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Tiny red spots on skin. Kinda look like tiny cuts and maybe bleeding under the skin. What could this be? .

Tiny red spots on skin. Kinda look like tiny cuts and maybe bleeding under the skin. What could this be? .

Petechiae?: This sounds like petechiae, which actually is small volume bleeding just under the skin. This should be examined by a provider- petechiae have several causes but can be present with platelet disorders, that can affect blood clotting. Occasionally severe infections can cause petechiae, but most people at that stage wouldn't be on healthtap- they'd be in the icu! ...Read more

Red Spots (Definition)

One possibility for red spots is a collection of vessels in the skin and they are called hemangiomas. These can easily be treated. I usually will use ...Read more


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I have red spots all over my body especially on my bum, they start with a small raised lump under the skin, then go red, scabby with a white ring?

I have red spots all over my body especially on my bum, they start with a small raised lump under the skin, then go red, scabby with a white ring?

Rashes: One of the more difficult thing to diagnose at a distance. May be hpretic but only conjecture. Need to see physicain for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I waked up yesterday&found some tiny red spots on my cheek I think they r petechiae. How can I treat them? &what r! possiple causes?

I waked up yesterday&found some tiny red spots on my cheek I think they r petechiae. How can I treat them? &what r! possiple causes?

No treatment: Petechiae are due to bursting of tiny capillaries in the skin and if they occurred on only one area of one cheek, it suggests some low grade trauma (sneezing, pressure). It takes days for the petechiae to resolve and there is no treatment for them. However if petechiae start occurring in multiple parts of the body a check up is indicated to find the cause. ...Read more

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Small bruise with red spots appeared out of nowhere, don't recall injury. I made a dr appt--petechiae worry me. Did I act too quickly? What can dr do?

Small bruise with red spots appeared out of nowhere, don't recall injury. I made a dr appt--petechiae worry me. Did I act too quickly? What can dr do?

Your physician will: Examine your entire body, check your CBC, coagulation studies and metabolic function. You did NOT act too quickly. ...Read more

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Petechiae on abdomen/arms/upper legs. No other sxs. Breast feeding 4mo old. It is small tiny red spots Some are raised not painful. No fevers md visit?

Petechiae on abdomen/arms/upper legs. No other sxs. Breast feeding 4mo old. It is small tiny red spots Some are raised not painful. No fevers md visit?

Good idea: Although sometimes they can be from supplements, medications, and scratching, it is better to be sure and see your doctor. There are scary infectious diseases that cause petechiae, vasculitis, and the need is more urgent with a fever. ...Read more

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Rash/red spots on torso, looks to be under the skin. Not itching or painful. Just not pretty to look at. I have had for about 4-5 weeks. Any ideas?

Rash/red spots on torso, looks to be under the skin. Not itching or painful. Just not pretty to look at. I have had for about 4-5 weeks. Any ideas?

See your doctor: It is difficult, if not impossible, to diagnose a rash without seeing it. You need to see your physician or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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My daughter has red spots that come and go under the skin on the palms of her hands all the time, she also has some light peeling on her fingertips?

My daughter has red spots that come and go under the skin on the palms of her hands all the time, she also has some light peeling on her fingertips?

See below: This problem can only be solved by seeing her doctor and being evaluated face-to-face. After a thorough examination, her doctor should be able to tell her what's wrong and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Red spots on legs and those are under the skin and similar on the finger too. This happened after a viral fever. ..Do I have to worry?

Red spots on legs and those are under the skin and similar on the finger too. This happened after a viral fever. ..Do I have to worry?

No unless feel sick: Most viral rash self limiting and get better. However, sometimes rash could be an indication of serious life threatening infection, in that case patient usually feels sick. If rash persist or get worse or makes sick should seek medical attention immediately. ...Read more

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Day 3 of amoxcillin (strep) and it looks like I have 4-5 red spots (petechiae) in the soft palate. Should I worry? Allergic reaction or side effect?

