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Suggest treatment for bumps on the elbow

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Posted on Thu, 28 May 2015
Question: Bumps on an elbow
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Keratosis pilaris; oral vitamin A supplement

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you for writing to us.

I have gone throuh your query and i have reviewed the image.

I can see pin head sized, grouped, discrete, red colored, follicular papules/ bumps on elbow with keratin plugging.

These are keratosis pilaris/ Kp's.
Keratosis pilaris are keratin plugging of follicular orifices.
They can occur on elbows, knee, outer arms, thighs etc.
Kp's are more common in those who are atopic and have a dry skin.

I suggest an oral vitamin A supplement 25000 IU, twice a day for 1 month. Vitamin A helps exfoliate keratin plugs and thus proves beneficial in this skin condition.
You may visit your doctor for a clinical examination and for a prescription.

Regards
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Brief Answer: Keratosis pilaris; oral vitamin A supplement Detailed Answer: Hello. Thank you for writing to us. I have gone throuh your query and i have reviewed the image. I can see pin head sized, grouped, discrete, red colored, follicular papules/ bumps on elbow with keratin plugging. These are keratosis pilaris/ Kp's. Keratosis pilaris are keratin plugging of follicular orifices. They can occur on elbows, knee, outer arms, thighs etc. Kp's are more common in those who are atopic and have a dry skin. I suggest an oral vitamin A supplement 25000 IU, twice a day for 1 month. Vitamin A helps exfoliate keratin plugs and thus proves beneficial in this skin condition. You may visit your doctor for a clinical examination and for a prescription. Regards