I have bumps all over
my arms. Is this acne? How can I get rid of them?
If these bumps are small and rough and mostly occur on your
upper arms and thighs, it's more likely that you have an eczema-related
condition known as keratosis pilaris. It's a very common hereditary condition
(more than 50% of people have it) that creates raised bumps on the skin. It's
more common in women and tends to improve with age.
Keratosis pilaris occurs when skin cells build up in the
hair follicle, preventing the hair shaft from reaching the surface of the skin.
Often, this results in minor inflammation, causing the appearance of red or
brown spots beneath each raised bump. Since this affects the pores, keratosis
pilaris can cause or exacerbate blemishes, especially in adolescence. In fact,
up to 80% of adolescents experience keratosis pilaris.
Usually, keratosis pilaris is viewed as physically
unsightly, but not medically harmful. There is no "cure" for the condition, but
Definition Dyshidrotic eczema is a condition in which small, itchy blisters develop on the hands and feet. Alternative Names Dyshidrosis; Pompholyx Causes, incidence, and risk factors This blistering type of eczema is twice as common in women than men. People are more likely to develop dyshidrotic eczema when: They are under stress They have allergies, such as hayfever Their hands are often in water or moist They do cement work or other work that exposes their hands to chromium, cobalt, nickel The cause is unknown. The condition seems to appear during certain times of the year.
Eczema - nummular; Nummular dermatitis
Coin-shaped skin lesions
On the arms and legs May spread to middle of body Ooze and become crusty
Scaly or raw skin
Skin redness or inflammation
Signs and tests
Your doctor can usually diagnose this condition by looking at your skin and asking you about your family's medical history.
A skin biopsy may be needed to rule out other similar conditions.
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