Itchy Red Spots On Skin

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What are these itchy red spots along my extremities?
    Starting about 10 days ago, I started getting these extremely itchy red spots appearing on my hands. It started off as five or six tiny spots that appear to be insect bites on my right hand. My left hand has only ever had two of these bites. The next day, I had them on my feet. The next day, I had some more on my arms. The following day, some more along my ankles. The next day, some more appeared along my calf. The following day, some appeared along my upper arm. The next day, there were some more along my hip and thigh.

    The strange thing is that I sleep with my fiancee every night and this entire time, he has only gotten a couple of these bites.

    I'm a medical student and nothing I've ever experienced, seen or read in textbooks seems to describe what this is. I'm not all too worried about it, but these bites are leaving scarring dark-patches of skin where these spots once were. I have 3 kittens, but they have never been outside and I know what flea bites on humans look like. (c/)
    I know what tick bites look like and that is not the case either.

    The bites are smaller than dimes and at the peak of their intensity, appear as tiny welts, with the "bite" being in the center. It swells really well (and sometimes, even oozes puss).

    Any ideas?
    Oh, and I'm sure it isn't dermatitis. Dermatitis isn't contagious and, as I mentioned, my fiancee has these same spots.

    • ANSWER:
      could you be experiencing bedbugs?

  2. QUESTION:
    My skin keeps getting red spots all over it is this normal?
    So at random times of the day my skin will get itchy red spots on it that are bumpy but then they'll go away after an hour or two, is this okay or should I see a doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like urticaria, better known as hives.

      A lot of things can cause it, including allergies to food or drugs, something you use on your skin, laundry soap, environmental allergies, temperature, anxiety, etc.

      If they don't happen often or don't bother you much, you might try a process of elimination to see if you can figure out what is causing it.

      If the itch bothers you, use a dyphenhydramine (Benadryl or generic) ointment, gel, or spray on them. This will take care of the itch in a few minutes, and the bump will disappear sooner.

      If you get them often or if they cover a large part of your body, you should see a doctor.

  3. QUESTION:
    How to avoid red looking spots on your legs after shaving.?
    I use a Venus razor and a shaving gel to avoid itchy,red, looking spots. I have read in magazines to use body srub to get rid of the dead cells before shaving because if you do, then you can get the red spots. However, that did not seem to work for me. My skin is fairly tanned because I go tanning all the time but I still can not get rid of those red looking spots. What is a way to avoid those red spots on my legs?

    • ANSWER:
      I used to have the same problem. Thankfully I've started to grow out of it. I don't suggest using hair removal creams, even if they say "for sensitive skin". I used nair once and it burned my skin and left me with huge scabs all over my legs (I followed the directions to the letter). What I do and have done is this: When you shower, shave last. It gives the warm water time to run down your legs and open up your pores. Use a shaving cream. I've found that venus razors worked for me. Make sure that you change your razor when it needs to be done. I usually do it once a week (but then again, I usually shave every other day). Using a new one every day is crazy and expensive unless you invest in disposables. A good venus to try is the new breeze. It gives added moisture when you shave. When you're done, try running cold water over your legs to close the pores. Thats something that helped me a lot. Another thing is baby oil. Apply a little before you dry off your legs. Don't use lotion because they usually have a lot of perfumes added, and I've found that it made me break out more. All of these things have worked for me...give it a try. Good luck!

  4. QUESTION:
    What's with the itchy red spots *down there*?
    So I shaved that certain area and now there are itchy red spots all over it. I'm a girl by the way. Is this just from shaving? Or should I be worried? And I don't have sex, but at this one party like a week ago a guy fingered me and I made out with him. I know this is awkward, but I really need to know.

    • ANSWER:
      It's probably just razor burn/ingrown hairs. I'm a sufferer as well. Those little above-the-skin shavers have done alright by me so far. But shaving and Nair haven't worked. I haven't tried waxing yet.

  5. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of itchy legs after shaving and waxing?
    Every time I shave or wax my legs, the skin gets little bumps everywhere and gets INCREDIBLY itchy. This itchiness drives me crazy for a few days but then goes away when the hair starts growing back in (I don't think the bumps are ingrown hairs because the hair does eventually make it through the skin). So for about 3 days after I shave or wax I can't show my legs because the skin is covered in red spots. When the skin finally goes back to normal, I have hairy legs again! Can anyone recommend a hair removal technique that doesn't lead to such terrible itchiness? I am willing to try anything except for laser removal due to the cost.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      you could be allergic to the shaving cream you are using (if u are using anything different on your legs), cut that out and use normal soap and see if that works.

      if its not that, then the other culprit can be simply failing to moisturise with a decent moisturiser after each shave. Try a moisturiser that is thick and creamy in substance, and not too fragranced, as the purfumed ones can irritate freshly shaven skin. if your not moisturising daily, thats probably your problem.

      ur razor must be sharp, if its blunt and you use the same one too long, it will irritate your skin so so so badly. As soon as ur razor stops gliding and getting the hairs as good as it did the first time u used it, replace it.

      if none of these things help, try a sensitive skin hair removal cream :-)

  6. QUESTION:
    My face is been itchy around nose forehead and chin area with red spots. Otherwise I never had any skin issues?
    Is there anything I do to get itch and red spots relief? Any home remedies. I tried glycerin mosturise etc but nothing seems to be working. Please advice. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Please have 15 ml Glycerin & add 5 ml Lemon juice to it shake well & store. Now apply it over the areas itching at bed time daily for 5 days regularly.
      You will get rid of itching & red spots.

