Just had my first "breakout on my neck now spreading to my face

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I have had GA for at least 8 years. I had one on my leg, foot,stomach and hand. A few days ago i had a small patch on my neck and within 2 days i had little ones all over my neck and today it has spread to my face. Which is extremely hard to deal with. Im afraid when I wake up its going to have gotten worse. This has never happened before. I dont know if its stress and i dont know what to do. Im scared and feeling lost.

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    Hi Michelle

    I know exactly how you feel! I too feel scared and lost and very alone with this awful condition but it may not be GA on your face and neck. My GA developed after having molluscum contagiousum skin viral infection in  2014 (had previously had one on my leg in 2010 but that was it) and after that viral infection I have been plagued with GA since n can now not go in the sun or on a sunbed without it triggering which is ruining Summers! However since the GA I have also developed eczema and lots of other little skin things so not everything you get may be GA.  This could be a little rash or reaction to something or maybe eczema which are all treatable. 

    Good luck! And you’re not alone! 

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    Hi Michelle,

    you are definitely not alone..... my worst fear is it spreading to my neck and face..... I have had GA for over five years and heave one just started on my wrist! I know that feeling of UUUUGR! I would love to have some answers for you, but I don't..... I did find however that after I had the first two batches biopsied they became less notice able.... weird... so maybe go for disrupting the patch?

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    Hi Michelle81582. Argh, the dreaded GA. My first ring was 1997 which went away in a month. At first I though it was ringworm. Then in 2006 a nodule on my arm. I had a biopsy for diagnosis and thank you very much. Yep GA! After biopsy it spread to elbows and hands covering both elbows and knuckles with nodules. They have been there since 2006. I have had small short break outs on feet, skull, ankles, buttocks and a new one just now on back of one arm and side of torso. I've seen Dermatologist, Endocrinologist, GP specialising in Skin,

    Rheumatologist. They have all offered cortisone in tablet and ointment form for treatment and nothing has worked. Rheumatologist told me to live with it, it's not life threatening. Rheumatologist also requested another biopsy which came back non conclusive. Could be GA or Rheumatoid nodules. Endocrinologist said GA is just Psoriasis. If the medical profession can't help us than who can? So I have learnt to live with it as they say. And if someone asks what it is, I tell them I'm special and they can't find a cure, but it's not life threatening and not contagious. I hope that you can get through the cosmetic part of this and don't let GA get you down. Xx

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    You are not alone but I know having GA spread to your face is upsetting and scary.  I have the generalized kind and it is light colored but on my legs, thighs and back but I am always checking my body and face for new breakouts. Over the summer I was on prednisone to clear up my back for allergy testing (have none so that isn't causing my GA)  and it completely cleared up my GA for a few weeks.  It has come back but certainly not as bad as before. I think GA has a variety of causes and triggers for different people. My dermatologist is willing to prescribe plaquenil but I am holding off unless it gets worse. Not sure what you have tried previously but cream and light treatments do nothing for me. Stay in touch.

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