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Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Red Bumps (Definition)

Red bumps is a symptom in which a person has a rash of raised spots on the skin, and the spots are redder than the normal skin. Redness is usually caused by increased blood (red colored) in the reddened area. Increased blood flow can be due to allergies, infection, hormonal changes, ...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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I woke up with itchy red bumps on my arms and stomach. They look like bug bites. What is it?

I woke up with itchy red bumps on my arms and stomach. They look like bug bites. What is it?

May be insect bites: You may have bed bugs, in which you may have to be treated appropriately. Allergy is a possibility as well as some other diseases. However, if you have no other symptoms, the first diagnosis to exclude would be bed bugs. ...Read more

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Dr. Al Hegab
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Got sun burn in tanning bed and a day later there are red bumps (looks like bug bites) and there very itchy.. What is it? Will they go away?Treatment?

Got sun burn in tanning bed and a day later there are red bumps (looks like bug bites) and there very itchy.. What is it? Will they go away?Treatment?

? Solar urticaria: From ultraviolet rays exposure, rash will go away, OTC antihistamines and anti itch creams will help, if not please see your doctor, avoid tanning beds and sun exposure, use sun blocks, better see an allergist as well for future management, goodluck ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Tomeo
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I have three huge red bumps on the back of my thighs. They are very painful and are hot to touch. What would they be? Are they just bug bites?

I have three huge red bumps on the back of my thighs. They are very painful and are hot to touch. What would they be? Are they just bug bites?

Inflammed bumps: Could be bites but must consider inflamed cysts or abscesses , particularly if they are more tender and painful (and no necessarily itchy). if they are abscessed cysts they may form pustules and drain on their own. Warm compresses may help but you may need to have a professional evaluate you. ...Read more

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Dr. Edwin Ishoo
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My son has a lot big red bumps thought bug bites more appear one had ring around it should he be tested for Lyme? Doc said didn't have to but would

My son has a lot big red bumps thought bug bites more appear one had ring around it should he be tested for Lyme? Doc said didn't have to but would

Lyme disease: This is caused by deer-born ticks and can have serious long term consequences if untreated. If you live in an area that has deer or there has been reports of Lyme disease, I would certainly recommend testing. Even if it is negative in a 3 yr old, but there is a medium suspicion for Lyme, I would argue that it is worth treating with abx (doxy, amox). The risk of tx far outweighs complications of dz ...Read more

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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
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I have a few little itchy, red bumps on the outside of my hip. I thought they were bug bites but they won't go away, for 5 months. What are they?

I have a few little itchy, red bumps on the outside of my hip. I thought they were bug bites but they won't go away, for 5 months. What are they?

Rash: The physical examination performed by an evaluating physician is critical for diagnosis of rashes. Questions about the cause of a rash cannot typically be answered unless the rash description involves great details. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Tiny red bumps on arms rash or bug bites?

Tiny red bumps on arms rash or bug bites?

Don't know: There are a # of possible causes. The best way to get an accurate diagnosis would be dermatological evaluation. ...Read more

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