  7. QUESTION:
    I have 6 insect bites that are extremely itchy and deep red. Should this be cause for concern?
    I recently moved to Sydney, and was bitten by an insect or spider two days ago. The bites are the size of a dime and are all on my lower legs and feet. They're also very deep red. Usually my mosquito bites never are this dark in color, and they're extremely itchy. I'm just wondering if I should see a doctor. I haven't developed any other symptoms, but the dark red spots on my skin are a bit scary.

    • ANSWER:
      These don't sound like bites, this sound more like a skin condition.
      Try a hot towel treatment. If your symptoms worsen over the next couple days , consult a dermatologist.

  8. QUESTION:
    how do you stop the skin going red and itchy after shaving?
    after shaving pubic hair the skin goes itchy and has red spots, how can you stop this?

    • ANSWER:
      Wash it with mild soapy water then apply coco butter :) makes you all soft and nice:)

  9. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of redness and irritation?
    I have been using mederma lately to heal my post-acne marks and I think it is making my skin itchy. I have a few really red spots on my skin and I want to know how to get rid of them. It's not acne but just really irritated red marks. Help?
    P.S.- does Aloe Vera (the ones sold in bottles, not the plant) help with the painful itchiness?
    f**k spammers I don't care for your advertising crap.

    • ANSWER:
      i would first stop using the medrema for a bit and see what happens and i would try put benrgaly lotion on your itchy skin

  10. QUESTION:
    Why does my skin become irritated with red blotches after showering off?
    Hi, for awhile now I've noticed that as soon as I step out of the shower, my skin on almost every part of my body becomes red and blotchy. Let it be known that I take hot, HOT showers because it is relaxing to me. I don't think it is any type of soap or shampoo because I don't just use one type. The pressure isn't that high, at least I don't think. It's pretty soft. When I get out, I'm itchy and I have red spots all over me that usually go away within the next hour. I would like to know what the root of my problem is. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I have the same problem. After showering in hot water or swimming in a chlorinated pool/hot tub I get red splotches across my sternum and neck. Mine don't bother me very much because they go away in about an hour. I suggest showering in cooler water.

  11. QUESTION:
    I have red bumpy itchy spots after swimming in a swimming pool. What is going on?
    So sometimes after I swim I get these red itchy spots (looks like bug bites) on my body and then a few hours later it is gone. But today the same thing happened but it is sort of all over my body. Itchy, irritating, red. And it's not going away. I checked online and it could be swimmers rash/itch, or chlorine rash, but I am not sure. I know some people's skin are more sensitive than others. And I think it's because I have sensitive skin and didn't clean enough. I put vaseline on the spots that are itchy with the red bumps. Any suggestions?
    I'm not sure if it spreads but it does look pretty similar to bug bites
    I swim regularly, I have swim team 2 days a week.

    • ANSWER:
      I think there's some chemical in the pool that your skin isn't used to. to get ride of it, take an oatmeal bath. it sounds gross, but seriously gets ride of rashes. don't actually put oatmeal in your bathtub, you have to buy a pack at the store that says oatmeal bath. it will give you specific instructions. it helped when I had hives and other things, hope it helps with you

  12. QUESTION:
    What is a red spot on right breast which is very itchy?
    Yesterday after I removed my bra I noticed a red spot on my right breast right side, it looked more like 3 little pimples with no head.There is no skin touching it and it is very itchy and the size smaller than a baseball. It is very annoying and stays red but not hot at touch.

    • ANSWER:
      Jesus, smaller than a BASEBALL??? you might wanna get that checked. I occasionally get small red spots because I have quite a large bust and my bra traps so much heat and makes me a little sweaty....if this is the case..nothing to worry about, but given the size you are describing I'd say you need to see you GP!

  13. QUESTION:
    If you get red bumps on your legs from grass, is it an allergic reaction?
    When i was playing in the grass, I got up and found zillions of itchy red spots on my legs. I know they aren't chicken pocks but is it an allergic reaction?

    • ANSWER:
      Could be chiggers. They are small mites that burrow into you skin. It takes quite awhile to get rid of them.If you scratch them too much you could get an infection.

      When I was a kid,moms would put clear nail polish over the bite and after a few days, the chigger died. Chiggers loves the grass and human skin. If it doesn't go away with washing them it is probably chiggers

  14. QUESTION:
    What is the term for the red itchy spots on my legs?
    Well I went to the doctors because I had some red itchy spots come up on my legs and it has start to spread. The doctor said that it was unlikely chicken pox because they're normally more blistery and she said she thinks it is an infection of the skin with an unknown cause. She used a scientific term for it and I have no idea what it is! Any idea? Really irritating me.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like impetigo or "school sores". These are usually caused by a golden staph (staphylococcus aureus) infection and are very contagious, but easily fixed by antibiotics.

  15. QUESTION:
    What would cause these red spots to suddenly appear on my skin?
    All of a sudden, loads of red dots have appeared on my skin, they weren't there yesterday and not even this morning. The first on appeared around 12:00pm, then more appeared. They are just little red dots, not blemish type, not raised, discoloured or itchy. Just red dots as if I've used a red felt tip.

