An Overview Of The Types Of Skin Rashes

An Overview Of The Types Of Skin Rashes

Your skin is the largest external organ in your body, and it is very much exposed to the environment. It is prone to develop skin rashes

You start noticing that the rashes start spreading all over your body day after day.

You are clueless about what you can do about it? The next thing that immediately comes into your mind is why not visit a dermatologist?

But before that get to know some of the facts about skin rashes and its types.

What Is A Skin Rash?Skin Rash

An area of skin which has become red, swollen, and itchy. It can be caused due to allergies, heat and other medical conditions. Some may develop within a little time and others may take more time to develop on any part of your skin.

List Of Common Types Of Skin Rashes:Common Types of Skin Rashes

There are many different types of rashes and they have different causes as well.

  • Atopic dermatitis: It is also known as Eczema. It is a rash developed due to the allergic reaction. It makes your skin red and extremely itchy. It appears on your hands, feet, neck, ankles, upper body, and limbs.
  • Christmas tree rash: It is known as pityriasis rosea which is a fine, itchy, scaly rash. It usually appears first as a single patch on the chest, abdomen or back. The pattern of the rash resembles a Christmas tree. It fades on its own after 4 to 10 weeks.
  • Contact dermatitis: It is a rash caused by direct contact with certain substances such as industrial chemicals and allergy-causing agents such ass latex rubber, nickel and poison ivy.
  • Drug rash: It is basically caused as a side effect of taking a drug that your body does not accept. It can be caused by different medications like antibiotics and water pills. It appears within one week of taking the drug and resolves in a week.
  • Heat rash: It is known as miliaria. It occurs when the flow of sweat is obstructed due to humid weather. Prickly heat is a type of heat rash that appears as red bumps that produce a prickling sensation. Heat rash is not very serious and resolves when the affected area cools.
  • Intertrigo: It is a kind of inflammatory rash caused due to the skin to skin friction. It basically appears on the skin folds of abdomen, breasts, arms, thighs, and toes. It can be very painful and it resolves on its own.
  • Lichen planus: It is also a type of inflammatory condition that affects your skin and mucous membrane. The patches appear purplish. It occurs in areas which are covered by the mucous membrane such as mouth, vagina, and others.
  • Psoriasis: It is the rough, scaly skin that occurs when the skin cells multiply rapidly increases. The condition can be extremely itchy but subside for a time.
  • Ringworm: It is a fungal infection known as tinea corporis. It appears as itchy, red, scaly, slightly raised, expanding rings on the body. It is contagious. You can get infected if you have skin to skin contact with the infected person. When the infection occurs in groin it is called jock itch/tinea cruris, and an infection on the foot is called athlete’s foot/tinea pedis.
  • Rosacea: It is a chronic rash which does not have a cure. It occurs on the face. It causes redness and produces pus-filled bumps.
  • Shingles: It is known as herpes zoster which is painful blister caused by the chickenpox virus. Small blisters appear on your body and after a few days, it breaks on its own leaving the blisters to dry. Later the crusts fall and itching goes away.
  • Swimmer’s itch: It is also known as cercarial dermatitis. It is an itchy rash caused by an allergic reaction to a waterborne parasite that burrows on top of your skin.
  • Hives: It is caused by allergies which are extremely itchy. It can be caused due to allergic reactions to food, medicines, insect bites or viral infections. It lasts for three to four days.

How Can You Treat Them?Skin Rashes Treatment

Basically, the rashes are treated depending upon the location, spread, and intensity of the rash. In most of the cases, it can be treated with antibiotic pills, antihistamines creams.

Skin rashes are very common and most of them resolve within few days as they appear. Most of them can be treated with home remedies which have antiseptic properties. So, it is not necessary to worry about it. If home remedies do not work then you can always Visit a Doctor at Sankhya Hospital so that they can prescribe medications and lotions which will relieve you from inflammation.


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