Rashes are an area of irritated or swollen skin. Many rashes are itchy, red, painful and irritated. Some rashes may lead to blisters or patches of raw skin. Rashes on the skin can occur from a variety of factors, from infections, heat, allergens, and immune system disorders and medications. The most common skin disorder that causes a rash is atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema.
What are some common skin rashes?
- Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
- Pityriasis rosea – a skin rash that sometimes begins as a large spot on the chest, belly, or back followed by a pattern of smaller lesions
- Contact dermatitis – a skin rash caused by contact with a certain substance
- Drug rash (side effects/ an allergic reaction to medication)
- Heat rash (miliaria)
- Intertrigo – skin inflammation, usually in warm, moist areas, such as the groin or between skin folds
- Lichen planus – an inflammatory condition of the skin and mucous membranes
- Psoriasis – a condition in which skin cells build up and form scales and itchy, dry patches
- Ringworm of the body (tinea corporis)
- Rosacea – a condition that causes redness and often small, red, pus-filled bumps on the face
- Shingles – a reactivation of the chickenpox virus in the body, causing a painful rash
- Swimmers itch – a skin rash caused by an allergic reaction to certain microscopic parasites
Dermatologist Determination Factors
If you have a rash and notice any of the following symptoms; a rash that is covered all over your body, have a fever with a rash, the rash is sudden and spreads quickly, it begins to blister, is painful and if the rash looks infected you want to contact your dermatologist ASAP or go to the emergency room.