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Reddish-Brown Bumpy Rash

Q: Over the past few weeks, I have noticed several small, reddish-brown bumps developing on the back of my leg. It's not razor burn. The bumps are bigger and firmer to the touch but they are starting to get itchy, but not painful like a rash. Should I be worried?

Dr. Donnica:
Like most bothersome skin conditions, this is not something you need to worry about, but it is something you should have checked out, ideally by a dermatologist. Until your appointment, avoid shaving the affected area. It sounds like you may have something called dermatofibromas. These are generally harmless and benign, small red-to-brown bumps made from collagen, a protein made by cells under the skin.

This is a common condition, especially in women. They often start as single, firm bumps on the back of the legs. They can be caused by shaving cuts or irritation, insect bites, or injuries. In most women they are asymptomatic and simply a cosmetic problem, but they may cause itching in some cases. If they continue to bother you, your dermatologist can remove them, but they may recur.

Created: 7/23/2004  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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