My Child Has Rough, Dry Bumps That Don’t Itch On Her Upper Arms And Legs. Is This Eczema?
Rashes that do not itch are not usually eczema. Rough, dry bumps that feel and look like sandpaper and that occur on the upper arms, legs, and faces of children are commonly due to keratosis pilaris (KP). KP does not usually itch, and it is not usually red or inflamed. This type of rash is due to the abnormal buildup of the skin protein keratin in the skin follicles. KP seems to be related to allergic diseases, such as atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, and asthma, but it can also occur in people without allergies. It usually does not require treatment and tends to resolve as a child ages. Some people are concerned about the cosmetic appearance of KP; treatment with a variety of over-the-counter moisturizing creams may help, or a prescription cream containing lactic acid (LacHydrin) or tretinoin (Retin-A) may be needed.