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HomeAnswersDermatologysuperficial folliculitisWhy do I have small red bumps on my upper thighs?

Do small red bumps with no itching and pain on the skin suggest superficial bacterial folliculitis?

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Dr. K. Shobana

Published At May 16, 2022
Reviewed AtSeptember 12, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have small red bumps on my upper thighs. I am not sure whether I should go to a dermatologist or if this is normal? Kindly guide me.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern. It seems like superficial bacterial folliculitis-like lesions. As there is not much itching or pain in the lesions, you can use topical antibiotics available OTC (over-the-counter) like ointment Bacitracin twice a day for a week and see the response. If it has severe itching, we can think about other conditions like scabies or papular urticaria. If not, use the bacitracin ointment for a week, and hopefully, it will get cleared. Take care. I hope this helps. Do revert back in case of further questions.

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Thank you for the response. There is no itching or sensitivity in the area. Does Clindamycin work for this type of infection? Kindly let me know.


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Yes, capsule Clindamycin should work as well, as it is effective against staphylococcus, the bacteria responsible for superficial bacterial folliculitis. Take care. Thank you.

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