Rashes are abnormal changes in skin color or texture, and are typically associated with irritation or swelling.
Rashes can be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, medicines, heat, allergies, insect bites, plants, diseases, and many other things. Most are only a minor annoyance, but some can be serious and need medical treatment.
Many rashes are itchy, red, painful, and irritated and can exhibit bumps that are discolored, spots or areas that are flat, or pus-filled blisters/bumps that are either intact or crusted over.
Color: The range of color of a skin rash can be light or dark red, white, pink, purple, or black. It can also be the same color as the person’s skin tone.
Texture: The texture of a skin rash can range from flat, raised, bumpy, blister-like, or crusted. In some diseases, such as chickenpox, areas can have more than one of these characteristics at the same time.
Pattern: The pattern of a skin rash can appear as distinct spots or patches, or cover a larger, continuous area. .
Location: The location of the skin rash might include one area of the body, such as the face, or it can include multiple areas.
Rashes can be hard to avoid; however, some can be prevented.
Tips for prevention include:
Because rashes can be caused by many different irritants, it is important to determine what kind of rash you have before it is treated.
Some treatments include:
A sudden rash that spreads rapidly could be the result of an allergy. If breathing becomes difficult, go the emergency room or call 911.
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