Are these hives?

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MerylG
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   Posted 7/23/2006 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I've just started getting these itchy red patches on my collarbone and back of my shoulder area that seems to crop up when it's hot and when these areas areas are exposed to the sun. It's not dry or flaky and there are no raised bumps...they are just red and itchy. They go away overnight only to appear again mid afternoon.

Does anyone have any idea what these are?

Red_34
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   Posted 7/24/2006 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
You might have a sun sunsitivity. My mother in law turns all blotchy when exposed to the sun so she tries to avoid the sun as much as possible. Have you added anything new lately such as a new sunscreen, lotion, soap etc? What happens when you do try sunscreen, do you still get red and itchy? Hives sometimes have no rhyme nor reason as to why they pop up and disappear but if this persists, I think you should go see your doctor, dermotologist or allergist.
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MerylG
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   Posted 7/24/2006 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sherry
 
Thank you for your post. 
I have not added any new personal care products lately.  I was using a damp heat pad for a period of about two weeks around my neck as I had a sore neck.  The damp heat was quite hot.  I stopped using it a few days before the first flare-up. 
 
Do you think that could have anything to do with this sensitivity?
 
 

Red_34
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   Posted 7/24/2006 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I would say no, but I'm no doctor. Definately have it checked out if it keeps happening. Moist heat makes me think of a yeast infection but then your rash would be constant and not just apparent in sunlight. Have you tried any OTC anti itch creams yet? When I went on vacation a few weeks back, I got covered in chigger bites. I found a Benedryl spray and I couldn't believe how effectively it worked. Now I swear by that stuff, it's great.
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TickSquisher
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   Posted 8/3/2006 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
MerylG,
Are you sure it's not just a heat rash?? I've gotten them on occasion ever since I was a baby. They are similar to hives, only without the bumps. They appear for a few minutes to a few hours (and itch like crazy!) particularly on hot days. I tend to get them on my colarbone, neck, and chest area.

MerylG
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   Posted 8/4/2006 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
TickSquisher
I don't think it's a heat rash as there are no raised areas, just red blotches. We've had cooler weather the last week and it seems to have gone away. I've also been staying out of direct sun as much as possible and that seems to help. Perhaps it is a sun sensitivity. I've had so many weird things happening to my body lately. I'll just add this to the growing list...sigh...

TickSquisher
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   Posted 8/8/2006 1:58 PM (GMT -6)   
MerylG,
I'm glad to hear you're doing a bit better! Sorry I wasn't much help. :)
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