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I was in the shower earlier and I noticed my chest and stomach was covered in small red spots but I quickly forgot about it. Later I was watching tv in a t-shirt and I noticed my arms were covered in small red spots as well. I took my t-shirt off and found most of my torso was covered in small red spots. I think they might have been there yesterday as well but they’ve definitely only appeared recently.


I haven’t changed washing powder, shower gel or anything and i’ve never had any problems with allergies.


I tried to take a picture of my arms but the camera is fairly dreadful and I couldn’t get a decent shot where they were particularly visible.

Here’s one of each arm to give you an idea. After clicking on the link change the capital "j" in "jpg" to lowr case to get the pricture to load. For some reason this form keeps chaning it to a captial:

right arm
left arm

it doesn’t look like much and i’d probably just ignore it but I haven’t been feeling too great lately (mild pains in the chest and shoulders) so I thought I best ask if I should be concerned in case they’re related. So should I be worried about this or if I should just ignore it and see if it clears up?


Thanks for the advice


(grrrr, what's the problem with letter cases here? It's changing lowercase letters into uppercase and uppercase letters into lowercase) :?:
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replied September 20th, 2005
I can' t see your pictures but what you are describing sounds exactly like what I have going one except that they are also all down my back...I have no idea what it is but I am going to see the doctor tomorrow....I will let you know what I find out.
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replied September 21st, 2005
Thanks for the reply. I'd be interested to know what the doctor says.

It's actually spread to all over my body now including my legs. I'm going to give it another week and if it hasn't clearly up i'll have to go and see the doctor myself.

I work from home so it's very rare that I go out, so the only way I can think that i've caught it is an insect bite I got just before it appeared.
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replied September 21st, 2005
Well the doctor told me mine was a viral infection which is spread from person to person.....It has been going around where I live and I work in the pharmacy so go figure hehe...It started with what I thought was a sinus infection or something..I had real bad head congestion, runny nose, sinus drainage etc. It took about three days or so for that to go away then I noticed the little red bumps appearing which continued to spread..Apparently the whole ordeal was a viral infection and it ends with this rash I have. There wasn't anything they could give me for it except some steroids to help it clear up faster ( I passed on that). She said to just take benadryl for the itching and it would go away on its own. Oh well...
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replied October 3rd, 2009
red dots
Sounds like the same thing i have. The doctor told me some scientists believe it is the after effects of a cold or virus and others think it can occur when the weather changes (like from summer to fall!). Anyways, nothing they can do for it except steroids and they're not even required. the doctor said it could take up to 12weeks to go away but the dots should stay in the torso area for the most part. Good Luck - I can't wait to get rid of mine!
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replied January 3rd, 2010
Me too
i have something similar first day into it. I have a derm app on the 4th ill post after
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replied February 5th, 2010
Red spots on torso
From what I've read on these postings, it sounds like the after effect of a sinus virus infection. That is what I caught around the holidays after going to the fitness center. The congestion lasted a couple of weeks, and the red spots on the torso gradually came about a month later. the red medium spots have not really been itchy although a couple around the waist line and bra line have been. Some have been slightly raised and others flat. I'm also going to the doctor just to be sure. If it is something different I will post.
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replied February 5th, 2010
what i had was called petechiae i believe. Probably from ibprophen consumption. There gone now
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replied February 10th, 2010
I went to the DR. and she determined it was Pityriasis Rosea. Will go away in a couple of weeks. It is just another virus like the common cold so not to worry. Zenobia.
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replied May 10th, 2012
I have this too...and thanks to your post i looked it up...It started with a single large patch a few weeks ago and now i'm noticing all little rashes all over my waist area and legs and arms....
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replied February 10th, 2010
mine are still there
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replied May 13th, 2010
I had exactly the same thing as you guys and finally went to the dermatologist. I have glutate psoriasis. you should go to the doctor to get antibiotics and steroids.
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replied May 28th, 2010
I have the same thing but has been there for over a year I can not go to the doctor cant afford it! They itch sometimes under my breasts and back. I believe I have an infection now in my sinuses IDK? What should I do is there anything can I take Benedryl to get rid of it? I have noticed them spreading a lot here lately and when I was a child was told I would die before I was 18 because my body almost harvests infection. They cleaned me out my tonnsils and adnoids and all the infection. When I was 17 they told me I had what looked like rail road tracks in the back of my throat because of all of the infection and drainage coming out of my sinuses. I do not know what to do?
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replied October 28th, 2010
Red bumps up and down sides of torso
I woke up a few days ago with the same similar thing. I have red bumps up and down both sides of my torso and the backs of my upper legs. They itch. They seem to stay in those areas. Just the sides. At first I thought it was bug bites, but they would be all over. I haven't changed anything except for flipping my mattress over. I have had psoriasis for about 7 years now. It is a localized type that stays around the joint areas. I just got steroid shots last month for it from a dermatologist. Those were in my elbows and one knee. Those areas cleared up. I don't think these are related but I can't rule it out. If this stays any longer, I'll be seeing the doctor. The last thing I need is to be down for any length of time.
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replied November 24th, 2010
i have small itchy water bumps on my arms and legs sometimes they appear my butt, they itch alot, they appeared recently, i took a shower in a spring and also started taking low dose oral contraceptive , am wondering if itsthe spring or the contraceptive so i stopped taking the contraceptive for a week now and they're still coming up. can someone assist me??????????????
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replied April 21st, 2011
I saw my doctor for these exact symptoms and was also told (like someone above) that it was PITYRIASIS ROSEA. It is most likely a virus spread from unknown causes and comes, this time, with cold-like symptoms (stuffy/runny nose, cough), and leaves small red blotches across the body. It'll go away in time, most likely 4-6 weeks, but could last up to 4 months.
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replied April 27th, 2011
Red Blotches
I also have the blotches all over my torso..Not itchy but very unsightly ..I only had a few at first but over the week they have multiplied im covered front and back... No cold no runny nose but i did have pneumonia a few weeks ago..I dont think i will bother the doctor after reading all the above sounds like it will run its course and go when its ready.....Iris
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replied June 18th, 2011
I just noticed today that I have red spots on my skin. There's some on my sides, on my legs, and arms. There's just a few in each spot and like 2 on each arm. They haven't been itchy though and kind of look like pimples actually. Over the past week or so I have had sinus problems: sinus pressure, a slight stuffy nose on one side, phlegm in my throat. So, maybe it is what you all have mentioned. Seems like it will just go away after a while on its own. I can't afford to go to the doctor and would rather not take steroids anyway unless it is absolutely necessary, which from what I read it isn't. I'll just watch it for a few days or so and if it starts to go away or doesn't get really worse, just leave it be to go away on its own.
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replied December 2nd, 2011
Same thing as most posters here. It started with a large, painless red mark (about 5 cm across) appearing out of nowhere on my neck, with a slight ring in it. It looked almost like a burn but I'd felt nothing. I put moisturizer on it for a four days and it didn't change. I thought it might be ringworm or something so got an anti-fungal cream.

