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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Rash And Red Spots On Arm Or Leg

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Red Spots (Definition)

One possibility for red spots is a collection of vessels in the skin and they are called hemangiomas. These can easily be treated. I usually will use ...Read more


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After going outside for 30 minutes in the sun, I get small pink/red spots on my arms, legs, and hands. Burns. They go away soon after I'm home. Rash?

After going outside for 30 minutes in the sun, I get small pink/red spots on my arms, legs, and hands. Burns. They go away soon after I'm home. Rash?

Rash in sunlight: The skin turning into red bumps and returning to completely normal after thirty minutes to hours suggests you are getting hives. You may have a rare condition called solar urticaria, which is hives due to exposure to certain wavelengths of light. Cholinergic urticaria occurs with the skin getting hot. There are other skin conditions that occur with light exposure (usually with a persisting rash). ...Read more

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Two weeks ago I noticed a large round rash on my back and, since, red spots have spread all over my back and chest, and now to my legs and arms. I am in Southeast Asia with no dermatologists nearby. How can I know if it is Pityriasis Rosea?

Two weeks ago I noticed a large round rash on my back and, since, red spots have spread all over my back and chest, and now to my legs and arms. I am in Southeast Asia with no dermatologists nearby. How can I know if it is Pityriasis Rosea?

Try live appointment: HealthTap PRIME and CONCIERGE doctors see you via smartphone, tablet, or laptop. They can see photos you upload into your FILES. You can also send images while in the middle of a live PRIME consultation. PRIME can be accessed from anywhere in the world, and patients just have a monthly subscription fee. (Doctors answering the regular, free questions are NOT able to see patients' images or photos.) ...Read more

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What can cause red spots on legs and arms?

What can cause red spots on legs and arms?

Can't diagnose w/o: Eval. See dermatologist for accurate assessment.

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I have red spots that turn into bruises, for example, I had one on my arm that is small but the ones on my legs are more prominent. Is there any cause?

I have red spots that turn into bruises, for example, I had one on my arm that is small but the ones on my legs are more prominent. Is there any cause?

Suspicious but can't: Bleeding into skin can produce bruises. It can be due to one of two causes. In older folks (tell your age...it is important to relay this info) the skin becomes more fragile and blood vessels are then poorl;y supported agains friction, so they can break and ooze blood under the skin. Seconly any platelet (It is a type of blood cell)abnormality can increase the risk of bruising. Aspirin can do it ...Read more

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What causes red spots to just randomly develop on breast, under arm and upper leg?

What causes red spots to just randomly develop on breast, under arm and upper leg?

Red spots: Fungus is first thing that comes to mind: either tinea or candida. Fungi like warm, dark, moist areas. Tinea/ringworm can come from pets or contaminated objects (gym mats, for example). Otc Lamisil (terbinafine) &/or powdered spray like tinactin/cruex/desenex r usually enough to clear infection, use for at least 1 week after spots disappear since deeper skin layers may still be involved. See doc if not better. ...Read more

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I get random small round red spots or small round bruises on different areas of my arms and legs what causes this? I can email a pic if anyone wants2c

Bruises and red spot: It sound likeyou aregetting petchia and or ecchymoses. You should consult your internist or ahematologist to rule out a blood or clotting problem. ...Read more

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What can cause a sudden face rash with burning sensation? Also have several red spots on my arms.

What can cause a sudden face rash with burning sensation? Also have several red spots on my arms.

Facial rash: Facial rash with burning can be cause by an allergic reaction to something that touched your facial skin, a viral infection like herpes, shingles on the face, photo-drug reaction to a medication you are taking, and other causes, skin diseases like Lupus. You should see your local dermatologist for the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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I had protected sex with a prostitute. The next day, I have afew red spots on my arm and afew on leg. I also felt itch around my body.

I had protected sex with a prostitute. The next day, I have afew red spots on my arm and afew on leg. I also felt itch around my body.

Bad choices: Poor decisions have multiple consequences including psychological. Diseases can be transmitted multiple different ways; however your symptoms are not suggestive of sexually transmitted diseases. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have these red spots on my arm, legs a bit and belly?

