Red spots on skin

It is important to recognise and have medical assessment on any changes to your skin to minimise the risk of any serious complaints such as skin cancer or melanoma. Red spots on skin can be unsightly and accompanied by a number of other complaints and so it is vital to seek medical attention at the earliest opportunity to ensure that any conditions can be effectively and quickly treated.

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What Can Cause Red Spots on Skin?

Red spots on skin can appear for a wide variety of reasons and can be the sign of very mild conditions or a serious skin disease. The severity of symptoms and length of time can help to determine the underlying cause of complaints. Some of the most common conditions that have symptoms of red spots on skin include:

- Rashes

- Chicken Pox

- Measles

- Psoriasis

- Bowen’s Disease (a very early form of skin cancer which presents itself as red patches that are often itchy)

- Rosacea

- Basal Skin Cancers (most commonly found on the face, scalp, ears, hands, shoulders and back).

In order to minimise the risk of suffering from a serious medical condition such as skin cancer, it is important to recognise any changes in your normal skin condition. Although red spots on skin can be a symptom of a non-threatening condition such as an allergy, they may also be linked to early signs of skin cancer and so swift medical assessment can be key to effective treatment.

Are There Other Symptoms to be Aware of?

Red spots on skin may be accompanied by other symptoms such as raised lumps, itching, pain, heat, bleeding and broken skin. These symptoms are all reflective of conditions such as an allergy to washing powder through to key signs of skin cancer or melanoma. With that in mind, early medical assessment can ensure the most suitable treatment.

Any lumps, skin discolouration, nonhealing wounds or ongoing skin complaints should be assessed by a medical professional as a matter of priority. this will help to ensure a swift diagnosis and successful treatment.

Should I see a Doctor if I Notice Changes to My Skin?

Understanding your own body is key to maintaining healthy skin as this will help you to readily recognise any changes that may pose a risk to you. It is important for a doctor to assess any red spots on skin that you may have as well as any accompanying symptoms. This will ensure that any underlying conditions or more serious complaints are quickly diagnosed and treated.

The doctor may determine that your skin condition is a mild complaint that can be address through the use of over the counter treatment. Alternatively, if the condition is more serious, early diagnosis can lead to more effective and reliable treatments and referrals.

Any damage to the skin or changes to the normal condition of your skin that have not passed within 4 weeks, should be referred to a doctor as a matter of urgency.

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