What is a red spot on the skin?
Red spots on the skin are a common symptom of many skin diseases. Because of this, they can vary in appearance depending on what they are creating. Also, depending on the cause, different symptoms may accompany it. However, there are common conditions that cause them.
Red spots on the skin can look different on darker skin tones. Unfortunately, non-white skin tones are not always included in skin studies.
If you are unsure whether something is new on your skin or if it is causing you discomfort, you should consult a dermatologist or doctor to determine your skin condition.
15 Common Causes of Red Spots
Here is a list of 15 common causes to help you identify the possible causes of red spots on the skin.
Acne is characterized by various sizes of whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, pustules, nodules, and cysts. It causes red spots on the face, back and chest. This is caused by excess skin oil trapping dirt and bacteria. Treatment involves applying antibiotics and solutions directly to the skin.
- Allergic reactions
Allergic reactions can cause different types of red spots depending on the cause. Examples include contact dermatitis and drug rash. Call 999 immediately if you experience a severe allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing or swelling of the mouth, lips or throat.
- Atopic dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, causes a red, itchy, scaly rash in the folds of the skin, such as the elbows, neck, wrists, backs of the knees, and ears. It can be painful and irritating. Atopic dermatitis is caused by the inability of the skin to retain moisture. It can be treated with creams applied directly to the skin, antihistamines or, in more severe cases, oral steroids.
- Cherry angioma
Cherry angiomas appear as small, raised or flat skin growths, usually bright red or pink in color. They are composed of blood vessels, can be needle-shaped or up to several millimeters in diameter, and are common in people over 30 years of age. They are harmless but can be removed surgically. After deletion, they can reappear.
- Contact dermatitis
Red spots on the skin can be contact dermatitis. If your skin is irritated or has an allergic reaction, such as a bee sting, it may hurt. It usually causes an itchy red rash with bumps. If you avoid the trigger, it will go away after a few weeks, but you can treat the symptoms with over-the-counter creams and oral antihistamines.
Call 999 immediately if you experience symptoms of contact dermatitis such as difficulty breathing or swelling of the mouth, throat or lips.
- Drug rash
Drug rash can vary greatly in severity, location, and appearance. In addition to causing red spots, they can also cause frostbite, itching, peeling, and purple spots. They are caused by an allergic reaction. This can happen with any type of medication. Sometimes a reaction requires immediate medical attention. If you develop a rash soon after taking a new medicine, talk to your doctor or call 111. Call 999 if symptoms become severe.
- Heat rash
Heat rash causes red patches on the skin and usually occurs in areas of the skin that sweat a lot, such as the armpits. This is caused by a blockage in your sweat glands. Treatment includes cooling the skin with cold water, applying cold weights, and wearing loose clothing.
A hives is a rash that looks like many red spots on the skin. Lupus can be a different color in darker skin tones. They cause itching, stinging and burning. Bees often respond to stimuli such as food, plants, animals, chemicals, and certain materials. Your body increases the levels of histamine and other chemicals in your skin that cause symptoms. Lupus usually gets better after a few minutes to a few days. Antihistamine tablets can help speed up this process.
- Pilaris keratosis
Keratosis pilaris, also known as “chicken skin,” causes small bumps on your skin that look like tiny red spots. They usually appear on dry skin and feel rough. These are caused by the accumulation of keratin in the pores of the hair follicles, reduced exfoliation, and dryness of the skin. Moisturizing your skin or using an exfoliant can help relieve symptoms.
Lichen planus is an autoimmune disease that causes red patches on your hands/feet/body and genitals. Dandruff can also affect the mouth, scalp, nails, throat, and digestive tract. It usually looks like an itchy flat, red or pink rash. The cause is unknown, but it is believed to be partly genetic. It’s a steroid cream, again