Red Itchy Welts or Pimples on Neck and Upper Body

by Tonia

Red itchy pimple on neck.

Red itchy pimple on neck.

I am a forty year old woman and in good health. For almost a year, I have dealt with red itchy welts that appear in the morning on my face, neck, chest, arms and more recently on my back. Sometimes these itchy welts appear on my buttocks as well. However, this skin problem never appears on my legs.

It started last April with an occasional red spot on my neck that would itch but disappear by next day and at that point a new red spot would appear somewhere else - usually on my neck and upper arms. With the months passing by, the red pimples would become more such as three or four in the morning and they would stay on my skin for a two to three day period. These red pimples were also quite itchy.

I went to two allergists, one dermatologist, and my primary doctor to try and diagnose and treat this problem on my skin. I was given three different antihistamines but unfortunately they did not work at all. The use of antibiotics and steroids was futile and the did not solve the skin issue either. Some of the doctors thought the red pimples were hives, whereas others thought it was dermatitis, and still others were not sure what it was at all.

Allergy tests were conducted, but no allergies found. All the blood tests that were conducted showed that nothing was abnormal. Skin tests for contact dermatitis were performed and once again no positive results on this condition. I have pursued a regiment of changing sheets, detergent, shampoos, etc., but the rash is still up and I still get four to five new itchy spots on my face, neck, chest or arms every morning.

I did an ALCATS test to look at food sensitivities, and some sensitivity to wheat and garlic was found. I therefore stopped eating those but the itchy spots still appear. I do not know what to do any more. I have significant stress in my life, and was even offered to take antidepressants to see if that would help this condition, but I am hesitant. Any suggestions? I have included a couple of pictures trying to show what these red itchy spots look like on my neck.

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Jul 08, 2023
Hormone changes?
by: Anonymous

I think these are hormone bumps. They began appearing once I started to address low estrogen levels. I use the estrogen cream every three days and on that day, bumps appear, they are scratchy, and take a long time to subside. Consider whether you may have them surface with shifts in hormones?

Aug 03, 2021
Follow up
by: Kate

I came across this post and was very interested. Our symptoms are extremely similar. I was hoping to hear what the outcome was? Any diagnosis?

Nov 03, 2020
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (pcos)
by: Anonymous

My obgyn told me that these neck bumps can be caused by thyroid problems or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (pcos).

Jul 30, 2020
Ulceration as Well
by: Anonymous

Mine look the same and then ulcerate. On the back of my neck and along the top of my shoulders. Any ideas anyone?

Jul 18, 2020
by: Anonymous

Out of curiosity, do they ever ulcerate? It looks a lot like what I have (which they also don’t know what it is). However my sores tend to open and ulcerate.

Jun 23, 2020
Same Skin Bumps but not Bed Bugs
by: Anonymous

I am having the same exact bumps on my neck, exactly like your picture. I also get them on my arms and shoulders and occasionally on my chest. It's so frustrating. I was convinced it was bed bugs but have since changed beds and linens. It's not bed bugs. If anyone has figured out what it is please let me know. I saw a few people said dairy and gluten but has anyone had results? I am going crazy trying to find answers.

Feb 10, 2020
Six Year Old With These Issues
by: Anonymous

I wish there were a way to post pictures. My six year old is dealing with this. The doctor does not know what it is. The doctor gave us a cream for it and said to take Zyrtec, which she had been on anyway. I am going to call the doctor again tomorrow because the welts and pimples keep appearing. They are mainly on neck and face. I wish we could get answers.

Feb 05, 2020
Finally someone matching my issues
by: Ali

Tonia, everything you have said matches me.
I am 49 and have been searching for valid result for 5 years. Allergist, Dermatologist, and primary care doctor are all just stabbing in the dark and nothing helps. I had six biopsies and they finally said it is a dust allergy, but I just don’t buy it.

I am curious, do you have breast implants? I am wondering if this is a form of BII (breast implant illness)? I do, and I am wondering if it’s connected.

Nov 07, 2019
Gluten Sensitivity?
by: Anonymous

You said you checked for allergies, but what about a sensitivity? I have a gluten sensitivity and after being off gluten, when I reintroduced it to my diet, I got welts on my neck and jawline. I thought at first it was just acne, but I notice now if I eat a lot of gluten, all of a sudden, I get these bumps the day after. Maybe it is the same for you.

Oct 17, 2019
Neck Rash
by: Anonymous

I am having a nightmare with my rash. Lumps and spots started appearing in February and are getting worse. I have seen four doctors, none of which can diagnose it. I am seeing a dermatologist next week. I have been treated for acne to no avail, even though they do not think it is acne and it is driving me mad. I am not having spots anywhere other than my neck.

