Small Itchy Bumps On Arms And Legs

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are these small itchy bumps on my arms and legs?
    There are these small itchy bumps all over my arms and legs. They feel and look like goosebumps but they're red and a little bigger. Some also have holes in the center with blood kind of sitting there. They itch real bad but they don't bother me at school (I don't know why). But they bother me all day when I'm at home. There Re none on my hands or my body but there are some on my wrist. They don't itch as much. I have less on my calves than my arms. They also feel a bit bigger, too. But my thighs are just like my arms, except they have a bit less on them. I heard folliculitis is caused when the follicles are irritated or blocked by things like cocoa butter. I use a lotion that has cocoa butter on my arms and legs. But I never used it on my body. Maybe it's folliculitis. But a website said that the bumps have hairs in the centers. The bumps I have don't even have hairs on them (which I think is weird). It started this Sunday morning. I brushed my hand against my left arm and I felt the bumps. I ignored them thinking it was my eczema. I put some cortizone on it when I got home (I was at a friend's house). But the next day they were on my arms and legs. I told my parents but they kind of brushed it away saying that it was my eczema. I don't want to go to a doctor cuz we can't really afford it right now. Please help me. If you know what it is, please also give me suggestions on what I should do to get rid of them. Thanks.

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  2. QUESTION:
    Has anyone else experienced allergic reactions to Tide with febrese?
    I have been using a new detergent for about 2 months now and I have encountered a terrible allergic reaction. Not only have I , but also my best friend as well. Tiny little red itchy bumps in random places that feel like they are on fire. Mainly these bumps occur on the knees, arms,legs,feet, or elbows. It is not rash-like, but red tiny bumps without whiteheads. I actually conducted a small experiment with placeing a small amout on the back of my hand and sure enough, a bump appeared. . I am currently washing all my clothes with another hypoallergenic detergent. Since I have worn other articles of clothing, not washed in Tide with febrese, small bumps are vanishing and I feel happy. But, this product should be removed from stores.....honestly, I wish I could speak with Tide and have them please consider recalling this product.

    • ANSWER:
      I think some people are just allergic to something in ferbreze. My friend starts sneezing like crazy if you spray it. Hope you get feeling better.

  3. QUESTION:
    What are these huge itchy bumps on my skin?
    I have been waking up with huge, red, itchy bumps on all different parts of my body for the last couple months. They itch and burn and swell for about 3 or four days. Then, they just turn into these small little bumps on my skin. I get them on my legs, arms, and face so far. I have no idea what they are, but it really worries me. Any ideas?
    I highly doubt they are bedbugs, I rarely sleep in my bed. I usually sleep on the couch, or the chair, or the floor. Wherever I happen to be when I get tired, lol. I even stayed over at a neighbors house to watch her kids and got them when I woke there.

    • ANSWER:
      yes, bed bugs!
      they live in beds, chairs, couches, rugs.
      spray rugs and sofa with lysol spray.
      change your sheets. wash in hot water.
      put aloe lotion on skin before bed so they can't grab.

  4. QUESTION:
    Has anyone gotten itchy red bumps after laser hair removal?
    After my third treatment for laser hair removal I developed itchy red bumps on my arms and legs. I am doing full body, but this is the only area that was irritated. The technician told me to take Sudafed and Claritin and it would go away. My arms went away within a week but my legs have been irritated for almost a month. It is only a small part of the shin. Has anyone else had this reaction? If so, what did you do?

    • ANSWER:
      had a very similar reaction after my second treatment.. try to avoid hot showers, sweating, perfumes and perfume containing moisturizers, and tight clothes.. I used combination of E45 lotion & aloe vera gel, they worked for me.. the areas still red and a lil bit bumpy though but at least not itchy.. :-)

  5. QUESTION:
    i have small bumps on my arms legs and mid section and feels like i was wraped in insalation?
    small itchy bumps when i sweat and feels like hot insolation is put all over me.

    • ANSWER:
      It's probably an allergy.

      My wife had that and it turned out she's allergic to Mangoes. Go figure.

      So, review in your mind what you've eaten recently, or if maybe you've changed your laundry detergent or your soap or something like that, and that may be it.

      If all else fails, see a doctor.

      Good luck!... ☺

  6. QUESTION:
    Can you be allergic to the fibers from your pillows and bed sheets?
    I've been having itchy skin and red bumps on my arms and legs for a while now. I told my parents about it and they went to go check out my bed.

    No bed bugs.
    No fleas.
    No ticks.

    My aunt said to wash my sheets and stuff every week, because it could be ringworm.

    I don't think that makes any sense? So, can you be allergic to the fibers on your bed sheets and pillows. If so, what do they look like?

    • ANSWER:
      Could be allergy to the laundry detergent, some of them make lots of people itchy.
      You can't always see dust mites and things like that, they're too small.

      Try buying a laundry powder that's meant for people with allergies.

      Also, check out the plants in your neighbourhood. If you're in Australia, there's one called Murraya, lots of people have it for a hedge plant, but lots and lots of people are allergic to it. It is flowering at the moment, and that's when it's worse. It's like a mock orange, has little white flowers, and strong perfume. Gives lots of people allergies, and some asthma.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are these itchy bumps on my skin?
    So for the last few weeks I've started to notice these itchy bumps all over my skin. They seem to be spreading, are very small, and are colorless (not any sort of red unless I itch them). It began on my legs and started to appear on my torso, now my arms and feet. Whenever I take a hot shower they itch even more. They aren't patchy or clumped together, but are spread out. Also, some are a little bigger than others. Can you please tell me what these things possibly could be?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like it could be Scabies. Call your family Doctor and get in A.S.A.P. Read about it here:

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/scabies/DS00451

  8. QUESTION:
    What are these itchy bumps on my skin?
    For the last few weeks, itchy, small bumps have been appearing on my skin. They each last a day or two, and then they disappear, and then others pop up elsewhere. Although a few have been reddish, some don't have color. It started on my butt, but my doctor said I didn't have genital herpes, and since my appointment, I've gotten about a dozen or so more. I have a few on my arms, I've had a couple on my torso, and some on my legs and butt. I don't consume anything regularly enough to be having a constant allergic reaction, and I've changed detergents and stuff, but it hasn't changed. I've had poison ivy before, and the bumps look like individual poison ivy bumps. I don't know what to do :( Please help me!

    • ANSWER:
      Check around your home for bugs like bedbugs or fleas. Both bedbugs and fleas leave blackish droppings so look for those around your bed and your sofa. Think about where you were right before you got the bumps - someone else may have the bug problem.

      You could also be having some contact dermatitis or some other skin issue. If I were you, I'd vacuum my bed, pillows, mattress, box spring, carpet and any other upholstery in your house to help get rid of any allergens. I would also wash all of the blankets and covers on your bed and throw your pillows in the dryer for a few minutes. My husband reacts to cat hair on his (and the cat's) favorite blanket by getting small itchy red bumps all over his back.

      One more thought, have you been around any wood burning fireplaces? Or any dogs/cats that might have been running around outside through the bushes. You can get poison ivy from your friendly family pet and from cut firewood. See a dermatologist if none of the suggestions help. Use some cortisone cream to help with the itch - benedryl cream is also very good.

  9. QUESTION:
    What are these bugs, where did they come from and how do I get rid of them?
    For the past week I've gotten about 6 red itchy bumps on my legs and arms, but I didn't see or felt anything biting me. Then today I saw 2 tiny bugs(about the size of a period) crawling on my left arm, and I think they're what have been biting me. Do you know what I'm talking about?
    I have 3 budgies.

