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    What causes small red spots on different parts of the body?

Posted on Tue, 24 May 2016 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: Attn. Dermatologist

Respective Doctor,

31year old, male.

I got two kinds of rashes in my body.
1. Permanently there from last 5months. Which started from a pimple and now became one inch size, dark circle rash. Which will be very itchy once it start to itch other time non-itchy. Location- on my left hand. Picture attached for your reference.

2. Small red spot bumps appear on different parts of the body and disappear within 2-3days completely. At a time a total of 5-7 small red bumps can see in my body, except face. Normally these are non-itchy, but some times it start to itch and continue for some time. This started from 8 weeks back onwards. Pictures (3nos) of bumps currently in my body attached here.

Note: I had protected sex (condom tear condition unknown) before 11 weeks. As per HIV specialist advise in this forum, these rashes are not ARS symtoms.

Dear Doctor, please advise your opinion on these rashes.

Thank you
Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Discoid eczema, hypertrophic scar and dermatitis

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for being at healthcaremagic
I have analysed all the pictures you have uploaded.
One of the picture is showing dark hyperpigmented circular spot.
It seems to be a patch of discoid eczema.
In another photograph I can appreciate small red coloured bump.
It is looking like hypertrophic scar following some unnoticed infection or trauma.
In yet another picture I can see multiple tiny bumps.
It looks like dermatitis to something you have worn, used or applied on your body.
None of the rash is related to HIV or ARS.
I hope to have answered your query and would be happy to clarify any further doubts.
Dr Asmeet

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Deepak
Follow up: Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 56 minutes later
Respectable Doctor,

Thank you very much for your reply.

Can you please confirm that apart from the rashes picture, is the rashes specification I mentioned also considered in your reply.

In this any kind of rashes you mentioned cancause of STD?

I duplicately attached the fourth pic. Corrected one attached here. Kindly have a view in this too.

Thank you once again doctor for sparing your time.


Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 6 minutes later
Brief Answer:
It is superficial folliculitis, none of your rash is related to STD

Detailed Answer:
I have reviewed this picture as well and it is superficial folliculitis which is inflammation of the hair follicle. It is a very common occurence in normal individuals.
I think I have mentioned about all the rashes described by you.
None of your rash can cause or is associated with STD.
You need not worry.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Deepak
Follow up: Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 1 hour later
Respectable Doctor

Thank you for your reply.

Please, one more querry I got after reading your reply.

You have Identified small red coloured bump looks like hypertrophic scar.

But hypertrophic scar is a permanent or healing time can be very long right.

But fot me those small red bumps will disappear in 2-3days. Also that is the one appearing and disappearing at different parts of my body.
It is itchy at some times. Some red bumps making the mark (as in attached new pic) when it gets healed.

Please advise the cause doctor.

Sorry to bother you again.

Thank you

Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Seems to be folliculitis

Detailed Answer:
I have again reviewed the picture you have attached .
I think these red bumps which are bothering you and leaving a mark on disappearance are small papules of folliculitis.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Yogesh D
Follow up: Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 12 hours later
Good Morning Doctor!!

Can you please also say the reason for these follicultis.

I would like to describe little more about the nature of the follicultis i got. So it will be helpful for you identify

Itchy: Yes
Pain: No
Disapperance time: 2-3days
Density: A total of 4-6 numbers at a time in whole body also it is not located together.
Most appearing area: hand, leg and hip. Sometimes around shoulder.
Discease duration: Started around 8 weeks back. Still continuing.

Doctor, very sorry to bother you again. I am worried. That is why i am reapeatedly approching with more queries

Two more pictures attached for your reference.

Thank you Doctorr
Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 35 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Folliculitis is a bacterial infection

Detailed Answer:
Good Morning
In the new pictures I can see a small red papule (bump) around a hair which is particularly seen in folliculitis.
Folliculitis is a bacterial infection of the hair follicle and it is so common that it can occur randomly in anyone.
Though it is common in obese, diabetes, those who are immunosuppressed, having poor hygiene and living in hot humid areas.
I hope to have answered your queries and would be happy to clarify any further doubts.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
Follow up: Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 6 hours later

Can Immunosuppressed be a reason for HIV infection?

So this symtom can relate to early HIV infection?

Kindly advise.

Answered by Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
This folliculitis doesn't seem to be related to HIV infection

Detailed Answer:
Immunosupression occurs in HIV infection.
Folliculitis can occur in HIV infection but it won't respond to antibiotics easily and will be very extensive not disappearing on its own.
This folliculitis is not associated with early HIV infection as it is disappearing on its own and is not very extensive.
Moreover in early HIV infection there is a rash consisting of redness and small bumps along with fever, sore throat and enlarged lymph nodes.
Folliculitis is usually not a feature of early HIV infection.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Deepak
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