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5 Possible Reasons Why You Have Itchy Red Bumps On Your Body

This might be why you can't stop scratching.
PHOTO: Michael Wirth

1. Eczema
Eczema is a pretty broad term but it covers anything from contact dermatitis to skin inflammations. It can also appear anywhere on the body, which suuucks, but usually it’s around the nape, elbows, and knees.


2. Keratosis pilaris
This one’s a form of eczema. According to Self, "it causes skin cells to cluster around hair follicles, trapping the hair underneath and causing a raised bump." Unlike eczema, KP shows up around the backs of your arms and thighs instead.

3. Allergic reactions to your personal products
The next time you find an itchy red patch on your body, try to figure out if it was caused by your skin or hair care products. Some people also have bad reactions to their laundry detergent. This kind of allergic reaction is usually fast, so if you’re trying a new product, it’ll be easier to determine if that’s the cause. In rarer instances, people can also be allergic to perfume. If you get headache right after walking past the perfume section, that’s a good indication that you’re sensitive to fragrances.

4. Heat rashes
This one hits us hard because it mostly happens in hot and humid weather. Heat rashes form when sweat gets trapped beneath clogged pores aka your worst nightmare. Though they do manifest as red bumps, they can also appear as blisters.

5. Sun allergy
Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it does. The sun can poison you. This usually happens when you haven’t been out for a long time and your body’s suddenly exposed to the sun. YIKES!

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