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What causes itchy, moderately painful rash in pectoral region?

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Posted on Thu, 26 Feb 2015
Question: I have a itchy and sometimes moderately painful rash under my Pec's. I have had it occur a couple of times before under my left pec, but now it is under and on my sternum. The first time I had it, there was a pimple like blemish, that was somewhat painful. when it kind of came to a head, I popped it and continued to pop or drain it until it eventually went away. Although it is gone, it has left a small red spot where it was. It is a mass of tiny bumps, that when scratched hard enough, open up, but there is very little to no type of drainage.
This rash is very itchy and I have treated it with cortizone. If I leave it alone, it seems to go away quicker. Although it is topical, I worry that it is caused by an underlying problem below the skin.

The paragragh above was what I originally sent the Doctor. She responded, suggesting the problem might be a bacterial infection, possibly caused by a hair folicle. I'm not sure of how she exactly worded it, but she requested that I send a picture for further analysis. My question was closed out before I could send the picture, so I am sending it now. Actually, I don't see a place below to send a picture, so I am not sure what to do? I think it would be helpful to send a picture, so please instruct me as to how I could do that. Thank You
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Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
oral and local antibiotics advised

Detailed Answer:
Hi back,

This is Dr.Albana again.

There is a policy of our service referring that the question is being closed automatically after 4 days.

I have finally received your reports and noted the pimples.
I advise to start taking :
- oral antibiotics
- apply iodine solution locally
- then antibiotic cream locally
Avoid using cortisone cream locally.

You might need prescription for that.

Let me know if I can be of further assistance!
Dr.Albana
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What causes itchy, moderately painful rash in pectoral region?

Brief Answer: oral and local antibiotics advised Detailed Answer: Hi back, This is Dr.Albana again. There is a policy of our service referring that the question is being closed automatically after 4 days. I have finally received your reports and noted the pimples. I advise to start taking : - oral antibiotics - apply iodine solution locally - then antibiotic cream locally Avoid using cortisone cream locally. You might need prescription for that. Let me know if I can be of further assistance! Dr.Albana