Worried about those red spots that suddenly appeared on your skin? Those spots could be harmless, or could even be beauty enhancing especially if they appeared on the face, but they could also be indications of some serious skin or body ailments.
Here are some of the types that commonly show on the body. A few types can disappear fast and may not cause any concern, but nothing is lost if you consult a doctor right away.
- Acme vulgaris, or adolescent spots, are a mixture of blackheads, whiteheads and red spots, with sizes ranging from tiny to large. They appear mainly on the face, back of neck, chest and back. For teenage girls and boys, these spots are threats to their self-confidence as they usually come out between puberty and adolescence.
- Acne rosacea. These are flushings mainly of the nose and cheeks, coming in after a meal or a drink, or coming out right after exposure to a hot room, or even due to excitement. They start as reddish spots on the neck or face, and spread to an evenness that may appear like a “blushing.” This condition is only temporary; it is also not dangerous, but it gives the impression of over indulgence.
- Moles and birthmarks are dark, brown or reddish spots that may be present at birth anywhere in the body. In the face, they are sometimes called “beauty spots,” but a few may be hairy. These spots are harmless, but if the mole appears to be growing, it is advisable to seek medical advice.
- Blood spots are usually formed under the skin and eventually rise to the surface. These spots are sometimes called purpura and are generally caused by infections. They can be symptoms of a deficiency in the blood.
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- Freckles are of colors ranging from light brown to red to gray. They are clusters of red spots usually in the face and are often triggered by exposure to the sun. They are concentrations of the skin pigment of melanin, and further exposure to sunlight will activate the production of more melanin causing the freckles to become darker.
- Cherry angiomas or Dr. Morgan spots (named after Dr. Campbell de Morgan who discovered the spot) are clusters of tiny capillaries at the skin surface formed into small round mounds or domes or papules. These are colored red to purple, appearing initially as small dots but grow to usually about two millimeters in diameter or even more. Because they are basically blood vessels, cherry angiomas may bleed profusely when injured.
- Liver spots or solar lentigos are darker than the ordinary red freckles and usually occur in older people. They are blemishes on the skin associated with aging and exposure to the sun’s radiation. Liver spots have nothing to do with the liver physiologically, although they are of the same color as the liver. In majority of cases, liver spots are not harmful.
- Sweat rashes or heat rashes are scattered blood spots that appear after overheating from exercise, high temperature or illness, or overclothing, especially in babies. They are caused by the accumulation of sweat on the skin. They usually start small but grow larger with friction as they are scratched or massaged.
Certain allergies can also exhibit as skin rashes. If you notice an unusual appearance of a red formation on your face, arms, or neck, or anywhere in your body, don’t ignore the red spot. Some red spots will disappear soon, some later, but there is nothing like being sure the spot is not only beauty-enhancing and safe but will not cause you any trouble later on.