Itchy Bumps on Skin Like Mosquito Bites – Causes, Treatment, Prevention

Itchy Bumps on Skin Like Mosquito Bites – Causes, Treatment, Prevention

Itchy Bumps on Skin Like Mosquito Bites Mean

Itchy bumps on skin like mosquito bites are very common and in most cases are harmless. Skin bumps usually vary in appearance as they depend on the cause. They may be itchy, small, hard, soft, large, and some movable. They can result due to a number of conditions such as infections, skin disorders, allergic infection, skin cancer, insect bites, and much more.

In most cases, an itchy bump on the skin like mosquito bites is associated with hives. Hives usually appear raised, reddish, smooth, oval-shaped, circular, or ring-shaped skin bumps. Since there are many causes of an itchy rash some which could be dangerous while others might be minor complications. It’s important to always consult your doctor in order to get the necessary diagnosis and treatment.

Itchy Bumps on Skin Like Mosquito Bites Causes

Mosquito like skin rashes may be caused by a number of factors especially insects. In most cases, if you scratch that skin bump, a little amount of light fluid may appear. Later, it will fade resulting to a dark spot which fades completely with time. Below are some of the common causes of a mosquito like a rash.

  1. Acne – It’s one of the most common causes of skin bumps, especially in teenagers. They form when skin pores get blocked due to an accumulation of dirt, sweat, oil, and dead skin cells. Bacteria that are trapped in the pores may lead to infections thus filling the blocked pores with pus and causing them to appear swollen, red, and painful. They commonly form on the face, neck, back, shoulders, and groin among other body areas. Also, they may appear like a rash that looks like mosquito bites all over the body. Acne is not always serious and can be treated with simple home remedies.
  2. Eczema – It’s a skin condition that causes itchy red skin that looks scaly and rough. In most cases, it’s associated with dermatitis which is a type of skin inflammation. It’s more common in cheeks of young children and babies, in adults it forms behind the knees. Eczema can be diagnosed and treated at home. Eczema can be triggered by hormones and stress.
  3. Insect Bites – They are the most common causes of an itchy bumpy skin. Insects such as mosquitos, bees, ants, bedbugs, mites, ticks, spiders, and fleas are the most known causes of skin bumps. Some may appear few while others appear as numerous tiny itchy skin bumps like mosquito bites. It’s important to prevent insect-related bites by using bug repellant, wearing long sleeves, sturdy shoes, and long pants. Also, treat your pets with tick and flea medication.
  4. Heat Rash – It causes itchy and red bumps that feel tingle and prickly. Commonly they form around the neck and areas where people sweat a lot. They appear in different forms, sometimes as red other times as a tiny clear blister. It’s common in hot weather and goes away on its own when the skin cools down.
  5. Infections – Various infections can cause skin bumps on the skin. Mostly they are caused by bacteria in the skin. To treat this condition, you require the respective bacteria medication in order to effectively eliminate the skin bumps.
  6. Allergic Reaction – Certain foods and medication can cause an allergic reaction that can break out to form a rash that looks like mosquito bites all over the body or in some areas. It’s important to check with a doctor in case of skin rashes related to allergic reactions since some of them can be really dangerous.
  7. Sun Allergy – Exposure to extreme sunlight can lead to the formation of skin rash, commonly referred to as sun poisoning. Mainly, red itchy skin bumps form on the forearms. This condition can be prevented by using sunscreens.
  8. Tight Clothing – Wearing tight clothes can rub your skin resulting in an itchy contact dermatitis which can be extremely irritating. In most cases, it happens during workouts. Therefore, it’s important to choose friendly clothing for your workout wear.

Also, random itchy bumps on skin like mosquito bites can be caused by factors such as inhalation, ingestion, and certain medication.

Itchy Bumps on Skin like Mosquito Bites Treatment

Most skin bumps are harmless and don’t require serious treatments. Commonly, simple home remedies can are used to treat skin rash conditions. However, especially if you are not sure about what’s causing your condition, it’s important to talk with your doctor to understand your overall condition without endangering your health.

Avoid scratching the skin bumps is not recommended as it can lead to an extended infection. Your doctor will diagnose your condition and prescribe the necessary oral antihistamines and topical creams that can help control itching.

Other conditions like eczema can be controlled by avoiding commercial chemicals and skin products and clothes that trigger skin irritation. Also, it’s important to keep your skin hydrated. Serious cases of eczema should be diagnosed and treated by a dermatologist. He can give the effective phototherapy or steroid creams that can help reduce the skin rash.

Where insect bites are concerned, skin rash can be treated with the respective first aid. Ice cubes, for instance, can help relieve itching and pain. Also, certain over-the-counter medications can help manage these skin conditions. However, some insects are dangerous and can cause severe skin and overall body complications.

For instance, some spiders are poisonous and if not treated quickly, they can cause serious effects such as death. If you suspect serious rash after an insect bite, seek medical care right away for diagnosis and treatment.

You can also consider using the following home remedies to control and manage itchy bumps on skin like mosquito bites on the face. They include

  • Mint – This home remedy is known for its calming effects on the skin. Studies suggest that it contains an anti-inflammatory compound known as Menthol. That is responsible for treating skin inflammation from the red and itchy skin. Put dry mint leaves in hot water and let the solution to cool for some time. Then apply on the affected area.
  • Thyme – It contains thymol which is an analgesic and anesthetic natural ingredient that can help reduce skin inflammation and also numbs the creepy crawling feeling of a skin rash. Put dried thyme leaves in hot water, wait for the solution to cool down and then apply to the affected area using a damp cloth.
  • Oatmeal – Oatmeal is one of the most common natural home remedies that are used in the production of body washes and skin creams for sensitive skin. It provides a smooth and calm effect on the affected irritated skin.
  • Glycerin – It is an affordable and effective skin reliever for a wide number of skin complications. Glycerin contains Humectants which aid in creating a cooling and moisturizing effect on an irritated skin.

It’s however recommended that you identify the cause of the red and itchy bumps all over your body prior to choosing a certain treatment.

Prevention

It’s always best to avoid a problem rather than solving one. After determining what is causing the random itchy bumps on the body you can always avoid repetitive conditions. This is possible especially if the rash is caused by conditions that can be avoided such as an allergic reaction and insect’s bites. Once you discover the cause of your skin condition, try as much as possible to keep away from them as much as possible.

Look out for itchy bumps on skin like mosquito bites, how long the bump has been present, how it’s spreading, whether or not it’s itchy, how big or small it is, how many marks you have and much more.

Medically Reviewed By
Dr. Kaushal M. Bhavsar (MBBS, MD)Assistant Professor in Pulmonary Medicine, GMERS Medical College, Ahmedabad