Dermatology/rash from chlorine

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Since moving back to ontario from an island in the Caribbean 5 years ago I developed a rash on the back of my neck and upper back. I tried changing laundry detergents and fabric sheets with moderate success. The rash persisted but not too bad. I have recently moved to a city where the chloine in the water supply is higher and now the rash is really bad.

The rash follows the neckline or collar of the

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Your condition appears to be an irritant or contact dermatitis on your need. This could be detergent left on the collar of your shirt or something else that touches your neck. Treatment is to determine the trigger. Treatment is with prescription cortisone from your dermatologist.

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