    • ANSWER:
      if they were an orange color it's a chigger if it was a blackish grey the only thing small enough i can think of is a nat. hope i helped.

  10. QUESTION:
    i have small blisters on hands and itchy red bumps on my legs helppppp?
    I have blisters on my hands and wrist that itch and burn, i also have red itchy bumps on my legs and some scattered on my stomach. I can't take it! The Dr has. No idea what it is. Please helpll
    Also others not related to me have this. Even people with no direct contact.

    • ANSWER:
      Well, its possible you may have hand, foot, and mouth disease.
      It's not normal that people over the ages of ten get it, but it does happen.
      Basically you get a rash everywhere that then turn into blisters. These normally occur on the palms, bottom of feet, top of feet and hands, and inside the mouth. It can also spread on your legs and arms, as well as up your back, on your stomach, and in other.. regions.
      Sadly, there is nothing you can do for it.
      But I'm no doctor, so its very possible I'm wrong.
      Good luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    i have itchy bumps all over my legs and arms?
    it started as small flesh colored itchy bumps, and i thought it may be poison ivy, but i had some on my lower back and my mom said it was not. just a small rash. my legs and arms are randomly itchy and now i have red patches where its itchy on my legs. i need help figuring out what to do.
    the itching starts most when im hot, mostly when i have my laptop on my lap,i dont know if its the heat or what.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a doctor, but there is a condition called miliaria or "prickly heat" which is a rash that appears because of plugged sweat glands in hot and humid conditions. It could be that. The treatment is just to avoid hot and sweaty conditions, wear breathable clothing, take cool showers, etc. and it should go away by itself. Of course it could be something else, so if it continues to bother you, see a doctor.

  12. QUESTION:
    For about a week now I have had itchy red spots on my scalp. What could this be?
    In the past day or two more have appeared. Some are raised like bubbles and others are flat scabs. I have also had a few small bumps on my arms and legs. I am experiencing pain on the back of my head in some spots and my neck/ whole body is sore. I have had a headache everyday for the last month or more and lower stomach cramps.I'm not sure if any of this is related to the same thing but those are my symptoms. Can anyone help?

    • ANSWER:
      Please send pictures to understand well, or visit to dermatologist

  13. QUESTION:
    What is the best remedy for dried, cracked skin?
    I have had a terrible skin condition that cannot seem to be diagnosed. I have seen several dermatologist, rheumatologist and immunologist. Does anyone have a similar condition? How are you treating it?
    My skin is extremely itchy. Only affecting my arms and legs. It is not allergy related or blood related. It seems like my skin is not absorbing any of the topical medications prescribed to me.
    I am finding small "bumps" developing.

    • ANSWER:
      Seriously only try and use pure and natural products
      have you heard of Arbonne skin care? I do not have this condition but have friends with severe skin issues who swear this product (even if you have to try and use their baby line)
      is the only product to help soothe and treat them. Thought I'd mention it and never use products with vaseline or mineral oils to them (google petroleum)

  14. QUESTION:
    Why do I have little bumps on my arm, between my elbow and my shoulder and how do I get rid of them?
    They are small un-noticeable (except to touch) bumps on my arm where the biceps are. They usually feel softer when I put moisturiser on them, except this does not get rid of them. How do I get rid of them completely?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe that you are talking about Keratosis pilaris and as far as I know its genetic. Here's what I found on the internet. Hope it answers your question:

      Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a very common genetic follicular condition that is manifested by the appearance of rough bumps on the skin and hence colloquially referred to as "chicken skin". It most often appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms (though the lower arms can also be affected), and can also occur on the thighs and tops of legs, flanks, buttocks or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet). Less commonly, lesions appear on the face and may be mistaken for acne.

      Worldwide, KP affects an estimated 40 to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50 to 80% of all adolescents. It is more common in women than in men. Varying in degree, cases of KP can range from minimal to severe.[citation needed]

      There are several different types of keratosis pilaris, including keratosis pilaris rubra (red, inflamed bumps), alba (rough, bumpy skin with no irritation), rubra faceii (reddish rash on the cheeks) and related disorders.

      Many people with keratosis pilaris do not know they have it (if the condition is mild). While KP resembles goose bumps, it is characterized by the appearance of small rough bumps on the skin. As a result, it is often confused with acne.

      Keratosis pilaris occurs as excess keratin, a natural protein in the skin, accumulates within the hair follicles forming hard plugs (process known as hyperkeratinization). Bearing only cosmetic consequence, the condition most often appears as a proliferation of tiny hard bumps that are seldom sore or itchy. Though people with keratosis pilaris experience this condition year round, it’s during the colder months when moisture levels in the air are lower that the problem can become exacerbated and the “goose bumps” are apt to look and feel more pronounced in color and texture.

      [edit] Treatment

      There is currently no known cure for keratosis pilaris, however, there are effective treatments available which make its symptoms less apparent. The condition often improves with age and can even disappear completely in adulthood, though some will show signs of keratosis pilaris for life. Treatments are largely symptomatic and must be repeated. Regardless, exfoliation, intensive moisturizing cremes, lac-hydrin, Retin A and medicated lotions containing alpha hydroxy acids or urea may be used to temporarily improve the appearance and texture of affected skin. Milk baths may provide some cosmetic improvement due to the lactic acid — a natural alpha hydroxy acid in milk. Sunlight may also be helpful but increases risk of skin cancer. Small amounts of vitamin A can be used orally but only with exteme caution due to potential for liver damage. Check with a Dermatologist or Family Doctor before taking extra vitamin A due to the vitamins' potential toxic effects.

      Scratching and picking at KP bumps causes them to redden (if they do not already appear red), and in many cases will cause bleeding. Excessive picking can lead to scarring. Wearing clothing that is looser around the affected areas can also help reduce the marks, as constant chafing from clothing (such as tight fitting jeans) is similar to repeatedly scratching the bumps.

      Many KP bumps contain an ingrown hair that has coiled. This is a result of the keratinized skin "capping off" the hair follicle, preventing the hair from exiting. Instead, the hair grows inside the follicle, often encapsulated, and can be removed, much like an ingrown hair, though can lead to scarring.

      Food allergies may also exacerbate the condition, causing hyper-keratosis pilaris, gluten being a common culprit (source: physician's (MD) oral presentation).

  15. QUESTION:
    What are these small itchy red bumps on my toddler's arms?
    There the size of a pimple, but there aren't any white heads, or puss, or anything like that. They're only on his arms, no where else. He constantly scratches them so it makes them more red, could even be making them spread. What could this be? It doesn't look like chicken pox, or impetigo...could it be eczema? is it just a rash? thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Could it be KP (Keratosis Pilaris)? I have them and they sometimes itch. They are just lots of red bumps which you can get on your arms or legs. 60% of teenagers have them, but many ages can get them (45% of the population). It is not harmful, but it cant be cured. I can be treated by exfoliation with salicylic acid and moisturizing. It looks a bit like chicken skin. It happens when excess keratin is produced and surrounds the hair follicles. This means the bumps are usually where hairs are.

      It might not be this, but if it is I hope it helps!

  16. QUESTION:
    I have little bumps on my arms legs and thighs?
    So ya I have like a bunch of small bumps all over my arms and thighs and some on my legs. Some are red, especially on my thighs. I've had these bumps for a long time and they aren't itchy. i've heard a lot of people who have these bumps. im not too worried. i just wish they were gone. how do I get rid of them?

    I've gone to the doctor once a while ago. She only said to scrub them off with a luffa.

