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...
Hi everyone. Today I want to talk about a type of skin cancer that is different from an abnormal mole or lesion. Moles or lesions can usually be removed surgically. Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL), however, is a skin cancer that resembles a rash rather than a new abnormal growth. Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma is almost like having "leukemia of the skin" in that there is an abnormal proliferation of blood cells that usually fight off infection (in this case, an expansion of the T-cells). Although there are various types of CTCL, the most common is known as mycosis fungoides. The cause of this condition is not known, although in some regions of the world, it has been linked to a virus known as human t-cell leukemia virus-1. Unlike other skin cancers, this cancer is in no way caused by too much sun exposure. CTCL affects approximately 5 people per million per year with men being affected twice as often as women. The condition tends to be found in older people, with the averag...
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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