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What can cause bite-like red bumps on arms, now developing whiteheads?

What can cause bite-like red bumps on arms, now developing whiteheads?

Furunculosis: Sometimes people develop bumps around hair shafts and these are infections called furunculosis usually treated with antibiotics or soaps. ...Read more

Dr. Marsha Davis
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Facial Pimples (Definition)

A pimple is a small inflamed spot on the skin. Also known as zit, ...Read more


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What are those common lil white or red bumps most ppl get on arms (can look like tiny pimple)? What causes them?

Possible: If they are on the back of your upper arm mostly and kind of firm they might be keratosis pilaris. It's a plugged hair follicle filled with keratin which is made by the skin. You can get rid of them by using a mild exfoliating "puff" when you shower followed by some retin a (tretinoin) type cream (prescription)
not sure if this is what you mean. ...Read more

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Red bumps on arms and legs don't itch and is not acne. Any ideas?

Red bumps on arms and legs don't itch and is not acne. Any ideas?

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

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I have red bumps/ pimple like on my arms, some on legs and feet. It itches. What's the cause of this?

I have red bumps/ pimple like on my arms, some on legs and feet. It itches. What's the cause of this?

Keratosis pilaris : rubra. Keratosis pilaris occurs when the human body produces excess amounts of the skin protein keratin, resulting in the formation of small, raised bumps in the skin often with surrounding redness. Harmless. See a dermatologist if concerned. ...Read more

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Okay I'm 18 and I've had the red bumps on my arms, legs, and bottom when you try to pop them white stuff comes out not zits or acne?

Okay I'm 18 and I've had the red bumps on my arms, legs, and bottom when you try to pop them white stuff comes out not zits or acne?

Keratosis pilaris: Or folliculitis. You will get best result from a dermatologist. Antibacterial soaps are worthless. Bacitracin, neosporin, triple antibiotic are worthless and often harmful. Don't fool around. See an expert. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has red bumps or acne on his arms, legs, even his waistline and below. He gets big ones on his neck that hurt. What can he do to fix this?

My boyfriend has red bumps or acne on his arms, legs, even his waistline and below. He gets big ones on his neck that hurt. What can he do to fix this?

Various: This sounds like an inflammatory acne. The combination of topical and oral anti-inflammatory medications would probably be ideal. ...Read more

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I Have small red bumps sporadically around my legs, hips, and arms but only around a total of 10-15 over all areas and three just appeared on the roof of my mouth. They're almost like what a pimple that just started to form looks like. Completely red, no

I Have small red bumps sporadically around my legs, hips, and arms but only around a total of 10-15 over all areas and three just appeared on the roof of my mouth. They're almost like what a pimple that just started to form looks like. Completely red, no

Papules: It really sounds as if you have two from us. I cannot envision what are the bumps on the roof of the mouth would relate to the bumps on your skin. But there are such conditions, they just need to be evaluated personally. The most important asset of a dermatologist is his/her eyes, so you need to have this rash evaluated. ...Read more

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I have red bumps on vagina they are very painful there are no whitehead and no puss you touch it sting I have 3 or 4 ?

I have red bumps on vagina  they are very painful there are no whitehead and no puss you touch it sting I have 3 or 4 ?

Doctor can look: A primary care doctor or an ob-gyn doctor will want to see the bumps while they are fresh, before they start healing up. The doctor can help figure out if the bumps are herpes, or some other problem / other infection. ...Read more

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I have red bumps with some whiteheads all over my butt and behind my theighs what is this from?

I have red bumps with some whiteheads all over my butt and behind my theighs what is this from?

You can watch: It could be folliculitis (infection of hair follicles), usually due to a bacteria. May get better spontaneously (body immunity control the infection) or some times needs an antibiotic. If you develop fever see a doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Red bumps in varying sizes under glute/upper-back thigh. No whitehead on them. Worse in summer, humid climates, & when sweating. How can I calm it?

Red bumps in varying sizes under glute/upper-back thigh. No whitehead on them. Worse in summer, humid climates, & when sweating. How can I calm it?

Rash??: You do not have a picture but your description of it being in moist wet areas makes me think that it could be a candida infection. Not uncommon in young women. You can go see your MD and he can diagnose it, get a culture if necessary, and put you on a topical antibiotic cream. ...Read more

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Please describe these red bumps from on both of my arms?

Please describe these red bumps from on both of my arms?

Not enough info: It is not possible to diagnose what skin condition that you have with this much information. Diagnosis would depend on your medical history and the actual appearance of the "bumps" and their distribution. ...Read more

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Could these red bumps on the backs of my arms be eczema?

