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Managing Red Spots on Legs – Common Causes and Treatment!

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Any kind of change in the skin can be worrisome, especially if these spots involve itchiness, pain, and discomfort.

So, just like that red spots on legs can be bothersome and there could be several reasons for that. These don’t come with a warning sign. These can occur suddenly or can grow gradually on the legs. Sometimes these vanish overnight and sometimes resolve in the span of a few days. 

Nonetheless, these can be very itchy and this can get really frustrating. It is always best to have a session with the best dermatologist near you to determine what is actually causing these. In some of the mild cases, these can get better with a few home remedies and some extra care. 

Red spots or red dots all over the legs usually do not end up in extreme consequences. These can however make you a lot more conscious about your body than anything else. 

Potential Causes of Red Spots on Legs

Some of the causes of red spots or red dots on legs can be seen clearing on their own in a few days, while some of these require some extra medical attention. Also, identifying what actually is going on can help in determining the most effective course of treatment for your spots.  

So, let’s have a look at some of the major causes that can cause these red spots on the skin specifically on the legs 

Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)

Eczema is a condition that causes red, dry, and itchy patches on spots that can appear on the hands, feet, legs, elbows, and face. Most of the time eczema is a chronic condition that changes in its severity from time to time.

Red spots on legs caused by eczema can trigger at any point in time and some of the common triggers include certain fabrics, stress, and even sweat. 

Well, if you are wondering, there is no cure for eczema. However, some over-the-counter medicines and prescription creams can help a lot in controlling the severity of the symptoms.. 

Insect Bites

Sometimes those small bumps that come and go on the skin can be bug bites. These are mostly not a cause of concern. But you should always be careful of the bugs and mosquitoes as dengue also gets really brutal in some seasons. 

Experts at KRL Hospital say that some other insects can also be the cause of these red spots on legs and other parts of the body. You can feel the urge to itch them a lot, but itching the insect bites can worsen them. 

Other bugs that can have sting bites include fire ants, fleas, and bed bugs. Some of the over-the-counter medications and home remedies can really help to alleviate the symptoms.

Heat Rash

During the hot and humid months, dirt and sweat can accumulate in the skin pores and can cause bad irritation on the skin. It can result in rashes and red bumps on the legs and body. 

Heat rashes and red spots on legs caused by them are very common in areas where the weather is extremely hot, hence you can experience red dots all over legs during the summer season. 

Heat rashes can also occur due to the build-up of sweat on the body One other reason can be wearing non-breathable clothing. These rashes can disappear in a day or can stay for a few days. 

It is always advised to not touch the rashes as these can get worse with that. 

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Chicken Pox

Though these have become really less common these days as these have been seeing and affecting fewer people since 1995. Mostly, children are seen getting affected by this highly contagious viral infection. 

Chickenpox, as a cause of red spots on legs can cause raised bumps on the body, including the legs. These can turn into blisters as time passes and eventually open and then crust over.  With chicken pox, fatigue, headache, and fever are also seen affecting the patient.  

These symptoms can usually last for 1 to 2 weeks and can respond great to home remedies and some medications. 

Keratosis pilaris

Keratin is a protein that helps in making the hair, nails, and the skin of the body. If this protein builds up in the hair follicles, it can cause keratosis pilaris. This is a benign skin condition and can look like small bumps/red spots on legs or goosebumps on the skin having a very rough texture. 

This affects people mostly with very dry skin or suffering from eczema. A lot of times, moisturizers can be enough to deal with such conditions. 

Urticaria (Hives)

Some allergies to medications, insect bites, exposure to heat, or foods can cause hives in some people. These can be very uncomfortable, raised, and itchy, and come in a variety of sizes and shapes. These can occur anywhere in the body including your legs. 

These are also seen changing their location and size. Hives mostly tend to resolve after the allergic reaction ends and are typically not observed to be life-threatening. 

Treatment for Red Spots on Legs

The treatment for red spots on the legs or the body depends simply on the cause of the spots. Some get better with lotions, ointments, and medicines. While some get better with a few home remedies. 

OTC (Over-the-Counter Medicines)

OTC topical medicines i.e. hydrocortisone cream and calamine lotion are prescribed a lot of times by the doctors. Dr. Annum Shahzadi who is one of the best dermatologists in Pakistan says that these can help a lot in alleviating itching and other symptoms caused by red spots on the skin.

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Home Remedies

Home remedies can also work great in alleviating some symptoms of the spots on the skin and particularly for red dots all over legs.

Aloe Vera Gel

Fresh aloe vera gel can work great for irritated and itchy skin. It also helps with red spots on legs. It works by soothing the skin and provides a cooling effect, it also is a great moisturizer for the skin and helps a lot with scars of the bumps. 

Aloe vera has great healing properties that can help in lowering inflammation effectively and quickly. 


Oatmeal is full of valuable compounds that can help in reducing scratchy skin. It can also lighten the skin blemishes that occur due to the spots. It also aids in eliminating psoriasis, acne, and eczema. 

The best way to use oatmeal on the skin is by making an oatmeal bath. Fill a tub with lukewarm water and add a cup of oatmeal to give the body the relief that it needs. 

Proper Moisturizing

If you have dry skin or patches, moisturizing can hydrate your skin and improve this condition. Not giving the needed hydration to the skin can lead to breakouts that can result in red bumps on the legs. 

Drinking enough water is also essential to keep the skin moisture intact by hydrating the skin. 

Suggested Read: Best Moisturizers in Pakistan

When in Doubt, Contact Healthwire!

If you feel like these red spots on legs or the red dots all over legs

are getting way out of your hands, despite trying all these treatment options, then it is best to consult a specialist. You can always book an appointment with the best skin specialist in Pakistan by contacting Healthwire.

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