Red spots on the back


Red spots are commonly referred to as erythema. Erythema are skin reactions that result from increased blood flow in a specific area of ​​the skin.

Reddened patches of skin on the back or smaller red spots on the back can have different causes. Concomitant symptoms such as itching, dry skin, pain or the age of the person affected can provide clues to certain causes.


A distinction is made between mechanical, inflammatory and allergic causes.

Mechanically caused red spots on the back can be triggered by pressure points. These arise, for example, when you carry a backpack on your back or lean against a wall or an armchair. Treatment is usually not necessary.

If there is an inflammatory cause, which occurs very rarely, larger or converging red spots are usually visible on the back. The cause of also called dermatitis The reddish, inflammatory skin lesion designated is not known. Treatment with cooling gels will usually help the skin to heal.

The most common cause of reddish spots on the back are allergic and infection-related causes.

In the case of allergic causes, it is usually a contact with a textile, e.g. washed with a new detergent came. As a result, the skin on which the T-shirt or shirt rests begins to change. Inflammatory cells migrate into the skin area, the vessels there widen and reddening occurs. The reddening is usually associated with itching (see: Red spots on the skin with itching). The clinical picture, also known as contact eczema, can usually be treated by avoiding contact with the triggering substance. Creams or lotions containing cortisone can also be helpful.

Infection-related causes are e.g. the typical childhood diseases such as measles or scarlet fever, which are always associated with erythema on the back. In principle, adults can also develop this childhood disease. Apart from scarlet fever, which is a bacterial disease, measles or rubella can only be treated expectantly or symptomatically, as the causative factor is a virus. The childhood illnesses described, which can trigger reddish spots on the back, are almost always associated with severe, excruciating itching. In order to establish a diagnosis, it is also helpful to examine whether there has been any recent contact with a sick child.

Read more on the subject at: Rash in children and measles rash.

Red spots after showering

Red spots on the back that appear after showering can be caused on the one hand by the heat, but on the other hand by an allergy to the care products used. In this case, the areas typically itch.

Red spots after a shower can usually have two causes. The more common cause is that through Exposure to heat evoked Increased blood flow to the skin (Hyperemia). The hot water leads to a Dilatation of the skin vessels with increased blood flow into the skin, which manifests itself in red spots.

The red spots can also be a allergic cause to have. Usually the allergenic substance is a new one Shower gel or shampoo. In this case, the reddening of the skin often begins during the shower or shortly afterwards and can be accompanied by itching. A Change of products used in this case solves the problem.

Also read our topic: Skin itches after showering.

Red spots from a fungus

Often there are Mushrooms on the skin without causing any discomfort. An outbreak of a fungal disease can happen with a weak immune system or a strong increase in fungal spores.

Of a Skin fungus triggered red spots are mainly medium in size, dry and flaky. Areas of the body where skin lies on skin (under the armpits, under the breast, etc.) and thus offer a warm, moist environment that is ideal for fungi are particularly frequently affected.

This is an important measure for a fungal skin disease Keeping dry the relevant body. There are numerous Skin creamswhich is to be applied and which is successful in the application (e.g. Multilind®). The active ingredient is the fungus remedy Nystatin.

Red spots and pain

If there are reddish spots that painful must be exact clarification respectively. Are the affected areas in addition swollen or knotty, it indicates one inflammatory cause down.

Gnarled and reddish Skin lesions that Cause pain, are usually called Erythema nodosum designated. You can print out rare Autoimmune diseases and Infectious diseases and should be medically clarified. Typical accompanying symptoms in autoimmune diseases are e.g. Weakness, weight loss, and fever.

Red spots on the back and arms

Red spots on the Upper or lower arms are often due to allergies. Depending on where the red spots are, a Neurodermatitis cannot be ruled out as a cause. With neurodermatitis there are reddish and itchy spots at the elbows. The skin is often dry and flaky. Also Contact eczema can occur on the shoulder on the upper arm or forearm. Treatment is only given after the diagnosis has been made. In the Neurodermatitis mostly come ointments containing cortisone and lotions for use.

