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.