A skin rash is an area of skin that has become swollen or irritated. Skin rashes can include skin bumps or sores, scaly or red skin, and itchy or burning skin. Skin rashes can be caused by many medical conditions. Some skin rashes occur right away, while others take some time to develop. A simple rash is called dermatitis, meaning inflammation of the skin. Contact dermatitis is caused by things your skin touches, such as:
• Chemicals in elastic, latex, and rubber products
• Cosmetics, soaps, and detergents
• Dyes and other chemicals in clothing
• Poison ivy, oak, or sumac
HOW IS RASHES DIAGNOSED?
Dermatologist may evaluate your symptoms and conduct a complete physical examination of the affected area. The dermatologist may ask you questions about the recent diet, medication, recent use of cosmetics, hygiene and medical history while diagnosing the cause of rashes. Allergy test and complete blood count are the other diagnostic tests.
HOW IS RASHES TREATED?
Depending on the cause of the rash, treatment would involve the use of medicated creams and ointments to reduce itching. Using mild soaps and detergents and avoiding the allergen or irritant causing the rash could help the individual.
DID YOU KNOW?
The presence of a rash may aid diagnosis and it can be one of the earliest associated signs and symptoms of certain life threatening diseases.