I posted this question 3 nights ago, and thought I would receive an answer from a Dermatology MD, and maybe some comments from people who have experienced a similar rash. But so far I have not received any response to my posting at all.
Here is my question again:
"I have had a rash for about 10 days that originated with a small bump on the left side above the chest and has since enlarged and moved up to my neck. I generally need a lot of sleep and am more tired, but have otherwise no symptoms of illness.
I had the same kind of rash 33 years ago, when it was treated for 6 weeks unsuccessfully with antibiotics, and climaxed by moving up my neck and eventually paralyzing the left side of my face, so that I could ingest my food only by slurping on the right side of my mouth. At that time, I started taking Aspirin, and the rash went away within a day or two.
The rash was never diagnosed.
This time I started treating it with Aspirin for 2 days, but it didn'thelp. I have since switched to Oil of Oregano which has kept it in check for a while, but now it is creeping up my neck again. It kind of comes in waves. After feeling the inflammation and itch intensely, both go away again, and the rash seems to reduce in size, only to come back again.
It is worse at night, and lets off during the day.
If cause is external, I probably got it somewhere in the wood, as I go hiking and climbing frequently, and also become a prey of the chiggers every June.
Any suggestions as to what it is, and how to treat?
Can anyone point me in the right direction?