my bump came about this weekend...between the pointing finger and thumb. It started small and then grew. It doesn't seem to have fluid in it...it is so sore. A couple of days later...today--i see a rash from this bump going up my hand and half of my arm. I noticed that my underarm was very sore this morning on the same side. When I was younger I remember getting these after going to tanning beds...something to do with sweating and stress. i haven't had these for decades, but have had extreme stress with my job the last couple of weeks.I quit putting lotion on my hands...had started using a new one with cocoa butter and oils...the tanning bed oils seemed to have been a contributor to me getting them years ago. I am thinking that drying them out and avoiding moisture and lotions is what helps?
these red bumps are all over my hands this time, usually they are just on a few fingers, near the joint and on the sides, now they are all over, mostly on my fingers and one on the top of my hand and one spot on my palm. they usually don't hurt so bad, but this time, they are very painful, i really wonder what causes this. i'm also getting a lot of electrically shocks, i'm thinking this has to be related to vitamins i'm taking or something i ate recently.
I too have them. I am glad that these are more common than I perhaps thought! Mine are a bit fluid filled and can be itchy and painful at times. Once they go away the skin under them peels! Does anyone else's do this?
It is definitely not Raynauds. I have that too. It's symptoms are totally different
I as well am dealing with this issue. I'm 18 and a college student. I was recently in a car accident , and since then my stress level has gone up. I exercise frequently and diet. Ever since school and the accident happened I overwhelm myself with working out, classes, diet, and other personal issues, such as my chronic back pain. It may be this that's causing these red bumps on my fingers (nuckles/sides of fingers). They tend to swell and it irritates when I rub my fingers through them. I am considering going to a dermatologist to check this out. All in all I do think stress is causing this to occur
no one asked u to be rude! to someone who has no clue what it is they might think its cancerous..and not knowing is scary! dont chastise a person for seeking answers your have no right you'd think having beatin any form of cancer twice you would b more understanding what if a dr. told you to get over it when you asked them what was wrong with u? its nice that you said it was common and not to worry but jeeze don't dumb someone down for asking a question isn't that exactly what this sight is for? i searched it for the same reason and its good to have closure on the topic and to know its not just me..you can't blame someone for asking! no one asked you to answer the question u seemed so annoyed with!
I have these same "bumps" on my fingers and toes as well. They started about 10 or 15 years ago, I can't quite remember. I get them around my PIP and DIP joints mostly, but I also get them pretty much anywhere distal to my MCP in my hands. They appear distally on my toes. I also have Raynaud's Syndrome and have been to both a dermatologist and rheumatologist for both conditions. I had a labs drawn and came back with a positive ANA and slight anemia. My doctor originally came up with the diagnosis of Discoid Lupus. I was given Prednisone, which definitely helped with the symptoms, and a steroids cream that did not. I recently went back to a different doctor (all within the VA system) and was told I might actually have Systemic lupus, SLE. I'm back on another course of Prednisone since my hands became so painful that I couldn't type, grip anything, or carry on with hobbies I enjoy, like rock climbing. The Prednisone really works well as it seems pretty clear this is an autoimmune issue. It seems my Raynaud's and possible Lupus are connected, but I don't seem to be able to get a definitive answer from anyone. Its really frustrating not being able to manage my symptoms, and I don't want to to have to take Prednisone every time it gets bad. I was in the military and I'm a graduate student now, so I'm probably a little on the stressed side without even realizing it, but I've had them appear randomly throughout my life without any apparent connection to temperature, stress, or contact with any particular lotion or anything. I had chicken pox as a kid, don't have herpes or lesions anywhere else besides my fingers and toes (the places where Raynauds affects me), and had a biopsy of one of the bumps that came back inconclusive.
I hope this is somewhat helpful to anyone out there who might want to know where to turn to for help or answers. This has stumped me and my doctors for years and it's really frustrating to just have to deal with it or take pretty serious drugs to manage symptoms without addressing the underlying problem.
I'm 17 and I get small, red bumps on my hands. They started out on my right pointer finger, moved to the same thumb, then to the opposite hand. I noticed one day that I had a few on the tops of my feet. Right now, they are literally all over the top of my hands. Triple Antibiotic ointments (Hydro-cortisone) get rid of the itch. All in all, they don't hurt, just itch like mad. When I scratch them, they seem to get larger and disappear within a few days.