Aug 27, 2019
by: Em

And for the record I saw a nurse before putting Canesten cream on and she was pretty sure it was fungal acne too. It is sold without prescription. Clotrimaderm is the same thing as Canesten.

Aug 26, 2019
Try Clotrimaderm
by: Em

Try Clotrimaderm or Canesten cream 1%. I suspected fungal acne so I put it on for 7 days and it is gone. Check with your physician first to ensure this is okay.

Aug 23, 2019
What is it?
by: Anonymous

Seriously someone chime in. What is this? It has been haunting me for a very long time. I have looked and looked for bed bugs. There is no trace of bed bugs. Also, why would it only bite my neck? It seems I get a row of 3 or 4 in the exact same spots. Is it my pillow? Is it my hair products from my hair touching my neck? Is it hot water from the shower? Is it stress? Is it dust? Is it autoimmune? It itches like hell and takes a while to go away but then more just appear. Maybe it is a vitamin deficiency? I do not know. I am, out of ideas. I just want it to stop appearing. And why is this the only picture on the internet with these bumps? Is this uncommon?

Jul 04, 2019
by: Anonymous

These may be from wheat gluten and or dairy products. Get those out of your diet and you will start to see a difference.

Jun 17, 2019
Did you find what is was?
by: Em

I am having the same exact thing and I am tired of it! Did somebody find out what it was and how to treat it?

May 28, 2019
Same Neck Pimples Happened to Me
by: Anonymous

I just started having the same kind of itchy bumps on my neck. Someone commented that they could be bed bugs here so I am totally freaked out. They are only on my neck though. I cannot find any evidence of bed bugs in my house. Has anyone figured out what this is?

Sep 17, 2018
Same Bumps on Skin
by: Christi

I have been thinking these are hives. They come and go but get especially worse if I go out in the heat. I had my home inspected for all kinds of creepies and no evidence was found.

I am wondering if they could be hives related to hormones. So far no treatment has worked!

Jul 26, 2018
Same Welts and Desonide Cream and Zyrtec
by: John

I too get the same red itchy welts almost on a daily basis. It feels they come out of nowhere and mine itch like crazy for the first few hours then diminish usually in intensity. I have followed the same route with doctors that do not know what it is. I apply a small amount of Desonide cream on it and take a Zyrtec if I cannot stand the itch. At least it takes the edge off.

For me, I have noticed if I eat healthy and avoid gluten/dairy it seems I can go a day or two without any and when I do get them the intensity is a bit less. The body is trying to tell us something unfortunately we can't figure it out.

Mar 04, 2018
Bed Bugs
by: Anonymous

I know it sounds horrible but bed bugs have been making a big come back and it says nothing of your lifestyle or what kind of person you are.
Bedbugs come out at night when the home is settled. They anesthize when they bite so you cannot feel them drinking your blood. If you move in your sleep, the bug has to adjust and can leave several bite marks. They feed on exposed skin. I am in a bit of denial as my son has red bumps in the morning and all signs point to an early arrival of bedbugs. Glue traps are a good way to see what bugs might be lurking, so you know what you are dealing with. Bedbugs look like little apple seeds and they turn red when they feed. They leave faeces behind that looks like black pepper and they like to hide it tight flat spaces like your mattress seams.

Nov 28, 2017
Ruptured Hair Follicles
by: Anonymous

I had a biopsy with a dermatologist and had the results confirmed with my family doctor. Both doctors agree that they are ruptured hair follicles. Scratching them or trying to physically manipulate them will make them worse. There is no known reason why some people get these and people can get them on all areas of their bodies. The best thing is to leave them alone and use an antibacterial soap when cleaning to keep bacteria from growing. And do not scratch or pinch.

As of right now, I am experimenting with putting my hair up when I exercise (as I have been wearing it down in the past because it’s a dance exercise class). It was kind of a crappy result (because it does not sound like there is much of a solution) but it is better than not knowing.

Nov 28, 2017
Same Bumps on Skin
by: Anonymous

I have bumps that look exactly like that. They appear along my jawline and the sides of my neck. I had assumed that they were ingrown hairs, as I occasionally pluck the coarse hairs that grow in along my jawline. They have not been behaving like typical ingrown hairs I have had before however. They do seem to go away on their own in a couple of days if I leave them alone. Sometimes after two or three days they will start to look a little more like a pimple as opposed to just a big red bump. Have you found out anymore about what this could be?

Nov 11, 2017
Same Welts and Pimples
by: Anonymous

I have this same issue - but mine are only on my neck. Did you ever get any help with this?

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