10 Common Causes of RED SPOTS ON THE SKIN 

Pityriasis rosea

Christmas tree-shaped pityriasis rosea. Localised itching, sore throat, headache, and fever. The rash usually disappears after calamine lotion and oatmeal baths.


Heat Rash (Milaria)

Heat rash or miliaria are small, itchy, red bumps that occur in skin folds and areas where sweat accumulates due to blocked sweat glands after sun exposure.


Contact dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is a skin rash caused by exposure to allergens or irritants like harsh cleaning products, and varies based on the person's specific allergen or exposure, such as poison ivy.


Lichen planus

Wrists, backs, and ankles develop reddish-purple lichen planus lumps. Undiagnosed, incurable. Medications, light therapy, and topicals may relieve symptoms.


Cherry Angiomas

Cherry angiomas, non-cancerous red or purple blood vessel patches, appear on the chest, arms, legs, or scalp in adults over 30. Usually harmless, they change and bleed.


Ringworm (Tinea Corporis)

Ringworm, a fungal infection, develops a circular rash with raised margins and red patches, usually on the arms and legs. It may flake and peel skin but is typically painless.



Chickenpox produces shingles. One side is lined. CDC advises shingles vaccination for over-50s. Antiviral, anti-itch, and painkillers treat breakouts.


Drug Rash

Symptoms of a drug rash include hives, rashes, and blisters. It causes a widespread cutaneous rash and may be minor to severe. Emergencies may occur.


Atopic dermatitis

Newborns may acquire atopic dermatitis. Unknown causes may cause itchy, unpleasant, red, and broken skin. Medicated creams soothe flares.


Blood Spots (Purpura)

Blood spots may suggest a blood clotting issue. Platelet counts and physical exams are used to diagnose. Low platelets may need steroids or IV treatment.