My mother is a doctor, but she won't really take a gander at them.
I think mine are a type of nerve problem and are connected with stress.
I need help.
Hi, I get the same red bumps.
I recently started getting them and first they were itchy but now they feel like splinters when I touch them. I only have them on one knuckle and then on the inside part of my middle finger then one on the tip/side of my pointer finger.
I have no idea what brought them on but its driving me crazy not knowing. I haven't gone to a doctor yet only because people online have already gone and they keep telling them that its something its not. I'm a teenager, and yeah i'm stressed but i'm always stressed and these have never shown up before. Its definitely not allergies because i took allergy medication and it did absolutely nothing for me.
Please help! its making me go insane.
I am a female in my thirties and have been suffering from the same bumps most people describe. Painful but not itchy. They come and go.
I was wondering, are most of the people posting here women? Could it be a side effect of endometriosis?
I know it's a stretch, but happened to be researching endometriosis (think I may have it) and then I saw here that some women also seem to have the bumps during their periods...so I wonder if there's a connection.
I'm breaking out today as I type this. Red, small and painful bumps. Definitely is not a rash. Leaves scars after it has run its course. I get them more so on my right hand and right elbow. Althougth, today I have one popping up on my left thumb pad. I noticed they come on with stress. Had a very stressful Tuesday, nice calm Wednesday, Thursday is starting out stressful and bingo bango red bumps are popping up. I hate to spend the $$$ on a dermatologist. Is there a name for this?
I started getting these about two months ago. The first month i kept thinking i have a splinter in my thumb i couldnt see. It went away, then i realized it came back in a different spot that hey thats something. I usually just have one or two mostly on my right hand, showing them to people they say i dont see nothing. I can feel them and barely see them. About the size of a pin head. Feels like a splinter. After a week they are not as sore and about 2 to 2.5 weeks later its gone, and another will pop up. Have been on my thumb, middle finger, ring finger and just today the one on my middle finger is just about gone and one popped up on my palm. went to the dr about 3 weeks ago. She didnt know. Said since i hace a cat and had cat scratches could be cat scratch fever, she prescribed antibiotic and a antibiotic cream. took the pills, still use the cream. I dont beleive it was that. she said if it didnt clear up see a dermatologist. hard to pay that much on a bump i cant see. I also clean houses she said could be chemicals. Started wearing gloves... still getting them. i will say, i believe when i first started getting them i was really upset with my job. Tues someone up set me as well...had a new one today.. The cream she prescribed makes them go away after i put it on there, im feeling all around for it, but by days end its back and sore. Ive read moisturize im going to try that to.
Try zinc tablets. I found out mine was a zinc defiency. When I started taking them it went away. I had had them on and off for as long as I can remember, when I started taking them they went away. I noticed also when I was stressed out they would pop up, not anymore. It us worth a try for you. I called them nerve bumps!
I thought I had this figured out. Red small bumps. Don't itch but pain when touched like a splinter. Started out on the sides of my fingers on 1 hand now on both hands on all sides of my fingers. I get a few new ones a day. I thought, hey I am stressed and my gut is wiped out from antibiotics there are plenty of reasons they might have formed.
Then I showed them to my wife and she showed me her hands and she had them too. Apparently she has had the problem before I developed it. I believe you all that it is non-contagious, but there must be some common source that is causing it. Maybe over hand-washing with the antibacterial soap or some chemical we are using in the house to clean or maybe even a low humidity domicile which causes dry skin. I wonder what the odds are of us both be genetically predisposed to such a condition?
awesome i suffer from the same symptons, Im wondering from wheat and dairy products like candia perhaps. Anyways its driving me crazy!
I had small red dots on my hand that didn't itch, but instead hurt as though there was a splinter in my skin. At first it was just bothersome, but then I got several all over my hand and palms, and a few on my feet. At that point, the pain was fairly unbearable. Even washing my hands hurt like I was scraping glass over them.
I found out through my doctor that its Hand Foot Mouth disease. You can look it up on webMD. http://children.webmd.com/hand-foot-and-mouth-disease-directory
Please don't confuse this with foot and mouth disease that's associated with animals.