    I've not used anyone weird or eaten anything different.

    Does anyone have any ideas what these might be?

    • ANSWER:
      Are you displaying any fever like symptoms? Nausea, lack of concentration?
      A rash in the form of red dots is normally related to viral diseases such as chicken pox and measles.

      Measles can be very serious. To eliminate this a possibility press a cold glass over your skin. If the red spots don't fade or disappear under the pressure of the glass you should phone an out of hours doctor and get checked for measles.

      It is also possible that you are suffering form something completely harmless such as a sweat or heat rash. If this is the case the spots will fade within the next day or so. Try to avoid irritating the area.

  16. QUESTION:
    Dry patches of skin and little red spots?
    Over the last few weeks, I have had little patches of dry skin come up in random places on my body. They are really itchy and then they get very tiny little red spots on them. My mom and aunty both suffer really badly with psoriasis so I thought it could be this coming, but its usually common on the joints and my skin isn't flakey. I'm only 14, please help?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like Psorisis, if your mum gets it then you are very likely to suffer aswell. Dont worry it treatable with creams, although its mainly on joints, hands, knees and on the scalp it can appear anywhere on your skin. Dry skin, red patches, flakey or non flakey skin. Dont worry its nothing serious.

      Keep your skin moisturised and pop to the doctors to get some steroid cream

  17. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have a skin irritation/allergy from down feathers?
    I developed a skin irritation on the side of my nose, and on my forehead and on my chest that looked a little bit like acne but it wasnt, it just showed up like scabs. Like it would get itchy, and i would itch it and then they would turn into little red spots and scabs.

    People said that i am getting an allergie from the feathers in my down feather baby phat coat, cuz they keep coming out and they get on my clothes and stuff. I was wondering if its possible to get a rash or an allergy or irritation from feathers?

    Otherwise, any ideas about what the irritation could be? I have been drinking tea and washing the areas every day, and they seem to be clearing up a little bit. Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      simple answer is yes you can develop allergy to feathers skin or lung ,shortness of breath like asthma have an allergy test done if possible and stop wearing coat

  18. QUESTION:
    Does the red itchy spots of your exzema stay with you // How can i get rid of it??
    okay so ive had exzema all my life. im 15 know and the red itchy spots are still there!! ive treid everything that i could to make it go away!1 i understand that you can never get rid of exzema. just have it under control. when i get older i want to wrestle for WWE and i dont think i can if ill be on t.v with red spots on my arms!! how can i prevent it from coming back?? usually when i get better i have some brown spots were the red ones use to be and everyone thinks that there bruises!! so how can i get it to look like i have normal skin??

    • ANSWER:
      My oldest son has had eczema since birth and he is now 16. When he was born he had sensitivities to everything so I did a lot of research to find natural based ingredients to help him. I have been a nurse for 15 years until now because I have opened my own shop. I have eczema gel and cream that my son uses still and his skin looks normal until he desides he's to lazy to put the cream/gel on and then it will come back. You can email me for a sample or go to my website at petalsnlace,com. It is under consrtuction right now but you can click onto some links or email me through the site and get a catalog and samples.

  19. QUESTION:
    Itchy and red bumps on my vagina after being fingered by my boyfriend?
    My boyfriend fingered me last night and after that I went to the bathroom and there was a little blood on my underwear, I thought it was just because my period is due any day now but I haven't seen any blood sense. And later that night I noticed my vagina getting itchy and little red spots around it. What could that be. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      It can be vagina acne. Or if you had recently shaved your vaginal area the itchiness could be from the skin getting slightly inflamed.

      Or of course it could be a sexually transmitted disease, but I wouldn't jumpt to conclusions right away. It's more like vaginal acne more than anything.

  20. QUESTION:
    Any ideas on what is wrong with my dogs skin?
    Hello, I have a 3 year german Shepard mix who has terrible skin problems. He has red spots, with dead skin around the edges that slowly peels away and becomes larger red spots. These are very itchy and cover his entire body He is loosing hard (not sure if this is just because of excess scratching and biting), and is so down lately. We have spent ,000+ at the vet and they still have no answers as to what's wrong. Someone please help me with an answer or a similar condition in their dog. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      I relate I relate and I relate!!!! My dog had severe skin problems that the traditional meds (antibiotics, antihistamines, and steroids like prednisone) didnt help at all. Special diets, elimination diets and vitamins and herbs didn't help. Tests like skin biopsies and scrapes didn't find any cause. Blood work was normal.

      First though - if you have had any symptoms of being itchy even for just a couple days treat your dog for sarcoptic mange even if the scrape was negative.

      If you or anyone else hasn't been itchy this is what I did for my dog. A year went on with traditional vets. Then I saw a holistic vet who did a blood allergy test on her with heska.com. It cost 0 and I found she has a whole list of environmental allergies like grass and dust. Really I didn't need to test her. I can't avoid those things so the only option is to fix her immune system.

      Fixing the immune system starts with good diet. If you can add any amount of appropriate fresh food that's going to help. Digestive systems and immune systems are linked closely together. That's why stress can make some people have an upset stomach. The whole body is linked and works together. When the digestive system has to work harder in a dog to digest processed kibble and grains, that takes away from the immune system working as well.

