Itchy skin bumps can occur anywhere on the body, from head to toes. Skin bumps are annoying enough; when accompanied by itching, they become doubly irritating. What are some causes of itchy skin bumps, and how can they be safely treated? Also, what types of itchy skin bumps can one develop?
Itchy skin bumps can be almost any size, from minuscule to the much larger skin welts that itch when one breaks out in hives. The itchy skin bumps range in colors from regular flesh colored bumps, to pink, to bright red. Some may appear almost colorless, while others may be pus filled with the pus either being almost colorless or white or yellow. Red with pus usually means blood. The bumps may be few in number, or many, and the itch itself range from mildly irritating to constant, with the possible threat of infection from continual scratching with dirty fingernails if the scratching leads to opening of the bumps on the skin. Itchy skin bumps can affect a small portion of skin, or cover several areas of skin all over the body.
Causes of itchy skin bumps are as varied as the types of bumps themselves. Some are the result of contagious diseases, such as chickenpox. Other causes are related directly to the area affected such as a red, itchy rash in the groin area which is commonly caused by a yeast infection resulting in jock itch or diaper rash. Itchy skin bumps can also be caused by certain medications, allergic reactions to something that contacts the skin, such as in contact dermatitis, acne, and specific skin conditions themselves such as psoriasis or eczema. One very common cause of itchy skin bumps is an insect bite or sting. Infestations of head lice, or mites that give one scabies, which is highly contagious. Folliculitis, an inflammation of one or more hair follicles, can also give rise to itchy skin bumps. Poison ivy and poison oak can also cause itchy skin bumps. Shingles is another disorder that can create itchy skin bumps. As previously stated, the cause of itchy skin bumps is extremely varied, sometimes the cause is obvious, such as itchy skin bumps on a finger directly underneath a new ring being worn, to one needing investigation as to it’s cause.
For some itchy skin bumps, there are several home remedies and over the counter medications that are safe to apply and use. Forming a paste of baking soda and water and applying it to insect bites, such as mosquito bites, can bring some relief, along with drawing out the fluids that cause the itch. Itchy skin bumps caused by lice or mites need to be treated on the skin and also through one’s residence in order to prevent a recurrence. Likewise with itchy skin bumps from a flea or other insect infestation. Topical over the counter ointments for itchy skin bumps due to acne may help; occasionally they create dryness of the skin which leads to more itching. A dermatologist can help in that respect. In the case of contact dermatitis, removal of the irritant will stop the itchy bumps from recurring. The same is true with any itchy skin bumps caused by an irritant. If hives develop from medications, the medication needs to be stopped and the one who prescribed it contacted. Hives can be treated with over the counter Benadryl. Other itchy skin bumps can be treated with topical lotions and creams made specifically for itching.
In cases where itchy skin bumps are caused by infectious diseases or for reasons unknown, it is best to see one’s health care practitioner. A dermatologist may be recommended it it’s a specific skin problem, such as psoriasis. Use common sense in dealing with itchy skin bumps. If the cause is evident, most likely it can be dealt with quickly and easily at home. Otherwise, see your medical practitioner for further tests and treatments.