    • ANSWER:
      I get these bumps and use cortizone 10 in the purple and white tube. It usually takes about a week for them to go away though. Hope this helps.

  17. QUESTION:
    How do I spot bed bugs?! I am starting to believe I might have these at home, wake up with bites...?
    Hello!

    I'm 21, female. I live at home with my parents, when I was younger, like 13, we found bed bugs on my mattress, we assume we got these from an apartment next to us that was found infested with these, we had to throw away my mattress and get a new one.

    Never agian did I have such an issue. I was able to find out they were bed bugs because I would have itchy red small bumps (bites), and one night I was lucky enough to spot the bugs, it wasn't hard for me to see them.

    Well, lately I keep finding itchy small red bumps on my body again, about 4 nights ago I got a bump near my chest, I didn't think much of it. Right now I have about 4 other bumps of these, behind my arm, forearm, elbow, etc. So I am starting to think that perhaps it's bed bugs again. But I have searched my mattress a lot, and I see nothing.

    I know bed bugs are really small but I know what they look like from that experience when I was younger. They are small and reddish/brown etc. I see none on my mattress, could these bumps be from something else?

    I haven't used any skin products that I could relate this to.

    I will now wash everything in hot water, maybe that helps, but in the meantime I would like to know if there are any technics I can use to figure out if these are really bug bites? How do I spot these bugs if they are the cause of these bumps?!

    Help!

    • ANSWER:
      If you suspect that you may have bed bugs then wrapping some double sided sticky tape round the legs of the bed is a good test. You will find the bugs stuck on there. Generally speaking an infestation which is under 3 months old will be hard to detect.

      You can buy bed bug monitors very cheaply online, try Amazon.

  18. QUESTION:
    Why is it when I go in the sun I get these little tiny bumps that itch on my arms and legs?
    I have never had a sunburn, but just last year I started getting these itchy bumps and now the sun is back and so are they. It is only the lower part of my legs and from my elbow to my wrists. It is very uncomfortable. They are almost like tiny pimples.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm afraid you have an allergy to the sun.

      A sun allergy is an immune system reaction to sunlight, most often, an itchy red rash. The most common locations include the "V" of the neck, the back of the hands, the outside surface of the arms and the lower legs. In rare cases, the skin reaction may be more severe, producing hives or small blisters that may even spread to skin in clothed areas.

      Sun allergies are triggered by changes that occur in sun-exposed skin. It is not clear why the body develops this reaction. However, the immune system recognizes some components of the sun-altered skin as "foreign," and the body activates its immune defenses against them. This produces an allergic reaction that takes the form of a rash, tiny blisters or, rarely, some other type of skin eruption.

  19. QUESTION:
    What caused the sudden rash of small itchy red bumps?
    I woke up with a rash on my lower arms and upper legs. Now it has appeared on my face and lower legs. It is not on the palms of my hands or soles of my feet.

    I have not been outdoors or in contact with anyone that was outdoors so I am sure it is not poison oak or ivy. I have not changed soaps or laundry detergent or eaten anything different than normal.
    My husband slept in the same bed without problems so I doubt bed bugs.

    I have already had chicken pox.

    • ANSWER:
      MAYBE AN ALLERGIC REACTION.
      ;~)

  20. QUESTION:
    What are these small faint bumps on the palm of my hand?
    I noticed last week that I have 3 very faint bumps on the palm of my hand. They are not very noticeable, they don't itch, and they do not hurt. They are somewhat white in nature...you can barely see them. They are only driving me crazy because I don't know what they are. You have to run your finger across my skin to feel them. Have no clue where they came from. Any ideas on what this could be?

    • ANSWER:
      here is everything you need to knowabout skin marks or bumps

      Skin disease Symptoms Usual area of body
      Acne Covered in small pus-filled sacs, blackheads, pimples or sore red bumps Face, chest or back
      Rosacea Flushed appearance or Redness Around cheeks, chin, forehead or nose
      Boil Painful red bump or a cluster of painful red bumps Anywhere
      Cellulitis Red, tender and swollen areas of skin Around a cut, scrape or skin breach
      Insect bite Red and/or itchy bumps on the skin Anywhere and can be sprinked randomly
      Allergic reaction Irregular, raised or flat red sores that appeared after taking medicine/drugs or eating certain foods Anywhere
      Hives Bumps formed suddenly Anywhere but usually first noticed on face
      Seborrheic dermatitis Bumps and swelling Near glands
      Cradle Cap Dry, scaly skin Cover the head of a child
      Irritant contact dermatitis Red, itchy, scaly or oily rash Eyebrows, nose, edge of the scalp, point of contact with jewellery, perfume or clothing.
      Allergic Contact Dermatitis caused by poison ivy, oak or sumac Red, itchy, scaly or oily rash; can also be weeping or leathery. Anywhere that came in contact with the irritant either directly or via transfer (eg. from contaminated clothing.)
      Allergic purpura Small red dots on the skin, or larger, bruise-like spots that appeared after taking medicine Anywhere
      Pityriasis Rosea Started with a single scaly, red and slightly itchy spot, and within a few days, did large numbers of smaller patches of the rash, some red and/or others tan Chest and abdomen
      Dermatitis herpetiformis Intensely itchy rash with red bumps and blisters Elbows, knees, back or buttocks
      Erythema nodosum Large red bumps that seem to bruise and are tender to touch Anywhere
      Psoriasis White, Scaly rash over red, irritated skin Elbows and knees
      Erythema multiforme Red, blotchy rash, with "target like" hives or sores. Anywhere
      Measles Red Rash that is raised with a fever or sore throat. Usually starts first on the forehead and face and spreads downward.
      Chickenpox Multiple blisters with a fever, cough, aches, tiredness and sore throat. Usually starts first on the face, chest and back and spreads downward.
      Shingles Red blisters that are very painful and may crust Anywhere
      Fifth Disease Started as a fever and then developed a bright red rash Cheeks
      Warts Soft bumps forming that don't itch and have no other symptoms Anywhere
      Ringworm Bald spot on the scalp or a ring of itchy red skin Anywhere
      Syphilis Rash that is red but not itchy Palms of hands or soles of feet
      Jock itch, yeast infection or diaper rash Red itchy rash Groin
      Tinea versicolor Light coloured patches Anywhere
      Impetigo Crusted, tan-colored sores Near nose or lip
      Scabies Bite-like sores that itch and spread intensely Usually start on hands or feet and spread everywhere
      Rocky Mountain spotted fever A fine rash with a fever and headache Usually start on arms and legs including the hands and feet
      Lupus erythematosus A butterfly rash with achy joints Forehead and cheeks
      Jaundice or sign of hepatitis Yellowish Skin, whites of eyes and mouth
      Bruise Blue or black area after being hit Anywhere
      Actinic keratoses Scaly, pink, gray or tan patches or bumps Face, scalp or on the backs or the hands
      Keloid or hypertrophic scar Scar that has grown larger than expected Anywhere
      Lipoma Soft or rubbery growth Anywhere
      Milia Lots of white spots On the face of a baby
      Molluscum or contagiosum Small, firm, round bumps with pits in the center that may sit on tiny stalks Anywhere
      Sebaceous cyst Bump with a white dome under the skin Scalp, nape of the neck or upper back
      Skin tag Soft, fleshy growth, lump or bump Face, neck, armpits or groin
      Xanthelasma Yellow area under the skin Under eyelids
      Melanoma Dark bump that may have started within a mole or blemish, or, a spot or mole that has changed in color, size, shape or is painful or itchy Anywhere
      Basal cell carcinoma Fleshy, growing mass Areas exposed to the sun
      Squamous cell carcinoma Unusual growth that is red, scaly or crusted Face, lip or chin
      Kaposi's sarcoma Dark or black raised spots on the skin that keep growing or have appeared recently Anywhere
      Erythema annulare centrifugum (EAC) Pink-red ring or bullseye marks Anywhere

  21. QUESTION:
    I keep waking up with these weirds bites on my arms and legs?
    I originally thought they were from shaving but I havent shaved in a couple weeks and Im still gettting new bumps. theyre also grouped sometimes. They look like small ant bites (itchy and a tiny amount of pus). I notice em in the morning. If it matters, I live in WI. i just moved here so i dunno if theres some kind of big im not aware of yet? Ive been getting em for the pats few months.
    I know theyre not fleas. I was thinking bedbugs but ive had those (at a diff place) and I only get these on my arms and legs, not all over my body.