      So first do a fast at least 24 hours and up to 48 hrs. See if you can help the diet. Even just adding probiotics (not acidophilus but ones for dogs) will be helpful.

      Ok next thing is to get the symptoms under control so the dogs not stressed and suffering. I found dermagic lotion to be so helpful. Also k9 Lycra top coat body suit helped and also prevented my dog from licking. The body suit will cost nearly for a gsd I believe. But out of all I tried, which was a lot, those are what worked. Also a pill called beta-thyme the holistic vet put my dog on was very good. It's a natural plant steroid you can buy over the internet. My 25 lb dog could get up to 2 a day.

      The third part is balancing the body. The vet put my dog on enzyme powders of the adrenal and pineal glands. Those have to do with natural cortisone production. If you want you can read about how it wolks in dr. Martin Goldsteins book "the art and science of animal healing". The vet also added vitamin c (a natural antihistamine) in the form of ester c, probiotics, and I already gave omega 3. The vet tried vitamin a therapy which does help some dogs skin problems but it didn't work with mine. B vitamins are also important so is zinc for the skin but your vet needs to discuss therapeutic doses.

      Finally if this doesn't work you may need to do allergy testing and get immunotherapy which can work in 1-3 years. The problem however is the immune system if not healed can develop new allergies at any time. It's like a star going supernova. Things that suppress the immune system like vaccines will just cause it to go into hyperdrive. Seeing a holistic vet is the best thing. But maybe even changing the diet alone to a raw diet will help.

      Oh and I forgot - secondary skin infections. From the scratching and chronic irritation secondary infections like staph bacteria or yeast usually occur. I found really the best thing topically was plain aloe for the sores.

  21. QUESTION:
    Why do I have this horrible itchy red rash after threading or waxing my eyebrows?
    My skin is fine immediately following the procedure; however, about 5-7 hours later, these itchy red bumps and raised patches of skin pop up and last for at least seven days. After the seventh day, they dry and begin to peel. Please help...

    • ANSWER:
      These are ingrown hairs. You always get them after waxing. To reduce the swelling, and the bumps, rub lotion on the spot you waxed with specialized lotion for waxing.

  22. 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.

  23. QUESTION:
    How should I treat this dry spot on my scalp?
    Recently I discovered a strange itchy lump on my scalp. It feels dry and crackly, for lack of a better word. Sometimes, when I try to itch it, some flecks of dry skin fall down (Yes, I know. This is very gross.) and it bothers me. I looked at it in the mirror, it just appears as a little red spot. Anyway, this is very gross so any person who knows best how to treat this please answer. Thank you for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      its best to visit a doctor he will tell you what to do if u do something wrong it can go bad.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can yucca plants spray itchy liquid when you cut them?
    There are several very large yucca plants in my backyard. I think they are yucca. They are green and spikey.

    I got a landscaper to cut them with a chain saw. The liquid from the plant sprayed on him as he was cutting it, and there are red on spots in his skin, and he started itching. He had to go to the emergency room.

    Can yucca plants do this? Do I have to be real careful when cutting them?

    • ANSWER:
      Any one can be allergic to any thing. Plants with white sap usually are irritants.

  25. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of the painful,red, bumpy and peeling spots on my face?
    The two spots were painful and itchy when and the skin was peeling and bumpy. Now it doesn't hurt
    Or itch anymore put the bumpy and red spots are still there and it seems to be getting bigger. Couple weeks ago I had
    woken up and the skin around my nostril was peeling, red and painful. I don' t know what caused it either. Could it be it be from the new litter of babies my hamster had? They are really small and they're losing most of the fur and these problems started happening a few weeks after they were born.

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like a fungal infection, see a doctor asap and clean EVERYTHING

  26. QUESTION:
    What are these red spots / bumps starting to appear everywhere on my body?
    First there was a little red spot on my arm, then it got wider over a week. Its flaky and not itchy and i started to pick at it at first and it would quickly start to bleed in lots of teeny tiny needle sized spots. Like a wart does. But it does not feel like a wart, it's not thick. Then I noticed a few on my chest, and a couple grew bigger in a few days. I put some kind of fix-everything beeswax salve on them at first, but it didn't help. That got rid of warts though every time I tried. They're really small and not much of a bump. Then more and more started to appear on my chest, then stomach, then arms, legs, back, neck, and now my face!!!!!! WTF is going on! I know maybe they could be from extreme stress and anxiety or some detoxifying symptom of eating healthy vegan, but I can't stand not knowing what it is or if it's some kind of horrible thing or cancer, or if they're going to cover me. Please help. There's like 50 of them. They seem to be multiplying faster. Two appeared on my face within 8 hours today.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like eczema or psoriasis (the p is silent). Try Cortizone 10. Use body soap for sensitve skin and make yourself a doctors appointment.

  27. QUESTION:
    why does my skin itch after I take a shower?
    Every time, after I take a shower or a bath, my neck and back become extremely itchy and small red spots appear on my back, they are like rashes somewhat. It happens at my fiance's house and at mine.
    Is it allergies?? It's never happened to me before until a few months ago and to this day.
    What can I do to help with this?
    By the way, I am 20 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      Could be your skin doesn't have a lot of oil in it. When you use soap, it takes out a BUNCH of oil as it is.

      If you're not using a moisturizer, that could make for some mighty itchy (possibly even ''tight feeling'' skin.)

