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Looks like a scratch then gets itchy bumps?

Looks like a scratch then gets itchy bumps?

Dermographism: See a dermatologist. If it is distressing, try cetirazine (Zyrtec) 10mg. Start at 1 a day. Sometimes it can make you sleepy, in which case you can change to loratadine (Claratin). Sometimes it takes 2 or 3 a day. The generic is the same, only costs less. ...Read more

Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
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Itchy Rash (Definition)

Most itchy rashes are called eczema or dermatitis. Both are due to ...Read more


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I've got bad itchy bumps on my thighs and spread onto my butt and back?

I've got bad itchy bumps on my thighs and spread onto my butt and back?

Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. You may need a biopsy to find out what is causing this. ...Read more

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I have red itchy bumps on my body that look like bug bite but when I scratch it start to bleed what is it?

I have red itchy bumps on my body that look like bug bite but when I scratch it start to bleed what is it?

Hives: These sound like hives_an allergic reaction to something internal or external to your body. Insect bites are a possibility as well. If these persist an allergist can be consulted for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Been getting itchy bumps mostly on back some small some like flat misquote bites but seem spread been tanning also very tired?

Been getting itchy bumps mostly on back some small some like flat misquote bites but seem spread been tanning also very tired?

Itchy bumps: Itchy bumps may be due to insect bites but may be hives which are an allergic reaction to something internal or external like clothing touching your back. Heat rash is another possibility. A dermatologist is best qualified to evaluate, advise and treat you if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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Itchy bumps won't go away on my face, if I scratch my skin raises and gets so dry and a dark red color. What is it?

Itchy bumps won't go away on my face, if I scratch my skin raises and gets so dry and a dark red color. What is it?

Many answers: Your rash needs to be examined by a doctor who may refer you to a dermatologist. If you blush easily, these bumps may be from rosacea. ...Read more

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I have red itchy bumps i first noticed on my face but now they have spread quickly all over and are mildly itchy not sure what to do?

I have red itchy bumps i first noticed on my face but now they have spread quickly all over and are mildly itchy not sure what to do?

Itchy red bumps: Rashes that are red, itchy, raised and spread can be hives (urticaria) although it is easier to view them directly. It can be helpful to take a photo (to document), not all the circumstances of onset of rash (diet, exercise, medications, stings/bites, fever, other symptoms, etc) to try to pinpoint trigger. Antihistamines like zyrtec (cetirizine) help with itching. See doc if continue or worsen... ...Read more

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I've been having breakouts all over my body. It started at the shoulders and spread from there. The breakout areas are clusters of red itchy bumps.

I've been having breakouts all over my body. It started at the shoulders and spread from there. The breakout areas are clusters of red itchy bumps.

Acne? Pityrosporum?: Clusters of red itchy bumps on your body could be acne, but it could also be pityrosporum folliculitis. Acne can be treated with any of the over the counter benzoyl peroxide washes. If you are not improving, you may need to see a dermatologist for a prescription anti fungal. How long has this been going on? ...Read more

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Got bit by tiger mosquito, getting infected. Dark red itchy bumps around it. It was a week ago I got bit. Don't scratch at it. What to use to clear it?

Got bit by tiger mosquito, getting infected. Dark red itchy bumps around it. It was a week ago I got bit. Don't scratch at it. What to use to clear it?

Insect bite: What you are describing sounds more like an allergic reaction to the sting than to an infection. Take loratidine or cetrizine, if that doesn't help then by all means have it evaluated for a possible infection. If the redness spreads or you get a fever,see a doctor sooner rather than later. ...Read more

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I have had red itchy bumps on my thigh for a while now and it itches like crazy! Its spreads too what is it?

I have had red itchy bumps on my thigh for a while now and it itches like crazy! Its spreads too what is it?

ITCHY RED BUMPS: WHAT IS A WHILE?
BE SPECIFIC.
ISIT ONLY ON ONE THIGH?
IT COULD BE ANYTHING FROM INSECT BITES TO SHINGLES TO EXPOSURE TO POISON IVY OR OTHER SKIN AILMENTS.
SEE A DERMATOLOGIST.
GOOD LUCK. ...Read more

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When I scratch or bump my skin, on any part of my body, a raised hot white itchy rash develops. What could cause this?

When I scratch or bump my skin, on any part of my body, a raised hot white itchy rash develops. What could cause this?

Hypersensitive skin: This could represent dermographism, where you can cause welts on your skin with pressure, like writing. Physical urticaria, or hives, also possible. I usually have someone try an oral anti-histamine for this problem. ...Read more

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One little itchy bump. Turned into a big patch of itchy bumps on my hand, after scratching it excessively... What could they be anything serious?

One little itchy bump. Turned into a big patch of itchy bumps on my hand, after scratching it excessively... What could they be anything serious?

Probably: You probably have hand eczema. Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. You can get the exact answer this way. ...Read more

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First noticed a localized non-itchy rash or bumps in between thighs that spread. Every other day, more appeared in different parts except my face.?

First noticed a localized non-itchy rash or bumps in between thighs that spread. Every other day, more appeared in different parts except my face.?

See below: Symptoms and concerns like these mandate a thorough evaluation by your doctor. Only after such an evaluation, which may include labs and radiographic examinations, can he/she let you know what's going on and how best to help you. ...Read more

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Hi there, my face, thighs,chest feel very itchy.When I scratch pink itchy bumps appear. They seem to be spreading all over my body as well.what can it be?

