Some kind of small red bumps on my ar...

Some kind of small red bumps on my arms from my gym

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Jim

Chapel Hill, NC

#1 May 4, 2006
I have been having some trouble over the past couple of months with some small red "zit-like" bumps on my arms, and have been unable to pinpoint the source. I lift weights 5 days a week at a local gym, which I believe leaves something to be desired in the cleanliness department. I lift weights in the morning and then come home immediately and shower with dial soap. Despite my rigorous scrubbing these bumps still appear two or three at a time on my arms. They usually only appear from the elbows down, on the tops of my arms. Sometimes they will swell up and last for a week, other times they will disappear in a day or two. Often times if I scratch them or irritate them at all they increase in size and won't go away. If left alone for the most part it seems like they fade faster.

I was thinking that my skin contact with the vinyl pads on the machines at the gym were where I was picking this stuff up from. I got the bumps REALLY bad on my the backs of my arms for a while, and I thought it was from the preacher curl machine. I have since tried wearing a t-shirt, with a long sleeved t-shirt over the top of it so that my skin isn't directly touching the gym equipment. However, I still get the bumps on my arms, and it seems as though my efforts to stop it with the extra shirt have done nothing. I have tried using many creams and ointments to get rid of this stuff and I am at a loss of what to do. I have tried putting lamisil AT on it, and that stuff seems to make it even worse. Whenever I use Lamisil on it, the problem seems to spread. Neosporin has been the most effective, but still leaves much to be desired.

I have also tossed around the idea of these being ingrown hairs, and all my poking and prodding is just complicating the problem. I found this to be highly unlikely however, because I took a week's hiatus from the gym and the spots disappeared completely. I have determined that the problem must be coming from either the gym, or the shirts I am wearing. I thought maybe there was a fungus in the long sleeve shirts I am wearing, so I bleached them. It didn't seem to do much good though. On rare occasion I will get a spot or two on my legs, since I wear shorts. But for the most part this problem has affected only the top part of my forearms, and the backs of my arms.

Do I need to wash my arms earlier before I drive home from the gym? Should I try a different soap brand?

I have attached a link to two pictures below. Hopefully this will be of some help.

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j135/Glazed...

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j135/Glazed...
Jim

United States

#2 May 15, 2006
Anyone??
asdf

Waterloo, Canada

#3 May 23, 2006
I have this same thing i beleive...I;ve been searching forever. If anybody has answers to this it would be greatly apreciated
Paul

United States

#4 Jun 9, 2006
i have the same thing and dont know what it is
Eric

United States

#5 Jun 15, 2006
I have the same thing. I think I'll try the Neosporin. Thanks!
Reggie

New Baltimore, MI

#6 Jun 30, 2006
Wow the same exact thing happened to me... I first started getting the bumps when i first started working out vigorously... and the parts where i know i worked the hardest seem to be the areas where little bumps would appear. The bumps looked like a combination of poison ivy and pimples... Don't know what it is...
a girl in need

Canada

#7 Jul 9, 2006
im only 11 AND A HALF YEARS OLD and i already have weird bumps on my arm. on the top and bottom. the ones on the bottom of my arm are white and hardly noticable but the top is all bumpy!!!!!!!!!! i tried lotions and other treatments but they never worked. i try to drink more water cuz my mom said that might work, and i think it works a bit. drink 8 glassed of water a day and that might help. i hate it and i wish they would just go away, and i get embarrased to wear short sleave shirts to school. if anyone have any ideas to get rid of them please let me know.
hi hi hi hi hi

Thailand

#8 Jul 12, 2006
i dont got any except on my right knee, well they are TINY bumps all on the knee, at first like 11 monthes ago, there was only like 10 bumps now since i itched they sort of multiply, now i got like 100 on my knee, i have stopped itching, i use special lotion that my dad gives me which makes them less bumpier, i when to the doctor and she froze it with liquid nitro or sumthing, they she burnt it of with this electrical thing, then it was gone..., then few days l8r i'm back where i'm started
cheryl - nurse

Boynton Beach, FL

#9 Jul 16, 2006
Jim wrote:
I have been having some trouble over the past couple of months with some small red "zit-like" bumps on my arms, and have been unable to pinpoint the source. I lift weights 5 days a week at a local gym, which I believe leaves something to be desired in the cleanliness department. I lift weights in the morning and then come home immediately and shower with dial soap. Despite my rigorous scrubbing these bumps still appear two or three at a time on my arms. They usually only appear from the elbows down, on the tops of my arms. Sometimes they will swell up and last for a week, other times they will disappear in a day or two. Often times if I scratch them or irritate them at all they increase in size and won't go away. If left alone for the most part it seems like they fade faster.
I was thinking that my skin contact with the vinyl pads on the machines at the gym were where I was picking this stuff up from. I got the bumps REALLY bad on my the backs of my arms for a while, and I thought it was from the preacher curl machine. I have since tried wearing a t-shirt, with a long sleeved t-shirt over the top of it so that my skin isn't directly touching the gym equipment. However, I still get the bumps on my arms, and it seems as though my efforts to stop it with the extra shirt have done nothing. I have tried using many creams and ointments to get rid of this stuff and I am at a loss of what to do. I have tried putting lamisil AT on it, and that stuff seems to make it even worse. Whenever I use Lamisil on it, the problem seems to spread. Neosporin has been the most effective, but still leaves much to be desired.
I have also tossed around the idea of these being ingrown hairs, and all my poking and prodding is just complicating the problem. I found this to be highly unlikely however, because I took a week's hiatus from the gym and the spots disappeared completely. I have determined that the problem must be coming from either the gym, or the shirts I am wearing. I thought maybe there was a fungus in the long sleeve shirts I am wearing, so I bleached them. It didn't seem to do much good though. On rare occasion I will get a spot or two on my legs, since I wear shorts. But for the most part this problem has affected only the top part of my forearms, and the backs of my arms.
Do I need to wash my arms earlier before I drive home from the gym? Should I try a different soap brand?
I have attached a link to two pictures below. Hopefully this will be of some help.
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j135/Glazed...
http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j135/Glazed...
SOUNDS LIKE "HEAT RASH" - ANY DRUG STORE WILL SELL AN OINTMENT SPECIFICALLY FOR HEAT RASH - ESPECIALLY IN THE BABY SECTION AS THEY ALWAYS GET HEAT RASH IN THEIR DIAPERS. ITS COMMON.
Kay