      Some people can only take showers every few days, due to how dry their skin naturally is.

  28. QUESTION:
    i have itchy red spots all over my legs from walking outside?
    i walk across a park everyday and sometimes ill get a heap of red spots from the grass but they never used to be itchy. Now im not sure if its the grass anymore. i walk on the path now and i still get red spots and theyve gotten bigger and are itchy now. Its the hottest time of Summer here, would that have any influence on my skin? They used to disappear after a few hours now they take days. Does anyone know what it might be thats causing irritation on my legs?

    • ANSWER:
      Some sort of allergy probably. When it is hot, it exacerbates your symptoms.So, if you don't think they could be bug bites from bugs jumping up and biting you as you walk, then I would say that you are probably just allergic to some sort of pollen or grass right there and the heat is making it much worse.

  29. QUESTION:
    How do I get rid of this rash on the back of my neck? What is it?
    About a month ago, I noticed a bit of a rash on the back of my neck- the skin is flaky, there are some red spots and it gets really itchy sometimes. I've only ever seen one other person with a rash similar to this one. I'm currently using an anti-itch cream that helps for a few hours but smells really bad and stops working after a while.
    Does anybody have any idea what this may be? What may have caused it?
    Is it something to be concerned about?

    • ANSWER:
      I would take VS-C by natures sunshine for 4- 6 months like the bottle says. You can google to find out. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrumpox
      If they come back in the same area every time then it a viral herpes simplex. You get it from playing sports and coming in contact with other sweaty people.

      Are you allergic to your laundry soap? Bath soap?
      In the Sun (although I dont think that would be it)?
      Perfumes? Pillow allergy? Anything that you eat around the same time rash happens?

  30. QUESTION:
    What anti fungal powder that are hypoallergenic?
    I'm using zeasorb-af anti fungal powder for my underarm for almost a week and it irritates my skin. My underarm becomes itchy and some little red spot.

    • ANSWER:
      candid powder
      also use mometasone cream to reduce the redness and itching.

  31. QUESTION:
    What causes small red spots on hands?
    For about the past 2 weeks I have been getting tiny red spots on the back of my hands. There's hundreds of them. They are not itchy or painful. I work in a deli and wear gloves to make food, but they are latex free so it can't be an allergy to that. Sometimes soap will set it off, but then sometimes it won't. It is sometimes accompanied by a stiffening of the skin on my hands as well. As soon as I leave work, they slowly go away. Any possibilities?

    • ANSWER:
      Bad circulation. Stop smoking or start running lose some weight. If none of those are it check with your doctor

  32. 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.

  33. QUESTION:
    How do you treat sand fly bites on the skin? The creams doctors prescribed have all been ineffective.?
    I was bitten by sand flies in Peru several months ago. The bites appear as red spots on my skin and are hideous and very itchy. I've tried several types of topical creams prescribed by doctors but have been ineffective. What are the alternatives? Will the spots and itchiness stay with me forever?

    Deeply worried...

    • ANSWER:
      READ VERY CAREFULLY! This may be serious.

      If you were truly bitten by Sandflies, your skin lesions are most likely signs of what is known as Cutaneous Leishmaniasis. Sandflies are vectors (careers) for a protozoan organism known as Leishmania donovanii that commonly infects animals like opossoms, ant-eaters, sloths, and rodents in the New World (The West, ie Europe and Americas) and foxes, jackals, wolves, and raccoons in the Old World (Asia). The organism lives in its "immature" form (called "promastigote") inside the female sandfly and when the fly bites the skin, the parasite enters the body and converts to the mature reproductive form known as the "amastigote".

      The infection usually occurs on exposed areas of the skin such as hands, legs, or the face. They are usually painless, may cause itching, and become crusted and dry-looking over time. The parasitic infection is very slowly progressive and in some cases may resolve on its own over 6-8 weeks. In most cases, the infection becomes chronic, progressive, and may invade internal organs such as liver, spleen, and bone marrow and turn into a systemic infection known as kala-azar or "Black Fever." This form of the disease is deadly.

      Definitive diagnosis can be made by taking a skin biopsy of the site and visualization of the parasite under the microscope, culturing the organism, or the use of advanced molecular biology techniques such as ELISA and PCR which identify Leishmania DNA. These are not readily available in most healthcare settings due to their cost and scarecity of this disease in urban settings in most of US regions.

      The most effective and definitive treatments for Leishmaniasis are Pentostam (sodium stibogluconate) and Glucantime (meglumine antimonate). But these drugs may not be readily available since they are not used very often. Other more practical drugs are amphotericin B and pentamidine which are antifungal and anti-parasitic agents given in intravenous and intramuscular forms.

      My suggestion to you is to be seen in the University Based healthcare setting and mention to them the fact that you were bitten by Sandflies. They may then decide to pursue measures for definitive diagnosis and treatment. I hope this helped.

      - Dr. F. Trojan
      - Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

  34. QUESTION:
    I want to know more about scabis due to my family members' condition?
    I am having scabies now and is being treated by applying the lotion daily at night only from neck to toes. All of my family members are treated with this lotion. My sister initially does not have red spots and itch. After she applied the lotion, she began to feel itchy and some red spots appear. As for me, after applying it for a week, I also feel itch and some red spots appear on my skin. What's wrong with this?

