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Jul 18, 2005, 11:49 AM
Hello everyone.

I don't know if I have just noticed these or if they have just appeared but nonetheless I am stressed out over them.

They look like someone took a tiny tiny pin and place little dots on my skin. They are hard to see unless you are pretty close the area. They are not raised and some blanch when pressed while others do not.

I have had one of these on the palm of my hand all my life. I have also had one on my thigh and a couple near my chest bone.

I have about 8 or 9 near my underarms and a couple on my shoulders.

I am a 21 year old male in relatively good health. I would go to the doctor but I am a student with no health insurance. My girl friend has a couple on her also that she says she has had all her life but only two or three.

Should I be concerned? I have read many articles and post that suggest different things (I have goolged for images and haven't found any that look like what I have.) ranging from nothing to death.

They do not itch and are not painful at all.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank you!

Jul 21, 2005, 02:59 PM
Please, any suggestions or experiences?

Aug 5, 2005, 04:29 PM

I'm a male/26 with same little spots... have a few... some I've had for quite a while. I had one on my cheek that was quite different from about 6th - 9th grade, but that has since gone away. That was diagnosed by my pediatrician as a "vascular spider", which was basically harmless. It came to a little peak like a pimple, but despite what I tried, it would not go away. Doctor said it was something that can happen during puberty.

Anyway, aside from that, I am also in good health, and have some of the little flat tiny red spots too (on my back, on my biceps, and on my legs), but I'm pretty sure they are harmless. My mother is a registered nurse and has been for 30+ years and she says she has seen before and is most likely just nerve endings that reach the skin surface. So, if that sounds like the same thing you are describing, I wouldn't worry too much.


Aug 5, 2005, 04:32 PM
If I'm wrong about the "nerve endings", it could just be different pigmentation in the skin. I think a lot of people have that. My wife has too, and she is healthy. So maybe it's just a sign of healthy people!

Oct 2, 2007, 04:52 AM
Hey guys,
I ve experience the same thing recently with a sudden eruption of pinpoint red spots in my arms and chest. In the past I noticed 2 ot 3 in the chest but the number has increased during the last 6 months. I visited my gp and he said it s nothing to worry about and I actually believe in that because I haven't got any accompanying symptoms. As he said, campbell de morgan spots can be tiny or bigger to 4 mm in diameter and they represent tiny broken capillaries. :)
I think this is the situation we all here experience! I guess we have to let it go as there is nothing we could do to prevent these spots.

Pilot Girl
Apr 7, 2008, 12:33 PM
I was outside sunbathing, rubbing lotion on my skin and noticed these tiny red spots in various places arms, legs, chest...
I of course, IMMEDIATELY googled this & found this site.
I have noticed them in the past... but more so today, (while rubbing tan oil on).
I am 33, have worked out since I was 18, get checkups regularly and have had no health issues, thank God, whatsoever in the past. So... after reading Nurse's son... I agree. It is nothing to worry about.

Jan 3, 2009, 05:59 PM
I googled "red spots skin" and learned about cherry angioma.

Mar 11, 2009, 05:37 AM
As you mentioned symptoms of your red spots on skin these are I think acne like things. And altogether different from the red spots on skin (http://www.vitiligoguide.com/red-spots-on-skin/) which looked quite like blushes and by skin condition which are more chronic one. LIke Scleroderma, eczema and Psoriais.
However there are many reason for the existence of such spots on skin like insect bytes and infections etc. Allergic reaction is also a causes of such spots.

Jul 23, 2009, 06:08 AM

Occasionally, I get a red spot on top of the skin on the lower part of my arm. I got one again about a week ago and now I got another one right next to it. They don't itch or hurt. They seem to go away, but what can they be? Caroline

Aug 16, 2009, 10:22 PM
I have many also and seem to get more. My friend who is a new Doctor says they could be a sign of liver problems.

Sep 12, 2009, 07:14 PM
Hello there I also have tiny little red spots on my arm sort of shape like a square, and a few single ones around my body, but I never notice them till I was about 10, and I am 14 so I am just woundering what they are.

Nov 7, 2009, 05:43 AM
I have large red spots on arms. Looks like broken capillaries . If I even slightly hit my arm it will appear. Sometimes I get very itchy and then the red patch will appear. What is it and what to do. All blood tests normal

Apr 15, 2010, 11:55 AM
I have had them for about 2 years now and they do not go away. I have them on my chest and neck area, along with my upper arms, they itch sometimes ecpecially when I get upset. The doctor said it was probably broken capillaries. I just have to go on and be embarrassed by them.

