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Looks like whitehead pimples on my legs, what is this?

Looks like whitehead pimples on my legs, what is this?

Rash: It is difficult to diagnose a rash without seeing it. I would see your primary care physician, and if he or she can't diagnose it, I would see a dermatologist.

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Small red spots on legs and stomach with tiny whiteheads?

Small red spots on legs and stomach with tiny whiteheads?

Rash: With what you describe is sounds like folliculitis or inflammation/infection of the hair follicles. Do you shave these areas? With rashes, as a doctor, we must see and feel the rash to really be able to diagnose and treat. Best to see your health care provider to check this rash. Best of luck.

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My 9 year old have fine bumps on his face, arms, legs, and back of the neck. What could it be if they have whiteheads on them?

My 9 year old have fine bumps on his face, arms, legs, and back of the neck. What could it be if they have whiteheads on them?

Dry skin?: This sounds like a conditioned called keratosis pilaris which is a condition primarily related to dry skin. It is treated with good moisturization and avoiding harsh soaps, etc. However any skin condition that persists for very long should be evaluated by a physician. A dermatology referral may be needed.

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A few painful whiteheads that are red in surrounding area on inner thigh. How to get rid of them? What are they?

A few painful whiteheads that are red in surrounding area on inner thigh. How to get rid of them? What are they?

Possibly: folliculitis. Are you a leg shaver? Keep area clean and dry. If not resolving - seek medical attention.

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Red bumps in varying sizes under glute/upper-back thigh. No whitehead on them. Worse in summer, humid climates, & when sweating. How can I calm it?

Red bumps in varying sizes under glute/upper-back thigh. No whitehead on them. Worse in summer, humid climates, & when sweating. How can I calm it?

Rash??: You do not have a picture but your description of it being in moist wet areas makes me think that it could be a candida infection. Not uncommon in young women. You can go see your MD and he can diagnose it, get a culture if necessary, and put you on a topical antibiotic cream.

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Why do I get acne on my legs?

Why do I get acne on my legs?

Probably not acne: You probably have folliculitis on your legs. If you shave them you may cut yourself and then a bacteria may cause what looks like a pimple to develop. If you have a lot of them you should see your dermatologist.

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Clogged pore on leg not caused by shaving or acne.?

Clogged pore on leg not caused by shaving or acne.?

Dilated Pore: A dilated pore is a condition in which a small skin tumor forms within a hair follicle. Dermatologists often call the resulting bump an open comedo, although a dilated pore does not have the exact same cause as acne blemishes from excess sebum. This skin problem is also frequently called a dilated pore of winer, .

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What would cause a "pimple/bump/boil" in the crease of your leg? It releases blood then puss?

What would cause a "pimple/bump/boil" in the crease of your leg? It releases blood then puss?

Infection: This is more common with being overweight, excessive sweating and diabetes. Do not squeeze, it may get much bigger. Use hot compresses to bring to a head naturally. If it does not respond oral antibiotics maybe necessary. Your other drugs and any history of drug alleries is very important if you see your doctor.

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I have some red pimple at lower legs? What I could be? It's kinda dried now but still pinkish colour.

I have some red pimple at lower legs? What I could be? It's kinda dried now but still pinkish colour.

Folliculitis: It could be several things, but likely it is folliculitis. That is a usually mild infection where the hairs come out of the skin. You can get it from shaving or being in a hot tub. You can try washing after shaving with an anti-bacterial soap, such as dial. It can resolve without any treatment. Sometimes you will need antibiotics to get it to clear up.

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I see a skin bump on the left leg of my husband. What might be the reason? M sure it's not pimple since its big.

I see a skin bump on the left leg of my husband. What might be the reason? M sure it's not pimple since its big.

Also consider Lipoma: If it is red, sore, and increasing in size over time- Dr Yetimyan is absolutely right. A boil or abscess will generally worsen until it is drained. If it has no color change, and is not painful, it could be a lipoma. Purple bluish lumps can be lymphangiomas. These last two are not concerning. There are a few other things to consider, but it would depend on it's characteristics.

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