Day 3 of amoxcillin (strep) and it looks like I have 4-5 red spots (petechiae) in the soft palate. Should I worry? Allergic reaction or side effect?

Neither: Part of the pharyngitis you have. If you have rashes on your skin you may hold the amoxicillin and call your doctor, otherwise if no other symptoms, sore throat has gone and improving, please finish the prescribed course and follow up with your doctor, best wishes ...Read more

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Random red spots on body, look like bruises when heal and look like small petichiae around it. Very itchy and look pale when scratched, usually in 2's?

Random red spots on body, look like bruises when heal and look like small petichiae around it. Very itchy and look pale when scratched, usually in 2's?

Red spots: Need more information and description size, number, tenderness any new medications, are you on asprin, or any anti coagulate medications, any recent infections It sounds like Erythema Nodosum: for which there are many causes----you should have your Doctor examine you ...Read more

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I have redness and small red spots on the head of my penis. What are they?

I have redness and small red spots on the head of my penis. What are they?

Possibilities: There is a possibility that it can be a sexualy transmitted disease but another possibility is pearly papules (photos can be seen using search engine - i.e. google images). These are benign not contagious and common so possibly nothing to worry about. If there is any question as to the cause see your MD. ...Read more

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I used a rough sponge to get rid of henna now my hand is blistered what can I do also tiny red spots have appeared under my skin and severe redness?

I used a rough sponge to get rid of henna now my hand is blistered what can I do also tiny red spots have appeared under my skin and severe redness?

Exam needed: Its recommended that you be examined by a physician urgently in order to determine whether the findings are due to allergic reaction, primary irritation/inflammation from abrasive trauma or whether there is a superimposed bacterial infection (cellulitis) which needs urgent treatment. ...Read more

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What can cause small red spots on the skin?

What can cause small red spots on the skin?

Possibly Petechial: These can be just small blood vessels that have ruptured on the surface or can be from blood thinners or aspirin. If concerned see your dermatologist. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of tiny red spots on skin? They look like tiny red flat miles. Have had them for years.

Recommend eval: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. ...Read more

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Does the fact that acutane makes your skin super thin what makes it take longer to heal from red spots? Like 3 weeks! Tiny spots! Will this stop?

Rosacea: Adult acne/Rosacea treatment? Needs to be more comprehensive. You seem to have many other more serious problems that need attention? Accutane actually thickens skin, it is just "turning over" faster, flaking and peeling. Use some retin-a topically, contact your Dr about what could be affecting your skin other than the isotretinoin please. ...Read more

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Are even people who have cleared their skin with Accutane expected to occasionally get tiny red spots, or should their skin remain perfect long term?

Are even people who have cleared their skin with Accutane expected to occasionally get tiny red spots, or should their skin remain perfect long term?

Nobody's perfect: Nobody has perfect skin. Not even supermodels and movie stars. That being said, there are a few out there with 99% clear, almost perfect skin... but for the rest of the mere mortals in the world, expect some acne with or without ever having used Accutane. ...Read more

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What can cause tiny red spots on the skin near my penis?

To start with...: It could be a lot of different things, but a likely culprit is fungal "jock itch." the best otc medication (in my opinion) is lotrimin (clotrimazole) ultra. If this doesn't make things better in a couple days, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Hi I am 18 and have recently noticed very small white/red spots on my pennis they are in two groups on my fore skin should I be worried?

Hi I am 18 and have recently noticed very small white/red spots on my pennis they are in two groups on my fore skin should I be worried?

Penile Lesion: Penile lesions range in their cause from inflammatory, infectious, or malignant. A doctor can evaluate you, send tests, and recommend a urological evaluation for if warranted. That is the best way to eliminate your worry. ...Read more

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I have a patch of skin near my ankle that is slightly bumpy with tiny red spots. The area appeared months ago, and it has grown in size to 2 x 4 cm.

See a dermatologist: Begin with a diagnosis. A skin specialist will be your best chance for this. Successful treatment is likely to follow. Meanwhile, elevate your legs frequently if they are swollen. Try a cortisone cream. ...Read more

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What causes tiny little red spots on skin near my eyes?

