Itchy red bumps on your skin can come from a variety of causes. They can be something as simple as a bug bite or something a little more complex, such as psoriasis. They may be annoying, but are they dangerous? And what can you do about them?
What is causing my itchy red bumps?
There is no easy answer to this question – there are hundreds of reasons why you might have those bumps. Ask these questions to help you figure out where these bumps came from:
• Have you been in contact with anything new recently? This can be anything, such as a fruit you’ve tried for the first time or a new soap.
• Have you been in contact with anyone who has been sick? If so, your bumps will probably come with other symptoms. Itchy bumps are part of having chickenpox, impetigo, and scabies, which can spread from one person to another.
• How long have you had the bumps? If you had them for a day and they disappeared, they may have been caused by an allergic reaction; if it is an infection, they will last much longer.
What are the most common causes of itchy red bumps?
Bumps on the skin can be caused by many different things:
• Eczema, which is often triggered by an irritant or an allergen
• Psoriasis, which can be caused by genetics, certain medications, infections, or even cold weather. This can also look silvery.
• Folliculitis, which occurs when hair follicles become clogged and an infection or irritation begins. This is often seen on the face, as shaving gives bacteria the chance to get into the skin.
• Scabies, which is caused by tiny bugs underneath the skin, which are easily transmittable to others (fortunately, it is also easily treated)
Luckily, most causes of itchy red bumps are not serious, although you should call your doctor if the bumps persist, if they are painful, if they come with other signs of infection such as fever, or if they are making you uncomfortable. For help determining what is causing your skin problem and finding a way to treat it, call Skin Care Research today, at (561) 948-3116.