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Q: I have red bumps that look like bug bites on my arms, under arms, lower back and left leg....

I am not sure what these bumps are because they did not itch at first, but they did later on yesterday night. I have had them since yesterday around 7:30 pm central time. They are not fluid filled, dry, or blistering. They look exactly like bug bites. I know they aren't bug bites because when I get bug bites they swell up bad and I immediately start to itch. They started off on my left arm then by then end of yesterday night they were on my right arm too and my right shoulder. Today I found one on my lower back and now some on my leg, but they look more like a razor burn rash. What could this be?

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Amy, Community Member
10/ 9/08 4:57pm

I have this too.  Did you figure out what it is?  I just got them last night I think, but like you said I didnt immediately start to itch like a normal bug bite. 

Tajia, Community Member
10/ 2/13 8:52pm

Ikr I just got it a couple weeks ago I'm going to the doctor tomorrow can't wait to get these things off there everywhere its terrible 

ConnieM, Community Member
3/31/09 6:16pm

It sounds like it could be red bugs or jiggers.  They are not bug bites but the bug itself in  the skin. I had them and they are hard to get rid of. It took me nearly a year. The medicine the doctor treated me with did not work. Try scrubbing them and taking a bleach bath (bout a cap full.). Bedadine also kills bacteria. I also used lice shampoo to treat my whole body. Make sure you wash sheets and stuff as much as possible. If it is any kind of bug these things will work. Be consistent.

nenexbaby, Community Member
6/17/09 8:06pm

i have it to.

i started havinq it when i came to visit my mom

and it itches and i dont no what they are i tryed lookinq it up but i really dont no what it is?

can someone answer this for me to?

and my friend said its normal?

but i  dont no..


nayia boo, Community Member
5/27/10 10:37am

I think it's a bug that bit me

Brianna, Community Member
9/ 1/09 8:35pm

I also have this, but it started on the tops of my feet. if i don't itch them for awhile, they shrink into tiny red bumps resembling poison ivey/poison oak. but when i itch them (it's impossible not to), they look exactly like mosquito bites. it's unbearable. then, today, i noticed my boyfriend itching his arm constantly. he took his shirt off, and on his right side, big mosquito bite-looking bumps, also on the backs of both elbows, and from the top of his left shoulder down to his wrist. they resemble bug bites, only his are a pinkish red color. i dont know if i should take him to the E.R, or if i'm over- worrying, but it's spreading fast. we've tried oatmeal bath, benadryl itch cream, caladryl, washing the sheets/blankets... i dont know what to do. they're now on the back of his neck. Does anyone have any idea of what the h this is?

camper4life, Community Member
10/ 6/09 10:19am

if they are chiggers or jiggers or whatever the name of that bug is that imbeds itself in your skin you can easily treat it. Don't bother with a doctor. Just go get some nail polish and paint over each of them. They will die and go away in a day or so.

deidra, Community Member
11/10/09 5:50pm

well i have it on my chest stomach arms and thighs i don't know what it could be. iam 16 and if feels like somone is ripping my skin off my bones, i can't take a hot shower without crying in the process so if you find out what it is can you plase get bakc to me. It would be nice to know,


thank you,


roxana, Community Member
5/22/10 12:35am

i dont know about the crying part but i have this to. except i get it around me stomach. i looked in webmd and i found nothing to help ima go to the doctors tomorrow hopefully they tell me something

isaacpalos, Community Member
3/28/11 11:30am

yea i have them to just started yesterday and now it is spreading fast . they started on the back of my heals and on my wrist . now i have them on my legs going up . there on my arms , my back , my stomache and on the back of my neck also feels as if there some on my head . so if anyone can tell me the answer to this i would be much appreciated .


thanks isaac

roxana, Community Member
3/28/11 7:11pm

so i went to the doctor and turns out it was just a really bad rash that i common in teens with a complicated name. it will have one mother bump or 2 if u scratch it alot; so as long as you dont scratch it it will go away in 8 to 10 weeks it lastyed me for 6 so i guess i was lucky. 

Nanaimo, Community Member
4/ 6/11 12:08am

Have any of you looked into bed bugs?  I have the same kind of thing all over my stomach, back, inner thighs and a few on my arms and lower legs.  My doctor said they looked like bed bug bites.  I had an exterminator come check out all our furniture and he inspected the beds, couches, etc and couldn't find any signs of them.  I did stay at a hotel a couple weeks ago just before the red bumps started to show up so I they might have come from there but I don't know for sure.  They aren't going away, though...and it's been over a week!!!


Alex, Community Member
4/15/12 9:57pm

I have them too. They are going straight up my sides like where my arms hang and around my thighs. I've had them for about three days and the itching has just started coming. Baking soda and water works well for that. and yes they have become smaller over time. My grandma said she had it when she was a teen (im 15) and she said its completely normal and common. yeah its a difficult name and i cant remember it. sorry about that. Good luck to us i guess :(

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By Melissa, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/29/13, First Published: 09/22/08