Both my wife and I got this, we think from our son who came back from Daycare with a few mouth sores. We also got what looked like canker sores in our mouth. But we had like 5-6 in our mouths. Just as WebMD describes, the symptoms went away like just under a week. We have some fatigue and fever but nothing too bad. If you tend to get this often, then you're probably surrounded by children 10 years and younger. Just remember to wash you hands frequentyl and look out for kids and adults that have hand and mouth sores. :)
I too have this same issue - tiny red bumps that are painless unless you put pressure on them then they feel like splinters. I usually only get one at a time (I have one now), and they are usually years apart. I have to second zoe's sentiment that it is linked to sugar intake. I have been on an antibiotic that has a bad interaction with alcohol, so I haven't been able to have my nightly beer, which means I've had an ice cream sandwich instead. So it has been a week of higher than normal sugar intake, and there it is.
I have the same problem :(. I'm a 23 yr old female. I get small clear bumps on the top of one finger on my left hand. They turn red when I was my hands in hot water and sometimes itches slightly. Sometimes it hurts even if I brush my hand over it. It will be gone for a few weeks and come back. I've had it for almost 6 months on and off. I thought it was an infection. Found this site looking for an answer. If I find one, ill post back here.
I have been getting these for a few years now also, but weird thing is only in the winter and when I lived up North when the weather was -20, to -40 in the winters I never had this, now im in the city where in the winter its only ever as cold as -20 and I get them...... When I first noticed I had just changed jobs and thought maybe chemical but now after paying attention to when I do get them, I think it might have something to do with metal or magnetics, not sure why but that seems to trigger it for me.
Folks I have had these occasionally also.The painful ones usually have some infection and what i have used is wart remover--sacylic acid and a combination of castor oil.Castor oil will reduce and eventually eliminate the hard ones.The wart remover will slowly super dry your skin out and eventually you will have a thin layer of skin and you can pop it open.I do not have gout but the one or 2 painful bumps I have had have been filled with a white substance which looks like Tophi.I hate these things also and if you do not like pain--like getting them aspirated--do it yourself.The wart remover I use is for plantar warts on the feet and it has cured the 2 painful bumps i have had.I work in the medical field and am not claiming to be a doctor, but these 2 treatments work.Castor oil and plantar wart remover.
It sounds like a stress related. See when the body is stressed it releases a Chemical called cortisone. Possibly each of your bodies responde so negitivly to this that your body seems to "target" the areas of your body that are most used and these "sores" are in a way acting like white blood cells to infection. Possibly the sores are simply your body trying to get the stress aka "cortisone" to stop.
It sounds like a stress related. See when the body is stressed it releases a Chemical called cortisone. Possibly each of your bodies responde so negitivly to this that your body seems to "target" the areas of your body that are most used and these "sores" are in a way acting like white blood cells to infection. Possibly the sores are simply your body trying to get the stress aka "cortisone" to stop
I have little bumps on the tips of my fingers they come and go mainly show In the spring and summer my nana gets them as well I wake up with them in the mornings and they itch but hurt by touch! They tend to last only a few days till more pop up! Iv had them all my life and don't know what they are.....
I'm adding my two cents to this list, in case it may help some people. I may or may not have Exfoliative Keratolysis (see related discussion list on this site), but I also get red lumps like those described here.
I'm surprised no one has suggested Pompholyx, which is my self-diagnosis - I get a stinging/burning feeling, and the lumps are tender if I knock them. I usually get them on the sides of my hands. This website is helpful: http://dermnetnz.org/dermatitis/pompholyx.html. The photos are a little browner than my red lumps, but the top photo of the hands is a dead-ringer for what I get (fortunately I don't get as many as this poor person). Some may find this helps them get a diagnosis, anyway.
