Rashes: Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jan 31, 2013

A skin rash is characterized by a change in colour, texture or appearance of the skin. It can be in the form of skin eruption too by making the skin bumpy, swelled up and blistered causing a lot of pain and itchiness. Rashes can occur at a particular area in the body or can be spread out to the whole of the body. A rash can happen due to various factors and might not only mean serious skin conditions yet a diagnosis should be done by a dermatologist as rashes have different symptoms for various other diseases.


Symptoms

  • Change in skin tone or colour in a localized area or can cover the whole body.
  • Itchiness.
  • Swelling.
  • Pain.
  • Warm feeling in the affected area.
  • Blisters.
  • Dry or cracked skin.
  • Eruptions or bumpy skin.

There are many types of rashes and a diagnosis need to be done to rule out any other medical conditions or skin diseases.


Causes

 

Rashes can be a symptom of many serious diseases and should not be taken lightly if the situation deteriorates.

 

Frequent causes of rashes are as follows

  • Allergies.
  • Anxiety or stress.
  • Friction against the skin by clothing or a gear like baggage, accessories.
  • Bacterial or viral infection.
  • Fungal infections.
  • Intense exposure to the sun or heat.
  • Skin diseases such as eczema, acne.
  • Reaction to any medication or vaccination.


Treatment


Treatment of a rash should only be followed after consultation with a doctor to diagnose the cause of a rash. Rashes can vary in symptoms according to any underlying conditions or serious diseases. A general skin rash due to an irritant fades away in a week while rashes due to a serious condition might spread all over the body. Tests can be done to rule out any dormant medical conditions. A common skin rash can be treated as per symptoms to relieve itchiness or pain while in other cases where rashes are a cause of any disease, and then the disease needs to be tackled.

 

 

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