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red itchy bumps on both hands

I have these bumps on both of my hands (and I think it's spreading to my wrists and forearms) that itch like crazy. When I go to bend my hands, the skin feels harder in the affected areas. My hands also have a pinkish tint to them. On my wrists and the back of my hands, it is the bumps that appear red but my palms have a general pinkish tint to them. The bumps almost look like goosebumps. I bought hydrocortisone cream and have applied it once so I'm not sure if it will work but does anyone have any idea that this could be?

I'm also experiencing a scratchy throat and slight sinus pressure. I'm not sure if this could have anything to do with that.
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Sorry, one more thing. My hands also tingle when they move...almost like needles are gently pressing them in the affected areas. I suppose this is another way of describing the itching feeling.
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These itchy bumps can be due to viral infections or scabies bites. Another possibility is of contact dermatitis or allergic reaction. Scabies is a contagious skin infection caused by a parasite – the mite, which burrows under the host’s skin and causes intense allergic itching. It is transmitted from objects or beddings, but more with direct skin- to – skin contact.

Diagnosis of scabies is made by scraping the skin and viewing the material under a microscope to see the characteristic mite or eggs.
It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.

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