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What could cause 50 small red raised bumps on a 9 year old's stomach, back and buttocks?


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What could cause 50 small red raised bumps on a 9 year old's stomach, back and buttocks?
 
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Presuming that these are persistent over a period of time, a few of things come to mind.  This is a short list of common childhood skin conditions with multiple red bumps.

1. keratosis pilaris, essentially dryness in the hair follicles that results in small, hard, red bumps commonly on the back of the arms, abdomen, thighs and buttocks.  

2. molluscum contagiosum - a viral infection of the skin.  These are more pink and translucent, and look like a little cup with a central depression.

3. scabies - a skin infestation with a mite.  The bumps are red and itchy.  They can be anywhere on the body.  Scabies likes the webs of the fingers and other body folds in addition to the trunk.

4. less commonly, folliculitis (bacterial infection of the hair follicles) and bug bites, as those are somewhat larger and fewer than 50.

I recommend a consultation with a dermatologist to determine the cause of the problem.

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