine lotion or prickly rash lotions to soothe the affected areas, but avoid using ointments or creams — they keep the skin warm and moist and may make the condition worse.
  • Do not scratch.


  • The key to treating miliaria is to avoid excessive heat and humidity.
  • Wearing loose cotton clothing will help prevent miliaria.
  • Cool baths and air conditioning are very helpful.
  • Some patients find that using a bath brush with soap to exfoliate the skin will decrease the occurrences of this condition.
  • If you have a severe case of miliaria the doctor will give you a prescription lotion to apply to the rash.

This consists of cold compresses, cool showers and cooling skin
lotion. Steroid creams and ointments containing hydrocortisone should be applied 3-times daily to rash to relieve itching and irritation.


  • Cool showers or baths will help to keep itching under control and cleanse the skin.

  • Bathing in oatmeal mixes or with oatmeal soaps will stop itching and speed healing.

  • Expose the rash to as much fresh air as possible. Never cover with bandages or tight clothing.

  • Drawing ointments will aid in cleaning out areas which have blistered.

  • Anti-itch medications, such as Benadryl, are helpful for those suffering chronic prickly heat.

  • Aloe Vera lotions will stop excessive itching.

Expert:  Kerry replied 11 years ago.


I hope what I wrote yesterday has helped you and you are having a better day. Please come back if you have more questions.


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