Even if non-itchy red bumps on the body are not painful or itchy, it is best to consult a doctor. The unappealing appearance of these bumps on the skin can make anyone self-conscious and there might be a possibility that these bumps can spread to other parts of the body or to others. Even though the non-itchy red bumps do not specify any form of serious health condition, particularly if there is no fever or other serious symptoms, it is essential to consult a doctor as soon possible in order to identify and properly manage them.
What are the types?
Since most insect bites and various forms of irritation such as heat rash trigger itchiness together with red bumps, the most probable causes of non-itchy red bumps in adults is folliculitis which is an infection of the hair follicle and eczema which is an allergic condition that can make the skin dry and prone to irritation.
Both of these conditions can become itchy and sore if not properly treated. Sebaceous cysts are small-sized, closed cysts beneath the skin that can also cause small, red bumps on the skin. Take note that these cysts can originate in the hair follicles and can appear on the neck, face and trunk.
Aside from visually assessing the non-itchy red bumps, the doctor will obtain the complete medical history of the individual. Questions will be asked regarding the bumps such as when they initially appeared and if they spread all over the body.
The doctor can identify the exact cause of the bumps, but in some cases, further testing might be needed. Laboratory tests can reveal whether bacteria or fungus are present if folliculitis is suspected. In some cases, patch testing can be used to identify the allergens that are causing the eczema.
Even though the condition rarely affects adults, children can end up with viral rashes that manifest as non-itchy red bumps. Always bear in mind that these types of rashes often occur along with fever and does not have any specific appearance or pattern. These types of rashes usually start on the trunk and later on spread to the legs and arms.
The friction from using constricted clothing or irritation from waxing or shaving can cause folliculitis. The best way to prevent further damage to the hair follicles is to wear loose clothing while waiting for the infection to clear up.
It is also recommended to avoid waxing or shaving the area while the bumps are present. Always keep the area clean and dry as well as avoid using any contaminated washcloths or towels.
Even though the individual might simply ignore the non-itchy red bumps on the body if they develop in hidden areas and will not cause any discomfort, it is not advisable to ignore these bumps. A doctor should be consulted if there are new growths on the body so that proper assessment can be carried out for the possibility for skin cancers.