A rash on the body is the change in the texture of the skin whicheffectsits color. These skin rashes are basically caused by bacteria and other viral or fungal infections. In common usage, a rash refers to several skin conditions, and etiology of a rash can be direct or indirect. However, to identify them is not easy; they can appear in the form of welts, blotches or blisters. These rashes can be red, itchy and scaly which occur inone area of the skin or on the whole body. Some rashes go away with time but some never seem to go away from your skin.
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Causes of rashes
There are over hundred reasons of rashes and some of them are allergies, diseases, reactions, cosmetics and some certain reasons are chickenpox and measles.
It is the most common cause of rashes. Contact dermatitis occurs when your skin comes in the direct contact with a foreign substance which causes adverse reaction. After the reaction, red itchy rashes appear. Contact dermatitis can possibly occur due to the use of a cosmetic product, soap or laundry or by touching any poisonous plants like poison oak, poison ivy, poison sumac.
In other words it’s known as eczema. It is a common disorder of your skin that makes it red and itchy. This skin problem is common in children but can occur at any age. Dry skin, itch, brown, red patches, small raised bumps, scaly skin are some symptoms of eczema.It is a long lasting disease that flares periodically.
It is a chronic skin condition that causes scaly patches and red skin on the scalp. Seborrheic dermatitis appears on the oily part of the body including chest, upper back and nose. The cause of this skin condition is unknown. It can occur at any age. Stress, hormonal changes or illness trigger seborrheic dermatitis. It is more common in men than women.
Skin inflammation and discoloration of the skin is known as stasis dermatitis. It is caused in the lower legs by fluid buildup.It is a weepy, oozy dermatitis that is chronic. This mainly occursbecause of poor circulation in veins.
Certain medicine also causes rashes in some people .This is due to side-effect of a medicine. Antibiotics cause the photosensitivity that looks like sunburn.
Treatment for rashes
Many rashes are not dangerous and can be treated at home. Here are some tips which can be helpfulfor you.
Moisturize your skin
Moisturizing lotions are good for skin with a rash. Use a lotion like petroleum jelly that helps to prevent development of eczema.
Take shorter baths
Limit your shower to 10 to 15 minutes,use luke warm water.
Use only gentle soaps
Choose mild soaps, deodorants and anti-bacterial soaps.
Take bleach baths
A diluted bleach bath is good for your rash. You can add ½ cup bleach to 40 gallon bathtub filled with warm water. Soak yourself to neck down in the water for 10 minutes.
An accurate diagnosis of skin is important and for doing this seeing a dermatologist is the best option. He/she can tell you the best treatment after diagnosis and laboratory tests. Always be careful while taking or applying any medication for rash because it can create severe problems.