Treating Skin RashesRashes can cause changes to the skin’s color, and texture, and can often be uncomfortable. While most rashes can be treated with at-home care, rashes that do not go away with at-home treatment methods may need further medical attention.

Rashes occur in both children and adults, and appear almost anywhere on the body, from the hands to the face. Rashes caused by irritation to skin are called contact dermatitis, and normally occur within 48 hours of contact with the irritating substance. The most common signs of a rash are mild redness on skin, and small red bumps. Signs of more severe rashes, which need more extensive medical treatment, include swelling, redness, and larger blisters.

Contact dermatitis does not necessarily occur the first time a person makes contact with an irritating substance. However, once a person has an allergic reaction to a certain substance, the rash will likely reoccur in the future, even if only the slightest amount of contact is made with the substance. Some common causes associated with outbreaks of contact dermatitis include using certain soaps, shampoos, perfumes or detergents, wearing certain irritating materials, as well as through contact with certain insects or poisonous plants. Rashes can also occur simply as a reaction to environmental factors, such as changes in temperature.

Viral infections are also associated with the appearance of rashes, with some medications and medical treatments causing rashes as side-effects. Rashes can also be a chronic problem, especially for patients with skin conditions such as rosacea or psoriasis. Rashes that occur with other side-effects, such as high-fever or difficulties in breathing, could lead to further complications, so consulting a qualified dermatologist is always a good idea.

A dermatologist is usually able to identify the rash simply by looking at it, and asking the patients about their symptoms. Based on the information the dermatologist receives from a patient, he or she will be able to determine a proper treatment plan. Common treatment methods include prescription medication, moisturizing creams, and topical treatments.7


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