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What causes sore throat along with red bumps on neck, arms, chest and back?

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Posted on Tue, 26 May 2015
Question: I am a 57 year old female and two days ago broke out with red bumps like pimples but the are at the base of my neck and under my arms and my back and chest. I also had a sore throat that turned into a cold. Don't really know if I've had chicken pox. What is it? How long will it last?
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Answered by Dr. Nishad BN (41 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Need more information and picture if possible.

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Thank you for asking HCM.

I have gone through your query. If you send picture of it then it will be more helpful in idenifying. Please send some clear pictures if possible.
Do you have any associated burning sensation or pain on the rash area?
Do you had chicken pox before?
Is it spreading to other parts of body?

Chicken pox will spread other parts of body like abdomen hands back lower extremity. But if you had an episode of chicken pox before then this can be herpes zoster. If herpes zoster it will last 3 to 4 weeks. Antiviral therapy will help in early recovery.
If chicken pox it will get recovered in 1 to 2 weeks. You can apply soothing lotions like calamine lotion. Antiviral therapy will decrease the duration of illness also.

Hope this may help you. Let me know if anything not clear.
Thanks.
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Follow up: Dr. Nishad BN (38 minutes later)
I have uploaded pictures and I don't know if I've had chicken pox. The bumps are very itchy but they don't burn. Also they are not going away instead i am finding more each day.
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Answered by Dr. Nishad BN (32 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It looks like scabies.

Detailed Answer:
Hi and welcome.

Thank you for your follow up.

I have gone through the pictures. It looks like scabies. Chicken pox comes as blistering lesions. Scabies rash will have burrowing lesions.

A consultation with a dermatologist is well appreciated. Microscopy of scrapings should be done to confirm it in case of inconsistency.

Permethrin 5% cream locally is effective for this. Oral ivermectin is also given in some case. Antihistamine like cetrizine will help to get relief from itching.
Your clothes and bed clothes should be washed also.

Let me know if anything not clear. I am happy to help you.
Thanks.
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What causes sore throat along with red bumps on neck, arms, chest and back?

Brief Answer: Need more information and picture if possible. Detailed Answer: Hi Thank you for asking HCM. I have gone through your query. If you send picture of it then it will be more helpful in idenifying. Please send some clear pictures if possible. Do you have any associated burning sensation or pain on the rash area? Do you had chicken pox before? Is it spreading to other parts of body? Chicken pox will spread other parts of body like abdomen hands back lower extremity. But if you had an episode of chicken pox before then this can be herpes zoster. If herpes zoster it will last 3 to 4 weeks. Antiviral therapy will help in early recovery. If chicken pox it will get recovered in 1 to 2 weeks. You can apply soothing lotions like calamine lotion. Antiviral therapy will decrease the duration of illness also. Hope this may help you. Let me know if anything not clear. Thanks.