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Small Red Bumps (Definition)

Small distinct red bumps on the skin are most commonly caused by a heat rash. Heat rash or prickly heat is caused by the blockage of the pores that lead to the sweat glands. It is most common in very young children but can occur at any age, particularly in hot and humid weather. An infant does not sweat. The sweat is held within the skin and forms little red bumps ...Read more


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My left armpit has been itchy for more than a week. I couldn't see any visible skin irritations, but now it has small red bumps and it itches what now?

Multiple causes : The rash could be due to folliculitis, or a dermatitis from your antiperspirant or another cause. Consult a dermatologist to evaluate and treat this issue. Use unscented soaps and sensitive skin antiperspirants only. ...Read more

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What do I have? A rash? Bug bite? It itches! I have some kind of rash, or bite all over my skin. I thought it could be bed bugs but my boyfriend doesn't have any bites. They are small red bumps that itch like crazy sometimes. I have some on my wrists tha

What do I have? A rash? Bug bite? It itches! I have some kind of rash, or bite all over my skin. I thought it could be bed bugs but my boyfriend doesn't have any bites. They are small red bumps that itch like crazy sometimes. I have some on my wrists tha

Not every one has a: Reaction to bed bugs. Bed bug bites may have no sx's/signs except for 2 small skin puncture points. A reaction may show from an hr to several days later. It can cause itchy, pink, swollen, lesions w clear center. If hypersensite blisters may occur. A telltale sign is linear track of lesions from sequential feedings – but doesn't always occur. Bites are in areas exposed while sleeping-arms, should. ...Read more

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I have small red bumps on my wrist. I've had them there for about 10 days but it only seems to be spreading throughout my wrist. It itches a little.

I have small red bumps on my wrist. I've had them there for about 10 days but it only seems to be spreading throughout my wrist. It itches a little.

Your age?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, and we expect it of you! ...Read more

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My husband has a rash on his back that flares up and sometimes it itches.. But not always.. Its just small red bumps.. Why?

My husband has a rash on his back that flares up and sometimes it itches.. But not always.. Its just small red bumps.. Why?

Keratosis pilaris: Depending where you live or your husbands activities, small red papules can become inflamed and pruritic. Usually this can be treated with a perscription wash and gentle exfoliation to minimize the discomfort. You should see a dermatologist to have the correct diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I was bit by a leech 9 days ago and now the bite has a ring of small red bumps around it and it itches. Should i be worried?

I was bit by a leech 9 days ago and now the bite has a ring of small red bumps around it and it itches. Should i be worried?

No: This is where it attached. Leeches have round mouths , the marks are where it attached to you. Watch for infection. ...Read more

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I'm have these small red bumps towards my vagina and it itches from time to time and i didn't shave. What can this be?

I'm have these small red bumps towards my vagina and it itches from time to time and i didn't shave. What can this be?

Most often yeast: Itching is almost always a yeast infection until proven otherwise. You can try some otc treatment---any vaginal anti-fungal will do. If that doesn't work, then consider making an appointment with your doctor to have the lesions or bumps looked at as you wouldn't want to miss a std. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have small red bumps in pubic hair area. It mainly shows up after i shave, and it itches. I (stupidly) left it alone and now I am wondering what this is.

I have small red bumps in pubic hair area. It mainly shows up after i shave, and it itches. I (stupidly) left it alone and now I am wondering what this is.

Likely irritation: The base of the hair follicles may simply be reacting to your choise of shaving lubricant or soap.If it flares after shaving the relationship to tha process cannot be discounted. You may want to try alternate methods of site preparation and after care.The redness should respond to a mild steroid cream like hydrocortizone.If it persists see your doc. ...Read more

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I had poison oak for two weeks. It has now being replaced by a rash with small red bumps on my ribs, chest, back-itches, burns and a yeast infection ?

I had poison oak for two weeks.  It has now being replaced by a rash with small red bumps on my ribs, chest, back-itches, burns and a yeast infection ?

Possible: looking at the rash in the picture without actually seeing the patient will suspected a viral lesion condyloma contagiosum. This can occur in patients with weakened immune system if you took Prednisone. It will spread by scratching it. It will usually resolve after a long time without treatment. Use anti itch meds may help. A visit to a Dermatologist may clarify diagnosis and help in management ...Read more

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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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Itch (Definition)

Itches are a clinical finding in which a person's skin has a sensation of non-painful irritation ...Read more