Skin Rash

When skin gets red or inflamed we call it a skin rash. A reoccurring skin rash is also commonly referred to a condition known as dermatitis.

A rash doesn't necessarily have to be itchy. However, it can change your skin's color and texture. Skin rashes can take on a variety of appearances - depending on their appearance they are referred to as blistering, macular, nodular, papular and pustular types of rashes.

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The causes of skin rashes are very much a mystery, but in general eczema, psoriasis, insect bites, reactions to certain medications and childhood illnesses such as chicken pox or scarlet fever can cause a skin rash.

The most common types of skin rashes include contact dermatitis and seborrheic dermatitis. Contact dermatitis is caused by your skin making contact with certain irritants. For example, harsh soaps or detergents, harsh chemicals in clothing, latex and rubber products and poison plants (ivy, oak or sumac). Seborrheic dermatitis is mainly caused by stress, changes in weather, oily skin and as a reaction to alcohol-based lotions. This type of skin rash appears in red patches and often scaling appears behind the ears, around the eyebrows, eyelids, mouth, and nose and sometimes on the entire body.

Another common type of skin rash is heat rash. Heat rash occurs when zone of tiny red bumps appear on the skin. People get heat rashes in humid conditions or in cold weather if they over-clothed and sweat. Heat rash is frequently found on the neck, back, abdomen, upper chest, arms and groin or even under the armpits - wherever heat is created.

Skin rash is often only a temporary rash. It's rarely a sign of a serious skin problem; however if it persists see your doctor. In the meantime, avoid scrubbing the skin rash or using fragrances or hash soaps that can cause irritations.

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