Apr 15, 2010, 11:59 AM
I have them on my upper chest area along with my arms, neck. Doctor said they are probably broken capillaries and nothing to worry about, but then again they might have something to do with your liver. Mine itch when I get upset or in the sun too long. :)

Apr 24, 2010, 11:25 AM
I have the same thing.I have had it all my life and sometimes you can see it really clearly and sometimes its really faint
I really want to get rid of them because I only have 4 of them and they are all on my right hand and when I go to school I get a little embarrassed about them.

Apr 24, 2010, 11:31 AM
I have the same thing I have 4 on my right arm and some times you can see them clearly and some times they can get really faint.
I really want to get rid of them because when I go to school I get a bit embarrassed by them and try to cover up my hand up when I write.

Jun 4, 2010, 08:12 AM
Hi I'm 14 years old and I have the same problem. I had a few of these around my thighs but in the last couple of days they have suddenly increased on my chest arms legs ankles and a few on my back. I drink A lot of milk if that has anything to do with it and I have got drunk a few times recently. Please somebody help me I'm worried :(

Jun 15, 2010, 11:30 AM
I have tiny red spots appearing on my skin... I noticed them on my stomach first... didn't think much of them. Then about a month later I noticed that they are increasing in numbers and spreading to different areas. I now have several more on my stomach, some on my chest now, some on my higher arms, and some on my thighs. They don't itch, they are not going away and they are not raised. I also did research online and think they maybe ITP (Idiopathic Thromaocytopenic Purpura), it's a condition of having a low platelet count (a blood condition). In one or two cases the person had to have their spleen removed. I have an appointment with my doctor tomorrow to ask him about them to find out for sure what they are. I may just be getting them because I have a B12 deficiency, which also has to do with a low platelet count. I take B12 injections once a month though and don't know why these spots would appear, unless my injections aren't enough. But having an appointment tomorrow is good cause the doctors office called me Friday and wants me to come in for lab testing to check my blood count anyway. So I figured I'd ask about the spots then. There are several different things the tiny red spot could be caused from, just need to work with your doctor to find out!

Kathy Jones
Aug 1, 2010, 11:58 AM
Hello, I have these little
Red spots too!
They're mostly on my knuckles
And when I usually press on
Them the redness goes
Away but then comes
They don't hurt at all
iv'e tried poking it with a
Needle but nothing really
I'm just wondering what
In the heck are these things?

Sep 24, 2010, 05:36 AM
I had its also.. and I had check it at the web they say its might be a 'petechia' OH MY GOD... Im so worry after read it.huhuhu

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petechia
Someone can give an advice about this?I'm really worry abot the red dots that day by day its increases in number?. help me..

Jan 25, 2011, 05:29 PM
According to this it's possible they are a sort of allergic reaction to medications. Have you started taking anything new recently?


Jan 25, 2011, 05:31 PM
Nix the first part. Missed the part about you having them for a while, but read the guide, it may help. Good luck :)

Feb 15, 2011, 05:53 PM
I have a few red spots myself... it started with a single one that I noticed when I was about 10. I now have a total of 9(that I can see myself). All of them are either on my hands, arms or shoulders. I am concerned as I have had about 6 of them appear in the last year. I wonder if it could have anything to do with poor liver functions as I have had hapititis A (about 6 months ago), although my blood tests say that my liver functions are back to normal. I am the healthiest I have ever been as I gym 5 times a week for no less then an hour a day, eat a balanced diet, hardly drink alcohol anymore and overall just live a healthier lifestyle. I am 21 and the reason this concerns me so much is not only beacause I'm worried it might be my body giving off some kind of warning, but also because if I have 9 very visible red spots (of which 6 appeared in the last year) and I am only 21... what am I going to look like when I am 30, 40 or 50!? :/

Apr 15, 2011, 02:58 PM
My dad, sister and I all have these tiny red spots as well. We've always had a couple, but they seem to multiply as we get older. My dad went to the doctor and the doctor said that they were genetic and are a Cherokee Indian trait. We are all 1/8th Cherokee so I guess it makes sense (my sister and I picked up an additional 1/16th from my mom's side).

Apr 15, 2011, 03:37 PM
My dad, sister and I all have these tiny red spots as well. We've always had a couple, but they seem to multiply as we get older. My dad went to the doctor and the doctor said that they were genetic and are a Cherokee Indian trait. We are all 1/8th Cherokee so I guess it makes sense (my sister and I picked up an additional 1/16th from my mom's side).