Then I noticed a tiny red dot on my torso. The next morning I saw three more small, red dots. I showed my partner and she said they were coming up all over my chest and back.

My first thought was chicken pox. There was a case at my son's daycare and although I'd had a full-blown case as a kid, it is not impossible to get again.

I went to the doctor immediately and explained that they weren't itchy in the slightest, they were dry, there was no puss or any other symptoms, but I had had a nasty gastro-like virus at the start of the week, which pinned me to the sofa for two days with pain all over my upper body. I also pointed out the large red mark on my neck, but he believed that to be unrelated and prescribed some anti-fungal cortosoid cream for it. For the hundreds of growing red spots all over my upper body, he had no idea. His best guess was it was a rogue virus and that it would go away on its own.

Four days have passed and the red spots have taken over my entire torso and back. Some of them have become very large and the skin on them is flaking. They look ghastly. But fortunately they are not on my face. I googled Pityriosis Rosea, which someone mentioned above, and it seems to match exactly what I have, complete with the herald patch lesion on the neck.

But, as always, it is vital to get things checked out by a specialist - in this case, a dermatologist. There are other similar skin conditions which can be a sign of leukemia, or other dangers. If you have been suffering red spots for months, then you must get it checked out. If your spots are watery, then it is not this.
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replied January 30th, 2012
Child Covered in Red Dots
I have read all of the comments above, but now I am confused, my 10 yr old is covered with these dots AND I MEAN COVERED and they itch. They itch so bad they are now bleeding and having scabs. I took her to the doctor worried they might be scabies that was ruled out. I have switched all my laundry soap, body soap, hand soap, and dish soap to homemade organic with nothing in them. I have taken her to the doctors and they told me to try this ointment and that ointment but nothing has worked. I have tried Benadryl and that too hasn't worked. We've done blood work and still nothing. My child didn't have a cold or a virus before getting these bumps. She hasn't had a cold since July 2011 and these bumps appeared 3 1/2 weeks ago. I am curious to know has anyone else had their child or themselves have them this bad..and what did they do..PLEASE HELP!!!
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replied February 15th, 2012
Pityriosis Rosea
My husband has the same thing- hundreds of red bumps on his torso, chest, back, and only upper arms. They do not itch. They have dry white flaky skin on the tips (no blisters). He never noticed the "mother patch" on his body before the small dots appeared. We just came back from the doctors and he has Pityriosis Rosea. There is no cure for it and no cream. It can last 6-8 weeks and get worse. We are getting a second opinion on Friday (today is Wednesday). We thought at first it was chicken pox, but they do not have the blistered tops and do not itch.
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