Red Spots on Legs? Here's What they Could Mean

 

Red spots on legs? If you have them, chances are you’ve wondered what they are or how they may have appeared. Red bumps on legs, or red spots on legs can mean any number of things. Most of the time they mean just a temporary skin rash, but in very rare cases, they can be a manifestation of a more serious skin condition or an allergic reaction. We will take you through some of the possibilities so you can determine what the red bumps or spots mean and how you can get the treatment you need.

Eczema

If the red spots on your legs are grouped together and are extremely itchy, they may be a symptom of eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis. Often, eczema is genetic, but it can be brought on or aggravated by an allergic reaction to certain things including wool, perfumes, animal fur, or soap. The skin condition manifests itself not only as red spots, but also as flaky or dry skin, or in rarer cases, oozing blisters.

Eczema

Folliculitis

Also referred to as razor rash, folliculitis is a fairly common skin condition. It is characterized by red spots and skin irritation that is the result of bacteria or fungi build up around hair follicles. Bacteria, and consequently folliculitis, flourishes in hot and damp environments. Thus, sweat trapped against the skin may lead to folliculitis. Often, pimples may appear. Folliculitis isn’t serious, and it will usually go away fairly quickly even without treatment. Keep the area dry and give it room to breathe. 

Hives

Also known as urticaria, hives are red welts that are raised and very itchy. Often, they will show a white color when touched in the middle. Hives can be caused by anything from pollen and latex to insects and certain medications. They often indicate an allergic reaction. It’s not uncommon for hives to accompany colds, autoimmune diseases, hepatitis, sinusitis, and mononucleosis.

Hives

Keratosis Pilaris

In the majority of cases, this is one of the most mild skin conditions. It’s the result of clogged pores caused by a buildup of keratin (a skin, hair, and nails protein). Usually, it’s not itchy, but it can be somewhat unsightly. Some say the small red or white bumps of keratosis pilaris look like goosebumps. The skin condition is not contagious, and it’s completely harmless.

Keratosis Pilaris

Insect Bites

Insect bites can be particularly itchy. They can be caused by mosquitoes, lice, bed bugs, scabies, gnats, fleas, or chiggers. If you do suspect you have an insect bite, you may want to consult a trusted online medical site, or see your doctor, as insect bites can sometimes lead to sickness or severe infection. In most cases, insect bites are relatively harmless. If you have lice, or bed bugs, however, you will want to take extra precautions to make sure they do not spread.

Treatment Options

For the majority of these conditions, a topical ointment or cream will work well to soothe symptoms and provide relief. In most cases, each of these conditions will clear up fairly quickly. The best way to treat each condition is to wash well around the affected area, avoid excessive use of scented soaps and perfumes, and make sure the site gets plenty of room to breathe. In severe cases, laser therapy can help, and in the case of an extreme allergic reaction, you will want to get to the hospital immediately. Again, most often, red bumps on legs are nothing to be too concerned about. With the passage of time and some minor treatment, your skin should be back to normal in no time!