    • ANSWER:
      Scabies
      (SKAY-bees)

      What is scabies?

      Scabies is an infestation of the skin with the microscopic mite Sarcoptes scabei. Infestation is common, found worldwide, and affects people of all races and social classes. Scabies spreads rapidly under crowded conditions where there is frequent skin-to-skin contact between people, such as in hospitals, institutions, child-care facilities, and nursing homes.

      What are the signs and symptoms of scabies infestation?

      * Pimple-like irritations, burrows or rash of the skin, especially the webbing between the fingers; the skin folds on the wrist, elbow, or knee; the penis, the breast, or shoulder blades.
      * Intense itching, especially at night and over most of the body.
      * Sores on the body caused by scratching. These sores can sometimes become infected with bacteria.

      How did I get scabies?

      By direct, prolonged, skin-to-skin contact with a person already infested with scabies. Contact must be prolonged (a quick handshake or hug will usually not spread infestation). Infestation is easily spread to sexual partners and household members. Infestation may also occur by sharing clothing, towels, and bedding.

      Who is at risk for severe infestation?

      People with weakened immune systems and the elderly are at risk for a more severe form of scabies, called Norwegian or crusted scabies.

      How long will mites live?

      Once away from the human body, mites do not survive more than 48-72 hours. When living on a person, an adult female mite can live up to a month.

      Did my pet spread scabies to me?

      No. Pets become infested with a different kind of scabies mite. If your pet is infested with scabies, (also called mange) and they have close contact with you, the mite can get under your skin and cause itching and skin irritation. However, the mite dies in a couple of days and does not reproduce. The mites may cause you to itch for several days, but you do not need to be treated with special medication to kill the mites. Until your pet is successfully treated, mites can continue to burrow into your skin and cause you to have symptoms.

      How soon after infestation will symptoms begin?

      For a person who has never been infested with scabies, symptoms may take 4-6 weeks to begin. For a person who has had scabies, symptoms appear within several days. You do not become immune to an infestation.

      How is scabies infestation diagnosed?

      Diagnosis is most commonly made by looking at the burrows or rash. A skin scraping may be taken to look for mites, eggs, or mite fecal matter to confirm the diagnosis. If a skin scraping or biopsy is taken and returns negative, it is possible that you may still be infested. Typically, there are fewer than 10 mites on the entire body of an infested person; this makes it easy for an infestation to be missed.

      Can scabies be treated?

      Yes. Several lotions are available to treat scabies. Always follow the directions provided by your physician or the directions on the package insert. Apply lotion to a clean body from the neck down to the toes and left overnight (8 hours). After 8 hours, take a bath or shower to wash off the lotion. Put on clean clothes. All clothes, bedding, and towels used by the infested person 2 days before treatment should be washed in hot water; dry in a hot dryer. A second treatment of the body with the same lotion may be necessary 7-10 days later. Pregnant women and children are often treated with milder scabies medications.

      Who should be treated for scabies?

      Anyone who is diagnosed with scabies, as well as his or her sexual partners and persons who have close, prolonged contact to the infested person should also be treated. If your health care provider has instructed family members to be treated, everyone should receive treatment at the same time to prevent reinfestation.

      How soon after treatment will I feel better?

      Itching may continue for 2-3 weeks, and does not mean that you are still infested. Your health care provider my prescribe additional medication to relieve itching if it is severe. No new burrows or rashes should appear 24-48 hours after effective treatment.

  35. QUESTION:
    I have red spots on my face from pimples?
    I must confess that sometimes I pick my pimples, and I have realised that they have left red spots. The surface of my face is smooth, but there are red spots underneath that are quite visible. Is there any way to get rid of them or will they stay visible forever?

    • ANSWER:
      I used to breakout in acne myself.
      Genetic and Stress can affect hormones and can theoretically promote acne.
      Here are some home remedies that can help but do not mix them together.
      1) Tea Tree Oil- An essential oil is diluted and applied topically to acne lesions.
      2) Lemon oil or juice - Applied lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to face or you can drink it through using it in water a few drops a day. You can leave overnight don't expose yourself to sunlight. Will help with both acne, and scars as well.
      3) Mandarin oil
      4) Cedar wood – good for eczema
      5) Lavender
      6) Apple cider vinegar
      7) Bamboo extract or Sarna lotion – good for rosacea, psoriasis, eczema
      8) Bio Oil or BB cream for dark spots or scars
      9) Toothpaste is very effective for acne leave on face for about 20 to 30 minutes then wash. Leave on to long will leave a scar.
      10) Zinc really works on acne
      11) 2% Erythromycin
      12) Benzoin Peroxide
      13) Neem oil- good for acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers (taken either orally or externally)
      14) Hydrogen Peroxide 3% - It can help to dry out acne by killing bacteria on the skin.Soak a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and apply it either to the acne breakouts on your face. You also may opt to apply hydrogen peroxide to your entire face to help prevent future breakouts. Allow the hydrogen peroxide to do its job -- wait until the bubbling stops in approximately a minute or two. Rinse your face with water. Apply an oil-free moisturizer to prevent skin from drying out.
      15) Vitamin B3- also known as niacin. It promotes healthy skin, can be utilized as an acne treatment.
      16) Retinoid- increase collagen production and plump fine lines, making it a good choice if you’re dealing with acne and wrinkles.
      17) Sulfur- dries up pimples and keeps sebum production in check, helping to prevent future blemishes. Sulfur has a distinct smell think rotten eggs.

