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Doctor insights on: Light Red Dots On Back And Shoulders

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I have these tiny red dots that appear mostly on my arms and back (upper shoulder area) thaterupt into deep holes after a few days. What could they be?

I have these tiny red dots that appear mostly on my arms and back (upper shoulder area) thaterupt into deep holes after a few days. What could they be?

Difficult to tell: Skin issues are very difficult to diagnosis without actually seeing and touching the lesion. Occasionally, doctors may even need to biopsy or culture the lesion to make a determination. Best to see you family doctor or dermatologist to get you the best answer. ...Read more

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I have very bad muscle cramps around my right shoulder blade with big red dots like things that hurt badly. What could it be?

I have very bad muscle cramps around my right shoulder blade with big red dots like things that hurt badly. What could it be?

Maybe shingles: While it could be trigger point tenderness, I usually don't see "red dots" on the skin. Have any of these "dots" blistered or does it look more like a rash? If so, you should be evaluated for shingles. ...Read more

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I have small red dots on my left shoulder but they don't itch what does those mean?

I have small red dots on my left shoulder but they don't itch what does those mean?

Depends on age.: Without an actual examination, I cannot give specific medical advice on your particular health,

Dermatologic conditions are hard to evaluate without seeing them in person.
with aging there can be discoloration of the skin, especialy if there was years of sun exposure (age spots).
can be infection (pimples)
can be autoimmune disease (but would be all over)
in theory skin cancer (mostly ONE dot) ...Read more

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I've had red blotches on my back in a certain area between my shoulder blades for a few days wonder of it could be related to the massive pain I've had in that area for along time?

Shingles: From the description, it sounds like you may have shingles. See your doctor soon so that he or she can get a look at the rash and decide if that's what is going on, and then treat it. ...Read more

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Only couple of red small lumps on back shoulder with itching?

Only couple of red small lumps on back shoulder with itching?

Tough to know: Your problem could be caused by a number of things. To really know what is happening and how best to treat your problem, you will need to see a health care provider in person. Good luck to you. :). ...Read more

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About 2 months ago I got a pimple looking thing on my shoulder, popped it and came back now it is a red pimple looking circle, soft, doesn't hurt.?

About 2 months ago I got a pimple looking thing on my shoulder, popped it and came back now it is a red pimple looking circle, soft, doesn't hurt.?

See MD: Never pop lesions. If this is red and circular at this time, you should see physician, as you may have a developing infection. Do not take chances. ...Read more

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I have been getting red marks on my shoulder blade's only on my right side though no pain or swelling I only notice then when I take my shirt off and see them what could it be?

I have been getting red marks on my shoulder blade's only on my right side though no pain or swelling I only notice then when I take my shirt off and see them what could it be?

It sounds like..: ..some sort of minimal trauma/abrasion. It doesn't sound like a drug/other rash to me. The one-sidedness is not surprising. Many of us, if not most, have some mild spinal asymmetry that causes one scapula to be more prominent than the other. But the real question what could be rubbing hard enough to cause red marks? Perhaps you are very sensitive to the type of fabric in your shirt or laundry soap ...Read more

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I have a red circle on my back by my shoulder along with lightheaded and dizziness what could that be?

I have a red circle on my back by my shoulder along with lightheaded and dizziness what could that be?

Red circle: The red circle may be erythema migrans and with your symptoms you could have lyme's disease. See your internist or dermatologist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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My left shoulder blade hurt and feel burning hot. But the skin is not hot or red.

My left shoulder blade hurt and feel burning hot. But the skin is not hot or red.

Shoulder: Might be a pinched nerve in the neck vs bursitis in the shoulder. You'll need an exam by ortho doc. ...Read more

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Hi my wife has red rash on her shoulder back. It burns and itches and she has been having it for a week?

Hi my wife has red rash on her shoulder back. It burns and itches and she has been having it for a week?

Shingles?: If the rash has been there for a week and the symptoms are extremely bothersome then get it seen. Rashes are best diagnosed visually. It's possible it is shingles, a viral skin inflammation that requires a specific treatment ...Read more

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I have a hard painful lump on my back near shoulder blade its reali red and soree to touch : (any ideas?

I have a hard painful lump on my back near shoulder blade its reali red and soree to touch : (any ideas?

Skin infection: What you describe is either a infected skin cyst or hair follicle. These are painful. Hot compresses applied to the area may soften the skin and bring the infection to the surface, allowing drainage to occur with relief of pain. If this does not work, then seek a doctor to assess the area and provide treatment. ...Read more

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I have a lump between shoulder blades on spine, did not bother me at first but is painful, red and swelling now, what could it be....

I have a lump between shoulder blades on spine, did not bother me at first but is painful, red and swelling now, what could it be....