I have the exact same problem they don't really bother me I'm just curious to find out what causes them I have noticed the last couple of times they appeared I was stressed or sick with a cold
I as well have these annoying red bumps on just one of my fingers.. They come and go periodically on the same finger! i also used cortizone cream and it works for a bit, but they do end up coming back?/Help any1
Hi, my name is Emma and I am from Enfield in London and I have found all of these posts really helpful and reassuring. I have been getting these little red bumps for years now, since my teen years and now I am 31. Exactly what everyone says, small reddish bumps at the sides of my top knuckle on my fingers, nothing in them just red bumps and they arrive stay a few weeks and new skin forms and they dry up and go away, they are tender to press like when holding a pen to write so the pressure hurts a little. When they first appeared I was working in clothing retail in my first job and my colleagues said they are an allergy to nickel as we we hold a lot of hangers. But I work in an office now and don't believe I touch a lot of nickel or even metal items. Anyway I have them at the moment and they are quite bad this time and have appeared on my right hand middle. finger at the side and on my pad plus my left hand middle and third finger are getting them but on my top creases of the knuckles which is unusual and first time its happened. I am going to my GP this week so will update this post with any news. Emma
I also have had this off and on. I get them on the sides of my fingers and sometimes on the insides of my hands in the joints which is pretty painful. I also sometimes get them on the pads of my toes. It's a form of eczema called pompholyx. I don't know if there's a cure, but using a combination of Benedryl cream and an anti fungal and making sure my feet are completely dry before putting on socks usually helps clear things up quicker than waiting it out.
Not saying this applies to everyone but have you thought of being tested for Lupus?
That happen too me and it was crazy I had to go to the doctor to see what was happening to me and that was it lol
I get these painful red bumps on my fingers during times of stress... Have since I was a kid. I also realized they flare up after cleaning with household products if I don't wear gloves. They are very painful and reddened when they first arise, then become less painful and less reddened with time. I saw a dermatologist for this when I was a kid and diagnosed, but my mom cannot remember what it was called. From my research as an adult it appears to be dyshidrosis or dyshidrotic eczema. Cortisone cream helps them go away faster. I'm making an appointment with my dermatologist to verify diagnosis. They'll probably be gone by the time I get in to see her. Also like many others with this problem, I work in healthcare and wash my hands constantly. Research says to keep hands well moisturized. Hope this helps some of you suffering from this skin condition.
Thanks AnMarirn, I've same condition. it flares during winter mostly for me. Please let me know your dermatologist's diagnosis and recommendations. I visited my dermatologist several times and even got biopsy done but it was inconclusive.
Ulcers in mouth may be autoimmune, take her to rhuematologist...sore throat may actually be ulcers in throat. I get these bumps on hands and worse symptoms due to stress or foreign chemicals. Good luck!
I don't have time to read every comment but I posted here in 2012 that I had the same problem and if I every learned anything I would repost. I had the same thing you described and it would go away for months and come back. I had never been to a doctor until my hands got too hot from being near the stove while cooking and the bumps swelled up, then I scraped one finger on something and I think it infected it (very red, tender, itchy, oozing) the doctor gave me a steroid cream and said it was contact dermatitis. He said if I go to a dermatologist they can take some of it from my finger and tell me what is causing it so I can avoid it. I have not gone to a dermatologist and my hands have like a red mild scar from where I used the cream to make the bumps go away.
This is EXACTLY what I have. It starts with red, sore bumps on my fingers (mostly index finger) and then after a few days they turn brown (like blood blisters) and slowly fade away. They are getting worse with time and the last episode has left my index finger looking like I have tiny stab wounds that are healing. At first I thought it was from glue I use when doing art projects, but I have stopped using the glues, paints and anything else I could think of. Maybe stress, but I'm not sure.
My daughter had the same thing, red, itchy painful bumps on her fingers and toes. Yesterday, we soaked both hands and feet for forty minutes in water (as hot as she could stand-about 2 quarts) and about 1/4 cup of "Batherapy Natural Mineral Bath" that I found in the closet. It was purchased at Sally Beauty Supply, one pound plastic bottle for $5.49, but I don't know when. It could have been in the closed for years. As soon as her feet were in the water, the itching stopped, and now 24 hrs later, has not returned. The pain stopped last night while she was sleeping and has not returned as yet. When she took her feet and hands out of the water yesterday, the bumps really showed up individually. Today hands and feet are better and seem to be healing. She has had the bumps before at stressful times and they have eventually gone away, but this time they were severe and she could not bend her fingers. This morning she can bend fingers and toes and says they feel like they are healing. They look a lot better, have gone down and smoothed out and have a slight purplish tinge. I wanted to write as soon as I saw the results just in case this could help any of you.