      This is something I use every day and I got rid of my cystic acne and my eczema. I really recommend this.Neem oil: It is powerful antiviral and antibacterial properties, beneficial to those who suffer from various skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, eczema, skin ulcers, helps one treat hair related problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth washes and rinses all use the neem oil's antiseptic properties to keep teeth health and gums free of infection. Other benefits also include its use in household items like mosquito repellents, disinfectants and personal hygiene products. If you like you can purchase at Lucy Vitamin or in health food stores. It is the same price as some of the acne medications, either prescribe or over-the-counter.

  36. QUESTION:
    How do i cure irritation from my pimple and prevent it from leaving a scar?
    this is 3 questions in 1, but all of the questions are linked to each other so please bear with me...
    i had this massive pimple below my lip and it hadn't "sprouted" yet, but i tried to pop it anyway. i was unsuccessful in popping it since it wasnt "out" yet. i kept on trying for several days until i finally got it. now i have a red spot with a scab over it and my skin around that area is very irritated from so much poking at my pimple. because i poked around that area so much ANOTHER pimple is coming out right next to that massive one so that area is getting more irritated because it's itchy and i can't stop scratching. how do i cure the irritation, prevent my former pimple from leaving a scar and prevent the new pimple from coming out?

    • ANSWER:
      You should never poke at them. But if you did, then put rubbing alcohol on it to dry and cleanse it and go to the drug store and get a bottle of liquid vitamin e and apply generously. This is a good treatment for other scars or cuts too.

  37. QUESTION:
    Why is my English bull dog red with spots?
    I came home from out of town and my englishbull dog has red spots on her neck and legs and head I call the vet im still waiting for a phone call cant wait any longer does anybody had this problem with there dog please help.

    • ANSWER:
      Not abuse....stress related skin irritation...they get nervous problems, and they itch. Could just be dry skin...either way, try some children's benedryl....(if the dog weighs 30 pounds, i look up "30 pound child) on the back of the box, then cut the dose in half, give one dose in the am and one in the pm) if that doesnt work after a few days, go to the vet, they can give him a cortizone shot that at my vet we call "the itchy shot" it takes a lil bit to kick in, but it lasts about a month and it helps them get the fur back and stop itching....I bet thats all it is, dont worry too much....oh PS if there are open ouchies, go ahead and use some neosporen on them...it will not hurt them if they lick it off....let it soak in for 5 minutes and it will have the job done by then...it just tastes bad to them....good luck! pps....it is common for your breed of doggy....trust me, i work at a small clinic, and we see at least one or 2 cases each week....

  38. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to be allergic to wood, or is my skin just weird?
    Sounds stupid I know, but just a thought. As every time I rest my skin against a wooden board, table or whatever, I get these weird little red itchy spots and often at times get an itchy rash. Its anything from holding a pencil, to just resting my arms on a wooden desk.

    I also get the same type of spots and rash if I wear silver nickel jewellery and sometimes certain plastics and when I wear latex gloves.

    • ANSWER:
      you can be allergic to anything

  39. QUESTION:
    What is this rash on my right breast?
    It is itchy,red and raised. I was given cortisone cream by my GP and told it was probably a viral infection. It didn't clear up and I was given a different brand. It started off under my breast, was really itchy and felt like small spots under skin. After a few days, the spots scabbed from scratching. The new cream had no effect and the rash has started again further up on thefront of the breast level wth the nipple. Could this be serious?

    • ANSWER:
      Wash your bras with hypo-allergenic detergent such as Tide Free and Clear. Wear bras with cotton lining. Use cornstarch on your rash.

      See a dermatologist if that fails.

  40. QUESTION:
    My newfoundland has skin problems and nothing seems to help any advice?
    He has red itchy spots between his legs that are kind of festering, his paws are pink and itchy, his chest is also pink and itchy. I switched from purina to Ivet, didnt help, switched to orijen and that didn't help. Gone to vet and meds helped but problems just came back any info would be great, thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Not all allergies are caused from foods. In fact, it is felt that dogs have more issues with environmental allergies. These can include reactions to weeds, trees, grasses, as well as household issues like dander, dust mites and tobacco. Ask you vet about allergy testing or referral to a veterinary dermatologist. Also did you stop feeding treats on your food changes? Many times owners blame the food for not working when it is the treats that the dog is being fed that is causing the problem.

      Make sure that you brush all the dead hair out of the dog. Some dogs with skinnissues may need to be clipped down so that the lesions can be treated properly. The dog's skin needs to be kept as dry and clean as possible.

  41. QUESTION:
    What are these itchy, red spots on the side of my face?
    This just recently started happening, but every time I get out of the shower, these itchy rashes show up on my cheeks and they disappear about 30 minutes after. I have fairly dry skin, and I usually don't use any lotions of mine. Please tell me anything you might know about this. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      It could be the kind of soap you use, or you could be scrubbing unnecessarily hard, and causing irritation.

