Not A Great Cause for Concern
If you happen to notice tiny red spot appearing upon certain areas of your skin, you probably need not to worry since, most of the time, this is not a serious problem. Namely, often, these little traces of blood below the surface of skin are caused by bleeding, but, it is a minor one. If the spots are taking less than 1.3cm in diameter, the bleeding is minor and there is no damage to the blood vessels located beneath the skin. However, if the spots are spreading in up to 2cm in diameter, there has probably been some blood vessel damage and the blood leaked all the way to the skin tissue. In both cases the blood is red and/or purple.
Additionally, these spots may appear on any part of the human body, even though they are most seen on forearms, legs, hands and feet. Moreover, especially with women, these little red dots are often seen on the thigh area. Women tend to develop this condition more often. Nevertheless, men are quite prone to it too, some more than the others. Interestingly, red dots on the legs tend to disappear slower than those on the upper body parts. Also, the upper ones are prone to moving downwards due to the force of gravity.
Why Did These Come Out?
There are many different reasons behind this condition. Often, a certain vitamin deficiency, or malnutrition in general, both may cause skin deterioration resulting in the appearance of these spots even due to minor injuries. Also, this reduces in skin quality and thickness takes place due to aging. Unfortunately, the reasons may be far grimer. For example, if a person is suffering from some diseases like lupus, leukemia or some other cancerous diseases which cause blood clotting and other problems, these red dots may act as a symptom. Additionally, swelling of the blood vessels, certain blood infections caused by poisoning or some other factors also act as possible culprits. Finally, genetics and certain medications may lead to this condition as well.
How May This Be Treated?
In most cases, these spots disappear on their own in a period of couple of days. However, sometimes, these might go hand-in-hand with swelling and irritation. Then, it is best to rest, keep the troublesome spot raised above the heart level and apply ice compresses interchangeably with hot showers, neither of these lasting for more than 15 minutes.
Finally, if you had been injured before the spots appeared, or in any cases of persistent presence of this skin problem, seek medical assistance as soon as possible.