I have a small red patch on my left forearm and two small red dots on my back. What could they be?

Q. What could be the cause of small red dots and patches on the skin?

Answered by
Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 18, 2023

Hello doctor,

I have noticed a small red patch on top of my left forearm and two small red dots on my back. A doctor looked at the forearm last week and pressed it. She said the forearm is not cancer because it lost the color when pressed. Would you mind giving me an opinion on the three spots?



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and can understand your concern.

Skin cancer occurs in areas exposed to sunlight. If detected early, it can be treated quickly with less scarring.

1. Signs and symptoms are a non-healing sore that starts as a patch or rash, a growth that crusts over, a change in shape or size of existing marks, formation of rough, scaly areas, lesions that are tender or itchy, red bumps that are shiny and pearly, and a raised area with a central lump.

2. The causes are long-term sun exposure, severe sunburn, repeated exposure to radiation, unusual scars on the skin, weakened immune system, frequent exposure to certain chemicals, and use of tanning beds.

3. Risk factors are fair-skin, exposure to UV (ultraviolet) rays, certain skin conditions, family history of skin cancer, elderly, and many moles or dysplastic nevi on the body.

I would suggest you do the following.

1. Avoid the mid-day sun.

2. Use sunscreen lotion, even on cloudy days.

3. Wear protective clothing that covers your arms and legs.

4. Avoid tanning.

5. Do a self-examination of the skin to look for changes and detect them early.

6. Do a skin biopsy (a sample tissue is removed from the site and sent to a laboratory for examination under a microscope) to confirm whether it is a suspicious looking sore on the skin.

Hope this helps.

Thank you and take care.

Hello doctor,

Thank you for your reply.

To confirm, are you saying that all three spots look suspicious?



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

I read your query and can understand your concern.

The shiny, rough, scaly rash or sore is suspicious looking.

I would suggest the following medications and products.

1. Apply Fucibet (fusidic acid and betamethasone) cream twice daily for seven days.

2. Apply Photostable sunscreen daily from 9 am to 3 pm for two months.

3. Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going outdoors. And avoid direct sunlight.

4. Use Cetrimide soap for one month.

5. Moisturize skin immediately after bath with moisturizing lotion for two months.

6. Take tablet Antoxid HC (antioxidant) once daily after breakfast for one month.

However, please consult a physician, discuss with them and start taking the medications with their consent.

Hope this helps.

Thank you and take care.

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