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I have an itchy rash just on my neck. I can't think of

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I have an itchy rash just on my neck. I can't think of anything that I might have been exposed to that caused it. I have had it for a couple of days now. I think it is getting worse. I have tried Cortaid and a medicated powder, but neither one of them has worked. What would you suggest I do?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 5 years ago.
Hello. I would like to help you find an answer.
any exposure to the outdoors lately. It is getting warmer and a lot of people are outside
Any new medicine including over the counter?
what does the rash look like?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I have been outdoors quite a bit planting flowers. I haven't taken anything new for medicine or over the counter that I can think of. The rash is red with some areas of red bumps. I did take an antihistiamine this morning to help it.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 5 years ago.
Okay. That is where this likely came from
I bet you got exposed to poison ivy or sumac.
I would get to the doctor and get some stronger meds.
You need a stronger steroid cream and possibly an oral steroid.
I would use claritin, benadryl and hydrocortisone at home.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.

If I had been exposed to something like poison ivy or sumac, why would it just be on my neck? Would Caladryl help? Around here it isn't that easy to get into a doctor right away, so I need to know what to do here at home.

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 5 years ago.
I'm not sure. Perhaps you had gloves on and touched the neck.
I would use benadryl, claritin around the clock and use hydrocortisone.
You can try caladryl.
If you have follow up questions, please ask prior to accepting.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Are you saying use Claritin, which was the antihistamine I used this morning AND benadryl?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 5 years ago.
They can be used together.
May want to use benadryl at night as it can cause some sedation.
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