The appearances of red spots on the skin which do not cause itching usually tend to be non-painful. Therefore, on most occasions individuals tend to ignore them and do not visit a doctor for their evaluation.
However, the non-itchy red spots on the skin may give many an unsightly appearance and result in increased self-consciousness and embarrassment. Also, there is always that perennial fear that the non-itchy red spots may spread to other regions of the body or may pass on to other people through contact.
Most of the red spots on the skin which are non-itchy do not signify the presence of any serious illnesses, especially if they are not accompanied by fever or other extreme symptoms. However, such rashes if left untreated can always develop into something more serious and result in medical complications. Hence, it is recommended that all individuals who develop non-itchy red spots on the skin visit a doctor for identification and treatment.
Types of non-itchy red spots on the skin
Most types of skin irritations and abnormalities such as heat rash, scabies rash and contact rash result in intense itchiness and therefore it becomes very difficult to identify the types of skin irregularities that result in non-itchy red spots on the skin.
Some types of skin irritations in adults that result in non-itchy red spots on the skin, in the initial stages, can be either eczema or infections of the hair follicles. Such red spots may also be accompanied by red, non-itchy bumps. Eczema is usually an allergic reaction that results in extreme dryness of the skin and is accompanied by irritation. In addition, tiny and closed cysts that are present under the skin can also result in red bumps or non-itchy red spots on the skin. All these conditions have to be treated promptly else they can always turn into itchy and painful sores or result in damage to the skin.
Most of these non-itchy red spots tend to appear on the trunk, the face, the arms and the neck.
When you visit a doctor to examine the non-itchy red spots and get them identified, the doctor may verify a lot of details before coming to a valid conclusion. A doctor will usually start by checking out the red spots, get a detailed medical history of the patient and then ask questions relating to the appearance of the spots and its subsequent spread, if any.
The trained eye of physicians and dermatologists can easily identify the causes and types of the non-itchy red spots. However, in certain cases, further testing may be required. Such tests can help in the identification of the allergens or microorganisms that have resulted in the appearance of non-itchy red spots on the skin.
In certain cases, viral rashes may also appear in the form of non-itchy red spots or bumps on the skin. Mostly children are affected by such rashes. Such rashes may be accompanied by a fever, but generally do not show any definite pattern or style of growth and spread. Viral non-itchy red spots on the skin typically tend to start out on the chest or the belly and may gradually spread and cover the arms or the legs.
The non-itchy red spots on the skin usually do not cause any discomfort or distress. However, it is important to remember that such spots can also indicate to the presence of various types of skin cancer. Hence, it is advisable to consult a doctor as soon as any form of skin abnormalities, whether itchy or non-itchy, afflicts the skin.
The treatment and prevention of non-itchy red spots on the skin
Most cases of non-itchy red spots on the skin are not dangerous and do not indicate the presence of any serious medical conditions. Such spots usually tend to be non-contagious and non-communicable. One can try a few over the counter medications to check whether the red spots disappear or one can directly visit a doctor for evaluation and treatment.
Some over the counter medications or non-prescriptions drugs are listed below:
- Antihistamines such as diphenhydramine, loratadine, chlorpheniramine or cetirizine
- Moisturizing lotions and creams
- In some cases even anti-itch creams that contain camphor, pramoxine or menthol as well as benadryl or diphenhydramine may be used to treat the non-itchy red spots on the skin.
- Activities such as shaving and waxing as well as ill-fitting and tight clothing or non-porous fabrics can lead to increased irritation of the skin and the hair follicles. Hence, individuals can resort to loose clothing to prevent any further damage to the skin, thereby giving the skin infections enough time to recuperate and fade away on their own.
- One should also avoid shaving or waxing the affected areas as well as avoid the sharing of personal items such as towels, bed sheets, etc. to prevent contamination or aggravation of the infections.
In case, the above treatment and preventive methods do not help in curing the non-itchy red spots on the skin, then a visit to a physician or a dermatologist is absolutely necessary.