    • ANSWER:
      Could be: spider bites; bed bugs; fleas

  22. QUESTION:
    What are these little bumps on my skin?
    I have these little bumps on my arms, back, and legs that are not itchy at all. They're a little red in color and are very small, but seem to be clustered in patches. Any idea what this could be??

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    How do I spot bed bugs?! I am starting to believe I might have these at home, wake up with bites...?
    Hello!

    I'm 21, female. I live at home with my parents, when I was younger, like 13, we found bed bugs on my mattress, we assume we got these from an apartment next to us that was found infested with these, we had to throw away my mattress and get a new one.

    Never agian did I have such an issue. I was able to find out they were bed bugs because I would have itchy red small bumps (bites), and one night I was lucky enough to spot the bugs, it wasn't hard for me to see them.

    Well, lately I keep finding itchy small red bumps on my body again, about 4 nights ago I got a bump near my chest, I didn't think much of it. Right now I have about 4 other bumps of these, behind my arm, forearm, elbow, etc. So I am starting to think that perhaps it's bed bugs again. But I have searched my mattress a lot, and I see nothing.

    I know bed bugs are really small but I know what they look like from that experience when I was younger. They are small and reddish/brown etc. I see none on my mattress, could these bumps be from something else?

    I haven't used any skin products that I could relate this to.

    I will now wash everything in hot water, maybe that helps, but in the meantime I would like to know if there are any technics I can use to figure out if these are really bug bites? How do I spot these bugs if they are the cause of these bumps?!

    Help!

    • ANSWER:
      If you suspect that you may have bed bugs then wrapping some double sided sticky tape round the legs of the bed is a good test. You will find the bugs stuck on there. Generally speaking an infestation which is under 3 months old will be hard to detect.

      You can buy bed bug monitors very cheaply online, try Amazon.

  24. QUESTION:
    After having sex in the woods, i have little bumps on my arms and leg. Important question?
    I have 3 rather large bumps on my right and and 1 small 1 on my leg. I had sex in the woods so im thinking it may be poison ivy or small bug bites but my testicles are a little red and itchy. I used protection so is this more than likely bites/poison ivy or something i don't want?

    • ANSWER:
      Are the bumps itchy at all? If so, I would guess it was either bug bites or a contact rash from some sort of poison plant. If they are not itchy, bug bites are still a possibility. The red, itchy testicles will be a different matter. If you came into contact with a poison plant, you will want to shower immediately and then apply calamine or aloe vera to the affected area. Unfortunately nothing will entirely get rid of that itch but a day or two passing. I would recommend sleeping in the nude so as to let the area dry out and be exposed to the healing effects of the air. Dark damp areas, such as your underwear, will not promote healing so much as provide the perfect environment for bacterial growth and exacerbation of the existing problem.

  25. QUESTION:
    What do I do about these strange bumps on my arm?
    Okay, so as you can imagine, I have acne on my face. No big deal, I treat it daily, but that's not the problem.

    I have all these weird, acne-like bumps on my arm, and I can't get rid of them. They've been there forever. They are NOT mosquito bumps. Help!

    • ANSWER:
      Keratosis Pilaris is a common skin condition that is mostly found on the upper arms, buttocks and thighs. Dry skin cells that normally flake off the skin, get caught in the hair follicles and clogs them up. This forms little pimples that have a dry rough texture. They are not painful or itchy but aren't very attractive and are known chicken skin.

      Keratosis Pilaris Treatment

      Keratosis Pilaris occurs mostly in teenagers on the upper arms. However, babies and adults can experience this condition on their faces, upper arms, legs and buttocks. It's a genetic follicular disorder that looks almost like "goose bumps" and are rather rough to touch.

      Primarily, it appears on the back and outer sides of the upper arms, but can also occur on thighs and buttocks or any body part except glabrous skin (like the palms or soles of feet).

      Worldwide, keratosis pilaris affects an estimated 40 to 50% of the adult population and approximately 50 to 80% of all adolescents, varying in degree from minimal to severe. It can last for a number of years but usual begins to disappear at the age of about 30 years old.

      Keratosis pilaris is a result of a process called hyperkeratinization. This is when there is an excess production of keratin (a natural fibrous protein of the skin, hair and nails) that builds up around the hair follicles. The skin becomes flaky and dry and if not removed from the skin it clogs up the hair follicles causing the small pimple like bumps that are visible on the skins surface.

      google 'oil pulling' - I have read that that can have dramatic effect and help the condition - reason is not well understood

  26. QUESTION:
    I have small pin sized non-colored itchy bumps on the back of my arms and legs. What can it be..?
    I cannot remember coming in contact with anything that could cause an alergic reaction but then again I am not sure. What does this sounds like to you I have had it for a little over a week. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    I have small pin sized non-colored itchy bumps on the back of my arms and legs. What can it be..?

    I cannot remember coming in contact with anything that could cause an allergic reaction but then again I am not sure. What does this sounds like to you I have had it for a little over a week. The only thing I can think of doing differently is I started to work out again after having my baby 6 weeks ago... Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I have the name exact thing. It is not a rash, it is perfectly normal, and it is hereditary. I told my doctor about this little red rash and she said it was just a normal reaction for your body for something big that happened (like your hormones changing, which goes hand in hand with you having a baby). One of my friends, Wyatt, has it too.

      You can get some stuff from your Doctor to make it go away but mine are barely noticable, so I didn't.

      Its perfectly normal. =)
      If you can't afford the Doctor, make up will always cover it up!

  28. QUESTION:
    I have itchy bumps spreading quickly on the skin of my body! What is this?
    So about a week ago, my skin starting getting small bumps on my skin, and now they have spread all over my legs and is starting to go on my arms and neck. What is wrong with me! I heard this could happen when your prego, but i am 14 and still a virgin, and i plan to stay that way for a while longer.

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    Yesterday I was sitting next to a pine tree in the grass and now i have itchy bumps on my legs, what is this?
    All my friends had the bumps too, one had it on his back. I have lots of itchy what appear to be large mosquito bites, my friend had one the size of a small golf ball. I also have a few on my arms. I dont think these are bug bites since theyre so big. I dont think its a sun rash either since me and my friends are outside a lot. Does anyone have this problem or had it in the past and what did you do about it.

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds like you had an allergic reaction from something that was on the pinetree, or on the ground.

  30. QUESTION:
    Any solution to the below allergy that i am having now fro more than 2 months?
    These are the symptoms I am have:
    I get a rash that are smaller rash like bumps and then gradually becomes big bumps.
    They are extremely itchy. I also get swollen hands. Whether it's my hands that swell they are also itchy and very uncomfortable to move/hold anything due to the swelling.

