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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

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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On my head, I have small blotch that is light & spreading slowly. In the center there is a red bruise that appears, scabs, disappears, ?

Dermatologist: Lesions that a=asymmetric, b=irregular boarders, c=irregular color pattern, d=larger then the size of a pencil eraser are worrisome. If your fit the abcd rule, have it biopsied. ...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

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When I scratch my skin, I develop red welts and hives this has been happening for over a year

When I scratch my skin, I develop red welts and hives this has been happening for over a year

You: You have dermatographism, a form of hives. Would see an allergist who could help you with this if not controlled by otc antihistamines. It would be best to try to figure out what is causing it, if possible. ...Read more

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once a month I wake up with a bite like bump that itches and turns into a welt that is brownish and skin round it turns red after shower?

once a month I wake up with a bite like bump that itches and turns into a welt that is brownish and skin round it turns red after shower?

Bite: Such an itchy bump may well be an insect bite rather than a simple hive which usually would be multiple and due to an allergy to something internal or external and would be difficult to pinpoint as it only occurs once a month. You could consult a dermatologist if you have further concerns. ...Read more

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If I even GRAZE my skin anywhere it becomes red inflamed & very itchy and will welt up. Sporadically will happen without contact. No new foods/meds?

If I even GRAZE my skin anywhere it becomes red inflamed & very itchy and will welt up. Sporadically will happen without contact. No new foods/meds?

Dermatographism: Not an allergy. A physical urticaria. See a dermatologist. Meanwhile you can try ceterazine (Zertec) daily. Why ginger? I like it but it is not a medicine. ...Read more

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Spots of dry skin on forearms...itchy...I scratched them. And now they are red welts?

Dermatographism: When the skin welts up after scratching, it is call dermatographism. Antihistamine often helps control this condition. Sometimes dry skin can cause it as well and you may try applying a moisturizer to the area especially right after bathing to see if this helps. ...Read more

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Itchy skin everyday. After itch my skin, I get really bad red welts. Don't know why I get itchy skin everyday.

Itchy skin everyday. After itch my skin, I get really bad red welts. Don't know why I get itchy skin everyday.

Dry skin?: Apply a moisturizer all over your body immediately after bathing and preferably again in another 12 hrs +/- bathing. Avoid scented and anti-bacterial soaps. May also try an antihistamine to see if this helps. Check any lotion, medication, supplements which were newly introduced prior to onset of your itching. See dermatologist if problem persists. ...Read more

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My skin can become very itchy throughout the day and when I scratch my skin will turn red and welt up this happens every day?

My skin can become very itchy throughout the day and when I scratch my skin will turn red and welt up this happens every day?

Welts after scratch: Dermatographism is a condition in which welts (hives) appear after one scratches the skin. There are cells in the skin called mast cells. These cells release histamine when one has an allergic reaction. This is why one takes anti-histamines for allergies. When one has dermatographism, these cells release histamine when they are irritated (by scratching the skin). ...Read more

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I got redness like bruise after my TB skin test am I positive for tb?

Induration: Redness doesn't count; it has to be induration (hardness). If you gently run a ballpoint pen along your skin toward the site of the test and it comes to a stop, you may have reached the edge of the induration. You can then determine the diameter of the induration by doing the same thing from the other directions. If it's red but there's no induration, it's a negative test. ...Read more

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I have had itchy skin for quite some time. When I scratch, I get raised welts that aren't red. Sometimes they are parallel lines. Stress?

I have had itchy skin for quite some time. When I scratch, I get raised welts that aren't red. Sometimes they are parallel lines. Stress?

Dermographism: Twitchy mast cells. A physical urticaria, not an allergy. Skin reacts to stroking. A topical steroid, probably prescription strength, to reduce itch will reduce scratching, thus reduce welting. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) and Atarax are very sedating and therefor appropriate only at bedtime. The best antihistamine for this is usually Zyrtec [cetirizine] which is sometimes used at 2 or 3 a day if 1 is not effective. ...Read more

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With the cold weather lately, my skin is very sensitive. Welt looking bumps on my back and elbows & skin turns red easily when itched. Normal?

With the cold weather lately, my skin is very sensitive. Welt looking bumps on my back and elbows & skin turns red easily when itched. Normal?

Cold urticaria-hives: Urticaria is an allergy-like condition that occurs when your body reacts as if to stop a foreign infection. When exposed to cold you break out. Other get it from sunlight, citrus, or a viral infection. It's a histamine problem, so OTCs like cetirazine or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can block the effect. The spontaneous marks are hives, the marks from scratching is called dermatographism. ...Read more

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Had a local reaction to a vaccine two weeks ago. All the swelling and redness went away, but now my skin is discolored like a fading darker bruise?

Had a local reaction to a vaccine two weeks ago. All the swelling and redness went away, but now my skin is discolored like a fading darker bruise?

Bruise: Sometimes bruising can be worse than others. As long as you feel well and it is trending toward improving, I would not worry about it. Good luck. ...Read more

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What could cause red pin size spot and welt around it, on my arm, that feels like my skin is burning and when I squeeze it, clear fluid comes out?

What could cause red pin size spot and welt around it, on my arm, that feels like my skin is burning and when I squeeze it, clear fluid comes out?

Many potential cause: If you have a blistering lesion which are burning, you need to consider seeing a dermatologist. Since you have given us no information on your health condition and drug intake, it is impossible to venture a guess. I would urge you to consult a dermatologist if the problem persists for more than 2 weeks or is getting worse. ...Read more

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This morning put an ice pack on bare skin. Skin is red like a welt, no pain, no blisters and feeling is normal should I be concerned with the welt?

Well, actually ice: Can injure the skin. Try applying the ice over a thin towel and limit ice application to 15 minutes. ...Read more

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Messy toddler ate watermelon & got juice all over body, now has red blotches and slight welts on skin where melon juice contacted. Is it an allergy?

Allergic rash: Yes his skin could be allergic to the water melon juice. If he ate and then got the rash., too he may be allergic to watermelon. ...Read more

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Been getting rash every day over year now. Skin itches then I get a big red welt or tons of little bumps that sometimes form a line. Help! Been to doc?

Allergist/skin doc: First you may try taking an otc antihistamine up to 4 regular doses per day. If this problem fails to respond, persists or gets worse, then see a dermatologist or an allergist. ...Read more