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Red Spots All Over

Q: For about 10 years, tiny, red, pin prick-sized dots have been slowly appearing on my body. My gynecologist said it was because I have low levels of progestin and prescribed ProGest, a topical cream. That was three months ago and I've been applying it religiously, but now the dots seem to be showing up overnight. I find a new one almost every morning, and they're everywhere: my legs, torso, arms and even one on my lip. I'm really nervous, not to mention embarrassed by my appearance. What could it be, and how can I stop this from spreading?

Dr. Donnica: While you may have had low progestin levels, I strongly doubt that this had anything to do with the appearance of the red dots you're describing. Without examining you, it is unclear to me whether you have a rash or a skin manifestation of a systemic medical condition. The type of situation you are describing could be from an infection, an allergic condition, a blood disorder, or even bug bites! It is not hormonal, however. I strongly recommend that you consult a dermatologist as soon as possible. In addition, you may want to call your gynecologist back and ask why you were prescribed the ProGest and whether you still need to use it.

Created: 7/11/2003  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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