Red Dots On Skin

red dots on skin

What Are Red Dots on Skin?

Red dots on the skin is also known as petechiae (pronounced puh-TEE-kee-ee). Petechiae are small, flat red or purple spots that appear on the skin. They most commonly appear on the arms, legs, and stomach. However, they can also be found in other areas including inside the eyelids. Also, they are about the size of the tip of a pen, and they’re often benign. Fortunately, they don’t itch or cause pain.

What Causes Them To Appear?

Bleeding under the surface of the skin caused by ruptured capillaries is what leads to this condition. Petechiae can be caused by other things, including certain infections, vasculitis, and low platelet count. Additionally, they may be a sign of an underlying health condition.

How Is Petechiae Treated?

Treatment for the skin varies. However, ideal treatment depends on the cause. Fortunately, they often don’t require intervention at all. However, you may seek cosmetic dermatology treatments to remove them if they affect your self-esteem.

The red dots may disappear on their own if petechiae are caused by skin injury. Treatment options for red dots caused by serious conditions such as a vitamin C deficiency or leukemia may include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Corticosteroids
  • Vitamin C supplements
  • Immunosuppressants

Who Is at Risk?

Unfortunately, everyone is at risk of experiencing petechiae. This is regardless of their age or gender. However, there are certain risk factors that increase the risk of developing red dots on the skin, including:

  • Aging
  • Bacterial and viral infections
  • Certain blood disorders
  • Certain medications
  • Trauma that can cause a capillary rupture (severe vomiting or coughing)

Where Can I Get Treatment for Petechiae / Red Dots on Skin in Arlington?

Manage your petechiae with the help of a board-certified dermatologist by choosing Dr. Marjan Yousefi for the best treatment in Arlington. Contact us today at 703-255-5070 to schedule an appointment for cosmetic or medical dermatology – or both!

About Us

Marjan Yousefi, M.D. is a board-certified dermatologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. Her practice focuses on adult and pediatric dermatology, dermatologic surgery, and cosmetic procedures to enhance the skin.

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2300 North Pershing Dr., Suite 204, Arlington, VA 22201

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