Skin rashes can occur from a variety of factors, including infections, heat, allergens, immune system disorders and medications.  Below are some of the common rashes:



Contact dermatitis is a rash caused by direct contact with or an allergic reaction to certain substances.  Irritant contact dermatitis usually produces a dry, scaly, itchy rash.  Many substances, such as cleaning products or industrial chemicals, could be irritants.  Allergic contact dermatitis produces a very itchy, red rash with bumps and sometimes blisters.  Common allergy-causing agents (allergens) are latex rubber, nickel, and poison ivy. 


A rash may occur as a side effect of taking a drug or as an allergic reaction to it.  A drug rash may be caused by many different medications.  Some drugs are more likely to produce a rash if the skin is exposed to sunlight.  A drug rash can occur anytime while taking a new medication, often beginning as red spots.  The spots spread and merge, covering large areas of the body.


Heat rash (miliaria) occurs when the flow of sweat is obstructed, usually due to hot, humid weather or overdressing.  Prickly heat (miliaria rubra) is a type of heat rash that appears as clusters of small, red bumps that product a prickling or stinging sensation.  Miliaria crystalline are clear, fluid-filled bumps that generally produce no other signs or symptoms.


Lichen planus is an inflammatory condition that can affect your skin and mucous membranes. On the skin it usually appears as purplish, often itchy, flat-topped bumps (lesions). In your mouth, vagina and other areas covered by a mucous membrane, lichen planus forms lacy white patches.


Treatments for the different types of rashes will vary according to the type and severity.  Simple treatments could include at home recommendations while more severe cases will need medicated creams or ointments and drug therapy.


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