What do you consider a rash on your skin? In actual sense, a rash does not refer to any particular skin disease or skin condition. It is a general term used by both patients and doctors to describe any condition that affects the skin by changing its color, appearance and feel. Rashes on skin can be restricted to one particular area or cover the whole of your skin.
Types of Rashes
Rashes on your skin can be in various forms:
- Non-infectious scaly patches on your skin – These are mostly localized and are not caused by any disease or health condition.
- Infectious scaly patches on your skin – These can be caused by disease or a health condition. They can occur locally or affect the whole of your skin.
- Scaly Patches – Scaly patches of skin that are mostly caused by bacteria or fungi.
- Small or large bumps on skin – Small or large bumps on your skin that can be itchy. Such do contain puss and likely to affect your facial, chest and back skin.
Symptoms of Rashes on Skin
Although rashes on skin can occur externally, some are usually a sign or symptom of a disease or health condition within. In fact, rashes are always helpful to doctors in diagnosing diseases or health conditions. There are many types of skin rashes that can affect you. They not only have different symptoms but affect different parts of your body as well. For this reason, it is only necessary to look at them differently:
- Acne – Acne is perhaps the most common and frequent skin rash. Acne mostly affects your facial, chest and back skin. It can also affect your cheeks, forehead, nose and chin. Acne symptoms include the occurrence of papules, nodules and comedones. Acne usually appears as reddish bumps on the skin.
- Boils – You are likely to suffer boils at one time or another in your life. Boils appear as red bumps larger than acne and can be painful. While boils can affect any part of your skin, your face is the most likely place. Unlike acne, you can only suffer one or two boils at any given time.
- Psoriasis rashes – Psoriasis appear as white scaly rashes over reddish, flaky and irritated skin. Psoriasis skin rashes mostly affect elbows and the knees.
- Measles rashes – Measles rashes initially affect the forehead before spreading to cover the rest of your skin. They appear as small reddish bumps accompanied by fever and sore throat. Measles rashes mostly affect children who have not been vaccinated against measles.
- Chickenpox rashes – Chickenpox rashes appear as multiple blisters on the skin, usually accompanied by cough, fever and sore throat. The rashes do start on the face before spreading to the chest, back and the rest of skin.
- Allergy rashes – Allergic rashes do appear as raised or flat sores on the skin. They usually appear as your body’s reaction to certain medications or from eating certain foods. Allergic rashes can appear on any part of your skin.
- Warts rashes – These appear as soft bumps anywhere on the skin.
- Ringworm rashes – These appear as bald and ring spots on the scalp. They can be itchy. Although they mostly appear on the scalp, they can affect any part of your skin.
- Syphilis rashes – These appear as reddish rashes on your palms and soles of your feet.
- Yeast rashes – These appears as reddish itchy rashes that mostly affect the groin area. Yeast rashes are yeast infections that can affect babies through diapers or women with vaginal yeast infection.
- Scabies rashes – These appear as bite-like sores that are itchy. They can cover the whole of your skin. They however initially affect hands and feet before spreading to other areas.
These are the most common skin rashes are likely to affect you. Note that the list is not inclusive and you are likely to come across other rashes such as cold and heat rashes.
Causes of Rashes on Skin
Because of the diversity of skin rashes, you can bet how many causes of the same are there, very many causes. Such include
- Food and Drug Allergy
- Bacterial and Viral Infections
- Skin diseases
- Autoimmune Disorders
Diagnosing rashes on skin is mainly through examination. Your doctor will usually try to ascertain the appearance of rashes, their distribution, frequency and symmetry.
Treatment of Rashes on Skin
Treating rashes on skin depends on the cause. It is always to obtain treatment for the cause rather rashes because such occur as symptoms. In case of no underlying disease, varied non-prescription medications are readily available that you can use in managing rashes. Such include anti-itch creams/lotions, antihistamines and moisturizing lotions. In case of pain, painkillers are also available. Whichever the case, it is always necessary to consult a doctor in case of rashes on skin that do not respond to medication and that last for more than three days without any sign of fading away.