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Dr. John Chiu
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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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I've a rash that looks like insect bites (around 70) mainly on my torso (both sides). Feels like bruises, very tender, aching under them. Any ideas?!

I've a rash that looks like insect bites (around 70) mainly on my torso (both sides). Feels like bruises, very tender, aching under them. Any ideas?!

Dermatologist: That would be a huge amount of insect bites and you would have noticed them long before 70 occurred. Tenderness and aching are also unusual features. I recommend a consultation with a dermatologist for proper diagnosis and treatment. A viral illness like pityriasis rosea could be present. Read more

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What kind of rash has skin that looks like bruising?

Bruising: There are many causes of bruising, some of which are quite important for you physically. If you have what is classically known as a bruise you cannot explain his presents, you need to see a dermatologist as soon as possible. Read more

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My son has a rash on his face that looks like tiny bruises, what could it be?

My son has a rash on his face that looks like tiny bruises, what could it be?

Petechia: Tiny bruises like you describe are called petechial, and they are a big red flag that something serious may be going on. It could be caused by low platelets, serious infections, other blood problems. If he is acting ill at all, you need to seek medical care tonight. Some of these illnesses can cause serious disease within just a few hours. So if ill, fever, malaise... Get care right away. Read more

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I have small rash like bumps that turn into marks that look like bruises after a few days. Mainly on torso and back.

I have small rash like bumps that turn into marks that look like bruises after a few days. Mainly on torso and back.

See a doctor: My two main concerns are occult septicemia (blood infection) or problem with the blood clotting system. While there could be other much less ominous causes, both of these are dangerous. Read more

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My son has a rash on his arm that looks like a bruise and has a lump right in the middle of it?

My son has a rash on his arm that looks like a bruise and has a lump right in the middle of it?

See below: The lump can be do to the trauma that caused the bruise. I would not be concerned, unless your son starts developing bruises without trauma. Read more

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I keep waking up with bruising and some blood spots that looks like a rash but does not itch or hurt what can it be?

I keep waking up with bruising and some blood spots that looks like a rash but does not itch or hurt what can it be?

BRUISING RASH?: YOU DO NOT SAY HOW LONG ITS BEEN GOING ON. DO YOU TAKE ANY MEDICATIONS? PLEASE SEE YOUR GENERAL DOCTOR. Read more

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I have a weird rash on my back, it feels sore and tender like a bruise, but looks like a red rash-about 2cmx3cm right on my spine.?

I have a weird rash on my back, it feels sore and tender like a bruise, but looks like a red rash-about 2cmx3cm right on my spine.?

Skin infection: Your red and sore rash could be a skin infection. Please kindly see your primary care physician to get evaluated and treated. If it's an infection then it would need to be treated with antibiotic topically or orally. I hope this helps. Read more

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3 year old has a rash around mouth, bruise like in color (looks like she ate berries that stained), no other symptoms, doesn't bother her.?

3 year old has a rash around mouth, bruise like in color (looks like she ate berries that stained), no other symptoms, doesn't bother her.?

Lip Licking: Lip licking is a common habit 3 year olds can get into which causes a red, chapped rash localized to the perioral region. Treat with Aquaphor or Vaseline. Kids usually grow out of this habit after a while. Try redirecting her if it is a common occurrence. Read more

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I'm 18 & I have had eczema all my life & I've noticed that n certain parts of my body where I have a rash it looks like a bruise. Can it be skin cancer?

I'm 18 & I have had eczema all my life & I've noticed that n certain parts of my body where I have a rash it looks like a bruise. Can it be skin cancer?

Eczema is quite: Difficult to treat. If it were me I'd try eliminating all dyes and fragrances from my life and/or try eating wheat free. Skin cancer is extremely uncommon at 18 but not impossible. Does it look like a bruise or on closer inspection, or is it more brownish? Sometimes areas that have been inflamed (eczema) turn brown afterwards. If you have a family history of melanoma, see MD. O/w no diagnosis Read more

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My armpit recently is itchy and it has a pink rash and looks to be bruised I used to have a skin tag on that arm but I was itchy then too?

Contact sensitivity: May be sensitivity to hygiene product or just irritation to sensitive skin. Would recommend using only fragrance-free mild soap such as dove and decrease water temperature when bathing. The rash may be expected to disappear in 5-7days. Read more

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2 days ago I noticed a small red rash on my right lower abdomen, today there is a large bruise under it. No pain, no trauma or injury. Any ideas?

2 days ago I noticed a small red rash on my right lower abdomen, today there is a large bruise under it. No pain, no trauma or injury. Any ideas?

Pic please?: It is very difficult to comment without having a look at the rash. Can you please upload a pic. A rash on your abdomen could be due to dermatitis, infection, an insect bite or something more significant such as a blood disorder or pancreatitis or other causes. Very difficult to comment without a proper examination Read more

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