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Skin rash

Overview of Skin rash

Itchy skin, also known as pruritus, is an irritating and uncontrollable sensation that makes you want to scratch to relieve the feeling. The possible causes for itchiness include internal illnesses and skin conditions.

It?s important to see a doctor for itchiness if the cause isn?t obvious. A doctor can find the underlying cause and provide treatments for relief. Several home remedies such as over-the-counter creams and moisturizers work well for itching.

Home Remedies for Skin rash :

Rashes come in many forms and develop for many reasons.

However, there are some basic measures that can speed up recovery and ease some of the discomfort:

  • Use mild soap ? not scented. These soaps are sometimes advertised for sensative skin, or for baby skin.
  • Avoid washing with hot water ? opt for warm.
  • Try to allow the rash to breathe. Do not cover with a Band-Aid or bandage.
  • Do not rub the rash dry, pat it.
  • If the rash is dry, for instance, in eczema, use unscented moisturizers.
  • Do not use any cosmetics or lotions that may be causing the rash ? for instance, newly purchased items.
  • Avoid scratching to lessen the risk of infection.
  • Cortisone creams that can be purchased over-the-counter or online may ease itching.
  • Calamine can relieve some rashes, e.g. poison ivy, chickenpox, and poison oak.

If the rash causes mild pain, acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be useful, but these are not a long-term solution ? they will not treat the cause of the rash.

It is important to speak with a doctor before taking any medication. Compare brands before purchasing over-the-counter or online products, to ensure the product is suitable.

When to see doctor for Skin rash :

See your healthcare provider if:

  • you don?t know what?s causing your itching
  • it?s severe
  • you experience other symptoms along with the itching

It?s important to see your healthcare provider for a diagnosis when the cause isn?t obvious because some of the causes of itching are serious, yet treatable, conditions.

Treatment for the Skin rash

SELF-TREATMENT

Avoiding harsh soaps and detergents, perfumed soaps, lotions and known allergy triggers may help to soothe irritated skin. Using an antihistamine or steroid cream may also help.

SEEKING MEDICAL CARE

  • See a doctor immediately if you

  • Get a sudden rash that spreads quickly

  • Have a rash over most of your body

Make an appointment to see a doctor if you

  • Have a rash that's persistent or painful

  • Develop a fever

  • Have yellow or green fluid oozing out

  • Get blisters

FAQ

What is the most common skin rash ?

One of the most common skin disorders that causes a rash is atopic dermatitis (ay-TOP-ik dur-muh-TI-tis), also known as eczema. Atopic dermatitis is an ongoing (chronic) condition that makes skin red and itchy. Most often it appears as patches on the hands, feet, ankles, neck, upper body and limbs.

What does stress rash look like ?

Stress rashes often appear as raised red bumps called hives. They can affect any part of the body, but often a stress rash is on the face, neck, chest or arms. Hives may range from tiny dots to large welts and may form in clusters. They may be itchy or cause a burning or tingling sensation.

How long should a rash last ?

How long a rash lasts depends on its cause. However, most rashes usually disappear within a few days. For example, the rash of a roseola viral infection usually lasts 1 to 2 days, whereas the rash of measles disappears within 6 to 7 days

Can anxiety cause rashes ?

For example, stress can aggravate psoriasis, rosacea, and eczema. It can also cause hives and other types of skin rashes and trigger a flare-up of fever blisters. Interfere with daily skin care. If you're stressed, you might skimp on this part of your routine, which can aggravate skin issues.

What does a sepsis rash look like ?

People with sepsis often develop a hemorrhagic rash?a cluster of tiny blood spots that look like pinpricks in the skin. If untreated, these gradually get bigger and begin to look like fresh bruises. These bruises then join together to form larger areas of purple skin damage and discoloration.

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