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 Bob on Sat 23, Oct 2010 03:58pm:
I have the same thing the bumps aren't shiny and dont itch. I first noticed them on the backs of my hands than my lower arms.I want to know what this is.

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Comment by Dennis on Tue 04, Oct 2011 11:04am:
I had the same thing beginning on the backs of my hands, then lower arms and legs followed by ankles and feet. They are whitish, elevated, a little bit scaly or crusty in appearance and they won't go away. I have cut them off like a callous but they return. It seems to be spreading. Could this be a warts manifestation?

Comment by Haley on Mon 02, Jul 2012 08:56pm:
Hi, im 14 and i have these wart like bumps speading like crazy throught my left knee and my upper left arm. Its really embarassing because my dad kids around with me all the time at first i thought in was MC but im no sexually active? Im so confused about this because ive had this for more than 6 months? please help me out here.

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