    My Doctor gave me "Allegra" which took away the symptoms, but once I stopped taking them, slowly everything returned.
    The symptoms seem to come and go within 24 hours, but continuously return affecting either that same or different part of my body. Sometimes it's the rash and the swelling, sometimes it's just the rash, and then sometimes it just the swelling. It occurs with different degrees of intensity. Generally the Swelling affects any area which has had pressure applied to it (ex. My hands will swell if I sit for a while on my chair with my legs crossed and the side of my leg is against the armrest then that will swell, If i sleep on my Arm, if I wear tight clothes).
    I have tried to identify any particular pattern the allergies I might have, but I am unable to find. I changed my soap, tried different clothes, different detergent, that might be causing the reactions, but nothing has proven to eliminate the symptoms.

    It also seems that the more I scratch due to the itching, the worst the reaction becomes.
    Please help I am desperate and not very convinced with only eating medicines that my dermatologist has prescribed without knowing the actual reason for the allergy

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Why do I have bumps and they are itchy on my skin?
    Sometimes i feel all of a sudden itchy anywhere and I scratch and then it bumps up into a huge or small bump and stays like that but then after 15 mins it goes back down. it happens on random body parts: my hands, legs arms, and mostly my legs and I had sometimes they appeared on my feet. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      it could be excema, which is dry skin. try exfoliating (use a loofah when you shower) and put lotion on after you shower. it helps with my dry skin. you can get medicated lotion from the dr also.

  32. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a rash on my toe?
    I developed a small rash on my big toe that itches. Its pink and has tiny little bumps. Its beginning to become very itchy and its started to spread to the other toes including the other big toe. How can i get rid of it? or what might it be?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go see your doctor! I had a similar thing that made me loose all the skin on my hands and feet and had started up my arms and legs. Intense itching! For now take Benedryl and use a corticosteroid like hydrocortisone cream. Unless of course you are allergic to these.

  33. QUESTION:
    what kind of weed or grass can burn your hand when it is touched?
    today i was pulling weeds in my garden. i grabbed this weed and immediatly my hand burned. i went run it under cool water right away. my hand burned pretty much all day. after about 8 hours my hand became tingly.

    • ANSWER:
      stinging nettle it's very brutal.

      Most people who tromp through forests in the Pacific Northwest have, at one time or another, felt the reaction that stinging nettle causes on their skin. They often wonder which of the many green plants caused their white itchy bumps and assume it was poison ivy. In fact, Poison Ivy does not grow in temperate coastal rainforests and so, in most cases, the culprit is probably the stinging nettle, Urtica dioica.

      Stinging Nettles are perennials that belong in the nettle family Urticaceae and have opposite leaves. They are common in coastal areas of BC, Washington and Oregon and inland in south and central BC. They grow best in moist forests and prefer shady disturbed areas where they grow in patches. They are found at low elevations up to subalpine areas.

      Plants in the nettle family and mint family are often confused with each other since some of the common names call members of the mint family by a nettle name. These include: hedge-nettle, hemp-nettle and dead-nettle. All members of the mint family have a stem that is square in cross-section. None of these listed above belong to the nettle family.

      Stinging Nettles are one of the first forest floor plants to appear in the spring, usually in early March, sprouting up from under last fall's dead leaf litter. Each of iths leaves are about 10 cm long, roughly heart-shaped (rounded at one end and taper to a point at the other) and have large teeth around the leaf edge (which I think of as reaching out to bite you). They also have tiny hollow hairs on the main stem, leaf stems and on veins on both upper and lower sides of the leaves.

      In April, greenish clusters of tiny flowers hang down from the joint of the leaf stem and main plant stem. At this point, they have reached their full size of up to 3 m tall. Plant size tends to vary depending on the amount of light and moisture.

      Flowers later develop into seeds which are blown off the parent plant and grow nearby. Stinging nettle also spread using rhizomes or underground roots that shoot out to the side.

      When a human brushes by the plant and it touches their skin, the tiny hollw hairs break off and release an acid which irritates the skin and causes white itchy spots to appear. The degree and length of itchiness depends on the individaul's skin sensitivity. Some people suffer for as long as 24 hours, while others only have the sensation for an hour or so.

      Humans have thicker skin on their palms and this area is often immune to penetration of the acid due to the thicker skin. Back sides of hands, arms, legs and most other areas of the body are usually affected.

      The acid is formic acid, the same acid ants have in their saliva glands. Like any acid, it can be neutralized by mixing it with a base. Applying a paste of baking soda made with a little water soothes the sting for most people if applied to the site immediately. I carry a small vial of baking soda for this purpose when hiking in the woods.

      Human spit tends to be slightly basic and when rubbed into the itchy area will help if baking soda is not handy.

      One local plant is basic and may be crushed and rubbed on the itchy area, providing the person is not allergic to the plant material. This plant is the Curled Dock Rumex crispus and grows in the same habitat as stinging nettle.

      Stinging Nettle also has an interesting history as a useful plant. Fresh leaves were collected before they flowered, then dried completely, crushed and steeped in water to make a tea. When new leaves were collected in spring, and boiled in several changes of water, the resulting greens were said to make a good sprinach substitute. Stems and leaves steeped raw in a bucket of water for 24 hours released the formic acid into the water. The stems were then removed and the water used as an organic pesticide and applied to plants with mites or aphids. First Nations used the pithy stems to make string and rope for fishnets, snares and tumplines.

      The plant is also useful to wldlife. Red Admiral Butterflies lay their eggs on the undersides of leaves so the young will have a meal as soon as they hatch. Look for the holes they chew in the leaf by these voracious eaters!

      by Donna Hill B.Sc. B.Ed. 1998

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  34. QUESTION:
    My legs get itchy during the summer?
    During the summer I tend to get small and sometimes medium sized red bumps on my legs and sometimes arms or shoulders, its really itchy and they just come from nowhere? Any ideas on what it could be? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds like allergies, or if you shave it could be razor burn and the more you scratch at it whatever it is the more irritated it will be, put lotion on it, st ives works best for me.

  35. QUESTION:
    What medical condition could give someone itchy mosquito-bite like(small) bumps on their body?
    I woke up one day and realized I have bumps in different areas of my body. It is Winter here in NY, so I'm sure it's not mosquito bites. They itch just as bad and I'm concerned because they are under my arm,around my waist,on my leg and right under my breast. Does this sound like a medical condition? What is it and how can I get rid of these itchy bumps? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      in the winter, dry skin is my number 1 guess. Dry skin manifests itself in different ways for different people. I had those kinds of bumps on shoulders, radiating down to armpits and applied lotion diligently for a few days and they went away. Shower gently, very little soap, no hot water and lotion like crazy afterward. use only shower soap designed for very dry skin. for me it happens to be Olay ribbons but each body is different. Go with the dry skin theory first and see what happens. then on to allergic reaction to something although, your skin can have an allergic reation to dryness as well.

  36. QUESTION:
    What are these itchy bumps all over my body?
    I have these little bumps all over me that itch just like a regular mosquito bite, but they are small like pinpricks, hard and red. and when i scratch at them, a clear yellowish liquid comes out. just a little bit though. but they are on my arms, chest, stomach, back, legs, waistband, EVERYWHERE!! and they are driving me crazy! this couldnt be like... chickenpox or something could it? also how do you recognize flea bites cuz maybe its something thats on my kitten??

