What I use to calm itching is ice or something cold to numb the nerves.
To calm the bump and the itch, use Witchhazel.
Also, if you are having hot showers, try turning the hot water down a bit. It may be irritating your sensitive skin or present bumps.
You shouldn't need an ointment or anything prescribed.
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Hi is this true that smoking causes itching as I am a chain smoker right from my college days. But I didn't got much itching during my college days. But now 4-5 months back I am getting worse. My itching is getting terrible. I applied some moisturizing creams and also went to skin specialist for this reason. After treatment it was fine but it came back. Please advice
Itchy Bumps on Chest, Neck, Back and Face - possibly due to overgrowth of Candida??
Hi all - I have the same problem... little tiny red bumps that look like acne but do not pop or come to a head, and itch often. I suffer from Lyme Disease and have been taking antibiotics for months to kill off the bacteria. I started getting what looked like acne in between my eyebrows after being on antibiotics for about 3 months, only all the "zits" were very tiny and in clusters. I hated it!! I have had beautiful clear skin all my life - never had a problem... maybe a zit or two a year, and I am 29 years old. Then suddenly just after my 29th birthday last summer, after many months of antibiotic treatment, I started getting these breakouts on my face.
I ran to the dermatologist and to my horror she told me I had "cystic acne" due to hormone fluctuations, even though she never tested my hormones... gotta love that (roll of the eyes). So onto more antibiotics she put me. Unknown to me, all my good gut flora that keeps candida (yeast) in check was being killed off due to all the antibiotics for my Lyme treatments and this new "cystic acne" diagnosis. So after about 8 months on antibiotics, my Lyme symptoms are in remission but the breakouts on my face spread to my neck, my upper back, shoulders, upper arms, and chest (including on my breasts). It looks horrible! I'm so embarrassed to go out dancing with my girlfriends in little dresses because you can see all the breakouts on my chest and upper back - disgusting. I'm a single gal so hunting for a guy with all these break outs on my chest is very embarrassing. Not to mention I live in San Diego so going out on the beach in a bikini is horrid with these things everywhere.
So I went back to my dermatologist to tell her it's getting worse and she tells me even though I itch and it's spreading it's just acne, and there's no reason for acne, nor a cure, and I need to just deal with it. Screw that! So I began to research all over the internet and found that what I have looks A LOT like "Pityrosporum Folliculitis", a fungal skin infection caused my systemic fungal yeast throughout the body that the human body is trying to expel through the skin. It's often caused by continued use of antibiotics when the good bacteria (gut flora) is not replaced and the candida is not killed off with an anti-fungal agent. So this could be what many of us are experiencing, especially if you've seen a dermatologist and they put you on antibiotics for acne and you didn't take a high dose of probiotics while taking the antibiotics to replace the good gut flora in order to battle the yeast.
Here is a website with information and pictures... fungal folliculitis looks like a bunch of tiny red pimples often found on the chest, back, neck, shoulders and face, and it itches because it's caused by a yeast infection!
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There is a 1% Nizoral shampoo sold in several stores but the 2% ketoconazole Nizoral shampoo is supposed to work even better, however you must get this by prescription (or on Ebay ). I bought mine on Ebay and am going to give this a shot! Hopefully it clears... if it does I will post back to let everyone know!
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I have been experiencing itchy bumps on my face & neck for the past 3 years - called them "hives" for lack of a better word than itchy blisters or bumps. They are much like a mosquito bite and can appear out of nowhere, sometimes 1sometimes 3 or 4, always on my face or my neck, and occasionally on my chest. Sometimes a clear liquid can ooze out of the bigger ones, which seems to spread more. Then it crusts over with a dark yellow scab. I have been going insane with this. They itch and they burn and they can be emotionally debilitating. I never even had acne as a teen, always a perfect complexion and always blessed with great skin. I have gone through every possible remedy available over the counter, and even tried 3 steroid creams from the doctor. I tried to figure out if soda or chocolate were causing issues because they seemed to get worse when I had them, but that didn't prove positive either.
I noticed they began during a very traumatic time in my life. Back then they were out of control. Over time as my trauma got much better, my "hives" were more sporadic and rare, but it seemed they still appeared even from the littlest amount of stress, even though doctors disagreed. A woman who does facials told me it may even be a form or Roseacea. NONE of this was adding up to me. I firmly believed that my trauma was the onset, what I could not figure out was why they won't leave forever after 3 years.
After a long time I have gone to enough sites and talked with enough people who are skin care experts to find that these are called "stress hives". And for whatever reason they are more common in women. Your body treats stress like an invader, like a food that it is allergic to. If you are stressed out A LOT from a bad situation your body will find a way to let it out. In my case, I had to pretend all was ok and push on. My acting made my body explode with these stress hives. From what I can gather today, the only reason I still get them is because my body is still treating ANY amount of stress, even the littlest bit, as an invader...since I am usually a very calm and happy person by nature. I have had many people tell me it can take 3-7 years for your body to stop reacting this way.
The ONLY solution everyone agrees with is to not be stressed out and stay calm, which is highly unlikely. I saw some sites trying to advertise hypnosis... I do not support that. I do support natural remedies, like exercise and deep breathing and lots of laughter and letting go of pent up emotions.
I am only in this forum today to share my discovery. I have cried many times in frustration over these hives and it hurt and scared me when doctors and skin experts at first had no clue what they are much less how to get rid of them. I will tell you my secret that seriously gets RID OF THEM overnight!!!!!! I do not want to break any rules here so I am sorry that I cannot solicit his site because he is a God-send in my own personal opinion and seems to genuinely love helping people... but I think I can safely say that I have found a healer who happens to be a natural born healer, who uses his energy healing on me long distance using a photograph!!! I know this sounds insane, but it works! When he applies his natural energy gift he was born with, my face is instantly calm and I feel a coolness all over it. The itching stops immediately when he is finished and when I wake the next morning they are either gone 100% or they are better by 75%!!!! I am not someone who usually would buy into this, but he did not charge me either for my first healing so I had nothing to lose and was desperate. It makes sense if you think about it. These are stress hives and he helps to calm you and calm your skin. That is the secret. Good luck to all and keep in mind that these will pass, but they do have to run their course in your life.
I've had the same thing for over a year and as of late I have been suffering. I came across this thread and it gives me relief that other people are having the same issue but it bothers me that there is no solution. I've been washing my face twice a day, toning with Noxema pads, and mosturizing with aloe and vitamin e oil so that the dark marks lighten. I am desperate to find a solution.
I have this....it sucks. Mine is on my neck, chest and face. The only thing that helps is taking an antihistimine every morning....sometimes one in the evening as well. Then I wash my face and put anti-itch lotion on it. I only use over the counter stuff cuz I have no insurance. I'd say these things help about 85%. Tanning helps A LOT but I can barely get away from the kids long enough to go. I have never smoked and I didn't just have a baby. My mom says its stress, but there is no way for me to fix that! Besides, I have been stressed before and this didn't happen. Anyway, I can't handle this forever! Good luck to everyone!!
Hmmm it's interesting how many things have been said about the same symptoms. Unfortunately the cause often has no cure for many things. A great many skin issues can be cleared up using a calendula cream as well. It's been around for many years and witch hazel does a better job of cleaning the skin than soap and water does. So using an alcohol free witch hazel and following up with a calendula cream (commonly in handmade or Whole Foods) lotions/ointments or creams.