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Doctor insights on: Large Red Bumps On Legs

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Skin 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


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My boyfriend has a large red/pink bump on his leg that is very painful and seems to be filled with a liquid or puss that's surrounded by a rash-ish looking thing. He has gotten it twice and it went away the first time before we could go to the doctors. Is

My boyfriend has a large red/pink bump on his leg that is very painful and seems to be filled with a liquid or puss that's surrounded by a rash-ish looking thing. He has gotten it twice and it went away the first time before we could go to the doctors. Is

Without : Without examining him, it's difficult to say exactly what the lesion is. It sounds as though your boyfriend could have a skin infection with abscesses or "boils". These usually start out as tender, red areas which become hard and then eventually develop a "head" of white pus. Once this drains, the area usually heals on its own. Most of these are caused by staphylococcus aureas, a common bacteria found on the skin. Occasionally, however, the can be caused by mrsa, the antibiotic resistent kind of staph bacteria. Next time your boyfriend develops one of these infections, start out by applying warm compresses to the area to help draw the infection out. Then, you should take him to his doctor so that they can drain it, test for what bacteria is causing it and be able to treat him appropriately - sometimes with antibiotics, sometimes just with drainage. If he ever develops fever, chills, or feels ill with this infection, call his doctor immediately. You can try and prevent these infections by practicing good hygiene and using anti-bacterial soaps. His doctor may have other suggestions for prevention. Good luck! ...Read more

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I went camping two days ago. I have big red bumps on buttocks, back amd legs plus a couple on arms that are intensely itchy and burning.

I went camping two days ago. I have big red bumps on buttocks, back amd legs plus a couple on arms that are intensely itchy and burning.

?Poison Ivy?: It is difficult to know what you have without examination. So, if you can handle it, go see your primary care doctor for examination and treatment. If you do not have health insurance, you can try treating at home but it may be difficult. Over the counter medicines like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can help to reduce itching. But they can make you sleepy, so avoid driving after benadryl (diphenhydramine) or use it at night only. ...Read more

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Itchy, red bumps on legs/ankles?

Itchy, red bumps on legs/ankles?

Dermatitis: Of some sort. Rashes or skin conditions are much easier diagnosed by seeing them. You can try an over the counter cortisone creams nd if no improvement see the dermatologist. A prescription med may be needed. Try not to itch. ...Read more

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Red bumps on legs with clear liquid coming out. What is this?

Red bumps on legs with clear liquid coming out. What is this?

Not sure.: There are a # of possible causes. The best way to get an accurate diagnosis would be dermatological evaluation. ...Read more

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What would cause a rash in hotspot areas, purple and red bumps on legs and on groin ?

What would cause a rash in hotspot areas, purple and red bumps on legs and on groin ?

Bumpy rashes on legs: Rashes can be difficult to diagnosis, even by a skilled dermatologist looking at the rash in person. With just a description i cannot answer your question. There are many causes of rashes in these areas, such as a contact allergy, irritation, chafing, fungus, scabies, etc. I recommend you make an appointment with a board certified dermatologist so she/he can examine you and make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Small freckle like red bumps on legs early sign of pregnancy?

Small freckle like red bumps on legs early sign of pregnancy?

Not a sign: This is not a sign of pregnancy. Check a pregnancy test if you are uncertain. There can be skin changes with pregnancy but most often they involve increase in pigmentation around the nipples and in the midline on the belly. ...Read more

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Breaking out in small red bumps on legs and slowly spreading and are painful also with a headache and fever what could this be cause from?

Breaking out in small red bumps on legs and slowly spreading and are painful also with a headache and fever what could this be cause from?

See a doctor: Cannot diagnose this without seeing the rash and obtaining a full history and exam. You also need to be checked to be sure you do not have central nervous system involvement. Go see your pcp now. This is the season for tick-borne illnesses and they need rapid treatment. Hope you are better soon. ...Read more

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Red bumps on legs. Recently started getting on back of arms and on my back. Haven't been to derm yet? Possibly KP? Tried many lotions nothing plzhelp

Red bumps on legs. Recently started getting on back of arms and on my back. Haven't been to derm yet? Possibly KP? Tried many lotions  nothing plzhelp

Keratosis pilaris?: There are certain limitations imposed by this format which include the lack of a photograph of the skin lesions about which you requested information, So it's impossible to tell you the correct diagnosis and/or therapy. Certainly the above diagnoses could be consistent with bumps on the legs, but there are many other causes, such as razor dermatitis so you really have to see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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1 yr old has small red bumps on legs and buttox. Ongoing for a week and spread up his thighs. Could this be irritation from detergent or should I make an appt asap?

1 yr old has small red bumps on legs and buttox. Ongoing for a week and spread up his thighs. Could this be irritation from detergent or should I make an appt asap?

Possibly: It sure can be an irritation from the detergent. I don't think you need to worry too much. Put otc Hydrocortisone on the rash twice a day. If not better by monday, see you doctor. ...Read more

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Red bumps on my kid legs?

Red bumps on my kid legs?

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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Red Bumps (Definition)

A bump is an area of tissue or skin that is raised . Red bumps are elevations ...Read more