This question was answered on Tue 17, Jun 2008 08:34am by VanessaMD

I have hard white bumps, like warts, spreading on my legs, arms, hands, and ankles. They started with two on my hand about five years ago.

    
Asked by Unregistered (Female; 33; No problems.; Relevant drugs:No medication. ) on Tue 17, Jun 2008 07:49am

For the past 5 years I have had two hard white bumps that look like warts on my hand. They are the size of pencil lead and now they have spread to my arms, ankles, legs, and are all over my hands. They don't itch or change colors. They just spread like warts. What is this?

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Answer by VanessaMD  on Tue 17, Jun 2008 08:34am:

Hi When you say bumps, are these elevated or raised? Or are these more like spots which are actually flat? Are these bumps scaly or shiny? A differential will be lichen planus. "Lichen planus appears as shiny, flat-topped bumps that often have an angular shape. These bumps have a reddish-purplish color with a shiny cast due to a very fine scale. The disease can occur anywhere on the skin, but often favors the inside of the wrists and ankles, the lower legs, back, and neck." Source:http://www.aocd.org/skin/dermatologic_diseases/lichen_planus.html Other differentials for whitish bumps may be milia, warts, molluscum and keratosis pilaris. Milia may be likely here. This commonly affects the face and the hands and it manifests as a firm bump which may be filled with a whitish material almost like molluscum. You may need to have this assessed by a doctor. Warts and molluscum are characteristic and both conditions are contagious. They may also be chronic with molluscum resolving spontaneously in some cases.
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Comment by on Mon 25, Apr 2011 09:37pm:
Bumps on arms can be due to folliculitis, cysts, molluscum lesions, lipomas, warts or benign skin growths. Get it checked from a dermatologist as warts are contagious.

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