Rashes Information & Treatment

The Reality of Rashes

"Rash" is used to describe a wide variety of skin conditions. It refers to a change affecting the skin, usually when a red patch or small bumps or blisters form on the skin. Most rashes are harmless and can be effectively treated with over-the-counter medications, such as anti-itch creams, antihistamines, and moisturizing lotions.

Rashes can be a symptom of other skin issues. The most common are:

  • Atopic Dermatitis, the most common form of eczema;
  • Bacterial infections, such as impetigo;
  • Contact Dermatitis, a type of eczema caused by coming into contact with a type of allergen;
  • Chronic skin problems, such as acne, psoriasis, or seborrheic dermatitis;
  • Fungal infections, such as ringworm and yeast infection; and
  • Viral infections, such as shingles.

A rash may be a sign of a more serious illness, such as Lyme disease or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Contact your dermatologist if a rash doesn't clear up on its own within a few weeks. The dermatologist will be able to properly diagnose and treat the rash.

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