Are the red bumps on your arms Keratosis Pilaris?
So you have consistent red bumps that show up on your arms, are you concerned they may be the skin condition Keratosis Pilaris? First things first if you read about the skin condition Keratosis Pilaris you will know it’s harmless. Depending on your symptoms, most sufferers experience rough, slightly raised red bumps over the skin.
It usually shows near the upper arms, and it can also be seen on other parts of the body as well. Does any of those symptoms sound remotely familiar? Another thing to check for is your age. Keratosis Pilaris generally affects many teenagers and young adults. If you are within those age ranges and if you want to know if the red bumps on your upper arms are Keratosis Pilaris, then read on.
Do you know if your parents have had or suffer from Keratosis Pilaris? KP for short, is a hereditary condition. If your mom and dad have had it, there is a strong possibility you may have it as well. You see, it tends to run in families and unfortunately if one of your parents has or had it, you have a one in two chance of developing the condition. This may be hard to do, but think back to your childhood or ask a parent to recall if you had any red bumps on your arms.
It normally makes its first appearance during those early childhood years. It tends to get worse as you begin to enter puberty. However, puberty is not an eliminating factor. If you are no longer a teenager, but still suffering from red bumps on your upper arms, it’s more than likely to be Keratosis Pilaris.
Are you a female? KP is common amongst females, rather than males. Do you currently suffer from dry skin conditions, such as eczema or ichthyosis? If so, you are most likely to suffer from Keratosis Pilaris as well.
Are you of Celtic descent? Studies have shown that individuals of Celtic descent are more susceptible to the conditions. So let’s sum up all of the characteristics. Bear in mind, I am only speaking in generalities and not absolutes. If you are a teenage female of Celtic descent who has a parent who also had the condition, your red bumps are more than likely a product of Keratosis Pilaris.
This also bears mentioning, the condition may also present itself on other areas of your body. The common area for Keratosis Pilaris just happens to be on the upper arms. It has also been found on the buttocks, and the front ends of thighs. There are cases where sufferers can experience a rash on their forearms and upper back. In some extreme instances there have been reports of KP forming on the eyebrow, face and scalp.
So far there have been an identification on three types of Keratosis Pilaris. There is Keratosis Pilaris Rubra which shows itself as red inflamed bumps. There is Keratosis Pilaris – Alba which manifest itself as rough bumpy skin, with no inflammation. And finally there is Keratosis Pilaris Rubra Faceii, which forms as a reddish rash on the cheeks.
If you suspect that you have Keratosis Pilaris, or just want to see what your red bumps mean, set an appointment with a physician for advice and diagnosis.