Q. I am having itchy acne spots for a week. Can you help me out with this problem?

Answered by
Dr. Shama Naaz
and medically reviewed by Dr. Chithranjali Ravichandran
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 21, 2021

Hi doctor,

I started having itchy acne spots for a week in clusters with slightly raised and red skin. I am not sure if this is folliculitis or an acne condition. I had folliculitis a few times, and I was prescribed Flucloxacillin. And now I am prescribed three months of Doxycycline. I have attached the photos. So can you help me out with my problem?



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Sudden onset of red raised bumps with itching may be associated with allergy. Did you have any fever or sore throat before the onset of the lesions? Do these bumps discharge a watery substance on scratching?

Hi doctor,

No, I do not have any fever or sore throat, and it is just very itchy. And a week ago, I had only one or two bumps, and now getting more and more. I used E45 cream, but it did not help.



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You should do the following to relieve the symptoms-

1. You should apply Calamine lotion twice daily over the bumps and surrounding areas for two days.

2. Use a gentle cleanser to clean the area.

3. Wipe with a soft towel. Avoid rubbing this area.

4. Do not use any jewelry (sometimes there is an allergy to metals).

5. Look for the signs of pus build-up, e.g., if the red bumps start to turn yellow or it discharges any fluid.

6. Wash your hands while touching the area (to avoid secondary bacterial infections).

7. Follow-up after two days.

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