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  37. QUESTION:
    My one year old has small bumps all over his body, they are not red or itchy?
    They suddenly appeared and look a lot like acne. They started in a cluster on his leg near his diaper and now are all over his arms, legs, and even face. None are red, but if it is acne, how could it suddenly turn this severe? I give him a bath every single night, even if just to relax him for sleep.
    I have not changed his soap. I have actually been using the same large bottle for 6 months now.

    • ANSWER:
      Something that covers the entire body indicates it could be systemic what ever it is. You need to take him to see his doctor.

  38. QUESTION:
    What can you recommend in dealing with exema?
    My baby had it since he was one month old. He's having rashes and blisters from head to toe.

    Thank you very much
    We consulted 3 different doctors already. They gave different kind of ointments and ingredients for bathing.

    We are in the process in accepting the fact that there are no known cure. I am just hoping that you experienced it/learned from school or heard from others to cure, lessen the itchiness and pain of my baby.

    Thanks.
    - to lessen the itchiness and pain being experienced by my baby at the moment.
    - he is now 5 months old

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment of eczema combines aggressive moisturizing and topical anti-inflammatory medications. A child in eczema flare-up should be bathed daily (twice a day if possible) in lukewarm water (85 degrees). Do not bathe your child in hot, or even very warm water. Hot water causes skin to release histamines that make the skin red and itchy. The bath does not need to be very long. Children with a severe rash may find the water stings or burns. If so, a half a cup of table salt may be added to a full tub of water. Avoid using soap if possible and do not scrub skin with washcloth. If soap is needed, use mild, moisturizing, unscented soap.

      Then, immediately after taking the child from the bath, pat gently with a towel but leave the skin damp. Within three minutes, the moisturizer needs to be applied heavily. For serious rash, moisturizing with Aquaphor or Vaseline petroleum jelly is best. For moderate rash, a thick cream, such as Eucerine, will be sufficient. For skin without visible rash, you can use a good quality moisturizing liquid. Avoid products that contain fragrance. Apply anti-inflammatory prescription medication only to areas in active flare-up. (The doctor should give detailed instructions on when and how often to apply the anti-inflammatory). When itching breaks skin, application of antibiotic ointment is a necessary precaution against infection. If infection occurs, prescription oral antibiotic may be necessary.

      Children in severe flare-up may benefit from a soaking wrap. Soak cotton cloths in a basin of tepid water mixed with table salt. Cotton diapers work well as wraps. Put down some kind of protective plastic padding in the child’s bed. Have the child sit up in bed and place a moist (not drippy) cloth over the back and shoulders, and then have the child lay down. Take a separate moist cloth and wrap each arm and leg…covering fingers and toes. Cover the whole body. Cover the cloths with plastic padding to avoid quick drying. (Do not put plastic over the child’s face). Cover the child with a blanket. Let the child stay in the wrap for 30 minutes (if child falls asleep, the wrap may stay in place until the child awakes.) Then, remove wraps and apply moisturizer heavily over the entire body.

      Because children with eczema have such sensitive skin, certain guidelines should help prevent flair-ups. Dress children in loose fitting, 100% cotton clothes. Remove tags that can scratch the skin. Bedding should be 100% cotton and laundered frequently in gentle unscented laundry soap. If your child is young enough to be carried, parents should not wear wool or other scratchy fabrics. Generally avoid highly acidic foods like citrus fruits or juices, tomatoes or spicy foods when a child is in flare-up. Keep house temperature cool. Heat and sweating can trigger a flair-up. In winter, using a humidifier should help prevent the air from becoming too dry. Keep the child’s fingernails short and scrupulously clean to avoid infection. Emotional stress can worsen eczema rash, so it is important that parents not convey a negative attitude toward the child when treating this frustrating (and often sleep depriving) condition. Skin should be lubricated three times a day, using Aquafor or Vaseline as a moisturizer and applying lavishly.

      If child seems to be itching in a particular spot, try applying a cold wet washcloth to the area to dampen the skin, then apply moisturizer. The doctor may recommend an antihistamine to be taken at bedtime to reduce itching and help the child to sleep.

      Sometimes a flare-up can occur even when the most diligent moisturizing schedule has been kept. A flare-up is not a parenting failure. Eczema is an unpredictable and frustrating condition. If a serious flare-up occurs, call the doctor. He may prescribe different anti-inflammatory or different anti-itch procedures. It is also wise for a child in flare-up to be watched for infection. Symptoms of infection include weeping or crusted skin or small pus bumps.

      Children with eczema are not contagious and not sick. Parents should be careful to avoid thinking of the child as fragile or ill. Although eczema can be frustrating for parent and extremely uncomfortable for the child, it is a treatable condition. Since most children do outgrow eczema, the key is to outlast it by never flagging in diligent skin care. You can win the battle with eczema and help your baby to have the healthy glowing skin babies are known for.

      Here are some more for a good read on remedies and alternative medication.

      http://www.eczemaskintreatment.com/category/baby-eczema/
      http://www.philippineherbalmedicine.org/akapulko.htm

  39. QUESTION:
    Can anyone please help me with these symptoms?
    General weakness/tiredness
    Harder time focusing

    Slight dizziness

    Small red blotches and bumps that are itchy (arms,legs,chest,stomach)

    Kidney soreness

    Chest and throat soreness (only during deep breaths)

    Side pain/discomfort

    Tingly/numb knot in Back (one small spot, no pain)

    Random itchiness and spasms (slightly)

    Flushed face feeling and warm ears (temperature is only 98 or 37 celsius)

    ANY help whatsoever is greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      With this many symptoms that seem to cover a greater portion of your body I think the thing you need to do is go to a doctor. Anyone without a medical background would be foolish to try and diagnose you.

  40. QUESTION:
    Ive just been gardening and now i have these bites on my legs ?
    I was pulling out the weeds and the weeds were pretty high. Now i have these three (that i have found so far) bites on my upper leg. They are itchy and raised and a little bigger than a mosquito bite. What are they ??

    Ok and now i have just found smaller bumps on my wrist that arent raised, just looks like a rash...My forearm looks speckled like an egg with red dots all over it..

    • ANSWER:
      All insects cause the area of the bite to raise up. Being in the garden, it could've been any of the list below:

      Redback spider (if in Australia)
      Whitetailed spider
      Ants
      Scorpions
      Centipedes

      It really doesn't matter to which insect it was because they all have the same first aid treatment. Wash the swollen area with soap and water to take away bacteria and then apply an ice pack to reduce the swelling. It should be good in no time!

      The rash on your arm could be from scratches from the plants you were working around or could be an allergic reaction to the insect bite. Just keep an eye on it. If it gets itchy you should probably see the GP for some prescribed cream.

  41. QUESTION:
    What is happening to my skin?
    I have these bites that I've been getting mostly on my legs but also a few on my face and arms. I've all but ruled out bed bugs because of the way they look. Its not itchy bumps they're just like..little craters like something ripped a small chunk of flesh off and I was wondering if anyone had an idea of what these wounds could be. Also I only get them while sleeping.

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of scars?
    When I first started cutting I used a shaving razor. Like that you use in the shower for your legs. So obviously the cuts aren't that deep. But have these white scars on my arm. I've been using bio oil and nothing has happened. Have I just not used it enough yet? I've been using it for a couple weeks. Does anyone have any other suggestions for getting rid of scars?
    Thankks

    • ANSWER:
      Scars fade, but they don't go away completely. I have several scars from a car accident (and the following 3 surgeries) that go the length of my right forearm and across the back of my left hand. They used to be raised, and red. I used Mederma Topical Gel on them for many months, in hopes to get rid of the 'worms' that lay on my skin. (They looked like big fat night crawlers..).

