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What causes red bumps all over the legs?

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Posted on Thu, 5 May 2016
Question: Hello! I wanted to make sure this is serious before i go to the doctor. Attached is a picture. Red bumps all over my legs! Gluten? Allergies? Please help me!
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Answered by Dr. Ilyas Patel (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Folliculitis most probably

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I read short history and looked at photos you posted. I deeply feel that most probably you have developed a condition called folliculitis. It is not a serious condition. It is a benign condition ,so..relax. There are multiple erythematous papular lesions on the legs and thighs. It is due to infection of hair follicle.

Folliculitis is an inflammatory condition affecting hair follicles. It appears as a small red tender bump occasionally surmounted with dot of pus surrounding a hair. Older lesions that have lost the pus appear as red bumps surrounding the opening of the follicle absent the hair. One to hundreds of follicles can be affected anywhere that hair is present.

Most common cause is bacteria...staphylococcus aureus.

The damaged hair follicles may lead to folliculitis.Shaving or wearing clothes that rub the skin can irritate the follicles, which can lead to folliculitis. They also can become blocked or irritated by sweat or beauty cream. When the follicles are injured, they are more likely to become infected.

You consult the dermatologist to have firm diagnosis and perfect treatment. However, I would suggest...

- antibiotic like cephalosporin or cloxacillin in proper dose
- anti inflammatory drugs
- vitamin C tablet
- antibiotic cream like sisomycine to apply
- Dettol bath

I hope this would help you. Still,any query..you may ask.

Thanks..

Dr. Ilyas Patel MD

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What causes red bumps all over the legs?

Brief Answer: Folliculitis most probably Detailed Answer: Hi, I read short history and looked at photos you posted. I deeply feel that most probably you have developed a condition called folliculitis. It is not a serious condition. It is a benign condition ,so..relax. There are multiple erythematous papular lesions on the legs and thighs. It is due to infection of hair follicle. Folliculitis is an inflammatory condition affecting hair follicles. It appears as a small red tender bump occasionally surmounted with dot of pus surrounding a hair. Older lesions that have lost the pus appear as red bumps surrounding the opening of the follicle absent the hair. One to hundreds of follicles can be affected anywhere that hair is present. Most common cause is bacteria...staphylococcus aureus. The damaged hair follicles may lead to folliculitis.Shaving or wearing clothes that rub the skin can irritate the follicles, which can lead to folliculitis. They also can become blocked or irritated by sweat or beauty cream. When the follicles are injured, they are more likely to become infected. You consult the dermatologist to have firm diagnosis and perfect treatment. However, I would suggest... - antibiotic like cephalosporin or cloxacillin in proper dose - anti inflammatory drugs - vitamin C tablet - antibiotic cream like sisomycine to apply - Dettol bath I hope this would help you. Still,any query..you may ask. Thanks.. Dr. Ilyas Patel MD