  42. QUESTION:
    What is a quick fix to red, itchy, dry skin on the face?
    I used a spot treatment last night on my chin and didn't realize it had such a high benzoyl peroxide content (10%) and may have overdone it. Now my chin is dry, itchy, and red and it's burning a little too. This looks way worse than it did before I used the spot treatment. Putting makeup on it only makes it worse, what can I do to fix this ASAP? I have New Years Eve plans and would like it not to be visible in the next 48 hours.

    • ANSWER:
      Add 2 tablespoons of honey
      Add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
      Add one teaspoon of green tea (optional)
      1/2 cup of sugar

      Mix. Then apply on your face. Exfoliate the mixture into your skin (using your finger tips and massaging into your skin) for about five minutes, then rinse.

      Mix in 1 teaspoon of APPLE CIDER vinegar (MUST be apple cider vinegar, or else your face is gonna burn because regular vinegar is too harsh) and 2-3 teaspoons of green tea and use a cotton pad and apply it over your face. Then apply moisturizer.

      Only exfoliate 1-2 a week.

  43. QUESTION:
    Three red spots on the bottom of my right leg?
    Since yesterday I have developed three small dark red spots on the front bottom of my right leg. They are not raised or anything, they don't bother me or itch either. A couple of days ago there were some white spots around where the red spots are now, but those were not raised either. Then the red ones showed up out of the blue and I'm worried because they don't seem to be mosquito bites or anything similar.
    Does anyone have any idea what they are? Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a skin infection of some type. Pay close attention to it, and if it begins to be painful or itchy or hot to touch or if you see pus or red streaks coming from them, get them checked out.

  44. QUESTION:
    What are the white spots on my arm?
    A couple months back my whole body was covered with red spots that were itchy. Although it was itchy I only scratched my arm and scabs appeared and I kinda scratched the scabs too. After it healed white spots were left on my arm. I was wondering if they are just scars or something worse that I've been reading about like vitiligo. If they are scars I was wondering if they go away by allowing time for the skin to heal.
    Well I have another scar from when I feel couple years back and its darker than my regular skin tone. But yeah I'll try to get it check out ASAP.

    • ANSWER:
      Some time due to injuries or some other reason skin pigment producing cell are dead and hence there in not pigmentation (skin coloration) at these spots, result in appearance of white spots in skin.
      Several such conditions exist which causes white spots in skin.

  45. QUESTION:
    what else can my boyfriend do to relieve his eczema?
    He refuses to use lotion because it "feels gross"
    he has a precription cream to put on the itchy red spots that pop up but what else can he do besides wear lotion to prevent them from coming?

    • ANSWER:
      It helps to use a cream cleanser for sensitive skin. Regular soap can be very drying, stripping the skin of its natural oils, which can make things worse for eczema.

      Also, using a dandruff shampoo on the eczema can help. Dandruff is another name for seborrheic dermatitis. Eczema is a form of dermatitis as well.

      There are a lot of light weight moisturizers that won't feel as "gross". Be sure to use one that's fragrance-free and dye-free...so it won't cause further irritation.

      In some cases a food allergy is responsible for eczema breakouts. A doctor can test for it.

      Stress is a major factor too.

  46. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of a rash from waxing?
    So last week i had my prom and i waxed my back for the first time to make it look nice and smooth and stuff and this morning my back felt really itchy and i realised i has red spots all over my back where i had waxed and my skins really annoyingly itchy and irritant. If anyone knows how to reduce the itching let me know and also how long until the spots and rash goes away? If you have any suggestions let me know. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Get some healing cream on it like Bepanthen and first get Fenestil against this itching, so you'll be fine in 2 days..

  47. QUESTION:
    Is tea tree oil okay for sensitive skin?
    I've heard that it's pretty strong, but also that it works miracles on acne spot-removal... I get allergic reactions to a ton of things which result in a dry itchy red rash on my cheeks, so will this affect it? Basically i just have really sensitive skin, so is there a way to dilute it?

    • ANSWER:
      use a small amount of water and mix it together so the tea tree oil is less
      concentrated also Tea tree oil gel is good for acne & sensitive skin.

  48. QUESTION:
    What works the best against tropical mosquitoes?
    I'm getting some kind of allergic reaction to them and always coming back from my vacations in red itchy spots. I was trying lots of staff but nothing is working.

    • ANSWER:
      To help with the aftermath of the mosquito bites, try Benadryl.

      I live in mosquito central and I feel your pain! You can try Deep Woods Off, and Amway has a great bug spray ( if you can find it without having to speak to a sales rep he he)
      Another more nicer smelling option that raelly works is Avon Skin so Soft lotion. For some reason, mosquitos hate this stuff!

      Good luck!

  49. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have genital herpes on the lower legs?
    I've had this rash on my lower legs for the two weeks. I had sex with someone before who I later found out had genital herpes, but I had two blood tests for herpes since which both came out negative.

    Lately I've been getting a small red spot around my hip and a few on my lower legs and ankles, but I don't know if it's herpes or skin that's been irritated from scratching (I tend to scratch my skin when it gets dry and itchy in the winter).

    So is it possible to have herpes on the lower legs or is it most likely something else?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh my God. Then it wouldn't be GENITAL herpes, would it. Since gential herpes is in your GENITALS.

      Try something for your dry skin. You probably have contact dermatitis. It happens when you get really dry skin. It gets irritated by everything, bath soap, shampoo, laundry detergent.

      Cetaphil is a really good cream/lotion for dry skin.


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