      It's been 15 years since the accident, and I must say that although I see them plain as day, it's because I know they are there. In the winter my skin lightens (less sun) and my scars and skin take on the same coloring. In the summer though, my scars will stay white as my skin tones deepen.

      I could go to a plastic surgeon to have the scaring removed (minimized to hairline scars at best, but would be hardly visual) but I find it hard to spend that kind of money on a vanity procedure. I've had friends I have worked with for years that have never asked about my scars, and I'm a very open person. I don't think any of my friends would hesitate (many haven't hesitated, and when they see it are kind of puzzled, and shocked they never noticed before.)

      If you haven't sought help for cutting, please do so. It's dangerous and it's important for you to find ways to cope with your feelings and emotions. Finding another more practical and safe way to outlet your feelings and putting the cutting to an end is important for you and everyone around you.

      I would keep up with using the topical ointment, it's not hurting anything and it may help smooth any bumping/ridges and help minimize the actual scar under the skin as well. Using lotions to keep all of the scarring and surrounding skin moisturized can help reduce irritation and resulting redness and irritation from the affected area. I've found that if my scars get dry and itchy, they become more pronounced and will look whiter and bump up. Be religious with your sunscreen. Protecting the sensitive scars from sunlight will prevent them from becoming burnt. Taking the extra care on the surrounding skin is important as well, if you burn the scar and surrounding skin, the surrounding skin may peel (scars do not, mine haven't.) as burnt skin dies off. Scar tissue reacts much differently than regular skin, and scars can often lack nerve endings (from damage) and you may not realize the damage done to the scarred area. Also by protecting the surrounding skin with sunscreen you can help minimize the contrast between the surrounding skin and the scar. The smaller the scars (yours sound pretty small) will tend to blend better.

      And remember, you know they are there - and you will be the first to notice them.

  43. QUESTION:
    I have little bumps on my arms and legs?
    Theyre like small bumps but i KNOW theyre not a rash or allergic reaction or anything like that. ive been like this my whole life but they wont go away. anyone know what they are? i dont have good skin eiter.

    • ANSWER:
      You don't say if they're itchy or not, so I'm assuming they're not.
      They sound like dry skin bumps. Chances are you have more of them in the winter than summer?
      If so, you can help reduce them by always moisturizing immediately after getting out of the shower and just blotting off so that your skin is still damp. Put a nice rich moisturizer on top of that, and you should seal in some of the moisture.

  44. QUESTION:
    What is happening to my skin?
    From last night & today, I have gotten three pimple-like {but are NOT pimples}, itchy bumps on my skin {two on arm, one on leg}. And when I scratch it, because - it itches, it bleeds the second scratch. The first one I wasn't too weary about, but this is the third one. I've never had the chicken pox before, either. Does anyone know what might be up? What I have? & if there's anything I can do?
    It's like a mosquito bite, but instead of vigorous itching, it breaks open the second you scratch it.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey There,

      Skin issues can be hard to pinpoint sometimes. I doubt it's razor burn as it's located on the arms and legs. It could be chicken pox- wait and see if it spreads more. Unfortunately if it is chicken pox there is not much you can do but to put calamine lotion on it and avoid scratching it. It could also be a reaction to a soap/detergent change or just an irritation. You can try putting some polysporan on it to help them heal. I know it's hard but try not to scratch them as it could get them infected, spread them or make them more uncomfortable. There is a lotion called caldryl (which is calamine and bendryl) from any drugstore that will help reduce the itching. An antihistamine (allergy meds like benadryl) might also help the itching. Just make sure to check with a parent (if you're under 18) before taking it. You can also get that at the pharmacy. It's probably just an irritation. Make sure to keep the areas clean, put a little polysporan (or any other antibiotic cream) on it to help it heal and if you do touch them make sure to wash your hands after to prevent it from spreading. If it starts spreading further and doesn't start improving in a week or so get it checked.

      It could also be bed bug bites- if that's the case inspect your mattress really well to see if there are any black bugs (very small but you can see them with the naked eye). If that's the case they can be tricky to get rid of.

      Hope you feel better :)

      Lailey

  45. QUESTION:
    Something is biting me, can someone help me?
    I'll looked online for several possibilities. My bites aren't in clusters like chigger or flea bites. At most, the individual red, itchy bumps are inches apart, and rather small but noticeable. At first they might seem like mosquito bites but they don't swell like mosquito bites when I scratch them. I have several on my arms and legs but some are appearing on my neck and back now. I haven't traveled anywhere suspicious but I have been spending more time outside.

    • ANSWER:
      I've been having the same problem for the past couple of days and i am not it's fleas from my dogs or just hives. At the drug store I was told there may be hives due to the very hot weather that we have here now. Hives can appear in very hot climate or extreme weather climate. I am using a menthol solution that helps with the itching. All the best.

  46. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever heard of a skin disorder with two words, last one being Keratosis?
    I can't remember the first word but it looks and feels like small round rough patches on the surface of my skin, worse on my legs, ankles and top of my feet. I also have problems with skin tags on the underside of my upper arms, inside thighs and a few on my back. I am only a few lbs overweight so it's not due to that. My dermatologist told me what it was a couple of years ago and I cannot remember, he's not in practice now. If someone else has this or if you're a derm, I'd love to hear from you.
    I searched and now I'm pretty sure the name of this disorder is Seborrheic Keratosis. Anyone out there know anything about it?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a quick search and found this:
      SEBORRHEIC KERATOSIS
      A seborrheic keratosis is a benign skin growth that is very common among people over 40 years of age. The growths resemble flattened or raised warts, but have no viral origins and may exhibit a variety of colors, from pink or yellow through brown and black. Because only the top layers of the epidermis are involved, seborrheic keratoses are often described as having a "pasted-on" appearance.

      Because the tumors are rarely painful, treatment is not often necessary. There is a small risk of localized infection caused by picking at the lesion. If a growth becomes excessively itchy, or if it is irritated by clothing or jewelry, cryosurgery has been found to be highly effective in their removal. The main danger associated with seborrheic keratoses lies in their resemblance to malignant melanomas, which has sometimes led to a misdiagnosis of the cancerous lesions. If there is any doubt, a skin biopsy will allow a physician to make a correct diagnosis. A mutation of a gene coding for a growth factor receptor (FGFR3), has been found in 40% of seborrheic keratosis.

      I also found SOLAR KERATOSIS
      What is a solar keratosis?

      A solar keratosis is a small, rough, bump which develops on the skin. It is caused by a lot of exposure to the sun over many years. One or more may develop. It is sometimes called an actinic keratosis.

      What does a solar keratosis look like?

      Each one can range from the size of a pinhead to 2-3 cm across. Their colour can be light, dark, pink, red, the same colour as your skin, or a combination of these. The top of each one may have a yellow-white crust. They feel rough and dry, and are slightly raised from the surface of the skin. You can often feel them more easily than see them. Some redness may develop in the surrounding skin.

      Sometimes a finger-like growth of hard skin appears to come out of a solar keratosis (a 'cutaneous horn').

      Several solar keratoses may develop at about the same time, often in the same area of skin. Sometimes several join together and form a large flat-ish rough area of skin.

      Solar keratoses usually develop on areas of skin which have been exposed to the sun a lot. For example, on the face, neck, bald patches on the scalp, and the backs of the hands. They may appear in other areas in people who do a lot of sunbathing.

      There are usually no other symptoms. Rarely, you may get an itchy or pricking sensation from affected areas of skin.