What should I do if I have these red spots on my arm, legs a bit and belly?

Sorry, can't: Diagnose. Would encourage you to see your dermatologist for an accurate assessment. ...Read more

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What to do if I have red spots on arms and legs that scab?

What to do if I have red spots on arms and legs that scab?

Eval: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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Mysterious itchy bite marks&red spots on arms&legs. Checked for bed bugs but don't have any. Why do I have marks & What is causing it?

Mysterious itchy bite marks&red spots on arms&legs. Checked for bed bugs but don't have any. Why do I have marks & What is causing it?

Bite Marks: You need to be evaluated by your doctor, it is very hard to tell what bites and rashes are without looking at them. ...Read more

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Small isolated red spots on legs and arms covered completely by dead skin which can be peeled off. No itch or increase in size. What is it?

Small isolated red spots on legs and arms covered completely by dead skin which can be peeled off. No itch or increase in size. What is it?

Can't tell: Even with a direct exam, it is difficult to tell what may be causing the red spots which peel. One possibility would be a drug reaction. If the problem persists, consult a skin doctor since it may also be a sign of another disease condition. ...Read more

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About five months ago I started itching on my arms and red spots came up I went the doctor they didn't know and now its spreading to my legs?

About five months ago I started itching on my arms and red spots came up I went the doctor they didn't know and now its spreading to my legs?

Itching on arms: Could be eczema, driness, or if you have a dog- fleas or bed bugs /scabies or allergies. Rarely related to liver/ kidneys or lymphoma. Consider moisturizer like Amlactin, antihistamines and/ or topical steroids if not too widespread. If they get infected may need antibiotics. Would follow up with doctor ...Read more

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My 6 mo has uneven red spots on her arms and legs, not many yet, but they have a white ring around them? She had a low fever yesterday.....

My 6 mo has uneven red spots on her arms and legs, not many yet, but they have a white ring around them? She had a low fever yesterday.....

Needs exam ASAP: Nothing to be scared but red spots with fever in small babies deserve an immediate examination to rule out serious infections. Pl take the baby to the nearest emergency/urgent care in your area. Hopefully it will be a minor illness with a virus. Best of luck☺️ ...Read more

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Getting little red spots on arms chest abdomen and legs. Like tiny moles?

Getting little red spots on arms chest abdomen and legs. Like tiny moles?

Hemangiomas: These are most likely cherry angiomas or hemangiomas. These are small malformations of blood vessels. They are benign and harmless. You can tell it is a hemangioma if, when you press on it, it completely flattens out. Usually, it will plump up with blood in a second or two. ...Read more

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There are red spots all over stomach, back, arms and legs. Its not itchy and smooth to touch. Not irritating either. What could it be?

There are red spots all over stomach, back, arms and legs. Its not itchy and smooth to touch. Not irritating either. What could it be?

Rash: Since it does not itch there is diminished concern for scabies. Consider lichen planus or pitaryasis rosea (pr), thought to be viral. Both are usually self limiting. ...Read more

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For a few weeks now, I've had itchy areas on my arms and legs. They start out as tiny little spots. Then I started scratching and they become red, itchy rashes. I have 2 places on my left arm, 1 on my right and behind both of my legs (knee area). What

For a few weeks now, I've had itchy areas on my arms and legs. They start out as tiny little spots. Then I started scratching and they become red, itchy rashes. I have 2 places on my left arm, 1 on my right and behind both of my legs (knee area). What

Dry skin?: First try applying a moisturizer all over your body within 3 minutes after bathing and see if this helps. For the rash, topical hydrocortisone for a few days may be helpful. However if this is a persistent or worsening problem, I would recommend a dermatology consult. ...Read more

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I have small, itchy red spots over my legs, arms and hands. Burns when touched. Texa pills nor honey ointment or antihistamine ointment helps.

I have small, itchy red spots over my legs, arms and hands. Burns when touched. Texa pills nor honey ointment or antihistamine ointment helps.

See doctor: It is always of concern when a skin rash burns and thus you will need to consult your doctor or even a dermatologist to find out. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more