14 diseases that cause red spots on the skin


Red spots on the skin of adults may be as a result of diseases such as Zika, rubella or simple allergy. Therefore, when this symptom appears, you should immediately go to the doctor to identify its cause so as to start the appropriate treatment. This may include use of analgesics, aniti-inflammatory drugs or even antibiotics.

The doctor will observe the spots and he will also look out for other symptoms that may be a sign of another disease. He may also perform tests that will help him arrive at the righ diagnosis. However, the doctor can reach the diagnosis of the disease by just observing the characteristics of the manchinhans.

The main causes of red skin shaves are diseases such as:

1. Allergy


How are the spots: The spots can be medium sized, red or white, they may itch a lot and they can be filled with liquid. They usually appear after contact with plants, animal hair or ingestion of some drugs. It can also be caused by an insect bite or food poisoning.

How to treat: The symptoms can be relieved using allergy remedies such as Loratadine or corticosteroids such as Prednisone. One can also apply creams such as Fenergan, as prescribed by a dermatologist.

2. Mycosis

How are the spots: The spots can be large and they affect a well-delaminated region of the body. In addition, they also cause a blistering and flaking effect on the affected area.

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How to treat: It is treated using antifungal remedies and antibiotics can sometimes be prescribed by the dermatologist.

3. Zika virus

How are the spots: The spots are mildly high and reddish and they are usually accompanied by itching, that often appears 3 days after a mosquito bite. Zika spots mostly appear on the face and spread out throughout the body within very few hours and they may last up to 5 days.

How to treat: The best treatment is resting and hydration. Drugs that are prescribed by the doctor to relieve symptoms and discomfort include Dipyrone or Paracetamol.

4. Eczema

How are the spots: The spots cause a lot of itching which can result to swelling. They mainly affect children and health professionals who wash their hands with antiseptic soaps.

How to treat: Treatment can be done using anti-allergic remedies such as Loratadine. Application of ointments or corticosteroid creams such as Fenirax can also be used, as prescribed by the dermatologist.

5. Rubella

How are the spots: The spots are small, slightly elevated and may cause itching. The usually start by affecting the face and back of the ears. After a short while they begin to spread throughout the body an they last for about 3 days.

How to treat: Treatment is prescribed by the doctor and it is done using paracetamol until the disease has been properly controlled.

6. Psoriasis

How are the spots: Psoriasis spots usually have a white centre with red edges. They spots are very dry and may peel causing itching. They frequently attack people before the age of 30 and past the age of 50. Psoriasis is not contagious and in most cases it is related to genetic factors.

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How to treat: Treatment can be done by applying anti-inflammatory creams or ointments as prescribed by the dermatologist. Other remedies include sun exposure and changes in the diet by avoiding fatty foods and industrialized products while increasing the consumption of foods rich in omega 3 and beta carotene.

7. Lupus

How are the spots: They are usually flat or elevated with a reddish colour and they can attack any part of the body. Lupus is a disease that is more frequent in women.

How to treat: Treatment is done using corticosteroid and immunosuppressive drugs, as prescribed by he doctor..

8. Rosacea

How are the spots: The spots are red and they most often affect the cheeks, forehead and nose and they may also appear as small canisters on the skin. Apart from having the red spots, the skin becomes more sensitive and warm; which can also cause swellings.

How to treat: Treatment is done using soap and neutral moisturizers that will control the redness and in some cases a dermatologist may prescribe the use of antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs.

9. Sarna

How are the spots: The spots are usually red and mainly affect the hands and armpits and can cause intense itching, especially at night.

How to treat: Treatment is done using creams and ointments as prescribed by the dermatologist depending on the severity of the infection. Drugs that can be used include Ivermectin, Crotamiton or Permethrin.

10. Sprout

How are the spots: The spots are usually small and red and they may be accompanied by small red balls that cause odour. The spots mainly attck the face, neck, back chest and thighs.

How to treat: There isn’t specific treatment for sprout but it is recommended to keep the region free of heat and only use a cold compress in the regions where the spots appear.

11. Chicken pox

How are the spots: They appear as small blisters and red spots that attack the whole body and they cause itching.


How to treat: Treatment is done using paracetamol and povidine which prevent the blisters from spreading. It should only be done under the guidance of a doctor..

12. Measles

How are the spots: They are red and they do not cause any itching. The spots appear as dots and spread throughout the body.

How to treat: If you are attacked by measles, you should take adequate rest an hydrate your body. Paracetamol can also be used as treatment according to the doctor’s prescription.

13. Skin cancer

How are the spots: The spots are small and may ppear as wounds that have irregular shape. They may increase in size overtime and they have tendency to bleed.

How to treat: Treatment can be done using surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy depending on the characteristics of the spots as will be identified by the doctor during evaluation.

14. Atopic dermatitis

How are the spots: The spots are red, itch a lot and may peel off.

How to treat: Treatment is done using ointments with corticosteroids according to the doctor’s prescription.

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Cornelius Arthur
I am an English language and literature teacher. I have worked in many cities of the world. I am currently producing content at upwork as a freelance. I find and produce the right content by doing good research.


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