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What does a red rash on the neck indicate?

I have a red rash in my neck area. It is very itchy and is warm to the touch. I have done nothing different than I have been. Woke up with it this morning. My email is YYYY@YYYY . I am a 73 yr old female. I have been exposed to shingles in the last month. I have had a headache for a few days,, being very tired Evan after sleeping well. And can sleep every afternoon. Thank you in advance.
Tue, 12 Sep 2017
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HI, thanks for using healthcare magic

In most cases, itchy rashes are due to an allergic response or contact irritation at the area.

Other causes would be infection (fungal or viral , most commonly).

You can use an antihistamine tablet to see if this helps eg claritine, allegra, zyrtec, benadryl. The use of a topical mild steroid cream may also be helpful eg hydrocortisone.
If there is no improvement or there is any worsening ,then it would be best to be seen.

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What does a red rash on the neck indicate?

HI, thanks for using healthcare magic In most cases, itchy rashes are due to an allergic response or contact irritation at the area. Other causes would be infection (fungal or viral , most commonly). You can use an antihistamine tablet to see if this helps eg claritine, allegra, zyrtec, benadryl. The use of a topical mild steroid cream may also be helpful eg hydrocortisone. If there is no improvement or there is any worsening ,then it would be best to be seen. I hope this helps