I have good old regular anxiety and extreme health anxiety. Last Monday, I noticed a little red, round spot on my neck. I figured it was irritated from my acne medication and ignored it. I already had an appointment with the dermatologist the next day for another reason, and he looked at it and said it looked like I had been in contact with something that irritated my skin and gave me steroid cream to put on it. So I do. And I wake up in the middle of the night with the whole left side of my neck red and inflamed and itchy. I used more of the cream on the area and when I got up in the morning it had subsided somewhat. But whenever I sleep or use the shower, my neck gets red. On Friday night it had spread to the middle of my neck and the base of my throat after I showered, and it is still there. I talked to the nurse at the derm. office on Friday, and she said it takes two weeks for a month for a rash like mine to clear up. I told her it was spreading, and she said keep using the steroid cream and relax. Relax?! Who knows where this hideous, itchy rash will spread to next?
So I have another appointment with the dermatologist on Nov. 8th and I can't settle down. I am so scared of being covered with an itchy rash from head to foot. I have changed everything, from soaps to lotions to laundry detergent, trying to eliminate what is irritating me. My family doc says it's related to stress and won't go away until I settle down. I see my TDoc Tuesday. Is my family doc right? Am I just totally stressed or do I have something really wrong with me? Help!!