Mine Hill, NJ

#10 Jul 26, 2006
a girl in need wrote:
im only 11 AND A HALF YEARS OLD and i already have weird bumps on my arm. on the top and bottom. the ones on the bottom of my arm are white and hardly noticable but the top is all bumpy!!!!!!!!!! i tried lotions and other treatments but they never worked. i try to drink more water cuz my mom said that might work, and i think it works a bit. drink 8 glassed of water a day and that might help. i hate it and i wish they would just go away, and i get embarrased to wear short sleave shirts to school. if anyone have any ideas to get rid of them please let me know.
You might be sensitive to wheat products. Have your mom take you to the doctor and get tested. If your mom allows to eat other grains it may clear up on its own. My arms bumps flair up when I eat wheat and diminish when I eat other forms of grain. Quinoa, spelt, etc.
joni beavers

United States

#11 Jul 27, 2006
My daughter and I have these tiny bumps on the back of our arms. They are sometimes red, and then there are some that are like a tiny pimple. You can pop them, but they do come back. They do not itch. I am 32 and have had these all my life. These are not caused by heat or an allergic reaction to wheat or any other type of food. I thought it was eczema, but after research, this is not it. I do not know what it is, but I am very self consious about it. If anyone knows what theya re or how to cure them I would love to know. Thanks
Ronald Williams

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Jul 27, 2006
hi i live in georgia and im 13 and i have red and skin colored bumps on my upper arm they stop when they get to my elbow though and there really buggin me i have no clue what they r and i have had them since i was 4 if anyone could tell me what they r i would be very happy!!
amp

New York, NY

#13 Jul 28, 2006
keratosis pilaris - look it up
Annuu

Dunedin, New Zealand

#14 Jul 29, 2006
Yes, bumps on the back of the upper arms is called keratosis pilaris, or kp for short. It is quite common, about 40% of people have it, but to vartying degrees.
A very good site for information is www.keratosispilaris.org .
Incidentally, I am a Pharmacist, and I developed a cream for my wife's own kp, called Koru kp Cream. If you are interested, please visit www.koru.co.nz
Andrea

Davisburg, MI

#15 Jul 31, 2006
yea i have the same thing and its from sweating and stuff they are called heat bumps/sweat bumps. you get them when its hot and you sweat, hince the name heat/sweat bumpss
Ann Marie

Ann Arbor, MI

#16 Aug 6, 2006
I am 26 years old and have little red "pimple-like" bumps on my arms and legs. Some on my arms, legs, and torso. It seems they appeared after a few extremely hot days. Will they just go away and if so, how long? Or should I get something to make them go away. Does anyone have any ideas?
same problem

Burnaby, Canada

#17 Aug 10, 2006
i am 15 years old and i hav that same problem it is called keratosis pilaris. a few ways to help them is some ppl find sitting in the sun works but even betetr and docotr recomended is bug pug loofah , alpha 8% glycolic cream , cleansil cream , lachydrin cream , retub A daily and im not sure if this one if true but use dial soap in the shower and do not pick , scratch or pop them.
Marc

Nunica, MI

#18 Aug 13, 2006
Yep, I had the same problem for years. I pretty much used the same cream as the guy did above me!
Red Bumps Skin problem

Alexandria, VA

#19 Aug 15, 2006
I have the samething and it is a common skin disease, that has no cure, called Keratosis Pilaris. I am giving you a web site so you can see for yourself. I still have it but it is something I must live with. It is genetic
http://www.aocd.org/skin/dermatologic_disease...
Hope this helps
Bonnie
joni beavers wrote:
My daughter and I have these tiny bumps on the back of our arms. They are sometimes red, and then there are some that are like a tiny pimple. You can pop them, but they do come back. They do not itch. I am 32 and have had these all my life. These are not caused by heat or an allergic reaction to wheat or any other type of food. I thought it was eczema, but after research, this is not it. I do not know what it is, but I am very self consious about it. If anyone knows what theya re or how to cure them I would love to know. Thanks
Red Bumps Skin problem

Alexandria, VA

#20 Aug 15, 2006
I have the same problem and mine was diagnoised when I was young. It is called Keratosis Pilaris and it a common skin disease that runs in families.
Here is a web site link that may help you

http://www.aocd.org/skin/dermatologic_disease...

Take care
Bonnie

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