What are Rashes?
“Rash” is a general term for a wide variety of skin conditions. It refers to a change that affects the skin and usually appears as a red patch or small bumps or blisters on the skin. The majority of these types of skin conditions are harmless and can be treated effectively with over-the-counter anti-itch creams, antihistamines, and moisturizing lotions.
Rashes can be a symptom of other skin problems. The most prevalent of these are:
- Atopic Dermatitis, is the most common form of eczema.
- Bacterial Infections, such as impetigo.
- Contact Dermatitis is a type of eczema caused by coming into contact with an allergen.
- Chronic skin problems, such as acne, psoriasis, or seborrheic dermatitis.
- Fungal Infections, such as ringworm and yeast infection.
- Viral Infections, such as shingles.
Treatment for Rashes
These types of skin conditions may be a sign of a more serious illness, such as Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, liver disease, kidney disease, or some types of cancers. If you experience a rash that does not go away on its own after a few weeks, make an appointment to see one of our dermatologists to have it properly diagnosed and treated.
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