The majority of rashes cause no harm to the skin and respond with simple over the counter antihistamines, anti-itch creams and moisturizing lotions. We suggest that if these solutions do not work to immediately contact us to discuss further treatment options.
The term rash is a general identification used for various skin conditions. Typically, a rash defines a change that affects the skin and often appears as a red patch, small bumps, or blisters on the skin. A rash can appear on a small area or cover most of the skin. Most people develop some type of rash over their lifespan.
Rashes – Causes
Normally a rash signifies another skin problem, such as:
- Allergic responses to medication
- Bacterial infections such as impetigo
- Fungal infections such as ringworm
- Non-infectious skin conditions such as eczema
- Reactions to allergens such as poison ivy
- Viral infections such as chicken pox
Rashes – Symptoms
A rash is usually identified by scaly patches of skin or as raised red bumps. Often times a rash will itch.
Rash – Prevention
To avoid developing a rash:
- Use skin moisturizers immediately after washing hands or body
- Stay away from anyone with a skin infection
- Use only clean razors for shaving
- Choose non-irritating, fragrance-free soaps and cleansers