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How do I get rid of itchy skin? I get small bumps on ears that itch bad, also red itchy welts on cheeks & around jaw. Lotion stops some of the itching but dosnt reduse the red swelling. Thank you

How do I get rid of itchy skin? I get small bumps on ears that itch bad, also red itchy welts on cheeks & around jaw. Lotion stops some of the itching but dosnt reduse the red swelling. Thank you

Seborrheic Dermatiti: If this is a recurring problem, it may be seborrheic dermatitis. This is a troublesome condition of unknown cause, although it can be worsened by stress. Try small amounts of over-the-counter Hydrocortisone cream. Your skinseb should clear it up in a few days. Unfortunately, the condition will probably recur--but you can control it with judicious applications of the cortisone cream. ...Read more

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Welts (Definition)

Welts is another description of hive or swelling in the skin. They are pink, raised and with a vague border. The term welts is used more often for larger pinkish swelling in the skin, whereas , hives are often smaller pinkish swellings. Both are caused by histamine release in the skin which usually ...Read more


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My baby's been developing small welts and redness on his face, looking a little like rash. What causes it?

My baby's been developing small welts and redness on his face, looking a little like rash.  What causes it?

Infantile rash: This could be a number of things depending on the age of your child. Anything from erythema toxicum neonatorum to infantile acne are all potentially possible. I would recommend you have your pediatrician have a look first, and if your child is behaving like he/she is sick then sooner than later. ...Read more

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Every so often i get what starts off as small red dots under the skin they then go darker and then the area turns yellow like a bruise no pain then go?

Every so often i get what starts off as small red dots under the skin they then go darker and then the area turns yellow like a bruise no pain then go?

Difficult to tell: Skin issues are very difficult to diagnosis without actually seeing and touching the lesion. Occasionally, doctors may even need to biopsy or culture the lesion to make a determination. Best to see you family doctor or dermatologist to get you the best answer. ...Read more

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Had knee arthroscopic synovectomy on right knee to remove PVNS. next 2 dressing i had small red, bruise under the skin. Today it's spreaded x10.

Had knee arthroscopic synovectomy on right knee to remove PVNS. next 2 dressing i had small red, bruise under the skin. Today it's spreaded x10.

Call your surgeon: This is not a sign of PVNS recurrence. This also does not sound like any problem with the surgery or anything dangerous. It is most likely bleeding from the surgery coming to the surface. You should still call your surgeon. This is the best person to tell you if it is OK to ignore or needs to be checked. ...Read more

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Unexplained small red bruise on inside of elbow, looks like a blood vessel ruptured underneath the skin. Of concern? What could it be caused by?

Unexplained small red bruise on inside of elbow, looks like a blood vessel ruptured underneath the skin. Of concern? What could it be caused by?

Sounds normal: From your description it sounds normal, something like one would get after having had a needle puncture for a blood test. It should resolve within a week. If not consult with your family physician. ...Read more

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When my skin is scratched by anything, it turns red and welts up. What can I do or take to prevent this?

Dermatographia: It sounds like you may have a condition known as dermatographia (literally "skin-writing"). In this condition, any little scratch can cause a local allergic reaction, which is the red welt you are seeing. If this is correct, it is often treated with antihistamines or topical steroids. You should be evaluated by a dermatologist or allergist. ...Read more