Infected cyst: It sounds like it could be an infected sebaceous cyst. You need to see your doctor to get it examined to know for sure. Cysts can be present for years and never cause a problem. But they can become infected, become red, and painful. ...Read more

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I have pain in my upper back right below my right shoulder blade it hurts when any pressure is applied and small red lines have also appeared.?

I have pain in my upper back right below my right shoulder blade it hurts when any pressure is applied and small red lines have also appeared.?

Monitor closely: Can try a couple of days of antiinflammatory but if not better in couple of days or if red lines increase need to be seen by a professional ...Read more

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I have a swollen red rash-like area on the back of my shoulder with a center that has tiny bumps. Its painful when I move. I've had this before?

I have a swollen red rash-like area on the back of my shoulder with a center that has tiny bumps. Its painful when I move. I've had this before?

Shingles? Herpes?: Could be shingles [herpes zoster] if on one side of spine, tingling, little bumps red rash or herpes if recurrant in same place again tingling, little grapelike vesicles on red rash, like a cold sore on the lips[usually herpes type 1] lasts a week then crusts over. Could be simple staph infection, if pus in the bums could be mrsa, need Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or doxycycline or minocycline or clindamycin ...Read more

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I have a big red spot on my shoulder its been there for years it looks simular to a sunburn sometimes feels sensitive has small purple dots concerned?

I have a big red spot on my shoulder its been there for years it looks simular to a sunburn sometimes feels sensitive has small purple dots concerned?

Hard to say: It concerns you enough to ask about it. So go have it looked at. It is hard to say anything about rashes and spots without seeing them, .
Most are nothing. When it concerns you enough to ask it is beneficial to have it looked at. ...Read more

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Mam has an itchy back. There are tiny red spots on her shoulder blades and the bottom of her back. She is 86. Could it be serious.

Mam has an itchy back. There are tiny red spots on her shoulder blades and the bottom of her back. She is 86. Could it be serious.

Honestly without: Seeing your mom I can't be sure. If you are worried and these spots are relatively new, see a dermatolgoist. If they are cherry angiomas which are tiny pink papules (bright red pinpoint dots) those are benign, but I would see a doctor to be sure. Hope that helps ...Read more

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I have a rash with red little bumps that appear on my shoulder blade about two ago. I don't know what it is or if I should go tgo the hospotal.?

I have a rash with red little bumps that appear on my shoulder blade about two ago. I don't know what it is or if I should go tgo the hospotal.?

Try OTC ointment: A new rash in that area could be from a number of things. I would start with cleansing the area and applying an otc ointment such as hydrocortisone. If you're having more serious symptoms, that would be a more appropriate indication to go to the emergency room. If it's not that serious and doesn't respond otc ointment, we might try a local urgent care. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Have a lot of zits on my back and shoulder. They are pink-red and itchy. Whey they pop they leave black marks... I hate them.... Please help me?

Have a lot of zits on my back and shoulder. They are pink-red and itchy. Whey they pop they leave black marks... I hate them.... Please help me?

Need Rx: I am going to assume that this is acne. If you're a woman and can accept and take the oral contraceptive pill, this is a good start. Acne over the back often requires both a topical prescription (clindamycin plus perhaps a retinoic acid derivative) plus a systemic antibiotic that's right for you. This is the 21st century and you have a right to effective treatment. ...Read more

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HELLO how are you? I recently got a tattoo on my left shoulder blade, It's Not red, or anything like that. But muscle around area of tattoo is achy??

HELLO how are you? I recently got a tattoo on my left shoulder blade, It's Not red, or anything like that. But muscle around area of tattoo is achy??

HadToGetThatTat, Huh?: What did you expect? A thornless rose garden?? Of course you're going to be sore. You've been pummeled by a million little needle sticks that injected God knows what kind of dye into your skin. But, hey, just keep in mind that getting it removed, should you decide, will be MUCH more painful (laser!!). Worry if you are sore for more than say two weeks, or if it gets worse, or swells or turns red and hot. ...Read more

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Pale orange/red spot appeared on my shoulder months ago which never went away. I've noticed more on my shoulder blade. Not itchy or painful. Circular.

See dermatologist: A picture can tell us more than words when it comes to rashes. This sounds odd based on the coloration you describe and it sounds like it is enlarging. I would seek dermatology consult ...Read more

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I found a tick on the back of my neck earlier today. I got it off, found no others. I've got a sore, red, lump on my shoulder. Could a tick be embedded?

I found a tick on the back of my neck earlier today. I got it off, found no others. I've got a sore, red, lump on my shoulder. Could a tick be embedded?

TICK BITE/LYME: Yes you need an exam and labs bring the tick you removed. Your doctor will screen for tick born diseases and likely start empiric therapy with doxycycline for 3 weeks. SEEK PROMPT MEDICAL ATTENTION ...Read more