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I have derm appt - but in mean time I have red bumpy ITCHY rash on part of lower right leg. It's now started on left. What could this be?!

I have derm appt - but in mean time I have red bumpy ITCHY rash on part of lower right leg. It's now started on left. What could this be?!

Could be minor...: Dermatology is all about appearance. I am guessing it is an erythematous papule ("red bumpy"), which honestly could be an insect bite, or contact dermatitis, both of which are common. However you mention pregnancy; there is a condition called PUPPP: Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy, which are terribly itchy red bumps! See what the dermatologist thinks! ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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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 am experiencing skin sores, itchy rash (severity: severe) (quality: severe itching) (side: scalp), rash in armpit (quality: pustules or pimples), itch, leg numbness and skin rash (quality: itchiness, blisters, crusty, bumpy, red or bluish purple, fla

I am experiencing skin sores, itchy rash (severity: severe) (quality: severe itching) (side: scalp), rash in armpit (quality: pustules or pimples), itch, leg numbness and skin rash (quality: itchiness, blisters, crusty, bumpy, red or bluish purple, fla

Sore/ itchy rash: May be eczema, psoriasis which could respond to steroids but may need stronger treatment if diffuse, folliculitis for which mupirocin topical and bactrim oral if not allergic would help, or autoimmune process. Or food intolerence- gluten, milk. Would follow up with dermatologist ...Read more

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What causes an itchy rash with little bumps on top of my feet and redness on lower legs? Also bumps are not itching anymore, now they are dry bumps.

What causes an itchy rash with little bumps on top of my feet and redness on lower legs? Also bumps are not itching anymore, now they are dry bumps.

Allergic reaction: Usually rashes on the top of your feet are casued by some type of allergic reaction or contact dermatits. With your lower legs involved I would rule out edema/swelling as an issue as well. Your socks or shoes could be creating the rash on your feet more so if they got wet while wearing them or if you have changed soaps or detergents. If the rash persists or returns get examined by a doctor. ...Read more

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Experiencing itchy rash. Also describe me: Skin redness/irritation and Allergic reaction. What should I do? Hand arms and legs mostly hands& arms help

Experiencing itchy rash. Also describe me: Skin redness/irritation and Allergic reaction. What should I do? Hand arms and legs mostly hands& arms help

Too little info: Most skin rashes need to be examined in order to offer meaningful insight. In the case of a reaction, a discussion about potential exposures is also necessary. ...Read more

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My right leg is swollen and has a red itchy rash. What's going on?

My right leg is swollen and has a red itchy rash. What's going on?

Needs to be seen: This could be an infection or allergy. You need to see a health care practitioner to determine the cause. ...Read more

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Red itchy rash on leg what could it be? Photo in health files on my profile.

Red itchy rash on leg what could it be? Photo in health files on my profile.

We cannot see: The photo in your file. This is HealthTap BASIC - not the one of the treatment/ consult sites on HealthTap. ...Read more

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Hi there, I've got a red itchy rash on my leg, it's only on the one side?

Hi there, I've got a red itchy rash on my leg, it's only on the one side?

Can't diagnose with: This info. These lesions need to be visualized & a history needs to be obtained in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes lab testing or biopsy is necessary. ...Read more

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Red, flaky, itchy rash on both lower legs. I'm guessing it's eczma. Is there any effective home remedies?

Red, flaky, itchy rash on both lower legs. I'm guessing it's eczma. Is there any effective home remedies?

Yes and god one: Pure aloe gel from plant 3-4 times a day, wash with neem or turmeric water, apply paste of bitter gourd 3times a day, cut down on sugars and quit gluten. Vit e lubricates. ...Read more

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A red itchy rash on the inner side of my leg near the groin area for over 1 month. It decreases when I take anti biotics. I want a permanent solution?

A red itchy rash on the inner side of my leg near the groin area for over 1 month. It decreases when I take anti biotics. I want a permanent solution?

Erythrasma: I assume you used actual antibiotics and not antifungals. You could have Erythrasma which is a bacterial infection that just like fungus affects areas of moist skin. The rash may have well defined borders and may become brownish. Topical and sometimes oral antibiotics are necessary. Keeping the area dry is the way to prevent this. Check that you are in good health for example no diabetes ...Read more

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I have a bright red (and itchy!) rash on the back of both my legs, between my butt and knee. It looks like small bug bite like bumps. Not spreading.?

I have a bright red (and itchy!) rash on the back of both my legs, between my butt and knee. It looks like small bug bite like bumps. Not spreading.?

