Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Fixes for Neck Rashes

Monday, 04 Oct 2010 09:01 AM


Question: I break out with a rash on my neck which lasts several days every time I shave. I have tried different razor blades and shaving creams. Any suggestions on what topical cream or ointment to use after shaving?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Rashes that occur after shaving the neck are most commonly related to the neck’s more sensitive skin. Try using a gel that lubricates more, such as Edge, and switch to a newer-style pivoting four-blade razor. If your neck remains irritated despite waiting a few days, you will need to see your doctor to customize a plan of attack.

Avoid pre-shaving and after shave products, and change to an antibacterial soap such as Safeguard soap.

If you remain irritated, check the sensitivity of your skin by striking — in a single swipe — the skin over your abdominal wall. Do you see a raised red welt? If so, you have dermatographism that is strongly linked to allergy and sensitivity issues, and a daily antihistamine such as Zyrtec 10 mg (adult dose only) may be worth a trial before you head out to the allergist and the dermatologist.

Of course, I am limited in what I can say given no visual picture, but if these irritations appear more red and swollen, I want you to be checked to be sure you do not have a staph or MRSA infection, for which the management will be very different.





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