What Could Cause Small, Pink Itchy Bumps On Legs, Arms And Stomach?

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Asked by jokalaka

What Could Cause Small, Pink Itchy Bumps On Legs, Arms And Stomach?

Three weeks ago I developed small, pink, itchy bumps on my legs. After a short time, they spread to my arms and stomach. It continues to get worse -; some days it is painful and other days I don't notice it. The rash doesn't seem to be from dry skin or allergies. It doesn't seem to be hives or chicken pox. What could be causing this rash?

Answer

There can be many causes for rashes such as you described. Since this is not going away with home treatment, I would suggest talking to your doctor. However, in the meantime, here are some possible causes:

Allergic reaction. You could have an allergic reaction to a food you have eaten. Allergic reactions can appear even if you have eaten the food before and not had a reaction. You might also have a reaction to a certain soap, lotion or even laundry detergent. Like food, allergic reactions can occur even if you did not have one previously.

Bed bugs. Bed bugs can't always be detected by looking at your bed as they are quite small. Adult bed bugs are less than one-fourth inch, with the immature bugs as small as a pinhead. They are light in color so often blend in with your bed. Bed bugs can be found in couches, cluttered blothing, suitcases and even on pets.

Flea bites. These also start with small red bumps and can appear as a rash and are extremely itchy. They can hide in your pets and they can live in small cracks on your floor. With flea bites, if you press down on the rash, it turns white.

Mite bites. Mite bites also are small red bumps that look like a rash. You usually don't notice them until you notice the itching. With mite bites, the skin surrounding the bite usually hardens.

Scabies (a type of mite). Scabies looks like small red pimples clustered together to form a rash-like area. They are extremely itchy. They are usually found on the folds or bends of the skin, such as behind your knees and in between your fingers.

Answered by Eileen Bailey