What causes tiny little red spots on skin near my eyes?

May be cherry: Angioma. Of no medical consequence, see a dermatologist or oculoplastic surgeon for more details and help. ...Read more

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I have small skin coloured and red spots on my face some are filled with clear liquid and sum white stuff? How can I get rid of them?

I have small skin coloured and red spots on my face some are filled with clear liquid and sum white stuff? How can I get rid of them?

See a dermatologist: To make it sure your skin won't get infected and get scars. If it is merely pimples, there's are over the counter skin care products you can use. If you are not sure, you rather see a dermatologist. It is your face. Keep your beauty. ...Read more

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I have small pin head size red spots/blisters on my nose?

I have small pin head size red spots/blisters on my nose?

See a dermatologist: Cannot diagnose without seeing this. Could be a contact dermatitis. What have you touched your nose with? ...Read more

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Hi, I have a red area that is mildly itchy and has 3 tiny red spots (not bumpy) close to the area on the head of my penis, any idea what it is?

Hi, I have a red area that is mildly itchy and has 3 tiny red spots (not bumpy) close to the area on the head of my penis, any idea what it is?

It depends to your: History. It could be a lot of things and difficult to tell. Having said that since itch involved, I would think a some sort of yeast infection. Genital herpes can also itch and may resembles to your description. History, exam and std tests are essential to make a diagnosis. See a dermatologist or urologist or family doctor. If you want someting to be told online shoot me a digital picture. ...Read more

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I have stabbing pains in my right chest and now just noticed for the first time it appears I now have some red spots on my right chest. They are tiny, so is it possible I have internal bleeding? Is it blood rising up to the last layer of skin? Also, what

I have stabbing pains in my right chest and now just noticed for the first time it appears I now have some red spots on my right chest. They are tiny, so is it possible I have internal bleeding? Is it blood rising up to the last layer of skin? Also, what

Shingles: If the red spots progress to a rash that is in a patch, or swath of skin that matches a dermatome you probably have shingles. If you have other symptoms, like short of breath, fast heart rate, fever, nausea then you should head to urgent care. Shingles is sooooo painful, and you need to see your doc for meds and a shot. ...Read more

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Its been months and my penis is still itchy at times after unprotected sex with a new partner. Small red spots on the head of my penis. How is it cured?

Its been months and my penis is still itchy at times after unprotected sex with a new partner. Small red spots on the head of my penis. How is it cured?

Both get checked: Some people are sensitive to resident bacteria or fungal infections their partner may be harboring. Not the same as a sexually transmitted disease, intermittent superficial irritations sometimes indicates a yeast infection. A condition called balanitis can ensue causing intermittent itching and irritation. In uncircumcised men the yeast can reside inside the foreskin and be passed back an forth. ...Read more

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2 small bruises under skin on thigh, w few red spots like I scratched too hard. Carrying bags that hit skin, not hard. Didn't scratch. What is it?

2 small bruises under skin on thigh, w few red spots like I scratched too hard. Carrying bags that hit skin, not hard. Didn't scratch. What is it?

Irritation?: Admittedly, it's a bit hard to figure out by that description. Could be irritation. Could be from a scratch. Could be folliculitis. Could be bruises unrelated to the bags but perhaps a few days old. ...Read more

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2 small red spots, 1 on fore arm and other the bicep, not itchy, painless, clears when the skin is pulled/stretched, not pimple like, dry, flat, sligh?

2 small red spots, 1 on fore arm and other the bicep, not itchy, painless, clears when the skin is pulled/stretched, not pimple like, dry, flat, sligh?

Exam needed: To be sure these would have to be inspected by a physician, but since they blanch on stretching the skin, it would rule out a hemangioma or petechia. If these persist or increase in size, have them examined by your physician or dermatologist for diagnosis even though they sound benign. ...Read more

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Petechiae (Definition)

Petechiae = tiny red/purple spots on skin or mucus membranes ...Read more