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What causes red spots on the skin?

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Red spots on the skin may be a result of allergic reactions, inflammatory processes, infections and certain diseases. Red spots on the skin are often harmless and may fade away without treatment, but in case of persistence, paying a visit to a dermatologist may be prudent.

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What causes red spots on the skin?
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One of the most common skin conditions that causes red spots is acne. It affects more than 85 percent of Americans at some point of their life, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

Psoriasis is another skin condition that may cause red spots to appear on the surface. It is not contagious but may cause irritation. A person with this condition will also notice development of thick skin with red flaky patches.

Shingles occurs when the dormant chickenpox is reactivated. This condition may persist for a period of between 2 weeks and 1 month. A person with the condition can fully recover when treated correctly.

Allergies of any kind may result into development of red spots on the skin. The best way to manage red spots caused by allergy is to avoid the substance causing the reaction.

Warts caused by the human papilloma virus may also cause red spots on the skin surface. A person affected by red spots should drink plenty of water, eat a balanced diet, keep the skin clean and pay a visit to a doctor for specialized treatment.

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