What is skin rash?


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Know the basics

What is skin rash?

Rashes are abnormalities of skin color and texture signified by skin inflammation of various causes.

There are many types of rashes, including:

  • Eczema
  • Chicken pox
  • Herpes
  • Heat rash
  • Diaper rash
  • Lyme disease
  • Hives

How common is skin rash?

This health condition is common. Females are more susceptible to this skin condition. It can affect patients of any age. However, it can be managed by reducing your risk factors. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.

Know the symptoms

What are the symptoms of skin rash?

The common symptoms of skin rash are:

  • Itchiness
  • Skin redness
  • thick and leathery skin caused by scratching dry, scaly or crusted skin area
  • Leakable fluid-filled blisters
  • Broken skin areas infection

There may be some symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.

When should I see my doctor?

You should contact your doctor if you have any of the following:

  • If you rash get worse
  • If you are experiencing additional symptoms Ex: bleeding blisters, swelling, skin peeling, fever, body aching, joint pain etc.
  • If the rash is painful
  • If there are large, fluid-filled blisters near the rash
  • If the rash prevent you from completing daily activities or sleep

If you have any signs or symptoms listed above or have any questions, please consult your doctor. Everyone’s body acts differently. It is always best to discuss with your doctor what is best for your situation.

Know the causes

What causes skin rash?

  • Allergies
  • Bacterial or fungal infections
  • Insect bites
  • Reaction to plants, Ex: poison ivy
  • Stress
  • Reaction to environmental toxins
  • Fungal infections
  • Heat
  • Illness, such as chicken pox or shingles
  • Side effects of medication

Know the risk factors

What increases my risk for skin rash?

Any history of allergies or asthma increases the risk for rashes. Also spending time outside can increase the chance of getting rashes from poisonous plants and insects.

Understand the diagnosis & treatment

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. ALWAYS consult with your doctor for more information.

How is skin rash diagnosed?

Skin rash can be easily identified by diagnosing the outer layer of the skin. Dermatologist will determine the kind of rashes base on the configuration , density, color, size, tenderness, and the distribution of the rash on the body.

How is skin rash treated?

Most rashes are not serious diseases and will cure themselves. Focus on treating symptoms for normal rashes. Professional medication is required for curing more severe or quickly-advancing rashes.

Patients can also implore over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen ibuprofen. Seek your doctor advice before taking these drugs and adhere the prescription. Extend dosage or period on your own can incur unfavorable side effects. These drugs are discouraged for patients with a history of stomach and liver diseases.

Lifestyle changes & home remedies

What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies that can help me manage skin rash?

The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with health condition:

  • Avoiding contact with any allergy triggers
  • Cooling down the rash
  • Soaking the rash in colloidal oatmeal with lukewarm water
  • Adding anti-itch cream such as hydrocortisone or calamine lotion
  • Wearing confortable clothes

If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017

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