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What Causes Pimples On The Arms And Elbows?

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Posted on Tue, 28 Nov 2017
Question: Hello i keep getting those pimples on my arms and elbow what can those be?
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Answered by Dr. Dr. Kakkar (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Keratosis pilaris

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you.
I am Dr. Kakkar (Dermatologist and Venereologist). I have noted your concern and it have viewed the image.

You seem to have Keratosis Pilaris- a dry skin condition characterised by follicular papules with keratin plugging - which gives a rough texture to skin of arms and outer legs/ thighs. There may be associated redness and itching.

If I was the treating doctor is would suggest oral Vitamin A (retinal palmitate 25000IU), twice daily.
Topically you may apply either Ammonium lactate 12% lotion (Am Lactin) or 10-20% urea cream, twice daily.

These are prescription medications and I suggest you to talk to your local practitioner regarding the same.

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What Causes Pimples On The Arms And Elbows?

Brief Answer: Keratosis pilaris Detailed Answer: Hello. Thank you. I am Dr. Kakkar (Dermatologist and Venereologist). I have noted your concern and it have viewed the image. You seem to have Keratosis Pilaris- a dry skin condition characterised by follicular papules with keratin plugging - which gives a rough texture to skin of arms and outer legs/ thighs. There may be associated redness and itching. If I was the treating doctor is would suggest oral Vitamin A (retinal palmitate 25000IU), twice daily. Topically you may apply either Ammonium lactate 12% lotion (Am Lactin) or 10-20% urea cream, twice daily. These are prescription medications and I suggest you to talk to your local practitioner regarding the same. regards