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What are small bumps on the cheeks?

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A variety of skin conditions can cause small bumps to develop on the cheeks, according to FamilyDoctor.org from the American Academy of Family Physicians. Details about the appearance, color and location of the rash assist in diagnosing its cause.

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What are small bumps on the cheeks?
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If small pimples, blackheads or sore red bumps appear on the face, often beginning in adolescence, the cause may be acne. Acne sufferers should regularly wash with a gentle cleanser. Over-the-counter medications such as benzoyl peroxide often improve mild or moderate acne. A painful red bump or cluster of painful red bumps could be caused by boils. A boil is the result of an infection underneath the surface of the skin. A small, boil-like bump around a hair shaft or pore could be caused by folliculitis, which results from an infection of a hair follicle, notes FamilyDoctor.org.

If the bumps appear suddenly, they could be hives. Hives occur as a result of an allergic reaction, infection or a serious bout of nerves. If hives appear after taking medicine or exposure to an allergen, contact a doctor. If the skin bumps are accompanied by difficulty breathing or swelling lips, seek immediate medical attention recommends FamilyDoctor.org. Many other conditions also cause bumps on the cheeks. If the symptoms are troubling or do not go away, contact a doctor.

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