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My face randomly gets itchy and when I scratch it, it becomes red. Bumps have appeared where I scratch it, and my face seems red all over.

My face randomly gets itchy and when I scratch it, it becomes red. Bumps have appeared where I scratch it, and my face seems red all over.

Hives: Sounds like mechanically (scratching) induced urticaria or hives and a phenomenon known as dermatographism. If this is new, often helpful to use a long-acting non-sedating antihistamine such as cetirizine. If ongoing (perhaps recurrent for months) or if an antihistamine does not help, then an Allergist or Dermatologist experienced in evaluating urticaria will help. Just one possibility ...Read more

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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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Itchy rash, scabs over and bleeds when itched spreads on legs?

Itchy rash, scabs over and bleeds when itched spreads   on legs?

Rash: It can be from different things, you should see a doctor for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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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

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Very light pink rash on stomach. Does not itch. Turns red when scratched.

Very light pink rash on stomach. Does not itch. Turns red when scratched.

Allergy: In all likelihood this is a reaction to something you have been exposed to. It could be a dermatitis from a new cleaning agent (laundry) or other agents you have been exposed to. Monitor rash and if it remains or gets worse consider visit to urgent care. Check and see if soaps or detergents have been changed in house. ...Read more

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Sometimes my hands will suddenly get extremely itchy and swell. Skin reddens from scratching. My skin isn't dry?

Sometimes my hands will suddenly get extremely itchy and swell. Skin reddens from scratching. My skin isn't dry?

Hands: Hand dermatitis consists of itchy , red hands made worse by frequent hands washing and detergents. Moisturizers and cortisone creams are often prescribed. See a dermatologist for a proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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When my skin gets wet, it gets really itchy. If i scratch it, all these tiny red dots start appearing. They fade after awhile and turn brown. What?

When my skin gets wet, it gets really itchy. If i scratch it, all these tiny red dots start appearing. They fade after awhile and turn brown. What?

Aquagenic Pruritus: The condition, aquagenic pruritus, causes a severe itching sensation immediately after water of any temperature touches the skin. Humid weather, rain and perspiration can also provoke the allergy. The condition affects all genders and ages. Itching that can last for hours after water contact is generally the only symptom of the allergy. Treatment is with antihistamines. ...Read more

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Can very dry skin cause red itchy bumps that look like bug bites? I'm getting sporadic red itchy bumps on face it's very dry and itchy!

Can very dry skin cause red itchy bumps that look like bug bites? I'm getting sporadic red itchy bumps on face it's very dry and itchy!

Yes: Skin that is very dry can develop irritation. The best treatment would probably be to use a cream that is both an exfoliant and emollient. I generally recommend either a lactic or a glycolic acid cream to help get rid of the dry, rough skin. http://www.OmahaCosmeticSurgery.com ...Read more

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Top of forearm itch, then dark red rash appears after scratching.

Top of forearm itch, then dark red rash appears after scratching.

Hives: You probably have hives (urticarial) and skin condition is called a wheal and flare. Treatment with antihistamines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) often help with this. ...Read more

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Itchy rash on my arms that spread burns when I scratch it?

Itchy rash on my arms that spread burns when I scratch it?

Many possibilities: There are many things that could cause the skin to itch. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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My skin has been very itchy lately & when I scratch it raised welts appear all over my skin and becomes very uncomfortable and even more itchy. ?

My skin has been very itchy lately & when I scratch it raised welts appear all over my skin and becomes very uncomfortable and even more itchy. ?

Dermographism: Zyrtec-----generic is ceterizine, same but cheaper. Can take daily if need. Some need 2. Some feel sleepy and try instead claratin or Allegra. May need cream to reduce itch. OTC Aveeno, (oatmeal) Eucerin, etc can help. Prescription triamcinolone comes in a 16 oz jar. Dermographism is a physical urticaria, not an allergy. Histamine is released from mast cells in skin by rubbing or scratching or pressure. ...Read more

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With the cold weather lately, my skin is very sensitive. Welt looking bumps on my back and elbows & skin turns red easily when itched. Normal?

With the cold weather lately, my skin is very sensitive. Welt looking bumps on my back and elbows & skin turns red easily when itched. Normal?

Cold urticaria-hives: Urticaria is an allergy-like condition that occurs when your body reacts as if to stop a foreign infection. When exposed to cold you break out. Other get it from sunlight, citrus, or a viral infection. It's a histamine problem, so OTCs like cetirazine or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can block the effect. The spontaneous marks are hives, the marks from scratching is called dermatographism. ...Read more

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I have several small bumpy red itchy patches of skin on my arms and legs. Scratching turns skin raw quickly. Bothersome and uncomfortable.

I have several small bumpy red itchy patches of skin on my arms and legs. Scratching turns skin raw quickly. Bothersome and uncomfortable.

Time 2 C ur doctor : who may refer you to a dermatologist, meanwhile practice good skin care: keep your finger nails short, cleanse and moisturize the affected areas well, best wishes ...Read more

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20 years old, greasy skin & pimples; when I was my face, the skin becomes dry, irritated, slightly red and flaky.. Like if it's shedding little bits.

20 years old, greasy skin & pimples; when I was my face, the skin becomes dry, irritated, slightly red and flaky.. Like if it's shedding little bits.

Manage your acne: I am going to assume that at least some of this is acne. Your best choice to start is probably a topical retinoids acid derivative. This will not be pleasant and your face will feel even more red and dry for a time. But it should help. ...Read more

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I have an itchy rash on my testicles, very dry skin which splits and bleeds when scratching...?

I have an itchy rash on my testicles, very dry skin which splits and bleeds when scratching...?

Dry skin: You may just have a case of skin dryness causing the itch. Try applying a moisturizing cream. It maybe best to have the doctor look aat the rash to rule out any infection. ...Read more

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Very light pink rash on stomach. Turns red when scatched. Stays red for awhile.

Very light pink rash on stomach. Turns red when scatched. Stays red for awhile.

Recommend eval: This rash needs to be visualized & a history needs to be obtained in order to make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Itchy arm skin that turned into a rash after intense scratching. Stopped scratching but rash is now dry, hardened, peeling and spreading over 2 months?

Itchy arm skin that turned into a rash after intense scratching. Stopped scratching but rash is now dry, hardened, peeling and spreading over 2 months?

See a doctor: Many different causes of itching rash including eczema, allergic reaction, contact dermatitis, psoriasis. Best to see your doctor or dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. Temporary relief from oral antihistamines such as benadryl, (diphenhydramine) Allegra and topical cortisone creams. ...Read more

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My skin become dry after facial..Little bit red points had on skin.

My skin become dry after facial..Little bit red points had on skin.

Irritant vs allergic: Likely irritant or allergic reaction to a component of the facial. I would discuss it with whomever gave you the facial. ...Read more

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My skin itches and inflames and becomes red in winters?

Dry skin : Place moisturizer every morning after you shower. Most likely the dry skin you are getting is from the lack of moisture in winter. This is common. Use a quality moisturizer often. ...Read more

Itchy Skin (Definition)

Often pertains to skin that is dry and ...Read more