Could also be as simple as "Tinea Versicolor." (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tinea_versicolor) Try googling that. There are some websites that have photos of the condition. If so, it's easily treatable with OC products such as Selsun Blue.

Apr 18, 2011, 05:47 AM
Maybe, but the size is off. All of ours look as if someone took a red writing pen and mad a small dot. They are all much smaller than 1/4 inch. And they don't change if we get hot and they never itch. They are basically like widely dispursed red freckles.

May 6, 2011, 03:31 AM
I think its sort of like a rash.. I get little darkish red speckles in certain areas they don't itch aren't lumpy and no red blotches red dot like underneath my skin. I usually get then whenever I use a product my skin is allergic to. I discovered this when I first used baby oil.. they appeared on the inside of my forearm but eventually go away after awhile..

Jun 30, 2011, 12:45 AM
To answer Edwardk9 : In my teen years, I had brown pin dots (unraised moles) on my skin. A particular one on my stomach was slightly larger and rough. I tried to scratch it off my skin. It returned, when my skin healed. It was the same mole; except it was now red. I have that same mole now (over 45 years), plus a few more in that area. I had a few brown "pin dot" moles on my upper chest and neck. Most likely they have been irritated, over the years, by clothes, necklaces, etc. I notice some are red now. Sun-damaged skin changes when one gets older. Click on to You Tube and look at the pictures of skin moles and cancer. Familarize yourself with any changes in the size or color of your moles, especially in areas exposed to the sun over the years. Some doctors can remove them. E Medicine health mole removal.com has an explanation and pictures. These "red moles" may be superficial blood lesions called angiomas. These ar quite normal and generally do not pose a risk. The cause is genetic. My Mom also had these on her skin. You should keep an eye on them, however, in event they do enlarge or become discolored. There are pictures on skin-and-scalp-treatment.com; also, a picture on red mole.info/ 2009.

Oct 24, 2011, 09:32 PM
I used to have these - prostatitis too, until I started taking 300 mg Selenium, 300 mg Multivitamins, 1000 mg of Omega 3 Daily. I also reduced my iron and salt intake (watch out for tap water full of Fl and Cl ).

Three years on and (apart from just a few of the bigger ones which are shrinking) both problems have disappeared.


Nov 23, 2011, 09:47 AM
Its weird I came to this sight asking the same question always had like 3 but they have appeared a lot lately one on my check and neck a bunch appeared on my arms maybe is just because I started a new job and it invovles a lot of physical activities. Either way the one on my neck kind of looks like a hicky so I'm not very fond of it.

Dec 2, 2011, 01:30 PM
Keratosis Pilaris, that's the name. I have them myself. It's supposedly dead skin that clots around hair follicles. The way to treat it is with scrubbing and moisturizing, there are creams you can get from a dermatologist, that are expensive and pointless. Scrub the spots well daily, use a cream like eucerin and a moisturizer as well. I also find that some vitamin E helps speed it up. The spots will come back if you stop, so once they're gone repeat this once a week or so. It'll take about 2-4 weeks for the spots to actually disappear.

Hope this help.

Apr 25, 2012, 11:49 AM
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May 11, 2012, 05:40 AM
Probably heat rash... from excessive sweating from sun, working out, etc. I wouldn't worry but if you are see your family doctor...

May 24, 2012, 12:23 PM
I have been treated for these by laser. I had one on my face and about 50 total over my body mostly the backs of my hands. They are a collection of the endings of blood vessels. They rarely bleed or cause any type of irritation. I had one on my knee bleed once but never again after that. I have had them my whole life. They are usually genetically passed down. My kids have them my mother and grandmother have them also. I had the laser take the one off my face that's about it I couldn't take the pain. I have never had any issues you shouldn't worry yourself. Now if they itch or anything else that is not blood vessels that maybe something else. But these cause nothing to be worried about.

Sep 26, 2012, 02:09 PM
I have had some of these small red dot like lesions since about I was nine - most of them are quite slow growing but a few are larger and rarely raised - dotors have dismissed them as nothing to worry about - but al of us want them removed safely without scarring - I was a guinee pig for one doctor as I was the first patient he 'burned them off' about seven of them on my forehead - did not leave any scarring - slight sting but nothing really - think its called 'electrosurgery' or it was some time of small laser - did the job lovely - more have since returned - unfortunately that doc has passed away and others don't seem to take as serious - a nurse or even I could do if I knew what device it was - just letting you know that they can be removed - safely and relatively pain free with no or very minimal scarring - microscopic if anything - they can be removed easily if yoy know a doc that can and does not mind doing it - good luck