If the reddening of the skin is ring-shaped, a Borrelia infection after a tick bite on the affected area (see: Recognize Lyme disease). In this case, it is necessary to see a doctor and give antibiotics.

Red spots on the back and stomach

There are often red spots on the stomach due to pressure point. This can happen, for example, after lying prone for a long time or after placing a hot water bottle. In this case, the reddish skin will disappear after a short time.

In addition, there can always be reddish spots on the stomach allergic cause be. Detergents or shower gels used that are not tolerated can lead to corresponding skin reactions.

If dry and or flaky skin areas Make it visible on the belly, may also have to be done by one Skin fungus can be assumed.

However, red spots on the stomach can also Expression of teething problems be. Diseases such as measles, rubella or scarlet fever cause reddish skin changes on the abdomen as well as the facial area.


Red spots on the back and chest

When bitten by ticks infected with Borrelia, these can be transmitted and cause Lyme disease. A circular red spot around the bite site is typical.

Red spots in the chest area can both allergic (e.g. after using new skin care products etc.) or through Diseases such as measles, scarlet fever, or rubella. Usually this is a itching available.

In the field of female breast it can also always lead to mycosis, i.e. one Fungal skin disease, which leads to reddening of the skin area. The fungus can spread, especially in areas where skin meets skin. Indicative of a fungal disease of the skin in the breast area is mainly one dry, flaky and reddish skin conditionwho too very itchy can.

You can also see in the area of ​​the noticeable skin areas on the chest ring or garland-shaped formations, this can also indicate a Borrelia infection after being bitten by a tick (please refer: Recognize Lyme disease). These spots are called Erythema migrans and it must be a antibiotic treatment initiated (see: Lyme disease treatment).

Individual and widespread reddish punctual spots that can sometimes itch and sometimes not, can also be an indication of Mites be. They are mainly found in bed linen and mattresses and are animals that are invisible to the naked eye. The arms, hands and legs can also be affected by the reddish and itchy areas of the skin. Should the suspicion of a mite infestation be confirmed, it should Bedding and the mattress cleaned and disinfected accordingly. To relieve the discomfort can be applied to the skin Bepanthen® wound ointment or Fensitil gel be applied.

Red spots in babies

Are reddish spots on the baby's back Visible, what matters most is what size and shape they are. Large, converging red spots rather indicate one mechanical cause towards, e.g. caused by a hot water bottle lying on one spot for a long time.

Small spots, reddish skin changes can also always Signs of a childhood illness be like measles, rubella or Scarlet fever. It should be noted, however, that some diseases are only typical in school children. Other possible causes of smaller red spots are in the back area allergic reactionwhich e.g. caused by the use of a new skin oil or detergent.

Reddish spots that rather dry and flaky could represent a Skin fungus which is not so rare in babies. In babies it is not possible to find out whether the reddish spots itch, but in a very restless and screaming child this possibility must be considered. It can be a Treatment attempt with breastfeeding baby powders be tried. If there is no improvement or even a worsening of the symptoms, one should Pediatrician visited become.

Red spots in children

If red spots on the back of children are associated with itching, typical teething problems must be considered. However, it could also be a harmless mosquito bite or an allergic reaction.

Red spots in children can be Signs of numerous teething problems be. To be mentioned measles, Scarlet fever or rubellawhich can lead to such reddish skin changes on the child's body, some of which vary in size. As a rule, the spots tend to be smaller, sometimes converging and distributed over large sections of the upper body, face or arms. One thing in common is that itching, which sets in with all childhood diseases with reddish spots.

Smaller or isolated reddish skin abnormalities could also mechanically (Pressure marks etc.) or allergic be. Even after Mosquito bites reddish spots or spots may appear in different parts of the body. At a Tick ​​bite After days to weeks, there may be a punctual reddish spot somewhere on the body with a red ring is (see: Recognize Lyme disease). That also as Erythema migrans designated clinical picture must treated with antibiotics as it is an expression of an originated Lyme disease is (see: Lyme disease treatment).