Could these red bumps on the backs of my arms be eczema?

Keratosis pilaris: Keratosis pilaris (kp) is a very common skin disorder seen in many people of all ages. It is a benign condition that presents as numerous small, rough, red, or tan bumps primarily around hair follicles on the upper arms, legs, buttocks, and sometimes cheeks. Kp creates a "goose bumps, " "gooseflesh, " or "chicken skin" appearance on the skin. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of red bumps on upper arms?

How do I get rid of red bumps on upper arms?

Go to Dr.: What you describe as red bumps could be many things. Skin problems need to be seen by a dr. ...Read more

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My daughter has red bumps on her hands and her arms?

Need much more info: Rashes are sooooo hard to diagnose without looking at them, but further info to even try and narrow it down includes history or any new exposures, foods, soaps, detergents. Does rash itch, burn, hurt. Are there open sores, drainage. Size of bumps, do they come and go. Anywhere else at all on body, just not as many? The questions go on, but these are some of the essentials to help try and diagnose. ...Read more

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I have white and red bumps on my arms and legs with no other symptons?

I have white and red bumps on my arms and legs with no other symptons?

Difficult to tell: There are so many possibilities as to why you could be developing these bumps, which could include an allergic rash ("contact dermatitis"), dry skin, infection, drug reaction, etc. The only way to find the true cause is to have your skin examined by a doctor, and they can find the proper diagnosis and treatment for you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have bed bugs. I have been getting red bumps on my arms. Very itchy?

How do I know if I have bed bugs. I have been getting red bumps on my arms. Very itchy?

Bed bugs: Bed bug bites may cause no symptoms or signs in some people. When there is a reaction, it may not show until several days after the bed bug has bitten. It can cause pink, swollen, itchy lesions on the skin. What can be telltale is when there is a linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but that does not always occur. *here are some tell tale signs that your bites are being caused by >. ...Read more

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What can I do for tiny red bumps on my arms and legs? They kind of look like a break out

What can I do for tiny red bumps on my arms and legs? They kind of look like a break out

Depends: Red bumps on the skin can represent a number of things including a hypersentitivity reaction or allergy, a skin reaction to a viral infection, medication, or other environmental exposures. Some skin changes may signifiy a more serious condition. If your skin rash persists, you should see your health care provider to have it evaluated. ...Read more

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I occasionally get large red bumps on my arms/legs that itch excessively. Are they bug bites?

I occasionally get large red bumps on my arms/legs that itch excessively. Are they bug bites?

Hives: They sound like hives. You may be allergic to something. I would see an Allergist for this. You could also try an antihistamine like zyrtec to relieve, or benadryl (diphenhydramine). ...Read more

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I have a rash on my arms that is itching and consists of red bumps. Could it be an allergic reaction?

I have a rash on my arms that is itching and consists of  red bumps. Could it be an allergic reaction?

Rash: Yes it could be an allergic reaction. However there are many conditions that give red itchy bumps on the arms see your doctor to have your rash evaluated and treated. ...Read more

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My 5 year old daughter has red bumps with a white center, kind of looks like a pimple, all over her legs. What could these be?

My 5 year old daughter has red bumps with a white center, kind of looks like a pimple, all over her legs. What could these be?

Folliculitis: Folliculitis is a very common, benign skin disorder that looks like scattered pinpoint red bumps on the skin.
Antibacterial washes such as benzoyl peroxide are often used to treat folliculitis, and resistant cases may need antibiotic pills to clear the skin. ...Read more

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I have red bumps on my face post acne. They are not painful and have been around for quite a while now. What are they? How do I get rid of them?

I have red bumps on my face post acne. They are not painful and have been around for quite a while now. What are they? How do I get rid of them?

Hard to say: You need to see a dermatologist to know what these bumps are. They may be scars from your acneand sometimes injections with cortisone into the scars can help them. ...Read more

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Shinny red bumps on face? I have two red bumps on my cheeks one is the size of a bean they move around I do have bad acne, there is no pus what is it?

Shinny red bumps on face? I have two red bumps on my cheeks one is the size of a bean they move around I do have bad acne, there is no pus what is it?

Acne Nodules: Acne cysts are soft, pus-filled and inflamed lesions that occur deep in the dermis. They are also referred to as acne nodules, and are notoriously difficult to treat with common acne medications such as benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Due to the fact that acne cysts occur deep inside the skin, they must be treated by a skincare professional in order to minimize scarring. ...Read more

Red Bumps (Definition)

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


Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Whiteheads (Definition)

Whiteheads = closed comedon (containing oil, bacteria, skin debris) which is ...Read more