Hi there, my face, thighs,chest feel very itchy.When I scratch pink itchy bumps appear. They seem to be spreading all over my body as well.what can it be?

Dermatographism: This is a heightened sensitivity of your skin and an allergic type reaction to something internal or external. Stimuli could be foods, medications, temperature, etc. Often the inciting cause is unknown. If you cannot get relief with antihistamines like benadryl(causes drowsiness) or claritin(nondrowsy), consult an allergist who may prescribe atarax (hydroxyzine) as well as attempt to determine the cause ...Read more

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Itchy rash like thing on Labia, no bumps, bleeds when scratched. What could this be?

Itchy rash like thing on Labia, no bumps, bleeds when scratched. What could this be?

A few possibilities: Genital skin rashes like this are pretty common. Mostly not serious. Some common ones are lichen planus, lichen sclerosis, psoriasis, eczema, and others. You'll need to see a doctor in person for accurate diagnosis and treatment. In the meantime, it's not likely to be serious. Good luck! ...Read more

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Tiny, clear, itchy bumps on top of feet and on toes??? A little fluid comes out when scratched

Tiny, clear, itchy bumps on top of feet and on toes??? A little fluid comes out when scratched

Rash: Rashes are impossible to diagnosis without looking at them. See your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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There is a sudden non-itchy rash on the backs of my hands, the bumps are very small and have fluid when scratched.?

There is a sudden non-itchy rash on the backs of my hands, the bumps are very small and have fluid when scratched.?

It is almost: Impossible to diagnose a skin rash without direct visual and/or tactile examination. Please see a healthcare provider for proper examination and diagnosis then treatment. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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Itchy bumps on the both achilles' tendons, flesh colored, bleed when scratched. Not spreading, but not going away. Live in cold chicago.

Itchy bumps on the both achilles' tendons, flesh colored, bleed when scratched. Not spreading, but not going away. Live in cold chicago.

Without seeing: The lesions I am not sure what they are. Any lesion that would bleed though would concern me and I would likely biopsy for definitive diagnosis and treatment. In that region I would perform a shave biopsy of one of the lesions. ...Read more

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I have a few clusters of 2-3 small red itchy bumps on my forearms. The ones near my arm fold spread to my upper arm when they get blistery. Help?

I have a few clusters of 2-3 small red itchy bumps on my forearms. The ones near my arm fold spread to my upper arm when they get blistery. Help?

Poison ivy?: Cluster of skin lesions could be from poison ivy to herpes simplex, and many conditions. Poison ivy type of contact allergy should have some history of exposure. If it stays on one area for a long time without spreading, herpes simplex maybe considered. ...Read more

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I had a few itchy bumps around my feet and now after scratching they developed into blisters. What do you recommend?

I had a few itchy bumps around my feet and now after scratching they developed into blisters. What do you recommend?

Athletes foot: Certain types of athletes foot (fungal infections) can cause small blisters (vesicles) to form. Scratching them causes the fluid to be released and the infection spreads. Try an over the counter anti fungal cream as well as some hydrocortisone to control the itching. If they don't improve after a week seek professional care. ...Read more

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I have small raised itchy bumps, that first appeared on my hand, then inner ankles, severly itchy, seems as when I scratch more come, kinda all over?

ALLERGY: Sounds like an allergic dermatitis- see nyour pcp or dermatologist for further evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have 1-2 itchy bumps on back of head that when I scratch they bleed and heal and are so itchy I scratch the scab off and it heals and comes back 5 y?

I have 1-2 itchy bumps on back of head that when I scratch they bleed and heal and are so itchy I scratch the scab off and it heals and comes back 5 y?

Your age?: It is hard to tell without you giving us any detail on the history or even your age. Although itching often points to an allergic contact condition(hair preparations especially black hair dye), it may also be from a skin cancer. Best to get them checked especially if you are over age 50. ...Read more

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Itchy bumps on scalp when I scratch them they bleed and I'm losing hair in these regions, help!

Itchy bumps on scalp when I scratch them they bleed and I'm losing hair in these regions, help!

Dermatologist: The more your scratch, the more hair you will lose from those spots, you should see your doctor first and they will tell you if seeing a dermatologist is mandated. ...Read more

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Itchy bumps for a week now after going biking w/ sunscreen. Seem to be clear/flesh colored until I scratch them and they turn red. Is it heat rash?

Itchy bumps for a week now after going biking w/ sunscreen. Seem to be clear/flesh colored until I scratch them and they turn red. Is it heat rash?

Allergy vs drug RN: This could be due to any number of things including heat rash. I would also be concerned about a possible allergy or sensitivity to one of the ingredients in the sunblock. ...Read more

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Itchy bumps for a week now after going biking w/ sunscreen. Seem to be clear/flesh colored until I scratch them and they turn red. Is it heat rash?

Itchy bumps for a week now after going biking w/ sunscreen. Seem to be clear/flesh colored until I scratch them and they turn red. Is it heat rash?

Dermatitis: Sounds like some sort of contact dermatitis or heat given the timing of the symptoms and the event. If it doesn't get better with conservative mgmt over the next few days you should consult with a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Itchy bumps for a week now after going biking w/ sunscreen. Seem to be clear/flesh colored until I scratch them and they turn red. Is it heat rash?

Itchy bumps for a week now after going biking w/ sunscreen. Seem to be clear/flesh colored until I scratch them and they turn red. Is it heat rash?

Could be: Is very difficult for us to make a diagnosis without seeing the lesion and having more information. If you want to have an accurate diagnosis, you should contact your primary care physician. ...Read more