      I hope that these help

  47. QUESTION:
    What is this weird rash on my body? helppp please?!?
    I have all these small itchy bumps all over my arms. I have had them for a few weeks now. Occasionally, they spread to my stomach and legs.They are itchy all the time. I have been using hydro cortisone cream but that does not help. Is it a rash? allergic reaction? (I have not changed lotions, perfumes, etc at all) Could it be some kind of poison oak or ivy? What do I do?? I am so itchy and my skin looks awful!!

    • ANSWER:
      Could be a mite like a bird mite. Look for nests outside your home. Bedbugs, scabies. Don't be embarrased. It happens. Rich, poor...anyone can get them. Maybe chiggers. Get checked though. You could be allergic and have a bad reaction.

  48. QUESTION:
    non itchy red bumps all over arms and legs?
    I keep waking up with these peculiar bumps all over my arms and legs

    they are slightly red...almost orange and have white in the middle.
    they are slightly smaller than a dime and DON'T ITCH AT ALL.

    Are they bug bites? What is this?

    • ANSWER:
      ARE THERE RUST COLORED STAINS ON YOUR SHEETS? CHECK FOR BEDBUGS!!!!!

  49. QUESTION:
    What can cause genital itching in diabetics?
    Do you know of what can cause genital itching in a diabetic? Its not a yeast infection or STD.
    Can dishydrotic eczema on the hands and feet also cause problems in the genital area?
    Steroid creams not working only Vagisil to stop itching. Doctor doesn't seem to know!
    SERIOUS ANSWERS ONLY- OR REPORTED!!!
    It doesn't seem to be an allergy to soaps or anything else.
    Johnny M: hygiene is excellent and why do you assume diabetics are not as thin as "healthy" people?
    Its NOT a yeast infection. Was treating for that for months with no help!
    Those pictures are disgusting- didn't really need that!

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetes can affect every part of the body, including the skin. As many as one third of people with diabetes will have a skin disorder caused or affected by diabetes at some time in their lives. In fact, such problems are sometimes the first sign that a person has diabetes. Luckily, most skin conditions can be prevented or easily treated if caught early.

      Some of these problems are skin conditions anyone can have, but people with diabetes get more easily. These include bacterial infections, fungal infections, and itching. Other skin problems happen mostly or only to people with diabetes. These include diabetic dermopathy, necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum, diabetic blisters, and eruptive xanthomatosis.

      Fungal Infections

      The culprit in fungal infections of people with diabetes is often Candida albicans. This yeast-like fungus can create itchy rashes of moist, red areas surrounded by tiny blisters and scales. These infections often occur in warm, moist folds of the skin. Problem areas are under the breasts, around the nails, between fingers and toes, in the corners of the mouth, under the foreskin (in uncircumcised men), and in the armpits and groin.

      Common fungal infections include jock itch, athlete's foot, ringworm (a ring-shaped itchy patch), and vaginal infection that causes itching.

      If you think you have a yeast or fungal infection, call your doctor. You will need a prescription medicine to cure it.

      Itching

      Localized itching is often caused by diabetes. It can be caused by a yeast infection, dry skin, or poor circulation. When poor circulation is the cause of itching, the itchiest areas may be the lower parts of the legs.

      You may be able to treat itching yourself. Limit how often you bathe, particularly when the humidity is low. Use mild soap with moisturizer and apply skin cream after bathing.

      Diabetic Dermopathy

      Diabetes can cause changes in the small blood vessels. These changes can cause skin problems called diabetic dermopathy.

      Dermopathy often looks like light brown, scaly patches. These patches may be oval or circular. Some people mistake them for age spots. This disorder most often occurs on the front of both legs. But the legs may not be affected to the same degree. The patches do not hurt, open up, or itch.

      Dermopathy is harmless. You do not need to be treated.

      Necrobiosis Lipoidica Diabeticorum

      Another disease that may be caused by changes in the blood vessels is necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum (NLD). NLD is similar to diabetic dermopathy. The difference is that the spots are fewer, but larger and deeper.

      NLD often starts as a dull red raised area. After a while, it looks like a shiny scar with a violet border. The blood vessels under the skin may become easier to see. Sometimes NLD is itchy and painful. Sometimes the spots crack open.

      NLD is a rare condition. Adult women are the most likely to get it. As long as the sores do not break open, you do not need to have it treated. But if you get open sores, see your doctor for treatment.

      Diabetic Blisters (Bullosis Diabeticorum)

      Rarely, people with diabetes erupt in blisters. Diabetic blisters can occur on the backs of fingers, hands, toes, feet, and sometimes, on legs or forearms.

      These sores look like burn blisters. They sometimes are large. But they are painless and have no redness around them. They heal by themselves, usually without scars, in about three weeks. They often occur in people who have diabetic neuropathy. The only treatment is to bring blood sugar levels under control.

      Eruptive Xanthomatosis

      Eruptive xanthomatosis is another condition caused by diabetes that's out of control. It consists of firm, yellow, pea-like enlargements in the skin. Each bump has a red halo and may itch. This condition occurs most often on the backs of hands, feet, arms, legs, and buttocks.

      The disorder usually occurs in young men with type 1 diabetes. The person often has high levels of cholesterol and fat in the blood. Like diabetic blisters, these bumps disappear when diabetes control is restored.

      Digital Sclerosis

      Sometimes, people with diabetes develop tight, thick, waxy skin on the backs of their hands. Sometimes skin on the toes and forehead also becomes thick. The finger joints become stiff and can no longer move the way they should. Rarely, knees, ankles, or elbows also get stiff.

      This condition happens to about one third of people who have type 1 diabetes. The only treatment is to bring blood sugar levels under control.

      Acanthosis Nigricans

      Acanthosis nigricans is a condition in which tan or brown raised areas appear on the sides of the neck, armpits, and groin. Sometimes they also occur on the hands, elbows, and knees.

      Acanthosis nigricans usually strikes people who are very overweight. The best treatment is to lose weight. Some creams can help the spots look better.

      Good Skin Care

      There are several things you can do to head off skin problems:

      Keep your diabetes well managed. People with high glucose levels tend to have dry skin and less ability to fend off harmful bacteria. Both conditions increase the risk of infection.

      Keep skin clean and dry. Use talcum powder in areas where skin touches skin, such as armpits and groin.

      Avoid very hot baths and showers. If your skin is dry, don't use bubble baths. Moisturizing soaps, such as Dove or Basis, may help. Afterward, use an oil-in-water skin cream, such as Lubriderm or Alpha-Keri. But don't put lotions between toes. The extra moisture there can encourage fungus to grow.

      Prevent dry skin. Scratching dry or itchy skin can open it up and allow infection to set in. Moisturize your skin to prevent chapping, especially in cold or windy weather.

      Treat cuts right away. Wash minor cuts with soap and water. Do not use Mercurochrome antiseptic, alcohol, or iodine to clean skin because they are too harsh. Only use an antibiotic cream or ointment if your doctor says it's okay. Cover minor cuts with sterile gauze. See a doctor right away if you get a major cut, burn, or infection.

      During cold, dry months, keep your home more humid. Bathe less during this weather, if possible.

      Use mild shampoos. Do not use feminine hygiene sprays.

      See a dermatologist (skin doctor) about skin problems if you are not able to solve them yourself.

      Take good care of your feet. Check them every day for sores and cuts. Wear broad, flat shoes that fit well. Check your shoes for foreign objects before putting them on.

      Additional information: Vagisil is a medication used to treat yeast infection. You mentioned above that only Vagisil stops itching. Therefore, if Vagisil works, it would have to be a fungal infection like the one described on paragraph 3 by the American Diabetes Association.


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