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OT-red bumps on my arms

Ever since I've moved, I have been getting these tiny red bumps all over my upper arms. They don't hurt, and are not ichy. They are just there. Is it the water? Anyone else have this issue? If so, what do you do about it? Are there any creams? Now that it's getting warmer out, I am a little worried about showing my arms. Just wanted to ask before I call the skin doctor.

Fri. Apr 6, 11:57am

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Do they look a little like goosebumps? Those bumps appeared on my upper arms when I gained weight a few years ago (I didn't actually gain that much weight either). I actually didn't pay much attention to them but my doctor noticed them and told me that this is normal if you are even just a little overweight. She said that I'd lose mine when I lose weight (which now at 10 pounds down, I'm working on!). My doctor said that the ones that I have are harmless. Of course, it's always good to talk to your own doctor about this to confirm!

Friday, April 06, 2007, 1:59 PM

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If you've moved to a drier climate, it may be exacerbating a condition you already had called keratosis pilaris (more likely if you are under thirty). I have it myself. I put a link below, but googling will get you plenty more info. Hope this was helpful!


Friday, April 06, 2007, 3:42 PM

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If it is keratosis pilaris, there is a prescription lotion, Lachydrin I think it's called, but you have to use it pretty religiously for weeks or even months for the effect to kick in...I never lasted that long. The best non-Rx products I've found for this are Shea Body Butter from The Body Shop and Avon Moisture Therapy body lotion.

If that's not what it is...if it appears as fairly large circles, like the size of a dime, it could be an allergy to food or medication. My sister would get them when she drank too much beer in college - it was the yeast or the hops or something. I also got these bumps (occasionally itchy) on my limbs as a reaction/side effect to an antibiotic I was taking for an ear infection.

Friday, April 06, 2007, 6:21 PM

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my children have had bumps similar to what you describe. A doctor once told me to try some cortisone cream on them for a week or so and see if that made a difference. It did. Now, they have it again (years later and after a move) but I haven't gotten out the cortisone yet.....

Saturday, April 07, 2007, 1:31 AM

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I have never heard of those being related to weight?? Anyway I don't have red bumps but tiny white bumps, I notice I seem to get more of them in the winter and when summer comes around they start to disappear. I also notice that I have less of them if I exfoliate everyday for a few months. Now I just do it everyday and I have hardly any.

Saturday, April 07, 2007, 9:25 AM

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