I have a similar thing to what is being described- itchy red spots on skin of the backside of my fingers between the first and second joints of the middle 3 fingers (index, middle and wedding finger (as they call it)). Those fingers are also a little swollen and firm and sore to the touch. For me it has definitely been caused by the cold and is chilblains. The heating and hot water in my house keeps going off and so at times I've been rinsing my dishes in freezing cold water with no rubber gloves. This has primarily affected my right hand I believe because it is the one that stays under the cold running tap the longest while I try and get all the soap off. It could also because connected to it being furthest from my heart. I've had chilblains on my feet before and it feels very similar and affects the same areas on my toes.
To those that have posted about the red, itchy bumps (looks like little blisters) on fingers and hands especially after using cleaning products or washing hands frequently. My hands broke out like this when I was working and had my hands wet frequently & after having baby. My fingers would itch so badly, I slept with socks on my hands to prevent scratching. If I scratched, they would become worse. Dermatologist called it Contact Dermititis, and said cleaning & washing so much I had stripped the acid mantle that protects skin. He gave me some sample cream to dry up blisters but also said to use AQUA CARE LOTION WITH 10% UREA. It cleared it up within a month. Now whenever hands start getting itchy, red, chapped, I just use this lotion a few times & it fixes problem. TRULY AMAZING STUFF! Try it. It's sold over counter. It may help.
I have these and I also have RA. I have tied them in the past to eating grapefruit. I gave up grapefruit and haven't had them for years. I just developed some; always on my right hand. I have not had grapefruit but wonder if it could be related to ph balance.
I also have had these in the past and tied them to eating grapefruit. I stopped and haven't had any for years. Suddenly I have them again; but haven't had grapefruit. I wonder if they are tied to ph balance.
That seems to be exactly what I have experienced all my life. Nobody seems to be able to explain it. It's the same thing as everyone else is describing. This is pretty wild.
That seems to be exactly what I have experienced all my life. Nobody seems to be able to explain it. It's the same thing as everyone else is describing. This is pretty wild.
Hi, I feel I have the same thing as you do. I've been getting small red dots on the joint of my finger and when I touch it, it's slightly sore. They come and go and I haven't had them for a while and I just got them back yesterday. I've asked about it but no one has an answer. I'm pretty sure it isn't contagious but just in case I avoid contact as much as possible whenever I have them.
Hi, I have found over the years that these red bumps that we all seem to have and no dr seems to have an answer for are not contagious and I'm basing that off the fact that no one in my family or long time friends have ever gotten or had it. Over the last few years I have been trying to keep track of I get them, how long I have them and if it's just one or two or alot more. In doing so I've noticed that I have them more when it starts to get warm out and the hotter it is the more I get. Say I get maybe one or two every few weeks when it's cool out then around summer months those one or two turn in to 5 or 6 sometimes more. Very painful especially around your knuckles. Hopefully we will have the answers we are looking for soon.
I have recently started getting these on my fingers & toes, exactly how you have described. I believe it is from excess sugar in my diet. I've found when I eliminate sugar the soreness dissipates and they will go away within 5 days. As soon as I have sugar again they swell and are slightly painful and irritating like a blister, after 6-8 hrs once sugar has been eliminated they ease back again. Not contagious, just a sign somethings changed in your metabolism to sugar, wheat also converts to blood sugars so can flare them up as well I've found. Small amounts of sugar may not cause it to flare but prolonged and large amounts of sugar definitely do.
Im 15 and ive noticed it only in the summer for the past 5-7 years. Since it's only when it's hot my mum thinks it's heat rash, it always goes away after a month or two but i just keep it cool and try to reduce the spots
Hi I've found putting Vaseline on the spots or areas prone to it, stops it being itchy and sore. Thought any remedy would help because they're awful
I have had these same bumps for my entire adult life. I find I most often get them before my periodand they dissopant soon after it starts, so mine seem to be linked to hormonal flares. I'm currently pregnant with my first child and have been getting them intermittently throughout my pregnancy. Interesting to say the least. They seem harmless enough.
Have you ever been tested for overactive thyroid? These small red bumps could be a result of low immune system, and appear when there is extra stress in your life. Google Graves disease and read about for interest. Also could go along with a gluten intolerance . All treatable but definitely go hand in hand.