Itchy bumps on skin could be a result of various conditions, viral infections, allergic reactions to medications, food or cosmetic products, insect bites or contagious diseases. The location and spread of your red itchy bumps can give a lot of clues as to what could have caused them in the first place.
Are your bumps localized to the areas of your hands, face, chest or you have itchy skin all over your body? Paying close attention to the size, color and exact location of the itchy bumps and to the events leading to them, will help you and your doctor correctly diagnose your condition and prescribe the correct treatment.
Here’s a brief listing of possible causes of itchy bumps on skin:
Fire ant bites manifest themselves in small itchy bumps on skin and is located in the open skin areas.
Allergic reaction to drugs, foods, soaps, lotions, laundry detergent or cleaners can show up as dry skin rash anywhere on the body.
Psoriasis is usually localized on the elbows, hands and knees as white bumps on skin that are itchy and hard to heal.
Folliculitis is a condition of swollen red itchy bumps on skin that are sometimes filled with pus on the areas of groin, legs, underarms that recently underwent hair removal like waxing or shaving.
Infectious disease like chickenpox will cause a large spread of small itchy bumps on skin that will start with face and neck and spread down the body rapidly.
Parasite skin conditions like scabies, ring worm and lice will start with red itchy bumps on skin and can be easily spread from one person to another through sharing of towels, hair brushes, clothing and bedding.
Itchy bumps on skin could result from a wide range of skin conditions that should be carefully evaluated by your doctor, so a proper diagnosis is made and a treatment prescribed.