Many causes: Rashes are challenging even when the doctor can see them, so even harder in this forum. Small red bumps on both legs make me think of reactions to clothes, or something in contact with that area on both sides. Bites can do it. It could be heat rash, a reaction of the skin to warmth and occlusion from pressure. Some drug reactions can do that as can conditions like eczema and psoriasis. ...Read more

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Many bright red and itchy rash on the back of both my legs, between butt and knee. It looks like small bug bite like bumps smeared in a line. Nospread?

Many bright red and itchy rash on the back of both my legs, between butt and knee. It looks like small bug bite like bumps smeared in a line. Nospread?

Many causes: Rashes are challenging even when the doctor can see them, so even harder in this forum. Small red bumps on both legs make me think of reactions to clothes, or something in contact with that area on both sides. Bites can do it. It could be heat rash, a reaction of the skin to warmth and occlusion from pressure. Some drug reactions can do that as can conditions like eczema and psoriasis. ...Read more

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I have red flat itchy rash on shoulders, neck, chest, tummy and legs, what is this and treatment?

I have red flat itchy rash on shoulders, neck, chest, tummy and legs, what is this and treatment?

Many possibilities: There are many things that could cause the skin to itch. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I am experiencing dry skin, very itchy rash. On sides under boobs, back and inside of top of my legs. It gets worse in the winter. Red patchy circles?

I am experiencing dry skin, very itchy rash. On sides under boobs, back and inside of top of my legs. It gets worse in the winter. Red patchy circles?

Moisturizer: These are likely what is called winter rash due to dry skin. Try applying a moisturizer on your skin within 3 minutes after bathing (daily bathing is encouraged). Avoid scented or anti-bacterial soap. The red patchy circles however are not usually found in people with just dry skin. You may need to consult a dermatologist. ...Read more

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My lower legs have a swollen, red itchy rash...and blister like bumps. They become worse as the day progresses.

My lower legs have a swollen, red itchy rash...and blister like bumps. They become worse as the day progresses.

This will require: Evaluation by your physician or a dermatologist to provide accurate diagnosis and treatment recommendations. ...Read more

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My arms and legs are a bright red but not itchy rash. I am also experiencing chills with the red skin.

My arms and legs are a bright red but not itchy rash. I am also experiencing chills with the red skin.

Urgent: Please seek urgent medical advice as this might be a serious infection that needs to be treated at once. ...Read more

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After I drink several glasses of red wine, my right calf swells up, my leg aches, and I get an itchy rash behind my knee. What's going on?

After I drink several glasses of red wine, my right calf swells up, my leg aches, and I get an itchy rash behind my knee. What's going on?

Reaction to sulfites: Is possible. Sometimes, more expensive red wines can contain sulfites. I don't know why your left calf will be spared though. Stick with cheap white wine. ...Read more

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I have a red, blotchy itchy rash on my legs and feet. A cool bath helped but not fir long, I've also tried a antihistamine and a cream for bites?

Unsure of diagnosis.: These lesions need to be visualized & a history needs to be obtained in order to make an accurate diagnosis. Sometimes lab testing or biopsy is necessary. ...Read more

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I have a red itchy rash on my face, legs, neck and stomach. I'm also have been running a fever with it. What could it be?

I have a red itchy rash on my face, legs, neck and stomach. I'm also have been running a fever with it. What could it be?

Fever with rash: Fever with could be a viral infection, some rare bacterial and parasitic infections. Viral rashes and fever usually gets better on its own in week to 10 days time, if continues get worse, have yourself examined by your physician ...Read more

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My sister has a red, itchy rash developing on her arms and legs. It started on her feet and has now spread to hands, knees, elbows.?

My sister has a red, itchy rash developing on her arms and legs. It started on her feet and has now spread to hands, knees, elbows.?

Cannot say: Your sister could have eczema and allergic eruption or psoriasis.She needs to see a dermatologist for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Sometimes a skin biopsy is necessary. ...Read more

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Hi doc, had unprotected oral and got pain on big toe on my left leg and itchy rash on my elbows and non itchy red rash on chest. Then got ulcer on lower lip and skin on mouth roof started peeling off. Burning tongue sensation and lumps on mouth roof. Imme

Hi doc, had unprotected oral and got pain on big toe on my left leg and itchy rash on my elbows and non itchy red rash on chest. Then got ulcer on lower lip and skin on mouth roof started peeling off. Burning tongue sensation and lumps on mouth roof. Imme

Unrelated symptoms: And sketchy picture, you need to be examined, tell your doctor what you are anxious about, you might need an STD testing, trust your doctor, your information is confidential, good luck ...Read more

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Itchy rash on inner thigh with red bumps. What would that possibly be?

