Have you ever noticed red dots on your skin, and start panicking? Bewildered whether you’re supposed to ignore them or be concerned? Start wondering if it is just a blotch that will fade eventually or if it is some deadly skin cancer? If, yes, then don’t ignore it. Start taking care of it immediately.
Today, in the age of the internet, people tend to either take things very lightly, try to solve things without taking any expert advice or just sort to Google to find the answers to their problems. While Google search can help them understand a problem, it can in no condition replace the valuable advice coming from a doctor. One must hence not take things this lightly and always keep it in mind to seek professional help before making any decision.
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The red spots on your skin don’t always mean the same thing. While some of them can be cleared up easily with over-the-counter medicines from the drug store, there might be some for which you need to consult a doctor.
Confused? Don’t be! We are here to tell you what these different types of red spots on your skin mean.
1. Cherry-like harmless spots
There are some spots which are the size of a dot like an ink spot on a piece of paper. Then there are some which are hardly visible to the naked eye. You might even have to use a magnifying glass to see them! These red spots may not always be circular. Might not even be red! Sometimes they can be of irregular shapes and a different colour such as pink.
These spots are called “cherry angiomas”. They can be flat or may appear as a slight bump on your skin. As per popular health website agein.com, they are not something you should be worried about. They are caused by blood vessels on the skin due to aging. No reason to start panicking yet.
2. Benign skin diseases
Another harmless cause of these red spots can be “leukocytoclastic vasculitis”. Now, this may sound like a life threatening terrible disease. But, it is nothing but a bland inflammation of the capillaries. According to health website scarysymptoms.com, this inflammation is caused by either infections or some wrong medication. You can simply use over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines to treat them.
3. To scratch or not to scratch
Health site agein.com says that some people have such sensitive skin, that red spots are caused simply by scratching. 70-80% of the people who have a dry or sensitive skin observe red spots on it. When you scratch your skin, damage can occur in the capillaries causing tiny red spots. Sometimes these extravasations are caused without you even realizing it.
4. A simple bug bite!
The causes of red spots can be as simple as a bug bite or a mosquito bite. According to health site healthline.com, “in 80% of the cases, a mosquito bite or rash is the cause of red spots. These can be treated immediately using a calamine lotion.”
5. Fair and ageing
If you have a very fair complexion and are approaching your 40s, red spots start appearing on your skin. These spots disappear themselves in a week or two. However, if these spots persist longer than that, don’t take a risk. See your dermatologist!
While the above mentioned red spots are nothing to be alarmed about, there are a few medical conditions that you should be concerned about a bit.
6. Acute Skin diseases
According to Scarysymptoms.com, “diseases like rubella, scarlet fever, Schamberg’s disease, etc. can cause these red spots too. Other skin conditions that can cause spots include psoriasis or atopic dermatitis. 90% of the cases of atopic dermatitis occur in children.” If you have any of these, rush to your doctor!
So, the next time you see a red dot on your skin, don’t get perplexed. Now that you know what these red spots mean, I hope you won’t panic out of anxiety!