You have a rash . It's red and itchy and you aren't sure whether to call your doctor or take a trip to the pharmacy for some over-the-counter cream. Skin rashes come in all shapes and sizes and while they can be common, they can also be scary. When you are suddenly covered with red bumps, blisters or a spreading pinkish, scaly or inflamed patches you wonder if it is the sign of something serious.
The good news is, most rashes disappear on their own within a few days and the itching is often relieved by over-the counter creams, lotions and antihistamines. Talk with your pharmacist if you aren't sure which lotion or cream would work best on your rash.
Common Causes of Rashes
There are many different conditions that may cause a rash and many have distinct characteristics that may help you determine what the underlying cause of the rash is. Some of the common causes include:
Bacterial or fungal infections
Reaction to plants, such as poison...
It’s summer time and that means hot, humid, sticky weather – the kind of weather that makes you more at risk of developing miliaria or heat rash, sometimes called prickly heat . Heat rash is caused by clogged or immature sweat glands. Perspiration gets trapped under the skin, causing inflammation and irritation, which shows up as a red or pink rash. This type of rash is most common in newborns however, people of any age can get heat rash during hot, humid weather.
Types of Heat Rash
There are three main types of heat rash. No matter which type, the rash usually appears on the neck, shoulders, chest, armpits, elbow creases and groin. It may also appear on any part of the body where clothing causes friction. Each type also has specific symptoms.
This type affects the sweat ducts in the top layer of your skin. The rash has clear, fluid filled blisters. These blisters are not itchy or painful. Usually, no medical treatment is nec...
Definition A rash is a change in the color or texture of the skin. A skin rash can be flat, bumpy, scaly, red, skin-colored, or slightly lighter or darker than skin color. Alternative Names Baby rash; Miliaria; Prickly heat Considerations Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless accompanied by other symptoms. Common Causes Diaper rash ( rash in the diaper area) is a skin irritation caused by prolonged dampness and the interaction of urine and feces with the skin. Yeast diaper rash is caused by a type of yeast called candida, which also causes thrush in the mouth. The rash looks different from a regular diaper rash. It is very red, and there are usually ...
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