Itchy rash on inner thigh with red bumps. What would that possibly be?

Hard to tell: Without seeing the rash it is very difficult to know. It sounds like simple things but it should be seen in order to treat it properly. ...Read more

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I have an extremely itchy rash on the inside of my thigh and back of thigh. It's not red. Slightly pinkish in color. A little raised but not much?

Rash: An accurate diagnosis for the cause of a rash will require a physical by an experienced physician or dermatologist. At times a biopsy will be needed. ...Read more

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Red, itchy rash on thigh-2 months. 2 different prescribed steroids failed. Now it's painful w/pustules. Thoughts?

Red, itchy rash on thigh-2 months. 2 different prescribed steroids failed. Now it's painful w/pustules. Thoughts?

See a specialist: Painful pustules that are painful need to be taken seriously. There are several diseases that can present with pustules. Actually, any rash that stays in one place for more than 24 hours needs to be addressed. See a dermatologist first, the sooner the better. ...Read more

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I've had a red, itchy rash (thigh) for two months. 2 prescribed steroids-no relief. It's now painful and red with little pustules. Thoughts?

I've had a red, itchy rash (thigh) for two months. 2 prescribed steroids-no relief. It's now painful and red with little pustules. Thoughts?

Folliculitis: This can be from inflammation around the hair follicles and may need a combination of antibiotics and topical medications to treat, see a dermatologist ...Read more

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I have flat, not itchy rash on my calf muscle. It started as very light dots but it grew and became more red with time what could it possibly be?

I have flat, not itchy rash on my calf muscle. It started as very light dots but it grew and became more red with time what could it possibly be?

Need a photo or exam: Most infection related rashes cause a generalized exanthem, and allergic rashes from contact or hives are itchy. Ring worm has a circular pattern and is slightly raised. An exam is essential for diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a red, blotchy and itchy rash on my thigh. No pus but it is dry. I currently 14 weeks pregnant. What can be used until I see my ob?

I have a red, blotchy and itchy rash on my thigh. No pus but it is dry. I currently 14 weeks pregnant. What can be used until I see my ob?

Possibly fungal: Hydrocortisone cream1%, OTC, use minimal dose, in addition to clotrimazole OTC cream, use both twice a day for few days, if nk improvement, stop till you see your doctor ...Read more

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Sudden appearance of red itchy rash behind my knee, swelling and spreading. I scratched my eyelid and got four bumps there too so its spreading?

Sudden appearance of red itchy rash behind my knee, swelling and spreading. I scratched my eyelid and got four bumps there too so its spreading?

Allergies: Patients with allergies can develop red and itchy skin around the eyes and on the eyelids from allergies. Behind the knees and on the inside part of the elbow too. This skin condition is called allergic dermatitis or allergic eczema. You can use a hypoallergenic cream/lotion: cetaphil or lubriderm and consider contacting your medical doctor about taking allergy pills-such as Claritin (loratadine) or allegra. ...Read more

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Red very itchy rash dr aid she didn't know what it is all over back chest inner thigh neck arms shoulders had for two days bad itchy skin

Many possibilities: There are many things that could cause the skin to itch. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I had a red, dry, itchy rash on my thigh for 2 weeks that kept getting bigger because I scratched. It stopped itching and turned purple the day I applied fluconazole left-over from vaginal candida treatment. So, was my thigh rash from candida?

I had a red, dry, itchy rash on my thigh for 2 weeks that kept getting bigger because I scratched. It stopped itching and turned purple the day I applied fluconazole left-over from vaginal candida treatment. So, was my thigh rash from candida?

Did it improve?: It is never a good idea to use prescription medication for uses other than for what it was prescribed. That being said the question here is did your rash improve after applying the anti fungal cream? If so then most likely this was a fungal infection. If not improved consider a virtual visit with an image of the area attached and a Healthtap doctor can help you now. ...Read more

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For a few weeks now, I've had itchy areas on my arms and legs. They start out as tiny little spots. Then I started scratching and they become red, itchy rashes. I have 2 places on my left arm, 1 on my right and behind both of my legs (knee area). What

Dry skin?: First try applying a moisturizer all over your body within 3 minutes after bathing and see if this helps. For the rash, topical hydrocortisone for a few days may be helpful. However if this is a persistent or worsening problem, I would recommend a dermatology consult. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more


Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
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Itchy Rash (Definition)

Most itchy rashes are called eczema or dermatitis. Both are due to ...Read more